Weekly Meal Plan December 1-5

It’s December! How did that happen?

That first day of December hits and it feels like things get instantly busier. Not only that, but there seems to be treats that pop up everywhere you go. My will power and self discipline are highly tested in December…and usually the treats win out.

It becomes even more important for us to meal plan in December  so that we are not eating out, or eating super unhealthy meals plus all the treats that surround us.

I’m not sure if I succeeded, but the meals I chose this week sound tasty and flavorful.

Pulled Pork SandwichesPotato Ham ChowderGeneral Tso ChickenChiliFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Canned mushrooms
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Taco chips
  • Pork tenderloin
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • BBQ sauce
  • Coleslaw
  • Bread
  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Thyme
  • Milk
  • Potatoes
  • Ham steak
  • Rice
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cornstarch
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar


Andrew wanted pulled pork sandwiches. So pulled pork sandwiches we will have!

Pulled pork sandwiches


I didn’t get to this last week so I will make it this week. It’s perfect because the weather has been terribly cold and soup is perfect on a cold day.

Potato Ham Chowder - A warm and filling chowder that's incredibly creamy and rich, perfect for those chilly winter nights!


Another slow cooker meal! I hope it tastes as good as it looks…

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken


I have Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday night, so I want to make something that Andrew can come home to (other than a frozen pizza) and so we have lunches for Friday (and lots of leftovers for the weekend too!) Thank you, slow cooker, for making my life easier.


Weekly Meal Plan May 5-9

As a teacher, there is a shift that starts in May.

We move from “Teach them that” and start to check “Have they retained ANY of what I taught them?”

It can sometimes be a discouraging time of year.

But it is also funny and cute at the same time.

Last week we did a district writing assessment. The students were asked to pick a special object and write a descriptive report on it explaining what it looked like, where it came from and why it was so special.

One of my little girl’s chose to write about me. There was no dissuading her, I was her special object…and once kids get something in their head it is VERY hard to change their trajectory.


Clearly I have not taught her enough about punctuation and the ever useful skill of editing and reading over one’s work to make sure it is clear…sigh! At least she loves me and thinks I’m the best right?

We have more of these assessments on the horizon, and I hope to ingrain a few more key concepts into these 8 year olds before then. Wish me luck!

This week’s meal plan has two of our all time favorite meals and two new ones to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Pulled Pork Sandwiches Pulled Pork Pizza Rolls Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Grilled Sesame Chicken Salad Frozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Pork tenderloin or shoulder
  • Buns or bread
  • coleslaw fixings
  • BBQ sauce
  • Can or bottle of beer
  • Onions
  • Dry active yeast
  • Flour
  • Cheese
  • 3 28 oz cans of whole, peeled tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Chicken broth
  • Fresh basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Napa (Chinese) cabbage
  • Chicken breasts
  • Soy sauce
  • Ginger
  • Canola oil
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Slivered almonds
  • Sesame seeds


Pork tenderloin was on sale last week at the grocery store, so I bought a couple and froze them for this weeks meals. We love pulled pork, but if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that we are more excited about Tuesday’s supper…



Pulled pork pizza rolls! These always follow pulled pork sandwiches and they make us oh so happy!



Our meatless dish this week is a slow cooker tomato soup. And you cannot eat tomato soup without a grilled cheese sandwich…



This salad looked incredible when I saw it on Pinterest. It seems really fresh and Spring-like. Maybe we can even eat it out on the deck and use the BBQ to cook the chicken…