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Health, Home, and Happiness: Menu 1/24 (Maker's Diet options, Grain Free Options)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Menu 1/24 (Maker's Diet options, Grain Free Options)

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{Grains or otherwise non-GAPS food for hubby in brackets}
When we're not grain free, we generally follow The Maker's Diet/Nourishing Traditions with exceptions for refined sugar/flour (Haagen Daz or homemade cookies) about once a week. 

Snacks: Soup, which contains lots of veggies, nourishing chicken stock, and real sea salt
I've got the dehydrator going with pears in it right now, those will hopefully last as snacks for the week.  I love dehydrated fruit because it's not sticky for the kiddos.

Sunday:
  • Scrambled eggs, cooked apples {whole wheat toast with butter and honey}
  • Meatballs in tomato juice in the crockpot {whole wheat rolls for meatball sandwiches} 
  • Light dinner; Cheese or peanutbutter on grain free crackers {wheat crackers}
  • Fresh juice (save the pulp for tomorrow)
  • Thaw frozen chicken in a bowl overnight 


Monday:
  • Coconut flour muffins with apple pulp
  • Chicken salad {on a wheat roll for hubby}, wrapped in cooked cabbage for us (yes, my children love cooked cabbage! It's kind of sweet and soft - easy for them to eat)
  • {Hubby gets organic corn chips, a banana, cookies in his lunch too}
  • Squash fries 
  • Soup, meatballs from Sunday, {wheat roll with butter}

  • General house cleaning day
  • Put thawed chicken in crockpot or pot to cook (8 hours in the crockpot, 2 on the stove)
  • That evening, pull all chicken off of the bones, set bones back in pot for stock, cook overnight and chicken goes in the fridge for lunches
  • Laundry

Tuesday:

  • Poached eggs, squash cubes with coconut oil and sea salt
  • Yogurt
  • Same lunch every day all week, see Monday
  • Squash pancakes with yogurt {Pizza. Pizza crust is something else I still do with white flour, it's the unbleached GMO/chemical free from Wheat Montana}

  • Sewing day
  • Make up grocery list
  • Stock into mason jars, cool on counter then into the fridge
  • Soak beans
  • Laundry
Wednesday
  • Leftover squash pancakes from last night
  • Poached eggs
  • Meatballs and cooked apples (stored in mason jars to take with us)
  • {Hubby takes leftover pizza for lunch}
  • Taco salad (cook beans in crockpot all day while we're out; lettuce, yogurt 'sour cream', ground beef, chopped onions) {corn chips}
  • Errand day
  • Put groceries away ~ I took pictures of my pantry, which has stayed organized for a while. It sounds crazy, but I think I'm becoming more organized as I stay on GAPS, I usually have good intentions with organization but it goes out the window in about a week. It could also be that I have two little active children so I may just be more organized as a necessity to keep up with them, who knows!
  • {Dump some flour in a bowl, add yogurt and water, let sit overnight for soaked wheat bread}


  • Vacuum, sweep, mop
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Laundry
Thursday
  • Squash cubes with coconut oil and sea salt
  • Chicken salad/cabbage for lunch
  • Breakfast-for-dinner; Scrambled eggs with cheese, beef sausage, cooked apples, {wheat toast}

  • Steam cabbage for wraps
  • Finish wheat bread
  • Yogurt, I'm doing goat for my little girl and cow for the rest of us. I get the organic, nonhomogenized cow milk from the health food store now, since I stopped our milk share a while backSometimes I add an extra quart of cream to make yummy rich yogurt.  SCD/GAPS yogurt is incubated for 24 hours, which I still do in the cooler (see link) I just switch out the hot water containers every 4-8 hours to keep it warm.

Friday
  • Laundry catch up day
  • Sewing or visiting or organizing, depending on the weather, our moods, etc
Saturday
  • Eggs, {soaked wheat waffles- make extras to freeze for hubby to toast}, cooked apples
  • Homemade chicken nuggets for both lunch and dinner. We usually eat the same thing for lunch and dinner on the weekends
  • Cooked veggies with butter or coconut oil and sea salt
Some more: 
  • Did you see my post, Kitchen Cleanup over on Kitchen Stewardship? I love waking up to a clean kitchen and these are some things that I do to keep the mess under control while still cooking from scratch. You see by my menu that we eat pretty simply.  I don't try to re-create processed foods using real ingredients, we usually just enjoy the simplicity of whole foods as I believe they were intended to be consumed.
  • I have a giveaway going on this week for coconut flour from Tropical Traditions!
  • I'm reading Real Food this week and really enjoying it.  I have Good Calories Bad Calories going too, which I think is fascinating but that book takes more thinking to read, and that isn't happening very often with the little ones. Real Food is lighter reading that's easier for me to pick up and put down.
  • There's a print friendly button down at the end of the post now, right above the 'share by email' icon.  Thanks to MommyBits for showing me how to do this! I print my menus and put them up on the fridge, now I don't have to cut and paste and mess with formatting in Word. 

A part of Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie and more real food menu plans at Mindful Menus

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9 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Cara,
I have enjoyed your blog. I am going to add a link on my blog. I love reading your menus. It gives me ideals.
Blessings,
Elizabeth

January 24, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Christine @Money Funk said...

I've heard of the Maker's diet, but not the GAPS diet. Make sense though. I think it would definitely take time and creative thinking to menu plan. All the more fun.

And who doesn't love breakfast for dinner? ;)

Like the blog and links. It's all quiet interesting.

January 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Kael said...

I appreciate your menu posts! We have been doing GAPS for almost 4 months. Will you share your recipes for grain-free crackers and squash pancakes?

January 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I love seeing the whole days' worth of menus and how you make them work for you! It's so helpful, when I try to make a lot of grain-free meals, to see all of the ideas.

I second Kael's request. Also, how do you make your chicken nuggets grain-free? Do you just use coconut flour? Or mix up coconut flour baking mix?

January 27, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Grain free crackers- you don't want those yet! They're not very good. Once I get a good recipe I'll post it :)

I took pictures as I made squash pancakes yesterday, so I can post those soon.

GF chicken nuggets- yeah, I just use shredded coconut or coconut flour. Hope to try almond flour soon too!

Glad my menus help! :)

January 27, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Great to meet you! I LOVE your blog! Thanks for stopping by Mindful Menus this week - Please join next. Blessings! ~ Jenna

January 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger rebeccah said...

I noticed you said you still use unbleached flour for your pizza crust. Several years ago, I switched to half whole wheat, half unbleached flour.. it is so good.. even my hubby prefers it over the regular crust. Then, once I got our milk goats, I started making my own mozzerella cheese and I can my own garden tomatoes (used for homemade pizza sauce).. the pizza is the best! Add a few fresh sliced tomatoes...mmmm.. :-)

January 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great resource!

February 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Diet A Wellness said...

nice post
it really informative i think
thank you

May 3, 2010 at 3:50 AM  

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