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This Week’s Menu

Freshly-made Orange Carrot Juice

I’m back to posting regular menus here again, after taking four weeks off. Here’s what we’re planning to eat this week:


Fresh Carrot/orange juice, toasted bagels
Waffles, oranges
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, fruit
(this sounds so intriguing that I just have to try it!)
Toasted bagels, eggs, fruit


Tossed salad with sliced chicken
Macaroni & cheese, peas
PB&J, carrot sticks, apple slices
Refried beans with cheese, carrot sticks
Cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks, fruit
Leftovers x 2


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Steak, potatoes, broccoli, fruit
, tossed salad
Hamburgers, tater tots, steamed veggies
, tossed salad, grapefruit
Build Your Own Haystacks, fruit, brown rice
Dinner out
Dinner with extended family

Freezer Cooking

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

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  • says:

    Raw veggie cereal? Ick!

  • says:

    I want to try your muffins!

    We are having sourdough waffles, cilantro lime chicken (in crockpot), chicken taco chili, and salsa corn chowder!! Recipes are on my site

  • says:

    Wow~! I’m definitely intrigued by raw veggie cereal!

    I planned my dinners, breakfasts and snacks this week… maybe someday I’ll manage lunches too!

  • Tracy says:

    I’d love to make the Black Bean and Taco bake, but got a suggestion on a way to make it low-carb? (Weight loss surgery patient) Same with the cheesy chicken and rice dish? Thanks.

  • says:


    late breakfast/ early lunch- Banana Cream Cheese Muffins,
    Dinner- Salmons patty, Green Salad, Rice with herbs and Brussels sprouts

    Breakfast- Banana Cream Cheese Muffins,
    Lunch- Egg and cheese burrito, oranges and pineapple
    Dinner- Ham and Roast Beef sandwich on an Onion Roll, Cucumber Salad


    Breakfast- Hot Oatmeal and Scrambled Eggs
    Lunch- Ham and Roast Beef sandwich on an Onion Roll, with carrot sticks
    Dinner- Grilled Cheese and Potato Bacon Chowder

    Breakfast-Cold Cereal and Bananas
    Lunch- Tuna Salad Sandwich, Chips and Cucumbers
    Dinner- Grilled Chicken Breast with Spinach and Mushroom sauce, CousCous and Green Salad

    Breakfast- Cold Cereal and Bananas
    Lunch- Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, apple slices
    Dinner- Michael Angelo’s Lasagna, Bread Sticks, Green Peas and Green Salad

    Breakfast- Blue Berry Breakfast Cake
    Lunch- Green Salad with Candied Pecans, crasians, and carrots.
    Friday- Went out to eat with a Gift Card at IHOP

    late breakfast/ early lunch-Blue Berry Breakfast Cake
    Dinner- Vegetable Cheese Soup and Bread sticks

  • says:

    Here is our menu for the week…

    I’m glad you’re back to your menu plans…I love seeing what other people are making! (Especially for lunches and snacks…we always do the same-old 🙂 )

  • says:

    So happy to see you posting menus again:) I’m trying your cinnamon roll bread this week and a beef and black bean bake (which I think I found on your site, but am blanking)–I’m more than a little excited to try the cinnamon roll bread…:) Also, I’m reading your book right now—and really enjoying it! Congratulations!

    Here’s our menu:

  • says:

    Here is a link to my menu plan this week! Thanks for sharing yours Crystal!

  • Floppy Elephant says:

    How do you make those orange-carrot juice drinks????

  • Karla says:

    So glad to see the meal plans back!

  • says:

    Ok, I really can’t wait to hear how the raw veggie cereal is. I remember you posted about it awhile back and I checked it out then…but I don’t think I’m brave enough to try it! Maybe if you give it great reviews we will, it’s certainly healthy! 🙂

    Here’s our menu this week!

  • says:

    We are revamping some of our favorites this week to make them a little bit healthier. See how in my Monday meal plan post for the week:

  • says:

    We got our new Taste of Home in the mail on Saturday and that was the inspiration for almost all of this week’s meal plan!

  • says:

    This year I’m trying to do a little freezer cooking. Two weeks ago I made double or triple batches for all dinners; this week–we’re eating them! I’m using the 4-5:00 hour when I usually cook to work out or write this week. Yay!

  • says:

    Hmm…Raw veggie cereal ??? I’m intrigued as well…I think I might need to try that this week. You’ll have to let us know what you think…

    Oh, and the healthy chocolate mouse…definitely gonna happen in my house this week. Thanks for the link. Yum ! 🙂

  • says:

    I might have to make the black bean taco bake too. 🙂

    We are trying several new breakfast recipes this week since I was in a bit of a breakfast rut. Here is our plan:

  • says:

    Thanks for linking to my Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake. I’m impressed that you plan out breakfasts. We’re such boring breakfast eaters. Bagels or toast, juice and coffee every morning. It’s easy though and that’s why we stick with it.

  • says:

    Thanks for posting Crystal. I love all the ideas.

    Here is ours

  • says:

    Your menu looks great! I haven’t written out my plan yet. I was sick over the weekend and yesterday my mind still felt fuzzy so I didn’t attempt to write up a plan. Today I will most likely plan for the rest of the week.

    The healthy Chocolate Mousse looks divine!! I think I will have to put the ingredients on my shopping list. My oldest is allergic to milk so this would be a great dessert that even she can enjoy. 🙂

  • says:

    Here is our menu. We are eating from the pantry again this week.

  • says:

    I am very interested to find out how the chocolate mousse and the chocolate granola turns out. They look divine!

  • says:

    Here is my food allergy home menu for this week. I have also included a question for my readers. Do you really mix up the dry and wet ingredients separately when baking? Why or why not? Personally, I don’t like the extra mess, so I just throw it all in. 🙂

    • Marzi Biel says:

      I’m lazy. I just throw it all in too.

    • Jen says:

      I usually mix up the wet ingredients, then mix in the dry ingredients one at a time starting with small amounts first and working up to the flour. I have no desire to wash an extra dish, and I like quick and easy.

  • says:

    Some comfort foods

    God Bless,

  • says:

    I really am all for healthy, raw food….I do teach classes on healthy living and feed our family of 7 as healthy food as possible…but that raw cereal just doesn’t look like something my tongue could handle in the morning.

    This raw version of granola..with cinnamon and honey, is out of this world, though:

    The rest of that meal plan looks divine!



  • Melissa says:

    Glad to see you are posting your weekly menu again. I like checking out the new recipes you are trying!

  • says:

    Ooo Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread? Sounds delish! Here is our menu plan as well as my Freezer Cooking I did on Saturday: 🙂

  • Laura says:

    Do you make your own or use boxed macaroni and cheese?

  • says:

    My first time posting our weekly menu plan! All of our items are gluten free for those looking for new GF recipes. Linked through my name.

  • says:

    I LOVE how you include breakfasts! I haven’t been charting those out (coffee with whey protein is basically it for the adults in the house) but I’ll have to start trying!

  • says:

    Your juice looks so yummy.

    I have a quick and easy week planned — mostly food from the freezer.

    (My link includes my bulk cooking projects as well)

  • says:

    Thanks for sharing your menu plan! Here is mine…

  • says:

    I always love to see your menus! Thanks!

    Here’s mine for the week:

    • says:

      what a thinker! I <3 the flip you did w/lunch and supper! good for you! I'd totally do it – but my hubby would never go for it LOL

  • says:

    Here is what we are having:

  • Heather says:

    Healthy Chocolate Mousse – was a HUGE hit last week at our house but I did use chocolate stevia drops for the sweetner. The boys would have eaten it like pudding but we dipped fresh fruit in it for a healthy snack.

  • says:

    I only plan dinners, but here’s what we’re eating this week:

    I started by roasting a chicken, and am making three meals out of it 🙂

  • Katie says:

    I’d love to hear more about the orange carrot juice. I’m wanting to start juicing; is that something you do? I’d be interested in any tips!

    • Crystal says:

      Yes, we got a juicer a few years ago and love it. Great way to get lots of fruit and veggies in us!

      • Jenna says:

        Is that something you do often? I only remember seeing smoothies before. It’s something we are considering investing in. How do the kids like it? Willing to share any juicing recipes 😉

        • Crystal says:

          I used to do it a lot, but haven’t made juice much in recent months. After seeing how quickly everyone gobbled down the juice yesterday, I’m determined to make juicing a more regular thing around here.

