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Menu Plan

The weather has warmed up slightly here in Oklahoma to a more reasonable and normal January temperature. I don’t mind winter, but there is only so much single digit weather that I can enjoy.

Single digit weather makes me want to curl up in front of the fire with a book, hot chocolate, and comfort foods. I am glad for a break from the cold and my menu plan reflects that. No soups are on the plan this week.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Banana Waffles

Dinner

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Gluten Free Meatloaf

Meatloaf and Homemade Jo Jo’s

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Mexican Cole Slaw

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Mexican Cole Slaw– This is usually enough for us to have leftovers the next day.

Spaghetti Pie

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Dessert of the Week

Mounds Cookie Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Fluffy-Gluten-Free-Waffles

Fluffy Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake and Eggs

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Slow Cooked Homemade Chili without Beans_

Slow Cooked No Bean Chili

Chili Nachos

Chili Nachos using leftover chili

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry use gluten free soy sauce

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Recipe

Gluten Free Pancakes from Gluten Free Pancake Mix

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy

Burrito Bowl Soup

Burrito Bowl Soup

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

It is no secret that both my readers and my family love baked oatmeal. They are some of the most popular recipes on my site and I love coming up with new versions of baked oatmeal to share.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal is a recipe that I planned to share during the holidays because it makes a great holiday breakfast. But life happened and I didn’t get it shared.

Then it became January and I felt like I should be sharing healthy recipes, not chocolate baked oatmeal recipes. But then I realized that it was oatmeal and oatmeal is healthy, right?

So maybe this isn’t the healthiest breakfast, but I am pretty sure it is healthier than many of the boxed cereals that you can buy.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Plus peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination. They just go together. Add in oatmeal and you have a delicious breakfast that your family is sure to love.

This recipe is actually based on Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal, which is the first baked oatmeal recipe that I shared here. I shared it way back in May of 2009. That recipe is still my most popular baked oatmeal recipe on my site. If you have never made it, you need to. It turns oatmeal haters into oatmeal lovers.

Today’s version is simply that version with chocolate added, but not just chocolate, I added two kinds of chocolate. I added cocoa and chocolate chips to give it an over the top chocolate flavor.

One of my favorite things about baked oatmeal is that it is easy to make ahead. I love to make several pans for Sunday morning breakfast and we reheat the leftovers during the week.

Baked oatmeal also freezes great, so you can make it ahead and keep it in the freezer. I have a whole post on freezer baked oatmeal and how it saves me time in the kitchen.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

 

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Burrito Bowl Soup

Slow Cooked Burrito Bowl Soup

Slow cooked burrito bowl soup is an easy dinner perfect at the end of a long day. Or really any day.

It is no secret that I love my slow cooker. I have mentioned it several times recently. I love that I can put dinner in the slow cooker early in the day and have a meal ready for my family at dinner time.

This is one of those recipes though that doesn’t have to be cooked in the slow cooker. You could just as easily heat this up on the stove top. So, if you don’t love your slow cooker as much as I do, or if forget to put it in the slow cooker, just heat it up on the stove top.

Burrito Bowl Soup

When I came up with this soup I wasn’t sure what to call it. It definitely has a Mexican type of flavor, but is different than a taco soup. It reminded me very much of a burrito bowl. The flavors are similar, but it is in soup form, so I decided to call it burrito bowl soup.

My family loved this soup. The flavor was great and the rice made it nice and filling. Even my picky eater enjoyed this one. You could also easily change up the meat on this one. Ground beef or shredded pork would work well also.

Burrito Bowl Soup

 

 

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Menu Plan

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I have been using my new Crock Pot a lot lately. Between a busy schedule and really cold weather, Crock Pot meals have been been happening several times a week at our house.

There is something about a big bowl of soup, chili, or comfort type food, at the end of a long winter day that is so good. So this week you will see several Crock Pot meals on the menu plan.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Eggs and Sausage

Oven Pancakes

Dinner

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Carnitas

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken and Buttered Rice

Crock Pot Tomato Soup from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Crock Pot Tomato Soup

Eggs and Soy Sauce over Rice – Breakfast for dinner

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza

Dessert of the Week

Flourless Brownies

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Overnight Belgian Waffles

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Overnight Belgian Waffles

Gluten Free Overnight Belgian Waffles

Dinner

Crustless Fajita Quiche

Crustless Fajita Quiche

Homemade Taco Bowls

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pie

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

Instant Pot Potato Soup

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Everyday Adventures

Cold weather has hit Oklahoma. The high temperature Saturday is supposed to be 29 degrees, with a wind chill well below that.

I know that is not all that cold for those of you that live in the northern part of the country, but for Oklahoma it is pretty cold, especially when it is supposed to last for quite a few days. It is winter though so I won’t complain too much. It will be spring and summer before we know it.

Cold weather means lots of soups, chili, and comfort food. Many of them have been cooked in my new Crock Pot.

For whatever reason, I seem to be hard on Crock Pots. I am not sure if it is because I use them so much or if it is because they don’t make them like they used to. But it does seem like I replace them more than most people.

My favorite Crock Pot broke quite awhile ago. I had planned to replace it, but never did. I have several Crock Pots in different sizes, so it wasn’t a priority. However, my daughter was paying attention and knew that I really wanted a new one. So my kids got me one for Christmas!

