15 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners: Part 2

Y’all, I skipped two weeks in my menu planning. I had it all planned out and then we had two separate visits from both of our parents and I threw my menu plan out the window.

But once again, I’m back on track.

You might notice I serve zucchini for the veggie a lot lately. Here’s why: It’s in season. It’s dirt cheap at Aldi. SG loves it.

And this is the THIRD time I’ve included the “Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup” in a menu plan and I’ve yet to make it! Something always seems to come up… (Or I’m just lazy sometimes, which is oh so true!)

Here is our menu for the first half of September.

1. Grill Chicken, Chips, Carrots & Homemade Safe Ranch Dip (Use Just Mayo and Non-Dairy Milk for the Ranch)

2. Simple Black Bean Soup & Homemade Bread

3. Shake & Bake Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini

4. Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup & Homemade Biscuits

5. Clean Eating Chicken Kabobs & Baked Sweet Potatoes

6. Mojo Pork Tenderloin, Rice, & Beans

7. Mojo Quesadillas & Sautéed Zucchini (Use leftover pork from Day 6)

8. BBQ Chicken Pizza

9. Clean Eating Refried Bean Soup & Tortilla Chips

10. Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken & Roasted Carrots & Potatoes

11. Chicken Nachos & BBQ Chicken Nachos (Use leftover chicken from day 10)

12.  Flex Meal

13. Honey Mustard Pork Chops, Tater Tots & Steamed Cauliflower

14. “Cheesy” Taco Crescents & Steamed Broccoli (Use Chicken or Black Beans for Protein for Taco Crescents)

15. Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Ore-Ida French Fries & Sautéed Zucchini

Here’s what our Homemade Shake & Bake Pork Chops look like. The recipe only tells you how to make the shake & bake mixture. I cooked ours at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Flip chops after the first 15 minutes. Ours were perfect and juicy! SG kept asking for “More chicken please!” We told her it was pork chops, but hey, whatever! She loved it. I also play with the spices a bit on the recipe. Use the shake and bake as a guide. I add extra of the spices we love like oregano.

Shake & Bake Pork Chops

15 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners: Part 1

Homemade Dairy & Egg Free Bread for the Steak Sandwiches

Homemade Dairy & Egg Free Bread for the Steak Sandwiches

I have to admit… I’ve fallen off of the menu planning wagon. I was tired and lazy for a few days. I completely relied on my “Flex Meals” to get us through. I’m back at it, though. I’ve realized I need *truly* easy recipes for me to stay on track. I love easy throw in the crockpot recipes. I also love it when the Huzz grills. I don’t mind a little work, but honestly, the easier, the better.

I also changed the format. I think having it numbered is a little more user friendly. Also, to differentiate the menus, starting now I’m just going to label them Part 1, Part 2, etc. Unless you can think of a better name??? I’m kind of stumped for cutesy names right now. What do you think? The 16 Day Menus will start their own Part 1, Part 2, etc. Got it?

Okay, let’s get to it. There are some repeats. There are also a few new recipes thrown in for the sake of variety. We also absolutely LOVE BBQ chicken pizza, so you will see that in probably almost every menu.

1. BBQ Chicken Pizza (Use 1/2 of this homemade pizza dough recipe and use breadmaker. Use Daiya mozzarella cheese shreds.)

2. Mojo Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Black Beans

3. Mojo Pork Quesadillas (Use leftover mojo pork.)

4. Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, Rice, and Asparagus

5. Flex Meal

6. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, OreIda Crispers, & Sautéed Yellow Squash

7. Steak Sandwiches (season steak lightly with olive oil, adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt & pepper.) Make homemade bread. Steam in a bag Broccoli Florets.

8. Rotisserie-Style Chicken. Grilled Red Potatoes, Zucchini, & Asparagus.

9. Chicken Stir Fry (Use leftover chicken from day 8. Use any leftover grilled veggies or veggies from week. Add fresh veggies if needed.)

10. Grilled Lemon-Rosemary Pork Chops (Lemon-Rosemary Marinade: olive oil, a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, a small palmful of dried rosemary & a small palmful of dried/fresh lemon peel, 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic, & less than a small palmful of sea salt. There are really no measurements. Eyeball it.) 🙂 Baked Sweet Potatoes & Steamed Cauliflower

11. Arroz con Pollo y Habichuelas (Chicken & Rice & Beans, Puerto Rican Style) I will share a recipe if I can perfect it. My rice isn’t quite right yet but the flavor is spot on!

12. Arroz con Pollo Leftovers

13. BBQ Chicken Pizza (see number 1 for links)

14. Pizza Leftovers

15. Grilled T-Bone Steaks & Grilled Zucchini, Onions, Peppers & Red Potatoes

I’ve been revisiting an older series from Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss about Proverbs 31. I’m listening to it now as I type up this menu plan. Nancy said this and I had to share it, as it’s so timely and so true:

“As we look at these verses and continue through this passage, I want you to see that in everyday, practical ways, the excellent wife—the virtuous wife, the excellent mother—is giving her family a picture of Christ and of spiritual realities. You say, “Food preparation is showing my family something about Christ and about spiritual realities?” You bet it is.

You’re living out parables. You’re demonstrating parables of spiritual life to your children as you work with your hands, as you serve in your home. When you prepare food for your family, you’re demonstrating to them that God is a faithful provider. When you’re being quality conscious in the things that you purchase, you’re showing your children the excellence of the character of God.”

I love this reminder!

16 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners (July 16- July 31, 2014)

Hey y’all. Thanks for stopping back by. I’m still hard at work creating two week menus for my little family. I hope these meal ideas are a blessing for you, too.

