Weekly meals June 19-23

Meal updates from last week:
The only new recipe to us from last week was the Thai salad.  It was delicious, and made even easier because I used a cooked chicken.  I did not get a chance to try out the maple grilled chicken sandwiches, but I have them on my list of ‘to try’ meals for the summer.  I did have the acai bowl this week and I enjoyed something different for breakfast.

This week we will be eating in Sunday-Thursday.  We are celebrating Father’s Day with family and my mom is cooking a turkey.  I am bring these roasted carrots.   It is a busy week with soccer ending, a retirement party, a grand opening to go to and the last full week of school, so I chose recipes that are fast and easy to prepare.

  • BBQ pizza, I will be using store-bought dough, for the kids pasta sauce ham and cheese.  For the adults, pesto, salami, cheese topped with fresh arugula from the garden.  We will eat these with some raw veggies.
  • Grilled sweet and sour turkey kebabs from @nutmegnanny we will eat these with some steamed brown rice.
  • Rotini with sausage and peppers.  I will take some Italian sausage, remove it from the casing and crumble it.  As it cooks I will add some diced red peppers and then a jar of organic pasta sauce.  I will serve this over cooked rotini with a side caesar salad.
  • Pulled chicken sandwiches with apple slaw from @closetcooking on the side we will have our most favourite waffles fries!

I made some protein balls last week and we shockingly still have some left.  See my previous post for a variety of protein ball recipes.  I found an interesting recipe for zucchini muffins that I am going to try.  There is a secret ingredient in these muffins, make sure you check them out!  Breakfast this week will be a mixture of cold and warm oats as well as some acai bowls.  If you follow me on Instagram you will know we ate waffles for Father’s Day, find the best waffle recipe here.  Print your Dinner List 17 before you head to the grocery store.

Happy Father’s Day,
Sara

Good for snacking

In the past I have posted many different recipes for protein balls.  They are a huge hit in my house, easy to eat on the go, and light enough to give your kids before dinner time.  I am going to share with you all the recipes that I have tried, as well as a recipe adaptation that I made earlier this week.  All recipes can be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.  To make them lunch box friendly use seed butter instead of nut butter.

Happy snacking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 5-9

Highlights from last week:
The rosemary chicken salad and chicken corn burgers were the best from last week.  The kids especially liked the burgers.  My most favourite recipe from last week was the blueberry muffin overnight oats, I am obsessed with them, and have eaten them for breakfast all week!  Head to fitfoodiefinds.com to get the recipe.

We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, but are heading out for dinner on Wednesday night to celebrate some family anniversaries.  The weather is going to continue to cooperate, which means I will be out using the grill.

  • Tonight is usually a family meal, but there are no plans yet for dinner.  I will post my Sunday dinner recipe on Instagram.
  • Thai basil turkey bowls from @lexiscleankitchen this is a new to me recipe.  I will be serving mine on brown rice instead of the cauliflower rice.  It says to use coconut aminos, this is an ingredient that I am unfamiliar with.  I will have a look for it tomorrow and let you know.
  • Spicy pork po’boys from @foodandwine this is another new recipe, we will eat these sandwiches with coleslaw.
  • BBQ chicken served with antipasto salad from @foodandwine I am so excited about this salad, I had to make this recipe after seeing the pictures.  My kids will not eat this salad, but they will eat a deconstructed version of it.
  • Persian turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and pita bread.  If I have time I will make some tzatziki.

This week for breakfast I will continue my love for blueberry muffin overnight oats.  My kids are still asking for the Nature’s Path cinnamon waffles.  I have some bananas that need to be used so I think I will give this bread a try.  Last Friday was National doughnut day, I haven’t used my doughnut pan in a very long time and think I need to make this recipe again.  I came across a recipe for no churn ice cream it looks amazing!  Make your weekly grocery shop easier by taking Dinner List 15

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 22-26

Meal updates from last week:
Last week’s best meals were both from @cookinglight.  The mini meatball soup was amazing, as was the pulled chicken with slaw.  I would highly recommend giving both a try.  My kids also devoured the mini pancake muffins.  My son dipped his in maple syrup and my daughter just ate them plain.  I gave then a try warmed with a small smear of peanut butter.

This week we will be eating in Monday-Thursday.  The weather looks lovely until mid-week, so that means we will be grilling!

  • Salmon on the grill, seasoned with a little salt and pepper.  I am going to serve this with greek tzatziki pasta salad from @alyssa_therecipecritic I love all of the ingredients in this salad.
  • BBQ porktenderloin from janetandgreta.com I will serve this with brown rice and grilled asparagus.  If you have never been to their website or seen their cookbooks then you must go now!
  • Chicken fajita burgers from @iowagirleats we will have these with a side salad and some waffle fries.
  • Ginger peanut soup from a vegan cookbook.  This soup is simply amazing!  I puree half of the soup and then add it to the non-pureed.  I serve it with warmed naan bread.

This week is a short one as Monday is a holiday.  I haven’t made a definite plan for breakfast or snack this week.  I really like the sounds of this one the flavour combinations are on point.  I haven’t made protein balls forever, so I may go back to our household favourite.

Last night we stayed in for dinner, the weather was lovely and we ate outside.  We were looking for an easy recipe and we found a great one!  We served our chicken over romaine, it was filling and delicious.  Make this recipe tonight!

Enjoy your week and don’t forget your Dinner List 14

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 15-19

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing Mothers!

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken stir fry was amazing!  So much flavour and very easy to make.  We also loved the BBQ chicken salad.  As I posted on Instagram (@three_plates_full) I substituted brown rice for the quinoa, pinto beans for black and added avocado on top.  We also ate beef tacos on Saturday night, I topped it with a super simple corn and avocado salsa.  Grill two ears of corn and then cut the kernels off.  In a bowl add the grilled corn, diced avocado (1), one diced jalapeño (if you want a milder flavour then leave out the seeds), the juice of half a lime, corse salt and two tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro.  Mix carefully and add to the top of your tacos.  You could also double the recipe and serve with tortilla chips for an easy Mexican appetizer.