  • says:

    Asparagus & Mushroom Pizza with Parmesan White Sauce! For that recipe and over a dozen more PIZZA RECIPES, check out What’s Cookin’ at Not going to find plain-cheese pizzas here! 🙂

  • says:

    I’ll have to check out the veggie cereal, never heard of anything like that!
    Here’s my groceries and menu for the week:

  • dd says:

    I’ve been making the Dr. Oz version with Chia seeds. Very delicious and super healthy. It calls for sweetening with Agave instead of sugar. Here is the link:

  • Kristi says:

    Reference the haystacks, we went to a friend’s house one time where these were served buffet style. On that buffet were a bowl of chopped pecans and a bowl of coconut flakes. I thought it was a little – weird. My friend saw my hesitancy and said that her mother had discovered that flavor combination, she she decided to try it also and loved it. I am always ready to try new things, and since I love pecans and have learned to tolerate/enjoy coconut (much prefer flakes to shredded or toasted), I piled it on. I loved it!!! I planned that for this week’s menu even before seeing this posting. Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  • Antonella says:

    Love to try anything raw and healthy!!
    This cereal recipe I will try for sure, thanks a lot and keep’em coming..

  • says:


    How do you make the carrot/orange juice? It looks healthy and delicious.

    Here is our weekly dinner menu (clean out the pantry kind of week):


  • says:

    Glad you’re back to sharing menus! I look forward to reading them each week! Our menu and the recipes are on my site, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Proverbs 31!

  • Lisa says:

    I’d love to hear how the chocolate mousse turns out for you. I tried it last week and it was a complete flop! I’m wondering if it was the can of coconut milk that I used. I couldn’t get it thick enough to be like mousse, no matter how long I beat it. (and the taste was a bit too tangy) I’m interested to hear how it turns out for others!

    I love the idea of raw cereal – I might be intrigued enough to try it this week.

    • Heather says:

      Had that problem the first time I tried this. Switched up to a different brand of coconut milk which really helped. I also found it that after it sat in the fridge for a while, it tasted much better.

  • says:

    I made the Raw Veggie Cereal this morning. Yum! I was quite surprised by how tasty it was, and my 4yo and 19-month-old daughters kept asking for more bites!

  • says:

    We’re having pizza meatloaf, Cheesy Chicken & Rice casserole, Oven-Baked Frito pie, and more (all gluten free!)…

  • Mindy says:

    Wow, the raw veggie cereal certainly does sound very intriguing! I would love to hear what you think of it after you try it! 🙂

  • says:

    I love the energy that comes after drinking carrot juice for breakfast! A friend of ours got healed of cancer and got us drinking carrot juice when I was in high school. It’s so good for you!

  • beth b says:

    My MIL does the raw foods diet and has served us some fairly disgusting meals. I’m all for challenging ones ideas on what eating healthy looks like but raw veggie cereal might be more than I can handle. 🙂

    We have a juicer too but I don’t pull it out very often. One of my favorite combinations is apple carrot ginger. I really love a beet or two thrown in there too. Yum. Too had our kids won’t touch it but I guess that makes more for me!

  • says:

    I will have to check out that raw veggie cereal, although it doesn’t sounds like something my family would eat. (The kids do love raw broccoli though…)

    Here’s my meal plan:

  • says:

    Our 3-year old is a “grazer” who would often not want to have lunch, so I’ve tried some new lunch ideas the past couple of weeks that have been working well for him. Here’s our menu plan:

  • says:

    gosh, i need to get better at planning lunches! but here is our dinner menu:

    i am going to checkout those haystacks and that raw veggie cereal, too

  • Rose says:

    I’m glad these are back. I love reading them!

  • Karyan says:

    I am sooo glad your back to freezer cooking! I LOVE reading your posts! Prior to baby #4, I model my freezer cooking after your — usually cutting it down by one or two recipes 🙂 We’ve also tried some great recipes you posted! We’re having Baked Amish Oatmeal with blueberries tomorrow, last night we had Crispy Chicken Wraps and tonight we’re having Asian BBQ Chicken. Thank you!

  • Nicole says:

    I have missed these, so happy you are posting them again.

  • says:

    I’m eating from my freezer this week:

    I’m glad your recipes are back. I LOVE your freezer cooking posts especially!

  • says:

    Jon and I are back on P90X to drop the weight we both gained after the pregnancy with twins… YIKES!! That messed my body up!
    I’ve posted our P90X Phase 1 menu for the week. I’ve also posted great tips on saving time with all of that cooking for all of those busy moms out there!!

  • sarah says:

    I would love to hear what you think of the raw veggie cereal!

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