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,
Sara

 

Weekly meals June 17 – June 21

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the Thai chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce, and the addition of grilled pineapple all the flavours were amazing!  We also really enjoyed the watermelon and steamed shrimp salad, as usual the kids ate all of the components minus the lettuce.  Friday night we went to friends for dinner and I took a Greek salad, Saturday we ordered takeout and Sunday we went to my parents to celebrate Father’s Day.  I took a strawberry rhubarb crisp that was really good.  This weekend we also celebrated my son’s birthday, as he is a summer birthday we like to have his party before the end of school.  He decided on a Nerf theme, so they made shields, had a full on battle, ate lunch (chicken fingers, fries and watermelon), battled some more and then had cake (my go-to chocolate cake).  It was a wonderful afternoon and he was so happy.

This week is the last week of baseball, which has been so much fun for our son and us as spectators.  It is also the last full week of school!  I cannot believe that this year is almost over, it has gone by too fast.  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday there is no plan on Friday and possibly heading to friends on Saturday.

I don’t have a baking plan this week but have a collection of spotted bananas on the counter.  I also have lots of blueberries so we will see what happens with those two ingredients.  Make shopping easier with Grocery List 98

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 10 – June 14

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all meals from last week, but the top two recipes for me were the turkey patties and monte christo sandwiches.  My kids also loved the sandwiches!  I didn’t add the gruyere cheese to theirs as they find it too strong.  We were away in the mountains this weekend, and we had a wonderful time and ate some amazing food.  We went to stay at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, it is a hidden gem in the rocky mountains.  The added bonus is that they have an outstanding restaurant at the hotel, we got a chance to eat there for dinner last night and then for breakfast this morning.  Once again they didn’t disappoint.  I had their summer salad with avocado, tomatoes, peppers, feta and a passionfruit vinaigrette.  For my main course I ordered poached lobster, which was served over a mixture of homemade pasta noodles and zoodles.  For dessert they did a take on a magnum bar with some khalua whipped cream and salted caramel popcorn.  It was amazing!  If you are ever looking for a place to stay while visiting Lake Louise, the Post Hotel is not to be missed!

This week has lots going on.  My son has baseball twice, we are also celebrating his friend birthday.  We do this so that all of his school friends have a chance to attend, if we waited till summer then no one would be around.  He has chosen to have a Nerf birthday this year, so we will transform our yard into a Nerf battle zone where they can shoot till their hearts content.  He has asked for chicken fingers and fries and a toothless dragon cake for dessert.  As always I will use my go-to chocolate cake recipe with accompanying icing.  I will post pictures of the completed cake on the weekend.  Also somewhere in there we need to celebrate Father’s Day!  It’s going to be busy.

  • Soy marinated flank steak from @skinnytaste we ate this tonight with a spinach and mixed berry salad.  I topped the salad with toasted almonds, feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.  The kids ate raw fruit and veggies as well as a cheese bun with butter.
  • Pineapple Thai grilled chicken skewers from @foodfaithfit we will eat these with some steamed edamame and rice.
  • Egg roll bowls from @skinnytaste
  • Steamed shrimp and watermelon salad from @cookinglight I will serve the kids some pasta alongside their shrimp.
  • Tonight I am going to grill sausages with peppers and onions.  I will serve these in a sub roll with some veggies or salad on the side.

Besides baking a birthday cake this week I won’t have any other time to bake.  I do have some rhubarb that I am dying to use, but not really sure what I am going to do with it.  I was leaning towards a strawberry rhubarb crumble.  Head to the store with Grocery List 97

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 8 – Oct. 12

Meal updates from last week:
The meatloaf sheet pan dinner was delicious and so simple to make.  I loved the Thai ramen, my kids weren’t as impressed with them.  I think that it was because they were really saucy and sometimes my kids are put off by too much sauce.  They did really like the sweet fire chicken, but I didn’t put sauce on their chicken I kept it plain.  Last night we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family, everyone brought something and it was all amazing.  My mom hosted and cooked the turkey, stuffing and made the gravy.  My sister-in-law made the mashed potatoes, I made turnips and birthday cake, my aunt made maple soy glazed brussels sprouts and butternut squash and my grandma made the Pumpkin Pie.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, my son started playing basketball and his games are all on Friday night, meaning that we will need to eat at home or grab a quick dinner out.

