Weekly Meal Plan January 18-22

Like I mentioned in a previous post, funny stuff happens around the guided reading table in a classroom. A good example of this came last week during a guided reading lesson. We had just finished reading Jack and the Beanstalk and we were discussing the book and the traits of the characters.

“What do you think this book tells us about Jack’s character?” I asked my group of boys.

They stared at me blankly.

“You know, he climbed the beanstalk when he didn’t know where it lead, he faced the giant…” I prodded along.

One little boy caught on to my train of thought, “Yeah, he stared at the giant…he’s a stalker, yeah he’s a stalker.”

Another little boy pipes in “And he stole from the giant, he’s a stealer! He’s a stealer and a stalker!”

I sat there for a moment and stared at the boys.

“Do you think Jack may have been brave too?”

…you can’t make this stuff up…

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese sandwichesHeavenly Salmon SaladChiliSplit Pea SoupFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Your favorite pre-made tomato soup, or all the fixings to make your own
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Salmon
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground beef
  • 2 cans of beans
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato soup
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Sugar
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Ham steak
  • Split peas
  • Lentils
  • Chicken stock
  • Marjoram
  • Basil

Monday

I’m a cookbook junkie…but instead of buying them, I take them out of our public library. I carefully flip through looking at all the incredible recipes, and then promptly return them back to the library without cooking a single thing out of them. This is why I don’t buy them…because I don’t use them. Sigh…but I love them…

So when I took out Jaime Oliver’s Great Britain, and felt inspired to try a few of the delicious recipes I found, I promised myself I would actually act on it.

This cookbook is where I got the idea for Monday’s dinner. Creamy tomato soup with little grilled cheese soldiers. Doesn’t it sound wonderful? I was all set until I got to the grocery store… that’s when I realized the tomatoes alone for this recipe would cost me almost $10, so I opted for a far cheaper version.

At $2.50 a container, it just made more sense. Sorry Jaime Oliver…your soup recipe looked incredible, and I promise when produce is more reasonable, I will try it. Forgive me.

Tuesday

I did find another great recipe in the same cookbook that was not going to cost me an arm and a leg to make. I look forward to this warm salmon salad!

Courtesy of bookfoolery.blogspot.ca

Wednesday

My crockpot will save me once again! With an appointment right around dinner time, I know that when I get home starving, my chili will be nice and hot and ready to eat!

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Thursday

In my attempt to continue to clean out my pantry, split pea soup seemed like an efficient way to rid the shelves of all the half used bags of split peas and lentils that I have. Plus it tastes amazing…

 

Weekly Meal Plan November 30-December 4

December is (almost) here and Christmas is right around the corner. I love Christmas! We just put up our tree, and one of my favorite things to do is sit in front of it in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee. I love the time with friends and family, I love the food, I just love the Christmas season.

I also love the opportunity this time of year brings to share with my students the value of giving and supporting charities (both local and international)

Last year my class supported a great local charity called B’s Supporting Youth Foundation. This charity has students make and deliver almost 200 lunches a week to schools in Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic schools. These lunches help remove one of the barriers these kids face every day. This year my school is a thankful recipient of 15 lunches a week to support the growing need we are seeing.

If you are interested in what B’s Supporting Youth Foundation does, check out this video from CTV news.

On December 1st, our school is raising funds and collecting donations of brown paper bags, ziploc sandwich bags, juice boxes and granola bars to help support this great local charity. Our students feel a real connection to B’s Supporting Youth Foundation because they have experienced first hand its benefits. If you want to donate, please check out Canada Helps, or drop a donation off at Ellerslie Campus or Minchau School.

With December comes busy weeks…I am not really sure how it happens, because LAST week was not all that busy, and now all of the sudden we are barely home any night. It makes meal planning a little harder, but I just rely on my crockpot more. Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Chicken Mozzarella PastaChiliSandwichesSplit Pea SoupFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Garlic
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Chicken breasts
  • Paprika
  • Cream
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pasta
  • Basil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ground beef
  • Tomato soup
  • Green pepper
  • Canned mushrooms
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • Bread
  • Sandwich fixings (your favorite meat, cheese and veggies)
  • Ham steak
  • Dried split peas
  • Dried lentils
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Marjoram
  • Mustard

Monday

I’ve been wanting to try this new recipe I found…and because tonight is the only night that I will be home at a decent time, I am going to try it out!

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Courtesy of Julia’s Album

Tuesday

I’m going out with friends…so Andrew is on his own (but not really because I would feel terrible if I just left him to fend for himself for dinner.) There will be a pot of chili waiting for him when he gets home from work!

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Wednesday

I know there will be leftover chili so sandwiches seem like an ok choice here. Plus I won’t be home till later (Parent Teacher Conferences Night #1) and Andrew heads out pretty quickly after dinner on Wednesday nights for volleyball.

Thursday

We love split pea soup! And since I will be at school until late, (Parent Teacher Conference Night #2) this is an easy thing that can be waiting for Andrew when he gets home.

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