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“100 Days of Real Food” Menu Plans

I just read a fascinating blog post on Keeper of the Home’s site, called Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food.”

Even though I’ve been on my healthy journey for almost 7 years, I still feel like a novice in so many ways. There are so many more things to learn, so many approaches, philosophies, and nuances to consider.  That’s why I appreciate the author’s simple and basic approach.  She started at the beginning, a place where I am comfortable.

The detailed student in me (or is it really just the voyeuristic part of me?) also also appreciates a good, long look into someone’s private life.  Things like detailed menu plans really help me to consider practical ways of adjusting our practices, even if our criteria for healthy foods don’t line up completely. (We are still avoiding gluten as much as possible unless we come upon a better understanding of how to incorporate it without our bodies responding poorly.)

I’m linking up to her menu plans here just so I have them handy, but I do recommend checking out her site too.  

 

 

Menu plan week of July 26th

This will likely be the last week of menus I plan out before I enter newborn zone again. Thankfully, I’ll be doing the meal swap again with my little group of wives from church, so I’ll have a few meals for the freezer on Friday.  Then, by God’s grace, after Kieran arrives, friends from church will help feed us for a few weeks.  🙂

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Turkey Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Leftovers

Monday

Rotisserie Chicken, leftover Sweet Corn and Parmesan Flans, and other sides from Earth Fare

Tuesday

Two-Bean Chili with Avocado

Wednesday

Gluten-Free Pasta with Salad and Steamed Broccoli

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thursday

Breakfast for Dinner

Friday (Meal Swap 10am, Mom comes for the weekend)

Swap Meal

Saturday

Swap Meal

Sunday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Menu plan week of July 19th

Well, I’m in the final stretches of pregnancy!  About 2 weeks left to go!  I just finished up my part-time work-from-home job this past Wednesday, so I should have a bit more time to prepare/rest before the big day.

And this week, we’re celebrating Anson’s 3rd birthday!  Hard to believe!  😛

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Turkey Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Leftovers

Monday

Breakfast for Dinner

Tuesday (11am dentist appt)

Two-Bean Chili with Avocado

Wednesday (Anson’s 3rd Birthday!)

Gluten-Free Pasta with Salad and Steamed Broccoli

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thursday (7pm Cooking Club Meeting)

Turkey-Stuffed Peppers

Also to make at some point just for summer fun: Zucchini Bread

Friday

Sweet Corn and Parmesan Flans

Saturday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Sunday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Menu plan week of June 28th and July 5th

It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of June, getting ready to start July.  My, how time is flying!!!

Here’s my attempt at another 2-week menu plan.  🙂

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Turkey Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Leftovers

Typical Snacks:

  • Fruit, Granola and Yogurt
  • Smoothies (My favorite these days involves coconut milk and berries.  I’ll try to post it soon.)

And here is the dinner plan:

Monday (Grocery Shopping as a Family)

Dinner Out

Tuesday

Portobello Burgers with potato fries and steamed broccoli

Wednesday

Chicken Mirabella with Brown Rice

Thursday

Gluten-Free Pasta with Salad and Steamed Broccoli

Friday (Mom’s coming – Going to airport Saturday)

Chicken Tortilla Soup (from swap) with avocado, chips, cheese

Saturday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Sunday (4th of July – Lunch/Dinner at Jim and Anna’s)

Bringing Pasta Salad and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake/Cupcakes (with a secret!)

