Sunday, December 18, 2011

Menu Plan 12/18: Shepherd's Pie, plus Christmas Dinner #1!

I spent most of last week just trying to keep my head above water after being out of town last weekend! I haven't completely caught up, but I'm feeling better now. Last week, I made Cookie Dough Truffles (oh so yummy!...I used Better Batter GF flour) and Chocolate-Covered Pretzels (my Christmas specialty!). It's a good thing I'm catching up here because...

Gluten Free Cream Wafers

...this week is going to be so busy at my house! Here's my plan for what I want to cook and bake - all before Friday:

What plans do you have for the Christmas holiday? Are you baking as much as me?!

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Sunday: Grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, fried potatoes.

Monday: Italian Shepherd's Pie (from Taste of Home), Artisan lettuce salad with carrots.

Tuesday: Advent dinner at the "little church."

Wednesday: Advent dinner at the "big church."

Thursday: Fiesta Chicken with Rice OR Chicken Enchilada Dip, vegetables.

Friday: Family Christmas Dinner #1 = ham (leftover from last week's Church Council dinner), mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, dinner rolls (don't know which ones yet - maybe these? - or we can go with the always-yummy Butterhorns!), plus dessert!

Saturday: Quick dinner before Christmas Eve service = ring of bologna, roasted potatoes and carrots.

For breakfast, we each grab what we want: waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, cold cereal, yogurt, etc.

For lunch, I usually eat leftovers or something simple, like grilled cheese or quesadillas. My husband eats a sandwich or leftovers - he takes his lunch to work most days.

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This post is linked to Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday and Celiac Family's Gluten Free Menu Swap!


  1. I am definitely not having to bake as much as you, all I am making is applesauce bread (not GF) :) yummmmmm here's my recipe if you are interested :)

  2. @healthynbalanced So far, I'm not doing well with the baking. My attempts at GF cream wafers were epic fails yesterday. I'm still working up the courage to try again!

    That applesauce bread looks delish - I think my husband would like it (he's not GF)! Thanks. :)

  3. Sorry to hear the cream wafers didn't work for you. I'm baking sugar cookies this week for school events. I'd like to bake some poppyseed bread, snowball cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and those cookie dough truffles look good, too. Reality is that I'll probably only pick a couple to bake. Hope the rest of your baking goes well. Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. Heather-

    You've got quite a list of baking, too! The cookie dough truffles were awesome. I used Better Batter GF flour with one batch and my husband didn't even realize they were GF. He told me that I had better make another batch for Christmas. :)

    Merry Christmas to you, too!


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