Weekly meals Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all the dinners from last week especially the meatballs marsala they were delicious!  My boys ate all of the apple carrot oat muffins, I did find after a few days that they got pretty dry.  I would recommend eating them within two days, or putting them in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.  I am posting a day late because we had a dinner last night with family and friends.  I made this cake to celebrate my aunt’s Birthday.  It would be a great addition to any holiday gathering.

This week we will  be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Not sure what the weekend has in store for us, I will be out on Friday night and then we are heading out on Sunday to cut our Christmas trees.  This is a holiday tradition that we started five years ago, we have such a great time with our kids and good friends!

  • Mongolian beef from @jocooks I will serve this over brown rice with steamed broccoli or sautéed snap peas.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart if you have never tried this recipe trust me when I say it is amazing!
  • Baked chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste we will eat this with spaghetti and caesar salad.
  • Turkey meatloaf from inspired taste.net, this will be eaten with a steamed vegetable and mashed or roasted potatoes.

I have been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately.  I took a break from overnight oats and have been eating hot oatmeal instead, but now I need a break from that too!  We will see what this week has in store for breakfast.  Maybe I will be inspired by something at the grocery store.  Don’t forget to take Dinner List 36 when you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Meal updates from last week:
I had good intentions to cook five new recipes last week, but only managed to cook two and added a family favourite into the mix.  I made the pork with green sauce as well as the lightened up spaghetti and meatballs.  We also had classy chicken the night we arrived home from holiday.  That means that there were three recipes that remain untested.  I may find time to add them in the next few weeks.  I will let you know when I try them.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for dinner Friday, and then Saturday we will be eating out.  With Tuesday being Halloween, I am keeping dinner simple and healthy.  It looks as if winter is heading our way later this week, so I am going to make soup for one meal so that we have some leftovers for lunch.

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple I have made this recipe before and it was a hit.  I do not use the peas as they are not liked in our house.  I also do not use frozen beans, instead I buy fresh, steam them and then add them to the pot right before serving.  I know that the recipe title is pot pie, but it is more like a stew with a puff pastry top.
  • Oven baked panko parmesan turkey fingers from granny.ca these will be served with green beans and carrots.  For the adults I am adding a citrus salad inspired by this recipe, but I am going to use bib lettuce instead of kale.
  • Pizza mummies from @weelicious as it is Halloween I thought that we would have a bit of a theme dinner.  The kids will have either ham or salami, the adults will get peppers and mushrooms added to their meat.  We will eat this with a caesar salad.
  • Three potato soup from @gimmesomeoven we will have bread with the soup for dipping.
  • Pork tenderloin with mushrooms, fennel and blue cheese from @cookinglight I will omit the blue cheese for the kids meals and will serve theirs with some egg noodles.  I don’t usually cook with fennel so I am interested to see how these flavours come together.

My son is currently loving pumpkin scones, so I am going to try to make him some this week.  I have been looking at different recipes but haven’t really found the ‘one’.  I will share it when I find it.  This week I am also going to cook some freezer meals with my sister-in law so that she is fully stocked when baby arrives.  I am working on my list of freezer meals and will post the complete list with recipes when it is done.  If you have an absolute favourite freezer meal please let me know!  Print Dinner List 32 to help with your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

* Favourite pumpkin muffins from @pinchofyum made with these GF oats*

Spooky snacks

The scariest night of the year is on its way!  My son’s class is having a Halloween party and I am going to send a snack for them to enjoy.  I was thinking about something on the healthier side, so I’ve decided to send popcorn with a few additions.  We will be adding pretzels and a few orange M & Ms.  My son will be making jack-o-lantern faces on clear plastic bags and then we will add the popcorn mix.  Need some other Halloween inspired snacks and sweets?  Have a look at the links below for more spooky inspiration!

Happy haunting,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 2 – Oct. 6

Meal updates from last week:
The recipes from last week were great.  The chicken parmesan from @halfbakedharvest was the best that I’ve ever eaten!  I will say this again, if you are looking for a new cookbook then go out and buy it.  The other recipe we loved was the meatloaf burger steaks.  These eat like a burger and taste like meatloaf.  I also made the pumpkin oatmeal bites, which were so chewy and delicious.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, I am sharing what we ate tonight on the meal plan.  Currently, I don’t have a dinner plan for Wednesday but will share some easy weeknight ideas with you.  When I know what I am making I will add it to the meal plan and post a picture on Instagram.

It is hard to believe that Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend!  This week I will be looking over recipes and planning my menu.  Stay tuned later this week for my Thanksgiving menu with recipes.  Last week I bought a waffle iron, I have been making waffles and then freezing them.  The night before I put some in the fridge and then in the morning I pop them into the toaster.  My kids have been loving this breakfast.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting*

Weekly meals Sept.18 – Sept.22

Meal updates from last week:
The best recipes from last week were the sloppy joe stuffed peppers, which we ate on the same day as the cauliflower hot wings.  Both recipes were from @ayeshacurry and both were amazing!  Some ate the sloppy joes in peppers while others had the meat in buns.  We ate the hot wings as an appetizer and they were gobbled up in less than ten minutes.  If you are looking for a healthy game day recipe this one is a must try!!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday we are heading to my parents for dinner tonight, and I am bringing baked beans to contribute to the meal.  If you are looking for the recipe simply use the search feature.  The weather is continuing on a cooler trend, so some recipes this week are more comfort food based.  I went to the farmer’s market today and stocked up on the last of peaches and corn.  I also bought a huge bag of apples and some green and yellow beans.

