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The two-week menu for this week and last week

I’m a little late in getting this posted (only a few more days and we start on a new menu!) but I guess that means this menu is also more accurate since it’s more what we actually ate, not what we planned to eat!

To see our $76 grocery trip, go here. I kept things really simple for these two weeks as we had a lot of things going on and I was feeling the need to keep things simple.

Here’s the menu:

BREAKFASTS (I try to shoot for a combination of two servings of
whole-grains, one serving of protein, and one to two servings of fruit
for all of our breakfast menus.)

Cereal, fruit x 6 (We usually have more variety but since I bought 15 boxes of cereal on our shopping trip? We’re lots of it right now. And did I mention how easy cereal is to serve for breakfast?!)
Juice, English muffins, yogurt
Strawberry smoothies, toast
Blueberry cream muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit
English muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit
Orange/carrot juice (made in our juicer), toast, yogurt
Whole-wheat waffles, yogurt, fruit

LUNCHES (I try to have a combination of a serving of protein,
one to two servings of whole grain/complex carbohydrates, and two
servings of veggies/fruit for our lunch menus.)

Chicken fingers, apples, rolls
Split peas, brown rice, cottage cheese
PB&J, oranges, broccoli
Turkey sandwiches, mixed vegetables
Quesadillas, carrots
Burritos, veggies
Scrambled eggs, spinach, mashed potatoes
Tuna sandwiches, carrots, apples, Chex Mix
Salad, homemade bread
Split peas, brown rice, fruit salad
Spinach/cheese/rice casserole, fruit
PB&J, apples, carrots
Turkey sandwiches, mixed veggies
Chicken fingers, bananas, mixed veggies, whole-wheat toast

DINNERS (Dinners are similar to lunches in that I try to have a
combination of one to two servings of protein, one to two servings of
whole grains/complex carbohydrates, and at least two servings of

Homemade mac and cheese, broccoli, homemade bread
Haystacks, rice
Waffles, fresh juice (we often have this on Sunday evenings and I make up extra waffles to use for breakfast and snack s throughout the week)
Lasagna casserole, green beans, bread
Hamburger mashed potato casserole, homemade bread
Italian chicken over brown rice
Dinner out (we had a gift card)
BBQ meatballs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, mixed veggies
Dinner at friends’ home (bring bread and fruit)
Hamburgers, mashed potatoes with basil, grilled onions, corn-on-the-cob
Lasagna casserole, toast, green beans
Beef hot dogs, fruit, pasta salad
Dinner out

SNACKS (We usually have at least two snacks per day–the fact
that I’m still nursing Kaitlynn means I’m often hungry and three meals
per day just doesn’t cut it for me! I try to serve at least one healthy
snack a day and then one snack is usually something less healthy like
Chex Mix or cookies.)

Fruit (apples/bananas)
Raw veggies (carrot sticks)
Chex Mix
Animal crackers
Blueberry muffins
Homemade bread
Whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies
Ice cream

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  • Kim says:

    Mmmmmmm blueberry cream muffins! Those sound good! Is there a place on here for recipes? I would like to make these! Kim

  • Megan says:

    Crystal – this looks amazing. I am curious, though: how does your family eat cereal that much without spending tons of money on milk – especially organic!! It seems that you would go through quite a bit with the cereal, scrambled eggs, smoothies, etc. Thanks!

  • Michelle says:

    I saw “Haystacks” on your menu. I had absolutely no idea what that was! I did some research and it actually sounds pretty good! Thanks for the great work Crystal!

  • TommieJo says:

    I’m enjoying your blog in my re-dedication to frugalness! You are the first person to make me understand CVS ECB’s-thank you!

  • Chelsey says:

    I’m looking for a smoothie recipe that doesn’t involve bananas… any chance you could post your recipe for strawberry smoothies? Thanks so much, Crystal. Your blog is such an encouragement!

  • Becky says:

    Hi Crystal. Your menu looks yummy as usual.

    How do you prepare the split peas/rice lunch? I’ve seen your previous menus and this seems to be a staple in your menu planning-I’m just not sure how you make it/serve it!

    Thanks, Becky

  • Christina says:

    Just a question Crystal. Does your husband have the same lunch as you and the girls or does he take something different to work or order out?

    Thanks for the great work!

  • Rachelle (aka mamabear) says:

    Looks great ! What are haystacks??? is that a southeren thing! Can you share your blueberry cream muffins! Have a great day!

  • Kimberly says:

    Curious about your “haystack and rice” dinner. I only know about the haystack dessert with chow mein noodles and butterscotch topping. Surely this isn’t your supper main dish! 🙂 Could you share more details about what this is? I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes. Thanks.

  • Julie says:

    Mmm, great options here. If you’re going to be posting recipes, can you also tell us how you make the spinach/cheese/rice casserole? I’m on a spinach kick this summer, which means the rest of the family is too!

  • Angie @ Keep Believing says:


    One thing I continually notice about your meal plan and your now bi-weekly grocery shopping is how little MILK you buy. We go through about 2+ gallons of milk a week due to cereal, drinking milk for meals, etc. This equates to over $6/week for milk alone. I have two young boys (5 and 6) as well as my husband and I. How do you ensure your family, especially YOU and your children, are getting adequate amounts of dairy and calcium?



  • becky says:

    Rachelle (mamabear):
    I’ve seen Crystal describe the haystack recipe in other posts. She basically takes corn chips (I’m guessing either something like Fritos or tortilla chips) and has each person “stack” their toppings on top. I think she said she does beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream….that kind of thing.

    I think it’d be good with taco seasoned meat too! It’d basically be a taco salad.

    Hope that helps you!

  • L-E says:

    The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers a free booklet about “Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans” that includes useful information such as recommended amounts of dairy products for different age groups. It can be downloaded at or ordered at no cost by e-mailing [email protected]

  • Jenny says:

    I am wondering if you would share your recipe for the mashed potatoe caserole. I never know what to do with left over mashpotatos besides making potato pancakes!


  • Alyssa says:

    How do you all eat cereal on 6+ different days with only 1/2 gal. of milk? (Or did I read that right?) Do you eat it dry, or do you have a stash of milk in the freezer? Just curious how you manage!

  • Hannelore says:

    I, too would like to know how to make the hamburger mashed potato casserole. I made up a recipe for cheeseburger pie and I’m wondering if its similar with mashed potatoes on top. Would anyone like to sign a petition for full public disclosure of Crystal’s recipes:)?

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