Weekly meals July 20 – July 24

I’m back!!  I know that it has been a while since my last post, but we were road tripping and enjoying some family time.  We’ve been home less than a week, but have been busy celebrating my son’s 10th birthday.  Full birthday meal and cake recap will come later.  We cooked every meal while we were away and as promised I will share my dinner ideas with you:

  • pre-made kebabs (purchased from Save On Foods) served with salad
  • pizza cooked on the grill using naan bread as the base
  • grilled sausages, potatoes, peppers and onions
  • BBQ chicken salad from @skinnytaste
  • Turkey tacos made into taco salad from @culinaryhill
  • Homemade fish and chips (I didn’t make this meal, but provided slaw and roasted potatoes and carrots as side dishes)

Once we got home I couldn’t wait NOT to cook, so last week for our anniversary we ordered sushi to have with the kids.  We ended the week eating home cooked meals since I had some time to do some recipe searching.  We had zucchini turkey burgers from @bigdeliciouslife you can find the recipe right on her Instagram feed, and skillet chicken with rice, zucchini and corn from @bevcooks.  My son requested homemade pizza for his birthday on Sunday, so I bought dough from CO-OP and all of the necessary toppings and we did make your own pizza night.  For his cake I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting and made it into a bowl of popcorn.  It turned out so well, way better than I had expected.

This week we are eating at home Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, my husband and I are going to friends for dinner Tuesday and Friday my son is having a small group of kids for a drive in movie in the backyard.

  • Easy grilled enchilada chicken from @thismessisours I served the chicken in corn tortillas with a simple pico de gallo and some sour cream, and added some gilled corn on the side.  You can make your own enchilada sauce but I opted to buy some from the store.  This meal is so quick and easy and would be great made into a salad.
  • We are out for dinner but I am taking dessert, I have a box of peaches and decided to make a peach and pecan crisp from @smittenkitchen, her recipes never disappoint.
  • Shrimp bowl with coconut cilantro lime rice and pineapple salsa from @twopeasandpod this is a new bowl recipe that I can’t wait to try!
  • Grilled chicken and peach kebabs from @aimeebourque I will serve these with some roasted potatoes and green beans.

Since I have so many peaches I am going to try to bake a few other things besides the crisp.  A long time ago I made peach cobbler scones from @joythebaker and they were amazing.  I also found a recipe for peach upside-down cake that looks divine!  If I find any other peach recipes I will pass them along.  After a long hiatus the grocery list 133
is back!

Stay safe,

Weekly meals July 6 – 10

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and is ready to tackle a summer Monday!  We are planning a family road trip this week, and we are very excited for an adventure. We will be doing a lot of cooking, but I am not yet sure what that will look like, or what recipes will be simple and easy to make.  I will do a full recap when we are home.  Tonight I served a simple pasta will sautéed shrimp, I have made this recipe before from @amandafrederikson and it is delicious.  I am not sure what I will serve for the days leading up to out road trip, but I will be sure to keep it simple.

As I have shared before, I LOVE a salad for dinner.  My kids don’t love lettuce, but they always eat all of the salad components.  This week I will share my most favourite dinner salads.  I have made every recipe save for one.

Wishing you a wonderful week, stay healthy and safe,


Weekly meals plans May 11 – May 15

Meal updates from last week:
As always everyone loved the turkey pesto meatballs, and another family favourite was the creamy vegetable soup.  I loved the grilled chicken tacos, but the star of that meal was the slaw that you served on top!  I would make the slaw again and then add sautéed shrimp and serve it as a main dish.  The kids didn’t love the veggie melts, I let them choose the vegetables that were on their melts, but essentially they just ate the pita with the cheese.  You can’t win them all.

This week we will be AGAIN eating at home Sunday-Thursday, with takeout on Friday and Saturday.  Although it is a long weekend we don’t really have any plans, we are hoping to get out of the city for the day for a hike and some fresh air.  Last weekend we ordered from Joey’s on Friday, and had homemade burgers on Saturday.  For Mother’s Day my husband ordered brunch from The Cookbook Company, and it was amazing!  Sunday night we had grilled steaks with baked potatoes and salad.

