Happy New Year!

After a much-needed break in the sunshine with my family, I am back to share new recipes for the new year.  We had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends, and eating many delicious meals.  Being away means eating differently and not always the healthiest, but everyone deserves a break from healthy eating!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We arrived home tonight and had our standard, breakfast for supper 😉

  • Beef and quinoa meatloaf from Greta Podleski’s new cookbook called Yum and Yummer.  If you recognize the name it is because she is one of the sisters who wrote the Looney Spoons cookbooks.  I will serve this with mashed potatoes and a steamed green vegetable.
  • Thai cashew chicken from @wellplated we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Pasta e fagipoli from @cookinglight
  • Loaded Mediterranean beef rice bowl from @mysequinedlife I am loving the look of this bowl.  I am not going to make the pickled onion, but may add some kalamata olives instead.
  • Ramen with sesame broth from cilantroandcitronella.com I will omit the tofu and add more steamed vegetables to my ramen.

I have many other recipes that I cannot wait to share with you!  I am also thinking of making some quinoa bites for lunch.  Use the search engine to find the cups I posted in the past.  I haven’t baked muffins in a very long time, and I found a very interesting morning-glory recipe that I really want to try so please stay tuned!  Start your new year grocery trip off right, by printing Dinner List 39!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*cheddar broccoli quinoa bites* *Breakfast cookies* *Raspberry Tiramisu*

 

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Weekly meals Dec. 18 – Dec. 22

Meal updates from last week:
Our favourite meals from last week were the steak fajitas and the rice casserole.  If I am being honest, my son hated the rice casserole but everyone else loved it.  I ended up using mild Italian sausage and it tasted great.  The fajitas had great flavour and were so easy to make using the grill.

This week is going to be a busy one!  We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday.  Saturday night we will be at friends and then we are hosting Christmas Eve at our place.  My holiday baking is almost over, I do need to finish making some icing for my gingerbread cookies.

  • Hamburger soup from The Best of Bridge served with buns.
  • Thai turkey lettuce cups from @cookinglight I am not sure how the kids will like these, but I’m hoping if they don’t want the lettuce then they will eat the filling and the veggies.  I may also supplement the cups with some steamed rice just to give the meal more substance.
  • Spinach and ricotta stuffed shells from @forkknifeswoon we will eat this with a caesar salad and fresh bread.
  • Coq au Riesling from @halfbakedharvest as this meal includes vegetables we will only eat this.
  • Pork Milanese with kale salad from @cookinglight I am not going to make the kale salad with this, but instead will serve this with a steamed green vegetable.
  • Mexican haystack rice bowls from @togetherasafamilyblog we are hosting friends with kids and decorating gingerbread houses.  I needed a meal that was flexible with kids and adults and I think that this one will work out well.

I am bringing an appetizer to friends on Saturday night, I have decided to make these potatoes.  They sound like a great one-bite starter and will go well with the chili that is being served for dinner.  Christmas Eve is going to be very casual and filled with family.  We are going to start in the late afternoon so that the kids can get to bed before Santa arrives!  I have ordered a large charcuterie platter that I am going to serve alongside meatballs, caesar salad and a baguette.  Christmas morning will also be very casual, we will be having gingerbread cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit before we head out-of-town to visit family.  Although I claim that my holiday baking is finished my good friend shared a Swiss Mountain Shortbread recipe that sounds amazing!  I have decided to bake them and send them to work with my husband as a treat for the staff.  I will not be adding my weekly grocery list as it is way too long!  I will continue as usual after the holidays.  We are heading out-of-town, so stay tuned for some healthy menus to kick-start your new year!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 12 – 16

Meal updates from last week:
Three of the four meals from last week were amazing!  The Mexican bowls, stuffed thighs and meatloaf were all enjoyed by myself and my family.  We went through another batch of the pumpkin muffins, my kids devoured all of them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Tonight we ate at my parents, we had the family favourite Classy chicken over egg noodles served with a green salad.  For dessert my mom made a coconut cake that was outstanding.  I ate one piece but my husband and I both agreed that we could have eaten at least two;)

  • Chicken teriyaki from @shutterbean served over steamed brown rice with sauted snap peas.
  • Turkey cheeseburger sloppy joes from @skinnytaste found on @cookinglight.  We will be eating this with a salad and our favourite waffle fries.
  • Festive fall salad from my recipes.com I am very excited to make this salad.  I will either be making my own corn bread, or just using a toasted baguette instead.
  • Stuffed pepper soup from @skinnytaste I have heard rave reviews about this recipe.

I had a hard time choosing recipes for the week.  My list of recipes to try was very long, but the ones I didn’t use will be added to meal plans later this month.  I baked another batch of pumpkin muffins today, hopefully it will last us till the end of the week.  My husband is heading home next week, I send Christmas treats and gifts with him for his family.  This year I will be making nuts and bolts (I will share the recipe soon) and homemade turtles.  What is your favourite holiday gifting treat?  I am always looking for different recipes to try.  Print the Dinner List 34 before heading to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

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*

Weekly meals Oct. 23 – Oct. 27

Meal updates from last week:
There are no meal updates from last week as we were and still are on vacation!  I hope that you enjoyed cooking from my favourite soups and stews.

We arrive home on Wednesday after a red-eye flight, we will see how that all goes for the children?!  I will be cooking Wednesday to Sunday as we have been doing some eating out this vacation.  It will be difficult to get back into the swing of things, but we have enjoyed every minute of being away.

I have my eye on a few other recipes this week: granola bark and pumpkin muffins.  After some jet-lag we will see how much cooking I get done!  Grocery lists will start again next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Oct. 16 – Oct. 20

Meal updates from last week:
All of the recipes that we ate from America’s Test Kitchen were very good.  Our favourite recipes were: pork stir fry and turkey meatballs with rice.  We ate the pork with chow mein noodles, which were a great accompaniment to the pork and sauce.  The lemon turkey meatballs were delicious, I added some arugula to the skillet just to give it some colour.  I’m going to start visiting their website to see what other recipes I can find.  I also made these muffins, these muffins are not very sweet, but the addition of the chocolate chips gives it that little extra that you need.

This week we are off on a family vacation!  We cannot wait to spend some down time together.  Although there will be some cooking, we will be enjoying some meals out as well.  With this in mind I am going to share with you some of my favourite soups and stews:

Happy cooking,
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*