I’m back!

Did you miss me, or maybe just the meal plan?  I am back from a holiday in the sun and ready to take on some new spring recipes.  While away, we cooked some meals and ate out for others.  We visited Palm Springs and Newport Beach.  We ate at some really great restaurants on the coast: Pizzeria Mozza, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens and True Food Kitchen.  Every meal was incredible, I especially loved my lunch at Farmhouse.  In Palm Springs we made simple dinners, mostly large salads with grilled proteins.

Now I am back home and spring has sprung!  I am ready for the change in season and also in produce.  I have already started thinking about my garden and what I am going to plant this year.  We arrived home last night and ate some grilled cheese that my mom packed for us.  We will be eating at home Tuesday-Thursday with potential for dinner out on Friday and then we are hosting friends Saturday.

  • Egg roll in a bowl from the @theseasonmom I love a one bowl dinner.  I decided to add a few more veggies: red pepper, snap peas and edamame.  I also made some brown rice, so that my husband would feel more satisfied.  You can also find a similar recipe from @skinnytaste
  • Warm shrimp and potato salad from @betterhomesandgardens my kids are still loving shrimp so I think that this will be a hit.  I love a salad packed with veggies and protein for dinner.
  • Pork loin chops with potato packets from @betterhomesandgardens as well will have had potatoes the night before, I am going to use sweet potatoes and cut them into fries.  I am also going to add some green vegetables to the meal, probably some roasted broccoli or asparagus.

On the weekend we are going to host friends for a BBQ, I am thinking of making the chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats or I found a recipe for jalapeño turkey burgers that sound amazing!  We will also BBQ some sausages for the kids and bake some tots as a side dish.

While away I purchased a few new products to try.  I absolutely love going to grocery stores while on holiday.  I like to see what other products they offer and ones that I cannot get at home.  This time I think I may have brought back a bit too much!  I ended up bringing home some chickpea pasta called Banza this is for my bestie who is Celiac.  I also got her some snickerdoodle cookies from @simplemills.  I got two boxes of crackers, one is a cauliflower cracker and the other is a cheese cracker from @vansfoods.  I tried the cauliflower crackers today and they are very good, crunchy with lots of flavour.  For my kids I brought home some @annieshomegrown gummy candies and birthday cake graham snacks.  I am also trying out two new bars for the kids, a bar from @thinkkidsproducts that is a protein bar vanilla cupcake flavoured.  The other bar is from @larabar it is a cinnamon swirl snack bar.  Both bars are gluten free and safe for school lunches, I wasn’t looking for GF, it just so happened that both were.  For myself I got a bag of @getskinnydipped dark chocolate cocoa almonds.  I have read and listened to a lot of bloggers talk about these almonds, and let me tell you they do not disappoint!

There is no grocery list this week as my husband did all of the shopping.  If I decide to cook on Friday I will add the recipe to the blog.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

Meal updates from last week:
All the meals that I made last week were great, I didn’t get a chance to make the grilled sausage, peppers and potatoes as we ate with my mom.  I shared the delicious Thai soup that she made for us on last week’s blog post.  I loved the roasted cauliflower that we ate with the salmon, so much so that I had it with some quinoa and feta the next day for lunch.  The egg rolls bowls were also a hit, I made some steamed brown rice so that my husband had a little more substance to his meal.  The saucy shrimp were outstanding, make sure to have the lemon rice with it as it completes the meal.

Today I got the chance to attend a cooking class with my mom.  At the class we learned all about pies!  We got instruction and practice making four different types of pie dough with accompanying fillings.  It was a wonderful class with an exceptional instructor, and when we were finished we walked away with two small tarts and one pie.  A passionfruit tart, frangipani tart as well as a cranberry raisin pie.  I am so excited to try them all!  If you are looking for cooking classes check them out at Cuisine and Chateau.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we are going to the mountains this weekend and then home to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with family.  I will be solo two nights this week as my husband is working late, which means that I will try to keep things simple on those nights.  I still have some leftover pumpkin from last week’s muffins, so I may try to use the rest of it up.  I am taking turnips and chocolate cake to Thanksgiving dinner, as we are celebrating a number of birthdays along with our family gathering.