  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge I know that I have shared this recipe many, many times, but it continues to be a family favourite.  I always serve it with buttered egg noddles and a plate of fresh veggies.
  • Mushroom bowls with kale pesto from @pinchofyum I am not anticipating that my kids will enjoy this meal, but what I will offer is steamed rice topped with raw veggies and a dollop of hummus.  I will let you know what they think!
  • Maple glazed salmon with soba noodles, broccoli and edamame from @notenoughcinnamon I will substitute spaghetti noodles for the soba.
  • BBQ baked chicken thighs from @the_salty_marshmellow I will serve these with tater tots and a side salad.

I baked some blueberry banana muffins last week, I used a recipe from @cookiesandkate that I have made many times, this time instead of adding chocolate chips I added some blueberries.  I am hoping to make some hummus this week as I got a food processor for Mother’s Day.  I have looked at many different recipes, but essentially they are all very similar.  I think that I will a recipe from @gimmesomeoven I will let you know how it turns out.  Shop safely with grocery list 129

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals May 4 – May 8

Meal updates from last week:
As always everyone loved the Thai noodles, this time I added sugar snap peas and edamame and omitted the chicken.  We really liked the rosemary chicken patties, I served these with fries and a Greek salad.  My husband and son ate theirs in a bun, I had mine without and it was delicious.  The crispy shrimp bowl was by far my favourite meal of the week.  The shrimp were delicious, I made mine a little different as I realized when I went to cook them that I didn’t have any panko.  Instead I used flour and egg, dipped them in flour then egg and back into the flour before cooking them in a little bit of oil.  They turned out so good!  I will be making this recipe again.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday we will do the usual takeout Friday and Saturday.  This past Friday we ordered sushi and then Saturday night we had bbq sausages with Greek salad and tater tots.  I also made some flourless blender banana brownies from @sara.haven if you head to her Instagram account you can find the recipe.  They were amazing!  The only substitution I made was using brown sugar instead of coconut.  I also topped mine with some extra chocolate chips.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but that has never stopped me!  Shop safely with grocery list 128

Stay healthy and stay safe,


Weekly meals April 6 – April 10

Meal updates from last week:
As I mentioned last week, the flank steak was amazing as was the salsa verde.  Recipes that we liked from last week were the spicy pork soup, turkey chili and the chicken fried rice.  My kids really enjoyed the chili and the fried rice.  I also had the chance to make my gramma’s boiled raisin muffins as well as a banana bread from the Fraiche Food, Full Hearts cookbook.  We had takeout on Friday and Saturday night both brought to our door contactless by Doordash.  We ordered from Una Pizza and Wine as well as Globefish Sushi,  both meals were very good, and even better that I didn’t have to cook!

This week will continue to look like the last two, kids are home, I am home working, but my husband will also be home as he is taking a week off.  School work will be done, crafting and lots of outside time as it looks like the weather is going to improve.  As we look toward Easter weekend I will share with you some recipes that I am going to try.

I cannot believe that Easter is this weekend!  With everything that has been going on in the world it has been hard to focus on big celebrations, knowing that we won’t be spending them as we traditionally would.  I have some baking plans for this week: carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd blondie bars.  We are not sure what Easter dinner will look like, but it would be nice to have some desserts to enjoy and drop off to friends.  I am also going to prep the crust for a quiche to eat on Easter Sunday along with some bunny cinnamon rolls from @thebakermama.  I will keep the quiche simple, maybe just ham and cheese with a little spinach.  We will enjoy this meal after the kids hunt for eggs on Sunday.  For Easter dinner I haven’t made any decisions, possibly a small ham with some potatoes and a citrus salad.  When I have a menu planned I will share it with you.  Eggs will also be dyed this week in preparation for the bunny!  My kids and husband devoured the energy balls and granola I made in the last two weeks, I have all of the ingredients for round two, so if time allows I will also make those.  Hoping that everyone is safe and healthy, enjoy another grocery list 125

