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.

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Happy cooking,
Sara

 

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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

 

Weekly meals Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Meal updates from last week:
I had good intentions to cook five new recipes last week, but only managed to cook two and added a family favourite into the mix.  I made the pork with green sauce as well as the lightened up spaghetti and meatballs.  We also had classy chicken the night we arrived home from holiday.  That means that there were three recipes that remain untested.  I may find time to add them in the next few weeks.  I will let you know when I try them.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for dinner Friday, and then Saturday we will be eating out.  With Tuesday being Halloween, I am keeping dinner simple and healthy.  It looks as if winter is heading our way later this week, so I am going to make soup for one meal so that we have some leftovers for lunch.

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple I have made this recipe before and it was a hit.  I do not use the peas as they are not liked in our house.  I also do not use frozen beans, instead I buy fresh, steam them and then add them to the pot right before serving.  I know that the recipe title is pot pie, but it is more like a stew with a puff pastry top.
  • Oven baked panko parmesan turkey fingers from granny.ca these will be served with green beans and carrots.  For the adults I am adding a citrus salad inspired by this recipe, but I am going to use bib lettuce instead of kale.
  • Pizza mummies from @weelicious as it is Halloween I thought that we would have a bit of a theme dinner.  The kids will have either ham or salami, the adults will get peppers and mushrooms added to their meat.  We will eat this with a caesar salad.
  • Three potato soup from @gimmesomeoven we will have bread with the soup for dipping.
  • Pork tenderloin with mushrooms, fennel and blue cheese from @cookinglight I will omit the blue cheese for the kids meals and will serve theirs with some egg noodles.  I don’t usually cook with fennel so I am interested to see how these flavours come together.

My son is currently loving pumpkin scones, so I am going to try to make him some this week.  I have been looking at different recipes but haven’t really found the ‘one’.  I will share it when I find it.  This week I am also going to cook some freezer meals with my sister-in law so that she is fully stocked when baby arrives.  I am working on my list of freezer meals and will post the complete list with recipes when it is done.  If you have an absolute favourite freezer meal please let me know!  Print Dinner List 32 to help with your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

* Favourite pumpkin muffins from @pinchofyum made with these GF oats*

Spooky snacks

The scariest night of the year is on its way!  My son’s class is having a Halloween party and I am going to send a snack for them to enjoy.  I was thinking about something on the healthier side, so I’ve decided to send popcorn with a few additions.  We will be adding pretzels and a few orange M & Ms.  My son will be making jack-o-lantern faces on clear plastic bags and then we will add the popcorn mix.  Need some other Halloween inspired snacks and sweets?  Have a look at the links below for more spooky inspiration!

Happy haunting,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 23 – Oct. 27

Meal updates from last week:
There are no meal updates from last week as we were and still are on vacation!  I hope that you enjoyed cooking from my favourite soups and stews.

We arrive home on Wednesday after a red-eye flight, we will see how that all goes for the children?!  I will be cooking Wednesday to Sunday as we have been doing some eating out this vacation.  It will be difficult to get back into the swing of things, but we have enjoyed every minute of being away.

I have my eye on a few other recipes this week: granola bark and pumpkin muffins.  After some jet-lag we will see how much cooking I get done!  Grocery lists will start again next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara