Weekly meals August 2 – August 6

Meal updates from last week:
The two other recipes that I made from last week were great!  Loved the salad board and the peach and sausage supper.  I added garden potatoes to the sausage and peach meal, I also cooked it in a cast iron skillet on the BBQ, and it turned out so well.  Both meals are good during these hot summer days as everything is cooked on the grill.  We were out of town for a few nights, and ate some really delicious meals.  Thursday we ate smoked chicken cooked on a Traeger grill (I have secretly wanted one for years), roasted garden potatoes and beets and a spinach peach salad.  Friday we had BBQ pizza using a dough recipe from @marthastewart and topped them with a variety of toppings, I also made the same spinach peach salad from the night before.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for the weekend so we will just wait and see.  Tomorrow our daughter is turning 4!  I have made the different layers of her cake, but will spend some time tomorrow afternoon icing and assembling.  Stay tuned for cake pictures!

  • Homemade burgers with tots and corn on the cob.  I went to Costco on the weekend (insert shocked face), which is rare for me as I NEVER go.  I ended up buying the three pack os Kirkland organic ground beef, which is what we used for our burgers.  The meat was amazing, and so affordable for organic, $24 for a pack of three!
  • Asian peanut noodles with chicken from @skinnytaste I have made this recipe before and my kids gobbled it up, so I will be serving this for my daughter’s birthday dinner.
  • Vegetarian avocado sushi bowls from @whatsgabycooking I won’t be adding the cabbage to this bowl but will add all of the other veggies.
  • Greek chicken tacos from @bevcooks I’ve made a couple of her recipes lately and I am excited to try this one.
  •  I have some Italian sausages in the freezer as well as some Farmer’s sausage, so I will grill those with some peppers and onions and make a simple salad.

I don’t have any baking plans this week as it has and continues to be so HOT.  If the weather cools slightly I will make a batch of blueberry muffins, I made a blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake last week and it was devoured by the kids!  Next time I’m at the store I will get a carton of buttermilk so that I can make it again.  Shop with ease using grocery list 134

Stay healthy,
Sara

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,
Sara

Weekly meals March 23 – March 27

Meal updates from last week:
We made it through our first week of staying home!  I have to admit that it wasn’t easy, and I found some the days long, but we will continue to do our part to prevent the spread.  We tried to get out of the house for a walk every day, it seems to help with everyone’s overall mood and happiness.  We will continue to get out of the house this week as well.  Two of the recipes from last week were very good: sausage and kale soup and the teriyaki turkey bowl.  The broth for the soup was so delicious!  It called for red wine and I usually would just substitute broth, but this time I used a good bottle of wine.  Let me tell you, it changed the flavour of the soup.  It was amazing!  On Friday we used Doordash and ordered some sushi, it was nice not to cook and take a break from the kitchen.

This week, I will be cooking Sunday-Thursday, Friday we will try to get some takeout using Doordash, and we don’t have plans for Saturday.  Tonight we had a simple meal of elk burgers, fries and coleslaw.  I made a simple dressing for the slaw with mayonnaise, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar.  I added thinly sliced apple to the cabbage for some sweetness.

  • Make your own salad rolls inspired by crispy tofu salad rolls from @fraicheliving I am using the recipe from Fraiche Food, Full Hearts but the above recipe us very similar.  I will have different fillings available for the kids to choose from: crispy tofu, cucumber, carrots, mango, avocado, peppers and cilantro.  I am hoping that giving them the chance to choose their fillings will get them excited about their meal!
  • Perfect roast chicken from @footnetwork I will serve this with roasted potatoes and steamed beans.
  • Using the leftover chicken from the night before I will make creamy chicken noodle soup from @twopeasandtheirpod on the side we will enjoy perfect white buns from @fraicheliving.  This recipe makes three small loaves, so I will make eight buns, one regular loaf and one cinnamon raisin loaf.  I have never made bread so here’s to hoping that it all turns out!
  • Baked garlic butter salmon from @delish on the side we will have steamed brown rice and a spinach salad.

As we will have time this week, we will try to bake just as we did last week.  I found a recipe for raspberry crumble bars that sounded delicious.  I am also going to make a birthday cake for a special little girl!  As always I will use my go-to chocolate cake with pudding frosting recipe.  I am not sure how I will decorate, but I may try to do ombre pink or purple frosting.  Stay safe while using grocery list 123

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Meal updates from last week:
I LOVED the rosemary chicken salad with peaches, it was so well balanced between the sweet of the corn and the salty from the bacon.  I also really enjoyed the dressing and will use it on other salads.  I’ve made the marinated flank steak many times before and as always it was very good.  We ate it with arugula and tomatoes.

This week we are in the full swing of school and work.  My son starts basketball tryouts and my husband is turning 40!  We will go out for dinner on Thursday night and then we are celebrating with friends on Saturday.  The rest of the week we will be eating at home, but have no plans for Friday.

  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge this is what we had tonight as the weather was cooler and dreary.  All of a sudden it feels like fall!  We ate this with egg noodles.
  • hamburger soup from @bestofbridge as rain is supposed to fall I feel the need to make a big pot of soup.  I will serve this with cheese buns.
  • Chicken enchiladas from eatingonadime.com this meal is entirely cooked in a foil pack, so this should be a quick and easy one!  I am going to add corn to the mixture as well.
  • Greek salmon bowls from @cookinglight as we are eating rice the night before I may serve this with a small pasta like orzo.

The only baking I have planned for this week is for my husband’s birthday.  He isn’t a sweet lover but does enjoy cheesecake, so I am going to make a batch of mini cheesecakes from @sallysbakeblog.  They are made in a muffin tin, so I think that they should be pretty easy.  I am going to top them with a homemade berry sauce.   The grocery list 104 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

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 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

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