Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Menu Plan #15 ~ Simplifying Before Baby

We are counting down until baby number five changes our lives forever.  I feel myself winding down and at the same time feeling the need to nest.  Part of nesting for me is pruning trees and bushes and planting bare roots, as well as preparing lesson plans ahead of time, stocking the freezer with meals,  teaching the kids some new foods to prepare on their own, and, of course, cleaningcleaningcleaning.  Something's gotta give, you know?  So these meal plans will become more and more simple over the next five weeks, and then they'll probably disappear for a couple months as we eat up all the frozen meals and bond with the babe.

To do: Soak sourdough English muffins & German pancakes, thaw chicken stock
Snack: kefir smoothies
Lunch:  Taco bar: Taco meat, salad, cheese, creme fraiche, salsa, olives
Snack:  Raw cheese & apple slices
Dinner: Spinach & cheese oven omelet (recipe coming soon)

To do: Make sourdough English muffins, thaw ground beef
Breakfast:  Soaked German pancakes
Snack:  Strawberry cacao kefir smoothies
Lunch:  English muffin sandwiches
Snack: Olive fig tapenade with grain-free crackers & veggie slices
Dinner:  Slow cooker beef & root stew

To do: 
Breakfast:  Grain-Free Blueberry Banana Bars
Snack:  Apple pie kefir smoothies
Lunch:  Hummus Flowers
Snack:  Pomegranate seeds
Dinner:  Butternut squash soup & sourdough English muffins

To do: soak porridge, thaw cube steaks
Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs & pastured bacon
Snack:  blueberry kefir smoothies
Lunch:  Nibble trays
Snack: leftover nibble tray
Dinner:  Bunless burgers over salad, potato wedges

To do:  soak sourdough pancakes
Breakfast:  Porridge & eggs
Snack:  kefir smoothies
Lunch:  Chips & guacamole, cheese & fruit slices
Snacks: leftovers from lunch
Dinner: Out with friends

Breakfast:  Pancake bar
Snack:  Orange julius (using kefir instead of milk)
Lunch:  Pancake sandwiches
Snack:  Perfectly frothy raw hot cocoa
Dinner:  Chicken fried steak (using almond flour instead of wheat flour), salad, & grain-free coconut pineapple upside down cake

To do:  Menu plan & soak coffee cake
Breakfast:  Green eggs (puréed spinach scrambled with cheese & eggs) & ham
Snack:  Almonds
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Leftovers
(Sundays are my day off)

I'm sharing this at Monday Mania, Menu Plan Monday, Real Food 101, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fresh Bites Friday, Fight Back Friday.


  1. You should definitely take a break and get ready for baby. God Bless and congratulations!

  2. Yay for babys!!! Congrats on your soon to be here bundle! I hope you are able to get lots of rest in these final days

    I am curious how the chicken fried steak turned out with almond flour? does it crisp up like regular flour does? Also, I'm assuming you didn't use canola, did you use coconut oil? Finally, (sorry for so many questions) did you also make the gravy using almond flour? If so, how did that turn out??? I would LOVE to try this recipe and we are completely grain free at this point...

    By the way, I've been listening to Furious non stop and love it!

  3. Thank you! Almond flour works great for the breading and I use arrowroot powder for the gravy (like 1 Tablespoon arrowroot instead of 1/3 cup flour). And yes. Definitely coconut oil instead of canola oil. :) It turned out great!

  4. Wow, you like to plan ;). Congrats on baby #5! I have a great recipe for beef stew which is delicious but I've never tasted it with root.

  5. I too am both winding down and nesting for baby (#4 for me)... I don't know how you're doing all that you're doing though- I thoroughly cleaned the bathroom on Saturday and then could barely move the rest of the day!! Your meal plans look great- I need to check out some of the links- I also like how you have "To do"s as part of them... I always forget those prep steps and then end up not prepared for what I had planned to do!

  6. I'm counting down for baby #1 who is due in six weeks. I've would love to stock the freezer with meals, but not many of my dishes freeze well. Do you have any recommendations? I would love to know what you are stashing in your freezer. Congrats on baby #5!

  7. Congrats! I'll be sharing what I'm stocking my freezer with in the coming weeks in my menu plans.

  8. This looks like my kind of meal plan! I love meal-planning, it has saved my sanity and our budget at our house!

    I would love for you to come share this recipe on my link-up, Make-ahead Mondays, at Raising Isabella!

    Hope to see you there!

  9. Thanks! I'll be sure to check it out. :)


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