  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart I have shared this recipe many times before and it never disappoints.
  • Pork fried rice from @rachaelrayshow I have made this recipe before and it was a hit!  My daughter is off meat unless it is ground, so this paired with her other favourite food rice will be a winner for sure!
  • Sloppy joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven my son has been asking for tacos and this recipe goes a little bit beyond the traditional taco.  I like to eat mine over a bed of shredded lettuce topped with some broken tortilla chips.
  • Grilled chicken kale salad with peanut vinaigrette from @skinnytaste this is a new salad for us, but as you know I love a dinner salad.
  • Grilled chicken sausage with roasted potatoes and cauliflower.  I will serve this with some grainy and Dijon mustards.  My kids will dip their sausage and potatoes in ketchup.

Last week I had another chance to use pumpkin in some baking, I made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I left half on the counter, which were eaten in days, and I froze the rest to gift to my son’s teacher.  They were soft and chewy with a hint of spice, I didn’t add the walnuts instead added a new more chocolate chips!  Dinner List 70 will help with this week’s shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

Weekly meals July 30 – August 3

Meal updates from last week:
The best meals from the past week were the Korean chicken rice bowls, mango chicken stir fry and the grilled shrimp tacos.  For the rice bowls I added some sautéed cabbage and green beans, it just added more substance to the bowls.  My kids loved the chicken stir fry!  They ate their entire plates, which as of late has not been the norm.  I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and they tasted even better.  The shrimp tacos came together very easily and the flavours were delicious.

This week we are hosting friends for a BBQ on Sunday night and eating at home Monday-Friday.  I am also hosting girlfriends on Thursday to celebrate a new baby.  Friday is my daughter’s second birthday, we will be celebrating with cake at home surrounded by family.

The Dinner List 63 is very long this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals July 16 – July 20

Meal updates from last week:
Our favourites from last week were the Thai chicken with nectarine salad as well as the flattened chicken with Mexican-style street corn.  If you haven’t ever tried to make Mexican corn you are missing out!  It is delicious.  I didn’t have a chance to make the fajita foil packs as last week was very busy.

This week is another full week, friends are coming to stay with us for a couple of nights and then it is my son’s birthday on Thursday.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday we may be out for birthday dinner Thursday and then eat at home Friday.  We ended last week eating at home Friday and then going out with friends Saturday.

  • Orzo salad with grilled shrimp from @amandafrederickson we ate this last week and it was amazing!  Such a perfect summer meal that takes advantage of seasonal veggies.  This fantastic blogger does an Insta-story every week on fridge foraging, usually a very simple weeknight meal.  Check her out!
  • Honey mustard chicken, bacon and avocado salad from @buzzfeed I have made this salad before, and just like the last time it was a hit.  The chicken marinade is also the dressing for the salad.  Brilliant!
  • Blackened grilled salmon salad with pineapple salsa from http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com everyone knows that I love a dinner salad.  My kids have been loving salmon, and who isn’t happy to grill their entire dinner.
  • Tonight we are hosting a group of friends and their kids.  I will be grilling hotdogs and sausages and then making a snack board for the kids to nibble off of.  If you are looking for snack platter inspiration then head to @weelicious to see how she creates the best and most visually appealing boards.
  • I will make pizza on the grill with a simple green salad.  Depending on how I’m feeling I will make my own dough or use a store-bought variety.  I don’t usually use pizza sauce, instead I use our favourite jarred pasta sauce.
  • Tonight is my son’s 8th birthday, he will get to choose his favourite homemade meal or we will go out.  We will be having a chocolate icebox cake in the shape of an eight to celebrate his big day.  The recipe and cake decorating is from @aimeebourque I am very excited to decorate and photograph this cake!

I had a chance to make this chocolate chip banana bread from @somethingswanky we haven’t had a chance to taste it but I will let you know what we think.  Take the Dinner List 61 to help you with your shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara