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 1-5

A little boy in my class came running up to me first thing yesterday morning with a big smile on his face.

“Mrs. Skinner, do you and Mr. Skinner like Starbucks?”

“Yes we do, why?” I asked curiously.

Beaming he handed me this:

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“It’s a free coffee Mrs. Skinner, you and Mr. Skinner can each have one.”

“Oh thank you so much” I gushed.

I couldn’t break it to him that it wasn’t really a free coffee…he was so proud and excited to give it me.

Sometimes kids are so sweet…

As I was looking at recipes this week and putting together our meal plan, I saw a distinctly Asian flare to my choices…I hope you like it too!

MondayLettuce Wraps
TuesdayChickpea Salad Sandwiches
WednesdayTeriyaki Meatball Stirfry
ThursdayKorean Beef and Rice
FridayFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • ground turkey
  • red pepper x 2
  • green onion
  • onion
  • minced garlic
  • hoisin sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ground ginger
  • rice
  • iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • celery
  • pickles
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • dill
  • lemon juice
  • bread
  • ground pork
  • egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • brown sugar
  • sesame oil
  • rice wine vinegar
  • stir fry veggies (I went for frozen ones since fresh veg is so expensive right now)
  • red pepper flakes
  • ground beef


We haven’t had lettuce wraps in a while, and I was completely prepared to change the recipe if the price of lettuce had skyrocketed (like all the other produce out there). Luckily, iceberg lettuce was still reasonably priced at $1.98!



Our meatless meal this week is an old favorite…chickpea salad sandwiches. I will most likely serve this with some cut up veggies or maybe even a salad.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches


I love a good, crispy meatball! These definitely do not disappoint…



To round out our Asian themed week, I wanted to try this meal. I assume the flavors will be similar to our other teriyaki, hoisin sauced meals, so hopefully we aren’t too sick of them by Thursday, Maybe to change it up, I will serve this over noodles instead of rice.

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!
Courtesy of Damn Delicious