Weekly Meal Plan October 13-17

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving everyone! Andrew and I have so much to be thankful for and we have been celebrating with friends and family all weekend.

Our celebrating is continuing today with my family. But this year I am in charge of the turkey. I have never made a turkey, so hopefully it all works out, and no one gets food poisoning. Wouldn’t that make for a Happy Thanksgiving?

My first turkey
I’ve been thawing this thing in the fridge since Tuesday!

I have a feeling we are going to be eating a lot of leftovers this week because I bought a 20 pound turkey. (Go big or go home right?) Sandwiches, soup and maybe a casserole or two… I’ve got a few ideas, but will also try to intersperse some non-turkey meals into the week so that we don’t get sick of it.

Here is what I have planned for this week:

Turkey DinnerBlack beans and RiceTurkey Noodle SoupTuscan Shepards PieFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Turkey
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Gravy packets
  • Potatoes
  • Black beans
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Red pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Tortillas
  • Chicken broth
  • Egg noodles
  • Ground chicken
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • White beans
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese
  • Milk


I’ve never ever cooked a turkey before. I have been doing lots of reading online about how to cook a turkey and finally settled on this method. Maybe it was the calming, confident tone of the writing, or maybe it was the title of the post, all I wanted was an easy, simple way to cook a turkey. And I want it to taste good…and I don’t want anyone to get food poisoning. Wish me luck!

My first turkey


After all that turkey (and stuffing, and potatoes, and vegetables….) I figured we should have something a little lighter and full of fiber. I love black beans, and when I mix them up with lots of great Mexican flavors I like them even more!

Black Beans and Rice


I am going to start using up the turkey leftovers in a soup. I plan on throwing turkey, vegetables and some noodles in a broth with some spices. I’m sure it will be delicious!

Turkey Noodle Soup Wide
Thank you Natasha’s Kitchen for the inspiration!


I didn’t get to this last week, so I am going to try to get to it this week. Maybe I could substitute turkey for the ground chicken…

Tuscan Sheppard Pie-PARADE

Weekly Meal Plan January 6-10

I can’t believe the Christmas break is almost over. It feels like I just left school, looking ahead to a long relaxing break…and now there are just a few days left.

That means it’s time to start thinking about next week…and more importantly what will we eat next week. (The marking that has my school bag loaded down can wait till Sunday right?)

Here is what I have planned for this week:






Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Soup from my freezer

Pulled Pork Pizza Rolls

Lentil Meatballs and Pasta

Frozen Pizza


Grocery List-

  • Chicken breasts or precooked chicken (I have some cooked chicken in my freezer I am going to use up)
  • Your favorite Alfredo sauce or a batch of my cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Rotini or other tube shaped pasta
  • Yeast
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • BBQ sauce
  • Pulled pork
  • Your favorite red pasta sauce
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Dry lentils
  • Minced garlic
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Fennel seeds
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Frozen pizza (if you don’t already have one…)



I know I say this often and never get around to it, but I am seriously going to pull the last bit of that cauliflower Alfredo sauce out of the freezer and use it up with the chicken that I have frozen as well. I’ll mix it together with some pasta, cover it in cheese and bake it till it is golden and bubbly.



I am pulling out a container of one of the many soups I have hiding in my freezer. Borscht, Turkey noodle, chicken noodle or pasta fagioli…not sure which it will be yet, but all are a good choice on a cold day.



We had a family get together over the Christmas break and I was charged with making the pulled pork for the gathering. There was lots left over…more than Andrew and I could eat, so I froze it. I made pulled pork nachos with some of it (which were absolutely delicious by the way!) and I thought pulled pork pizza rolls would be good too. I’ll use BBQ sauce as my base and load it up with cheese, caramelized onions and pulled pork. Yum!


This is still one that I want to try…it didn’t happen before Christmas, but it is definitely going to happen next week. Lentils are one of my new found favorite things, so I am sure that this will be delicious and filling and fiber filled…which we all need after the junk we ate for 2 weeks straight.