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With the heat of summer upon us, I've found it a bit trickier to stay away from wheat. Last summer was all about sandwiches and pasta salads- both of which are now off limits! I also have NO idea what to expect to receive from our first veggie garden so sides are up in the air at the moment, hopefully we will get enough to fill in the blanks! How do those of you with CSAs or personal veggie gardens plan ahead? Anyway, here is the month we have planned out. I'm really behind on posting accompanying recipes on my blog but for me that's par for the course. Here is our July, what are you mixing up in your kitchens?

July
Mon.Tues.Wed.Thur.Fri.Sat.Sun.
Slow Cooker Red Beans & RiceChicken Spiedies, Grilled VeggiesHamburgers, Baked Beans, Salad
Hot Dogs, Baked BeansGreek Chicken KebabsGrilled Lemon Pepper SalmonTex-Mex Dry Rub- SteakBean BurritoesBBQ Rub- PorkSalad w/Deviled Eggs
Hamburgers, Beans, SaladHam & Pineapple KebabsGrilled Salmon Patties, Grilled Sweet PotatoesChicken & Spicy Wing SauceBlack Bean Salad, Chips?Kefta & Zucchini KebabChicken Caesar Salad
Indian Dry Rub- ChickenSteak & Pepper KebabGrilled Mustard SalmonHot Dogs & Baked BeansGrilled Turkey BreastPartyTaco Salad
Grilled Steak, Grilled VeggiesTeriyaki Chicken & Pineapple KebabGrilled Salmon Patties, Grilled Sweet PotatoesPancakes (Wheat Free!)Zucchini ParmCajun Rub- ChickenCobb Salad
 

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I love looking at meal plans. It makes me feel more inspired. I only plan once a week. When I had a CSA, I would either look ahead (via a newsletter about what I could expect) and go from there, or wait and plan as soon as it came. Now I don't have a CSA :( and I plan on Sundays, shop on Mondays, etc. Weekends are the hardest because DH helps a lot with meals, has different ideas, grills, etc., so I find that is when we go over budget, going shopping for more. Ah well.

I love this meal plan you've posted. As for gluten, I use brown rice noodles for all my pasta needs and I LOVE them. I make pasta salad, mac n cheese (with goat's cheeses), and all things pasta with them. Trader Joe's has the best and cheapest but they're 90 miles from us. I'm about overdue for a trip.

I notice you have a lot of "grilled" foods - do you BBQ a lot?

I'm trying to use the slow cooker more this season, so that DD and I can freely go to the lake and pool and hang out with the people who are out for the summer (cousins, family, friends).

Anyway, thank you!
 

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Oh yeah, tons of cooking outside on the grill. We don't have central A/C and it is easier to keep the house cool if we don't heat it up in the first place (um...obviously
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sorry) but it also allows the kids to run around in the yard while I'm cooking as well being a different kind of flavor than we get the rest of the year. I actually used the grill to reheat some pizza we had bought for lunch over the weekend and I think I really prefer it reheated that way!
 

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That makes a lot of sense. I'm using the toaster oven for just about everything for the same reason!

Enjoy! :)
 

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I would have been happy to share it, but I wasn't that thrilled with it actually (it was a new recipe I had come across). The beans stayed way too firm even after doubling the cooking time. I was so disappointed in it that I tossed the recipe and I no longer have it (it was just a print out from online somewhere). I usually don't just toss a recipe, I tweak it to fix it, but I wasn't even sure where to start to fix that one so I didn't bother. Sorry! :-/
 
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