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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Apple Chicken Salad

Here is the gluten free men plan. It is full of meals that don’t require the oven. It also contains a few recipes like gluten free waffles and gluten free pancakes that can easily be made ahead and frozen for easy breakfasts or breakfasts for dinners.

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

Breakfast

Gluten Free Overnight Belgian Waffles

Gluten Free Overnight Waffles

fluffy gluten free pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Dinner

Easy Grilled Chicken

Apple Chicken Salad

Apple Chicken Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Bacon Salmon

Bacon Salmon

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza– This one uses the oven, but is a quick recipe to make using gf tortillas

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Raspberry Bark

Chocolate Raspberry Bark 

 

Everyday Adventures

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It has been almost a week since I posted a recipe and over a month since I did an Everyday Adventures post. I didn’t plan to take that much time off from from posting or sharing about everyday life, but it just ended up that way. 

Our annual vacation to Oregon should have happened a few weeks ago. Like so many other people our vacation was canceled and I am feeling it. I was so looking forward to seeing family, visiting the beach, and just enjoying a break and time away. But that isn’t going to happen.

Instead I am finding myself taking breaks at home. There are days that I have just needed to step away from social media and online life. I think many of us are feeling that way right now.

There have been days that I spend an afternoon reading a book or just relaxing. I have been baking for fun instead of for online work.

Like so many other people I am trying to find joy in the everyday life right now. It is there, even if we have to look hard for it. 

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One of the things that we are trying to do is some hiking in our area. A couple of weeks ago we decided to try a state park about an hour from where we live.

It was a nice morning away. It was easy to social distance and it got us out of the house for a few hours. But now I remembered why I don’t love hiking in Oklahoma. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I love Oklahoma. There are many great things about living here. Hiking is not one of them…

I grew up in Oregon where hikes involve trees, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, or views of the ocean. Where hot weather means 90 degrees during the day and 70 degrees or cooler at night.

That description in no way describes summer hiking in Oklahoma. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Summer hiking in Oklahoma involves heat, humidity, lots of sweating, ticks, ticks, and more ticks. The water views can be challenging to find. And the chiggers… if you don’t know what chiggers are  you can be thankful that you have never experienced them. 

If you live in Oklahoma and have done some hiking I would love to hear your suggestions. I know there must be some decent hiking spots here. We just need to find them. And maybe we should wait until fall to give them a try. 

My last child finished high school this year and we ended our homeschooling journey. It was bitter sweet. Part of me is sad that my kids are all grown up. The other part of me is thankful to be done with the responsibility of home schooling my kids. 

Now our summer project is going to be clearing out the attic of all our homeschool stuff. If I had one piece of advice to give new homeschoolers it would be that you don’t have to save everything. In fact, you can probably save way less than you think you need to. 

I saved everything. Everything. Every paper. Every report. Every test. Every math assignment. It is all saved in boxes in the attic. 

I am not completely sure why I saved everything, but I think I was afraid people would question what my kids learned and what I taught them.

I wanted proof that they had done it. In the case of school work it is probably better to have too much than too little. I definitely was on the side of too much and now I have  K-12 schoolwork times three kids to go through. 

Yes, we are going through it. Not all of it, but a lot of it. There are a few papers and projects that my kids want to save. My daughter who loves to write is saving all her old writing projects. We decided that each kid could save one box of school stuff. 

As we are going through it we are laughing, remembering, and having so much fun. 

My son was going through some of his schoolwork and told me that he felt sorry for me because his work was so bad. To which I said something like, thank you! But I wish that you had realized that back in third grade. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

We are about half way through the boxes and the attic is looking so much better. 

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My dairy free daughter was so excited when she heard that Dairy Queen came out with dairy free Dilly Bars. She tried them recently and loved them! 

I bought a box to keep on hand in the freezer. We are so glad to have another dairy free ice cream option. If your kids or you are dairy free give them a try! 

