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This week’s menu

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

We’re easing back into eating more normally after many weeks of eating gluten-free. One of our children is still eating gluten-free, dairy-free, but they have adjusted to just eating a bit differently than us and are completely okay with that. So, I’m excited to get to do a bit more regular baking again!


Strawberry Pineapple Smoothies
Scrambled eggs, fruit salad
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit
Healthy Homemade Poptarts, hard-boiled eggs, fruit
Carrot juice, Easy Whole Wheat Bread toasted, fried eggs


PB&J, carrot sticks, apples, granola bars
Snack-y lunch
Chips, refried beans, veggies, fruit
Rice & beans, carrot sticks, apples
Salmon, veggies, fruit, corn chips


Dinner with extended family
Chicken Rice & Veggie Casserole, fruit salad, sweet potatoes
Barbecued Meatballs, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli, fruit salad, Easy Whole Wheat Bread
Parmesan Chicken, steamed veggies, fruit salad, Vegan Bite-Sized Pumpkin Brownies
Steak, sweet potatoes, fruit salad, steamed veggies
Dinner with extended family
Dinner out

Freezer Cooking/Make Ahead Projects

Chewy Granola Bars
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Vegan Bite-Sized Pumpkin Brownies
Healthy Homemade Poptarts

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

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  • Tammy @ Skinny Mom's Kitchen says:

    I am happy to see that I am not the only one who eats pumpkin year round. I love chocolate chip pumpkin bread and muffins.

    With so many leftovers and trying to eat up whats in my pantry and freezer my menu is a bit all over the place. I am planning on doing a bunch of freezer cooking this weekend so we need to clear out the freezer.

    With my menu plan I always add my weight loss goals/action plan along with my tips for how I make my menu ahead of time for easy planning and cooking. Hope everyone finds it helpful 🙂

  • Emily @ Our Frugal Happy Life says:

    We are having Taquitos, Carnitas, Cheeseburger Meatloaf and more…

    And a young member of our church shot two turkeys over the weekend, so we have been blessed with wild turkey breast (and a lot of it, at that!). 🙂

  • Victoria @Snail Pace Transformations says:

    I think I have a can of pumpkin in the cupboard perhaps I will give the pumpkin brownies a try. But I will have to make them when 3 of the 5 of us are not around cause if they saw me put pumpkin in it, they would not try them.

  • Tammy says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now, it’s so great! I absolutly love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I’ve made them and froze them for future use myself. You run a great blog and I look forward to reading it everyday!

  • Becky says:

    I almost always have pumpkin/sweet potato chocolate chip muffins in the freezer! Sometimes I use pumpkin, but I have tons of sweet potato pureed in the freezer from back when it was so cheap around Thanksgiving, so I usually use that.
    Glad you are able to go back to some of your “regular” cooking. I know it’s tough (and sometimes expensive!) to have to adapt so many recipes — very glad you don’t have to do it all the time.

  • Liz @ Wonder Woman I'm Not says:

    Are you doing your steaks on the grill? The kids love it when we do steaks on the grill. We’re pulling out the grill but this week we’re sticking with hamburgers and brats.

    Here’s our menu for the week

    Thanks for the link.

  • [email protected] Money, Live Joyfully says:

    Those smoothies look incredible! We will definitely be trying them, thank you!!!

    Here’s our menu this week. Just pulled the Hawaiian pizza out of the oven using leftovers from yesterday! Yum!

  • Erin says:

    I’m 4 months pregnant and am dying for some ice cold smoothies that use fresh fruit. So glad I read this one today! Thanks!! 🙂

  • [email protected] Gluten Free and Affordable says:

    It’s been a crazy week already, so I don’t have a mealplan, but I will be making Blueberry Scones (Starbucks Copycat recipe) for the freezer. I make two versions, gf, and regular. I also have a child who eats gf while the rest of eat ‘normally’.

  • Danielle says:

    Mmm, I just baked some pumpkin choco chip muffins to stash in the freezer. Glad to see you’re able to get back a bit more of your regular cooking! Menu looks great:)
    Here’s our menu for the week:

  • Nearly Natural Nicole says:

    We’re having chicken, fish, tacos & chicken noodle soup. Mostly smoothies for my boy with the broken jaw.

  • Nicole S says:

    I am intrigued by the vegan pumpkin brownies! Here’s what we’re eating

  • Bethany says:

    Here is our week with lots of recipe links!

