Weekly meals May 28 – June 1

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken satay and the salmon salad from last week were great.  We loved the combination of salmon with avocado and mango.  As always the grilled pizza was gobbled up.  I ended the week cooking spicy shrimp tacos, I added the link to last week’s meal plan.  On Saturday we had friends over with their kids, and decided that it was going to be an appie dinner, so we had an epic snack platter, salad rolls and cowboy caviar.  For dessert I served a mixture of candy and chocolate.  On the snack platter I included: cucumber, mini carrots, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, grapes, snap peas, salami, prosciutto, mixed olives, black bean hummus and guacamole (to see the platter head to my Instagram page).  On another platter I had a variety of cheese and crackers.  For snack platter inspiration head to Weelicious or follow Cookinglight on Instagram.  This evening we ate dinner with my parents, I brought a simple green salad that we ate with skillet elk lasagna, and for dessert angel food cake with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

This week is another busy one!  We are still in the middle of soccer and will be celebrating my son’s birthday this weekend.  His birthday isn’t until July, but we like to have his party during the school year so that his friends can make it.  This week I have meal planned for Monday-Friday, we will see if I end up cooking Friday night.

  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a family favourite, and I ended up having all of the ingredients without having to buy anything at the store!
  • BBQ chicken thighs with grilled corn and peppers.  I will boil the corn and then finish them off on the grill.  I will top the thighs with BBQ sauce.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay’s Light Kitchen cookbook.  This is another staple in our house.  Most of the time I don’t use chicken, but will add more veggies.  This pasta is great hot but even better the next day served cold.
  • Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes from @rachelray this recipe sounds amazing I cannot wait to give it a try.
  • Ginger peanut soup one of my mom’s favourite soup recipes, and one that I’ve shared with you many times.

I will also be making my son’s birthday cake for his weekend party.  This year we are heading to the zoo to see the pandas and he has also asked for a panda cake.  As always I will be using my tried and true chocolate cake recipe with cream cheese cool whip icing.  The Dinner List 56 is a long one this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals May 14 – May 18

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the grilled rosemary chicken and the shrimp cakes.  My daughter absolutely loved the shrimp cakes, she ended up eating two whole cakes!  I really enjoyed the lettuce wraps, but my son didn’t like the sauce.  I didn’t end up making the turkey burgers and kale salad, so I may move that meal to this week.  I made a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins and my kids gobbled them up.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I am not sure what the long weekend has in-store for us except that my husband will be away.  The weather for the most part is supposed to be really nice so I will be using the grill.

I spent some time this past week looking at new recipes and I found some gems!  For some reason these are all sweet recipes, these cookies, this tart and protein balls!  I don’t have any plans to make these sweet treats this week, but if I give any of them a try I will let you know.  The Dinner List 54 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Banana buttermilk muffins*

Weekly meals May 7 – May 11

Meal updates from last week:
We absolutely loved the sheet pan gnocchi!  My mom and dad were over for dinner and it was a huge hit for everyone.  We ate it with a caesar salad and a baguette, and that is how I would serve it again.  I wasn’t very happy with the spring minestrone, the broth was very bland, I don’t think that I will make it again.  Another hit from last week was the fish taco bowls, I used cod as instructed in the recipe and it turned out great.  I didn’t get a chance to make the kale salad but will try it out soon.

We arrived home from Nashville on Monday night, and I spent the yesterday shopping and planning meals for this week.  We had such an amazing time in Nashville and I have a list of places to eat and drink to share with you soon!  This week we are eating at home Tuesday-Saturday, we will be out for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday and then dinner is unplanned.  This week I am mostly cooking from the June issue of CookingLight.  I have already made two recipes and they were both good.

  • Grilled lemon rosemary chicken and leeks from @cookinglight I served this with grilled peppers, asparagus and corn.
  • Spicy Thai shrimp cakes from @cookinglight I served this with the mixed greens salad and dressing recipe that was included on the same page.  I omitted the Thai sweet chili sauce in the ones for the kids, and they gobbled these up.
  • Chicken curry stir fry from @cookinglight we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Ground chicken Thai lettuce wraps from @evolvingtable my son doesn’t enjoy lettuce, but for some reason when it is used as a vessel for something he will eat it!
  • BBQ turkey burgers (my recipe: 1 package ground turkey, 1/2 c. panko, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Combine all ingredients and form into patties) with a kale salad from @cookinglight

Today I hosted some family friends and made my favourite banana chocolate chunk muffins.  These muffins are super moist because of the buttermilk and are sweetened with maple syrup.  I also made some rhubarb muffins last week, they were great the first day but they became pretty dry after that.

As we are halfway through the week I won’t be sharing my shopping list.  I will pick it backup next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Buttermilk waffles*

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*

 

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*