Weekly Meal Plan April 4-8

Now that is not totally true…I mean, I did do a few things…like read a book, shop, get together with friends for coffee…Spring break is the best.

But it is coming to an end and my days of staying in my pajamas till 3pm are over.

Monday is coming quickly and I don’t want to be caught off guard. Teaching is not one of those professions where you can roll in, drink some coffee and check your email for a while till you wake up enough to start some real work. Nope, at 8:35 I have to be on, ready and alert to welcome back my 26 treasures to finish out the year.

Luckily I do have a student teacher, so I can relax a little more than usual.

It’s great to watch student teachers experience the classroom for the first time. I am not sure there is a university course out there that can prepare you for the kind of chaos you experience on a daily basis in the classroom setting.

For example, I am pretty sure there is no class titled “How to Handle Crying During the School Day”, yet during my student teacher’s first week with me I had 2 students cry during our Social Studies test and quite a few cry during her weaving lesson in Art. And I can’t count the number of students who feel it is their duty to inform you that someone is crying.

During the week before Spring break I think I may have said “I know _______ is crying, they will be ok, they are going to pull themselves together because we don’t need to cry over _______.” at least 6 times….for various students in various circumstances.

My student teacher just stared at me in stunned silence.

I had one little girl who cried over a question on our Social Studies test last unit (Peru) and cried over THE EXACT SAME QUESTION on this unit’s Social Studies test (Tunisia). I should have seen it coming…

Since last week I didn’t even get groceries, I guess it’s time to get back into routine and make a meal plan.

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayPesto Pork Burgers
TuesdayChickpea Salad Sandwiches
WednesdayHeavenly Salmon Salad
ThursdayGreek Chicken and Potatoes
FridayFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Ground Pork
  • Pesto
  • Potatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Peppers x 3
  • Pickles
  • Mayo
  • Green onions
  • Mustard
  • Bread
  • Buns
  • Dill (dried or fresh)
  • Mint (dried or fresh)
  • Cucumber
  • Salmon
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Sour cream
  • Chicken (breasts or thighs…whatever you prefer)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese


I used to make these stove-top burgers all the time. I believe the original recipe is from a Company’s Coming  cookbook I once owned. They are full of flavor and so easy to make! I will serve them with some potatoes on the side.


This is a great, easy vegetarian meal!

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches


This may be one of my all time favorite salmon recipes...so delicious and flavorful!

Heavenly Salmon Salad


I’ve decided to try another version of loaded chicken and potatoes. Don’t get me wrong, the bacon/cheese combo is a no-fail hit, but I have a whole bunch of peppers in the fridge and some lemon pepper seasoning in the pantry so I thought I would try a Greek-inspired version. Wish me luck, I’m not great at improvising recipes…


Weekly Meal Plan February 22-26

Teachers know that when teaching reading, background knowledge is so important. And what we find is that with our high ELL population, they don’t always have the background knowledge we assume every child has. So we talk about books, we discuss the type of writing (fiction or non-fiction), we look at subject specific language and we draw on the experiences the kids have had. All before we read a single word in a book.

So, I gathered my little group of boys around the guided reading table and we started the discussion. The book we were reading was a fiction piece written in the style of a journal called “My Monster Week” (those teachers out there familiar with LPEY have probably read it a thousand times…)

As we started to flip through the pages I asked the boys “What kind of book is this? There are dates at the top of each page…what kind of writing has that?”

The boys flipped through, rolling the question over and finally one of the little boys figured it out.

His eyes got big and he shot his hand up. “I know” he said excitedly “It’s a diarrhea.”

“It’s a diary, yes!” I said quickly as to not draw attention to the the word diarrhea at a table full of 8 year old boys. No one skipped a beat, they all repeated the word diary after me under their breaths and we talked about how it was like writing in your journal…and how sometimes you lock a diary so no one else can read it.

This is why I get paid the big bucks people, to decide when it is important to build background knowledge and explain words…and when it is best to just keep moving on.

It’s teachers convention this week! A favorite time of year for all teachers. Professional development and a mental health break to connect with old friends and colleagues. But it also means breakfasts and lunches with friends…and they are not always that good for me. So I am trying keeping suppers light and fiber-full.

MondaySplit Pea Soup
TuesdayChicken Noodle Soup
ThursdayAn assortment of leftover soups
FridayFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Dried lentils
  • Dried split peas
  • Ham steak
  • Chicken broth x 4
  • Marjoram
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Basil
  • Mustard
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Chicken breasts
  • Egg noodles or your favorite noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Beans x 2
  • Tomato soup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Green pepper
  • Canned mushrooms


I have to work late on Monday night, so something in the slow cooker is the best option because then it is ready when I get home (when I will be very, very hungry). Split pea soup is perfect…full of fiber and flavor.



More soup!



Chili is like soup…but you can eat it with lots of cheese and taco chips! So maybe this is not as healthy as it could be when I add all that other stuff, but beans are healthy right?



I’m pretty sure we are going to have TONS of soup/chili leftovers…so we can choose what we like best and enjoy it again tonight.