  • Jessica @ Preserving Life's Moments says:

    Here is our menu:

    My kids stopped eating muffins. I love muffins! 🙁

  • Melissa says:

    I love pumpkin brownies. Mmmm. 🙂

    Here is our menu plan for the week:

  • Tammy Skipper (@Tammy_Skipper) says:

    We are eating from the pantry this week in preparation for some deep spring cleaning later this month.

  • Alicia says:

    We’re having steaks one night, too!

  • Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking says:

    I can’t wait to see/hear how the homemade poptarts turn out. I have seen them all over Pinterest but I am not brave enough to try them yet.

    Here is what we are having:

  • Jerri says:

    We love the pumpkin cho. chip muffins. We had some today.

  • Tabitha says:

    I love your chocolate pumpkin muffin recipe. They are perfect for mornings or afternoon snacks! 🙂

    Here is our menu this week!

  • Tiffany says:

    This week I posted 5 recipes for what to do with leftover ham. I am not going to make the family eat ham ever meal. But I am going to make all these and freeze a bunch of them!


  • Courtney says:

    Finding lots of ways to use up the leftover Easter ham!!

  • Kelley says:

    Im kinda bummed that Im just now seeing that pop tart recipe! Defiantly going on next weeks menu!

  • Kimberlee says:

    Glad that you only have one gluten free family member. It makes things much less stressful! 🙂

    Here is our $100 Budget Weekly Menu for six (including 3 teens!):

    and here is our Simple Gluten Free Weekly Menu for my daughter:

  • Olga @ Olga's Flavor Factory says:

    This week’s menu:
    Monday: Pasta, hot dogs, tomato and cucumber salad
    Tuesday: Potatoes with chicken kotleti, tomato salad
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Rum Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple salsa, rice pilaf, poppy seed yeast bread
    Friday: Baked Cod with dill sauce, cous cous, coleslaw
    Saturday: Chicken Marsala with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Roasted green beans
    Other things I’ll be making: Homemade Bread, Homemade Ricotta, Yeast Bread With Ricotta and Raisins, Honey-Chocolate Layer Cake

  • We are finishing up our meal plan here:

    I have had a baking itch this week to! I made banana chocolate chip muffins yesterday and will be making something from “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” the minute I can clean out some of our Easter leftovers!

  • Michelle @ Willing Cook says:

    Here is our food allergy meal plan for this week…

    As always, I have included a little “extra” with the post. Today, it has absolutely nothing to do with food allergies, but it does fit in the category of frugal living. Me, the most untalented crafter and DIYer, made my own Roman Shades for my kitchen. With the help of my daughter, we made 3 beautiful No Sew Faux Roman Shades and I’ve shared it today. We are so excited for this beautiful, easy, and frugal addition to our kitchen.

  • Katy @ Purposely Frugal says:

    Can’t wait to see your freezer cooking!!
    Here’s my menu for the week:

  • Cassie says:

    We have been getting creative with our breakfasts and lunches thanks to your blog and menu suggestions!!

    For dinner this week we had an awesome LIGHT baked spaghetti, and Homemade Thai Chicken Pizza. We have been loving the Green Monster Smoothie you have posted about before. My 1 year old drinks them down! Great way for her to get her greens since she can’t really chew up salad, which is what we normally eat as our veggie.

    My menu and some recipes are post here

  • Trish Conard says:

    I working on being more diligent about my weekly menu. I have created a new system for planning meals that I hope will prove successful. Read about it here.

  • I’m still working on perfecting some gluten free muffins, baking gluten free is an ongoing experiment! I’ll have to play around with your pumpkin recipe and see if I can make that work- it looks tasty.

    If you need more gluten and dairy free ideas, I just posted a great scalloped potato recipe and added a page to organize all my gluten and dairy free recipes together:

  • laura says:

    I have a question, hopefully you won’t take it the wrong way! I do love you blog I’m a big fan…but i have to say I was a little disheartened to see that you’re making your one child adjust and not everyone. I know it IS difficult to do, but I have to ask why your whole family (at least at home) is not doing it as well? I’m not trying to be judgmental, but as someone who has a 3 year old who needs to be gluten free/dairy free, and finding out that i do myself I can say it really hurts to have the people closest to me and my son happily munching away on a gluten laden doughnut right in front of us while our bellies rumble! Again NOT trying to judge. Just wondering.

  • Jennifer Van Dahm- When Pigs Fly says:

    I made CROCK POT CHICKEN PARMESAN the other day, and it was both simple and delicious!

  • South Main Ave says:

    Here is our menu-

    I hope to test out making homemade Egg McMuffins this week. Hope they work out 🙂

  • Caroline says:

    Hello! Thanks for sharing my vegan bite size pumpkin brownies! Love your blog! Following you on , now : )

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