Weekly meals Nov. 11 – Nov. 15

Meal updates from last week:
We LOVED the mediterranean salmon as well as the zuppa Toscana.  The soup got even better sitting in the fridge and was delicious for lunch.  I had made the caprese chicken before and it was a hit once again.  Pair it with a caesar salad and some parmesan pasta and your kids will gobble it up!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday, I will be out on Thursday and then my husband and I are heading out of town for the weekend.  The cold weather broke today and it looks like the rest of the week will be a lot warmer.  Below I will share recipes that I made for Sunday and Monday dinner, plus the rest of my weekly recipes.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron we ate this with cheese buns for dipping.  This soup is amazing!  I only use two Tbsp of curry paste as I don’t want it too spicy for the kids.  This makes a big amount of soup, so invite friends or freeze the leftovers.
  • Caramel shrimp with coconut rice from @cookingforkeeps I didn’t have a chance to make the rice as it was a basketball night, so I served this with brown rice, edamame and green beans.  I decided to half the sauce and there was still enough for four servings.
  • Stuffed Italian mini meatloaves from @iowagirleats I will serve this with some green beans and a salad.
  • Sausage and veggie sheet pan, I have shared recipes for this before, but tonight I am going to keep it simple and roast everything together.  I am going to use broccoli and potatoes as my veg, I like to slice the potatoes on a mandolin, they turn into baked potato chips that my kids devour.  Here are some other sheet pan meals: sausage and greens, sausage and veggies and healthy sausage and veggies.

As I mentioned last week, I have started to think about my holiday baking, I even put a few Christmas decorations up today!  My husband always heads home in late November and I like to send some homemade goodies for his dad and grammas.  As always I will be making and sending nuts and bolts, this is a simple yet delicious holiday treat.  In the past I have made cookies and a couple of years ago I made turtles, this year I think I am going to make peppermint or turtle bark.  Both recipes come together in less than twenty minutes, but look and taste like you spent way more time!  I will make sure to update when I have decided/made the recipes.  There will be no time for any baking in this house this week.  My son just finished the pumpkin muffins that I had in the freezer, I still have a lemon blueberry loaf that I made in late summer.  Once that is gone then I know it is time for more baking 😉

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals August 19 – August 23

I am back home after a week away with my kids.  We enjoyed spending time by the ocean, relaxing and exploring.  I am very happy to be back in my own bed and cooking in my kitchen.  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans Friday and will be heading to friends Saturday.  I am trying to take advantage of these last few weeks of summer weather, and more importantly before I go back to work and my son heads back to school.

  • Thai baked turkey meatballs from @aspicyperspective I served these with brown rice, edamame, carrots, peppers and sweet chili sauce for dipping.
  • Caprese chicken from @themediterraneandish we ate this with caesar salad and I made some cheese and butter pasta for the kids.
  • Ground turkey burgers from @saltandlavendar on the side we will have fries and a simple green salad.
  • Skillet coconut shrimp from @bevcooks I will serve this with brown rice and edamame.
  • Stuffed peppers from @thekitchn I am going to make these peppers without the rice, instead I will use cauli-rice and shredded zucchini.  I will let you know how they turn out.

I am going to try to bake a chocolate zucchini loaf as well as more banana muffins, I like to pack my freezer in anticipation for school lunches.  My son loves to take a muffin or slice of bread for his morning snack.  Peach season continues for the next couple of weeks, when we were on the coast I made a blueberry peach crisp that was outstanding! Now is the time to take advantage of all the fruit and veggies that are in season, because before you know it we will be eating apples and oranges.  The grocery list 102 is back!

Happy cooking,

Blueberry lemon bread