Weekly Meal Plan September 8-12

Well I made it through the first week. Teacher friends, I hope that your first week went well too.

Routines are being set, expectations are being adjusted and somewhere in there we are having a little fun too.

I’m starting to understand the kids in my class and I know already there are going to be some very funny moments.

After last recess on Friday, one of my little boys approached me with a small notebook.

“Look at the picture I drew Mrs. Skinner”


“Wow” I responded

“Yeah, it’s a cat fish…” he said

Naturally I had to take a picture of it and share it with you…

I planned for a lot of meals last week, but did not get to all of them. We had so many leftovers to eat that I was happily able to move a few meals to this week and cut down on my grocery bill.

Here’s what I have planned:

BorschtChicken Quinoa CasseroleSausage spaghetti squashHawaiian Hula ChickenFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • beef broth (4-8 cups depending how much soup you want to make)
  • beets
  • zucchini
  • potato
  • carrots
  • dill
  • ham steak
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of white kidney beans
  • quinoa
  • tomato sauce
  • onions
  • garlic
  • red (2) and green peppers
  •  honey
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • spaghetti squash
  • pasta sauce
  • chicken sausages or ham sausage
  • spinach
  • rice
  • pineapple juice
  • ginger
  • crunchy Asian noodles
  • green onions
  • brown sugar
  • sriracha
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • rice vinegar


With garden season coming to an end, there is lots of vegetables to use up. Borscht really is one of my favorite things and I think I have perfected my recipe.

  1. Instead of bacon, I bought a small ham steak and cubed that up. I let it cook a bit in the bottom of the pot with a diced onion before adding everything else in.
  2. I only cubed up my veggies…I used to shred them all, but this time I cut everything about the same size and cooked the beets, potato and carrots first. I threw in the zucchini about half way through the cooking process



I didn’t get a chance to make this recipe last week (which I think was a bit of a disappointment for Andrew) so it’s on the menu this week. I am sure there will be lots of leftovers.

Baked Chicken and Quinoa Chili


More garden bounty to use! The original recipe calls for chicken sausage,  but I couldn’t find any at our grocery store so I decided to use an ham sausage instead. Hope it tastes ok…


With my affinity for Chinese food, I am surprised it has taken me so long to try this recipe. I think it is going to be delicious.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken - Creme de la Crumb

Weekly Meal Plan September 1-5

Everyone has some memory of the first day of school : walking into what feels like a gigantic building, nervous about who your teacher will be and what your classmates will think of you.

But only a select few understand what it is like to be a teacher on the first day of school. Teachers feel equally as nervous. We wonder what the kids are going to be like, what their needs will be and how the class will mesh together. We desperately try to prepare ourselves, but in the end, it is almost an impossible task.

So the first day will come, probably after a restless night of sleep wondering and worrying, and (at least) 27 little bodies will be sitting in front of me whether I have it all together or not. No matter what, it will be an adventure.

With school right around the corner, Worktime Melissa has returned. Bedtimes have gotten earlier and my somewhat lackadaisical approach to meal planning has to change.

So here is what we are eating this week:


Wonton SoupPineapple Salmon Foil PacksOne Pot Southwest PastaChicken Quinoa CasseroleFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • pork meatballs
  • wonton wrappers
  • 3 containers of chicken broth
  • sesame oil
  • minced ginger
  • soy sauce
  • stir fry veggies
  • 2  chicken breast
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can  cannellini beans
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  • 1  white onion
  • 1 red onion
  • minced garlic
  • red peppers
  • 2 green peppers
  • honey
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • 1 box of whole wheat pasta
  • frozen or canned corn
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chili seasonings
  • taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • jalapeño to garnish (optional)
  • shredded cheese
  • pineapple slices (fresh or canned)
  • Limes (3-4 depending on the size)
  • 4 salmon filets
  • rice


Since it is a holiday and I will have a little more time to make supper I’m making wonton soup! I love it.

Wonton soup


School starts today, so I need to have an easy meal for when I get home. This looks incredible! I am going to serve it with rice and some vegetables from the garden.

Pineapple Salmon Foil Packs


I’ve made a one pot wonder before and I really loved it…I did not love the clean up however. (it got quite stuck to the bottom of the pot) Maybe this one will turn out better…


One Pot Wonder Southwest Pasta


Andrew sent me an email with a recipe a few weeks ago. His colleague Kate had made this and he tried it and said it was delicious. Now seems like a good time to give it a try.

Baked Chicken and Quinoa Chili