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Fairly Quick & Healthy Meals for a Busy Week

April 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

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I successfully kept myself busy while my husband was gone (some might say overly busy), he’s come home from Europe safely, and he brought me gluten-free pasta from Italy! I hear it’s going to be fabulous, so I’m really excited about it.  Nonetheless, I’m holding off on using any this week because I’d already gotten my meal plan in place when he gave me my gifts.  It’s fun to have something to look forward to, anyway.

Below is my meal plan for this week.  In addition to this meal plan, now that my anemia has subsided, I am making an effort to engage myself in intentional physical activity each day.  Most days it has been walking or going on a long (for me) run, but I also count helping a friend move and doing some serious physical labor at work one recent day.  One of the first changes I made in my intentional self-care starting the beginning of last year was to move my body more–to do the cliched dieting things like parking my car further from the store, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, walking around at work more, etc.  And I still do all of that, but being a naturally silly person, I also like to throw in some extra motion for joy–skipping, hopping, jumping and clamping on to my husband for a piggy-back ride, etc.  Feeling lighter and more free to move really is glorious.

But back to my meal plan: as always, it’s gluten-free, cow casein-free (apparently I’ve been eating sheep and goat casein–more on this later), egg-free, and soy-free.  Due to the 3,000+ pollen count in Atlanta right now, it’s also tomato-free; my tomato allergy seems to cross-react and cause me worse problems in generally high-allergen periods.  My meal plan is generally healthy, low on processed foods, and pretty high on veggies.


Lunch: Grilled pork chops with orange/ginger baste, roasted sweet potato fries, and steamed garlicky broccoli

To Do: Work 2 hours mid-day

Dinner: Make vegan, gluten-free bread for simplicity circle


Dinner: Dinner out at Food Studio

To Do: Go grocery shopping.


Dinner: Tuna melt (no tomato this time) and boxed veggie soup

To Do: Make breakfast foods, and freeze them.


Dinner: Beth’s honey dijon salmon, asparagus with double lemon and pecorino, and Seeger’s Vidalia onions


Dinner: Sorta Thai Veggie Stir-Fry;

To Do: Shop for party.


Snack: Smoothie before party

Riesling Wine-Tasting Party: 5 kinds of Rieslings; Masaman or red Thai curry with rice and vegetables (keep warm in slow cooker); caramelized pineapple slices; plate of ham, sausages, Ibores, and Lumiere cheeses with TJ rice crisps; chocolate coconut truffles;


Lunch: Take PB sandwich, chips, fruit, and water to Habitat build site;

Dinner: Pizza & Movie Night: Homemade rising crust pizza (with egg and dairy subs, made on on our new pizza stone!) topped with peanut sauce, shredded carrots, peanuts, green onions, cilantro and sprouts; a side of sliced mangoes;


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Wilted Cabbage & Brats

I’m submitting this meal plan to the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, which this week is being hosting by Karen at Gluten-Free Sox Fan (HA, Karen–I first typed Gluten-Free Sex Fan–but then, aren’t we all!)

Tags: 2/3 veggies · allergen-free recipes · flexitarian · meal planning · quick meals · running just as fast as we can · spring

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Menu-Swap Monday, April 14, 2008 « Gluten Free Sox Fan’s Blog // Apr 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    […] at Aprovecharis having a Riesling wine-tasting party and serving Thai food – the perfect pairing!  Otherwise, […]

  • 2 Karen // Apr 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    hehe… Thanks for the laugh after a long day at work. 🙂

  • 3 carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl // Apr 15, 2008 at 8:23 am

    LOL You are too funny Sally!! I can’t wait to try your bread! It looks delicious!! I can’t believe it worked so well without eggs! Amazing!! I’ve also still got your scone recipe to make one night this week! You are just loading me down with good recipes! How I am supposed to lose weight trying out all these goodies?? 😉

  • 4 Angela @ angelaskitchen.com // Apr 17, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Thai food is so yummy. I can’t wait to explore your blog. Tasty menu!

  • 5 Lynn // Apr 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Wow!!! I recently stumbled on your blog & am thrilled to find someone with similar food issues — of course not thrilled we have to deal with them but… I too am GFCF, soy-free, egg-free and corn-free. My meals have become VERY bland so I’m excited to find some new things to try 🙂
    b/t/w — what do you order @ Food Studio??? I live outside Atlanta proper but my bro & family are in Druid Hills — he’s a foodie and wants to get together for a dinner out sometime soon.

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