They got me this 6 qt Crock Pot and so far I love it. One of the things that I have noticed is that it doesn’t cook as hot as some of my other Crock Pots have cooked. That may not sound like a good thing, but it is. The last few Crock Pots that I have bought seem to cook very hot and not very evenly. Rarely could I cook something for 7-8 hours because it would be way over cooked.

The new one though seems to cook more evenly and at a better temperature. I will have to cook with it some more to be sure, but so far I think I am going to really like it.

If you are looking for a new waffle maker, be sure to check out my Ask the Readers post that I did on waffle irons. I loved all the comments and thoughts that I got. My readers are the best! I will share which one I decided on soon.

Have you seen these carrots at Costco? Now, I know that not everyone shops at Costco and I know they have multi colored carrots at a lot of stores, but the bag of colored carrots that I got at Costco recently was so good. Multiple Costco employees commented on them as I checked out and left the store. This is the first time that I have seen them there and hope they keep carrying them.

I used them in my Slow Cooked Cheesy Vegetable Potato Soup and it was delicious. I will definitely be making that soup with multi colored carrots again.

And speaking of Costco. This jam is amazing. I am pretty sure you can get this brand other places, especially on the West Coast, but I found it at Costco. I grew up picking and eating Marion Blackberries. They remind me of Oregon and home. I was so excited to find this in Oklahoma. If you have never tried Marion berries you need to. They make the best jam.

My daughter and I have been working hard updating our book site the last few weeks. I shared my favorite books of 2017, along with the entire list of 101 books that I read last year. My goal last year was to increase my reading and decrease my mindless scrolling on social media. I think it worked, or at least helped, because that is the most books I have read in years.

My daughter also shared her favorite books from 2017 and the twelve books that she hopes to read in 2018. She reads way more than I do and I love seeing the books she chooses. They might not be the books an average teenager would read, but they are some great books. Many of what she read in 2017 are now on my list to read in 2018.

If you like to read be sure to sign up for our book newsletter.

I hope you have a great weekend! Since it is cold here in Oklahoma, I think I will spend as much of it as I can in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a book.

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One Pot Green Chili Rice with Chicken

One Pot Green Chili Rice with Chicken

One Pot Green Chili Rice with Chicken is a quick and easy one pot dinner recipe!

I love one pot meals. They are easy to make and the mess is usually easy to clean up. I have also found that many of them are inexpensive family friendly meals. Meaning they use basic ingredients that my whole family loves.

One Pot Green Chili Chicken Rice

I made this recipe several times last fall and my family loved it. Life got crazy during the holidays and I never got it shared with you. I knew that I needed to fix that because we can all use more quick and easy one pot meals.

If you don’t have green salsa, I think you could easily change this up and use regular salsa. Although it would no longer be one pot green chili rice. My family likes the flavor of green salsa though and it is a nice way to change up Mexican type food.

And I really had trouble getting good pictures of this. Green rice doesn’t photograph well, so I am just going with these less than perfect photos. Sometimes the best food is the least attractive food. Just keeping it real for you.

One Pot Green Chili Chicken with Rice

 

 

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Crustless Fajita Quiche

Crustless Fajita Quiche

Eggs and quiches are one of my go to quick and easy breakfast for dinner meals. They are easy to make and everyone in my family loves them.

Over the last few months one of my kids has been eating low grain due to some health problems. Not grain free, but we are definitely decreasing the amount of grains she eats. I also know I feel better when I eat less grains. Again not grain free, but I am definitely watching the amount of grains that I eat.

And to keep it real I will admit that if I am eating very few grains, I prefer those grains to be in the form of dessert. Just being honest. I prefer cake over pasta any day.

Crustless Fajita Quiche

So our meals have tended more towards high protein than high grain. Often my daughter and I just eat the main part and leave off the grains. For example I will make pasta sauce and meatballs and she and I will just eat them without the pasta. Same thing with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, etc. For soups I either make two versions or I change up the recipe and leave out the grain part.

I have had people ask me if we have been eating Whole 30, Paleo, or what. The answer is no.  First of all I love my desserts, both eating and making them, too much to go totally Whole 30 or Paleo for long. Secondly, one of my daughter’s has a tree nut, peanut, sesame, and some pitted fruit allergy. A totally grain free, sugar free diet would be too hard for us.

So the answer is we aren’t following a plan, just cutting back on grains. I doubt this is a permanent change, but it is life for now. And don’t worry things won’t change much here. I may share a few recipes like today that are a little heavy on the protein, but they won’t look a lot different than my normal recipes.

This recipe I am sharing today even has some grains in it. Although when you divide 2/3 cup flour between 5 people, it isn’t a lot of grains and it is a lot less than a crust would be, which is why it is perfect for how we have been eating the last few months.

I love this recipe because I can easily change it up with what I have on hand. It is full of flavor and works with beef, chicken, sausage, bacon, or even meatless. If you wanted to you could add some black beans to make it stretch to serve more people. It really is easy to adapt to how you want and for what you have on hand.

Crustless Fajita Quiche

 

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Menu Plan

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

The holidays are over and I am ready to get back into more of a routine and schedule. I love the holidays, but I also love routines and normal schedules.

Because last week was New Year’s Day and my husband had several days off, this is the first week that feels like it will be totally back to normal school and schedules. And a more normal schedule means back to normal menu planning!

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast 

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Greek Scrambled Eggs

banana oatmeal breakfast cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs and muffins

Dinner

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

easy migas

Easy Migas

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit

Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit

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