This week we will be having sushi for Mother’s Day, and then eating at home Monday-Thursday.  For the long weekend I am not sure what we have planned.  One of the meals for the week will be meatless, we will see how this works with the kids?!

  • Roasted veggie grain bowl from joyfulhealthyeats.com my children are not huge fans of quinoa so I am going to be making both brown rice and quinoa.
  • Pineapple BBQ chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus.  I saw a short video posted where chicken was seasoned with salt and pepper and then brushed with BBQ sauce.  It was baked in the oven and then topped with pineapple.  I am going to bake the chicken and grill the pineapple.  This brings out the flavour of the fruit.  This is a similar idea to this recipe.
  • Mini meatball minestrone from @cookinglight I will serve this with crusty bread.  I am not going to use the chard but instead spinach.
  • Pulled BBQ chicken and coleslaw sandwiches from @cookinglight we will eat this with Alexia’s waffle fries and brown beans.

For breakfast this week I’m going to make these pancake mini muffins.  My kids have also been eating a lot of these..  I am undecided about my snack recipe for the week, and like last week I will post my snack on Instagram.  Heading to the grocery store?  Make sure to print Dinner List 13

Happy Mother’s Day and happy cooking,
Sara

Spring cookies

It is always fun to make seasonal cookies.  It is even more fun to include children in this tradition.  Baking is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Measuring, pouring, cracking and mixing are all things that kids can do.  I was very excited to make some Easter cookies and include the pastel M & Ms inside the batter.  I have made this recipe many times and shared it with you earlier in the blog.  This sugar cookie recipe from @averiesunshine is simply the best!  Follow exactly what the recipe says, and do not skip placing the dough in the fridge.  Remove cookies from oven when they are just slightly golden around the edges.  From the top they don’t even look cooked, but I promise they are soft and chewy.  I added some pink, purple, green, yellow, blue jimmies and sprinkles to the batter.  I love the crunch that it gives this soft buttery cookie.

Happy baking,
Sara

Snacks on the plane

With many families leaving for warmer destinations in the next three weeks I decided to tackle the plane snack dilemma.  I am not sure if it is just my son, but when we travel his stomach is a never-ending empty pit!  It does not matter if we are on a plane or road tripping he is continuously hungry when we travel.  We all know the key to a successful trip is to keep children occupied and happy, and this can be accomplished with some good snacks, new colouring book and a movie.  Here are some easy and portable ideas for travel with kids.

  • Granola bars, we especially like Lara bars or you could make your own.
  • Granola bites, these small one bite balls are great for kids.  I buy Made Good as they are lunchbox friendly.
  • Snack or trail mix, purchased or homemade both work very well.  For an easy homemade mix add: Cheerios, Chex, cheddar fish or bunnies, raisins or dried cranberries, pretzels and chocolate chips or m&m’s.
  • Applesauce, the easiest travel kinds are the ones in the squeeze pouch.
  • Mini muffins, if you have a stash in your freezer these are great for taking on trips.
  • Sliced apples or other sliced fruit.
  • Cheese string or Babybel cheese.
  • Wraps, I usually pack a peanut butter and jam wrap for my son, it keeps well and easy to eat on the-go.
  • Gum and a small bag of gummy candies.  This always makes their eyes light up when they get the have two treats during travel, and may have the ability to calm an upset child!

Happy travel,
Sara

Leprechaun bait

The recipe that I used for the Leprechaun bait is another tried and tested recipe from my grandma Illa.  She made these every Christmas, rolled them in red and green sprinkles and kept them in a Christmas box.  I changed a few things with this recipe, but it is mainly the same one she used for many years.  Instead of making large popcorn balls, I made them kid size, and rolled them in all things green.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
1/4 cup of butter

32 large marshmallows
8 cups of popcorn (you can use an air popper or stove)
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkles of any kind (I used shamrocks and green jimmies)

In the top of a double boiler heat butter and marshmallows till melted.  Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl.  When marshmallow mixture is melted add it to the popcorn.  Stir to combine.  Leave this mixture to cool for a few minutes as it is too difficult to form into balls when it is hot.  To make smaller popcorn balls I used a spoon slightly larger than a tablespoon(for ease of rolling cover your hands in butter).  The recipe made between 30-35 small balls.  Once formed roll in desired sprinkles.  Store in an airtight container, but really just eat them!

Happy baking,
Sara

Family time

During day-to-day life you can lose sight of the importance of spending quality time with the ones that you love.  Today my son said, “Mom we are getting low on protein balls, we’d better find a recipe and make some more.”  And just like that I was reminded to pause and spend some one-on-one time with my growing-up too fast little boy.  We sat together and looked for a picture that appealed to him, and then together we gathered ingredients, measured, mixed and rolled.  When we were finished he looked at me and said, “That was really fun!”  In our busy lives don’t forget to take time and spend time with those that you love.  Our newest protein ball recipe can be found here.

Enjoy your weekend,
Sara

Banana pancakes

It seems that at least twice a month we have pancakes on the weekend.  Although we do purchase a buckwheat pancake mix, our most favourite is banana pancakes.  I have tried many different recipes for banana pancakes, but found one by Nigella Lawson that is amazing!  The addition of buttermilk make them light and fluffy with just a hint of banana.  In our house my son and husband top their pancakes with butter and maple syrup.  For me, I enjoy them with fresh fruit and some greek yogurt.  You can find the recipe for Nigella’s pancakes here

Happy flipping,
Sara