Weekly meals April 24-28

Meal updates from last week:
Meals from last week were amazing!  The Thai chicken and wild rice soup was so delicious, it will join our meal rotation.  The ramen with noodles was also a hit, I used chicken thighs instead of flank steak and it still turned out great.  We ended the week with the greek sheet-pan dinner and it was hands down my favourite.  If you have never visited www.halfbakedharvest.com then you need to right now!  I was not overly impressed with the chia oat recipe, but the powerhouse cookies were great.  They were gobbled up within days.  If you follow me on Instagram (three_plates_full) you will know I also made a banana zucchini loaf.  It turned out well, super moist and flavourful.  You can find the recipe on my Pinterest board (Sara Rumpel).

This week we are eating at home Sunday to Thursday, I will be cooking from an old magazine that I found called Eat Well Feel Good.  This magazine is published by Better Homes & Gardens.  I will provide the recipes to all of the recipes as this magazine is not available anymore.

Barbecued chicken drumsticks with baked potatoes and spinach and berry salad.  The recipe for the salad is in my previous post.  I did not use a recipe for the chicken or potatoes.
Garlic pork with walnut and kale barley, I will be using spinach and brown rice in this recipe instead of kale and barley.
Lemon-sage roasted chicken thighs, I am not sure if I will serve this with roasted potatoes or asparagus.
Mozzarella stuffed meatball sandwiches with caesar salad.  I shared my recipe for meatball sandwiches in my meal planning from March 27-31.
Chili mac from @todaysparent I have never tried a chili mac recipe before but this looks like a one pot hit!

This week for breakfast we will be eating baked oatmeal.  This is another recipe that I found in the magazine.  For snacks I will be going back to protein balls.  I haven’t made any for about a month so I think that it is time to get back into making them.  I am not sure which recipe I will be using.  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 10 for ease at the grocery store.

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

 

Weekly meals April 17-21

All of the meals from last week worked out very well.  We especially liked the meatloaf recipe. It was a great combination of sweet and smoky.

Being away all weekend was great but it is time to get back into the groove of cooking and eating at home. We will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we arrive home Monday so I’m not sure what our dinner will look like.

  • As we have no groceries today may look like eggs and toast. If I get to the store I may buy a small ham and serve it with veggies. It all depends on how much energy I have to get it all done!
  • Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron I have never made this soup before, but I have high hopes.
  • Beef and broccoli ramen from @damn_delicious I’m very excited to try this recipe.
  • Pork and apples from @cremedelacrumb1 I will serve this with brown rice and in season asparagus.
  • Greek chicken souvlaki and potatoes from @halfbakedharvest I’m never disappointed with her recipes, and who doesn’t love a one pan meal!

For breakfast this week we will be having overnight oats.  I’ve been dying to try this chia oat recipe from @theglowingfridge it sounds delicious.  For snack this week I am going to try this recipe.

As I am doing this post from afar I will not be adding my grocery link.  This will be back up next week.

Happy cooking,

Sara

 

Spring cookies

It is always fun to make seasonal cookies.  It is even more fun to include children in this tradition.  Baking is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Measuring, pouring, cracking and mixing are all things that kids can do.  I was very excited to make some Easter cookies and include the pastel M & Ms inside the batter.  I have made this recipe many times and shared it with you earlier in the blog.  This sugar cookie recipe from @averiesunshine is simply the best!  Follow exactly what the recipe says, and do not skip placing the dough in the fridge.  Remove cookies from oven when they are just slightly golden around the edges.  From the top they don’t even look cooked, but I promise they are soft and chewy.  I added some pink, purple, green, yellow, blue jimmies and sprinkles to the batter.  I love the crunch that it gives this soft buttery cookie.

Happy baking,
Sara

Easter feast!

How are you spending your Easter weekend?  Will it be a large gathering or something small with family?  For the past couple of years I have hosted Easter, last year we had Easter lunch and the year before dinner.  Lunch was easier and less stressful than dinner, and we had more time to spend visiting and catching up.  This year we will be out-of-town for Easter, so I am unsure what it will look like.  I have pulled some recipes together that will help you create an amazing Easter meal.

Baked ham from @williamssonoma this is the ham that I made a few years back, it turned out delicious!
Honey-Mustard glazed ham from @chowhound
Scallop potatoes from @natashaskitchen I have also made these potatoes, not low-fat but a must have.
Potatoes Anna from @neighborfoodie a different and slightly lighter take on potatoes.
Roasted carrots from @pioneerwoman
Rosemary roasted carrots from @ohmyveggies just a slight twist on the original.
Kale salad from @gimmiesomeoven
Broccoli salad from @natashaskitchen
Strawberry shortcake cheesecake from @lifeloveandsugar I made this cake a few years ago and it is a great spring dessert.
Lemon icebox pie from @lifeloveandsugar how can you go wrong with a lemon dessert in the spring?
Strawberry rhubarb crisp from @cookingclassy why not use some in season fruit to complete your Easter meal.