  • One-pan petite meatloaf with roasted veggies from @cookinglight the recipe originates from @skinnytaste
  • Thai peanut chicken ramen from @halfbakedharvest I am hoping that my children like this recipe, but I will reduce the curry paste amount so that it isn’t too spicy for them.
  • Pizza, I will either use store made dough or pizza bases.  We usually add peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes and then top with arugula when they come out of the oven.
  • Sweet fire chicken from @carlsbadcravings we will eat this with some steamed brown rice.
  • Breakfast for dinner, pancakes or waffles with bacon and fresh fruit.

Shop with ease, Dinner List 69

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies*

Weekly meals Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Meal updates from last week:
We liked all of the meals from last week, but I especially loved the Santa Fe salad.  The avocado dressing is my new favourite.  My kids didn’t like the kale in the bowls but ate all of the rest of the meat mixture.  The meatball soup made a large pot and tasted even better the next day for lunch.  For my husband’s birthday I made a dutch apple pie because he wanted something different for dessert.  I had made dough in the summer and put some in the freezer for these exact occasions.  The pie turned out amazing!  He said that it was the best apple pie he had ever had.

This week is going to be really busy.  We will be eating at home Monday-Friday, however my husband is working late one night and I’m working late another so there will be some simple dinner recipes.

  • Crispy chicken Milanese from @cookinglight
  • Baked pork tenderloin with apple cider-mustard sauce from @cookinglight I will serve this with a green veggie and some baked beets.
  • Spicy shrimp noodles from @cookinglight this recipe says that it comes together in less than 20 minutes!  I will let you know how long it takes me to make.
  • Tomato soup with grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, this is the simple night meal for when I am working late.  Our families favourite tomato soup is from Pacific Foods.  It is found in the organic section of most major supermarkets.
  • Fiesta chicken and carrot rice from @cookinglight but the recipe originates from @skinnytaste

As you can see, all recipes except for one are from CookingLight.  All recipes are from their newest magazine, I have always had success cooking from their recipes.  Print Dinner List 67 before going shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals July 8 – July 13

Last week we went to the lake to spend time with family.  It was wonderful to be outside all day, riding bikes, going for walks and playing at the beach.  We ate very simply and most meals were cooked on the bbq.

Last week we ate at home Friday and also this evening.  This week we will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday, I am unsure of Thursday and Friday but think we will have another home cooked meal for one of those nights.  While away I read through two new food magazines and that is where I got all my recipes for this week.

  • Grilled thai chicken with nectarine salad from @foodnetwork I served this with some steamed green beans, and let me tell you it was amazing!  The nectarine salad was outstanding.  This is a must make summer meal.
  • Korean bulgogi lettuce wraps from @cleaneatingmag this recipe is only available from their magazine but I have linked a similar one.  We loved these lettuce wraps, I also made a pot of steamed rice to make them more substantial.
  • Turkey burgers with Greek salad and waffles fries.  I usually make a very simple burger, but I always include Dijon mustard and lemon zest.  I dress my Greek salad with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and oregano.
  • Marinated flattened chicken with Mexican-style street corn from @cleaneatingmag I cannot wait to try this recipe.  I decided against buying a whole chicken and cutting it up, I bought skin-on breasts and thighs instead.
  • Steak fajita foil packs from @cremedelacrumb1 I have made this once before and it was delicious.

I don’t have any other cooking or baking plans for this week.  Next week it is my son’s Birthday, so there will be cake baking.  We’ve decided to make a number 8 cake I am going to use a recipe I found from @aimeebourque.  I really hope that it all turns out!

Happy cooking,

Sara

*7-layer dip salad*

Weekly meals April 30 – May 4

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great.  I loved both salads, especially the chopped salad with shrimp.  I ended up making a citrus dressing to go on the salad as the recipe called for you to dress the salad with olive oil.  The queso I made for the burgers was amazing!  I will make this again for us to eat with tortilla chips.  As I was out both Friday and Saturday I made the kids two easy meals: hotdogs and tater tots, perogies and both nights they ate raw veggies with their meals.  Last night we went to friends for dinner, I was asked to make a Greek salad and wanted to try a different dressing.  It turned out very well.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  My husband and I are heading to Nashville for the weekend!  I cannot wait to eat my way through the city.  The weather this week seems to be mixture of cool and warm, so I will try to grill when the sun is shining.

