Weekly meals June 18 – June 22

Meal updates from last week:
Everything that we ate last week was great!  I think that my favourite was the white pizza.  It was so simple, but so delicious!  I also really loved the ramen salad, and let me tell you that this is not your typical ramen salad.  I ate the chia jam over my overnight oats as well as with granola and yogurt.  I made a batch of banana bran muffins because my daughter is in need of more fibre.  I decreased the sugar in the recipe and added some prune puree.  She really enjoyed them, which is half the battle with kids and food (especially food that is good for them).

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday, I am heading out-of-town on Thursday and will be home Sunday.  Tonight we celebrated Father’s Day by hosting my family for dinner.  I made flank steak and everyone else contributed salads and dessert.  My gramma made two pies, one Saskatoon and one rhubarb, as always they were amazing.  You can find her dough recipe by using my search function.  All three recipes for this week come from Chatelaine magazine.  I found them while I was at the gym, it made meal planning this week very easy!

I also bought them some smokies and sausages to BBQ while I’m gone.  That should take them to Saturday night, after that they are on their own!  Dinner List 59 is short this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals June 11 – June 15

Meal updates from last week:
The top two meals from last were the spicy pork bowls and the honey mustard chicken salad.  I didn’t love the salmon with couscous and I needed to marinate the flank steak for longer before I grilled it.  The chicken from the salad was even better the next day, and I will be using the marinade/dressing again.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, right now we don’t have weekend plans.  With Father’s Day coming up I will share what I will be serving for breakfast and dinner.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, mom made cabbage rolls and bought pirogies and I brought a green salad.  The meal was delicious.  I am going to ask my mom to write out her recipe for cabbage rolls as I believe they are the best that I’ve ever had.

  • Classy chicken from The Best of Bridge, I always serve this casserole with egg noodles.
  • Chopped ramen noodle salad with grilled teriyaki turkey from @farmgirlsdabble I am a sucker for a dinner salad.  As with all salads for dinner, my kids will eat all the components except the lettuce 😉  Maybe one day they will enjoy the entire salad.
  • Burrata pistachio white pizza from @thealmondeater I will also be making a traditional red sauce pizza.  I am sure that the kids will like the red sauce better than the white pizza, but I may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Chipotle lime shrimp bowls from @foodcrush I love a one bowl dinner as much as I love a dinner salad.  These days my kids are loving shrimp so this is a perfect dinner for them.  I will probably be leaving out the chipotle as it is far too spicy for the kids.

This afternoon I made a batch of strawberry rhubarb chia jam to use in my overnight oats.  There is no sugar in this recipe, it is sweetened with strawberries and maple syrup.  I also brought a large frozen bag of Saskatoon berries from my parent’s.  With the weather a little cooler this week I may make a batch of pie dough to use with the berries and possibly some rhubarb.  Print Dinner List 58 before going to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Three days in Nashville

Last month, my husband and I along with our closest friends, had to opportunity to visit Nashville for the weekend.  My husband had planned the trip in December and our friends decided to join last minute.  It made the trip even better!  We landed in Nashville early afternoon on a Friday and headed home early afternoon on a Monday.  We all decided three days was plenty of time to discover what Nashville had to offer.

Where we ate:
Rolf and Daughters, I thought that this was the best meal we had in Nashville.  It has great atmosphere and prices were very reasonable.
The Southern Steak and Oyster, we had breakfast here one morning and we were all very satisfied with our meals
404 Kitchen, we ate at the downstairs bar as we didn’t have reservations and the restaurant was full.  I ate a salad because my body was in need of some greens!  The rest of our group shared steak with beets and butter beans on the side.
Milk & Honey, we had breakfast here and the food was great.  I would strongly encourage you to make reservations as the wait can be really long.
City House, this restaurant was recommended to me.  We ended up sharing some appetizers and two pizzas.  We went on a Sunday, that’s when they have a Sunday supper menu that is different from their weekly menu.
Cafe Roze, we ate our last breakfast here before heading to the airport.  This place was on my must-go list.  It is a little ways out from downtown Nashville but well worth the drive.  They served great coffee and I had the country ham toast, which was delicious and topped with a massive mound of parm!

Where we drank and listened to music:
The L.A. Jackson in The Thompson Hotel, we went here in the late afternoon for drinks and appies.  The bar is at the very top of the hotel and the views are amazing!
Omni pool, our friends stayed at the Omni Hotel and one afternoon we sat and had a few munchies and enjoyed some drinks.  The area to sit is small but still very nice.
Oak Bar, my husband and I stayed at the Hermitage, which is one of the oldest hotels in Nashville.  Before heading out for the night we enjoyed at drink at their bar.  It is a very classic bar, but served home-made bar snacks: pickles and potato chips!

We hit up many different bars on Broadway: Tootsies (you have to go there just to say you’ve been, and the rooftop bar has a great view of the strip), Nudies, Acme, Dierks Bently Whisky Row (each level played a different genre of music), Robert’s and the Station Inn (we listened to the best Bluegrass here!  It is a hole in the wall but worth checking out.  It is not on Broadway but in The Gulch).

Areas of the city we enjoyed:
12 South: great little boutique shops, restaurants and coffee shops.  We really loved the coffee at The Frothy Monkey, and they have other locations throughout Nashville.
The Gulch:  We ate breakfast in this area twice as well as some shopping.  This is where you will find The Thompson Hotel.

