When we received Ditch the Wheat by Carol Lovett last week, we knew immediately that we wanted to create our whole meal plan from it! There are so many great recipes in this book that we all want to try, we just wish there were simply more days in the week to get to them all! Not only does Ditch the Wheat have beautiful pictures, but the recipes are fun and creative. Fortunately for you Carol (the author) has agreed to let us share one of these fun & create recipes that you won’t find ANYWHERE else – don’t miss the recipe for Meat French Toast below!
We’ve been meal planning for several months now, and it has become a family ritual to sit down together on Sunday and plan out the week. We love that the boys get involved, and it makes them more likely to eat every single thing on the menu, even all the vegetables- because they helped pick them out.
If you are just getting caught up on this series, feel free to check the archives of past meal plans HERE – we hope to help you incorporate balanced meals into your weekly planning!
Here’s a look at exactly what we ate for dinner this week.
Monday: Special Snow Day Treat, Fruit Jam Muffins
In our house, snow days call for playing games, enjoying each other’s company, and baking – and the boys requested these muffins with extra zucchini and carrots added (okay, the extra veggies might have been suggested by the adults…).
—> Recipe from Ditch the Wheat
Tuesday: Matt’s Birthday Dinner
For Matt’s birthday we ordered in Chinese (the birthday boy’s request) and had a special gluten-free Cheesecake made by Stacy’s mom. Cole loved being allowed to have the special (supervised) job of lighting the candles!
Wednesday: Creamy Tomato Mushroom Chicken Pasta
So totally delicious! We used Urban Poser’s Tomato-less Marinara to make it AIP-friendly and everyone devoured it. A simple side salad was all we needed to complete this meal.
—> Recipe from Ditch the Wheat
Thursday: Mussels in Butter Broth with Apple Walnut Salad
We love that mussels are an affordable form of (nutrient-dense) seafood, and that the boys go crazy for them. Cooked in butter broth – these were some of the best mussels we’ve had (and hint: they’re REALLY easy and shockingly quick to make!).
—> Both recipes are from Ditch the Wheat
Friday: Meat French Toast, Grain-Free Waffles, and Baked Eggs
This was pure culinary-genius. Savory breakfast sausage filled with raisins and apples and dredged in egg, fried until golden, and topped with a drizzle of real maple syrup. What!? GENIUS. I tell you. This was the perfect anchor for our breakfast-for-dinner night, which also included baked eggs and grain-free waffles!
—> Meat French Toast recipe is BELOW!!
—> Grain-Free Waffles and Baked Eggs recipes are from Ditch the Wheat
Recipes Flagged for Later:
There are so many good things from this book that we cannot wait to make! It was tough narrowing down our weekly meal plan to just a handful of recipes. Here are some of the other recipes that we didn’t get to make this week but flagged for the near future!
The Original DTW Meat Bagel
Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese Dip
Burgers with Bun
Apple Butter Chicken Liver Pate
Swedish Meatballs (will be on next week’s meal plan!)
Carol was kind enough to let us share this recipe with you so that you can experience the incredible Meat French Toast too!
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 cup peeled and finely chopped apples (any variety)
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- maple syrup, for serving
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the apples, onions, and raisins and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl. Wipe out the skillet and set aside; you will use it to fry the patties. Add the ground pork, mustard, salt, pepper, and sage to the bowl. Mix well enough to evenly distribute the spices.
- Divide the meat into 8 equal portions. Using your hands, form each portion into a 3-inch square. The patties will be fragile. Lay them on a tray.
- In the same skillet you used to cook the onions, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat.
- While the oil is heating up, whisk together the egg, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg mixture over each patty, flip the patties with a spatula, and coat the other side.
- Place the patties in the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes per side, or until the meat is no longer pink. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Find The Ditch the Wheat —> HERE!
“In this debut book by Carol Lovett, you’ll have a feast for your eyes while you heal your insides. From grain-free crackers, cupcakes, and caramel sauce to bone broth and fermented foods, this cookbook has something for everyone to live their healthiest life!” – Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry