The meal plan week 3 is a special one as it has a holiday ham dinner for Easter. We do not find holiday dinners to be much more work than our Sunday dinners. We choose to host the family dinners as it is easier for us with all our allergies. Our guests always want to bring something. We suggest people bring their favourite drinks or a game we can all play rather than a food dish.
Meal Plan Week 3 Menu
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We make ours in an instant pot and use a recipe from Real Mom Kitchen. It is a super easy meal that uses thighs rather than breasts and takes about 45 mins to make. The kids never seem to notice this soup is packed full of beans and vegetables as we serve it with sliced avocados and a few tortilla chips.
Top Tip: Using cheaper cuts of meat like thighs in some dishes really helps us keep our food budget manageable.
Spaghetti With Meat Sauce -
We make this fairly simple in our house. Fry up some ground beef, add in a jar of basic tomato sauce that is safe for us, and a bunch of veggies. The basic Marinara sauce from Classico works well for us. If you cannot find a safe tomato sauce you can make it with a large can or two of tomato sauce, a tablespoon of tomato paste for each can of the former, and a few safe spices like oregano, rosemary and thyme. The veggies we dice and add are sweet bell peppers, onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. Saute them in a dab of oil then add to the sauce and simmer all together for 15-20 mins and serve over your favourite gluten free noodles.
Top Tip: Spaghetti Sauce freezes well in a plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat it, put it in a pot once thawed and add ¼ -½ C of water and bring to a boil.
Leftover Soup and Spaghetti-
Whatever is left over will be used this day as I want to make room in the fridge and know there will be loads of leftovers from our family Easter dinner.
Top Tip: Using up the leftovers now means we won't have to worry about running out of fridge or freezer room for the Easter dinner.
We were so happy when our kids loved this dish. I have to admit I was a bit shocked they did but they have been exposed to different flavours over the years.
Top Tip: Serve the papaya cut up on the side to stretch one papaya for more people rather than serving the salad in half a papaya.
A Holiday Ham Dinner-
We have chosen to get a ham with a bone in. It can be tough for us to buy hams as many have mustard rubs on them. We prefer to make our own glaze so we can control what goes in it. With the ham we do pretty simple sides. Steamed broccoli or carrots, mashed potatoes, a green salad like our Avocado Apple Pear Salad. The kids have decided they will be handling the dessert, chocolate cupcakes using our Allergen Friendly Chocolate Cake recipe.
Top Tip: Finding a great butcher who understands our allergies has been key for us. They help us get sausages and other meats that may otherwise be unavailable due to cross contact with allergens.
Leftover Ham Dinner-
We will use whatever is left over and trim it from the ham. Put some meat aside for the soup on Sunday night and keep the bone for the soup stock on Sunday. The sides will be anything left over from the night before but we will only heat what is needed for tonight. We usually reheat the food on the stove top with a bit of water in a covered pan until properly warmed through but it can be microwaved.
Top Tip: This is a great way for the picky eaters to choose their favourites.
Boiling the bone all afternoon and using that stock for this traditional German one pot soup that was a staple in my better half's childhood. This soup is made to use up whatever we have left over in the fridge. We will use the bits of leftover ham as the protein in the soup. If there isn't enough meat for the soup we will do a bit of bacon and have both in the soup.
Top Tip: Save the leftovers for school lunch on Monday. We reheat the soup on the stove and put it in quality thermoses that have been pre-heated with boiling water from the kettle. The soup stays warm until lunch without any issues.
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We have to remind everyone that we are not medical professionals or dietitians, so these meal plans are not balanced for nutrition, they are for information purposes only. Please discuss any dietary concerns, changes, or proper meal plans with your medical team.