They will have to wait till next time:
We just ran out of time!  There were many other places to eat on my list that we didn’t get to, but that just means that we will have to go back soon!  Pinewood Social Club, Biscuit Love, Hattie B’s and Henrietta Red will be waiting for us the next time we go to Nashville.

Weekly meals June 3 – June 8

Meal updates from last week:
Two of the meals from last week were part of our family favourites, the BLT salad and Thai noodles will always be on heavy rotation in our house.  We also loved Rachael Ray’s take on Salisbury steak.  It was like eating a burger over mashed potatoes.  Enough said!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I’m going out with friends on Friday and not sure what Saturday has in store for us.

Today we celebrated our son’s Birthday, his actual Birthday isn’t until July but we like to include all his school friends in a party before summer break.  As always I made our go-to chocolate cake recipe from @thelittlekitchen.  If you are looking for an amazing cake and icing recipe then YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS ONE!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 57
before you head to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Blueberry oatmeal muffins*

Weekly meals May 28 – June 1

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken satay and the salmon salad from last week were great.  We loved the combination of salmon with avocado and mango.  As always the grilled pizza was gobbled up.  I ended the week cooking spicy shrimp tacos, I added the link to last week’s meal plan.  On Saturday we had friends over with their kids, and decided that it was going to be an appie dinner, so we had an epic snack platter, salad rolls and cowboy caviar.  For dessert I served a mixture of candy and chocolate.  On the snack platter I included: cucumber, mini carrots, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, grapes, snap peas, salami, prosciutto, mixed olives, black bean hummus and guacamole (to see the platter head to my Instagram page).  On another platter I had a variety of cheese and crackers.  For snack platter inspiration head to Weelicious or follow Cookinglight on Instagram.  This evening we ate dinner with my parents, I brought a simple green salad that we ate with skillet elk lasagna, and for dessert angel food cake with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

This week is another busy one!  We are still in the middle of soccer and will be celebrating my son’s birthday this weekend.  His birthday isn’t until July, but we like to have his party during the school year so that his friends can make it.  This week I have meal planned for Monday-Friday, we will see if I end up cooking Friday night.

  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a family favourite, and I ended up having all of the ingredients without having to buy anything at the store!
  • BBQ chicken thighs with grilled corn and peppers.  I will boil the corn and then finish them off on the grill.  I will top the thighs with BBQ sauce.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay’s Light Kitchen cookbook.  This is another staple in our house.  Most of the time I don’t use chicken, but will add more veggies.  This pasta is great hot but even better the next day served cold.
  • Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes from @rachelray this recipe sounds amazing I cannot wait to give it a try.
  • Ginger peanut soup one of my mom’s favourite soup recipes, and one that I’ve shared with you many times.

I will also be making my son’s birthday cake for his weekend party.  This year we are heading to the zoo to see the pandas and he has also asked for a panda cake.  As always I will be using my tried and true chocolate cake recipe with cream cheese cool whip icing.  The Dinner List 56 is a long one this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 21 – May 25

Meal updates from last week:
The meals from last week were all amazing!  We absolutely loved both of the dinner salads, but for me the best was the summer nicoise salad.  Apart from the meals that I planned for, I also made this Greek sheet pan meal for dinner Saturday as well as this pesto farmer’s market salad that I took to a BBQ.  The pesto vinaigrette will change your life!

This week we have a lot going on, we ate at home tonight and are heading out tomorrow night.  We will be home Wednesday, Thursday and possibly eat dinner with friends Friday.

  • Thai pineapple peanut satay chicken from @carlsbadcravings we ate this with steamed rice and green beans.  We loved this meal!  The sauce was a great addition to the grilled chicken and pineapple.
  • Loaded sesame ginger salmon salad from @whatsgabycooking both of my kids will eat the salad components, and I will supplement their dinner with some grilled corn.
  • Grilled pizza, I will use pre-made dough and add all of our favourite toppings.  I heat my grill to low and then use our flat griddle pan to cook the pizza.  Grilling pizza adds a slight smokiness that we really enjoy.

This week’s meal plan is short and sweet!  I have been looking at a few other recipes that I would like to try, and may get the chance to test them out with friends this weekend.  These mango avocado spring rolls are screaming summer to me.  I also love a one bowl dinner, and the flavours in this one and this one sound amazing.  This year is finally the year that I get to harvest some decent rhubarb, and I am trying to decide what to do with it?  What are your favourite rhubarb recipes?  Head to the store with Dinner List 55

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa*

Weekly meals May 14 – May 18

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the grilled rosemary chicken and the shrimp cakes.  My daughter absolutely loved the shrimp cakes, she ended up eating two whole cakes!  I really enjoyed the lettuce wraps, but my son didn’t like the sauce.  I didn’t end up making the turkey burgers and kale salad, so I may move that meal to this week.  I made a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins and my kids gobbled them up.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I am not sure what the long weekend has in-store for us except that my husband will be away.  The weather for the most part is supposed to be really nice so I will be using the grill.

I spent some time this past week looking at new recipes and I found some gems!  For some reason these are all sweet recipes, these cookies, this tart and protein balls!  I don’t have any plans to make these sweet treats this week, but if I give any of them a try I will let you know.  The Dinner List 54 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Banana buttermilk muffins*