Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for October 11-24


Welcome to The Better Mom Whole Food Meal Plan.

THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe is nutritious and delicious! Plus, It comes together in a snap when you use leftover roasted chicken from this week's meal plan.

THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe is nutritious and delicious! Plus, It comes together in a snap when you use leftover roasted chicken from this week's meal plan.

Our free bi-weekly whole food menus open into a convenient pdf that includes links to each of the gluten-free recipes featured making it easy to access them with just a simple click.

Once you click on the graphics below, you can easily save these gluten-free menus to your computer for easy access anytime you need them. Then, simply click on the links within the meal plan pdf to gain instant access to each of the recipes. (Please note: Many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf document. So be sure to save the meal plans to your computer first.)

October 11-17 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

Bi-Weekly Whole Food GF Meal Plan for October 11-17: (To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf. So save the meal plan to your computer first.)

October 18-24 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

Bi-Weekly Whole Food GF Meal Plan for October 18-24: (To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf. So save the meal plan to your computer first.)

In addition to the gluten-free meal plans above, we're pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans:
• Meal plan template PDF 

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal Planning. My hope is that this will be a great resource and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Kelly Smith

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, grain-free cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's whole food, gluten-free journey began six years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating whole foods. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

Helping Your Child Choose A College

As we prepare our children to leave home and head towards adult hood, one of the big decisions will counsel them in is choosing a college (eek!) This task can seem monumental and complicated, but keeping these tips in mind will help you wisely navigate the process with success, and by faith!

With the girl, it was a planned date around an Applebee’s table, at the beginning of her junior year. Notebooks out. Serious discussion. With the boy, it was, “College? Isn’t that in the future? Why would I think about that today?”

Different personalities equal completely different experiences when it comes to helping our kids think about life after high school, but below I have listed some questions to help you make that huge decision.

Questions to Ask When Choosing A College

What Does God Want for My Kid? Pray your way into this decision. Teach your child how to move forward in decisions while listening carefully to the Lord.

What has God shaped your child to do in this world? Hopefully you’ve been a good student of your child over the years, and you can speak valuable words about what you think God has been shaping him to do. 

In what working environment does your child thrive in? Artistic? Hands-on or ideas? Social or working alone? Entrepreneurial? Inside or outside? Desk or moving around? Helping or leading?

What route best fits your child? Academic? Vocational? Military?

What college degree is best going to equip your child? 

How will this degree pay his mortgage someday?

For girls: Career driven or homemaker? What degree might allow her to work from home down the road?

If undecided, what major could your child start with that would be a practical first choice? In the first year of school, he can change his major fairly easily, so he doesn’t have to be paralyzed by not knowing where to begin.

What schools do you know about already –private and public? What have you heard about these schools, from people you trust? Don’t try to choose from every school that exists. List maybe your community college and state schools, as well as a few private schools of good repute. Plan to visit these schools during your student’s junior year, if you can. Being on campus can swing your decision in a surprising way.

What kind of student is my child? A poor student maybe should begin with a less expensive investment at a community college. This child probably won’t be getting scholarship help. An excellent student could go anywhere, and the possibility of scholarships grows.

Should my child start at a community college and then transfer? The advantage to this is cost. A disadvantage is that usually some of the classes won’t transfer, which means a loss. Weigh the risk.

What does this individual child need? Close to home? Get away from home? Our very shy daughter knew she needed to leave our town and stretch herself, so she went to a state school that was too far for her to come home every weekend but close enough that she could come home sometimes. It was a good choice for her. Our son is adventurous and is attending school five states away. It was a good choice for him.

How do we feel about our child taking on debt for school? My husband and I argued about this. He saw a reasonable debt as a worthy investment. I saw it as financial enslavement for years to come. We had to talk about this with our kids and help them make the ultimate decision. 

Don’t rule out private schools because of money. My husband prayed and felt our private alma mater was good for our son. I freaked at the price. My son was able to go, because the school gave him unbelievable scholarship help.

Ultimately, pray and wait on the Lord. He is a God who directs our steps.



Christy Fitzwater

Christy Fitzwater is a writer and pastor's wife in Kalispell, Montana -one hour south of the Canadian border. She has a daughter who is married and a son about to graduate from high school, so she is preparing for meaningful empty nest years. Christy's passion is to help people know and understand God. Read more by Christy at

How Well Are You Caring For Your Children's Most Important Spiritual Resource?



When I hear this word, the first definitions I think about are the practical ones: Water.  Electricity.  Food.  Money.  We all know we can't survive for long without these.

