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

 

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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*

Weekly meals May 7 – May 11

Meal updates from last week:
We absolutely loved the sheet pan gnocchi!  My mom and dad were over for dinner and it was a huge hit for everyone.  We ate it with a caesar salad and a baguette, and that is how I would serve it again.  I wasn’t very happy with the spring minestrone, the broth was very bland, I don’t think that I will make it again.  Another hit from last week was the fish taco bowls, I used cod as instructed in the recipe and it turned out great.  I didn’t get a chance to make the kale salad but will try it out soon.

We arrived home from Nashville on Monday night, and I spent the yesterday shopping and planning meals for this week.  We had such an amazing time in Nashville and I have a list of places to eat and drink to share with you soon!  This week we are eating at home Tuesday-Saturday, we will be out for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday and then dinner is unplanned.  This week I am mostly cooking from the June issue of CookingLight.  I have already made two recipes and they were both good.

  • Grilled lemon rosemary chicken and leeks from @cookinglight I served this with grilled peppers, asparagus and corn.
  • Spicy Thai shrimp cakes from @cookinglight I served this with the mixed greens salad and dressing recipe that was included on the same page.  I omitted the Thai sweet chili sauce in the ones for the kids, and they gobbled these up.
  • Chicken curry stir fry from @cookinglight we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Ground chicken Thai lettuce wraps from @evolvingtable my son doesn’t enjoy lettuce, but for some reason when it is used as a vessel for something he will eat it!
  • BBQ turkey burgers (my recipe: 1 package ground turkey, 1/2 c. panko, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Combine all ingredients and form into patties) with a kale salad from @cookinglight

Today I hosted some family friends and made my favourite banana chocolate chunk muffins.  These muffins are super moist because of the buttermilk and are sweetened with maple syrup.  I also made some rhubarb muffins last week, they were great the first day but they became pretty dry after that.

As we are halfway through the week I won’t be sharing my shopping list.  I will pick it backup next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Buttermilk waffles*

Weekly meals April 30 – May 4

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great.  I loved both salads, especially the chopped salad with shrimp.  I ended up making a citrus dressing to go on the salad as the recipe called for you to dress the salad with olive oil.  The queso I made for the burgers was amazing!  I will make this again for us to eat with tortilla chips.  As I was out both Friday and Saturday I made the kids two easy meals: hotdogs and tater tots, perogies and both nights they ate raw veggies with their meals.  Last night we went to friends for dinner, I was asked to make a Greek salad and wanted to try a different dressing.  It turned out very well.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  My husband and I are heading to Nashville for the weekend!  I cannot wait to eat my way through the city.  The weather this week seems to be mixture of cool and warm, so I will try to grill when the sun is shining.

  • Crispy sheet pan gnocchi with sausage and peppers from @foodnetwork we ate this with caesar salad and strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert.  My parents joined us for dinner, and we all agreed that the sheet pan meal was outstanding!  So simple and so delicious.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Spring minestrone from @epicurious I will serve this with a baguette.
  • Upside-down shepherd’s pie from @cookinglight this is a great one pot meal that my kids always enjoy.  We will see how they like this version.
  • Fish taco bowls from thecandidappetite.com I am going to leave out the chipotle in adobe sauce as I know that it is way too spicy for my kids.
  • BBQ smokies and the best kale salad from @theendlessmeal this week we begin soccer on Tuesday and Thursday nights so we will need to have pretty simple meals so we are ready to go to soccer.

I have some leftover rhubarb from the crisp I made today, so I think I will try to make some muffins this week.  These muffins sound delicious, and I am a sucker for a streusel topping.  I also found this recipe that sounds equally good.  Once home from Nashville I will share our favourite restaurants and bars.  The Dinner List 53 is a long one this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals April 23 – April 27

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all of the meals from last week, but the butter salmon bowls were by far our favourite.  Covering the salmon with the butter and then baking it, makes for a tender and juicy fish.  We also really enjoyed the pork meatballs with Chinese noodles.  This morning my son asked for waffles so I made a batch of these banana bread waffles using only whole-wheat flour.  They turned out very well and made enough to have leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday.  We are going out on Thursday night as a family and then I am heading out with friends on Friday.  The weather this week is supposed to be great, and I can guarantee that we will be grilling.  Friday there may be sausages and hotdogs on the menu.

