Menu Plan: 30 Min. or Less

30minlessThe Gluten Free Detroit Metro family like many others is on a fixed budget when it comes to groceries. Gluten-free goodies are known to cost a lot of money. To get around that, most items in our home are fresh and unprocessed. Therefore, a lot of baking and cooking is done in the home. The best way to keep food waste minimal and stay within a budget is to meal plan. Here is another Monday and another meal plan.

Please keep in mind that Gluten Free Detroit Metro is not represented by a doctor or dietitian. Use your own judgment when purchasing foods and consult a doctor or dietitian when adopting a gluten-free diet.

Have you ever had times in your life where things are so busy you don’t know when you are going to breathe, let alone cook a meal? That is how this week will be for us.

Our week breaks down like this…

See what I mean? This does not include two working parents, laundry, and housekeeping.

When weeks like this come around I do my best to prepare ahead of time. Lists become my friend approaching a busy week by allowing me to get all my thoughts out and catch glitches. Compiling a meal plan and grocery list also saves time and keeps us eating well. I would not be able to produce a meal in under 30 minutes without these lists.

Another object that keeps me sane during insane weeks is my slow cooker. Okay, my slow cooker(S). Recently Hope from A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures gifted us with her new book. There are so many simple recipes in this book that are gluten-free, tasty, and quick. I recommend you check out the book and site. (The title of her website says it all.)


We are happy to have you with us this week while we host the Gluten Free Menu Swap and Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. If you have a menu posted we would like to see it. Trackback or comment below.

Gluten Free Menu Swaps are organized by Celiac Family. Artwork comes from Angela’s Kitchen. Thank you both for all you do.

Menu ~ Week of September 2nd

Monday: Grilled Salmon w/Brown Rice & Corn and Black Bean Salad
Tuesday: Pasta and Meat Sauce
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Thursday: Carbonara Pasta & Birthday Cake
Friday: Mock Kids Cuisines: Chicken Nuggets, Corn & Chocolate Pudding
Saturday: Apple & Onion Pork Loin w/steamed broccoli
Sunday: Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

To participate the in the Monday Gluten Free Menu swap head to Celiac Family.
For additional meal planning ideas check out

Our first share is Heather over at Celiac Family. Her menu looks super quick, easy, and yummy. I wish I could “Like” or “Thumbs Up” the Sweet Potato Fries, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, and Cilantro Lime Shrimp. Not only does she include appetizing pictures, but she’s given some quick tips to get meals on the table when there is a time crunch. I will be trying the recipes soon.

Well, well, Elisabeth The Girl Who Can’t Eat Anything sure has found a lot of options. She likes quick meals because they keep her attention. I’m impressed with the amount of fruit she uses in her meals, seriously. Tuna Apple Salad, Strawberry Spinach Watermelon Salad, and Mango Bean Rice Bowl are among some of the fruity delights you’ll find.

If you don’t know about Angela’s Kitchen I suggest you visit there now.  Bookmark this site.  It has been a wonderful resource for our family on this gluten-free journey.  I learned of her site was from Once A Month Meals and we’ve been fans ever since.  Some of our absolute favorite recipes are White Chicken Chili, Slow CookerLemon Chicken with Summer Vegetables & Capers, and Swedish Meatballs.  The meals that interest us the most this week are Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli and Quinoa Confetti Salad.

Melissa of Mom’s Plans is part of a CSA and got a bushel of goodness recently.  I’m not sure what she has planned for those leeks, but I see leek soup with roasted peppers in that picture.  Her family has a lot going on this week so their meals are simple and definitely under 30 Minutes.  The menu looks a lot like ours.  Check it out.

8 responses to “Menu Plan: 30 Min. or Less

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  2. Thanks for hosting this week. Love the theme! And, good luck as your kids go back to school this week. :)

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  5. Thank you so much for hosting this week. The theme this week is PERFECT for the craziness that is “Back to School.” Hope you have a great week – it looks like a fun one!

  6. Hello! Thanks for hosting, we have lots of yummy family favorites this week including Ham & Egg cups, turkey Wraps, Enchiladas, and more! Our menu post is called- Simple Gluten Free Weekly Menu {+easy recipes!} 9/9

    and here’s the link!

    Hope everyone has a great week!

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