Weekly meals Dec. 11 – Dec. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Last week we loved all things meatball!  The turkey meatball soup with orzo was a family hit.  My daughter loved the orzo and my son loved the meatballs and the broth.  As with other soups, it got better as the days went on.  We were also big fans of the meatball sandwiches with the homemade tzatziki sauce, next time I will serve these with a Greek salad.

The weather in Western Canada continues to be unseasonably warm.  I ended up barbecuing twice last week!  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are heading to a Christmas party on Saturday night, and we may do something simple Friday or just order in.  As we spent much of today out and about I pre-planned and put a whole chicken (3 1/2 lbs.) in my crock pot this morning.  I made a seasoning mix to rub over the chicken: paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and then placed the chicken in the crock pot on low for 6 hours.  We ate the chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.  This chicken was very juicy so I took the drippings and made some gravy.  Such a delicious and simple Sunday night meal!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been baking up a storm!  So far I have made nuts and bolts (recipe can be found on my Instagram feed), turtles, peanut butter kiss cookies,  snickerdoodle cookies, raspberry almond thumbprint cookies and gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing.  Although it seems like a lot of baking, most of it has been given away as gifts.  I am undecided whether or not I am finished!  Keep watching my Instagram feed for any baking additions.  Take Dinner List 38 with you to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Dec. 4 – Dec. 8

Meal updates from last week:
I cooked all of the planned meals from last week except for the chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste.  The top meal of the week was the turkey meatloaf, it was juicy and full of flavour.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are in full holiday mode, our house and trees are decorated and my holiday baking continues!  This evening we had family over to decorate our Christmas trees and enjoy a meal.  I wanted to make chicken cacciatore in my crock pot, but I wasn’t left with enough time after getting back from our tree cutting.  Instead, I made chicken cacciatore in the oven from @jocooks.  It was amazing!  We ate it with a baguette and caesar salad.

Last week I baked two more Christmas cookie recipes both from @sallysbakeblog.  I made peanut butter kiss cookies, which were one of my gramma Illa’s favourite cookies.  I did use her recipe, but the one on Sally’s site is very similar.  Later in the week I made raspberry almond thumbprint cookies, which are shortbread with a dollop of jam.  Although we do eat a few of the cookies, I mainly bake them to give them away during the holiday season.  I usually make a few other kinds of cookies, stay tuned for those recipes!  Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 37

Happy cooking,
Sara

*White chocolate dipped snickerdoodles*

Weekly meals Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all the dinners from last week especially the meatballs marsala they were delicious!  My boys ate all of the apple carrot oat muffins, I did find after a few days that they got pretty dry.  I would recommend eating them within two days, or putting them in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.  I am posting a day late because we had a dinner last night with family and friends.  I made this cake to celebrate my aunt’s Birthday.  It would be a great addition to any holiday gathering.

This week we will  be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Not sure what the weekend has in store for us, I will be out on Friday night and then we are heading out on Sunday to cut our Christmas trees.  This is a holiday tradition that we started five years ago, we have such a great time with our kids and good friends!

  • Mongolian beef from @jocooks I will serve this over brown rice with steamed broccoli or sautéed snap peas.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart if you have never tried this recipe trust me when I say it is amazing!
  • Baked chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste we will eat this with spaghetti and caesar salad.
  • Turkey meatloaf from inspired taste.net, this will be eaten with a steamed vegetable and mashed or roasted potatoes.

I have been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately.  I took a break from overnight oats and have been eating hot oatmeal instead, but now I need a break from that too!  We will see what this week has in store for breakfast.  Maybe I will be inspired by something at the grocery store.  Don’t forget to take Dinner List 36 when you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 20 – 24

Meal updates from last week:
Last week was an amazing week of meals.  Everything that we ate was so good, I especially loved the cheeseburger sloppy joes and fall salad.  The flavours in the salad were just like you were eating Thanksgiving dinner.  It would be a great salad to make with leftovers from Thanksgiving, I will have to keep that in mind for next year.  I enjoyed the pepper soup, but think that next time I make it I will do half beef and half Italian sausage.  We also added sour cream to the top of our soup, which just gave it a little something extra.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, my husband is leaving Friday to go home, so it will be the kids and I until early next week.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, we enjoyed my gramma’s Muffin Cup recipe.  We ate these with steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with cheese sauce and a simple coleslaw.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron this is one of my favourite slow cooker soups!
  • Korean beef tacos from @pinchofyum I love the sound of these, and cannot wait to give them a try.  This recipe can be made in an instant pot, slow cooker or stove.
  • Meatballs marsala from @shutterbean the original recipe is from @smittenkitchen we will eat these over egg noodles.
  • Chicken enchilada roll-ups from @skinnytaste this will be my second time making this recipe, the first time I made them they were delicious.  We will eat these with cilantro-lime rice.