As moms, we're also aware of other types of resources that are necessary as we nurture our families:  Friends. Church community.  Reliable sources of information.  And if our hearts have been awakened to the greatness of God's creativity and wisdom, our list has expanded.  Now we know that for soul-building we also need great books.  Beautiful music.  Art that expresses truth about our world and the spiritual realities that build and sustain it.

As I was out walking the other morning, I tuned in to Sally Clarkson's new podcast, At Home with Sally.  She and Kristen Kill were chatting about life with kids and suddenly she said something that drew me up short:

"You are your children's most important spiritual resource." ~ Sally Clarkson

Oh, dear.

Has anyone ever said that to you, dear mama?  Read it again:  YOU are your children's most important spiritual resource.  So, let's think about that a bit, shall we?

What happens if your children's most important spiritual resource ... becomes depleted?

Breaks down physically?

Loses the ability to offer life?

When God created woman, Genesis 3:20 tells us Adam called her Eve, "because she was the mother of all the living."  We were created not only to bear life in our wombs, to nurture life in our arms, but to bring life to those around us; to be the heart of our homes.  Our families draw from us and look to us to point them to Christ--the ultimate Source of all.  As we are faithful to offer spiritual food and guidance and support to our children, we model for them the fact that God is available to them, that He cares and provides for them; not only for their physical needs, but also the emotional and spiritual ones.

We are vitally, foundationally, incredibly important to the futures of our families, our communities, and our world. 

So today, perhaps spend a few moments with the Lord pondering Sally's statement and then ask yourself:  How well am I caring for my children's most important spiritual resource?  Am I nurturing my own soul, that I might continue to pour out?  Am I caring for my body, so I'm functioning well and around as long as possible for my family?  What can I do today that will reflect this perhaps new-found knowledge?


misty krasawski

Misty Krasawski is hopelessly flawed but eternally optimistic, because God has promised to be the Author and Finisher of her faith! She is also wife to Rob, mama to eight precious children and one beautiful daughter-in-law, and spends all her free time trying to avoid the laundry by reading classic books, painting with watercolors, lighting too many candles, baking copious amounts of cookies, and studying as much theology as she can lay her hands on. She's currently pursuing a degree through Colorado Christian University and is a regular contributor to both The Better Mom and For the Family, and also occasionally pours her heart out at She loves encouraging people to chase the dreams God has placed in their hearts, preferably over steaming cups of tea and coffee and probably something chocolate.

3 Questions Every Mom Needs to Ask Herself

When you find yourself in stressful moments, do your responses towards your children often bring regret and guilt? Learn how to change your perspective and live guilt free by asking these three questions in the midst of any chaos that comes your way.

Motherhood comes with lots of stuff — joy, laughter and stress! And, motherhood comes with one thing every mom gets and no mom wants… guilt!

But, one thing it does not come with is a rewind button! We can’t rewind and redo what we regret. But, that’s okay, sister. We can do something to prevent some of the regret.

We can rethink. 

When you find yourself in a stressful mom moment with your kids, you can ask yourself these three questions really fast. Thinking through these questions can make a huge difference in how you move forward. 

I tried to summarize them into easy phrases you can remember in a moment of hair-brained frenzy! (Because the moment of crazy chaos or conflict is when you need to pause and ask these questions the most!)  

1. Immediate or Ultimate?

Am I reacting to the immediate, or am I responding to the ultimate?

The immediate may be one kid hitting another, the dog running through the house with Play-Doh in his mouth, or a sugared-up toddler wielding a juice box as he climbs all over your couch.   

When we react to the immediate, we can often lose it. Scream. Yell. Freak out! And, all those things I listed need a quick reaction. Somebody needs to restrain the little fist fighters. Somebody needs to pick Play-Doh from the dog hair. And, somebody needs to clean the couch. But, what I just described is a response to a situation, not a reaction to people. 

In other words, if you don’t think about it, you can react to the immediacy of a situation and, consequently, overreact to your kids. But, if you respond to the ultimate, you are reacting less to a situation and more to a soul. Your kid’s souls. That is the ultimate goal of parenting, isn’t it? We want to nurture and shape the souls of our kids. 

2.  Absorb or Observe?

Am I absorbing the stress and emotion of this situation when I should simply observe it?

Sometimes, we moms get so wrapped up in situations that we take on all the emotion and stress. And, most often, it isn’t our stress and emotion to take on or take in.

Just because a child is in a tizzy because they can’t find their jersey and the game is in thirty minutes doesn’t mean we need to start hyperventilating like little Joey! Instead of absorbing his emergency, we can observe it.