I shared the books that I read in May over at From Our Bookshelf. I read quite a few books, but I have very mixed reviews on several of them. If you have read any them I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Grace also shared one of our favorite books series for kids. If you have kids or grand kids you might enjoy her thoughts. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

We picked our first zucchini from the garden this year. One of our favorite ways to eat it is in zucchini bread.

I shared my favorite gluten free chocolate zucchini bread over on GF Kitchen Adventures. 

And I will leave you with a cute puppy picture. This was taken a few weeks ago and he has already grown quite a bit.

Right now it is so hard to take a picture because he won’t stay still. And it is a good thing that he is cute because he is very much in the puppy stage right now.

Menu Plan

One of my favorite summer dessert recipes is on the menu plan this week! It is my grandma’s two ingredient vanilla wafer ice cream sandwiches. My grandma used to keep vanilla wafers and ice cream on hand during the summer just so she could make these. If you need an easy summer dessert that kids love give these a try! 

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Lemon Blueberry Muffins or Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Crispy Homemade Granola

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

15 Minute Sausage Alfredo

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Breakfast for Dinner- Light and Fluffy Waffles or Gluten Free Waffles

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs and Spinach Salad

Dessert of the Week

Vanilla Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches

Snacks

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Greek Scrambled Eggs

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 be sure to read labels to make sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Orange Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Chocolate Chip Orange Breakfast Cookies-use gluten free oats

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins

Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes

Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes

Dinner

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Greek Scrambled Eggs

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Fried Potatoes

Skillet Potatoes and Eggs

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad– Use gluten free pasta

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos-Serve on gluten free or corn tortillas

Spinach Bacon Salad

Spinach Bacon Salad and Grilled Chicken 

Dessert of the Week

Jamba Juice Copycat Smoothie

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

Homemade granola bars are easy to make at home with this Chocolate Chip Granola Bar recipe. 

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

Are your kids are constantly asking for snacks or something to eat? If that is your house these homemade chocolate chip granola bars are a must make!

My daughter has a nut allergy, so we make homemade granola bars all the time. But even if you don’t eat nut free, homemade granola bars are a great breakfast or snack. 

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe

One of the great things about homemade granola bars is that you can control the ingredients. 

They are also inexpensive to make, especially compared to the allergy friendly granola bars. 

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Did you know that you can freeze granola bars? It changes the texture slightly, but not much. So make a big batch, wrap them individually, and defrost them as needed for easy breakfasts, lunches, or snacks. 

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

Homemade granola bars are easy to make at home with this Chocolate Chip Granola Bar recipe.ย 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cups quick oats ( I use gluten free quick oats)
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal ( I use gluten free brown rice cereal)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Grease 9x13 pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats and cereal. Set aside.
  3. In a pan combine butter, brown sugar, and honey. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low.
  4. Cook for about 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour mixture oat mixture and stir well to combine.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Press into 9x13 pan.
  8. Let sit for several hours, to firm up, before cutting.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

Main Dish Salads Perfect for Summer

Need an easy summer dinner? I am sharing twenty-one quick and easy main dish salads.

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

The weather is warming up and summer is almost here!

During the summer I could eat salad almost everyday for dinner. I love them. My family not so much.

Salad to them is a side dish unless it is full of protein. As in the salad has to contain a lot of meat in order to qualify for a dinner.

Greek Pasta Salad

Over the years I have come up with quite a few salads that contain meat and make a simple dinner during the summer.

I love the fact that many of these main dish salads can be made in large batches. That way I can have two dinners made at once or one dinner and several lunches.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite main dish salad recipes. These are all perfect for summer meals!

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

Brocolli Bacon Pasta Salad

Pizza Salad

Pizza Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

Triple Berry Chicken Almond Spinach Salad

Berry Chicken Spinach Salad

Layered Taco Salad with Ground Beef

Layered Ground Beef Taco Salad

Chili Cheese Salad

Chili Cheese Salad

Enchilada Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Homemade Croutons on a BLT Salad

BLT Salad

Taco Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing

Chicken Spinach Salad

Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad

Spicy Layered Taco Salad

Chicken Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

Chicken Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Spaghetti Salad

What is your favorite main dish salad to serve during the summer? 