There are a few repeats because I got a little off track last week. Hy-Vee had a great sale (88 cents a pound for drumsticks!) so we enjoyed some of those and froze the extra cooked meat. (Click here to read how I do that.)

Anyway, we are back on track.

Do you see how delicious this Sweet & Sour Chicken looks? Man, it was scrumptious! I used flax eggs and it worked perfectly!

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Here’s my latest menu:

Click on this photo to see my printed menu.

Click on this photo to see my printed menu.

Wednesday (16th): BBQ Chicken Pizza (I use this recipe for pizza dough and throw it in my bread machine and use the dough setting. Sub Daiya mozzarella shreds.)

Thursday (17th): Veggie Nuggets, Fruit Salad, & Homemade Biscuits (Make Homemade Parm Substitute)

Friday (18th): Grilled Adobo Chicken Kabobs (season with adobo, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder & salt. Kabobs- chicken, onion, & pineapple.) Seasoned Yellow Rice

Saturday (19th): Date Night/Ham & “Cheese” Quesadillas with Fruit

Sunday (20th): Rosemary Oven Roasted Entire Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes

Monday (21st): Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps (use leftover chicken from Sunday & make dairy & egg free ranch), Baked Potatoes, & “Cheesy” Baked Cauliflower Poppers

Tuesday (22nd): Grilled Hamburgers with OAMM Burger Seasoning, Baked Potatoes, & Sautéed Squash

Wednesday (23rd): Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Sautéed Fresh Spinach with Fresh Lemon Juice

Thursday (24th): Date Night/Spaghetti

Friday (25th): Chicken “Parmesan.” (Use homemade Vegan Parm & flax egg.) Safe Pasta & Steamed Broccoli.

Saturday (26th): Papas Rellenas (use my picadillo recipe & flax eggs), White Rice & Puerto Rican Style Black Beans

Sunday (27th): Easy BBQ Pulled Pork, French Fries & Sautéed Zucchini

Monday (28th): Seasoned & Grilled Chicken Breasts (cut into strips after grilling.) Serve Atop Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce (Use homemade Vegan Parm.)

Tuesday (29th): Homemade Shake & Bake Pork Chops, Baked Sweet Potatoes, & Grilled Asparagus

Wednesday (30th): Sweet & Sour Chicken (use 3 flax eggs), White Rice & Steamed Broccoli

Thursday (31st): Date Night/Chicken & “Cheese” Nachos

Tonight we are enjoying this pizza.  The Huzz declared this last pizza was the BEST pizza I’ve ever made.  I think it’s due to this new pizza pan with the little holes.  It must be the holes that allowed for such a great crispy crust.  Hooray!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Have you tried any recipes from my menus?

 

15 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners (July 1st- July 15th, 2014)

Before my last blog post, I had never attempted to menu plan for longer than a week. These past few weeks following my 16 Days of Dairy and Egg Free Dinners! have been amazing. It’s been stress free for me. I don’t have to wonder what’s for dinner anymore.

Since I enjoyed planning and following a two week menu, I decided to do it again for July. I tried to menu plan around the meat in my freezer- hence the beef stew in July!

There are a few repeats from last month like the “Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken.” Wow. We thought that was AH-MAZING. And my “Mojo Pork Tenderloin” makes another appearance.

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I try my hardest to vary our menu and try new recipes.

Here is my latest labor of love.

Click on this photo to see my printed menu.

Click on this photo to see my printed menu.

July 2014 Menu

Tuesday (1st): BBQ Pork Sandwiches (Use leftover pork from June 30th menu), Oven Potato Wedges & Steamed Cauliflower

Wednesday (2nd): Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken, Baked Potatoes & Grilled Asparagus

Thursday (3rd): Italian Crockpot Chicken Soup (Use HyVee Italian Frozen Veggies)

Friday (4th): Grill Steaks, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini

Saturday (5th): No FPU/BBQ Chicken Pizza (Uses cooked chicken. Use half dough recipe. Sub Daiya mozzarella shreds and use nutritional yeast.)

Sunday (6th): Date Night (12th Anniversary!!!) Spaghetti or Pizza Leftovers

Monday (7th): Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken & Lemon Pasta with Spinach

Tuesday (8th): The BEST Crockpot Beef Stew & Homemade Biscuits

Wednesday (9th): Leftover Stew & Biscuits

Thursday (10th): Grilled Pork Chops & “Cheesy” Baked Cauliflower Poppers

Friday (11th): Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, French Fries & Steamed Broccoli

Saturday (12th): Last FPU/Date Night. Leftovers

Sunday (13th): Mojo Pork Tenderloin, White Rice & Puerto Rican Style Black Beans

Monday (14th): Mojo Pork Tacos

Tuesday (15th): Veggie Nuggets, Fruit Salad & Homemade Biscuits (Make Homemade Parm Substitute)

Just a few notes. We have a weekly date night so SG and our sitter usually eat leftovers or spaghetti. Spaghetti is my fallback because it’s quick, easy, and yummy. I use frozen ground beef that I’ve already cooked, seasoned, and portioned. I like easy for date nights!

FPU means we have Financial Peace University. If you’ve never heard of it or have ever thought of taking the classes, I highly recommend it!

A few nights ago, I had one new recipe fail- the cauliflower tots. They wouldn’t stay together because I left out the cheese and added nutritional yeast. Instead I smushed them into muffin tins and we ate crumbly cauliflower “tot” kind of muffins. But the taste was good! Sometimes substitutions just don’t quite work out. And that’s okay.

Have you tried any of the recipes from my menus? Please share.