Weekly meals July 24-28

Meal updates from last week:
The BLT salad is always a hit in our house.  I changed it up a little this time and served some BBQ sausage with the salad.  We loved the apricot pork!  It was very simple but full of flavour.  My son’s piñata cake was amazing!  It turned out better than I could have ever expected.  You can see a picture of the cake on my Instagram (three_plates_full)

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday we may go out for dinner or have takeout.  My son is at camp all week, so I will be sending snacks with him to enjoy throughout his day.

There has been a lot of toast and cereal eaten in the last week.  This week I am going to try to bake some muffins, but it all depends on the temperature outside.  I did find this pancake recipe that looks very interesting!  My dad picked a large bag of Saskatoon berries last week, which I will be making into a pie.  I already have pie dough in my fridge.  Find the perfect dough recipe on an earlier post.  I will be using a pie recipe from my grandma, which I will post later in the week.  I have yet to try out another popsicle recipe, but I found this one that looks simple and delicious.  Don’t forget Dinner List 21 for ease when shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals July 3-7

Meal updates from last week:
All of the salads I made this week were amazing!  The crunch salad had great flavours from the dill and almonds.  The chopped salad pizza was a hit!  I will be making this recipe again.  I was also very impressed with the pork skewers.  The marinade tenderized the pork, while cooking them on the bbq gave them a smoky flavour.  I finally got a chance to make the snickerdoodle ice cream, and let me tell you it was delicious.  The best part is that you do not need an ice cream maker.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  It is supposed to be a scorcher this week, so I am going to try my best to keep the oven off!  We are also getting close to the beginning of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, meaning we will be eating our body weight in pancakes!  I am going to try to keep our home meals healthy and nutritious.

As it is summer I have no set plans for breakfast or snacks for the week.  For the past couple days I have been starting my day with a bowl of plain yogurt topped with fresh mango, chopped banana and a handful of granola.  These no bake breakfast cookies sound interesting.  I also made the kids some breakfast popsicles, which have been a huge hit!  I would like to try some other popsicles and found this recipe that I am going to try.  I am very late posting for the week so there is no shopping list, I will get back on track next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly Meals June 26-30

Meal updates from last week:
Grilled pizza may be my new favourite thing!  The smoky flavour that the grill gives the crust and cheese is amazing.  We really enjoyed the kebabs, next time I would not use oranges as they all fell off the skewers.  The pulled chicken was also very good, and made even better when paired with the apple slaw.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  My boys are heading out-of-town for the weekend so it will just be the little and I for Canada Day.  It is also the last week of school!  I cannot wait for some lazy days with my kids.

  • Turkey burgers with crunch salad from @cookinglight.  When I make turkey burgers I simply combine: ground turkey, 1/2 cup of panko, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese and s & p to taste.  Mix ingredients together form into patties and then refrigerate before grilling.  This helps the patties stay together on the grill.
  • Burger patty salad from @cookinglight this is a new recipe that I have never tried before.  My kids won’t eat lettuce so I will serve them the patties with some veggies.
  • classy chicken from The Best of Bridge this, as stated many times before is a family favourite and we haven’t had it in a long time.  I serve this casserole with egg noodles, but it could also be served over rice.
  • Pork souvlaki with lemon rice from @foodiecrush I love Greek flavours so I am sure that this will be a hit.
  • Chopped salad pizza from @pinchofyum I have been dying to try this recipe!

We are on the home stretch for early mornings and lunch boxes.  I have to say that I cannot wait for a break from making school lunch.  Last week the kids ate some of the left over waffles from Father’s Day as well as toast.  For me this week I will stick with the overnight oats and maybe some berries and yogurt.  I made the chocolate zucchini muffins last week and they were a hit!  Find the recipe on last week’s menu.  I also managed to make some breakfast cookies (see Instagram for the recipe).  I do not have any snack plans for this week.  I am dying to try this dessert I would try to make this into a pie not bars.  These cones look amazing!  Although school is almost out, I will give these a try in September.  Print the Dinner List 18 for your trip to the store.

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

Weekly meals May 1-5

Meal updates from last week:
Both recipes that I made from the magazine were amazing!  The pork with rice and spinach was delicious.  It will be made again very soon.  As always the meatball sandwiches were a hit.  I liked the chili mac but it was not my favourite pasta recipe.  I do not think that I will be making this again.  I actually didn’t end up making any protein balls, instead I made Starbucks copycat oat bars which we really enjoyed.  If you are looking for the recipe search me (Sara Rumpel) on Pinterest.