When we observe, we can better, objectively, coach and assist. When we absorb the situation, we become as useless and emotional as the one we’re trying to help. 

3.   Transmit or Transform?

Do I really need to transmit my disapproval to my child, or should I transform my attitude instead?  

Not every moment in parenting has to be a full blown James Dobson worthy teachable moment. Some moments are just to be experienced. Just because we aren’t happy with our child’s choice doesn’t mean we must express it at that moment.

Sometimes, instead of transmitting our disapproval, a more powerful choice can be to transform our attitude. It is interesting how kindness does lead to repentance. (Romans 2:4)  

Think about it, God could transmit His disapproval with almost every choice we make, but He forbears and shows us kindness. That kindness draws us to repentance.

When we transform our attitude, we are not tolerating a wrong in our children… we are often preventing a wrong action in ourselves. Often transmitting our disapproval without really considering our tone or timing does more damage. But, when we transform our attitude, it cleanses our hearts and makes the parenting process about our kid’s hearts and not our pride. 

So, take five minutes to think about those three questions. If you really consider them before a conflict arises, you’ll be better equipped to respond in a way you won’t regret. 

Lord, please give me a vision for my ultimate goal for my kids. Help me to respond to their souls more than the immediate situations I encounter. Help me to take a step back from the craziness and just observe it rather than become a part of it. Transform me, Lord. Make me a mom who can rest in You. Amen


Jennifer Rothschild


Jennifer Rothschild is a nationally known author and speaker who has written 11 books, including the bestsellers Lessons I Learned in the Dark, Self Talk-Soul Talk and her latest release, Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are. She’s been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, The Learning Channel, Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women. She is the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events and She and her husband, whom she affectionately calls “her very own Dr. Phil,” have 2 sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. Jennifer is a C.S. Lewis junkie who enjoys strong coffee, dark chocolate, great conversation, international travel and audiobooks. Jennifer became blind at age fifteen and now helps others live beyond limits. Learn more at

Check out Jennifer's new book: Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are

For the mom who is running on fumes

Are you burned out and running on fumes? When you reach the end of yourself in the course of a day and just want to hide,God is still working to produce fruit in your life. You can rest in him, beginning today!

I think we’d all agree that the practical responsibilities of parenting are hard work, but what I find infinitely harder than the day in and day out things that are required of me is being the kind of parent I desire to be. Having a loving, kind, patient, joyful and thankful heart in the big and small stuff — now that’s the real challenge!

Take the other day, for instance. It was a very difficult day at the end of an awful, terrible, no good, very bad week. While I was driving in the car on this particularly trying morning, an “unnamed child” was yelling at me from the back seat because his pants weren’t tight enough, his shoelaces weren’t tied correctly, his shirtsleeves were too long, and the sky was too blue.

Gripping the steering wheel tightly while using up every last ounce of self-control left in my body, I begged, “Lord, you have got to change my son’s heart!”

And in that heated moment, the very words that pierced the chaos swirling around in my head were: “Jeannie, let’s start with yours.”

These gentle words of conviction reminded me that in order to bear the fruit of God’s love, I have to be attached to the vine.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

Jesus is showing us that apart from union with Him, our lives will not- cannot - produce the fruit of His Spirit. We must be relying on Him!

When we say "I can’t", Christ in us says "I can"!

Rather than expect us to rely on our fragile strength and depleted resources, Jesus empowers us with His Spirit to bear the fruit of His love in the work we’ve been called to do. And in this case, the work we are talking about is parenting, the hardest but most rewarding work there is.

If we want to give our children the best parts of ourselves, we must accept the Lord’s invitation to us in Matthew 11:28-30.

Jesus says, to you and to me:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The rest Jesus is speaking of here isn’t simply a good long nap. Although that would be fantastic too!

Jesus invites us to bring our worn-out and depleted hearts to Him and “get away with Him”- not for a pep talk on how we can do more to be better parents- but to learn how to live lightly and freely in the power He gives to us and the fruit He produces from us.

This is not to suggest that we will not still have hard, sometimes painfully hard days, when all we want to do is run and hide where no small child can find us. Of course we will have hard days. Parenting, like life, will have its difficult days, trying weeks, and challenging seasons. But God’s Word assures us that a branch that is attached to the vine will “bear much fruit.” This means that even in the very hard days, when we know we have nothing left in us, we can rest assured that Jesus in us does.

Are you burned out? Running on fumes?  Friend, go to God. He is waiting for you! And He is faithful to His promises!

