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I'm prepping ahead of time, when I have baby #4 I will be out of commission for a few weeks. My mom will be here to help, but I need to have things in the house she can quickly fix, understand how to fix, and the kids like.<br><br>
I am doing some frozen meals, but those are really for after my mom leaves us. Of course, if we have a colicky baby and mom is up all night with me again, we'll use them.<br><br>
Staples in the house:<br>
Fruit and veggies are easy enough.<br>
I'll have GF treats & bread stocked in the freezer or shelves.<br>
I'll have yogurts, cheeses, etc the kids like.<br>
Am I missing anything good? (remember crackers are out)<br><br><br>
Breakfast is easy enough, she'll cook eggs, bacon, sausage, fix cereal, etc.<br>
Snacks are covered.<br><br>
Lunch is a hard one, we'll get tired of PB&J and my mother does not eat that anyway. She and my father had a hay day last Christmas with my children explaining cross contamination of PB and Jelly with the gluten and gluten free breads. I'm afraid the macaroni and cheese route would be too complex with 2 pots of water 1 gluten, 1 gf, etc. Hotdogs will get old and I've already over used those recently.<br><br>
Dinner for my mother going to be difficult and we will get aweful bored of baked chicken with a veggie and salad every night. She will too, she won't know what is safe to put on chicken and some things she does not like anyway. We have beef and pork from a local farm as well. She just does not know how to adapt which I find strange b/c she has adapted a lot of things for herself on a super low carb diet to control her type 2 diabetes.<br><br>
Friends will also bring us some meals and they won't be gf, so I will have to have quick things that my ds2 can eat on those night. Anyone done GF entrees for 1 and put in the freezer with any success? I find the rice pasta frozen to use later is gross, if I make mac and ch and freeze the left overs they are never as good.<br><br>
I'm working on list, recipes, etc. But sometimes I'm stumped myself. I've some time to do this fortunately. My kitchen will be a well oiled machine of pantry lists, freezer lists, etc cause they can't be in my head (I know exactly what we have and don't have and where it is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).
 

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Do you like Indian food? When we're too tired to cook, we have Tasty Bite boil-in-the-bag meals. We usually opt for a veggie, a lentil/bean. . . then we make rice and pappadums. Trader Joe's has 'em, too.
 

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Have you tried frozen left over rice? I put it in little baggies for my gfcf dd.<br><br>
Also I keep single servings of ham, hamburger, and chicken just for her. (In the frezer), so when something comes up were covered.<br><br>
How about pkg tofu? If he can have soy. DD uses braggs liquid aminos on it or tamari wheat free soy sauce. Also good on the rice if the little one can have rice??<br><br>
Good luck. Your smart for planning ahead.
 

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My gf child isn't a rice eater, not much and only yellow. I can put 1 burger, 1 chicken etc in a package in the freezer -- good idea.<br><br>
We might try Indian food one day, never have yet -- but not while my mom is here, she isn't even into Tacos! And I do a few Tex/ Mex meals b/c my kids love the corn chips and b/c well they are GF!<br><br>
All dinners are GF in my house, all desserts are as well. Breakfast and lunch are about the only times I will do both. All pancakes and waffles are GF - my mother will "love" that -- NOT. Basically if I have to make it from scratch, it's going to be GF b/c I don't want to have flour poofing all over my kitchen.
 

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Black bean chili or white bean soup (with ham or bacon if you want) and GF cornbread (I think I have a recipe) OR just corn chips OR corn tortillas **ETA these can be cooked in the slow cooker which is such a saviour with a new babe!<br><br>
frittata - I make endless variations of this and serve it for dinners or brunches at least once a week - easy and fast and you can use up whatever odds and ends you have around - it's even good left over<br><br>
for lunches - what about turkey with avacado or some kind of cheese OR grilled ham and cheese - the HFS has decent quality lunch meats without all the junk in them - or just plain grilled cheese<br><br>
turkey burgers with baked "french fries" or sweet potato fries for dinner or for lunch - and a salad<br><br>
Many soup options for dinners and the leftovers can be lunch!<br><br><br>
these are easy week night meals we make regularly that are easily adaptable if you have GF bread
 
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