Have you created your Meal Plan for the week yet? If not, what is standing in your way? Is it too hard, too time consuming, or just too much trouble? I’ll admit I don’t always stick to our plan 100%. Sometimes I am missing an ingredient, or our plans will change. Some days I just don’t get the prep work done ahead of time. Still having a Meal Plan helps to focus my food prep and keeps me cooking instead of order takeout or eating cereal (again) for dinner.
As the weather heats up here in Arizona I know my days using the oven are numbered and I’ll be switching to the Crock Pot for more of our meals. Using the Crock Pot also helps me have dinner prepared at the right time. Often I get distracted and don’t start dinner until too late. If it’s in the Crock Pot I’m ready.
On the plus side my garden is producing and I think I’ll be harvesting my first ripe tomatoes this week. I see some jalapenos growing out of the little blossoms, and I have more basil than I know what to do with.
Spring Meal Plan
Every morning I get us super early and make a homemade breakfast for my family. Just kidding, we’ve been relying on cereal quite a bit lately. Some days we have oatmeal or other oat-free hot cereal like Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Gluten-Free Hot Cereal. I prefer dinner leftovers for breakfast but most mornings are made up of the following:
- Cereal with fresh blueberries and mangos
- Toast with SunButter Natural Sunflower Seed Spread and Apples or bananas
- Breakfast Rice with Cinnamon, Apples and Raisins
- Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon
- Baked Potatoes with a little sea salt (I’m the only weird on who eats this)
I eat leftovers whenever they are available but my kids normally want sandwiches. We usually have a fruit or veggies as a side.
- SunButter Sandwiches with jelly
- Gluten-Free Pasta with marinara
- Leftover Soup with Baked Potatoes
- Veggie Wrap OR Veggie Sandwich on tasted bread
I usually put more work into dinner that the other meals. We have several evening appointments this week so I’m hoping to make many of these meal ahead.
- Minestrone Soup is soup perfect all year but I love the garden fresh veggies in the Spring
- Broccoli and Rice Casserole (working on a new recipe)
- Lentil Sloppy Joe’s with Dirty Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes with chives
- Enchilada Soup in the Crock Pot
- Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry
If you need some ideas for Cinco de Mayo meals check out last weeks Mexican Food Meal Plan! It is full of Vegan and Gluten-Free ideas!
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