Monday (Half day at work, Care Group Cookout)

Bringing Pasta Salad and Bottled Water

Tuesday

Black Bean Burgers, Potato Fries, and Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday

Two-Bean Chili with Avocado

Thursday (Midwife appt at 11am)

Seared Salmon with Green Sauce, Crispy Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Friday (Mom’s Birthday)

Saturday (Pick Mom up from Airport)

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Sunday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Menu plan week of June 14th and 21st

I’m not a big fan of sitting down to make a menu plan each week, but I definitely appreciate how much easier the rest of the week goes when I have a plan in place.  Since we did our meal swap last week, I’ve got a freezer full of healthy dinners and think I can finally get a leg-up on planning.  I’m going to try to plan out two weeks so I don’t have to do this again next week.  🙂

So, here goes:

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Turkey Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Leftovers

Typical Snacks:

  • Fruit, Granola and Yogurt
  • Smoothies (My favorite these days involves coconut milk and berries.  I’ll try to post it soon.)

And here is the dinner plan:

Monday

Cottage Pie (from swap)

Tuesday

Lemon-Glazed Chicken (from swap)

Wednesday (Meal to Bethany, Stop by Sam’s Club)

Gluten-Free Pasta with Salad and Steamed Broccoli

Thursday (Midwife appt at 11am, Isabelle’s Birthday)

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (from swap) with Salad

Friday (Mom’s coming!)

Chicken Tortilla Soup (from swap) with avocado, chips, cheese

Saturday (Alyson’s Baby Shower! Maybe going to Mom and Dad’s)

Shower: Bringing Deviled Eggs
Dinner with Mom and Dad

Sunday (Father’s Day and Mom and Dad’s Anniversary!)

Dinner out or with Mom and Dad

Monday (First Day of Summer!)

Portobello Burgers with potato fries and steamed broccoli

Tuesday

Beef Stew (from swap)

Wednesday (Care Group – snacks)

Dinner: Two-Bean Chili with Avocado
For Care Group: Vegetables, Chips and Salsa, Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes (with a secret!)

Thursday

Chicken Enchiladas

Friday

Leftovers

Saturday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Sunday

Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Menu plan week of June 7th

Our freezer club group is finally meeting again!  Hooray!  So, I’ll be prepping lots of Chicken Mirabella and Black Bean Burgers this week.  Then I’ll get 10 different meals at the swap. So fun!

Here’s the plan for this week.

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, carrots and celery
  • Leftovers

Typical Snacks (Definitely important with this never-ending appetite of mine):

  • Fruit, Granola and Yogurt
  • Smoothies (My favorite these days involves coconut milk and berries.  I’ll try to post it soon.)

And here is the dinner plan:

Monday

Two-Bean Chili with Avocado

Tuesday

Spinach and Artichoke Dip with organic blue corn chips and Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Wednesday (Care Group)

Chicken Mirabella with Brown Rice

Thursday (Meal Swap in the morning)

Black Bean Burgers with romaine lettuce “bun” and potato fries

Friday

One of the swap meals

Saturday (WT in morning, World Cup game in afternoon)

One of the swap meals

Sunday (Play and Sing. Allison’s Baby Shower)

For shower: Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes with a Secret
Eat Out/Breakfast for Dinner/Leftovers

Menu plan week of May 24th

Well, we’ve been trying to do more gluten-free stuff lately.  After a bit of testing, we found that Erich especially functioned much better without gluten.  We’ve also been trying to watch money right now until we sell our house.  Soooo, here’s the plan for the week:

Typical Breakfasts :

Typical Lunches:

  • Loaded Salad
  • Chips/Gluten free crackers with hummus
  • Leftovers

Typical Snacks (Definitely important with this never-ending appetite of mine):

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Smoothies (My favorite these days involves coconut milk and berries.  I’ll try to post it soon.)

And here is the dinner plan:

Monday

Hamburgers with romaine lettuce “bun” and potato fries (Coupon for 2 free Earth Fare hamburgers)

Tuesday (Bluff Board Meeting)

Baked Ziti (with gluten-free pasta)

Wednesday (Care Group)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip with organic blue corn chips and Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday

Black Bean Burgers with romaine lettuce “bun” and potato fries

Friday

Two-Bean Chili with Avocado

Saturday

Eat out

Sunday

Date night

Monday (Memorial Day)

Leftovers/Breakfast for Dinner