Weekly Meal Plan January 11-15

We had a great Christmas break…and I hope you did too! But all those late nights and long sleep-ins did not serve me well this week when the alarm went off at 5:30am. It was a week of progressively harder mornings and earlier bed times. (for those of you who know me well, you must be wondering how it is even possible that I go to bed EARLIER…)

The kids feel it too. The first few days at school, everyone just walks around with a sort of sleep-stunned look on their faces, and work happen a whole lot slower. By the end of the week we were back in the swing of things, but it took us a few days. I had one little girl say to me on Friday, “Mrs. Skinner, I just wanted to stay home today, but my dad said no. I’m just soooooo tired!”

When kids are tired like that, all logic and reason goes out the window. They forget everything we have taught them, there are lots of tears and some strange looks….and you get some funny answers.

My friend was reading with a student and they were working to sound out the word CHORE. It went a little something like this:

Teacher-“Ok, let’s chunk the sounds that we see.”

Student- “ch-ore, ch-ore, ch-ore…Chuck Norris?”

Teacher- “Nope…not Chuck Norris, but good try. It’s chore, ch-ore.”

…what can you even say?..

Here is what we are eating this week:

Kung Pao ChickpeasTuna MeltsHoney Garlic Chicken ThighsLazy Stuffed PeppersFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Kung pao sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Rice
  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Diced tomatoes (small can)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Chicken or beef bouillon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • 3 cans tuna
  • Mayo
  • Lemon juice
  • Green onion
  • Chicken thighs
  • Garlic
  • Ketchup
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sesame seed
  • Stir fry veggies


I’ve taken stock of my pantry and I am working hard to rid it of all the things that I keep buying that I already have lots of…chickpeas is one of them! And since we love this dish so much, it was not a hard sell.



We have a new waffle iron that doubles as a pocket sandwich maker…and I love a good melty, cheesy sandwich! These remind me of hanging out with my friend Heather…we used to make sandwiches like this at her house all the time!

Courtesy of thekitchenwitchblog.com


A new crockpot recipe to try! Since we are always well stocked in honey, thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, this meal was a perfect choice! If you are every in need of honey, check out Clover Grove Honey.

Crock Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken | www.diethood.com | Easy crock pot recipe for chicken thighs cooked in an incredibly delicious honey-garlic sauce.
Courtesy of diethood.com


I asked Andrew what he would like to have for supper this week and his first response was “Lazy stuffed peppers“. Easy. And this recipe makes a lot, so we can eat it well into the weekend!

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

Weekly Meal Plan July 13-17

One part of an all inclusive holiday that Andrew has never been a fan of is the nightly shows. Now I don’t mind them (other than they are very late at night…9pm…and bordering on my bedtime) but Andrew really can’t handle them.

See there was the “Cats” incident of 2008 which I think really kicked off his whole hate for the all inclusive show.  We were sitting in the auditorium waiting for the show to start. The entertainment team was going to be doing a rendition of “Cats”, the famous Broadway musical.  The lights dimmed and the show seemed to be starting. All of the sudden out of nowhere a man dressed as a cat popped up beside Andrew (in an aisle seat) and scared the life out of him…Andrew recoiled, yelled and almost hit the guy in the face. Needless to say, Andrew wasn’t all that excited about seeing anymore shows…

So we didn’t go to many on our last holiday…in fact we only went to one because we were waiting for the fireworks to start on July 4th, which were after the show. It was a big beach party with dancing and music done by a live band. It sounds fun but what we laughed about after was that it was more like Jimmy Fallon’s version of nonesense karaoke…

See when English is NOT your first language it’s sometimes hard to get the words right. We had a good giggle about this as we watched.

We didn’t partake in the nightly entertainment on our week away, but what we did partake in a lot was the food…A LOT. It’s hard not to when it is right there, accessible, someone else made it and its free. Let’s not talk about how much ice cream I ate last week…

So for our meal plan this week we are locking it down. It’s a detox week of sorts. Trying to rid our bodies of all the burgers, fries, ice cream and various other treats we ate.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Chickpea Salad SandwichesSplit Pea SoupKumg Pao ChickpeasDetox SoupBBQ pizza

Grocery List:

  • 4 cans of chickpeas
  • celery
  • green onions
  • dill pickles
  • red peppers
  • mayonnaise
  • minced garlic
  • mustard
  • dill
  • lemon juice
  • wraps or bread
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • minced ginger
  • turmeric
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • vegetable broth (8 cups worth)
  • nori seaweed sheets
  • kale
  • ham steak
  • lentils
  • split peas
  • marjoram
  • dried basil
  • soy sauce
  • rice wine vinegar
  • lime juice
  • honey
  • cornstarch
  • packaged Kung Pao sauce
  • chopped peanuts
  • red pepper flakes
  • rice
  • cilantro


I have been making this recipe for a while now, but I finally own the cookbook it came out of! Thanks, Sarah for the gift…I am looking forward to cooking lots out of it and having you over to try it!

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches


Even though I just made split pea soup the week before we left, Andrew said he would like it again. I am not going to complain! It is so easy and it goes in the crockpot so I don’t have to turn the oven on during this heatwave we are having…


This is one of my all time favorite recipes...and Andrew loves it too. In fact I suggested a different chickpea recipe and he requested this instead.



Another recipe from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. The caption says this is a great soup to have after an indulgent holiday…

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup