Fall into 30 Days of Real *Gluten-Free* Food
Menu planning gets old fast. I fall into ruts with my meals all the time, but I know my family needs variety not only for appeal, but also to ensure they receive a wide variety of nutrients for optimal health.
Instead of weekly meal plans, I like to vary things up with the seasons.
Quarterly meal planning is my answer. It’s manageable and affords me the chance to get in tune with the natural flow of the year. Best of all, emphasizing produce that’s in-season ensures meals are cheaper, higher in nutrients and likely locally sourced.
Ready to get those creative juices flowing? Here’s my autumn menu to inspire you to fall in love with real food and add a little variety to your table!
A Quick Note on Keeping It Real…
Real food recipes that meet a family’s preferences can be hard to come by. I find a lot of online recipes don’t fit our taste style, or look delicious but incorporate processed foods or added sugar that we avoid like the plague. Consequently, I fudge on recipes a lot. Or flat out don’t use them.
The following collection are recipes that have inspired our own fall family favorites with a few new ideas sprinkled within. I’ve added notes where the linked recipe may include an ingredient we won’t be using along with my recommendations for keeping things real and wholesome.
- Stuffed Acorn Squash & Salad
(This recipe is a good one, but I prefer to make a simple filling of ground turkey, apples, pears and spices to further usher in the fall flavors.)
- Roasted Chicken with Brussels sprouts, mashed cauliflower
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Shredded Beef Tacos
(Place a boneless beef roast in a crockpot and cover with 1/4 cup of taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred and serve with shredded lettuce or kale, tomatoes, olives, red onion & jalepenos.)
- Asian Lettuce Wraps
(I typically use ground turkey for this one. Hoisin sauce is, unfortunately, fairly high in sugar. I reduce it slightly in the this recipe.)
- Zucchini Taco Boats, Salad
- Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries & Pecans
(Waaaaaay too much sugar in this salad recipe. I’ll use dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice and use honey as necessary. I’ll also add shredded chicken for a protein boost.)
- Cinnamon Beef Stew, Salad
- Grilled Chicken & Pears, Sauteed Broccoli,
- Spaghetti Squash & Meat Sauce, Salad (Recipe at the bottom of the post)
- German Sausage with Apples, Sauerkraut & Onions (A few too many pickles are swimming around in there. I’ll be a tad more simplistic. =) )
- Lamb-Stuffed Greek Peppers, Salad
- Salmon Salad with Cranberries (Because of the sugar, we’ll be omitting the candied pecans [or making these without the corn syrup] and using our favorite oil/vinegar dressing.
- BBQ Crockpot Chicken (BBQ sauce is loaded with sugar. That’s why I like this recipe… dates take center stage! Sa-weet!)
- Amish Beef & Cabbage Skillet (I typically use avocado oil instead of butter, but either is fine! Just be sure it’s organic, pastured butter so that’s it’s free of pollutants and hormones!)
- Pear-Sausage Pie, Salad
- Paleo Sweet Potato Chili with Avocados
- Apple Cider Roasted Chicken, Mashed Carrots & Parsnips (No, my chicken will not look anything like the one in this recipe. :-D. But it will be roasted. And the house will smell like cider. And it will be good.)
- Turkey Pot Pie (I’ll be using turkey to shake things up a bit!)
- Roast Beef with Carrots, Turnips, Potatoes
- Kale Salad with Chicken, Roasted Squash, Cranberries, Pistachios
- Taco Salad
- Rainbow Trout with Sweet Potato Fries
- Meatloaf with Baked Potatoes, Salad (I like Alton Brown’s version, with all the yummy veggies included!)
- Chicken Stir Fry & Wild Rice
- Shredded Beef Tacos
- Cilantro Turkey Burgers, Salad (I have my own recipe. It’s similar to this one <– but I also include cumin, shredded zucchini and coriander.)
- Chicken Broccoli Oven Risotto (I add shredded chicken for protein!)
- Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas (<– My son’s absolute favorite. I typically buy pre-made sauce.)
- Thyme Butternut Squash Soup with meatballs for protein.