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. 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

 

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 Sept. 25 – Sept. 29

Meal updates from last week:
The meals from last week were winners!  The roasted salmon tacos were simply amazing, if you enjoy fish these tacos are a must.  Another great recipe was the chicken pot pie topped with puff pastry.  We ate the entire crock pot!  When I make this recipe again I am going to make biscuits instead of using puff pastry.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday.  My husband is heading out-of-town so I am going to make something easier on Thursday night.  I am hoping to go out for dinner on Friday night.  I got the newly released Half Baked Harvest cookbook and will be making a recipe from the book this week.  I highly encourage you to purchase her cookbook, the photography is simply amazing.

  • I am going to cook chicken parmesan from @halfbakedharvest this recipe is available through her cookbook.  For an alternative, you can try the chicken parmesan sandwich from @thegiadzy.  We will eat ours with spaghetti, but you could serve the sandwich with a caesar salad.
  • Meatloaf burger steaks with tomato gravy from @cooking light we will eat these with roasted or mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.
  • Chicken gyro salad from @smittenkitchen all of the Greek flavours I love in salad form.
  • Breakfast tacos from @cookingclassy who doesn’t love eating breakfast for dinner?!  I will serve this with some fresh fruit.

While grocery shopping this week I picked up some canned pumpkin in hopes that I will have a chance to bake/make some pumpkin goodies.  I’m really excited to try these pumpkin oatmeal energy bites.  If you are looking for more pumpkin recipes have a look at my welcome fall post from last week.  I also have an abundance of pears, I found a recipe for caramel almond pears, they look so cute!  Print the Dinner List 29 before you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Mini ham and cheese quinoa cups, I made mine using full sized muffin tins.  I baked them for 25 minutes*

Welcome fall!

Cooler days, darker mornings, sweaters, boots and everything pumpkin.  We are officially in fall, which means moving away from the grill and bringing out that crock pot.  I find the change of seasons exciting, especially trying new recipes that incorporate seasonal produce.  The recipes I’m sharing highlight apples and pumpkin, both staples in autumn menus.

Happy cooking,
Sara

What am I going to do with all this zucchini?!

Here in Alberta we have had an amazing summer.  The weather has been so hot, which has made for a wonderful growing season.  My garden is beginning to come to an end.  I still have beets, carrots and potatoes to pick, but these vegetable can stay longer in the ground then most.  What I have a lot of is zucchini!  Now there are only so many loaves of zucchini bread that one can make, so I decided to find some alternative ways to use up my zucchini.

Happy cooking and baking,
Sara