Holiday baking has begun in our house!  I made nuts and bolts and turtles this weekend.  My husband will take both of these home to share with his family.  The nuts and bolts recipe can be found on my Instagram feed, I shared the turtle recipe with you last week.  I am already thinking about my next holiday baking project, I found this cookie recipe and this one that I would like to try! I also found some time today to bake some muffins for the week ahead, we decided to take a break from the pumpkin muffins, instead we are going to have apple carrot oat muffins.

Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 35

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Nov. 12 – 16

Meal updates from last week:
Three of the four meals from last week were amazing!  The Mexican bowls, stuffed thighs and meatloaf were all enjoyed by myself and my family.  We went through another batch of the pumpkin muffins, my kids devoured all of them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Tonight we ate at my parents, we had the family favourite Classy chicken over egg noodles served with a green salad.  For dessert my mom made a coconut cake that was outstanding.  I ate one piece but my husband and I both agreed that we could have eaten at least two;)

  • Chicken teriyaki from @shutterbean served over steamed brown rice with sauted snap peas.
  • Turkey cheeseburger sloppy joes from @skinnytaste found on @cookinglight.  We will be eating this with a salad and our favourite waffle fries.
  • Festive fall salad from my recipes.com I am very excited to make this salad.  I will either be making my own corn bread, or just using a toasted baguette instead.
  • Stuffed pepper soup from @skinnytaste I have heard rave reviews about this recipe.

I had a hard time choosing recipes for the week.  My list of recipes to try was very long, but the ones I didn’t use will be added to meal plans later this month.  I baked another batch of pumpkin muffins today, hopefully it will last us till the end of the week.  My husband is heading home next week, I send Christmas treats and gifts with him for his family.  This year I will be making nuts and bolts (I will share the recipe soon) and homemade turtles.  What is your favourite holiday gifting treat?  I am always looking for different recipes to try.  Print the Dinner List 34 before heading to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Nov. 6 – Nov. 10

Meal updates from last week:
The best from last week was the creamy chicken pot pie and the three potato soup.  The soup was outstanding and easy to make it made more than enough for lunch the next day.  I also made some very simple pumpkin muffins using less than ten ingredients, they come together and bake in less than thirty minutes!  You must make them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday or Saturday.  Tonight we ate at my mom and dad’s house, we had cabbage rolls with salad.  My mom makes the best cabbage rolls, and I asked, she doesn’t use a recipe.  She said the key to good cabbage rolls: use sour cabbage, pork, rice, tomato juice and some water.  Cook them in the oven and make sure that the juice is covering the rolls.

I managed to make another batch of the pumpkin muffins today, so we have snacks for lunches and after school.  I found a recipe for breakfast cookies and baked oatmeal cups, I am looking to add some new recipes into our morning menu.  I went to the Farmer’s Market this morning and picked up some delicata squash, I am so excited to try a new type of squash.  The best part about this type is that you can eat the skin!  With Halloween over we get to start thinking about Christmas!  I have already been planning my holiday baking list.  I have s few recipes that I make every year, what are your favourite holiday recipes?    Make shopping easier with the Dinner List 33.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Getting ready for baby!

My beautiful sister-in-law is expecting her first baby next month, and there is no better way to prepare her for motherhood, then filling her freezer with food!  After having both of my kids the best thing anyone ever did for me was to bring me meals or even just fill my fridge.  This week I am going to go and help my sister make five dinners and two snacks.  These meals should yield them at least ten suppers, especially if they are supplemented with salads and veggies.

Here are the recipes we will be tackling:

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple, we will mix all of the ingredients, water and flour and then freeze.  Then all she will  need to do is thaw and throw it into the crock pot.
  • Slow-cooker honey teriyaki chicken from @sallysbakeblog, again we will prepare the teriyaki sauce and place it in a freezer bag with the chicken and onion.  Then to cook she will thaw and place in slow cooker.  She can serve this with steamed rice and broccoli.
  • Turkey pesto meatballs from @weelicious we will freeze the meatballs without the sauce.  Then place the thawed meatballs in the sauce before placing in the oven.  They can eat these with spaghetti and a prepared salad.
  • Burritos from The Best of Bridge we will prepare the burritos minus the enchilada sauce and cheese on top.  Then before placing in the oven she will add the two toppings.  These can be served alone or with a simple green salad.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat I have shared this recipe before and it is a winner!  For this recipe we will bake the buns and then freeze them once cooled.  A simple green or caesar salad completes this meal.
  • Banana chocolate chip muffins from @thebakingchocolatess these are my new go-to banana muffins.  We will bake and then freeze.
  • Morning glory muffins from @laurens_latest we will also bake and freeze these.

Happy cooking,
Sara