  • Crispy sheet pan gnocchi with sausage and peppers from @foodnetwork we ate this with caesar salad and strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert.  My parents joined us for dinner, and we all agreed that the sheet pan meal was outstanding!  So simple and so delicious.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Spring minestrone from @epicurious I will serve this with a baguette.
  • Upside-down shepherd’s pie from @cookinglight this is a great one pot meal that my kids always enjoy.  We will see how they like this version.
  • Fish taco bowls from thecandidappetite.com I am going to leave out the chipotle in adobe sauce as I know that it is way too spicy for my kids.
  • BBQ smokies and the best kale salad from @theendlessmeal this week we begin soccer on Tuesday and Thursday nights so we will need to have pretty simple meals so we are ready to go to soccer.

I have some leftover rhubarb from the crisp I made today, so I think I will try to make some muffins this week.  These muffins sound delicious, and I am a sucker for a streusel topping.  I also found this recipe that sounds equally good.  Once home from Nashville I will share our favourite restaurants and bars.  The Dinner List 53 is a long one this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals April 23 – April 27

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all of the meals from last week, but the butter salmon bowls were by far our favourite.  Covering the salmon with the butter and then baking it, makes for a tender and juicy fish.  We also really enjoyed the pork meatballs with Chinese noodles.  This morning my son asked for waffles so I made a batch of these banana bread waffles using only whole-wheat flour.  They turned out very well and made enough to have leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday.  We are going out on Thursday night as a family and then I am heading out with friends on Friday.  The weather this week is supposed to be great, and I can guarantee that we will be grilling.  Friday there may be sausages and hotdogs on the menu.

  • Pork tonkatsu bowls from @seasonsandsuppers we ate this tonight and it was amazing!  The pork turned out crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  The sauce was a little sweet, salty and spicy.  The kids tried the sauce but had theirs without.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Rainbow chicken salad with almond honey mustard dressing from @pichofyum as I have stated in the past my kids don’t like lettuce, but I know that they will like all of the components of the salad.  I might add a little buttered bread on the side for the kids.  I won’t be cooking my chicken in a frying pan but instead on the grill.
  • Loaded nacho sliders from @cookingforkeeps who wouldn’t want to eat a burger with queso?  This queso is made from jalapeño jack cheese so I would imagine that it is going to be spicy, I may leave the sauce off the kids burgers.  We will eat this with some fries and raw veggies.
  • Chopped salad with shrimp blue cheese and bacon from @howsweeteats via @skinnytaste this recipe comes from Jessica’s new cookbook The Pretty Dish.  As of late my kids have loved shrimp so I can’t see why they wouldn’t love this recipe.  I made this citrus dressing to go on top as the recipe only added a drizzle of olive oil.

I have my eyes on this fish taco bowl that I can see having sometime very soon.  Another recipe that I have been thinking about trying is for Greek lamb meatballs with avocado goddess sauce.  I am not a lover of lamb so I am not sure if I would use it or substitute another ground meat.  You grocery list is ready and waiting Dinner List 52

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals April 16 – April 20

Meal updates from last week:
I was very pleased with all meals from last week.  I especially loved the spring salad and the steak and rice pilaf.  My son didn’t like the rice but enjoyed the steak,my daughter loved the rice and didn’t like the steak:)  My husband loved the hot ham, cheese, bacon and onion buns.  He said that they were even better the next day warmed up for lunch.  I added another meal last week that I posted on Instagram, we loved the spicy shrimp tacos with cilantro lime slaw!  This weekend I made pizza and elk burgers.  If you have never eaten elk then you must try.  It is the leanest meat that I have ever eaten.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  I didn’t get a chance to make the bagels last week, so I am going to give them a try this week.  We don’t have plans for the weekend, but we haven’t had sushi takeaway in a while.

  • Pork meatballs with Chinese noodles from @donnahay this recipe is from her Simple Dinners cookbook, but a similar recipe from Donna Hay can be found here.
  • Dijon butter salmon rice bowls from @howsweeteats  I love a good one bowl dinner!
  • Piri piri chicken from @smittenkitchen I am not sure if I will spatchcock a whole chicken, or just use thighs and drums.  We will eat this with grilled corn and asparagus.
  • Chicken parm dippers from @delish I will serve this with steamed broccoli.

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Happy cooking,
Sara