Slow Cooker Turkey, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

I mentioned last week that, in grade 3, we were lucky enough to get student teachers starting with us for 4 weeks.

Student teachers are so great because they have the best “out of the box” lessons. They are new enough to try the things that us veteran teachers wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. It’s fun, exciting and the kids absolutely love it.

It’s also a ringing gong…but boy it makes for some great stories.

Our student teachers are right in the middle of the “Animal Life Cycles” unit and have planned some amazing lessons. Today they created stations to teach the characteristics of amphibians.

One of the stations was a representation of frog eggs. Our ingenious student teachers brought in tapioca balls (you know the stuff you get in bubble tea?) to represent this.

 

Of course the big question was “Are those REAL frog eggs?”

Angie’s student teacher eluded this question for the whole lesson…building allure and excitement behind the station.

Then it happened…

One of the kids got splashed in the eye with the “frog egg” water.

He cried and cried.  He was really worried that one of the eggs may have gotten in his eye and…what if it hatched?

Angie’s student teacher, thinking quickly on his feet, went over to the cup and looked in for a moment. He looked up and said to the boy

“Don’t worry, I counted and all the eggs are here, so you don’t have one in your eye…nothing to worry about”

Needless to say, we all had a good laugh about that after school.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, tonight’s supper should remind you of supper last week. Basically I just substituted turkey for pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes for potatoes.

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I put my bone in, skin on turkey breast in my slow cooker, mixed up my marinade and poured it over top.

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I cooked it today on low for 8 hours.

About an hour before my turkey was done, I cut up a sweet potato, doused it in olive oil and rosemary salt (mmmmmm!) and popped it in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes.

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In the last few minutes, I microwaved my green beans, tossed them with some of the marinade and a little Parmesan cheese. I also pulled the turkey out and sliced it up.

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The verdict- tasted just as good as last week! The turkey was a bit on the dry side (not sure how to stop that from happening…) but the flavor was delicious.

I’m not sure if there is enough turkey leftover to make sandwiches…it didn’t go nearly as far as I thought it would when I bought it. Oh well! It tasted great. I guess that is all that matters.

 

Weekly Meal Plan December 16-20

This is the last official meal plan of the year. Christmas break is so crazy, and I never really know when we will be home, so we kind of fly by the seat of our pants a little more. I may even go to the grocery store without (GASP!) a list…

Ok let’s not get crazy, I will make a list. I always make lists.

Now I know the season of Turkey dinners is just around the corner, and we will have our fair share of them, but I have never cooked my own Turkey before. So there are a couple of Turkey recipes on the menu this week so I can finally say I have cooked (part of) a turkey in my home.

Here is what is on the menu this week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Turkey, stuffing muffins and mashed potatoes

Turkey Noodle Soup

Spaghetti and lentil meatballs

Frozen pizza

BBQ chicken sandwiches and salad

Grocery List:

  • 1 turkey breast (the recipes says to use a boneless one, but I bought a bone-in one…flavor right?)
  • Apple
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Onion powder
  • 1 loaf soft white or brown bread
  • Apple butter (I have yet to find this…do you know where I can get it? Or where I would look for it?….I may just try honey)
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Corn flakes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Potatoes or instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 containers of turkey or chicken stock
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Bay leaf
  • Italian seasoning
  • Egg noodles
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Lentils
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Flour
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Fennel seeds
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Frozen pizza

Monday

Alright, I hope that this turkey recipe is good. I am excited to be able to throw it all in my slow cooker and finish off the meal with stuffing muffins and potatoes when I get home. If this works out well, we may have Turkey dinner more often!

EASY SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST: Butter with a Side of Bread

Stuffin Muffins

Tuesday

Naturally, you make soup with leftover turkey right? Hopefully there will be enough to freeze for over the Christmas break.

Turkey Noodle Soup 2

Wednesday

I am sure Andrew was hoping I would forget about this lentil meatball recipe…but I haven’t! Instead of meatball subs like I had planned last week, I think I will try them as toppers to spaghetti. And if I make some cheesy garlic bread to go along with it, maybe Andrew won’t hate it too much.

Thursday

We have our staff Christmas lunch on Thursday so I think I am going to be pretty full by the time supper rolls around. I’ll be making Andrew a frozen pizza that night.

Friday

Friday is grocery night, so I think I will pick up a pre-cooked chicken, some nice bread and salad fixings and that should get us through the weekend.