Weekly Meal Plan- January 27-31

There are just some days at school where it seems like a whirlwind of chaos and naughtiness merges and every grade feels it. Today was one of those days…

By lunch I felt like all I had done was raise my voice, ask people to stop calling out and talking, and gave more than one child the “please stop” hand (this requires you to hold your hand up in front of the child to block them from your view so they will stop interrupting or talking in general)

I resolved that after lunch I would “change my weather” and try to be more positive and happy with the kids….but it was Art. Now all the teachers out there are thinking “ahh…I understand”. Art usually ends up with someone spilling something, cutting something they shouldn’t or generally disregarding instructions altogether. Things were not looking good…

I am happy to say we had an absolute blast together in Art. The kids were making Valentine’s Day coupons for their family so we were brainstorming things they could “give” their parents.

The reoccurring theme for my class was a spa day for moms. (In Jones’ class it was getting groceries for their parents….funny how a group of kids think differently) One of the little girls in my room puts her hand up during this conversation.

“Yes” I say…thinking she has another great idea about what she could give her family

She gets this weird look on her face and her hands come up like they are cupping something. “My mom’s heels are kind of…gooey and crusty…I don’t want to touch them.”

Well I did what any teacher would do, I burst out laughing and I looked at her and said “That is probably something that your mom would not have wanted you to tell me.”

Parents out there, know that your kid has, or will at some point tell their teacher something that will make them laugh out loud, and will probably be something that you wish they would have kept to themselves. Let me tell you that those moments make our day…

This week’s meal plan has only one new recipe…but that is because some of the old standbys need another turn on the plan because we miss them. I hope they are some your favorites too.


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Stuffed Turkey Meatballs Slow Cooker Ribs, Rice and Coleslaw Pulled Pork Sandwiches Borscht Frozen Pizza


Grocery List

  • Coleslaw
  • Buns
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Ribs
  • Rice
  • BBQ sauce
  • Pork tenderloin
  • 1 can of beer
  • A container of my homemade borscht or your favorite soup


Andrew, though he was very understanding about the lack of meat last week, would probably prefer that vegetarian meals were not the norm but the exception. Fair enough…

This looked amazing and I cannot wait to give it a try.


The crockpot ribs were so good last time. It’s time to have them again…



I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer that I want to use. What I am looking forward to MORE than the pulled pork sandwiches are the pulled pork pizza rolls I will make with the leftovers.



I have so much soup in the freezer that I need to start using. Seems like the perfect day after 3 days of meaty goodness.


**Bonus Recipe- Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Crockpot Oatmeal**

I loved the pumpkin oatmeal. I felt like I was full longer and, with the added ground flax seed on top, I know I was getting the fiber I needed. Andrew was not a fan of the pumpkin oatmeal, but he said that he would be interested in cranberry orange oatmeal. Let’s hope it is as good as last week’s.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Ribs

I was a bit worried about this recipe…I mean ribs are a big investment and if they don’t turn out it would be a huge disappointment.

I also bought a GIGANTIC pack of ribs because they were on sale, and as I wedged them into my slow cooker I worried that they may not cook.


But I slathered them with BBQ sauce, set the timer on the slow cooker and hoped everything would go well as I headed off to work.


I came home to a great smelling house and this


I’m not sure anything could have been simpler. They were so tender that it was hard to remove them from the slow cooker.

I managed to carefully extract the ribs and place them on foil lined baking sheets. I added a little more BBQ sauce to the top and broiled them until the sauce caramelized and the meat got a bit crispy around the edges….just writing this makes my mouth water. They were so good…


I served these delicious ribs with basmati rice and a salad. It was an incredible meal!


Ribs are no longer a daunting task. This method was practically fool proof! (I say that because if it does fail someone I don’t want to be held responsible…)

I’m not sure if it replaces the BBQ method, but on a cold day like today where barbequing is not an option (its -23…), this is a great alternative. I will totally do this again.