Ryan and I have been grain-free since the beginning of 2013 and we’ve noticed lots of huge changes in our lives because of it (better sleep, more energy, weight loss for me, happier moods).
When I tell someone that I’m mostly grain-free (I still have oats every so often) the first question they always ask is, “What in the world do you eat??” So, I’m sharing my weekly menu plans here on STS to show that we still eat lots of super yummy things and that a grain-free/gluten-free lifestyle is definitely very doable (even on a limited budget!)
We have our furniture!! Our house is a complete wreck right now, but at least we’re sleeping on beds instead of air mattresses. I actually enjoyed living without “stuff” for a couple of weeks so as I unpack boxes I’m going to be putting everything I can live without into garage sale boxes.
I’ll be making my menu plans off of what I have on hand, as well as what is/will be on sale at the stores where I shop… Kroger, HEB, Aldi, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s. I’m still in phase 1 of my freezer/fridge stockpiling so I’ll be getting as many of the meat deals this week as I can fit in my budget (like the $4.49/lb grass-fed organic ground beef at Aldi this week – starts on Wed for us here in Texas).
The kids will be mostly eating the same things as us with some extra carbs added in to the meal plan below. I can easily throw in a slice of bread or some rice for them to round things out a little more for their growing bodies.
- Fried eggs (in butter – although I won’t be making it myself during this season of life) with onions and bell peppers
- Chocolate Muffin In A Mug (I’m still amazed that almond flour and flax meal can make something so yummy!)
- Coconut Flour Homemade Donuts – the kids got donuts at a garage sale this past weekend and now I’m craving some!
- Coconut Flour Breakfast Bake
- In-season fruit
- Salads (with salmon, leftover burgers, or lunch meat, and broccoli, carrots, and cheese)
- Leftovers from dinner
- Sandwiches with grain-free bread (recipe for the grain-free bread is coming this week!)
- Greek Yogurt and frozen berries
- Homemade Hummus and veggies
- Apples, Bananas, Oranges
- Homemade Guacamole and chips (sweet potato chips for me and Ryan – and yes, sweet potato chips and guac is AWESOME)
- Chicken Sausage (from Sprouts) with quinoa and spinach (I steam the sausage, cut it up into pieces, and then mix it with the cooked quinoa and spinach before serving)
- Burger Salads (burgers on mixed greens with all of the toppings you normally put on a burger, including the mayo/mustard/ketchup)
- Chicken tenders (frozen) in the crockpot all day with spaghetti sauce & frozen leeks (found them at Trader Joe’s!). Then about 1 hour before it’s ready I add cubed zucchini. Served over pasta for the kids and either by itself or with quinoa for the adults.
- Roasted Chicken with steamed broccoli and butternut squash (cooked whole in the oven)
- If the weather here in Texas can stay a little cooler then I really would like to try this Leftover Roast Chicken Soup with Roasted Veggies!
- Shredded chicken with salsa, avocado, and quinoa (just mix it all up – it’s SO good) with a side salad
- Unsweetened almond milk (mostly for the 2 year old, but I love it in my coffee too!)
- Regular organic milk until I find a good raw or low-heat pasteurized supplier in Houston (if anyone knows of a good place please let me know!)
I like to do my menu plans on the weekends since the week is pretty crazy for us, and I don’t set up my menu plans by day of the week so that I don’t have to set in stone what we are having every single night. It’s a big enough deal for this non-scheduler to plan out a general menu at all, so I like that each evening can be somewhat spontaneous since I can choose that day (or the night before) what we are going to eat.
As I make this meal plan each week I take a look at what we have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer first, and then if I’m lacking anything I look at what’s on sale so that I can make a quick trip to the store on Sunday afternoon (although I try to avoid that if possible since I like to go to the store on Wednesdays to do my stock-up shopping).
You’ll notice that we have a lot of the same things from week to week and for this season of life it works for us!
For those who are curious about Quinoa, see my post on How To Cook Quinoa. I was scared for the longest time to try it out (I guess because it was so new to me?) but I make it all the time now!