Weekly meals May 28 – June 1

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken satay and the salmon salad from last week were great.  We loved the combination of salmon with avocado and mango.  As always the grilled pizza was gobbled up.  I ended the week cooking spicy shrimp tacos, I added the link to last week’s meal plan.  On Saturday we had friends over with their kids, and decided that it was going to be an appie dinner, so we had an epic snack platter, salad rolls and cowboy caviar.  For dessert I served a mixture of candy and chocolate.  On the snack platter I included: cucumber, mini carrots, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, grapes, snap peas, salami, prosciutto, mixed olives, black bean hummus and guacamole (to see the platter head to my Instagram page).  On another platter I had a variety of cheese and crackers.  For snack platter inspiration head to Weelicious or follow Cookinglight on Instagram.  This evening we ate dinner with my parents, I brought a simple green salad that we ate with skillet elk lasagna, and for dessert angel food cake with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

This week is another busy one!  We are still in the middle of soccer and will be celebrating my son’s birthday this weekend.  His birthday isn’t until July, but we like to have his party during the school year so that his friends can make it.  This week I have meal planned for Monday-Friday, we will see if I end up cooking Friday night.

  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a family favourite, and I ended up having all of the ingredients without having to buy anything at the store!
  • BBQ chicken thighs with grilled corn and peppers.  I will boil the corn and then finish them off on the grill.  I will top the thighs with BBQ sauce.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay’s Light Kitchen cookbook.  This is another staple in our house.  Most of the time I don’t use chicken, but will add more veggies.  This pasta is great hot but even better the next day served cold.
  • Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes from @rachelray this recipe sounds amazing I cannot wait to give it a try.
  • Ginger peanut soup one of my mom’s favourite soup recipes, and one that I’ve shared with you many times.

I will also be making my son’s birthday cake for his weekend party.  This year we are heading to the zoo to see the pandas and he has also asked for a panda cake.  As always I will be using my tried and true chocolate cake recipe with cream cheese cool whip icing.  The Dinner List 56 is a long one this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Mar. 12 – Mar. 16

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great!  We especially enjoyed the potato puffs from the Shepherd’s pie soup, I think that these would be a great make ahead potato dish to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The ramen were so delicious, my son didn’t really like the sauce but loved the noodles and veggies.  The Stromboli was a great make ahead meal for our swimming night.  The stew was also very flavourful and we loved the addition of kale and sweet potato, it made the stew more filling.

This week is a very busy week in our house, and thank goodness we are starting it off all healthy.  It looks like this week we will be enjoying some plus degree temperatures, so that means it’s time to fire up the grill!  We will be eating at home Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and possibly Friday.

  • BBQ’d sausage and hotdogs with sautéed onion and peppers.  I will also serve some raw veggies on the side as well as a salad for the adults.  I will sauté the onion and peppers on my grill hot plate that I have told you about before.  This plate is so versatile, we use it for many things: breakfast, pizza and veggies.
  • Avocado kale caesar salad from @whatsgabycooking I will also grill some chicken to serve on top of the salad.  I have shared before that my kids don’t like salad, so they will have chicken with some veggies.
  • Turkey and swiss sloppy joes from @cookinglight we will eat these with a side salad and possibly waffle fries.
  • It’s always good to have ingredients for a recipe just in case, so in the event that we are home on Friday for dinner I will be making Greek chicken gyros from @halfbakedharvest

Once again I made another batch of the vanilla almond granola, and for some reason this time it turned out even better than the last two times!  My blueberries were starting to turn so on Saturday I made these muffins.  The crumb topping on these muffins is amazing.  We are going to friends on Saturday I am taking these summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce.  With everything green coming this weekend I was thinking of making these!  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 48 to help you with your shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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

Weekly meals Sept.18 – Sept.22

Meal updates from last week:
The best recipes from last week were the sloppy joe stuffed peppers, which we ate on the same day as the cauliflower hot wings.  Both recipes were from @ayeshacurry and both were amazing!  Some ate the sloppy joes in peppers while others had the meat in buns.  We ate the hot wings as an appetizer and they were gobbled up in less than ten minutes.  If you are looking for a healthy game day recipe this one is a must try!!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday we are heading to my parents for dinner tonight, and I am bringing baked beans to contribute to the meal.  If you are looking for the recipe simply use the search feature.  The weather is continuing on a cooler trend, so some recipes this week are more comfort food based.  I went to the farmer’s market today and stocked up on the last of peaches and corn.  I also bought a huge bag of apples and some green and yellow beans.

