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Menu Plan

Easy Pasta Sauce

Schools are starting and summer is winding down, but the weather is still hot in most parts of the country. That is probably because even though what we consider to be summer is almost over, the calendar says it will be summer for another month.

That means we have plenty of time to fit in lots of summer salads, easy meals, and grilled meats. This week I am focusing on all kinds of meals perfect for the last month of summer.

This week I also put some kid friendly breakfasts on the plan. That is because they freeze great and it is the perfect time to fill your freezer for easier breakfasts for back to school.

Cheeseburger sloppy joes and easy pasta sauce are also both recipes that freezes well, so make extra for the freezer.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Dinner

Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Eggs and Rice

Breakfast for Dinner-Eggs and Rice

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Tuna Melt Quesadillas

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Instant Pot Chicken Legs (with a slow cooker option)

Pizza Salad

Pizza Salad

Dessert of the Week

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Four Ingredient Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

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

Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola

Homemade Granola– Use gluten free oats and read labels to be sure all ingredients are gf.

Gluten Free Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Gluten Free Lemon Yogurt Muffins and Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Dinner

Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans_

Homemade Refried Beans and Quesadillas- use corn tortillas

Zucchini Pizza -

Gluten Free Zucchini Pizza

fold-over-enchiladas-

Fold Over Cheese Enchiladas– use corn tortilla

Easy Glazed Grilled Chicken 2

Easy Glazed Grilled Chicken

Four Ingredient Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken 

breakfast bowls

Breakfast for Dinner- Breakfast Bowls– Use gluten free sausage and potatoes and make extra to freeze for busy mornings

Slow Cooked Dr Pepper BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooked Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork over gluten free buns or bread or bunless

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

chocolate craisins

Homemade Chocolate Covered Craisins 

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate and raspberries go together perfectly in these gluten free chocolate raspberry muffins. They are so good that you will not know they are gluten free.

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite combinations. They go so well together. When I can combine them into a gluten free treat it is even better. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

One of the things we love about muffins is that they work well for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even dessert. 

When I make gluten free muffins though I want them to be so good that no one will know that they are gluten free. I want them to be muffins so good that my non gluten free son and husband will enjoy them too. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

These muffins are just that. They are so good that even my non gluten free husband and son love them!

If you love chocolate and raspberries as much as I do than these are a must make gluten free treat. 

Can you freeze gluten free muffins? 

One of the questions that I often get asked is if you can freeze gluten free muffins. Yes you can freeze gluten free muffins.

Muffins, including these gluten free chocolate raspberry muffins, freeze great. Bake them and let them cool completely. Then wrap them up or place them in a zip top type bag and freeze.

What if I don’t like raspberries? 

I know not everyone shares my love of raspberries. If you don’t like raspberries you can leave them out or use a different fruit. If you like blueberries and enjoy blueberries and chocolate together blueberries would work well in these muffins for a delicious gluten free chocolate blueberry muffin.

Need more gluten free muffin recipes? 

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Yield: 18 muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Gluten free chocolate raspberry muffins are so good that no one will know that they are gluten free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup gluten free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line muffin pan with liners or grease well.
  3. In a bowl combine rice flours, cornstarch, sugar, cocoa, and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl whisk together egg, yogurt, milk, vanilla, and oil.
  5. Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine,
  7. Carefully stir in raspberries being careful to not over mix them.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pans filling each cup about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Need some easy make ahead breakfast ideas? I am sharing some of my favorite make ahead breakfast that all freeze well.

Make Ahead Freezer Friendly Breakfasts

The saying is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most people struggle to get breakfast on the table everyday.

In the middle of the morning craziness it can be hard to serve a breakfast that everyone will enjoy. 

One of the ways that I have found to make the mornings a little less crazy is to make breakfast ahead of time. I love to take a few hours each month to put a few breakfast things in the freezer.

It makes our mornings so much easier when we can just quickly grab and reheat something before starting our day.

Today I am sharing a few of our favorite make-ahead breakfasts. These recipes are all easy to make and kids love them!

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal

I have talked about my freezer baked oatmeal before, but I have to mention it again because it really is one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts. You might have guessed that my family loves baked oatmeal and that I have quite a few recipes.