I am an overnight oat lover!  I eat them every weekday morning because they are so quick and easy.  On the weekend I tend to eat cooked oatmeal, lately I have been making my oatmeal with almond milk.  Here is how I make it: 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 2/3 cup of almond milk, tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Add the oats and milk to a pot bring it to a boil, then turn down and simmer until the oats are almost cooked.  Add the blueberries and the cinnamon, as the oats finish cooking.  Scoop into a bowl and drizzle the syrup overtop. Enjoy!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, I will be heading to the mountains this weekend.  Outdoor sports begin this week, so many of my weeknight meals will need to be quick and easy.  BBQ season is upon us, and it looks like this week is going to be the beginning.  I am going to try to us the grill as much as I can.

  • Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron I know that I just made this a couple of weeks ago, but we will be out most of the day and need the meal to be ready when we come home.  We will eat this with corn bread and a salad.
  • classychicken from the Best of Bridge Ladies.  This recipe was part of my childhood, and will be part of my children’s childhood as well.  The ingredients list may put you off, but trust me just make it!
  • Tomato-asiago frittata with arugula blueberry salad from Cooking Light magazine.  Frittatas are an easy weeknight meal, and you can add anything to them.  I will probably take out the tomatoes and add in some ham.
  • BBQ pork tenderloin from @addapinch I will be serving this with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes.
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats another recipe repeat as we love these burgers!  This time I am going to use ground turkey instead of chicken.  We will have a side salad and fries with the burgers.
  • BBQ sausage with grilled onions and peppers.  I cook my sausage on my grill and then use my hot plate on my grill to cook the peppers and onions.  I will serve this on toasted buns with some baked beans.  If you are looking to lighten up this meal then serve the grilled meat and veg over romaine.

This week I am going to make a pan of granola.  I found recipe for grain-free granola from @felsull I will serve this with yogurt and berries.  For snack I found a cookie recipe that I am dying to try.  This is also a grain-free recipe, but contains nut butter so it cannot go in school lunches.  Don’t forget to print your Dinner List 11 to make your shopping easier.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Bring in spring

With spring in the air and summer just around the corner it is a great time to add some new ingredients into your evening meals.  At this time of year I am always looking to add some seasonal ingredients into my meal plans.  Currently, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb are just hitting their peak.

Asparagus is an easy add to any meal, roasted, baked or even barbecued it is a perfect side dish to any protein.  I like to bake mine at a high heat with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and some grated lemon rind.  Another delicious topping to roasted asparagus is feta cheese and sliced grape tomatoes.  Here are a few more asparagus recipes: roasted garlic asparagus,  sautéed asparagus and grilled balsamic asparagus.

Most often we think to use strawberries in desserts, but topping some spinach with sliced strawberries is a wonderful flavour combination.  I found a great recipe for a strawberry spinach salad from @cookinglight.  The recipe called for chicken as well but we ate ours without.  I also added blackberries as they are also in abundance at this time of year.  Instead of making a dressing for the salad you let the berries sit in a mixture of oil and vinegar and then add it to the salad.  To finish it off you sprinkle with feta and pecans.  I decided to candy my pecans and the salad turned out amazingly!  Here is another great looking strawberry salad recipe.

I love rhubarb!  For me simplicity is the key, I love stewing rhubarb and using it as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.  Another great idea for rhubarb is baked in muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.  A recipe that I have been wanting to try is strawberry rhubarb crisp bars from @smittenkitchen.  If you are looking for something different, then give Jamie Oliver’s meringue with rhubarb and cream recipe a try.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weeknight inspiration

I find that after a long weekend it is really difficult to get back into the groove.  It is especially challenging when Monday was a holiday, and now it feels like you are a day behind.  I was looking for an easy weeknight meal that was not going to take an hour to prepare.  When I came across the recipe for sausage and spinach spaghetti pie I knew I had found what I was looking for.  Comforting and flavourful this is an easy meal to add to your repertoire.  I served the pie with a caesar salad, but you could also sauté some broccolini or any other family favourite.  You could substitute the spinach with kale or another hearty green.  What is even better is that this recipe comes from @cookinglight, so even though it is pasta it must be good for you?!

Happy cooking,
Sara