All is grace,

jeannie cunnion

Jeannie Cunnion is a Jesus lover and a grace clinger. She is the author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child, and her passion is encouraging moms to live in the very real freedom of God's unwavering love (a message her own heart needs to hear daily!). Jeannie has a Master’s degree in Social Work and she serves on the board of Raising Boys Ministries. She also serves as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, where she enjoys leading parenting groups and Bible studies when she isn’t cheering on her three boys at one of their sporting events alongside her husband, Mike. Jeannie would love to connect with you on her website at

Your Prayers DO Impact Generations {And 5 Things to Pray}

Do you know that your prayers matter? Do you truly believe that the words you utter before the throne of God impact your family for generations? Mothers, we can not be silent. Here's how to begin cultivating a lifetime of prayer (and a free printable to help you!)

Do your prayers matter—not just for today or this year—but for generations? Can the prayers you pray today and the faith steps you take this week impact your descendants 100 years from now? Yes, they can!

We all want to know our prayers matter, but sometimes our greatest prayers may not be answered until our life on earth is done. In fact, you may think you're praying about one thing, but God might use those prayers greater in the lives of your descendants than your own. How do I know?

I have a few stories to share.

The first is about a woman named Corrie ten Boom. The second is my own.

Many may know Corrie's story from the book The Hiding Place. (If you haven't read The Hiding Plan, run—don't walk—to read it.) It's one of my all-time favorite books.

Corrie was a single woman living with her family in The Netherlands during World War II. When the Nazis occupied Holland Corrie and her family hid hundreds of Jewish people in their home and helped them to safety. Because of their efforts, countless lives were saved.

I'd like to think that if I was in Corrie's shoes I'd do the same. But would I? Putting oneself at risk to save others is unnatural. Corrie saved lives, but she also saw her own family lose their lives because of these actions. Corrie's father died not long after his arrest. Corrie and her sister Betsy were placed into a concentration camp where Betsy lost her life. Only Corrie was released from the concentration camp due to a clerical error.

What does Corrie's story have to do with us today? God has a plan for our families, and sometimes those plans take a generation of prayers for preparation. Here is more of the story I wrote in my book Prayers that Changed History:

Prayer came naturally to Corrie. Her parents made prayer an important part of her life. Her parents taught her to pray, and they lived an example of prayer. Corrie’s grandfather, Willem ten Boom, felt the need to pray for Jewish people after a movie worship service. The ten Boom family, along with friends and neighbors, started a weekly prayer meeting for Jewish people in 1844. Every week they specifically prayed for the peace of Jerusalem as talked about in Psalm 122:6. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (KJV). These meetings took place every week for one hundred years. They stopped on February 28, 1944, when Nazi soldiers came to the house to take the family away.

I get goosebumps when I read that! God knew what the ten Boom family would face in 1944, and he started preparing them in 1844! The strength this family exhibited during a crisis in their country is a direct result from generations of prayer.

I love this story because it's reflective of my life, too. I was born to a single mom in 1971, and my mother and grandmother became Christians when I was in second grade. I didn't know my biological father until I was 28 years old, and for most of my life I believed it was only in this century my family became God-followers. I was wrong.

When talking with my biological grandfather after I met him, I discovered an amazing Christian heritage. On my paternal side my great-grandparents were missionaries and church planters, as they had been for GENERATIONS. My great-great-great-great-great grandfather FCD Wyneken was a pastor and missionary who helped found Concordia Theological Seminary. 

And according to Wikipedia, “The Wyneken family had an established Lutheran heritage long before Friedrich arrived in America. Heinrich Wyneken's father, grandfather, and one brother were pastors in Hanover. Two of Friedrich Wyneken's older brothers also became pastors. Significant numbers of more distant relatives and in-laws were also Lutheran clergy members.”

I'd like to think that somewhere in that long line of pastors and missionaries, someone was praying for future generations. I am a direct result of those prayers, as are my kids. And who knows how MY prayers will impact generations to come. 

Knowing this about the ten Boom family and my own makes me want to become more proactive about praying for my descendants. I'll never know how my prayers will impact history. Or how yours will, too.

If you're interested in praying for your descendants, here are some prayers to start:

Praying for Descendants

  1. Pray for their Salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
  2. Pray for them to follow God's call on their lives. (Romans 11:29)
  3. Pray for them to be witnesses for Christ in all the world (Acts 1:8)
  4. Pray they will live for God and turn from the draw of this world (Romans 12:2)
  5. Pray they will be able to stand strong in their faith no matter what they face in their generation (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Print this list (click on the image below for a printable PDF) and pray these prayers often. You never know who they will impact or how!

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. To connect with Tricia go to or