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