7-Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan (with Optional Shopping Lists)

7-Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan (with Optional Shopping Lists)

I am so excited to share this meal plan with you all! It’s full of quick, easy, and tasty recipes that your family will absolutely love.

Ever notice that gluten-free meal plans tend to be full of time-consuming recipes with weird and hard-to-find ingredients? That doesn’t jive with me because I have limited time, limited funds, and limited patience in the kitchen. The recipes in this meal plan are easy and require little – and in many cases, no – prep beforehand (perfect for weeknight meals). The ingredients won’t break the bank and are ones you’re familiar with and can easily find at your local grocery store (and, worst case scenario, on Amazon). And dare I say it – your kids will even like these recipes (no making separate meals for picky eaters this week!).

This meal plan is for you if:

  • You’re a gluten-free family who just doesn’t want to plan meals this week (it gets exhausting, I know)
  • You have gluten-free visitors headed your way and you’ve been stressing out about what to feed them
  • You’re making the transition to a gluten-free diet and you’re not sure where to start
  • You have a grocery budget you need to stick to but you’re dying to mix it up a little
  • You’re single or if you have a family – these recipes will please even picky eaters!

This meal plan was created with a busy family of four in mind. But if your family is bigger, just double everything. And if your family is smaller, cut everything in half. Or, hey, if you want to fill your freezer, just double everything and freeze it all for later. Easy peasy!

Below you’ll find links to all of the recipes in this meal plan, as well as any notes I have about the recipes (ingredients, preparation, etc). I’ve also created a Pinterest board for this meal plan so that when it’s time to get cooking, you can easily find all of the recipes. Lastly, I’ve taken the time to put together an optional shopping lists download for this meal plan. You can buy the download for the teeny, tiny amount of $1.99 (thanks for supporting this blog!).

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Our 2015 Financial Plan

Our 2015 Financial Plan

It’s time (actually, I’m a little late in posting this since it’s now mid-February!) to share our financial goals for 2015.

Groan.

I think I’m dreading this a bit this year because of how much last year sucked financially. We didn’t really accomplish any of last year’s financial goals. 2014 wasn’t one of our best years in a lot of ways. And it’s not at all fun to put yourself out there publicly and then fall flat on your face (maybe that’s one reason I’m not making any other goals this year – I’m a little bruised from last year).

But it’s a new year. We live in a new place. A lot of things are different. I really think – if we are disciplined – we can make some major headway this year.

So with that said, here’s our financial plan for 2015.

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No Goals = My Goals for 2015

No Goals = My Goals for 2015

It’s funny. My 2014 recap post flowed from my fingertips like emotional, typewritten vomit (there’s an image for you). I had a lot to say about 2014, I suppose. It was a unique year.

But you’re not really supposed to stop there. Reflect on the past year. State your goals/word/resolutions/intentions for the new year. That’s the way it goes. That’s the way it’s done.

I’ve been staring at a blank screen titled “My Goals for 2015″ for over a month, trying to put into words what I want to accomplish in 2015. But I just can’t seem to make it happen. I can’t turn thoughts into sentences in order to share what my goals are for the new year. I’m all fuzzy up there. And I think I know why.

I’m so sick of setting goals. I. Just. Don’t. Want. To. This. Year.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Whenever the pantry is low, it never fails to happen that I want to bake something. But there’s really nothing you can bake when your shelves are bare, right?

WRONG-O. Enter the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. Seriously. All you need are four ingredients – and those four ingredients can be substituted with other stuff! Leave out the oats if you don’t have any. Substitute the peanut butter for another nut butter if that’s what you have. Use whatever kind of sugar you have in your house. I mean – how easy is that?

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Looking Back at 2014

Looking Back at 2014

Happy New Year, folks! As is the custom for a lot of people, I thought I’d take some time to look back at 2014. Buckle in and enjoy the ride because I have a feeling that this blog post will be long. I don’t really know how to do it any other way because 2014 felt long.

In fact, 2014 was one of the most difficult years of my life.

Starting the year with a three-month-old meant that on January 1, 2014 I didn’t feel ready or prepared to kick butt in a new year – it meant I was exhausted. At the beginning of 2014, I was struggling with postpartum depression and a lack of motivation to do really anything (probably because of the exhaustion and the postpartum depression). Honestly, I felt like I had zero interest in life. I probably put on a relatively decent front for other people, but God, my husband, and my son (well, maybe not him – who knows what a three-month-old understands?) knew how bad it had gotten. Pajamas all day. Crying. Yelling. Fear. Incredible anger. Incredible guilt. I just felt…desperate. A feeling I carried with me through the majority of 2014 (and while I feel so much different now, it’s a slippery slope I have to manage diligently even now so I don’t go back to this place).

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