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    GFCF Meal Plan for Apr 7-14

    April 8, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    We have an extra-busy week ahead, and I can’t explain how helpful a meal plan is when busy times set in. If a meal plan means anything, it is that I do not have to think about meals other than once a week. I sit down on Monday, come up with a menu, come up with a shopping list, go grocery shopping, and, except for our Wednesday evening trip to Trader Joe’s, the work is done.

    At least, the thinking work is done. As long as I plan for enough food and follow my own written instructions, everything flows freely.

    Unless I get extra morning sickness. But that is another story.

    Did I ever mention that I often get morning sickness for the whole nine months? But really, it is so much better this time that it must be a boy. I think I am allergic to girls.

    Again…another story.

    So, before I post the plan, I need to add some instructions for the newbies. Since I am trying not to endlessly repeat myself, it would be helpful for you to read all the meal plans in the GFCF label. I tried to offer a few instructions in the beginning, and if you are just starting out, they will answer some of the questions you have.

    For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, GFCF is short for gluten-free, casein-free. The meal plan is also soy-free, artificial-everything free (two of my children are allergic to preservatives, colors, and flavors), and it is low on corn since corn is easy to build up an intolerance to.

    One final note: Goat’s milk does contain casein proteins. They are a bit different from cow’s milk, but they are casein nonetheless. A child on a GFCF diet may or may not be able to tolerate goat’s milk. Our children do fine with it, but you must test your own child in a controlled environment to find out for sure. I would highly suggest not giving a child goat’s milk when you are just beginning the diet.

    The plan for this week:

    Monday, April 7
    Breakfast: Blonde GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Baja Fresh, our Monday tradition with Granmama {Si took leftover spaghetti from the weekend}
    Dinner: lentil burgers, oven fries, salad

    Tuesday, April 8
    Breakfast: Brunette GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Egg salad with lettuce and tomato {no bread, of course}
    Dinner: Taco salads

    Wednesday, April 9
    Breakfast: Blonde GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Lunch out with Daddy! What a special day…
    Dinner: Oregano-lemon chicken, salad, rice if I’m feeling motivated

    Thursday, April 10
    Breakfast: Brunette GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Leftover chicken and salad
    Dinner: Italian roast beef, sauteed carrots and onions, GFCF mashed potatoes

    Friday, April 11
    Breakfast: Blonde GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Leftover roast beef, salad
    Dinner: Homemade chicken patties {Nourishing Traditions p. 362, modified to be GFCF–I will post instructions once I figure it out!}, gelatin fruit salad {NOT made from a box. Please do not give a sensitive child Jello. It is bascially a bunch of chemicals mixed with gelatin, and highly toxic for these sorts of kids…What I am making is old-fashioned gelatin mixed with real fruit juices and fruit slices. Recipe is in The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook p. 188}, salad

    Saturday, April 12
    Breakfast: Brunette GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Leftovers {I get to eat GLUTEN and DAIRY at a baby shower!!}
    Dinner: Leftovers {I can already tell I planned too much food during the week}

    Sunday, April 13
    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and fruit slices
    Lunch: More leftovers
    Dinner: Pot luck! I am making Ol’ Settlers Beans {chemical-free bacon from Trader Joe’s, no ground beef, all 4 qt. of beans are northern beans because that is how we like it} and Picadillo {from Betty Crocker’s Slow Cooker Cookbook} and Si said he will make peanut butter-chocolate goat’s milk ice milk for the kids to have as dessert

    Monday, April 14
    Breakfast: Blonde GFCF Blender Batter Pancakes
    Lunch: Baja Fresh, of course!
    Dinner: Leftovers if there are any, otherwise simple breakfast foods like fried eggs, country potatoes, etc.

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  • Reply Brandy April 11, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Useful indeed! I am excited about the gelatin! I made it tonight since I ended up with enough juice to make it twice. It was a big hit! As I was reading the instructions, they suggested that you set it in ice-cube trays for kids that are sick, and one cube is one serving. Great idea, thought I! We don’t get the stomach flu very often around here, but finding a nontoxic way of fighting dehydration has been an issue whenever we do. I will keep this recipe as a trick up my sleeve for sickness, and not just as a special treat.

  • Reply Dominic and Kimberly April 11, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I’ll probably end up buying the book at some point. It’s good to know you have found it valuable.

  • Reply Rahime April 10, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    hee, hee. I think you can expect that at some point this summer…I’m just not sure when yet.

  • Reply Brandy April 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Well, Rahime, you know where I am. Come over and I will feed you, and anyone you bring with you (as long as that person you bring promises to build elaborate Lego contraptions). 🙂

  • Reply Rahime April 9, 2008 at 7:03 am

    you make me hungry.

  • Reply Brandy April 9, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Actually, a lot of the linked recipes this week are from I ended up buying a some odd cuts of meat on sale, and that is usually where I go for those sorts of recipes. I think the only recipe I’m using from the cookbook Grace gave me this week is the gelatin. I will have to report on how that turns out! I have only tried a few of the recipes, but the ones I have tried I am VERY happy with. Another helpful feature of the book is the beginning, where it offers substitutions for just about everything you can imagine. It is a great quick reference for modifying other recipes that you already know you like.

    Would you like to borrow the book sometime? I could just copy a couple of my favorites to use while you check it out. 🙂

  • Reply Dominic and Kimberly April 9, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Hello. Are these recipes from the recipe book that Grace gave you? I’m curious to hear how it is.

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