Over the years, I have shared over fifteen baked oatmeal recipes. One of the things I love about baked oatmeal is how easy it is to make ahead.

You can easily mix up all the ingredients that night before and pour them into a 9×13 pan. Refrigerate it overnight and bake in the morning.

You can also make it and bake it and just reheat it throughout the week. I love doing this and I often make two or three pans and keep them in fridge for my kids to reheat during the week for a quick and easy breakfast.

Baked oatmeal also freezes great. Just bake it, let it cool, freeze it, defrost, and reheat as needed.

Here are some of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes.

Pancake Muffins

Pancake muffins have been a favorite of my kids for years. Kids and adults love these. If you have never made pancake muffins you need to. They make pancakes easy!

banana waffles

Banana Waffles are another favorite of ours that I like to make in a large batch to make ahead and freeze. My kids just take them out and reheat them in the microwave, toaster, or toaster oven for breakfast.

I also have a gluten free banana waffle that is so good no one will know it is gluten free.

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Maple sausage pancake muffins are a little different version of pancake muffins that my kids love. You can easily make these in a large batch to reheat during the week or make a large batch to freeze. So easy and so good!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! My kids love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and they freeze great!

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are another breakfast cookie that my kids love. I mean really how can anyone not like a cookie for breakfast.

breakfast bowls

I am sure many of you  have seen the breakfast bowls in the freezer section at the grocery store. Did you know that you can easily make them at home? The homemade version is cheaper to make and lets you control the ingredients.

They are easy to make in a large batch to reheat during the week. I also love to freeze homemade breakfast bowls in small containers that we can just take out of the freezer as needed. My husband also likes to take these for lunch because he can just heat them up at work.

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Waffles in general are a favorite breakfast of ours. We love to eat them as breakfast, breakfast for dinner, and freeze them ahead for reheating during the week. I have shared quite a few waffle recipes over the years including a light and fluffy waffle, a dairy free waffle, and a gluten free dairy free waffle. All three are delicious and freeze great!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins combine the classic flavors of a PB&J into a delicious breakfast muffin. These can be made ahead and reheated during the week or made ahead and frozen.

homemade frozen breakfast burritos

I mentioned Homemade Frozen Breakfast Burritos last week in my easy freezer friendly meals post, but I had to mention them again because they are one of my son’s favorite freezer meals. My husband also loves these for breakfast and even for lunch. 

Eggs and Sausage is one of my favorite things to keep in the freezer. I love how easy they are to make in a big batch and how easy they are to freeze. Plus, I just love to eat them. You can eat them as is or make a breakfast burrito out of them. I also love to make and freeze my scrambled eggs with onions, sausage, and peppers

What is your favorite breakfast to make ahead or keep in the freezer? 

Need more tips for filling the freezer? Check out these ways to stock your freezer

Menu Plan

Bacon Cheeseburger Wrap

It is back to school time in Oklahoma. Some schools started last week and others are starting this week. If you live in the Northern U.S. you probably have a few more weeks of summer break, but life in the southern part of the U.S. means that schools start in the middle of August.

Since it is back to school time I put some kid friendly breakfasts on the plan and the dessert this week makes a great lunchbox treat. 

Here is this week’s menu plan. 

Breakfast

banana waffles

Banana Waffles

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls

Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Dinner

Bacon Cheeseburger Wrap

Bacon Cheeseburger Wrap

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

BBQ Sloppy Joes

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Taco Bowls__

Taco Bowls

Pizza Grilled Cheese 3

Pizza Grilled Cheese 

Dessert Of The Week

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Menu Plan

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 the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Raspberry Muffins and eggs

Dinner

Mexican Scrambled Eggs
Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Taco Bowls_

Taco Bowls

eggs and soy sauce over rice

Eggs and Soy Sauce Over Rice– Use gluten free soy sauce

Chicken Bacon Salad

Chicken Bacon Salad

Slow Cooked Barbecue Ranch Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

Not Soggy Nachos

Not Soggy Nachos 

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit

Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit

Freezer Meals That Make Busy Days Easier

Stocking your freezer with easy kid friendly meals will make busy days easier! 

