Menu Plan, Week of September 11

Quinoa and Sucunat.  I’d never even heard those words 3 years ago, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to tell you what they are!  Last week, though, in an effort to “try new real food things,” I stopped in at the bulk food store and bought some.  So now I need to use them!  I’ll let you know how it goes.  😉

Our 8 year old now has expanders on the top and the bottom of her mouth.  Poor thing.  Eating is a struggle, so I need to make a more concerted effort at soft foods for her.  She even offered to eat soup every night.  Good thing it’s about that time of year!



  • pb&j, carrot chips
  • apples and peanut butter
  • leftovers
  • salad with black beans and spicy ranch dressing
  • quesadillas, watermelon lime freeze


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  1. I sometimes toast quinoa and add it to your lazy granola recipe. Also, sometimes I grind it up and add it to energy bites in the recipe found here.

  2. My favorite ‘braces’ food was vanilla pudding–2 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 cup milk—cook slowly until nice and thick. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla. I like it fairly hot, my little brother likes it cold. We also added chocolate chips, coconut, or cookie crumbs.

  3. Try a Quinoa Greek Salad. Make your favorite greek style salad and add cooked Quinoa. It’s so delicious!

  4. The Watermelon lime freeze sounds good. I have some watermelon that we need to use up.

    Here is what we are having this week:

  5. Oh, your poor 8 year old. I feel for her.
    – mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, sweet potatoes
    – spinach (if she’s able to brush the strands out afterwards, but that might hurt too much)
    – oatmeal
    – yogurt
    – cottage cheese
    – pudding
    – shakes – add PB for some protein
    – eggs
    – applesauce
    – baby food. seriously.
    – and soup, of course.

    Good luck. Poor girl.

  6. Jessica over at Life as Mom has a quinoa pilaf recipe that I’m going to try soon. Looks really good as a savory side dish.

  7. I made a Quinoa Lasagna last week (link is on last week’s Menu Plan Monday) that turned out pretty good. VERY soft, so your daughter would be able to eat it.

  8. Warning – the quinoa blows up in size when you cook it. I bought a small bag – maybe 12 oz? I cooked the whole thing for dinner one night. It was crazy! We ate on it for 3 nights in a row before I finally made 3 meatloaves out of it instead of stuffing. I thought we would never get rid of it all. A little ends up making a lot.

    • Oh how funny! The shape of it cooked is so interesting. Our first attempt with the chili was good. Haven’t decided what to do with it next time.

  9. Spicy ranch dressing? Yum! I like quinoa with black beans, vegetables like avocado, tomato, broccoli, olives, cucumbers, etc, chopped up in it and then topped with homemade balsamic dressing. I ate mine in pita breads!

  10. Bless her heart I feel for her, I had braces and rubber bands and they were killer. I’ve never eaten Sucanat, but hopefully you will make her something sweet with it.

  11. Allie Zirkle says:

    One thought on the quinoa… make sure to rinse it before cooking with it. My family thought I was trying to kill them “It’s so bitter! This tastes dirty…” I set my quinoa in a bowl (2 C for instance) and let it sit in water for a few minutes, swoosh it to clean, and then drain the water. I use a fine mesh strainer to catch the grain and rinse a few more times.

    Jessica has a quinoa pilaf on . I don’t saute the grain first though, I just toss the rinsed quinoa, onion, and Better than Bullion into a pot or rice cooker. This is a great side dish and can be tossed onto a salad like someone else mentioned.

    Cooked quinoa freezes well too. Just warm in the microwave slowly with a bit of water.

    🙂 Allie

  12. I’ve never heard of Sucanat until just now, lol! I’ll have to check that out! I am always looking for different options to shake up my menus. I would love if you would share this post on my link-up. I like to show readers how other people eat and plan their meals. Thank you for sharing! (

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