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

Weekly Meal Plan September 7-11

It’s the last day of summer vacation…I can’t believe it! Where did the summer go?

Summer memories

It always feels like this as school starts. You look back on the summer and reflect on all the fun and (lack of) work and projects that got done and wonder what you did with all that time.

My classroom is ready for the 26 eager (and probably some not-so-eager) students who will enter my room and spend the year with me.

Grade 3 classroom

It’s always a mix of excitement and nervousness as the big day approaches.

I’ll get up early tomorrow morning and put on my best I’m-the-teacher outfit, grab my lunch and go in to make sure every last part of the day is organized, photocopied and ready to be executed.

Work Melissa is back in the house….sorry Andrew. Summertime Melissa did have a little chat with her before she left. She said to not take things too seriously, to relax a bit and to still have some fun.

Hopefully she took that message to heart.

One thing I know helps with the craziness of the week is a meal plan. I’m back on track after a summer of lackadaisical meal planning. And for this first week I have planned all slow cooker recipes so that I can just come home to a finished meal.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Split Pea SoupHoney Sesame ChickenLettuce WrapsChiliIt’s Friday? Who cares what we eat? (But probably frozen pizza…)

Grocery List:

  • Ham steak or ham bone
  • Dried split peas
  • Dried lentils
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Chicken broth
  • Marjoram
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Chicken breasts or thighs
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Vegetable oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Rice
  • Lettuce
  • Ground chicken
  • Red pepper
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Ginger
  • Green onions
  • Ground beef
  • Tomato soup
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Green pepper
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • Hot sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Sugar


It has been so cold here over the weekend! All I want is a big pot of hearty, warm soup. This is one of our favorites for sure! I realize for as many times as I have made it, I have never really shared a post about it with you…that changes this week!


First day back! This recipe is an easy take on Chinese food…just throw everything in the slow cooker and make a little rice and stir fry veggies before serving!

Honey Sesame Chicken


I’m putting my slow cooker through the paces this week! I’m planning on making EXTRA rice on Tuesday so that I don’t have to do it Wednesday.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Again, another tried, true favorite. I could make this chili in my sleep…

Slow Cooker Chili