Weekly meals Feb. 19 – Feb. 23

Meal updates from last week:
As always my family loves classy chicken!  My husband and I loved the chicken shawarma salad, but next time I will make the chicken with the rub and then we will eat them in a pita.  The graham crackers that I made for my son’s class were delicious, as were the chocolate cake doughnuts that we made later in the week.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We will probably do take-out on Friday and then we are heading to friends for an Indian theme dinner on Saturday.  The weather here continues to be cold and snowy, so I decided to cook with my crock pot twice this week.

  • Slow cooker turkey breast from @recipe_tin we ate this with mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and roasted carrots.  As we ate this tonight I can let you know that it turned out amazing!  The turkey was juicy and flavourful.  I made some gravy with the drippings from the crock pot.  I would highly recommend making turkey this way.
  • Slow cooker Asian caramel pulled pork from @carlsbadcravings I will serve this with brown rice and sautéed snap peas.
  • Chicken parmesan from @cookingchannel we will eat this with some buttered pasta and a caesar salad.
  • Ginger peanut soup, a recipe that I have shared before.  This recipe comes from a cafe in Victoria called Rebar (my mom has the cookbook).  This soup is simply outstanding!  I also add a can of coconut milk to make the soup extra creamy. I serve this with naan bread for dipping.
  • Salmon cakes via @foodnetwork from @inagarten we will have some grilled asparagus with the cakes.  I am making these because our family doctor informed us that we need to eat more fish, so I am going to try to cook fish at least once a week.  It is challenging to think of ways to make fish appealing to small children.  I am hoping that because it resembles a hamburger they will be more willing to try it?!  Fingers crossed, I will let you know what happens.

Last week I was on a baking spree and I think that I will continue it this week.  I really want to try these banana bread muffin cookies as well as these whole wheat muffins.  Granola has also been on my mind lately, so I think that this recipe will satisfy my craving.  Here is your Dinner List 45 for ease at the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Vanilla almond granola, I added 1/2 c. of shredded unsweetened coconut and 2 tbsp. of chia seeds.  After baking I also added 1 c. of dried cherries, they just add a tiny bit of sweet and tart to the granola.*

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Weekly meals Jan. 22 – Jan. 26

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great.  I especially loved the Greek goddess chicken lettuce wraps and the roasted pork tenderloin with Dijon breadcrumbs.  We have eaten the haystack bowls before and just like last time they were a hit.  This time I used chili beans and they gave the meat mixture great flavour.

This week is a busy one!  We have appointments, swimming lessons and then my husband and I are away for the weekend.  We will be eating at home Monday-Saturday, but will grab a bite to eat out on Wednesday after swimming.  As we will be out-of-town Thursday-Sunday I am making meals for the kids to enjoy.  Tonight we had dinner with family, on the menu was grilled steaks, baked potatoes and caesar salad.

  • Slow cooker whole chicken and gravy from @spendpennies we will eat this with mashed potatoes, steamed beans and roasted carrots.  This is a great way to roast a chicken, and it makes really great gravy!
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart this salad covers all of the bases, there is no need to add anything to this meal.

    Here are the meals I am making for the kids:

  • Classy chicken from The Best of Bridge, served with egg noodles.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat they will eat these with raw veggies.  As I have shared before, I use Pillsbury dough to make these buns.
  • Hamburger soup from The Best of Bridge, which will be served with whole wheat buns.

Today I had to chance to try out some new recipes.  For breakfast I made banana bread waffles from @diethood.  They were delicious!  My kids gobbled them up.  I also made a batch of blueberry muffins.  Another hit with the kids!  If you are looking for a great banana bread recipe then give this one a try.  The whole loaf was gone in days.  The Dinner List 41 is pretty long this week!

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 Aug 7-11

Meal updates from last week:
Phew!  Last week was very busy, so much fun but I am happy that it’s over.  Our most favourite recipe from last week was the steak fajita foil packs.  They were so easy, tasty and had minimal clean-up.  I will be making them again soon.  We also enjoyed the strawberry streusel pie.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday and then I will be heading out-of-town with our kids for three days.  It will be a short cooking week, but I will add an extra recipe that is one of my favourites.

