Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for Oct 23–November 5


Welcome to The Better Mom Whole Food Meal Plan

Autumn is pumpkin season! What better way to enjoy the flavors of fall than to whip up some easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter with your kiddos. Check out our recipe for lots of ideas for enjoying it in your favorite dishes!

Autumn is pumpkin season! What better way to enjoy the flavors of fall than to whip up some easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter with your kiddos. Check out our recipe for lots of ideas for enjoying it in your favorite dishes!

Our free bi-weekly whole food meal plans open into a convenient pdf that includes photos and 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 graphic below, you can easily save this gluten-free menu to your computer for easy access. 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 plan to your computer first.)

Oct 23–November 5 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

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 free gluten-free meal plan 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 whole food cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and boys. Kelly's whole food journey began in 2006 when she was diagnosed with a chronic auto-immune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating healthy. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

4 Verses for When You Feel Like You're Failing at Motherhood

Do you feel like your motherhood is falling apart? When you feel broken, like there is nothing left to cling to, take hold of God's word. These specific promises are wonderful to tuck into your heart today!

The ceiling fan whirred around and around above my head. The sounds of Sunday afternoon wafted up the stairs and reached my ears: the Sunday night commentators excitedly regaling the audience with the drama of a football game, the puppy chewing on her favorite toy, and my children in yet another heated debate over who knows what.

I lay on the bed, watching the ceiling fan spin until I was dizzy. It was cool in here. It was quiet. 

I was hiding.

At  my wit's end, wondering where in the world I had gone wrong that I was having to referee yet another fight over the exact same issues we had gone over several times that day already. And that was just Sunday.

"Help me, Lord," I cried out in my heart. "Why am I such a failure at this whole motherhood thing?"

In His still, small way, the Holy Spirit began to bring verse upon verse to my mind.

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22.6

We have to keep at it. Even when it seems like we're talking to a brick wall and tucking perfect little strangers in at night, we've got to keep on keepin' on. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and despite evidence sometimes quite to the contrary, our kids are listening, they are watching, and they are learning. We can't give up.

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from [r]the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 7:24 - 8:4 

Ok,  I know this one is a bit long, but bear with me here. When it comes to your parenting, are you crying out, "Oh, wretched mom that I am? Who will set me free?" I thought so. Friends, our jobs are of vital importance to our families, our communities, and to future generations. So many things begin and end with us. But, listen to me very closely, we cannot do it in our own power. We must be in the Word, taking time at His feet, pouring our hearts out to Him, and being still to listen to what He has to say. There is no condemnation for those of us in Christ. We are more than the sum of our mothering mistakes, and nothing is held over our heads after our less-than-stellar mom moments. But the way to freedom is the way of the cross. Walking in and through the power of the Holy Spirit, and not through the power of the coffee pot and yoga pants alone.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:18-21 

We cannot be reminded enough that strength comes through the power of His Name. If you're tired, worn out, weary and at the end of your rope, come to Jesus. Call upon His great name. It's not some magical spell that will make all your problems disappear...but it kind of is. The is a power that cannot be explained in the precious name is Jesus. Don't take it lightly, don't take it for granted. Build your strength and foundation upon His name and step out and mother your kids with grace, wisdom and confidence. Note, I didn't say perfection.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven givewhat is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11 

I love this verse. It reminds me of God's goodness and kindness. It reminds me that He is the one Perfect Parent. And guess what? If God is the perfect parent, it stands to reason that He would raise perfect children, right? Ah ha. If God, the Perfect Parent, has raised wonderfully complex, flawed, sinful children with stubborn minds of their own, why would we expect our imperfect parenting to reap such results?

Sweet friend, take some time and marinate in these verses. Let your heart breathe in deep the goodness of His grace. And take that grace with you back into the madness of the rest of your day. It's all grace in this amazing, incredible, difficult, magical, infuriating thing called motherhood. And when you're too weak and tired to lift a prayer, I'll hold your hands up and pray on your behalf.



Jennifer Deibel

Jennifer is your typical American wife and mother living life, raising kids, and working. After nearly a decade overseas living in Ireland and Austria, her family is starting their new life right back here in the good ole U. S. of A. She has been married to the love of her life, Seth, since 2000 and is extremely blessed to be mom to two delightful girls, and one hilarious little boy. She has a deep interest in creative family worship, marriage enrichment, and the art of figuring out unfamiliar grocery stores in foreign languages. Jennifer passionately loves the Lord, her family, music, dance, writing and chocolate - though quite honestly not always in that order. She believes this world needs more women who stick together, so let's connect and walk this road side by side! You can find Jennifer where she blogs at This Gal's Journey, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.