Menu Plan ~ August 23, 2009

The time has come…..school starts this week!!  WOOHOO!!!  Not all of us in the house are doing the “Back-to-School Boogie”….Jon would prefer to keep right on going with his summer vacation.  Sorry, Charlie!  While I have enjoyed the summer with the kids, I am excited to get back into more of a routine.  The school supplies have been purchased and the backpacks are packed.  Now all we need is for Wednesday to get here! 

This week  Asparagus Thin is hosting the gluten-free menu swap.  She chose grapes as her ingredient theme of the week.  I love grapes!  My new favorite grape is the champagne grape, which I have been using on my salads!  YUM!!  I talk about them here.  I plan on continuing to use them in my salads this week.  I also have some seedless red grapes that I am probably going to freeze for fun snacks this week. 

I have some news that really disappointed me today.  I had written a while back  that I was so excited that Meijer’s Rotisserie Chicken was gluten-free…the original only had 4 0r 5 ingredients on the list, all clearly gluten-free.  Well, today I went to buy our Sunday night chicken and went to check the ingredients like I always do and what do you know, they changed them!!  Now there was a huge list for the “spices” and wheat flour was the 3rd one on the list!!  WHY????  What was wrong with the way it was??  If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!!  I was trying to find a manager on duty, but decided it would be best to email after Aaron convinced me of it.  So, that scrapped our dinner for tonight.  I did buy a roasting chicken so I could make my own this week.  Close in price, just more work for me.  Oh well.  I should be used to it by now.  This just goes to show you why it is very important to check the labels on everything you buy & eat every single time. 

Sunday ~ Chicken Parmesan a la Aaron.  :)  Spaghetti, green beans & salad on the side

Monday ~ Kim meeting friend at Whole Foods; leftovers for the family

Tuesday ~ Filet mignon, broccoli, sweet potatoes & salad

Wednesday ~ Tacos or Mexican Pizza, beans & salad

Thursday ~ Apricot Glazed Pork Loin, parmesan potatoes, asparagus & salad

Friday ~ Breakfast for dinner (pancakes or omelets)

Saturday ~ Out

Baked Goods

Haven’t gotten this far yet!  HA!!  I would love to make some more chia muffins or banana bread this week. 

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots more menu ideas. 

Hope you have a great week!!

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10 Responses

  1. If you are a Costco member, they have GF rotisserie chicken.

  2. I hear you and feel for you. I was nearly scared to death when I found out about a Van Pancake recall because there was a possible contamination of wheat. I was afraid that it might go for the waffles too and I’m just nervous to eat the box in my freezer..

    And McDonalds Hash Browns. Once upon a time, they were wheat free and now, WHEAT. I hate it. I mean, I know it really is risky but every now and again, especially when I’m on the road, I’d grab one for breakfast but now..forget it. So mean.

  3. so sorry to hear about it. I hate it when my favorite foods disappear. I don’t think they have any idea how much they mean when you’re on a limited diet…

    • Thanks Cheryl. I did shoot them an email and they responded right away, on Sunday night! They were contacting my local store to find out what happened.

  4. Re: Rotisserie Chicken

    If you’re in the Chicago/N.W. Indiana area, Ultra Foods (www.ultra-foods.com) Original Rotisserie Chicken has only a handful of ingredients, and is gf. (actually, they have a surprisingly good gf section and other gf items scattered throughout the store).

    • Thanks Veronica! Unfortunately, that would be quite a drive for me. I live in Ohio. :( I did send Meijer an email and they did respond. Hopefully they will go back to the way it was, but I am not holding my breath.

  5. It’s always no fun when a formerly safe product gets a gluten ingredient. grrrr!

    On the McDonalds hash brown issue, if it is the same as their french fries and an issue of a flavoring being derived from wheat, they have been tested by Celiac associations etc. and found to not contain detectable levels of gluten. This is similar to distilled alcohol no longer containing the gluten protein that is problematic for those of us with Celiac. Of course the oil used to fry the hash browns may be contaminated if it is reused from their other fryers. But, food for thought.

    Chia muffins sound interesting. i’ve only just started to experiment with chia. :)
    -Sea

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