Weekly Meal Plan November 23-27

Kids love to give their teachers gifts. Over the years I have received many, many gifts from students. From pencil sharpeners and homemade jewelry to hundreds of hand drawn pictures and notes, kids love to show their teacher how they feel about them.

But I have never received a gift like this one before:


I brought it home to show Andrew and to get a good picture of it and the very next day she asked me where it was.

“Oh I took it home to show Mr. Skinner. But I will bring it back to put on my desk.”

“When?” She said.

“Probably Monday” I responded

“But it’s supposed to snow Monday!” she said to me a little worried “If it gets wet all the glitter will come off”

I told her I would be very careful returning it to school…

Here is what we are eating this week:

Turkey SaladWonton SoupCrockpot Bolognese SauceChickpea NuggetsFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Ground turkey
  • Salad fixings
  • Chicken broth
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Store bought wontons (or the ingredients to make your own)
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Tomato paste
  • Ground beef
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Nutmeg
  • Milk
  • White or Red wine
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • Bay leaf
  • Pasta
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Flour


Our friend Vivian is a master at throwing things together in the kitchen and coming up with a pretty good end result. This is one of those things. You basically choose a flavor profile (Mexican, Asian etc), cook up the ground turkey with those spices and serve it over a salad full of veggies! We had a Mexican version of this last time (with chili powder and cumin) and topped our salad with salsa and cheese. Maybe this time I’ll try an Asian flair!


I have a load of homemade wontons in the freezer…so why not use them right?



I have made this before, but did not get all the pictures I needed to blog about it. It was absolutely incredible! So I promise you, this week, I will share more about it with you.

Courtesy of The Kitchn


I’m going to give these another try! I read my verdict and will get that chickpea batter smoother and add more spices. I didn’t buy any fries this week….we are trying to cut down on that stuff so maybe I’ll just make a salad to go with them.

Chick'n nuggets

Weekly Meal Plan November 2-6

Do you want to know the best thing I got for my classroom this year?

Dot Matrix computer paper.

My parents were planning some renovations this past summer and they did a little purge of non-essential items that were taking up space including 2 boxes of computer paper that they could no longer use.

My mom asked me if I wanted it and the answer was an unequivocal YES!

See, as many of you know, kids like to draw, create, cut and glue. If I have any plain white paper in my room, it is gone instantly. So I figured this could be great free time, indoor recess, doodle paper.

Little did I know my students would get so creative!

One day, on the way out to recess a little girl in my class handed me this little creation.


A purse…she had made me a purse out of paper. Pretty clever if I do say so myself, but it was what was on the inside that was even more fun.



She made me money for my purse. I think I may be the only person to ever be given an $8000 dollar bill before. Trying to decide what to spend it on…

The last few weeks have been crazy busy and my meal plan has made sure that though we are running around we are not hungry….I love a good meal plan.

Here is what we are eating this week:

Honey Sriracha ChickenWonton SoupMozzarella Stuffed MeatballsPizza RollsFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Rice
  • Stir Fry Veggies x 2
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Sriracha
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger
  • Chicken breasts
  • Garlic
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
  • Ground beef
  • Bread crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Jarred pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Dry active yeast
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Pizza roll toppings
  • Salad stuff
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Pork meatballs from the freezer
  • Chicken broth
  • Sesame oil


We love Sriracha! Pairing it with honey sounds like a great idea to me…

Honey Sriracha Chicken


I have some leftover wontons and pork meatballs in my freezer..that means most of the work is already done for wonton soup! And I love wonton soup…




We love this hearty, easy slow cooker meal. Who doesn’t love a good meatball? Especially when it is stuffed with cheese.




Andrew was lamenting about pizza muffins that one of his co-workers brought for lunch. I don’t know how to make pizza muffins…but I do make a mean pizza roll. Hope this helps satisfy the craving!