For as much as I complain about the trials of test weeks, there is a part of them that I enjoy…I relish having a reason to come up with particularly good meals and dishes for Nathan during these stressful weeks. I explained it to him like this: I absolutely love making the day-to-day stuff (such as food) fun, easy, and something to look forward to when most of his day is spent doing not fun, hard, and dreadful studying and testing.

Plus it gives me an excuse to spend some time in the kitchen and work on some new dishes, which I have really enjoyed this year!

I start planning test week food around Wednesday of the week before. I try to think through a full day’s food, whereas most weeks if I want to try something new, I’ll focus on a specific meal (dinners usually) or treat. By planning it out before the weekend, I can make sure I get all of the things I need when I go to the grocery store on Saturday. (Can you tell I have a routine? 🙂 )

Test week food varies, but I try to have at least one dish of each of the following on hand: snack, dessert, dinner, side and breakfast. I’ll put examples of each of these below, and I will bold the ones that I have on deck for this week!


  • Black bean & corn salsa with tortilla chips
  • Hummus and pita chips
  • Bacon & cheese pull-apart bread
  • Peanut butter marshmallow cereal bars


  • Egg, sausage, cheese croissants
  • Egg muffins
  • Pancake muffins
  • Cinnamon roll apple danishes
  • Eggs in a Basket
  • Mini Monkey Bread


  • Pork loin
  • Enchilada Bubble Bake
  • Spaghetti squash with meat sauce
  • Pseudo Chicken Pot Pie
  • Quiche and/or egg casserole

Sides (Starch):

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Mac ‘n cheese
  • Cheesy biscuits


  • Red velvet chocolate chip cookies
  • Cream cheese brownie cookies
  • Etc. (I never run out of treats to make!)

Nathan’s finals week kicked off Monday morning with a sausage, egg and cheese croissant:

2014-12-08 07.01.03He prefers savory breakfasts for test weeks usually – they stick with him longer and get him through the multi-hour exams.

This week, I also used a leftover chicken breast to make one of my childhood favorites – chicken salad. For lunches, instead of the usual turkey and/or ham sandwich, this week it’s chicken salad & provolone sandwiches.

Simple Chicken Salad*:

  • Shredded chicken breast
  • Mayonnaise
  • Diced onion
  • Diced celery
  • Sliced grapes (optional)
  • Salt to taste

*I also added bacon bits to ours this week – can’t hurt, right? 😉

It’s just nice to have little things here and there to help brighten up the week! While it takes some forethought and preparation, I really do enjoy this aspect of test week and I feel like it’s my own little contribution to making sure he has what he needs to do well on tests! (Now if only I could find a way to add more hours to the day so that he can get some sleep, too…)

What is your favorite snack to have on hand? I’d love some new ideas! 


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