Sunday, November 13, 2011

this week's menu -- sunday cooking

We had a great weekend visiting my sweet friend Betty (who has shared her recipes for blueberry french toast casserole and beans galore -- two favorites at our house!) Betty treated us to a wonderful simple meal of chicken and root vegetables made in the slow cooker on Saturday evening. Michael enjoyed it so much we're having it again this week! I have a lot of upcoming deadlines in the next few weeks, so I won't have time to make dinner in the evenings. Since I had a whole afternoon free today I decided to get busy and get cooking. Our meals will be pre-made this week, along with having a few sandwich nights (Michael's favorite dinner anyway!)

This Week's Challenge: Egg-Free Breakfast Ideas 
I feel like nearly every week I have something challenging to work through. It's usually good things like getting more exercise, more sleep, trying a new recipe, meeting a deadline etc... but I want to connect with you, my readers. This week's challenge is to make protein-rich egg-free breakfasts. Several readers have mentioned on the facebook fan page that they are allergic to eggs and need ideas for healthy breakfasts. SO I'm taking on the challenge to figure out what I can make for breakfast without eggs, but yet with a lot of protein. If you have ideas, please share them in the comments below

This will definitely be an interesting challenge for me because I LOVE eggs and I hope it's a food I never have to go without. It probably wouldn't be much of a stretch for me to say that eggs are my favorite food. They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways... but for those of you who cannot use them -- I know breakfast must be a puzzle at times. So I'm going to test the egg-free breakfast waters and let you know what I come up with! 

What are your strategies for meals on super busy weeks? Do you have a freezer with already made meals? Do you eat out? Share your thoughts in the comments below

Breakfasts this week: 
  • Michael will probably take cereal & milk with him to work every morning. I am making clam chowder to have several mornings, I also have sausage to make some type of casserole possibly, and I'm thinking I might have chicken salad over a spinach or lettuce bed.. 
Lunches this week: 
  • Leftovers -or- lettuce & turkey wraps with fruit
Dinners this week: 
  • Sunday -- Hubs requested sandwiches... I'm having a chicken salad lettuce wrap
  • Monday -- Meatloaf stuffed green peppers with mashed sweet potatoes and a fresh salad
  • Tuesday -- Italian spaghetti squash & meatball casserole with salad or red cabbage slaw
  • Wednesday -- Slow cooked chicken with root vegetables, served with slow cooker applesauce
  • Thursday -- Sandwich/Lettuce Wrap night + raw veggies & fruit
  • Friday -- Leftovers -or- Out to Eat
  • Saturday -- Beef or Chicken Taco Salads

This menu is also being shared at Gluten Free Detroit Metro's blog with the Gluten Free Menu Swap and at Laura's I'm an Organizing Junkie Menu Monday. 

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  1. Hey Carrie,

    I just posted a recipe for Ful Medames an fava bean dish that's a popular breakfast in Egypt. It's basically stewed mashed fava beans, and people dress it up with all sorts of sides. We ate all ours in a 24-hour period. Heh. Maybe give it a try.

  2. Hi Carrie,

    I have been following your blog and find it interesting you have changed your GF diet to GF Paleo. Would like to know how that is working for you, if you are feeling better and if it is helping with your weight loss. I am Celiac so I have to follow the GF diet and have several food sensitivities, egg, dairy, corn, oats, yeast and sugar (think that's it). Also, would like to have the recipe for the Slow Cooked Chicken with root vegetables, it sounds delicious. Thank you!

  3. Melissa -- such great questions! Goodness sounds like I need to do more posts on paleo! But in a nutshell 1) How is paleo working for me? By cutting refined sugars & carbohydrates out of my diet by about 80% my triglycerides dropped over 130 points in my last blood work. My overall cholesterol dropped by about 30 points as well. And that was just in two months. So YES... it works for me. Weight loss hasn't been significant, but honestly I haven't been working out and I would need to cut out more carbohydrates (the sweet potatoes, occasional sweet treats etc...) to have a better outcome for weight loss... I think paleo is simply the easiest way to eat. Eat real food... basically if it's in the perimeter of the grocery store (minus the dairy stuff) I can eat it... it's all naturally gluten free and dairy free and my tummy is actually happy. No more contant tummy aches from being constantly glutened when eating out, etc... And as far as feeling better? I feel SO much better. SO SO SO much better! I have more energy, I sleep better, no heartburn/GERD issues... it's a very good thing!

  4. Melissa -- the slow cooked chicken -- girl, all I did was chop up 3-4 red potatoes put in the bottom of a 4 quart slow cooker with 3 chopped carrots, and one chopped onion, put 4 chicken breasts on top and cooked on high for 4 hours -- very basic, very plain... but comforting and good!

  5. I haven't made this, but it looks great:

  6. Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for answering my questions and for posting the recipe. I think I will give Paleo a try, sounds like it might be the way for me to go to get my tummy to settle down too. Also, thanks for the slow cooked chicken recipe, easy and comforting, sounds like my kind of meal!