Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Pirates, Chicken Sopes and More!

Aeonium in bloom in my garden.

I don’t know about you, but the past couple of weeks have been rather wonky for me…

won·ky  (wngk)
adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British
1. Shaky; feeble.
2. Wrong; awry.

I was really hoping to have posted another weekly menu plan prior to this one, but my wonky life just got in the way.

{NOTE-If this is your first time checking out my weekly meal plans, please read this post for more details.}

Not that it has been a bad week or two mind you. Simply wonky 🙂

Wonky as in the kids were out of school last week so my family and I headed off to Mammoth with our friends for a ski vacation which threw our weekly dinner plans off schedule just a wee bit.

We didn’t get back home until late Sunday night, so naturally there was not much in the way of food in the house when we returned. Not even a speck of milk for my morning coffee.


Then, still behind on things work, household chores, and  paying bills, SiSi and I abandoned our abode Tuesday to step aboard The Star of India with her 5th grade class for an overnight “living history” field trip.

The scenario went something like this…It is the year 1774, shortly after the Boston Tea Party took place, and we {colonists} are sailing to St Lucia to trade salt cod for molasses. The stakes are high.  Each sailor on board will receive 1 percent of the ships earnings, that is assuming no pirates steal our cargo!

Dinner that night was stew {Rat stew the crew called it, but in reality it was beef stew} and, as cold as it was that night {41 degrees, which trust me, is cold for San Diego when you are sleeping on a ship with open windows}, that warm stew really hit the spot, rats or no rats.

After dinner we got to brace the chilly evening some more for night watch.

You know…to protect ourselves from thieving pirates and what-not.

After night watch, it was time to hit the sack cold wood floor.

Believe me, the trip was a really incredible experience, but that the next day, on Wednesday, I was REALLY tired, and in no mood, whatsoever, to make dinner.

Thank goodness for Robertos.

So, now, I’m trying to get ahead of the game, assuming no more wonkiness is in the forecast, and put together my weekly menu for March 5-March 11.

Here it is… {Click here to go to my Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menus Pinterest board.}

Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: March 5-11, 2012



  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Tomato Basil Soup from Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick
  • Raw veggies: Carrots, Broccoli, and Cucumbers
  • Apple slices with cinnamon



  • Ham and Cheesy Breakfast Sandwich from No Whine With Dinner by The Meal Makeover Moms {Big Tex’s pick to make with me for his Kid’s in the Kitchen dinner}
  • Secret Ingredient Slaw from Whole Health RD
  • Blueberries and Raspberries


  • Chicken with Quinoa, Spinach, and Mushrooms {Check back here next week for the recipe!}
  • Salad with lettuce, purple cabbage, tomato, and avocado and Simple Greek-Style Vinaigrette from The Family Kitchen.
  • Fresh strawberries

P.S. In case you were wondering, SiSi and I didn’t spot any pirates sailing around the San Diego Harbor 🙂

Photo of The HMS Surprise I took when SiSi and I were on The Star of India.  I used FX Photo Studio to apply an “Ancient Canvas” look.

Ever been on a “living history” filed trip?  What’s on your menu plan for next week?  Ever run in to any pirates???

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  1. i *love* living history! the star of india sounds fun! you could leave those pirates behind and step forward to the 1800s to join “Emma” (the lighthouse keeper’s 9-year-old niece) for an adventurous tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon! 🙂

    • The trip really was very cool. I’ll go again when A. and E. are in 5th grade if you go too 🙂 I’d love to join you and Emma on Saturday, but I’ll be hob mobbing with the future mayor 🙂

  2. I like wonky, my week has been crazy here, but good! Sounds like your vacation was wonderful, YAY! I need to make sure I am following you on Pinterest:-) oxox, Terra

  3. I love how you did your meal plan on Pinterest! I’ve been working on a meal plan too, but I don’t have so many cool pictures to post 🙂

  4. You’re a good woman. Did you ask if the rat stew was gluten free? What we do for our kids. I always get the asthmatic or allergic children under my watch. I inevitably return to my office grateful to only have to watch after adults and their food journals. Love the menu as well. I have to plan our ski menu and I’m a little wonky (great word).

    • Absolutely, I asked if the stew was gluten-free, and it was, although I had planned ahead and brought my own food too-trail mix and Perfect Foods Bars. The kids must have been really hungry, tired, and cold because they inhaled the stew! I was going to try and plan our ski trip meals out in advance to post, but never got that far. Good luck with yours!

  5. I have not yet had the experience of field trips and other fun activities (my daughter is only 4)…but even with the cold and lack of sleep, it sounds fun!! Your meal plan looks delish….wish I had that discipline…I never feel like eating what I plan for so I “day of” meal plan. Another great benefit of having a stocked pantry. 🙂

    • It was a fun to Danielle, and I’m sure you’ll have lots of field trip adventures when your daughter gets older. I don’t go on all the field trips, but the one that stands out the most for me is the trip we took to Lefoland. My group of girls wanted to go on the same roller coaster 10 times in a row. I love roller coasters, but that was a little crazy! Agreed, so important to have a well-stocked pant for “day of” meal planning, although I am finding with planning out my meals, I am much less inclined to waste food. A big bonus!

  6. Wow- you are on the ball this week! 😉 Looks like you’ve planned some great meals. I am a meal planner too. I couldn’t get through the week without it!

  7. he he I often feel like this and a stay on the ship sounds like fun

  8. Mammoth and Living on a Ship – Wow! What an exciting past few weeks you have had. I love that photo you took. The “Ancient Canvas” effect really did make it look like an old painting!

  9. i love the idea of using pinterest to plan your daily meals. you get to try new things and organize at the same time! hope you have a splendid weekend, EA 🙂

  10. Wonky is the best word ever. Love reading about your adventures, pirate and other wise. You are my inspiration to do a weekly meal plan – I can never seem to do more than 3 days in a row lately….

  11. How fun!!!
    It sounds like you have been really busy! Same for me. Today has been the first day I’ve been able to relax..well i actually ran errands and did things around the house..but it was fun stuff.
    I love what you have planned for meals. I can’t wait to hear how they turned out!

    • Glad to hear your “busy stuff” was fun! BTW-My husband and I LOVED your lentil tacos that I made when I did my last menu plan. I loved them so much, I ate them for dinner, then lunch AND dinner the next day 🙂

  12. Ummmm….rat stew!!! 🙂 Does sound fun!!! I have to say your turkey and sweet potato stew does sound a smidge better! I love how you have utilized Pinterest to create these great visuals of your weekly meal planning…shear genius!!!
    Love your beautiful flowers. It is still pretty brown here in the midwest!
    Hope your weekend is not so Wonky! 😉

  13. Seriously, kids take those types of field trips?! I’m so jealous! Seriously, that sounds amazing (although I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t have been AS into this idea when I Was younger….).

    Your menu sounds great, and I hope it makes for a “less wonky” week! On my menu this week is a lemon pork chop dish, a couple dinners out with friends, and hopefully some tasty fish dishes.

  14. I am SO terribly behind with my menu plan board… it’s seems like this household has barely been treading water lately, much less planning. Maybe I’ll trash mine and just follow yours instead 😉

  15. i love reading your weekly meal plan! can i please move in + dine with y’all?! the turkey + sweet potato stew sounds especially intriguing. yum!


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