Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 1/16

Menu Plan Monday - recipe ideas and menu planning inspiration for the week of Feb 1/16

Hi everyone!  So as you know I like trying new recipes out despite the fact that I’m a terrible cook and hate being in the kitchen. So why would I do that to myself?  I like trying new foods and knowing I’m preparing something new actually makes it exciting for me to be in the kitchen.  Plus I have discovered the art of finding quick and easy recipes to try out, for the most part anyway, so it’s not like I’m working hours in the kitchen.  If you have never read my recipe criteria you can find it HERE. The downfall of course it that some recipes work out and some don’t….you win some, you lose some.  For instance, last week I made a vegan cream sauce to put over spaghetti squash “noodles”.  It required soaking some cashews and then blending them with diced tomatoes.  Let’s just say it was not very enjoyable 🙂 BUT later in the week I made this recipe for Slow Cooker Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce and they were so good!  My whole family really loved them!  So you see it all works out in the end.

Need more help with menu planning? Last week Morgan shared some excellent tips on how to keep menu planning simple.  There is no reason for it to be complicated!

Keep Menu Planning Simple

Gluten-Free Bread Making:

My 16 year old son has many food allergies including gluten, dairy, eggs, fish and nuts.  We have been purchasing him a particular loaf of bread for years that is free of all these things.  There are many gluten free breads on the market but the majority of them also include eggs.  Unfortunately the bread we’ve been buying is getting harder and harder to find so we decided it was time to try making our own something we haven’t done since my son was a toddler.  We have a Cuisinart Breadmaker (affiliate link) that has a gluten-free setting but without eggs it gets a little tricky.

Here’s our first attempt:

gluten free bread yuck

Yep doesn’t that look yummy?

For our second attempt we used this recipe, using our homemade gluten free blend and subbing the eggs with egg replacer.

gluten free bread

Turned out a little better (and didn’t taste too bad) but I think we’ll keep working on it.  If anyone else has experience with something like this please let me know!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

Tuesday:  Easy Baked Chicken Breasts served with rice and broccoli

Wednesday:  Yummy Sloppy Joes

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! and for me Asparagus Salmon in Foil

Saturday: Chicken Apple Sausage served with homemade fries (without the parmesan cheese) and carrots

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!


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Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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7 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 1/16

  1. 1
    Diane Balch says

    I’m impressed that you do so much cooking and you don’t like being in the kitchen. I have a kid who is lactose intolerant and another with nut allergies. I can be hard to make a meal that everyone enjoys. Thanks for this opportunity to share our food.

  2. 2
    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family says

    I enjoy cooking, but most days I don’t seem to have the time or energy for it by suppertime! So I’ve been keeping it pretty simple myself.

    I also enjoy trying new recipes from time to time, so I made an effort to put some of my Pinterest gems in to the plan this week. I always manage to find some new things to add to my Pinterest board thanks to your site and this blog hop, so thanks for that!

    Hope you have a great week.

  3. 3
    Mridu Parikh says

    That salmon sounds SO good! Thank you! 🙂

  4. 4
    Elisabeth says

    This won’t help terribly with the bread machine dilemma, but I have this cookbook that all the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and I LOVE the bread! It’s easy, step-by-step directions and its the best gluten-free bread I’ve ever eaten. I wish I was home more so I could make it everyday!! Title is ” The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread” by Laurie Sadowski. You should check it out–it is seriously the best birthday present I’ve gotten in recent years 😀

    • 4.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Thank you so much Elisabeth! I’ve never actually seen these books, ordering now!!

  5. 5
    Sandy Duke says

    Help! I couldn’t get the Sloppy Joes link to work. It just went to a blank page.

    • 5.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Hi Sandy, I just went in to print it off and the linked worked for me. It must be their site, keep trying because it’s a good one! 🙂


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