Meal Plan (gluten free, dairy free) Dec 6-12

While my kids are in costume dancing to Kid Bop on Pandora (my room is apparently their stage), I snuck away to my computer to send you our meal plan from last week. Hopefully, that will keep their attention for long enough to type out this post. I don't know about you, but December is a busy season! I never think it is that busy until we are knee deep in it. I've put some meals on weekly repeat around here and have eaten out a little bit more. It's called SURVIVAL. Saturday - Advanced Plan Chili + Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cornbread (not GF) + sweet potato chips. We had friends over for dinner and this chili is the easiest thing to make when serving a crowd!! The most time consuming part is chopping the veggies. I doubled the recipe to serve 4 adults and 6 kids (most of the kids ate cheese quesadillas though).

Sunday - leftover chili over a baked potato

Monday - Coconut Flour Chicken + steamed green beans + rice. I got this recipe on the back of the Trader Joe's coconut flour package. The chicken was REALLY good. My picky eater ate. it. all.

Trader Joe's Oven Friend Chicken
Trader Joe's Oven Friend Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

1 lb chicken (I used cutlets)

cooking oil spray

salt & pepper to taste

8 oz Salt & Pepper Potato Chips , crumbled

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 gallon plastic zipper bag

4 eggs

1 tsp garlic powder

1 T Trader Joe's everyday seasoning (I used Crazy Salt)

1 tsp black pepper

1/8 cup cooking oil

1. Spray chicken with cooking oil spray and lightly season with salt & pepper; cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 minutes (I didn't have time for that)

2.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While chicken is resting, mix potato chips and coconut flour together well and pour into plastic bag.

3.Place eggs, garlic powder, everyday seasoning and pepper in a bowl and mix well (I ended up just using Crazy Salt since it contained salt, pepper and garlic powder). Pour cooking oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

4.Dredge chicken one at a time in the egg mixture and place in the bag with the chip crumbs. Then shake your heart out to fully cover the chicken (my least favorite part of the recipe). Place chicken on baking sheet. Repeat for each piece of chicken.

5.Place into oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove and turn chicken over. Return to oven and cook for additional 15 minutes or until crispy or an internal temp of 165 degrees F.

Tuesday - leftovers. I usually don't like leftovers but this chicken was actually really tasty.

Wednesday - We used the leftover rice to make Better Than Takeout Fried Rice. LOVE this recipe. For some reason, my kids don't like it. I think they are straight crazy.

Thursday - Christmas Party

Friday - popcorn + PBJ sandwich for Movie Night (popcorn is a meal, right?)

I'll leave you with a picture of my girls meeting Santa on Marietta Square. He was so kind! Sinclair was very bashful and spoke softly (who knew she had it in her!?!) and Rory gave a story behind each item on her list (so chatty!).

Santa Claus is Coming to Town :: Marietta Square
Santa Claus is Coming to Town :: Marietta Square

Enjoy, Friends!