Sunday already! The weekend is nearly over for another week. Time to plan some meals for the week ahead then.
I have never really meal planned my week before, until now. I have always kind of make it up as we go along. Rushing around on the day for something for dinner or using up bits and bobs we already have in when I do not want to go shopping.
Now my Daughter has been diagnosed with the coeliac disease we need to plan ahead. Every meal, every day and every week needs to be carefully planned out. Some days I still fail miserably as she always likes to have a choice already in the fridge too.
I am getting there though. Even if it feels like one step forward, one step backwards sometimes.
Making sure we have plenty of Gluten-free dinners, lunch box food and treats in. Gluten-free foods are not something we can just pick up from the local shop. Also, they are more expensive so you can not just go out and buy a lot at one.
Trying to get healthier meals planned a week in advance so not to find it hard to think of something on the day. Also making sure our meals are gluten-free or having something extra gluten-free for my Daughter dinner.
We have been buying a lot of our dinner ideas from Lidl lately. They have a nice selection of meat all at a good quality and all labelled Gluten-free. Perfect for us all having the same dinner together. One less thing to stress about.
Here is our meal plan for this week:
A nice big chicken dinner. We nipped out and filled our fridge up with gluten-free meat yesterday so planning our meals for this week is not hard at all. I have brought a big chicken for dinner tonight so we have some leftovers for Tuesday lunchbox sandwiches. Planning ahead again.
Nice fresh burgers for dinner after the running club. As my Daughter is gluten-free she will be having cob-less burgers with a nice cheese salad and maybe some cold pasta salad.
Chicken Korma and chicken tikka masala. You can buy some gluten-free sauces for this meal so we have some chicken breasts and I will be making this meal up. With brown rice and popadoms, methinks.
Meatballs in a nice bolognese pasta sauce. Extra onions and garlic to warn of the colds.
It is now Autumn so a nice meal to warm us up. Shepard’s pie, yum yum. A nice Autumn Winter staple that I can also make up Gluten-free so no juggling two different meals again. Served with a colourful vegetable mix.
Pizza night. We have found a nice gluten-free pizza that my Daughter likes but we are also planning on making our own. We want to make bread and pizza bases. Up to yet, we have the simple things like gluten free bread flour, eggs and butter, we just need to find a gluten-free yeast!
A nice Sunday dinner with mashed potatoes, veggies and roast and new potatoes.
***Wednesday or Thursday night meal might be swapped around as we have just found a nice gluten-free chip shop night at a local chippy. My Daughter does not have to miss out on chippy chips anymore!! Thinking about it Wednesday might be a good night to have the chippy chip as we will be out all day at the hospital. Let’s just hope she feels like chips after we have a day of finding out more about her disease.
Another thing my Daughter does not have to miss out on anymore. Homemade muffins. They taste so yummy, gluten-free.
What meals are you planning for the ahead?
Please do not tell me if you’re having a nice meal at a Chinese Restaurant!! That is one meal I am really, really missing since my Daughter has been diagnosed.
Once one of my eldest boys come home to look after them for the evening, I am dragging my Husband out for a meal!
I can’t wait…
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