  • Chicken kefta wraps from @whatsgabycooking I will serve these with a simple Greek salad, I will not be making the salad from her recipe.
  • Crunchy noodle salad from @inagarten this is one of Ina’s recipes that I have never tried before.  I have never been disappointed with any of her recipes.  I may grill some chicken and add it to the salad.
  • Monte Cristo sandwiches from @wearsmanyhats I have an abundance of leftover ham so I will use it to make these delicious sandwiches.  I will serve these with a green salad and raw veggies.
  • Grilled chicken with avocado tomato salad from @whatsgabycooking I love the cilantro vinaigrette it is a must with the chicken and salad.

For my daughter’s Birthday I cooked a bone-in ham, it turned out better than I had anticipated.  I glazed the ham with a mixture of honey and grainy mustard.  Her cake was very cute and easy to portion out as they were cupcakes.  I ended up making her a smash cake, and covered it in rainbow frosting.  It was very sweet.  I made these banana muffins this week and I think that they are going to become by new favourite.

Print Dinner List 22 to simplify your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals 17-21

So sorry for the late post.  We were so busy last week!

Meal updates from last week:
The best things that we ate last week were the foil packets and the lasagna soup.  The foil packets were so easy to make and full of great flavours.  We didn’t end up eating the BLT salad, so we will carry it over to this week.

This is an exciting week as my son is turning 7!  He has requested a family favourite for his Birthday dinner.

  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will be starting this week with a recipe from last week that we did not eat.
  • Apricot-glazed pork kebabs from @cookinglight I will serve this with green beans from the garden and brown rice.
  • Classy chicken casserole from The Best of Bridge, this is what my son has requested for his Birthday dinner.  We will eat this with egg noodles and a side salad.
  • Rainbow Thai basil noodle salad from @halfbakedharvest this is a new recipe for me and I am not the best with rice noodles.  Fingers crossed that I can make them work!
  • BBQ chicken quinoa salad from @whatsgabycooking I am going to swap the quinoa for brown rice as it is more popular with my kids.

We are going to take a break from pancakes this week and get back into cereal, cold oats and toast.  I have a few bananas that need to be used, so I might try to make this bread.  I will be using this recipe for my son’s Birthday cake, but making in into a piñata using this recipe.  My daughter is turning one in a couple of weeks and I found this cake (the balloon cupcakes at the bottom) that I think will be perfect!  When heading to the grocery store make sure to print Dinner List 20

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 5-9

Highlights from last week:
The rosemary chicken salad and chicken corn burgers were the best from last week.  The kids especially liked the burgers.  My most favourite recipe from last week was the blueberry muffin overnight oats, I am obsessed with them, and have eaten them for breakfast all week!  Head to fitfoodiefinds.com to get the recipe.

We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, but are heading out for dinner on Wednesday night to celebrate some family anniversaries.  The weather is going to continue to cooperate, which means I will be out using the grill.

  • Tonight is usually a family meal, but there are no plans yet for dinner.  I will post my Sunday dinner recipe on Instagram.
  • Thai basil turkey bowls from @lexiscleankitchen this is a new to me recipe.  I will be serving mine on brown rice instead of the cauliflower rice.  It says to use coconut aminos, this is an ingredient that I am unfamiliar with.  I will have a look for it tomorrow and let you know.
  • Spicy pork po’boys from @foodandwine this is another new recipe, we will eat these sandwiches with coleslaw.
  • BBQ chicken served with antipasto salad from @foodandwine I am so excited about this salad, I had to make this recipe after seeing the pictures.  My kids will not eat this salad, but they will eat a deconstructed version of it.
  • Persian turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and pita bread.  If I have time I will make some tzatziki.

This week for breakfast I will continue my love for blueberry muffin overnight oats.  My kids are still asking for the Nature’s Path cinnamon waffles.  I have some bananas that need to be used so I think I will give this bread a try.  Last Friday was National doughnut day, I haven’t used my doughnut pan in a very long time and think I need to make this recipe again.  I came across a recipe for no churn ice cream it looks amazing!  Make your weekly grocery shop easier by taking Dinner List 15

Happy cooking,
Sara

Banana pancakes

It seems that at least twice a month we have pancakes on the weekend.  Although we do purchase a buckwheat pancake mix, our most favourite is banana pancakes.  I have tried many different recipes for banana pancakes, but found one by Nigella Lawson that is amazing!  The addition of buttermilk make them light and fluffy with just a hint of banana.  In our house my son and husband top their pancakes with butter and maple syrup.  For me, I enjoy them with fresh fruit and some greek yogurt.  You can find the recipe for Nigella’s pancakes here

Happy flipping,
Sara