Weekly Meal Plan May 4-8

As you know, I have very strong feelings toward throwing out produce that is past its prime. I work very hard to buy only what we can eat because the feeling of tossing it in the garbage sends me into a bit of a rage.

So when I had half a dozen apples that were too squishy to eat, (who likes a squishy apple?) I had to find some way to save them from the unfortunate fate of the garbage can.

Enter apple butter.

I peeled, cored and sliced up the 6 apples and threw them in my crockpot with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a 1/4 cup each water, brown sugar and white sugar.

Crockpot Apple Butter

I put the lid on, turned it on low, set a timer for 4.5 hours and walked away.

I did peek in a few times over those 4.5 hours and give it a little stir, but I wouldn’t have had to. (You want to make sure the apples stay moist, so if they look dried out, add a bit more water)

Crockpot Apple Butter

The whole house smelled like apple pie…it was wonderful.

After the time was up, I poured everything into my blender and gave it a puree. I poured it into a freshly washed (with hot soapy water) canning jar and put the lid on. The heat of the apple butter will seal the jar for you (I was reading that you can process your jars to heat seal them but lots of people don’t)

Crockpot Apple Butter

The Verdict- This tastes like apple pie butter. It has the consistency of a very thick applesauce and a beautiful rich brown color. You could put this on bread, pancakes, waffles, french toast, pork chops…a spoon….it is delicious.

No on to what we are eating this week!

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Roasted Veggie TaquitosGeneral Tso ChickenBurgers and SaladFrozen PizzaFeezer Surprise

Grocery List:

  • Frozen Pizza
  • Your favorite burgers, buns and toppings
  • Your favorite salad fixings
  • Red onion
  • Green pepper
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Olive oil
  • Black beans
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Diced green chilies
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder or minced garlic
  • Cumin
  • Small tortillas
  • Chicken breasts
  • Rice
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Cornstarch
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar

Monday

I found a new meatless Monday recipe for us to try. I’m hidingĀ all those veggies in lots of cheese!

Roasted Veggie Taquitos

Tuesday

This was really good the last time I made it. Plus, I can throw it in the crockpot and it will be ready when I get home!

General Tso Chicken

Wednesday

We didn’t get to our burgers last week so they are following us over to this week. Pulled the BBQ out this weekend so we are ready to go.

Thursday

I know, I know, frozen pizza night is usually Friday. But I have a meeting at school and Andrew has to be somewhere right after supper so frozen pizza seemed like the easiest choice.

Friday

Our freezer continues to be very full of stuff that I bought thinking we would eat it or leftovers that I threw in there and completely forgot about. Tonight we will do our part to start cleaning it out!

 

General Tso Chicken

Every week my students work through a variety of stations during our literacy center time. One of those stations is working on writing. Students have a personal journal where they can write about whatever they want.

And write they do.

Sometimes with funny, funny results.

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Not only do I have a good laugh when I read their journals, I am also reminded how great my job is and what an impact I make on them each day. It’s nice because some days it is hard to remember why I ever got into this job…

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I am always on the lookout for new Chinese food type recipes to try. If I can make it in the slow cooker, it moves up the “to try” list even faster. So it was only a matter of time before this ended up on the meal plan.

General Tso Chicken

I started by mixing 1 cup of cornstarch, some salt and pepper, a dash of onion powder and a little cayenne powder in a large ziploc bag.

General Tso Chicken

I tossed in 3 diced chicken breasts, zipped it shut and gave it a good toss.

General Tso Chicken

I browned the chicken pieces and tossed them in the slow cooker.

General Tso Chicken

For the sauce I mixed together

  • 4 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • A dash of cayenne powder

General Tso Chicken

I poured half over the chicken and saved the other half for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

I cooked the chicken on low for 4 hours. During the last half hour I poured in the remaining sauce and let it cook.

General Tso Chicken

I served this over rice and, as I was dishing it out, wished that I had some stir fry veggies to add to the dish. That would have finished it off nicely.

The verdict- this was great! It does take a little work at the beginning to brown all the chicken, but it was worth it. I would definitely serve this with vegetables next time to round out the meal more.