Weekly Meal Plan October 27-31

My class this year is challenging. I have never taught a group of kids that talk so much and make noise purely for the sake of making noise. It is tiring and, at times, unbelievably frustrating.

I have been working with this group and now, mid October, I feel like we are finally in a good groove (most days).

Yesterday we were working on solving math equations using fact families. The class was super engaged, on task and answering questions. After our lesson was done, I praised them for their hard work and change in behavior from September.

One of my more challenging students put his hand up.

When I called on him, he just looked at me matter-of-factly and said “Well, I just couldn’t have done it without you.”

As a teacher, that is one of the greatest things you could ever hear…it was truly a great way to end my week.

I finally got through the backlog of recipes from the past few weeks and I am ready to try a few new things and throw in an old favorites that I have been craving.

Guam Style Chicken SaladLentil Vegetable Barley SoupLazy Stuffed PeppersSteak TacosFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Old El Paso Restaurante Steak Carne Asada taco kit
  • Steak
  • Avocado
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Limes
  • Green pepper, 3 other peppers (whatever color you choose)
  • 2 Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Red lentils
  • Yellow split peas
  • Barley
  • Chicken broth
  • 29 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • Ground beef
  • Garlic
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • Beef or chicken bouillon
  • Beef or chicken broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • White rice
  • Cheese
  • Naan bread
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Chicken thighs
  • Green onion
  • Unsweetened grated coconut
  • Lemon juice
  • Thai chilis


My love of coconut brought this meal back to the forefront of my mind and I just had to make it again.

Guam Style Chicken Salad


This soup looks hearty, healthy and delicious. I love that I can throw everything in my crockpot, go to work, and come home to dinner ready!

Courtesy of Full Measure of Happiness


I really like stuffed peppers, but they are a bit fussy to make for a weeknight dinner (at least in my house they are). So when I found this lazy stuffed pepper recipe, it seemed like a good one to try.

This lazy stuffed peppers recipe is a one-pot wonder for dinner!
Courtesy of CherylStyle.com


I was given one of the new Old El Paso boxed taco kits. I don’t usually buy stuff like this, but since I have it, I’m going to give it a try and see how it is.

Steak Carne Asada
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Weekly Meal Plan July 14-18

Summertime Melissa is not as organized as Work-time Melissa…

Being on holidays has thrown my usually rigid schedule right out the window. This then affects the meal plan and any sort of subsequent blogging I may do. Oh well, I’ve read a bunch of books already this summer and am trying to revive our sad looking lawn…does that count as productive?

Today I actually made myself a list of all the things I need to get done. It is daunting, but there is something about a list that I cannot ignore. So I am begrudgingly putting down the book I am reading and starting to cross things off my list.

The first was to make a meal plan for the week, which we desperately need. As Andrew left for work this morning he told me there was no almond milk left (he used the last of it in his smoothie this morning).

No problem I thought…I can just have cereal for breakfast…

nope, the milk was chunky…

That would have never happened on Work-time Melissa’s watch.

Sigh, oh well, I guess I have to have toast for breakfast. Luckily Summertime Melissa is pretty laid back about these things.

It has been incredibly hot here the last week and there seems to be no end in sight. I am trying to find recipes that limit the amount of time the stove actually has to be on. I think I have succeeded.


Loaded Baked PotatoesGuam Style Chicken SaladBroccoli Parmesan “Meat”ballsBBQ pork chops and grilled veggiesFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • Baked potato toppings
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Onion
  • Chicken breast
  • Green onion
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Small green/red chili
  • lemons
  • Naan bread
  • Pork chops
  • Your choice of veggies that you like grilled on the BBQ
  • Raw almonds
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • Minced Garlic
  • Egg
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


Last night, for supper we bought a roasted chicken from Superstore to make sandwiches. With the leftover chicken, I plan to make BBQ chicken loaded baked potatoes. By throwing the potatoes in the slow cooker, I should be able to keep the house relatively cool today.

Loaded Baked Potatoes
Loaded Baked Potatoes


This salad was SO good the last time I made it. Plus, with being on holidays, I have lots of time to prepare it in the afternoon and let the flavors blend together before Andrew gets home.

Guam Style Chicken Salad
Guam Style Chicken Salad


This meatless meal may not be a huge hit with my husband…but it looks so interesting to me that I just have to give it a try. I’m going to serve these like meatballs on top of pasta. I hope they taste good…

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs
Courtesy of Oh My Veggies!



I’m going to marinade some pork chops and some veggies and throw them on the BBQ. (Actually Andrew will throw them on the BBQ…I never BBQ) I may even make a salad to go along with it.