  • Pork tonkatsu bowls from @seasonsandsuppers we ate this tonight and it was amazing!  The pork turned out crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  The sauce was a little sweet, salty and spicy.  The kids tried the sauce but had theirs without.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Rainbow chicken salad with almond honey mustard dressing from @pichofyum as I have stated in the past my kids don’t like lettuce, but I know that they will like all of the components of the salad.  I might add a little buttered bread on the side for the kids.  I won’t be cooking my chicken in a frying pan but instead on the grill.
  • Loaded nacho sliders from @cookingforkeeps who wouldn’t want to eat a burger with queso?  This queso is made from jalapeño jack cheese so I would imagine that it is going to be spicy, I may leave the sauce off the kids burgers.  We will eat this with some fries and raw veggies.
  • Chopped salad with shrimp blue cheese and bacon from @howsweeteats via @skinnytaste this recipe comes from Jessica’s new cookbook The Pretty Dish.  As of late my kids have loved shrimp so I can’t see why they wouldn’t love this recipe.  I made this citrus dressing to go on top as the recipe only added a drizzle of olive oil.

I have my eyes on this fish taco bowl that I can see having sometime very soon.  Another recipe that I have been thinking about trying is for Greek lamb meatballs with avocado goddess sauce.  I am not a lover of lamb so I am not sure if I would use it or substitute another ground meat.  You grocery list is ready and waiting Dinner List 52

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals April 16 – April 20

Meal updates from last week:
I was very pleased with all meals from last week.  I especially loved the spring salad and the steak and rice pilaf.  My son didn’t like the rice but enjoyed the steak,my daughter loved the rice and didn’t like the steak:)  My husband loved the hot ham, cheese, bacon and onion buns.  He said that they were even better the next day warmed up for lunch.  I added another meal last week that I posted on Instagram, we loved the spicy shrimp tacos with cilantro lime slaw!  This weekend I made pizza and elk burgers.  If you have never eaten elk then you must try.  It is the leanest meat that I have ever eaten.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  I didn’t get a chance to make the bagels last week, so I am going to give them a try this week.  We don’t have plans for the weekend, but we haven’t had sushi takeaway in a while.

  • Pork meatballs with Chinese noodles from @donnahay this recipe is from her Simple Dinners cookbook, but a similar recipe from Donna Hay can be found here.
  • Dijon butter salmon rice bowls from @howsweeteats  I love a good one bowl dinner!
  • Piri piri chicken from @smittenkitchen I am not sure if I will spatchcock a whole chicken, or just use thighs and drums.  We will eat this with grilled corn and asparagus.
  • Chicken parm dippers from @delish I will serve this with steamed broccoli.

Take Dinner List 51 to make your grocery shopping a breeze.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals April 9 – April 13

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great, I especially liked both bowls.  I supplemented the egg roll bowls with some steamed rice.  The Greek sheet pan meal is so delicious!  You must make tzatziki to go on top.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday I will be out for dinner with a friend and then we have company staying with us on Saturday night.  I would imagine that I will cook something for us on that night.  If the weather person is correct then spring is going to show-up this week!  Everyone in our house couldn’t be more excited about it.

  • Vegetarian noodle bowl from @sandycoughlirne we ate this tonight and the kids loved the noodles.  In the broth I added shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy and shredded carrots.  I topped the bowls with mini peppers, snap peas and a drizzle of sriracha.  This is the second ramen recipe that I’ve tried and I have to say that I liked the garage noodles better.
  • Steak with pomegranate pilaf from @rachelraymag it says to cook the steak in a frying pan, but as it is supposed to be nice I am going to grill mine.  We will see what the kids think of this recipe?!
  • Spring chicken asparagus pea salad from @aberdeenskitchen I cannot wait to try this recipe, it just looks like spring on a plate!
  • Grilled pizza with a caesar salad (no recipe for this)
  • Hot ham and cheese sandwiches with bacon and caramelized onions from @pinchofyum we will eat these with some raw veggies.  I am not using swiss cheese, instead I will use havarti as my kids prefer the taste.

We went to a small gathering last night and I brought a simple strawberry and spinach salad.  I used this recipe, but added some blackberries and no feta.  My son has been on a bagel and cream cheese kick lately.  I have no problem buying bagels, but two people who I know have made homemade ones and said they are easy and delicious.  I have made many recipes from @skinnytaste and I’m never disappointed, so I am going to attempt to make her easy bagel recipe.  Stay tuned for the results!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 50

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw*