“What’s for Dinner?” has been the catch cry of my children since they could talk. Often this would be one of the first things my daughter would ask in the morning when she was little.
I started menu planning a few years ago and have found that it helps. I usually plan and shop for a weeks worth of meals at a time. So on Monday I normally sit down with my calendar and add what we are going to have for dinner for each day of the week. It can be easy to have the same meals every week. To help me remember all the different dishes I can make I decided to write a list of all the meals we like to eat. I decided to add this as a new “Menu Ideas” page on my blog. This way it is easy for me to find and it might inspire someone else as well. As I try new recipes or remember things that aren’t on the list I’ll keep updating it.
Do you menu plan and do you have a list of go to meals?
I have been making frypan pizza for years, using a recipe from the book that came with my electric frypan. Ever since my husband has been gluten free I have been making a gluten & dairy free version of the pizza. I think after much trial and error, sometimes getting it right and not being able to replicate it; I think I finally have the recipe just about right. This recipe works well for my 26cm round frypan that I use on the stove.
Not my pizza but gives you an idea of what a frypan pizza is like.
GF & DF Frypan Pizza
- 1 cup GF flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- sprinkle salt
- 40g butter
- 1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tbsp oil
- extra oil for brushing pan
- tom paste or pizza sauce
- preferred toppings
- dairy free cheese
- Combine flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add in milk and oil, mix to form a soft dough. Add more flour or liquid if necessary, so that the dough can easily be spread on the pan.
- Press dough into lightly oiled 26cm cold frypan.
- Spread with tomato paste or pizza sauce
- Top with preferred toppings. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Cover frypan.
- Heat frypan on medium heat for about 8-1o minutes or until base is golden & the cheese is melted.
Alternatively: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until combined into a soft dough, then proceed from step 3.
I use Bio cheese (which is a coconut cheese that melts well and tastes like cheese).
Our preferred toppings are GF ham, GF salami sticks, tinned pineapple, pizza topper herbs and cheese. We also like adding cooked chicken if we have any. It is fairly basic but I then add things like mushroom, capsicum & avocado to mine after it is cooked or serve it with a salad.
What are your favourite pizza toppings?
We have been away for a few days. On holidays it had become the norm to cook in the unit one night and have take away the next night. However there is very little take-away that my husband can have. My sons reactions are not too bad now so he can get away with some of the wrong foods. Consequently the kids often get take-away while we have left overs or make up something else. During the week when the kids had pizza, my husband had his own mini pizzas and I made myself a stir fry with some left over chicken.
When we have pizza I often make a gluten free fry pan pizza but lately my husband has been making pizzas with corn or rice thins. Continue reading