Weekly Meal Plan December December 8-12

Teaching Elementary Art always brings a mix of excitement and full on terror. The key to teaching Art is planning and structure….or else everything falls apart QUICKLY. Over the years I have come up with a variety of Art projects that I can teach easily with great results. My friend Angie, who is definitely the free spirit of our pairing, is far better at experimenting and branching out than me. She has been sending me Art projects that she is trying and it has inspired me to give them a try too.

So on Friday afternoon, I took a deep breath, prepared as much as I could and we made finger paint snow globes.

IMG_0535The kids LOVED making these! And they are going to look great on the wall as we prepare for our Christmas concert.

I’ve decided that my meal plans need to include the following:

  • 1 vegetarian meal
  • 2 new recipes to expand my recipe collection
  • 2 old favorites so I don’t forget about all the great things I have made over the years

So that is exactly what I have planned for this week!

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Lazy Stuffed PeppersEasy Zuppa ToscanaTuscan Chicken StewCoconut Curry ChickpeasFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • ground beef
  • 4 sweet peppers
  • Onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Beef broth
  • Beef boullion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Rice
  • Cheese
  • Ground corriander
  • Red curry paste
  • tomato paste
  • coconut milk
  • Chicken broth
  • Kale
  • Gnocchi
  • Italian sausage
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Butter
  • Chicken thighs
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Baby potatoes
  • Fennel seeds
  • White wine or more chicken broth
  • Cornstarch
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley

Monday

We enjoyed this meal so much last time I made it that I had to make it again. I will most likely freeze the leftovers because it makes so much!

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday

My mother in law makes a delicious Zuppa Toscana soup in her slow cooker. I found this simple 7 ingredient recipe and thought I would give it a try.

7 Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe -- ready to go in 30 minutes, and inspired by the popular soup from Olive Garden | gimmesomeoven.com

Wednesday

I have a meeting after school on Wednesday which means I won’t be home as early as I would like. So on a night like that, I love to use my slow cooker! This has been sitting in my Pinterest recipe board for a long time. It seems like I good time to break it out.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

Thursday

Here is our vegetarian meal for the week. This is so good and so easy!

coconut curry garbanzo beans

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

Today was Halloween and I think my costume turned out pretty good.

Fern from Charlotte's Web

I added a little sign above Wilbur’s head for the costume parade and, thankfully, all my kids knew who I was. We had some great costumes, ate some bad-for-you snacks (but only a few…I’m trying to teach the kids moderation) and did some fun activities as a class.

Wilbur

The perfect supper for a night like tonight has to have lazy in the title, because that is exactly how I feel right now.

Bring on the lazy stuffed peppers!

I started by browning one package of ground beef. Then I added in 3 chopped peppers, half a chopped onion and a dollop of minced garlic.

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

I let that cook until the onions and peppers were soft. I drained off the excess fat and returned the pan to the stove.

Next I added

  • 19 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 14 oz beef broth
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

I brought the whole thing up to a boil and added in 1 cup of uncooked rice.

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

At this point I was a bit concerned because it didn’t seem like nearly enough rice. Next time I think I would possibly add in 1.5 cups of rice just so it wasn’t quite so liquid-y.

I reduced the heat, put a lid on it and let it cook for about 35-40 minutes until the rice was cooked through.

To finish it off I threw some shredded cheese over the whole thing, put the lid back on and let it melt for about 10 minutes.

Lazy Stuffed Peppers

The verdict- this was incredibly good! It has a nice deep flavor and tastes a lot like traditional stuffed peppers. Andrew absolutely loved it, so I know that I will be making it again.

Lazy Stuffed Peppers