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,


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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Weekly meals Apr. 22 – Apr. 26

Meal updates from last week:
Last week was crazy!  We made it out and then enjoyed a fun-filled weekend with family and friends.  Our favourite meal from last week was the Thai meatballs that I made into a one bowl dinner.  I served them over brown rice with some steamed beans and edamame.  I liked the turkey tacos, next time I am going to use the refried beans that have green chilis.  Our entire Easter meal was amazing!  I will be making the spring green vegetables again soon.  I didn’t miss having scallop potatoes as the roasted ones turned out so well.  On Saturday we went over to our friend’s house for dinner, I took Mexican street corn dip and a fruit and veggie plate for the kids (I made the platter into the shape of an Easter egg).  Sunday we had our egg hunt and ate a simple breakfast of croissants, fruit and yogurt.  We got out of the city and went for a hike, for dinner we ordered sushi, it was the perfect way to end the weekend.

This week we will  be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, my son’s school musical is Wednesday and I am heading out with girls on Friday.  Saturday night is unplanned and Sunday my son starts baseball.

  • Tequila lime grilled chicken club from @butteryourbiscuit_ I served this with a blackberry spinach salad from @cookinglsl we loved every part of this meal.  As always my kids ate all of the salad components except the lettuce!
  • Hawaiian chicken with coconut rice from @joyous.apron I’m not making the rice I will serve it with brown and cauliflower rice instead.  I will also add some steamed edamame.
  • Slow cooker Korean style beef tacos this recipe is originally from @skinnytaste but I had to access it for you through @emilybitesblog, we need an easy dinner before heading to the concert.  I will let you know how easy it was to prepare.
  • Spinach lasagna stuffed sweet peppers, this recipe is from @aimeebourque but it is only available in her cookbook The Simple Bites Kitchen.  I did find a similar recipe from tasty.co.

I have a large amount of speckled bananas on my counter just begging to be baked.  I also have a small amount of buttermilk, so I may try to combine the two into something delicious.  Stay tuned!  No time for the grocery list this week, it will be back next week.

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Apr. 8 – Apr. 12

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the egg roll bowl, I made some steamed rice to supplement the recipe as sometimes ground meat and veggies aren’t enough to fill my husband’s belly.  Our favourite meal from last week was the potato and shrimp salad.  It was amazing!  Super simple but a great spring recipe.  I made pizza on Friday night, using Pilsbury dough for one and naan bread for the kids.  We had friends over on Saturday night and I made the jalapeño turkey burgers that I shared with you last week.  On the side we had tots and a kale caesar.  Tonight I made the pork loin and potatoes, it was a great recipe and just like the salad super simple.  Both recipes are from Home & Garden magazine.  I served the pork and potatoes with some roasted brocolini and sweet potato as well as some steamed beans.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for the weekend, but most likely we will eat out one night.  With the changing weather we have been trying to get outside every night after dinner, which means that everyone is going to bed a little later.  Spring sports haven’t started just yet so it is still quiet during the school/work week.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, although I do have some spotted bananas sitting on the counter.  I did find a recipe for baked oatmeal that I would really like to try, so stay tuned I will keep you posted.  The Dinner List 90 is back!

Happy cooking,


Weekly meals Mar. 11 – Mar. 15

Meal updates from last week:
The blackened salmon was my absolute favourite from last week!  My husband said that it was the best salmon I had ever made for him.  The cashew chicken was also a big hit, and it made delicious leftovers.  When I made the chicken caesar lettuce wraps I made the decision to make it into a salad instead of lettuce wraps.  Either way you serve them they are delish.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday and then we are heading out to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night.  Tonight we hosted friends and their kids for a skating party followed by an early dinner.  It was so much fun!  We all enjoyed getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine.  I made the main for dinner and then the others contributed appies, salad and buns.

  • Chili mac and cheese from @recipe_tin we ate this with a salad and buns.  For dessert I served cookie ice cream sandwiches.  They had a choice of double chocolate, monster or chocolate chip.  I filled them with vanilla ice cream and they were devoured.
  • BBQ sausage with baked beans and coleslaw.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so I must fire up the grill!
  • Greek salmon bowls from @cookinglight my kids have been loving salmon these days, and I love any one bowl meal!
  • Turkey meatloaf with ketchup-brown sugar glaze from @cooksillustrated we will eat this with green beans and asparagus.  To access this recipe you will need to go through Cooks Illustrated instagram account, if not then you need to sign up on their website for the 14 day trial.
  • Sweet potato fajitas from @thefitchen I am a little sceptical about serving this meatless meal, but here’s to hoping that it is well received.

I had time last week to make some healthy cookies.  The ingredients were: bananas, applesauce, oats, almond milk, raisins, chocolate chips and cinnamon.  They were a great lunch box and after school snack.  Find a similar breakfast cookie recipe here.  Print Dinner List 89 so grocery shopping is easier.

Happy cooking,




Weekly meals Dec. 10 – Dec. 15

Meal updates from last week:
All recipes from last week were so good.  We loved the sheet pan chicken tikka!  So much flavour and the roasted veggies caramelized in the oven.  My husband was in heaven eating the chicken and dumplings, he also ate every last leftover that was in the fridge!  The Korean meatballs were really good, I used ground turkey instead of beef and they were juicy and flavourful.  I finished making the peppermint bark cookies and then made some gingerbread granola as well as peanut butter blossoms.  I haven’t made the Swiss Mountain Shortbread yet, but those will be done some time this week.  We celebrated Christmas this weekend with my mother in law, I served baked salmon with lemon butter caper sauce, green beans and the autumn chopped salad.  For dessert we had a cookie plate, this morning we ate cinnamon buns with a fruit platter.  We ate well and enjoyed a weekend filled with family.

Finally everyone in our house is healthy, but we do have a busy week.  I am out one night and so is my husband, my son has basketball two nights this week.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday,  Friday we have no plans, Saturday we have a holiday party and Sunday we have two!

  • BBQ burgers with tater tots and autumn chopped salad from the @recipecritic  We ate this meal tonight and I bought the burgers pre-made from @sunterramarket.  If you haven’t bought their burgers before I would highly recommend it!
  • Broccoli cheddar soup with puff pastry cheese straws from @whatsgabycooking this is a new recipe to me, but I love all the ingredients in this soup.
  • Tandoori chicken and vegetables from @foodiecrush this recipe is similar to the chicken tikka that I made last week, so I’m sure that we will like this one as well.
  • Shrimp stir fry from @bestofbridge my kids have been loving shrimp so I will give this recipe a try.
  • Pirogies with sausage and soup cream.  I won’t be home for dinner, but I know that this will be a well liked meal.

I am hosting a few ladies this week during the day, so I’ve decided to make some carrot muffins and serve them with fruit and coffee.  These muffins are very similar to the pumpkin muffins I was making in the fall, so I know that they will be delicious.  I will add some chocolate chips and possibly omit the nuts.  I found these two new recipes that I really want to try: winter Aperol spritz and feel-good fall salad.  Now I just need to find the time.  Print Dinner List 78 to help you organize your week!

Happy cooking,