This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. I was lucky enough to spend two whole days with my husband and three little boys embracing me with their “I love you mom” and sweet hugs.
Happy Mother’s Day moms!
I hope you took some time to yourself to relax and for once have a few moments out of the day that focus on you (of course it always ends up with doing something your kids will enjoy)!
It is almost a week after Mother’s Day and life is as busy as you know it. With all the stuff going on, sometimes my meal plans gets tossed out the window, or my pantry has no food in it.
Usually when I am faced with this issue I usually write out a quick grocery list with one or two dinner meal ideas in mind.
Now my life is a little different. Having a son with gluten sensitivity forces me to be more organized – which is a good thing!
I recently came up with the idea to make a calendar with at least seven days of planned meals and snacks to make this gluten-free lifestyle easy for me and my family. The calendar will have all gluten-free items and I will of course alter each dish for my non-gluten sensitivity kids if I don’t think they will like it. My goal is to choose meals my entire family will like so I don’t lose time making two different meals for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.
- Gluten free dairy free homemade poptarts
- Homemade strawberry banana breakfast cookies
- Yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and quinoa granola
- Oatmeal with Bob’s Red Mill GF quick cooking oats, almond/soy milk, fresh fruit and cinnamon
- Homemade cereal bars
- Gluten Free Nation gluten free blueberry muffins
- Gluten Free Nation gluten free English muffins
Here are a few breakfast ideas that I know my son Graham would like. Gluten Free Nationis my all-time favorite gluten free online store that sells yummy options for breakfast. It is an easy site to order from and my product always comes within a few days! You can also freeze anything from Gluten Free Nation until ready to eat!
Lunch and Snack
- Deli and cream cheese rolls
- Fruit Skewers and dairy free vanilla yogurt for dipping
- Homemade chex mix
- Gluten-free pretzels
- Homemade natural Peanut butter granola bars
- Ants on a log ( celery with natural peanut butter/sunbutter and raisins)
- Cheese and GF crackers
- Veggies and GF dip
- Deli wraps or sandwiches with GF tortillas or Gluten Free Nation gluten free burger buns, romaine, meat, cheese, veggies, and GF dressing
- Almond banana sandwich
- Mini pizzas with Gluten Free Nation’s gluten free English muffins
- Popcorn balls
- Apples and cottage cheese
These options are great for lunch and snack whether it may be for at home or at school.
- GF pretzel breaded chicken tenders and homemade baked fries
- Homemade Mac and cheese
- Orange Chicken and rice
- Meatloaf and potatoes
WOW! These food options sound surprisingly tasty. I know there are many items on the list that you will have to make from scratch, but that is a way for you as a parent to know exactly what your children are putting in their stomach!
If you want to take the easy route once in awhile and give your children already-made gluten free meals I recommend checking out Gluten Free Nation for breakfast and snack options. You are already on their site so explore a little. The gluten free blueberry muffinsor gluten free English muffinsare customer favorites.
I hope this blog helps your ideas flow for meal plans. Next step is to go out and buy a big calendar you can hang in your kitchen to write down meal ideas so your life is a little less hectic.