Weekly meals August 21-25

Meal updates from last week:
The best meal from last week was the meatball sandwiches, they were full of flavour and easy to make.  I am going to make these meatballs again and serve them over pasta.  I really enjoyed the power salad.  I didn’t end up having everything for the recipe, but I improvised a fews things instead (see my Instagram post).  What really made the salad was the herb chicken, I will keep this in mind for other salads that I make.  All muffins from last week were delicious, my son especially loved the blueberry ricotta ones!  I have added all muffin recipes to last week’s meal plan.

This week is a slightly different week as my husband and I will be away on holiday.  Our kids will be home with family.  As I won’t be cooking this week I have decided to share with you some of our family favourites.  Some recipes will be repeats from before, but I have added a few new ones that I have never shared.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly Meals August 14-18

Meal updates from last week:
The best recipe from last week was the crunchy noodle salad from Ina.  My children devoured the noodles and my son asked for a second bowl.  We also really liked the chicken kefta wraps, the addition of shredded zucchini made them very moist.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday then my husband and I are heading on a vacation!  The weather is supposed to be a little cooler, so I may even get some baking in.

  • Meatball sandwiches from @rachelray served with a caesar salad.  I usually make my meatball sandwiches with sausage meat, but I will give this recipe a try and see how it is.  I am not making my own sauce but using store-bought.
  • Thai beef bowls from @joythebaker I won’t be adding the red chilis as it will be too spicy for the kids.
  • Bruschetta turkey burgers from @paula_callmepmc I will serve these with our favourite waffles fries and raw veggies.
  • Grilled chicken power salad from @whatsgabycooking a delicious mix of summer ripe blueberries and corn.  I will be making my own dressing and not using her recipe.

I have a huge amount of blueberries, so I am going to try this week to use them in some baking.  I am thinking of using this recipe.  I am also really excited to try these burgers.  My garden is starting to hit its stride and I am going to have a ton of zucchini on my hands.  From all of the reviews I think that I need to make this.  I spent the weekend in Montana and was able to find a bag of these!  I cannot wait to use them in cookies.

Don’t forget to take your Dinner List 24 when you head to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Here is the muffin and crips links:

 

Weekly meals Aug 7-11

Meal updates from last week:
Phew!  Last week was very busy, so much fun but I am happy that it’s over.  Our most favourite recipe from last week was the steak fajita foil packs.  They were so easy, tasty and had minimal clean-up.  I will be making them again soon.  We also enjoyed the strawberry streusel pie.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday and then I will be heading out-of-town with our kids for three days.  It will be a short cooking week, but I will add an extra recipe that is one of my favourites.

  • Chicken kefta wraps from @whatsgabycooking I will serve these with a simple Greek salad, I will not be making the salad from her recipe.
  • Crunchy noodle salad from @inagarten this is one of Ina’s recipes that I have never tried before.  I have never been disappointed with any of her recipes.  I may grill some chicken and add it to the salad.
  • Monte Cristo sandwiches from @wearsmanyhats I have an abundance of leftover ham so I will use it to make these delicious sandwiches.  I will serve these with a green salad and raw veggies.
  • Grilled chicken with avocado tomato salad from @whatsgabycooking I love the cilantro vinaigrette it is a must with the chicken and salad.

For my daughter’s Birthday I cooked a bone-in ham, it turned out better than I had anticipated.  I glazed the ham with a mixture of honey and grainy mustard.  Her cake was very cute and easy to portion out as they were cupcakes.  I ended up making her a smash cake, and covered it in rainbow frosting.  It was very sweet.  I made these banana muffins this week and I think that they are going to become by new favourite.

Print Dinner List 22 to simplify your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly Meals July 31 – August 4

Meal updates from last week:
All meals last week were well received by the family.  I really enjoyed the sweet and sour bowls and the Mediterranean chicken.  Foil packets are my new favourite thing for hot weather cooking, not to mention that clean-up in non-existent.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We are heading out-of-town early tomorrow and will return later on Monday, so I am not sure what Monday dinner will look like.  It could be breakfast for dinner or even grilled cheese.  This week we are also celebrating another birthday!  Our daughter is turning one.  We will spend her actual day just the four of us together, and then celebrate with friends and family on the weekend.  This also means I will be busy preparing food for the weekend as well as baking another cake.  I have decided to make her cake simple, with not as many steps has her brother’s cake.

  • Sheet-pan sausage and peppers with cauliflower rice from @iowagirleats I have never made cauliflower rice before, my kids love brown rice so we will see how they like this new version?!
  • Steak fajita foil packs from @cremedelacrumb1 yes I am trying another foil pack recipe!
  • Pierogies with sour cream is what I am making for our daughter’s birthday dinner.  Pierogies are possibly her most favourite thing to eat, and no I am not making them! I will be buying them from the Farmer’s Market.
  • Grilled bruschetta chicken from @cremedelacrumb1 this is a new recipe for me, and with our abundance of tomatoes I need to start using them daily.  I will serve this with a butter and parmesan spaghetti and a side caesar.

For our daughter’s Birthday party I am serving ham with buns, salad and fresh fruit.  I have decided to have three different salads: broccoli, kale and Asian slaw.  You can find the broccoli and kale recipes on my Canada 150 post.  I will share my Asian slaw later in the week.  I will be making cupcakes for her cake, find the image here at the bottom of the page.  As always I will be using my go-to chocolate cake recipe with vanilla frosting.  Use my new search feature to find the cake recipe.

I have some other recipes to share with you that I am excited to try!

Don’t forget to bring the Dinner List 22 to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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 10-15

Meal updates from last week:
The biggest hit from last week was the Thai noodle salad with peanut dressing.  We ate it hot at night, and then I ate it the following day cold for lunch.  Both were delicious!  I did not have a chance to make the pork sliders, we ended up having burgers instead.

We have another busy week!  We will be eating at home Monday-Friday and it looks like the heat wave is going to take a break for a few days, which means I will get a chance to turn on the oven.  We had Sunday dinner with my parents, mom made the chicken fajita burger from @iowagirleats and I brought this Southwestern chopped salad.

  • Slow cooker lasagna soup from @cremedelacrumb1 I have made other lasagna soups before but never tried this one.
  • Chicken fajitas from @marthastewart this is my go to recipe for fajitas, fast and simple to make.
  • Asian chicken foil packets from @twopeasandpod this is a new recipe for me it looks very easy and cooks on the grill.
  • Turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and warmed pita.
  • Blt salad from @marthastewart this is a recipe that we love!  We usually have this salad once a month.  The buttermilk dressing for this salad is amazing.

As the weather is going to be cooler for the next two days I am going to try to make some pies.  My good friend brought me some rhubarb from her garden, I am going to use it to make strawberry rhubarb pies.  I do not have a recipe right now, but will post it when I find one.  For my pie crust I always use my grandma’s recipe, to find this recipe go to my post on the best pie dough.  Next week my son is turning seven, in preparation for his birthday I will be baking him a cake.  I always use the same chocolate cake recipe, if you are a cake lover then you MUST try this cake.  My son has asked that I make a piñata cake, so I found this recipe that looks amazing.  I cannot wait to put it together for him.  As we are in the middle of Stampede I couldn’t help but find a new pancake recipe, I am going to try this with nectarines instead of peaches.  Don’t make your own grocery list just take Dinner List 19

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Here is the recipe that I used for my pie*

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