It is back to school time!

Many areas of the country are started back to school this week or start back to school in the next week or two.

If you live in the northern part of the United States you might not start back to school until after Labor Day, but that will be here before you know it.

Back to school means back to normal routine. That is something I actually look forward to. I like routines and schedules. But it also means that schedules get busy with school, homework, and lots of activities.

We all want to serve our family home cooked meals, but getting food on the table can sometimes be a challenge with crazy schedules.

This week I want to help you save time in the kitchen. I want to help make your busy life easier with some easy freezer meal ideas.

Today we are covering freezer meals for dinner. 

Spending a few hours here and there stocking your freezer is well worth the time it takes. It makes crazy days so much easier because you can just pull a meal out of the freezer.

It also helps you avoid the drive thru, which will save you money and help you eat healthier.

If you don’t have a lot of time for freezer cooking, just double recipes on the days that you can and put the extra one in the freezer. 

If you are making chili just make an extra batch and freeze it. If you are making a pasta casserole make two and freeze one. You don’t need a full day to stock your kitchen. You can easily do it without spending a lot of time.

Now for some of my favorite easy freezer meals! 

Freezer Burrito Casserole

Freezer Burrito Casserole is an easy dinner to make several pans of. I almost always make two of these and we have one for dinner and I freeze the other one.

5 ingredient freezer burritos

Freezer Burritos– This recipe one of my son’s favorite things for me to keep in the freezer. 

homemade frozen breakfast burritos

Homemade Frozen Breakfast Burritos– Another one of my son’s favorite things for me to keep in the freezer. He will eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Chicken Burrito Casserole

My Chicken Burrito Casserole also freezes well.

Gluten Free Meatloaf

Meatloaf is always a great freezer meal. I like to cook it and then freeze it, but you can just as easily make it, form it into a loaf, freeze it, and then cook it when you are ready to serve it. This is my favorite meatloaf recipe.

gluten free meatballs

Meatballs are another great freezer meal. You can freezer then cooked or uncooked. They work great because you can serve them so many ways. With sauce over pasta, for meatball sandwiches, with bbq sauce over them, and more. This is my favorite meatball recipe.

I have been making taco pasta for years and it freezes very well. Make one for dinner and freeze one for two easy meals your family is sure to love!

Spoon Burgers

Sloppy joes are a favorite in my family! We love them over bread, buns, or baked potatoes. They are an easy recipe to make in a big batch and freeze in zip top bags. My spoon burgers are a nice change from regular sloppy joes.

Chili is another meal I freeze all the time. I have lots of different versions that I make, but we love my slow cooked chili and my slow cooked chili without beans.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Soups like taco soup are always great to keep in the freezer. You can freeze them in large containers for a full meal or smaller containers perfect for taking for lunch.

homemade slow cooked refried beans

It is no secret that we love Mexican type food and my freezer almost always has taco meat, salsa chicken, and homemade refried beans in it. With those things in the freezer I can easy put together tacos, taco salad, taco bowls, enchiladas, nachos, and so many other meals.

Freezer Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal– Yes, you can freeze baked oatmeal. It works great for breakfast or breakfast for dinner. 

Keeping a freezer full of meals has saved me so much time and money over the years. We avoid the drive thru and eat so much healthier with a well stocked freezer!

Freezer Meals

Menu Plan

It is that time of year that I am in a cooking slump. I don’t feel like cooking and nothing really sounds good. Summer often does that to me.

I really just don’t feel like cooking this time of year. However, my family still wants to eat. Does anyone one else have this problem this time of year?

What is the solution when you feel this way about cooking?

Make really simple meals that are family favorites. Everyone wins when dinner is an easy meal that everyone loves. 

Also ask your family what they want to eat. I have found that they often come up with ideas or recipes that I haven’t thought about. 

It is also okay to allow yourself a night or two off cooking. This is the advantage of teaching kids to cook and keeping a well stocked freezer. It allows you to take a few nights off from cooking once in awhile. 

Now here is this week’s plan. I am going to try to stick to the plan even on days I don’t feel like it! 

