Crockpot Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

This week, we started our Entrepreneurial Adventure in Grade 3. I was lucky enough to be one of the 12 classrooms involved in this new project last year where students chose a charity and created a business to support the charity of their choice.

This year the project has more than doubled with almost 30 Grade 3 and 4 classrooms starting businesses and supporting charities. It is an incredible program that students buy into instantly. It is truly the most engaged hour of school for these kids in my classroom. (I try not to take it too personally…)

In our first session the students receive their “business notebooks” (read- small, dollarama notebook with their name on it) You would have thought I handed them a gold brick. They carefully turned it over in their hands, and flipped though the new pages with shear delight. This is where we keep all our business notes, ideas, questions, research and data.

 

We then move on to talk about what a charity is and some of the local charities that students could consider supporting. Then they are sent off for a week to research different charities and come back with information to present to their classmates. We talk about how we want the charity that we choose to use our hard earned money wisely and as one kid so eloquently put it “Not to spend it on junk!”

I’ll be interested to see what they choose this year…

In my pantry-stock-taking, I found a can of white kidney beans WAAAAYYYYYY at the back that had been long forgotten about. I decided this was the week to use it, so I searched up some soup recipes. (since we ate TERRIBLY over the Christmas break and I need to do something to start reversing the bad choices we made) I found this simple, yet hearty looking soup on one of my favorite blogs.

Sausage, spinach and white bean soup

Here is what you need:

  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 ham sausage ring, or andouille sausage if you want to be fancy
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 diced carrots
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 1 19 oz can of white beans (I used kidney)
  • dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • spinach

Sausage, spinach and white bean soup

I started by slicing up my ham sausage and browning it in a little oil

Then I just threw everything together in the crockpot and let it cook on low for 8 hours.

Sausage, spinach and white bean soup

Instead of wilting the spinach into the pot of soup, I put a little bit on the bottom of each bowl and let the hot soup wilt it.

Sausage, spinach and white bean soup

 

The verdict- This soup is amazing! I used a jalapeno ham sausage, and it gave the soup a bit of a spicy kick. You really could use any beans in this which is great too…because it can help use up what YOU have in your pantry. I will definitely make this again and would consider doubling it so there were lots of leftovers.

Weekly Meal Plan September 14-18

Well, school is back in full swing. In some ways it doesn’t even really feel like we left…everything just fell back into routine, but with new kids.

My group of 26 this year are completely wonderful. I know it’s only 4 days in and there definitely is a honeymoon phase, but they are sweet and kind and eager to learn.

I think it is going to be a great year.

And if the first 4 days are any indication, I am going to have enough great stories to write a book!

Every day in my room, at some point, we all gather in story corner around my big comfy chair and I read to the kids. It might be a story book or part of a chapter book, but it is time when students get to talk about literature and relate what they see and hear to their own lives.

On Wednesday I read a story called Leo the Late Bloomer.

 

This is a story about a little lion cub who is way behind the other animals. He can’t read, write, speak or even eat neatly. His dad wonders when he will catch up and his wise mother tells him to just be patient. By the end of the story Leo has “bloomed” and his first sentence is “I made it!”. It’s a great little story to remind kids that they aren’t going to be good at everything the same time as those around them, but in the end they will bloom too.

As we were walking back to our desks, one of my little girls comes up beside me and says

“Mrs. Skinner, I think my brother is a late bloomer.” (Her brother is older than her)

“Oh really?” I asked

“Yeah” she continued “He does NOT eat neatly.”

Like I said, this is going to be a great year…

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Coconut Curry ChickpeasSausage, Peppers and OnionsFrench Dip CupcakesBuffalo Chicken CupcakesFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • Onions
  • 2 red, yellow or orange peppers
  • 1 green pepper
  • Ground coriander
  • Red curry paste
  • Tomato paste
  • Minced ginger
  • Minced garlic
  • Rice
  • Roast beef from the deli counter
  • 2 wheels of laughing cow cheese (I bought white cheddar and jalapeno)
  • Canned gravy
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Cheese
  • Chicken breasts
  • Buffalo wing sauce (I have Franks Red Hot on hand)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • A ring of turkey or ham sausage
  • 2-3 potatoes

Monday

For meatless Monday, we are having my good friend Colin over! I am excited to swap beginning of school stories with him. He, like me, knows the value of a good chickpea meal. They are high in fibre…and fibre is your friend.

 

Coconut Curry Garbanzo Beans

 

Tuesday

This caught my eye on Pinterest and it looks so good! Can’t wait to try it out.

Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

Wednesday

We love these little cupcake bites! They are easy to make, taste great and are super portable for lunch the next day!

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Thursday

Since the package of wonton wrappers has enough in it for two meals, I thought I would try another cupcake recipe. These buffalo chicken ones look pretty tasty too.