Monthly Gluten-Free Meal Plan: November 2015

Meal planning is one of those topics I can’t know enough about—for me, it feels like the holy grail of organization. I am a busy mom, trying to balance a hectic and unpredictable schedule, so I have learned to rely on meal planning to keep us well-nourished and on budget.

I have touched on gluten-free meal planning in past posts, like when I reviewed how to balance time/effort, money, and nutrition and described gluten-free planning in the real world (includes sample weekly GF meal plans and tips for surviving rougher weeks!)—but I am someone who enjoys looking at real-life meal plans for inspiration, and I thought it might be helpful for other meal planners to see gluten-free options that are (relatively) simple and nutrient-dense.

Included below are our family’s actual (dinner) meal plans for the month of November (excluding the week of Thanksgiving)—all recipes are gluten-free. I have included pictures and recipe links (as available)—some of the recipes are only in my head, but I would be happy to share them if you email me or comment below. Please excuse the amateur smartphone photos :). I am always looking for new recipes, so please share links to your favorites in the comments below!

You may notice this month was a little rough in terms of getting real meals on the table. Somebody was sick just about every day in November, so we did our best with an oft-empty refrigerator and sick Mommy. I chose not to include Thanksgiving week because we were traveling most of that week.

Week 1

Sunday

  • Pizza (Udi’s crust with sweet potato, green beans, feta, and spinach)

Monday

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash (vegetarian) → inspired by this recipe

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Roasted broccolini
  • Roasted potatoes

Thursday

  • Grilled cheese (with green apple and dijon mustard)

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Friday

  • Pizza (Udi’s crust with Trader Joe’s olive tapenade, mozzarella, and spinach)

Saturday

Week 2

Sunday

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Peas
  • Hummus

Monday

  • Pan-roasted curried salmon → inspired by this recipe
  • Roasted snap peas
  • Roasted potatoes

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Tuesday

  • Pizza (Udi’s crust with Trader Joe’s olive tapenade, snap peas, rotisserie chicken, feta, and spinach)

Wednesday

  • CARRY-OUT (Aditi)

Thursday

  • Aditi leftovers

Friday

  • Aditi leftovers

Saturday 

Week 3

Dessert:  Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Sunday

  • OUT (BBQ at my parents’ house)

Monday (Sick Child)

  • Leftovers (I didn’t write anything down—I think we just scrounged!)

Tuesday (Sick Child)

  • Leftovers (I didn’t write anything down—I think we just scrounged!)

Wednesday

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Thursday

  • Grilled cheese (with green apple and dijon mustard)

Friday

  • Pizza (Udi’s crust with Trader Joe’s olive tapenade, feta, and spinach)

Saturday 

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Week 4

Sunday

  • Thanksgiving leftovers salad (with sweet potatoes)

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Monday

  • Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, stuffing, gravy)
  • Peas

Tuesday

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Wednesday

  • Mexican lasagna (leftovers)

Thursday

  • Avocado toast (with canned salmon)
  • Lentil soup
  • Wilted spinach

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Friday

  • Pizza (Udi’s crust with feta, mozzarella, and spinach)

Saturday (Halloween)

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Check out last month’s post for more meal ideas!
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