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This Week’s Menu Plan (We got a GRILL + how we’re doing lunches!)

This Week's Menu Plan

We are SO excited because we finally got a GRILL!!! We’ve been talking about buying one and setting aside money for one for quite some time, so it was a really happy day when we got it this week!

And it’s just in time because the hot, hot days of summer are here and the last thing I want to do is heat up the kitchen by turning on the oven every day. So this week, there is a LOT of grilled foods on the menu.

I planned our menu based upon the . Since I bought 7 dozen eggs at Kroger on Saturday, you’ll see lots of items with eggs in them on the menu. Plus, I got a great deal on kale, pineapple, and blueberries… so those are superstars on the menu, too! 🙂

This Week's Menu Plan


Breakfasts are a big deal at our house. Not necessarily because of what we eat, but because this is the one meal we’ve committed to eat together around the table pretty much every single day. We often don’t all eat lunch at the same time and sometimes dinners are a quick affair — especially if the girls have swim team or skating. But breakfast, it’s a given. We eat, we talk, we read together, we pray together, and we linger around the table. It’s been a beautiful addition to our schedule + a great way to start the day!

  •  x 2 (made this weekend)
  • (made this weekend), Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs, Fruit x 2
  • Oatmeal x 2

Lunches & Snacks

During the summer, we’ve been doing Make Your Own lunches. I have some assortment of the following items on hand and the kids and Jesse and I are responsible for choosing from the list of items to make our own lunches. It’s worked well this summer — especially because the kids are getting better and better at cleaning up after themselves, too!

Make your own:

  • PB&J
  • scrambled eggs
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • leftovers
  • fruit
  • veggies
  • refried beans & cheese
  • chips & salsa
  • yogurt
  • smoothies
  • Kale ChipsThis Week's Menu Plan


Jesse and I splitting up the cooking responsibilities for dinner this week. He’s in charge of everything that involves the grill. I’m in charge of everything else.

  • Grilled Chicken, , Rice, Kale Chips
  • Sausage/Peppers/Onions/Summer Squash Skillet
  • Smoked Salmon, Fruit, Broccoli, Rice
  • Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Berries
  • Chicken/Broccoli/Cheese over Rice
  • Grilled Pizza, Fruit,
  • Dinner out

Related Menu-Planning Posts:

3 Quick & Easy Meals We Made Recently
Why We Stopped Making Family Dinners a Priority
YEARS of Past Menu Plans We’ve Shared Here
6 Ways We’re Keeping Our Grocery Budget Low
Why We More Than Doubled Our Grocery Bill

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Tell us in the comments!

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  • says:

    Glad to see you’re backing to sharing your menu! I hope this is a permanent feature again!

    We have an all Paleo week planned. I shared it on my blog:

  • Marisa says:

    Yay, I love when you share your menu plans!

  • Ellie says:

    You have “Chicken/Broccoli/Cheese over Rice” listed on your menu – I’ve always wanted to make that combination since who doesn’t like those ingredients – but not sure how. Do you have a recipe or directions you could share? Thanks!

    • Jo says:

      I’m going to make a Chicken Gravy and then add in chopped chicken + chopped broccoli. We’ll serve it over rice and sprinkle it with cheese.

  • Rachel D. says:

    Your menu plan looks yummy! Hubby and I are on week 2 of our new diet… we are carb cycling. I posted our menu for this week:

  • says:

    I hope you like the muffins!

  • Lynda says:

    Just curious what grill did you buy? I’m shopping for a new one too.

    • Jo says:

      We got a RecTec… Jesse did a LOT of research over the past year and talked to different people and decided that’s what he wanted. He LOVES it.

  • says:

    We also haven’t had a grill for years. We’ve talked about it on and off, but never actually committed to saving up for one. Good for you for finally getting one!

  • Jen says:

    We live Paleo, so our week consists of leftovers, chicken and zucchini zoodles with a sundried tomato walnut basil pesto, pizza spaghetti squash, turkey burgers and sweet potatoes, rosemary and garlic roasted pork with roasted carrots, and nachos made with plantain chips.

  • says:

    We love kale chips and found they come out even crispier if we line the cookie sheets with parchment paper first. It also makes for easier cleanup after.

    We buy kitchen parchment paper in huge rolls from Costco for a fraction of what the grocery stores charge.

  • Christine says:

    Crystal, do you do any of your famous “tweaking” to the french toast bake? If so, would you please share how you make it healthier. As is, the recipe is extremely high in saturated fat, cholesterol and carbs. Thanks 🙂

    • Jo says:

      Yes, of course I did! You know me too well. 😉

      I used almond milk instead of regular milk.
      I used half almond milk/half half & half instead of cream.
      I used day old bread and hamburger buns I got marked down at the store.
      I used a mix of coconut sugar + brown sugar.
      And I used coconut oil instead of butter.

      Even with all these changes, it was SO good!

  • says:

    I have a detailed menu planned for the week for each day. I tried combined menu and it never worked for me as I guess I need straight forward answers and my mind stops thinking during meal prep 🙂

    Shared it in my page:

  • Bonnie says:

    Wow, I just made those muffins (my store had blueberries for $2/lb last week!), and they are soooo tasty! My kids devoured them 😀 I also love when you post your menu plan 😉

  • says:

    We love grilling all summer! I can’t stand turning the oven on. It makes the house heat up like crazy. We marinate a bunch of chicken breast in balsamic vinaigrette dressing overnight and then grill it all up. It’s delicious and we eat it in paninis, quesadillas, and wraps all week. Enjoy your grill!!!

  • Jennifer says:

    Can you start posting your menus weekly again? Love it! 🙂

  • says:

    Try grilling peaches! We have discovered them this summer and they are delicious! Cut peaches in half and remove pit. Drizzle each half with honey and cinnamon sugar. Only takes a few minutes to grill. So good!

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