Weekly Meal Plan April 25-29

On Friday I had to say goodbye to my 5 week student teacher. It was so great to have her as a part of our classroom. The kids loved her, and she really learned a lot and grew as a teacher. It is amazing the difference that one more adult in the room can make. One more person to intervene when kids are struggling, one extra set of hands to help pass out art supplies, do tech support with Chromebooks and work with those students who need one on one support. It is also great to have another adult in the room to look at and smile with when someone is making a paper mask and has it plastered up to their face…

Among other lessons and planning, my student teacher completely took over Art. Art is one of those things that kids adore and teachers…well, teachers don’t mind it, but it is an awful lot of work and can become extremely chaotic quickly. It’s kind of a love/hate relationship.

But my student teacher took it on with gusto and came up with some amazing projects.

Like our Mother’s Day flower pots.



But I think my favorite project she did was related to our Animal Life Cycles unit and the book What if you had Animal Teeth?

After reading the story and writing about what kind of teeth the kids would want to have, they made themselves with the teeth of their choice…priceless.


Now that I am back on the meal train, I am making an addendum to our usual plan of action. I used to just make sure that we had one vegetarian meal a week and that we kind of spread out the different types of meat we were eating (i.e.-not 3 chicken dishes a week) but I’ve noticed my pants getting increasingly more snug over the last few weeks so we need to make some drastic changes. So, every week I am going to try to find one healthy soup recipe, 1 meal sized salad recipe and then fill the rest of the week with our usual repertoire of dishes. I’m hoping that this change, along with more frequent trips to the gym and more bike rides to school, will allow me to not have to go buy a completely new pant wardrobe.

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayBlack Bean Soup
TuesdayBacon, Spinach and Caramelized Onion Pizza
WednesdayBBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad
ThursdayPulled Pork Sandwiches
FridayFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Spinach (enough for two recipes)
  • Garlic
  • 2 cans black beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Refried beans
  • Paprika
  • Hot sauce
  • Sour cream, cilantro, salsa and guacamole (whatever you like to top your black bean soup with)
  • Avocado
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Onion powder
  • Chickpeas
  • BBQ sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Green onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Pork tenderloin or shoulder
  • Can/bottle of beer
  • Bread or buns
  • Coleslaw
  • Pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • Bacon
  • Red onion
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cheese


Here is our soup for the week. One of my all time favorites.



I bought bacon last week for a recipe and did not end up using it all. So I found this great pizza recipe that I cannot wait to try.

Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza | Cooking Classy


Here is our salad choice for the week. This hearty salad has amazing flavors from the BBQ sauce and the avocado ranch dressing.

BBQ Chickpea Salad


I got an amazing deal on some pork loin roasts when I was grocery shopping, so I decided to turn one of them into pulled pork.


Weekly Meal Plan June 22-26

It’s here! The last week of school! Summertime Melissa will be returning soon much to Andrew’s delight. (Work Melissa, on the other hand, takes a little offense to this. She is just as fun as Summertime Melissa…kind of…in different ways of course…)

It’s hard to believe another school year is over. I have been reflecting on how far my class has come, how much we have grown as a little family in room 4 and how I will really miss them. (even though I don’t always feel that way in the moment)

On Friday we had our last spelling test of the year (I told you, I’m kind of mean…we have a math test on Monday too) and as I was marking them, I came across this.


In Mrs. Skinner’s Grade 3 class we don’t write in pen…we can’t erase pen and we are most certainly going to make mistakes (because we are learning) so we don’t want to write with something that is so permanent. Now why this little girl decided to only write one word in pen I don’t know, but it sure made me smile when I read her little apology note. And what was better….her reaction to my note when I handed back the papers.

“Mrs. Skinner, you wrote ‘No problem!’ next to my note!”

Here is what I have planned for the last week of school!

TacosPulled Pork SandwichesGreek Chicken PitasChick’n nuggets and friesWho cares? I made it!

Grocery List:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • 1 can of beer
  • Bread
  • Coleslaw
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Taco kit
  • Taco veggies (lettuce, red pepper x 2, green onion)
  • Salsa
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken thighs
  • Lemon pepper
  • Oregano
  • Allspice
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Frozen fries
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • eggs
  • flour
  • bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • poultry seasoning


We love tacos! I would always make my own seasoning and buy everything separate, but you can’t go wrong when (almost) everything you need comes in one neat little box.

Taco Kit


I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer, and I know I said that I would try that pork Wellington again, but I lied…it was too much work. Pulled pork sandwiches, on the other hand, are not. I’ll have to find another way to use up that puff pastry.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


I’m always on the hunt for a good slow cooker recipe. You can serve this in pitas, but I think (since we are trying to eat gluten free) we are going to eat this as a salad instead.



I am especially excited about this recipe. They look so incredible and they are completely vegetarian….plus it gives me a chance to make fries!



I don’t care what we eat tonight…I made it and that will be all that matters.