Menu Planning for December 14, 2013

I’ve decided I’ve been spending too much time cooking.  Now that we’re homeschooling, I make a full meal for the kids at lunch as well as a meal at dinner.  My husband tries to help out on the weekend and makes some meals in advance for the beginning of the week, but we still feel like we’re cooking too much.

The solution?  This week I’m going to use the slow cooker, and I’m also going to have an easy freezer cooking session.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Menu Plan

lunch–Stuffed Acorn Squash
dinner–leftover soup

lunch–Halibut with Spinach, rice
dinner–pork chops, roasted turnips,

Monday–Beef Roast with Carrots & Potatoes in the slow cooker

TuesdaySlow Cooker Bratwurst Stew with rice

WednesdayCrockpot Sloppy Joes with nacho chips (I’ll double or triplethis recipe so there is some for the freezer), sauteed spinach

ThursdayPaleo Chili with Veggies (doubled for the freezer & my meals)


Meals for the Freezer

Besides extra servings I’ll be making of the meals above, I also plan to have a quick freezer cooking session.

I’ll be making several of the GF DF recipes I found here and here.  What I love about these freezer meals is that I simply dump the ingredients in and then freeze.  On the day I want to cook, I just throw them in the slow cooker.  That’s my kind of cooking.

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Planning MondayGluten Free Menu Swap, and Money Saving Mom.


  1. Love the idea of Sloppy Joe’s with Nacho Chips. I think my kids would love that!

  2. My mom cooks for her sister and husband and what they do (which she found out about when she was doing caring work some years back) is have a hot big meal at lunch time, and a snack type meal in the evenings. This is apparently better for your body than a heavy meal in the evening.

    • That’s a great idea for me and the kids, but hubby’s not home then, and I think he’d balk at a smaller meal at night. 🙂

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