Weekly meals Dec. 11 – Dec. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Last week we loved all things meatball!  The turkey meatball soup with orzo was a family hit.  My daughter loved the orzo and my son loved the meatballs and the broth.  As with other soups, it got better as the days went on.  We were also big fans of the meatball sandwiches with the homemade tzatziki sauce, next time I will serve these with a Greek salad.

The weather in Western Canada continues to be unseasonably warm.  I ended up barbecuing twice last week!  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are heading to a Christmas party on Saturday night, and we may do something simple Friday or just order in.  As we spent much of today out and about I pre-planned and put a whole chicken (3 1/2 lbs.) in my crock pot this morning.  I made a seasoning mix to rub over the chicken: paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and then placed the chicken in the crock pot on low for 6 hours.  We ate the chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.  This chicken was very juicy so I took the drippings and made some gravy.  Such a delicious and simple Sunday night meal!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been baking up a storm!  So far I have made nuts and bolts (recipe can be found on my Instagram feed), turtles, peanut butter kiss cookies,  snickerdoodle cookies, raspberry almond thumbprint cookies and gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing.  Although it seems like a lot of baking, most of it has been given away as gifts.  I am undecided whether or not I am finished!  Keep watching my Instagram feed for any baking additions.  Take Dinner List 38 with you to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all the dinners from last week especially the meatballs marsala they were delicious!  My boys ate all of the apple carrot oat muffins, I did find after a few days that they got pretty dry.  I would recommend eating them within two days, or putting them in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.  I am posting a day late because we had a dinner last night with family and friends.  I made this cake to celebrate my aunt’s Birthday.  It would be a great addition to any holiday gathering.

This week we will  be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Not sure what the weekend has in store for us, I will be out on Friday night and then we are heading out on Sunday to cut our Christmas trees.  This is a holiday tradition that we started five years ago, we have such a great time with our kids and good friends!

  • Mongolian beef from @jocooks I will serve this over brown rice with steamed broccoli or sautéed snap peas.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart if you have never tried this recipe trust me when I say it is amazing!
  • Baked chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste we will eat this with spaghetti and caesar salad.
  • Turkey meatloaf from inspired taste.net, this will be eaten with a steamed vegetable and mashed or roasted potatoes.

I have been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately.  I took a break from overnight oats and have been eating hot oatmeal instead, but now I need a break from that too!  We will see what this week has in store for breakfast.  Maybe I will be inspired by something at the grocery store.  Don’t forget to take Dinner List 36 when you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
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 Nov. 6 – Nov. 10

Meal updates from last week:
The best from last week was the creamy chicken pot pie and the three potato soup.  The soup was outstanding and easy to make it made more than enough for lunch the next day.  I also made some very simple pumpkin muffins using less than ten ingredients, they come together and bake in less than thirty minutes!  You must make them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday or Saturday.  Tonight we ate at my mom and dad’s house, we had cabbage rolls with salad.  My mom makes the best cabbage rolls, and I asked, she doesn’t use a recipe.  She said the key to good cabbage rolls: use sour cabbage, pork, rice, tomato juice and some water.  Cook them in the oven and make sure that the juice is covering the rolls.

I managed to make another batch of the pumpkin muffins today, so we have snacks for lunches and after school.  I found a recipe for breakfast cookies and baked oatmeal cups, I am looking to add some new recipes into our morning menu.  I went to the Farmer’s Market this morning and picked up some delicata squash, I am so excited to try a new type of squash.  The best part about this type is that you can eat the skin!  With Halloween over we get to start thinking about Christmas!  I have already been planning my holiday baking list.  I have s few recipes that I make every year, what are your favourite holiday recipes?    Make shopping easier with the Dinner List 33.

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*

Spooky snacks

The scariest night of the year is on its way!  My son’s class is having a Halloween party and I am going to send a snack for them to enjoy.  I was thinking about something on the healthier side, so I’ve decided to send popcorn with a few additions.  We will be adding pretzels and a few orange M & Ms.  My son will be making jack-o-lantern faces on clear plastic bags and then we will add the popcorn mix.  Need some other Halloween inspired snacks and sweets?  Have a look at the links below for more spooky inspiration!

Happy haunting,
Sara

 

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