Weekly Meal Plan May 11-15

Wow! What an incredible crazy week….I am glad that it is Saturday and that the snow is gone. Yep, there was snow last week…lots of it. I woke up and it was like we had been thrown back into January. Luckily it didn’t last very long.

It was also an exciting week because we had our Entrepreneurial Adventures Parent night at which my students shared all their learning with their families.  And if that weren’t exciting enough, the students were able to present B’s Supporting Youth Foundation with a cheque for $1004.65! Needless to say, the kids were vibrating as they arrived at school. We are still waiting for our mugs and cookies to show up from our supplier and we still have the big showcase down at City Hall on May 22nd, but as we wrap up this project I have to say that I am so proud of my students for all that they have learned and all they were able to accomplish…and I cannot wait until next year!

By Friday morning I was feeling very tired and quite worn down. It is amazing how students pick up on that and how they adapt their behavior. (most times for the better and on those rare occasions, for the worse) Friday I received many special notes from students and handfuls of dandelions. (when is dandelion season over???) No matter how long I have been in this profession, it is still one of my favorite parts of teaching…

Summertime Melissa

Here is what we are eating this week.

Dinner Out- Happy Birthday Liz!Meatballs and Braised Red CabbageDetox SaladTuna BurgersFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Red cabbage
  • 2 Granny Smith applies
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Ground beef
  • Bread crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Onion
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • 3 cans of Tuna
  • Parsley
  • Lime juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Tabasco
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Lemon juice
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Avocados
  • Parsley
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame seeds



Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister! We are going out to celebrate on her big day… that is if she is done hiving bees and seeding! Honey season is starting, and if you have not checked out Clover Grove Honey yet, you should!


I am buying a whole head of red cabbage, and the last time I did that it took us a while to use it up. So I thought I would find a few recipes that would help speed the process along. I am going to DOUBLE up the crockpots tonight…hopefully I don’t blow a breaker! One will have delicious mozzarella stuffed meatballs, and the other will have braised red cabbage in it…yum!


I LOVE THIS SALAD!!!!! I hope that Andrew is not getting sick of it…

Ultimate Detox Salad


I may try these…but if I get too tired through the week it will probably just morph into tuna melts which are equally delicious.


Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

We spent part of last week in Jasper at the Jasper Park Lodge. What an absolutely incredible place! Not only is it in the beautiful Canadian Rockies (which should be enough), but the service and food at the Fairmont properties are just amazing!

Jasper Park Lodge

We ate so well…I can’t even begin to tell you…I don’t want to tell you…

Good thing we went on some walks and hikes to burn off all that food.

Jasper Park Lodge

It was tough to come home and get back into the swing of things. 4 days of relaxing, not cooking and (most importantly) not cleaning up becomes quite comfortable. Monday morning came early…and was filled with lots of work I didn’t want to do.

Sigh, I guess that’s why holidays are so great.

Back into routine meant back on our gym schedule which means new slow cooker recipes to try!
I found this one and thought who doesn’t love a good meatball?

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I started by cutting 4 mozzarella sticks (literally cheese strings…) into quarters and popped them in the freezer while I mixed up the meat.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Into a large bowl I mixed

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Then I started making the meatballs.

The original recipe said to form 4 tablespoons of meat into a ball…4 tablespoons of meat made a HUGE meatball…but I went with it. I stuffed one of the mozza pieces into the middle and continued to roll the meatball around to close up the hole that I made on the bottom. It said that I should be able to get 16 meatballs out of this, but I only got 12.

No big deal because they were the size of my head…

I put them all in the slow cooker and cooked them for 4 hours on low.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I served them over pasta with some marinara sauce (but you could use whatever makes you happy).

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

The Verdict- That’s a good meatball….(any Wedding Singer fans out there?) Seriously yummy and so, so easy. I think next time I would make them a tad smaller…but that might just mean that I would eat more.