Weekly meals Jan. 20 – Jan. 25

Meal updates from last week:
My husband and I loved the pork chops with mushrooms, I wasn’t sure when I was reading the recipe if a sauce made with coconut milk was going to go well with mushrooms, but it was so delicious.  My kids aren’t huge fans of mushrooms, but they ate the pork with rice.  We also enjoyed the Korean beef, I made the cauliflower rice in the skillet and added mushrooms, snap peas and spinach, they were the perfect addition to the bowl.  My kids devoured the chocolate chunk banana olive oil cake!  I will be making this again very soon.  I also made them a peanut butter banana smoothie one day after school, I added three pitted dates, one frozen banana, soy milk and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, and let me tell you it tasted like dessert!  We went to friends for dinner on Saturday and I made a small snack platter for the kids and goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates with rosemary honey, a very simple but delicious recipe.

This week is a full one, and my husband is heading out of town.  Kids continue their two activities each and then we will try to ski on Sunday as we did today.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t really have weekend plans, possibly a date night with my husband.

  • Slow cooker Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweepeasandsaffron this was a set it and forget it meal.  I put everything into the slow cooker this morning before leaving for skiing, when we arrived home this afternoon it was cooked and ready to eat!
  • BBQ mild Italian sausage with oven roasted veggies and waffle fries.  Our cold weather has broken and I am excited to shovel off the BBQ and cook some dinner.  I have a head of cauliflower leftover from last week that I will roast with a couple other veggies, and serve them alongside sausage and fries.
  • Crispy tofu bowl from @fraicheliving this will be a big stretch for my kids, but I am hoping that at least exposing them to a meat alternative will be a positive experience?!  I have no idea, but I am really excited to try this recipe.
  • Sloppy joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven I have shred this recipe before, it is simple and tasty.  Kids will eat theirs in hard shells and I will eat mine as a salad.\
  • Greek lemon roasted chicken thighs from @lemonblossomsblog I will serve this with a simple salad and some parmesan pasta for the kids.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, although my freezer is still full of brown bananas!  We will see if I find the time.  Grocery list 117

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Meal updates from last week:
We really liked the shrimp, mango and cashew stir fry as well as the chorizo crumble.  We ate the crumble as a taco salad, and the kids ate theirs with some chips and shredded cheese.  As always, and probably forever we will LOVE hamburger soup from @bestofbridge.  I only make half of the recipe and it is always more than enough for us, plus we get at least four lunches.  We continue to be in a deep freeze in southern Alberta, and this week is going to be FREEZING!  I decided that today I was going to do some meal prepping as it was too cold to do anything else.  I made a large batch of curried butternut squash soup from @minimalistbaker, a tray of healthy granola from @gimmesomeoven and a chocolate banana olive oil cake from @fraicheliving.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, no plans Friday and then dinner with friends Saturday.  My son has ball twice, my daughter has dance and then they both have swimming.  It is going to be a busy week.

  • Roasted chicken with mashed cauliflower/potatoes and steamed green beans.  I bought a whole marinated chicken from @sunterramarket then made a potato and cauliflower mash and steamed some beans.
  • Creamy mushroom smothered pork chops from @thekitchn we will eat this with brown rice and another vegetable.
  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge I will serve this with egg noodles.
  • Korean beef and rice bowl from @alyssa_therecipecritic I am hoping that the kids like this one!
  • Lemon herb salmon from @completelydelicious we will eat this with some green veggies and roasted cauliflower.

I did so much prep and cooking today I don’t have plans for any other baking this week.  I still have many brown bananas, but will save them until we are done the cake that I made today.  I did use some of them yesterday while making banana bread waffles.  This week staying warm is going to be the key!  Finally the grocery list 116

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken buddha bowls, but my husband and I loved the crunchy baked chicken.  It was salty, crunchy and creamy.  Neither of the kids liked the chicken, I think because the sauce was made from Swiss cheese which isn’t their favourite.  I will be making the recipe again.

We are on the home stretch to the holidays.  This is the last week of school for my son, child care for my daughter and work for me.  We will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday, Thursday we are eating out after my daughter’s concert and then we are out Friday and Saturday.  I have already started to plan my Christmas dinner, which I will share in next week’s post.  My son is done basketball until the new year, so our week nights are not a busy.

  • Shake and bake with tater tots and salad.  My son and daughter love chicken done this way and it has been a long time, so we will go for a crowd pleaser for tonight’s dinner.
  • Loaded baked potato soup from @skinnytaste I have made this soup before and it is delicious!  It is lightened up by using a head of cauliflower instead of all potatoes.
  • Taco cauliflower rice skillet from @cleanfoodcrush my kids don’t love cauliflower rice so I am going to make them some brown rice to have with the turkey, corn and beans.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay, I have all of the ingredients for this pasta so if I need to make a quick dinner on the weekend I can pull it all together.

I got a chance to make the cranberry almond shortbread last week, I still have plans to make the double chocolate peppermint cookies, and possibly Swiss Mountain Shortbread for my husband to take to work.  We will see how much time I have to get it all done this week!  Make you life easier with dinner list 115

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Meal updates from last week:
BLT salad is always a hit, bonus this time was that my daughter decided she liked it too!  I liked the chicken with pineapple salsa, but I think that it would’ve tasted better had I grilled the chicken.  I wasn’t going to fire up the BBQ, so I cooked it on the stove instead.  I will save the recipe for when the weather is warmer.

