(Mostly) Gluten-free Meal Planning

Hey everyone! Happy Easter weekend 🙂 Any fun plans? We’re running errands today, and are headed to church tomorrow morning then lunch with the family ❤

Since the groceries stores will be closed tomorrow (Sunday’s our regular shopping day), we’re meal planning grocery shopping today. One of the ways I’m prepping for the baby’s birth in August is by going (mostly) gluten and sugar free for the 3rd trimester, to strengthen my body’s cells to make for birth that’s less traumatic to my body and quicker to recover from. I’m still 3 weeks away from trimester 3, but I figured I’d gradually make the diet changes instead of going cold turkey at Week 27. Plus I need to build up my GF/SF recipe book before I find myself on a hungry rampage through the kitchen without GF/SF options to choose from! 😉

Here’s the plan:

Breakfasts (in addition to the usual eggs, GF toast, smoothies, oatmeal)

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars (I printed the recipe somewhere years ago…I’ll post it when I make them)

Sticky Monkey Buns (not GF/SF in the slightest…these are for my husband!! lol)

Lunches

Polenta Pizza

Leftovers

Sandwiches on GF focaccia!! Can’t wait to make this bread!

Dinners

Grilled Chicken with artichokes (excellent how-to cook demo here)

Spaghetti & Meatballs with homemade sauce

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Sausage and Cheesy Polenta

Quinoa-Garbanzo Bean Salad

Desserts

Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (for Easter lunch. Recipe from Money Saving Mom)

1 cup natural peanut butter
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup
4 ounces quality dark chocolate (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Cream peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl. Pour mixture into a foil-lined 8×8 baking dish.

Top with chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and freeze for at least two hours.

Remove from freeze and remove fudge from foil. Cut into one-inch squares and and store in an airtight freezer bag.

Makes 20 servings.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Annnd an update on the bump, cause it’s week 24 and I’m in love with this little baby (except when I stand up and instantly have to pee…)

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Have a blessed Easter, friends!

❤ Gina

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5 thoughts on “(Mostly) Gluten-free Meal Planning

  1. Going gluten free is hard at first but now that I have been gluten free for 2 years I can’t think of going back. Do you feel any difference? Did you make the change because of pregnancy? Or something you have been wanting to do? You look great btw!

    1. Good for you for 2 yrs GF! When I don’t eat gluten, my skin is SO much less sensitive (no razor burn, acne, etc), and I feel I digest my food better and am more energized. This time, I am doing it because of pregnancy, to minimize injury to my body during giving birth.

  2. We’ve been doing GF for AJ (and most of the rest of us!) since just before Thanksgiving. I found a lot of great recipes on Pinterest (imagine that!), and I’ve been making donuts, muffins, breads, and cookies without too many special things. One of AJ’s favorite snacks is the easiest cookie recipe ever…it’s a peanut butter cookie (I substitute almond butter due to his allergies) that has oatmeal in it. I’ll dig it up for you, I almost have it memorized but not quite. I double it, and they are so good. I press a few mini chocolate chips into each cookie before baking them, or mini M&Ms, if he needs a special treat. I use GF mixes from Amazon; I find they have fabulous prices. Pamela’s Baking and Pancake mix is our absolute favorite…pancakes being a favorite breakfast around here, and waffles running a close second. (They freeze, too!) I can also make pumpkin bread with that, and she has recipes on each big 4lb bag for scones, biscuits, and a few other goodies. Her website also has them. 🙂 So far, for us, King Arthur’s muffin mix tastes the best (add in anything you want: fruit, choc chips, or even nothing!), and makes 15 muffins. They also have a fabulous brownie mix when you want to give in to that chocolate craving…
    Publix often does BOGO on their GF items…Udi’s is our favorite bread, and their little personal pizzas are an AJ favorite when I can’t make my own for him.
    Big Lots has had a LOT of Bob’s Red Mill mixes for great prices…we just got some to try.
    Trader Joe’s nearby will be a blessing. Their quinoa/rice pasta is the best; we use their GF flour, and there’s always something there GF to try. Their mac & cheese is better than Kraft’s, and AJ begs me to make it for lunch when he’s home!

    GF is a “fun” journey…be sure to read EVERYTHING. The one time I forgot to read something, AJ had quite the reaction (behaviors came back, headache, “can’t make a decision, Mom!”), and now is leery of anything unless I confirm that it’s GF. 🙂 Oh, and Chick-fil-A now makes the most incredible grilled nuggets…and if you take a GF bun with you, you can make your own grilled chicken sandwich! 🙂

    Hope that helps!

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