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Appendixes - Menu Plans

DK PublishingDK Publishing 2/07/2014 DKBooks

Menu Plans

Strapped for time and tapped out of creative ideas for meal plans? I’ve made it easy for you with these menus for everyday meals and for special gatherings. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to plan meals for the week because the recipes in this guide are designed to complement each other for quick, easy, satisfying meals. Just pick an entrée, a grain dish, a salad or veggie dish, and a dessert, and you’re ready to sit down with your family and friends.

Planning meals ahead of time saves tons of time and ensures you always have something delicious to look forward to. Once you’ve chosen the dishes you want to prepare this week, make a grocery list and buy everything you need in one weekly visit to the store. (Limiting store visits to once a week saves money–I’ve proven it!) Plus, you’ll have everything you need on hand when you’re ready to cook. The frenzy of meal-preparation is dissipated with just a teeny bit of up-front planning.

Here are combinations I think pair nicely for breakfast, lunch, dinner, special social occasions, and even Thanksgiving. Yes, you can have a delicious, gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner.


Weekend breakfasts

Ah, weekends. They’re the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and move at a slower pace. And that includes breakfast, too.


Menu 1

Elegant Quiche

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Spinach Salad with Raspberries and Pine Nuts

Piping hot brewed coffee

Freshly squeezed orange juice


Menu 2

Homemade Granola with yogurt and berries

Start-the-Day-Right Smoothie

All-in-one Omelet

Piping hot brewed coffee

Freshly squeezed orange juice


Menu 3

Biscuits and Gravy

Cherry Pie French Toast

Sausage patties*

Piping hot brewed coffee

Freshly squeezed orange juice


Quick lunchbox lunches

I like to pack a large lunch so I have a couple snacks to savor in the mid-morning and late afternoon.


Menu 1

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Hard-boiled eggs

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Celery and carrot sticks

Chocolate-chip Cookies


Menu 2

Spinach and Turkey Roll-Up

Toasted Worcestershire Almonds

Lemon Bread

Sweet Peanut Butter Dip with Apple

Saturday Night Brownies


Menu 3

Olive Tapenade spread on toasted Easy Sandwich Bread

Deviled Eggs

Fresh cherry tomatoes

Sugared Pecans

Spice Cookies


Kid-oriented lunches

These menus feature foods popular with kids of all ages.


Menu 1

Quick and Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Chunky Cream of Tomato Soup

All-American Coleslaw

Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Clusters


Menu 2

Meat-Lover’s Special Mini Pizzas

Snow Pea Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Apricot-Almond Squares


Menu 3

Cream of Celery Soup

Poppy Seed Crackers with Cashew Butter

“Apple Pie” Date Bars


Lunch menus

Having someone over for lunch is a nice thing to do. It’s so much more relaxing than going out to a restaurant. Here are some fast lunches to treat your guests—and yourself—to.


Menu 1

Stuffed Avocados

Albacore White Bean Salad

Black Cherry Pie with Kirsch


Menu 2

Salmon Burgers

Dilly Apple Cucumbers

Sweet Cornbread

Creamy Cherry Rice Custard


Menu 3

Crab and Macaroni “Dilly” Salad

Grape Tomato and Basil Salad

Glazed Strawberry Pie


Dinner menus

These menu combinations can turn any night into a special family dinner.


Menu 1

Fast Chicken Fajitas

Savory Pintos

Spanish Rice

Saturday Night Brownies


Menu 2

Elsa’s Beef Tips and Mushrooms

Homemade Egg Noodles

Lively Lima Beans with Summer Squash

Pineapple Upside-down Griddle Cake


Menu 3

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spinach Salad with Raspberries and Pine Nuts

Garlic bread made from Easy Sandwich Bread

Whipped Banana “Ice Cream”


Menu 4

Pumpkin Apple Soup

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Green Beans with Slivered Almonds

Yellow Cake with Caramel Icing


Menu 5

Oven-“Grilled” Salmon

Cornbread Stuffing

Lemon-Sesame Broccoli and Cauliflower

Chocolate-chip Cookies


Menu 6

Arroz con Pollo

Corn and Black Bean Fiesta Salad

Fennel and Jicama Toss

Chocolate-filled Chocolate Tortillas


Menu 7

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Zucchini and Onions

Grape Tomato and Basil Salad

Indulging Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Stick Icing


Menu 8

Sloppy Joes on Sandwich Buns

Baked Beans with Apples

All-American Coleslaw

Baked Apple and Pear Crisp


Menu 9

Elegant Chicken Della Robbia

Mashed potatoes

Sensational Spinach

Apple-spice Cupcakes


Menu 10

Beef and Macaroni Skillet Supper

Roasted Beets with Fresh Tarragon and Garlic

Carrot Cake


Menu for casual and fun get-togethers

Having people over was never so easy with this array of snacks, buffet-style foods, and delectable treats.

Spicy Beef Chili

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on Sandwich Buns

Broccoli and Tomato Salad with Mustard Dressing

Dilly Apple Cucumbers

Peanutty Popcorn Balls

Sugared Pecans

Deviled Eggs

Cajun Cereal Snack Mix

Assorted crudités with White Bean “Ranch” Dip and Fiesta Chopped Avocado Dip


Menu for thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving has notoriously been the hardest meal for those on a gluten-free diet, but no more! This year, you can dine to your heart’s content. Here is a lovely array of dishes for your family’s feast.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Fresh Herbs

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Cornbread Stuffing

Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions

Gravy (from Biscuits and Gravy recipe)

Creamed Corn

Green Beans with Slivered Almonds

Spinach Salad with Raspberries and Pine Nuts

Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Custard

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