This week is slightly quieter than last week, my son has ball twice and then I have to work late on Thursday.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have plans on Friday, Saturday we are going to a Christmas party.

  • Turkey chili from @natashaskitchen we ate this tonight with some taco chips for dipping.  I served sour cream, avocado and pickled jalapeños as the toppings for the chili.
  • Chicken buddha bowl from myrecipemagic.com I have made this bowl before and it is amazing!
  • Crunchy baked chicken with ham and swiss from @realsimple I will serve this with green beans.
  • Homemade pizza, I am going to try the pizza bases from @cobsbread we will add our favourite pasta sauce, pizza toppings and mozzarella.
  • I am working late tonight so dinner will be left up to my husband, and I am almost 100% sure that there will be deer sausage served as I won’t be there!  I am not a fan of deer sausage, I love elk but have never really enjoyed deer.

Last week I had the chance to make the snickerdoodle kiss cookies, and I am hoping tomorrow to bake the gingersnap sandwich cookies.  My son has asked that we make something with chocolate and peppermint and I think that I found the perfect recipe.  I also happened upon a recipe for cranberry almond shortbread that I cannot stop thinking about!  I finished all of my pressing school work and we have two weeks until winter break, so I am hoping to bake a little more this week.  Grocery shop with ease using grocery list 114

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Meal updates from last week:
As always the kids and adults devoured the classy chicken!  I didn’t make the BLT salad as we went out for an impromptu dinner with my parents.  We really liked the turkey tacos and the buddha bowls came together very quickly.

This week is jam packed!  My son has basketball twice this week, I am going out twice and my husband is out once.  Tis the season!  This means that there won’t be a lot of home cooked meals going on, but I do have a solid plan:

  • Lasagne soup from @farmgirlsdabble I have made this soup before and it is delicious.  I very good tip is to cook the pasta separate from the soup and then just add it when you serve.  This way the noodles don’t get overcooked.  I am going to serve this with a salad or some bread.
  • We will be out tonight, so my kids will be having takeout.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will give this another try and see if it gets made this week!
  • Pineapple chicken from @chelseasmessyapron this is a new recipe that looks so good, I cannot wait to give it a try.

I would love to start some holiday baking this week, but it all depends on time.  I am going to buy everything that I need for the recipes in hopes that I will find some time to bake.  I’ve decided that I would like to make some kiss cookies and then something gingerbread.  I found a recipe for snickerdoodle kiss cookies and then I am going to make a gingerbread cookie with some white chocolate cream cheese icing or gingersnap sandwich cookies with white chocolate with white chocolate filling.  I also wanted to make something with a mint flavour but who knows if I’ll ever finish all of it!  I will keep you posted as to what I bake in the coming weeks.  Grocery shopping  made simple with grocery list 113

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 25 – Nov. 28

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken cacciatore sandwiches, and the chicken and pepper mixture was really good even on its own.  As I mentioned last week, they didn’t have any flank steak so I made a version of the fajita bowls only with shrimp.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans on Friday.  Saturday we are heading to friends for gingerbread decorating and a parade of lights.  Sunday we are off to cut our trees down!  The weather is going to change later this week so I’m pulling out some comfort food family favourites.

  • BLT salad from @marthastewart this is a family favourite, bacon and homemade croutons enough said!
  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge another family staple my kids will gobble this up.
  • Turkey tacos from @culinaryhill my kids love tacos.  My son loves a hard shell, my daughter likes to dip chips and I usually eat mine as a salad.  I like this meal as it is very versatile.
  • Buddha bowls from http://www.thespeedyspatual.com another food love for my kids is sausage.  I am going to serve their bowls with brown rice and ours with cauliflower rice.  I didn’t buy sprouts as the green veggie but bought a head of cauliflower.

I have zero plans to bake this week as I have school work that needs to get done.  Once it is finished I will have some time to think about my Christmas baking plan.  I am not sure if I will make some of what I always make, or change it up and make something different.  The Dinner List 112is back!  Print and take it with you to the store.

Weekly meals Nov. 19 – Nov. 22

Meal updates from last week:
I loved the mini meatloaves from last week!  My son said that they tasted like a meatball, but my daughter didn’t like them at all.  I guess you can’t please everyone.  I didn’t make the sausage sheet pan meal, instead I made that meal tonight.

Last week was a bit of a blur, and then my husband and I were away for the weekend.  I arrived home last night and ate a pretty sad dinner of toast and cereal.  This week is another busy one, lots of things going on and I will be solo this weekend.  We will be eating at home Tuesday-Thursday, there are no plans this weekend, so we will see what happens.

  • Sausage and green sheet pan from @epicurious as I have mentioned before I use the mandolin to slice the potatoes and then I roast broccoli instead of the greens.
  • Chicken cacciatore hoagies from @eatingwell I will serve these with a green salad.
  • Steak fajita bowls from @littlespicejar this was my grocery list plan, but the store had something else in mind as they were out of flank steak.  I am going to switch the protein from steak to shrimp but use the similar ingredients and process.

The plan is short this week and there isn’t a grocery list, we will resume regular programming next week.  I started my holiday baking, and as we speak have nuts and bolts in the oven.  This is a great homemade holiday gift to give, it is simple to make and tastes so delicious!  What’s on your holiday baking list?

Happy cooking,
Sara