  • Buffalo turkey burgers from wearychef.com we will eat this is grilled corn and waffle fries.
  • Roasted salmon tacos from @inagarten I haven’t made salmon for a very long time, but watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa where she was making this recipe.  It looks simple but delicious.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat if you’ve never made these you must!  My son loves these pizza buns, and they are great in lunch boxes the next day.  We will eat these with a caesar salad.  Hint: if you are looking for a short cut use Pillsbury pizza dough, or even their crescent roll dough.
  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple this is a new recipe for me, and to be honest I am not a lover of pot pie.  I decided to give this one a try because it looks easy and my husband does love a pot pie.
  • Greek sheet pan chicken souvlaki and potatoes from @halfbakedharvest I haven’t made this recipe for a long time, and everyone know how much I love a one pan meal!

Breakfast lately has been a mixture of cereal, toast and muffins.  I saved some french toast fingers from the other night to serve for one breakfast this week.  During my Sunday shopping trip I found these, which I thought would be a great addition to our breakfast choices. This salad looks amazing, full of fall flavours and a great lunch option.  I wanted to buy a large bag of apples so that I could try these and these.  Take the Dinner List 28 with you on your weekly shopping trip.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Sept. 11-Sept. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Of all the meals from last week, the chicken enchilada roll-ups were by far the best.  Everyone loved them!  We ate the chicken with a cilantro lime brown rice that was covered with the warm enchilada sauce.  Simply delicious.  I really liked the teriyaki burgers, but my son wasn’t a huge fan of the sauce.  Next time I would use less soy as I found them a little too salty.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We will probably do take-out on Friday.  The weather is going to change drastically this week, so I am going to pull out the slow cooker.  It is also my husband’s Birthday, we will be celebrating at home on Tuesday and then heading out for a date on Saturday.

  • Sloppy joe stuffed peppers from @ayeshacurry I saw this recipe on the Food Network and had to give it a try.  I will be making half in peppers and serving the rest on buns.  As an appetizer during football this afternoon I will be making her cauliflower hot wings.  I know that this may sound strange but they look so good!  I will make this dip to go with it.  We will eat the zucchini cookies from yesterday for dessert.
  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a household favourite.
  •  We are celebrating my husband’s Birthday and he wanted steak and potatoes on the menu.  I bought tenderloin that I will marinate in soy, Italian dressing and lemon.  This tenderizes the meat and makes it so flavourful.  On the side we will be having mashed potatoes, roasted beets and a green salad.  For dessert he wants to go to our favourite local ice cream shop.  If you are ever in the Calgary area Village Ice Cream is a must!
  • Tortellini soup from @iowagirleats I make a version of her recipe, but mine is much easier as I use an organic store bought tomato soup.  I have raved about this soup before, you can find it in most major grocery stores.  I heat the soup with the cheese tortellini inside and then top with parmesan when it is ready to serve.  We will have a caesar salad on the side.
  • Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken from number2pencil.com depending on how I am feeling I add the lemon and garlic to the cooker, or sometimes I leave it out.  If I leave it out then I spread some butter over the chicken and then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  When the chicken is cooked I use the juices to make a gravy.  It makes really good gravy.  We will eat this with roasted garden carrots and potatoes.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I baked three times last week!  I used zucchini from our garden to make muffins and cookies, and also used our past due bananas to make some loaf.  For links to the recipes go to last week’s meal plan.  If we decide not to do take-out on Friday then I am going to make this recipe that sounds amazing.  Fall is in the air and I am beginning to think of pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.  What are your favourite pumpkin recipes?

Heading to the store?  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 27

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals September 4- September 8

Meal updates from last week:
Favourite meals from last week were the pork medallions and the baked Greek meatballs.  The mango chicken was also very good, but I should have used all of the jalapeño instead of just half.  Next time I make the meatballs I am going to serve them with a dip, either hummus or some tzatziki.

I was away for the weekend with my mom in Las Vegas.  We had an amazing time and ate at some really amazing restaurants.  Next time you go to Vegas make sure that you check out Carbone in the Aria.  It is traditional Italian cuisine, everything that we ate was delicious.  We also ate at Zuma in the Cosmopolitan, which is a Japanese restaurant that is much more than sushi.  I would eat at both places again.

Tomorrow is the first day of school!  I cannot believe that summer is already over and we are going to be back into the routine of things.  This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  The weather is supposed to continue to be hot, so I am going to try to use the grill as much as possible.

  • classychicken as requested from my son.  A family favourite, and makes delicious leftovers for his thermos.  I serve this with egg noodles.
  • Enchilada chicken roll-ups from @skinnytaste I am serving this with a cilantro lime rice.
  • Teriyaki turkey burgers from @wellplated we will eat these with waffles fries and raw veggies.
  • Greek marinated chicken thighs with grilled vegetables.  This is a recipe I have created.  I will marinate the chicken in lemon, oil, oregano and garlic.  I will grill the chicken and the vegetables and before serving I will top it with some feta.  You could also add some steamed rice or roasted potatoes to the meal.
  • BBQ pizza, I will be using store-bought dough for the pizza and be serving it with a caesar salad.  I usually top our pizza with salami, peppers, mushrooms, olives and fresh tomatoes.

I will be back packing lunches, and my son has been asking for muffins and loaf.  I still have a dozen of these in the freezer and think that I will make something with banana and zucchini.  I like the sounds of this recipe and maybe this one too.  If you are heading to the store don’t forget to print Dinner List 26.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*banana bread recipe*
*Zucchini-chocolate chip muffins*
*Zucchini coconut chocolate chip cookies*