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Saturday, September 28, 2013

My GF, Locavore-ish Weekly Meal Plan, and 'What's Cookin' Sunday?'

After battling the crowds last week at the farmers market, we set our alarm for 6:30am this morning and were out the door by 7:30 am. It was a lovely time to be at the market! The rising sun was streaming across the coffee shop patios around the capital square and it feels wonderful to get shopping over and done with by 8:30 Saturday morning. 

After unpacking and a quick breakfast, I've put together this week's meal plan - while watching last night's new episode of Project Runway ;) 

Now let the meal planning BEGIN!

What I'm cooking on Sunday: GF Spiced Squash Scones - using pumpkin instead of butternut squash

We picked up a ton of great veggies this week and I’m very much inspired by the fall foods that are starting to appear. This week we’re basing meals around the following farmers market finds:

* 2 bunches of organic kale                * 1 bunch organic Swiss chard
* 2 organic heirloom tomatoes           * 1 bunch mustard greens
* 1 small pumpkin                               * 1 lb green beans
* 1 bunch beets                                   * 1 bunch red onion
* 1 bunch organic carrots                    * 1 lb red potatoes
* 1 bunch parsnips                              * ½ lb mixed greens               
* 1 small head green cabbage

If you'd like to learn how and why I meal plan around local foods, you can check out my post on How and Why I Meal Plan (GF and Locavore-ish)

Week of: September 28 – Oct 4
In the Freezer: Spicy soup stock (made from jerk chicken drumstick bones! ), mixed veggies, spinach & peas, fish,  black & kidney beans, Beet Chocolate Muffins, blueberries, whole chicken, Homemade Limoncello
In the Fridge: Grandma’s Pickles,  homemade yogurt, beets, kale, mustard greens, mixed greens, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, eggs, apples, grapes, cabbage, salsa, pumpkin, Watermelon pudding (recipe to come)
In the Cupboard: local honey (5lbs!), lentils, beans, chickpeas, GF flours, rice vermicelli, rice noodles, canned fruit, Organic local corn meal
Breakfasts: Spiced Squash Scones, homemade yogurt with farmers market local honey, Farmers Market Omelette
DH is making his stew with parsnips, carrots and potatoes (one day I will get his recipe and share it!)
Boiled chicken with Gluten Free Gravy (recipe at bottom of linked page)  rice and steamed carrots and kale (recipe for chicken to come, loose directions below)
Paleo Japanese Salad using leftover chicken
Leftover Swiss Chard stems will become Swiss Chard Stem Soup
A quick, GF veggie pasta (recipe in my upcoming book)
Baked fish with veggies and Asian ginger marinade
Brown rice with sweet & sour lentils and steamed vegetables
What’s Cookin’ Sunday: Fast & Easy Flaxseed Crackers, Spiced Squash Scones (using pumpkin instead of butternut squash), GF buns (from my upcoming book)

To save time:

1) I’m going to bake my bunch of beets at the same time as the mini pumpkin

2) I will boil the whole chicken in a large pot with an onion, broth and carrots. After dinner I’ll turn the leftover cooking water into chicken noodle soup. The bones will go into the slow cooker to make bone broth. (Recipes to come!)

3) I’ll make a big batch of brown rice and freeze some for later use

What are you eating this week?

Using up leftover chicken, subbing mixed greens for radicchio

This post was shared on the following great link parties: Musings of a Housewife, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Fat Tuesdays, The Hearth and Soul HopGluten Free Tuesday


  1. Not only we share the same family name but we think alike !!! We always wake up before dawn to beat the farmer market crowd. Happy Sunday! :)

    1. Good for you! Bonne dimanche à vous aussi, Anoucha :)

  2. Can't wait for that stew recipe! Yummy! We go to the farmers market early too!

    1. He's been working on perfecting it for weeks, once he's got it down I will definitely share! This week he's trying it with the addition of ground emu from the farmers market...

  3. Looks like a delicious meal plan! I really like the look of your scones too :)

  4. I've been noticing lately that my mouth tingle and my tongue sore after eating certain food; though not sure what's causing it. When I went to an allergist, he said it could be "Burning Mouth Syndrome". He advised me to eliminate food that I think is causing it, and nothing specific. I'm glad I came upon your blog, so I know I'm not alone in this. I've been avoiding gluten though I have not been tested so I really don't know if it's the gluten I'm allergic to. I still experience the tingling and soreness in my mouth even after avoiding gluten. After seeing these postings, I might have OAS too.

    1. Hi Irene,
      Do you have any other symptoms? Feel free to explore the Oral Allergy Syndrome page on my blog and if you think you might have OAS, ask your allergist for sure about it (unfortunately, though, not all of them are familiar with it). I would also suggest trying to keep a food diary (I have a sample one on the OAS page) to track what you're eating, when you experience reactions, and what they might be {i.e. itching, burning, upset stomach, hives, swelling, etc} . That might help you to pinpoint what is bothering you and if you really do have OAS.


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