Menu Plan

Slow Cooked Pork with Mexican Coleslaw

Once again this week’s menu plan is full of quick and easy meals using pantry ingredients. 

Here is this week’s plan. 

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Breakfast Cookies

chocolate coconut granola

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Dinner

Slow Cooked Pork with Mexican Coleslaw

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Mexican Cole Slaw

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

 

15 Minute Sausage Alfredo

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

Oven Pancakes – Breakfast for dinner

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

Dessert

Mounds Cookie Bars

Mounds Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Triple Berry Chicken Almond Spinach Salad

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 Dairy Free Banana Bread

Eggs and Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Recipe

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Recipe

Dinner

Triple Berry Chicken Almond Spinach Salad

Triple Berry Almond Spinach Salad

Gluten Free Strawberry Pancakes breakfast for dinner

Slow Cooked Salsa Chicken

Slow Cooked Salsa Chicken and Gluten Free Mexican Rice

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce over Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

Applesauce Cake

Gluten Free Applesauce Cake

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna pasta salad is a simple make ahead lunch or dinner that is uses basic pantry ingredients. 

Tuna Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of my favorite summer dinners. It is easy to make, doesn’t require the oven, and can be made ahead.

Those three things make it perfect for serving your family during the warmer months of the year. 

One of the other things that I love about pasta salad is how easy it is to change up. I can serve pasta salad once a week, but if I change it up it doesn’t feel like we are eating the same salad every week. 

Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

We love pizza pasta salad, Greek pasta salad, spaghetti salad, broccoli bacon pasta salad, bacon ranch pasta salad, and so many other pasta salads. 

Tuna pasta salad is another favorite that I can’t believe I have never shared with you. Tuna pasta salad is great because it is a main dish salad that uses basic ingredients that I almost always have on hand. 

  • tuna
  • boiled eggs
  • pasta or gluten free pasta
  • olives
  • mayonnaise
  • oil
  • pickles or relish
  • lemon juice
  • salt

Can pasta salad be made gluten free? Yes, you can make it with your favorite gluten free pasta. You also need to read labels to be sure that your ingredients are gluten free, but gluten free pasta salad is delicious! 

Tuna - Pasta - Salad

Yield: 10 servings

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna pasta salad is quick and easy make ahead lunch or dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pasta cooked and drained, gluten free pasta works well too
  • 2 -5.1 ounce cans tuna, drained and flaked ( pouches of tuna work too)
  • 1 cup sliced olives
  • 3 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pickles ( relish works too)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Pour over warm cooked and drained pasta.
  2. Stir to coat well.
  3. Add tuna, olives, eggs, and pickles.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
Published July 2011. Updated June 2020. 

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap is a quick and easy lunch or dinner. It is full of flavor and perfect for a simple meal. 

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

This BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap is simply my BBQ Chicken Salad made into a wrap. 

When I came up with my BBQ Chicken Salad I knew that it would be great on its own, but that it would also work well as a wrap. 

During the summer and warmer months of the year I look for recipes that don’t heat up the kitchen.

Recipes like this are perfect for those days when you don’t want to turn on the oven. 

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe

This is also a great make ahead recipe. Make the BBQ Chicken Salad first thing in the morning or the day before and then spread the salad on the tortilla when serving. 

I love the crunch that the coleslaw mix give this. It holds up a little better than most salads. I am not a huge cabbage fan, but I love it in recipes like this. 

BBQ Chicken Salad in a Wrap

Yield: 10 servings

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap

BBQ Chicken Salad Wrap is a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded, chicken ( Canned chicken works too)
  • 1 - 12 ounce bag coleslaw mix
  • 10 flour or gluten free tortillas

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together bbq sauce, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, and pepper. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Stir in cabbage and chicken until well coated.
  3. Spread on tortilla, wrap, and serve.

Notes

If you are gluten free be sure to use gluten free tortillas and make sure that your bbq sauce is gluten free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 643Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 24g
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