Menu Plan Nov. 16

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holiday-food-festI’m really feeling the holidays closing in now. I still haven’t finalized our Thanksgiving plans, yet. But, fortunately, there are lots of fun holiday meal ideas to check out at many gluten-free blog websites.

The Holiday Food Fest hosted at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free has plenty of fall and holiday dishes to check out. (Many are gluten-free, but not all.) So far, roundups of Fall Desserts and Fall Dishes have been posted.

Diane at The Whole Gang announced a virtual Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner Party this week. Several different gluten-free bloggers will be contributing and hosting each day this week with some great recipes. I can’t wait to see what they have to offer. At the end of the post, Diane also has a great meal planning template for preparing for a large Thanksgiving celebration. Now that’s getting organized!


So, while I surf through the blogs and finalize our Thanksgiving plans this week, here’s what our family will be eating for dinner:

Monday – Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)
Based on all the leftovers I already have in the refrigerator, we should be having a leftover buffet instead. But, I’ve been anxious to try butter chicken again. This time, I’m taking the easy way and trying Patak’s Butter Chicken Cooking Sauce. Check out this easy recipe at Patak’s website. Serving with Basmati rice.

Tuesday – Boneless Pork Ribs
So, I’ve never actually cooked pork ribs before. I’ve always enjoyed my dad’s spare ribs, but never even attempted them. Instead, I just request it when I go home. Last week I saw the boneless pork ribs on sale at the grocery store and decided to give them a try. I found a good looking recipe for them at Fire and Salt to try. I’ll serve them with Red Potato and Green Bean Salad.

Wednesday – Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Marinating sirloin strips of beef with my flank steak marinade. Then stir frying the beef with broccoli, garlic, water chestnuts, and peppers. Serving over rice.

Thursday – Leftover Buffet
OK. I don’t think we’ll be able to wait any longer. Time to clean out the refrigerator. Everyone gets to choose their favorite.

Friday – Hamburgers
My daughter’s favorite cheeseburgers and fries is on the menu.

Saturday – Outback
It may be time to use up that gift card for Outback that’s been floating around in my purse. Outback has a nicely detailed gluten-free menu with plenty of choices that satisfy everyone in our family.

Sunday – Pizza
Trying pizza again. If I’ve got time, I’ll try my dad’s recipe for thin crust pizza. I just need to modify it to be gluten-free. If I’m low on time, I just might pull out the frozen Glutino pizzas.

Need more menu ideas?

  • menu-swap-009Be sure to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week at In My Box. In My Box is a nice website designed around vegan and gluten-free foods using the produce received from the local CSA. This week’s theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap is Dutch ovens. I don’t use a Dutch oven, so I don’t have anything to contribute. But if you’re looking for some ideas for cooking gluten-free using a Dutch oven, be sure to check out the roundup at In My Box.
  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.



Thanks for sharing about Holiday Food Fest – we’ve had some great recipes shared there. I love seeing your meal plans…I plan ours a week or two out but don’t post it. I think it’s helpful, though, because meal planning can be such a big job.


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Hi Heather! Your menu sounds great! Good luck with all the things you’re trying for the first time!

Sorry for leaving you out with the Dutch oven theme – if you check out the post with this week’s menu plan you’ll see why I was desperate for inspiration!


You have such a cute blog. Thanks for mentioning Holiday Food Fest! Great menu planned for the week.


Amy – You bet. I hope everyone gets a chance to review all the great recipes.


Thanks, Alta. I’m happy to share good news and good recipes!


Beef steak has always been my all time favorite dish and i am always looking for some new recipes that has steak as the main ingredient.:,:

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