Mealtime Mondays – January 13, 2020 – January 19, 2020

This week was honestly just a little bit hectic. My anxiety was messing with my sleep schedule, resulting in me feeling sluggish and having several awful headaches bordering on migraines. With that being said, I only cooked 4 out of the 7 nights this week. The other 3 nights we had leftovers from last week and takeout pizza. #balance BUT, I do have a bonus dessert review for you to make up for one of those dinners I didn’t get around to!

  1. Gluten/Dairy/Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Find the recipe in this cookbook (We use it nearly every day, so trust me, it’s worth the purchase!): https://amzn.to/36NUMP1 *affiliate link*

Family Taste Rating: 4/4

Cost: Approximately $7 (4 servings of 3 pancakes) *We served this with bacon (1 lb) and eggs (1 dozen) bringing the total for the meal up to approximately $12

Time: 25-30 (about 5 minutes of prep and 20-25 minutes of cook time)

The boys were in disbelief that there was no sugar in these! And my waistline is going to be happy that these are so low carb and sugar free. Note: I don’t use any special Trim Healthy Mama ingredients. I substituted equal parts coconut flour and golden flaxseed meal for their baking blend, pyure stevia for their super sweet blend, and Bake Believe sugar free chocolate chips in place of theirs.

  • Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe:

4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes

Sesame oil

½-1 bag frozen peas and corn

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic

1 egg

¼ c soy sauce

Family size boil in a bag brown rice

Heat sesame oil in pan over medium heat (I eyeball this, but probably about a tablespoon) and cook the chicken until it starts to brown and is cooked all the way through.

Remove chicken from the pan and add a splash more sesame oil. Add garlic, onion, peas, and carrots and cook until warmed through.

Scramble the egg into the veggies, then remove from heat and stir in the rice and soy sauce. Add the chicken back in and enjoy! We love to add yum yum sauce to our individual bowls.

Family Taste Rating: 4/4

Cost: Approximately $8 (4-5 servings)

Time: 30-40 min

This one is in our regular go to rotation for busy nights!

  • Quiche with gluten/sugar free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Quiche –

Recipe:

2 frozen deep dish pie crusts

1 12 oz bag shredded mozzarella

12 eggs

1 pt heavy cream

(optional: add bacon, onions, etc. We do not add any extras to ours, so the prep time and cost will reflect that)

Split the shredded cheese between the two pie crusts. Mix eggs and heavy cream and then pour over the cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-60 minutes until set and top is golden.

Family Taste Rating: 4/4

Cost: Approximately $7 (16 servings…we each only eat about 1 piece when paired with the muffins, so we will use the leftovers for breakfasts and lunches)

Time: 60 min (They only take about 5 minutes to assemble)

Muffins –

Find Recipe Here: https://mymontanakitchen.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins-thm-s-low-carb-sugar-free/

Family Taste Rating: 3/4 (my husband isn’t a fan of pumpkin, so he didn’t even try them…so don’t let this rating make you hesitate. These are delicious and surprisingly moist for muffins using an alternative flour!)

Cost: Approximately $6 (6 servings of 2 muffins)

Time: 30 minutes (these only take about 5-10 minutes to assemble and get in the oven)

*Note: I substituted half the amount of pyure for the xylitol in the muffins.

  • Chicken Caesar Angel Hair Pasta

Find Recipe Here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a49951/caesar-angel-hair-recipe/

Family Taste Rating: 4/4 (This one is another family favorite that always makes everyone happy!)

Cost: Approximately $10 (6-8 servings)

Time: 30-40 minutes

*Note: I never add pasta water back in because we prefer a thicker sauce. We also omit the lemon juice.

Total Cost for family of 4 for 7 dinners (I’m including leftovers one night and take out pizza that we got and lasted us 2 dinners): $78. That’s with two of the recipes requiring specialty ingredients like almond and coconut flour and more! Our weekly dinner cost could have been lower, had we not gotten take out, but that’s still not too bad for a whole week of dinners!

Bonus: Gluten/Sugar Free Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Find the recipe in this cookbook (We use it nearly every day, so trust me, it’s worth the purchase!): https://amzn.to/36NUMP1 *affiliate link*

Family Taste Rating: 4/4

Cost: Approximately $8 (we made 40 cookies with this recipe)

Time: 30-40 (total time depends on the size of baking sheets you use and how many batches you have to bake)

These are SO GOOD! I’m a major chocolate and sweets person, and I was totally happy with how these came out. My boys were begging for more, and I didn’t have to feel bad about them eating these because there is no sugar!

****All cost estimates assume pantry staples like oils, baking soda/powder, and spices are already in your kitchen. Costs are based on prices of goods in my local Wal-mart and Aldi, and they may vary depending on your area and where your grocery shopping preferences are. If you are like me and always on the go, looking for ways to save time, try out grocery pick up or Instacart!

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