Happy Easter,


Weekly meals Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Meal updates from last week:
Favourites from last week were: Shepherd’s pie and the chicken buddha bowls.  We enjoyed the turkey sloppy joe’s, and I didn’t end up making the lo mein as we decided to have waffles instead.  All of the pumpkin muffins from last week are gone!  I’m not sure if I will make more, or try a different recipe.  This weekend I finally got the chance to make grape jelly, and pumpkin cookies to serve to friends that came for dinner tonight.  Was a highly successful Sunday of cooking!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday, we are going away for the long weekend, spending time with family and enjoying a non-traditional Canadian Thanksgiving.

  • Italian bolognese sauce from @fooddotcom we ate this with spaghetti, caesar salad and fresh bread.  The sauce took a long time, but let me tell you it was worth every minute!  I didn’t realize until after I serve dinner that I forgot to add the milk to the sauce.  I am not sure that it would’ve made a big difference, perhaps it would have made it creamier?
  • Barbecued chicken with autumn glow salad from @pinchofyum it looks like Monday is going to be one of the last warmish days, so I am going to take advantage and grill some chicken.  We will eat this with a salad full of fall flavours.
  • Thai coconut curry shrimp noodle bowl from @howsweeteats I am not sure if my kids will like this meal, I am crossing my fingers and will let you know.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart this is a family favourite that I haven’t made in a long time.  My kids love eating the homemade croutons.

I still have a cup of pumpkin left over from my muffins and cookies, if time allows I will bake another pumpkin recipe this week.  I also have a recipe for banana date muffins that I’ve been told are the best muffins ever.  I bought all of the ingredients, so stay tuned to see if they are worth all of the hype!  Today my mom dropped by and gave me a new cookbook!  I cannot wait to look through Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer, the recipes that I have looked at so far look amazing!  Shopping made easier with shopping list 108

Happy cooking and Happy Thanksgiving,


Weekly meals August 26 – August 30

Meal updates from last week:
We loved two recipes from last week, the caprese chicken and the skillet coconut shrimp.  I didn’t add the pesto to the kid’s chicken as I knew they wouldn’t like it.  Served with some simple pasta with butter and parmesan, and it was a complete meal.  The skillet shrimp were so good, I didn’t make the coconut rice, but served cauliflower rice and steamed edamame instead.  I will make the shrimp again soon as it was amazing and came together so easily!

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, Friday we are heading out of town for the long weekend.  This week marks the end of summer and the beginning of school, my daughter started child care today, I go back Wednesday and my son will be heading back in a week.  I have already been stocking my freezer with rhubarb muffins, banana muffins, zucchini loaf and blueberry lemon bread.  I like having snack options ready for the beginning of the school year, it makes packing lunches that much easier.

  • Stuffed peppers from @thekitchn this was a recipe I shared last week that I didn’t have a chance to make, so I pushed it until tonight.  We really liked these, I served the kids the filling topped with cheese with raw veggies on the side.  My husband and I ate ours with a side salad.
  • Summer grilled chicken power salad from @whatsgabycooking I have made this salad before and it is so delicious!
  • Pork tenderloin from @carlsbadcravings I will serve this with some roasted potatoes, green beans and carrots.
  • Shrimp tacos, I will toss the shrimp with olive oil, chili powder and some cumin.  Then I will cook them in the frying pan and finish with a squeeze of lime.  We will eat these on warmed corn tortillas with avocado, sour cream and cilantro.

This weekend I will be soaking up the last moments of summer, and getting ready for the back to school transitions.  Make life easier with grocery list 103

Happy cooking,

Vacations and birthdays

This past week we were at a family reunion and then spent some time with my husband’s family.  Home for a few days to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and then we are off again to go and visit friends.  I don’t have a formal meal plan as we will be away, but I will be sharing some recipes that I have tried in the last few weeks.  Regular meal planning will be back the week of August 18.  Here are some great summer recipes that I have been loving:

Just a few recipes to get you through the next couple of weeks, stay tuned for regular meal planning.

