{Gluten Free} Meal Plan 7.20.11

Good morning friends! This is a crazy week for me because I’m leaving in two days for Asheville, NC and the Type A Parent Conference where I’ll be co-leading a round table discussion for the Group and Community Bloggers with the fabulous Anissa Mayhew.

I met Anissa a few years ago at Blissdom when I went out to dinner with a group of friends.

photo by Anissa

I sat at the end of the table across from Anissa and Mrs. Type A, herself, Kelby Carr, and all I remember is laughing until my sides hurt. These are two of the funniest, smartest women I know, and I can’t wait to get to Asheville and hug them, along a long list of blogging buddies that I haven’t seen in far too long.

But first I have mountains of laundry to conquer, and outfits to plan, and bags to pack, and meals to prepare so my family doesn’t starve (or, you know, resort to McDonalds) while I’m gone.

So once again, the discipline of this Menu Plan Monday post saves my life. Without it, our household seems to fall to pieces. I was tempted to skip it this week since I’ll only be here two nights, and then I realized, this week we need this more than ever!

So here it is. It’s nothing too exciting or inventive, but this is real life we’re living here.

This Week’s Meal Plan

MONDAY: Shaved Parmesan Chicken & Lemon Creme and a fresh veggie (whatever I find at the market). I picked up a bag of locally grown cremini mushrooms at the farmers’ market on Saturday, so I’ll be making this favorite dish for my family tonight.

TUESDAY: hamburger soup with fresh homemade bread

WEDNESDAY: kids are staying overnight with my SIL so my husband is on his own

THURSDAY: spaghetti (jarred sauce that I’ll mix up with hamburger meat and some fresh herbs, with whole wheat spaghetti pasta and parm cheese) — they love this meal, and they don’t get it when I’m around b/c of the gluten free so I always leave it when I’m going away.

FRIDAY: leftover Easter ham (it’s been in the freezer, they can just heat it up) with Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar and salad from our garden

SATURDAY: leftover hamburger soup

SUNDAY: uncured, nitrate-free hot dogs with fresh cut up veggies (I’ll just be getting home, so this is something easy I can have ready to go.)