  • Buffalo turkey burgers from wearychef.com we will eat this is grilled corn and waffle fries.
  • Roasted salmon tacos from @inagarten I haven’t made salmon for a very long time, but watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa where she was making this recipe.  It looks simple but delicious.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat if you’ve never made these you must!  My son loves these pizza buns, and they are great in lunch boxes the next day.  We will eat these with a caesar salad.  Hint: if you are looking for a short cut use Pillsbury pizza dough, or even their crescent roll dough.
  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple this is a new recipe for me, and to be honest I am not a lover of pot pie.  I decided to give this one a try because it looks easy and my husband does love a pot pie.
  • Greek sheet pan chicken souvlaki and potatoes from @halfbakedharvest I haven’t made this recipe for a long time, and everyone know how much I love a one pan meal!

Breakfast lately has been a mixture of cereal, toast and muffins.  I saved some french toast fingers from the other night to serve for one breakfast this week.  During my Sunday shopping trip I found these, which I thought would be a great addition to our breakfast choices. This salad looks amazing, full of fall flavours and a great lunch option.  I wanted to buy a large bag of apples so that I could try these and these.  Take the Dinner List 28 with you on your weekly shopping trip.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals July 3-7

Meal updates from last week:
All of the salads I made this week were amazing!  The crunch salad had great flavours from the dill and almonds.  The chopped salad pizza was a hit!  I will be making this recipe again.  I was also very impressed with the pork skewers.  The marinade tenderized the pork, while cooking them on the bbq gave them a smoky flavour.  I finally got a chance to make the snickerdoodle ice cream, and let me tell you it was delicious.  The best part is that you do not need an ice cream maker.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  It is supposed to be a scorcher this week, so I am going to try my best to keep the oven off!  We are also getting close to the beginning of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, meaning we will be eating our body weight in pancakes!  I am going to try to keep our home meals healthy and nutritious.

As it is summer I have no set plans for breakfast or snacks for the week.  For the past couple days I have been starting my day with a bowl of plain yogurt topped with fresh mango, chopped banana and a handful of granola.  These no bake breakfast cookies sound interesting.  I also made the kids some breakfast popsicles, which have been a huge hit!  I would like to try some other popsicles and found this recipe that I am going to try.  I am very late posting for the week so there is no shopping list, I will get back on track next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Celebrate 150!

As Canadians, we have a very special weekend coming up.  Whether you are celebrating with a large group, a small gathering with friends or a backyard BBQ these recipes will be sure to please a crowd.  As we approach such a special milestone I am so very proud to call myself a Canadian.  Happy Birthday Canada!

Appetizers:
– watermelon, feta and mint on a skewer drizzled with some olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. (use a melon baller or cut the melon into cubes).
triple layer guacamole served with tortilla chips
antipasto salad kabobs
melon, prosciutto and mozzarella skewers
pepperoni pizza dip (if you have never made this dip YOU MUST!)
mediterranean 7-layer dip served with pita chips
feta dip

Sides:
ranch pasta salad
broccoli and apple salad
hail to the kale salad (this is an amazing salad and perfect for a BBQ)
corn salad
– baked beans (this recipe belongs to my very good friend MB)
Finely chop one onion and brown in 1 tbsp of butter.  Pour over three cans of beans: 1      kidney, 1 baked and 1 black.  Combine 1/2 cup of ketchup, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1/2 tsp garlic, 1/4 tsp pepper.  Pour this over the bean and onion mixture.  Bake at 300 for 1-2 hours.
– other ideas for sides: fresh fruit and vegetables and assorted chips with dip.

Mains:
chicken caesar burgers
fall-off-the-bone ribs (this is my go-to recipe)
tin foil sausage and veggie dinner
the ultimate burger
– other ideas for mains: grilled hotdogs, smokies, sausages, steaks or salmon.

Desserts:
confetti squares
Nanaimo bars
pecan tarts
strawberry shortcake
strawberry pretzel pie
no bake cheesecake bars

Happy Canada Day,
Sara