Happy summer,

July 15 – July 19

Meal updates form last week:
There was a lot of eating out and meals on the fly last week as we had many different plans.  I really liked the spanakopita meatballs, I ended up making them into patties as I didn’t feel like making little meatballs.  I served these over a simple Greek salad with greens and tzatziki.  Other meals last week were simple and easy to prepare as well as many dinners out.  I am happy that this week is a little calmer and there will be more home cooked meals.

We are eating at home this week Sunday-Thursday, I had all intentions of making dinner tonight but we were invited to my parents for cabbage rolls, which is not a meal that I can pass up!  They were amazing as usual.  For the rest of the week we will be eating in and then the weekend is filled with birthday celebrations for my son and father.

The only baking I will be doing this week is a birthday cake for my son.  He has asked for a dog cake!  As usual I will be using my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting from @thelittlekitchen.  I will also be making a lemon bundt cake for my dad’s birthday, this recipe was in my gramma’s recipe box and I will post a copy later this week.

Happy cooking,


Weekly meals May 6 – May 10

Meal updates from last week:
We loved all of the recipes from last week, but my favourite was the ramen.  This was the first time that the broth tasted like real ramen broth from a restaurant and wasn’t watered down.  I splurged and bought some more expensive dried porcini mushrooms that I rehydrated in boiling water and then added the liquid to my broth.  My son loved the broth, meat and veggies but didn’t loved the noodles, my daughter loved it all and ate three bowls!  I also really liked the chicken shawarma and shrimp tacos.  I made a batch of spiced yogurt muffins as I had a large amount of plain yogurt that was going to expire soon.  I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out, but they were great warmed up with a little butter and a cup of tea.  On Friday night we went to friends for dinner, we feasted on an amazing Mexican spread that ended with tres leche cake!  On Saturday night we went out with friends for dinner and got to try a new restaurant that just recently opened.  It is called Lulu Bar, and if you have the chance you need to go!  It is a pan-Asian menu that encourages small plate sharing.  We ordered eight dishes, so we could try lots of different things on the menu.  We loved all of them!  Here is what we ordered: edamame, coconut squid, Thai sausage skewer, chicken satay, vegetable dumplings, pineapple and macadamia nut branzino, pea shoots and snap peas, bao hotdogs and for dessert the Hula pie.

This week is going to be a busy one, my son has baseball three times, plus we have some other school commitments.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have plans on Friday and then Saturday my husband is out with the guys.  Tonight we had my parents over for dinner, and celebrated Cinco de Mayo with beef and elk burritos from the @bestofbridge.  This recipe is a family favourite, and some together quickly.  I made my own taco seasoning instead of using the packet, and served sour cream, guacamole, salsa and shredded lettuce on the side.

  • Grilled salmon with steamed brown rice and sautéed green veggies.  I am going to marinate the salmon in scotch (bourbon can also be used), soy sauce and brown sugar.  The ratio is 1/2 cup for the scotch and brown sugar and 1/4 cup for the soya sauce.  Lesser amounts if you’re using a smaller salmon filet.  I am going to cook this on the BBQ plate.
  • Oven roasted pork tenderloin with garlic, mustard and herbs from @whatsinthepanblog I will serve this with roasted potatoes and steamed beans.
  • Buffalo chicken sloppy joes from @spoonfulflavor we will eat these with tater tots and a side salad.
  • BBQ chicken salad from @skinnytaste one bowl meal for the win!

The bake sale from this weekend was cancelled due to the horrible weather, so I will be making the M&M blondies this week so they are ready for the sale on Saturday.  I have no other baking plans, but who knows what will happen as the week progresses.  Make your life easier and print Grocery List 93

Happy cooking,
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