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:

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


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.


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


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!



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…


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