Weekly meals July 27 – July 31

Meal updates from last week:
Our favourite meals from last week were the shrimp bowl, and  the chicken and peach skewers.  I haven’t had a lot of luck making coconut rice, I find that it never tastes that coconuty, this was the same for this recipe.  I LOVED the grilled peaches with the chicken they turned out so well.  We also really liked the peach pecan crumble, my son finished off the entire pan.  I ended up making a simple charcuterie on Friday night, all ingredients were bought from the @italianctryyc and it was amazing!  We had peaches, prosciutto, basil, focaccia, olives, tomatoes and burrata.  Flavours were outstanding!  Saturday night we went out for dinner to a local spot that has just reopened called The Goose, food was so good, and you can sit on their patio social distance style.  If you live in the SW then check it out.

This week we will be eating at home Monday to Wednesday, we are going out of town for a few nights and will be back at the beginning of the weekend.  Next week is our daughter’s birthday and she has requested a Paw Patrol cake (insert scared face here!).  I am going to bake the pieces of the cake tomorrow so that it is done, and then will freeze it.  I find that icing a mostly frozen cake is much easier as you don’t get so many crumbs.  As always I will be using our favourite chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting.

  • Baja grain bowls from @howsweeteats I made these tonight and they were amazing!  There isn’t any protein with this recipe so I bought some frozen tempura shrimp, baked them off and served them on top of the rice.  They were a great accompaniment to the bowl.  I really liked the dressing and would make it to serve on a salad.
  • Grilled chicken, vegetable and avocado salad board from @weelicious this is a new recipe from Catherine that sounds amazing!  I’m not going to be using eggplant as it is not a favourite in our house, instead I bought a yellow and green zucchini.
  • Roasted sausage tomato and peach supper from @thedaleyplate since it is peach season I need to take advantage!  I went to the Farmer’s Market on the weekend and stocked up on peaches, so I am ready to cook and bake with them.

I am not sure what the cooking plan is while we are away, but here are a few other recipes that I have on my must-try list:
Grilled salmon with citrus salsa
Coconut lime chicken
Zucchini ribbon pizza with chicken
Buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake

The grocery list will return next week.

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 June 29 – July 3

Meal updates from last week:
My meals didn’t go as planned last week, we decided to go out for our first restaurant dinner since COVID.  Our son had golf lessons and then we went to Brown’s Social House,  there were very minimal patrons, but food was really good and service was great.  I loved the watermelon salad that I made last week.  Our favourite meal was the Mexican pizza, it was a hit with the kids and so easy to make.  I never made the strawberry salad, but I did make the couscous salad with lime basil vinaigrette.  I was going to substitute brown rice instead of couscous but I ended up leaving it out and added some avocado.  It was amazing!  I served the salad with marinaded grilled chicken thighs from @littlebrokenblog

This week I am taking a break from my traditional recipe searching, and listing our favourite family meals.  I will be back next week with all new recipes for you to try.  For now give our tried and true recipes some love!

Happy cooking and Happy Canada Day!
Sara

 

Weekly meals March 30 – April 3

Meal updates from last week:
Last week’s meals were a hit!  We loved the make your own salad rolls, my son especially enjoyed choosing his ingredients.  The roast chicken was delicious, and it did double duty as I used the leftover meat for the creamy chicken noodle soup.  The soup and white buns were the best recipe of the week, I cannot tell you how good those buns were!  I do admit that it was a long process to make the dough, as it needed to rise three times, but the end result was well worth all of the work.  I accidentally over cooked the salmon so it wasn’t my best meal.  We had takeout Friday night from Joey’s Chinook, they are offering a simplified menu and you are able to pick it up curb side.  On Saturday we had grilled sausages, baked beans and a spinach berry salad.  After dinner we took a family drive to deliver a birthday cake to a very special girl, the day didn’t include the party that she had wanted, but the cake made her day that much better!  I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe from @thelittlekitchen

This week will look similar to last week, we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday and then doing takeout Friday.  Weekends continue to be wide open as we navigate these uncertain times.  I begin working from home this week, so we will see how that goes.  My son will begin to do some school work during his days at home, it will be nice to have some routine.

  • Flank steak with salsa verde from the Whitewater Cooks cookbook, on the side I served baked potatoes, grilled peppers and asparagus and sautéed mushrooms.  The steak was outstanding as was the sauce, it would be great on chicken or fish.
  • Lemon garlic baked chicken drumsticks from @themediterraneandish we will eat this with a Greek salad and some steamed rice or butter noodles for the kids.
  • Spicy pork and kale soup from @eatliverun this recipe comes from my bestie who makes this soup on a regular basis.  I think besides the kale I will add some shredded carrot and possibly snap peas.
  • Turkey and white bean chili from @saltandlavender I couldn’t find any white kidney beans as the store today as the canned bean aisle was empty, but I did find one can of navy beans so they will have to work.  I will top the chili with avocado and some tortilla chips.
  • Chicken fried rice from @amandafrederickson my kids don’t love peas so I will add some snap peas to the rice.

I am not planning on making any bread this week!  I think that I need to do some research and find a slightly less time consuming recipe.  We made some energy balls last week, and my kids gobbled them up!  I am going to make another batch this week, and was also debating making some granola.  I have some dried blueberries and a ton of pecans, and found a recipe that sounds delicious!  Stay safe and healthy, make life easier with grocery list 124

Happy cooking,
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

 

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 Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

Meal updates from last week:
All the meals that I made last week were great, I didn’t get a chance to make the grilled sausage, peppers and potatoes as we ate with my mom.  I shared the delicious Thai soup that she made for us on last week’s blog post.  I loved the roasted cauliflower that we ate with the salmon, so much so that I had it with some quinoa and feta the next day for lunch.  The egg rolls bowls were also a hit, I made some steamed brown rice so that my husband had a little more substance to his meal.  The saucy shrimp were outstanding, make sure to have the lemon rice with it as it completes the meal.

Today I got the chance to attend a cooking class with my mom.  At the class we learned all about pies!  We got instruction and practice making four different types of pie dough with accompanying fillings.  It was a wonderful class with an exceptional instructor, and when we were finished we walked away with two small tarts and one pie.  A passionfruit tart, frangipani tart as well as a cranberry raisin pie.  I am so excited to try them all!  If you are looking for cooking classes check them out at Cuisine and Chateau.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we are going to the mountains this weekend and then home to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with family.  I will be solo two nights this week as my husband is working late, which means that I will try to keep things simple on those nights.  I still have some leftover pumpkin from last week’s muffins, so I may try to use the rest of it up.  I am taking turnips and chocolate cake to Thanksgiving dinner, as we are celebrating a number of birthdays along with our family gathering.

  • One-pan petite meatloaf with roasted veggies from @cookinglight the recipe originates from @skinnytaste
  • Thai peanut chicken ramen from @halfbakedharvest I am hoping that my children like this recipe, but I will reduce the curry paste amount so that it isn’t too spicy for them.
  • Pizza, I will either use store made dough or pizza bases.  We usually add peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes and then top with arugula when they come out of the oven.
  • Sweet fire chicken from @carlsbadcravings we will eat this with some steamed brown rice.
  • Breakfast for dinner, pancakes or waffles with bacon and fresh fruit.

Shop with ease, Dinner List 69

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies*

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