Breakfast

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal– I posted about peach recipes in my Facebook group and a reader reminded me about this recipe. I have not made it yet this year and was so thankful for the reminder. 

Chocolate-Granola-

Homemade Chocolate Granola

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies-These freeze great so stock your freezer for back to school. 

Dinner

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Easy 5 Ingredient Burritos_

5 Ingredient Burritos

Mom's Overnight Waffles

My Mom’s Waffles and fresh fruit- Make up the batter in the morning and it makes an easy breakfast for dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Dessert of the Week

Peach Pie Bars

Peach Pie Bars

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

It is summer which means that it is the perfect time to bake with berries. I plan to make a big batch of gluten free blueberry muffins for the freezer. The peaches and cream breakfast cookies also freeze well. 

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Gluten Free Pancakes without xanthan gum

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Dinner

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata__

Apple Bacon Cheese Frittata 

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad 3 [Recipes]

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Summer Pasta Salad--

Summer Pasta Salad-Use gluten free pasta

Egg Roll In a Bowl with Noodles

Egg Roll In a Bowl with Noodles

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Pizza

Need a quick and easy dinner that kids will love? Try zucchini pizza! Yes, zucchini pizza. Even the picky eater in our family loves this recipe.

Zucchini Pizza

I first shared the recipe for my zucchini pizza back in August of 2009. That was when my 6 foot 6 inch, seventeen year old, son was seven and still much shorter than me. 

A lot has changed in the last ten years. Blogging and social media has changed a lot. My two girls are now in college and my little boy is now basically a man. I can’t believe how quickly the years go. 

One of the things that hasn’t changed in ten years is our love of zucchini pizza. I made it last week for the first time in awhile and my daughter and husband both decided that I need to make it more often. 

Zucchini Pizza

I have a few readers that might remember this recipe from way back in 2009. If you have been following along on my kitchen adventures since 2009, thank you! 

I know I have a lot of new readers, that know nothing about zucchini pizza, so I decided it was time to share it again. 

Don’t let the title discourage you from making this. The crust is not just zucchini. It has all kinds of delicious things in it, including cheese. I shared this recipe way back before keto, zucchini, and cauliflower noodles and crusts were popular.

This recipe is gluten free, but it is not meant to fit a certain diet or need. It is just a delicious recipe and a fun way to get your kids to eat more vegetables. 

Zucchini Pizza Recipe

Now for my son’s thoughts from back when he was seven. 🙂 

This time of year I am always looking for new zucchini recipes. My family gets tired of seeing zucchini over and over. My friend told me about an old Taste of Home recipe that was in a cookbook we both have.

I thought it sounded like a fun, easy, and frugal dinner idea and decided to give it a try. 

The first time I made this “pizza” my family did not know what to think. The recipe calls it pizza, but it is not really like a real pizza. This is how the conversation with my son went the first time we had this.

Zucchini Pizza

While I was making dinner my son asked, “What is for dinner, mom?”

I said, “Zucchini Pizza”

He said, “Ok” and ran off.

Then at dinner he looked at it and said, “Mom, you said we were having pizza!”

I said, “We are, zucchini pizza.”

He said, “But you said we were having PIZZA.”

I said, “This is called zucchini pizza.”

Then during the meal he kept saying, “But if this is pizza, where is the crust?”

He finished eating dinner and said, “Mom, this is good, but it is not pizza!”

So, this dinner is really good, but if you serve it to your family you might want to rename it. Otherwise you might be having a similar conversation about this not quite being the same as real pizza. 

Now for the recipe! 

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Pizza is a quick and easy kid friendly dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded peeled zucchini, drained and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups spaghetti or marinara type sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

    1. In a bowl, combine zucchini, rice, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and eggs until well combined.
    2. Press mixture into a greased 15-in. x 11-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
    3. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is set and lightly browned.
    4. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off any fat.
    5. Add spaghetti sauce to meat and mix well.
    6. Spoon beef mixture over crust.
    7. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.
    8. Let set/cool 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

As long as all your ingredients, like the sauce, are gluten free this is an easy gluten free dinner.

Need more zucchini recipes? Try one of our favorites. 

First posted August 2009. Updated August 2019. 

 

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