Hoppy Easter,
Sara

Meal delivery

How many times in a week do you ask yourself, what am I making for dinner?  Do I have all of the ingredients?  Do I really feel like making it?  I believe that I am not alone in these thoughts, and now there are many companies who are catering to these needs.  The idea of meal delivery is taking off in the Untied States, and it is slowly coming into Canada.  Most of these companies deliver packaged food, cut and ready for you to cook with an accompanying recipe.  From Martha Stewart to Tyler Florence many celebrity chefs are jumping on this meal wagon.  Living in Calgary there are many different places to go for pre prepared food, to take home, heat and eat.  Here are some places that we have tried: Sunterra, Forage, Meez, Fresh Kitchen, Made and Our Daily Brett.

As I am holidaying in California, I could not wait to try one of these delivery services.  I have had my eye on @onepotatobox for a very long time.  We ordered three dinners to serve two people, they arrived in a box packaged with ice packs to keep perishables cold.  Each meal is bagged with all of the ingredients, and recipe cards are inclosed in the box.  They also send you a little treat in each box, ours contained a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough.  I tried one of the recipes tonight and it was delicious!  We made arepas with slow-cooked pulled chicken and sweet corn avocado cups.  This recipe took less than 30 minutes to prepare and was full of flavour.  There was more than enough food for two adults and one child.  My son was not interested in the corn salad, but ate and enjoyed everything else.  I will be making another recipe tomorrow.  If you are looking for a similar service in Calgary I have found two that look very promising: Chefs Plate and Paper Bag Princess.  If you do a google search for both it will take you to their sites.

If you have tried any meal delivery services that you have been happy with, please post a comment on the blog.

Happy ordering,
Sara

Weekly meals April 3- April 7

Meal updates from last week:
As the meals I posted were ones that I have made before I do not have any updates, but I would love to hear from you, to see what you made and what you liked.

We are still away on holiday so meals are very unplanned.  This week I am sharing with you salads that can be a served as meals.  With warmer weather coming, salads are a great alternative to a meat and potatoes dinner.  With children, I usually deconstruct the salad and serve the ingredients separate.  I have made all of the salads listed below, and can say that I will make all of them again.  Enjoy!

BLT salad from @marthastewart as I have said before this salad is amazing!  We will usually have this salad at least once a month.
Thai cashew coconut rice with ginger peanut sauce from @hostthetoast we have had this salad many times and it is delicious every time.
Buffalo chicken salad from @smellslikehomeblog this is an amazing salad, full of bold flavours.
Bbq chicken COBB from @closetcooking this is a similar salad to the one above, but the cilantro lime ranch takes it to another level.
Greek chicken souvlaki salad from lemonsforlulu.com this is one of my all time favourite salads!  Add some pita bread and it is a well-balanced meal.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Mar. 27- Mar. 31

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week turned out great!  The chicken and artichoke bake was the best that it has ever been.  I changed up the side, and served it with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.  As always the hamburger soup was good, and makes even better leftovers as the flavours have time to develop.

This week we are away on holiday but I will be sharing with you some simple week night meals that are sure to impress your family.

  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli, this recipe comes from Anne Lindsay’s cookbook Cooking Light.  It is a staple in our house and is amazing.  I always double the sauce and make lots of pasta, as it makes great leftovers either hot or cold.
  • Black bean tostadas with corn relish from @marthastewart these are simple to put together but packed with fresh flavours.  I use corn tortillas instead of flour and in the summer grill fresh corn.
  • Monte cristo sandwich from @wearsmanyhats I serve this with a side salad or fresh fruit.
  • Beef burritos from the Best of Bridge ladies, as with other recipes from their cookbooks this is something that we eat over and over again.  I serve this with shredded head lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes and sliced avocado.  It is a hit every time!
  • Mozzarella stuffed meatball sandwiches from me!  This is simple and packs a lot of flavour.  Purchase a package of mild Italian sausage (spicy will also work), remove the sausage from the casing.  Cut mozzarella into small cubes (you could also use mozzarella cheese string).  Using a melon baller, scoop the sausage and place a piece of cheese into the middle of the ball.  Make sure that all of the cheese is covered by the sausage.  Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil.  Heat oven to 350 and bake until golden, around 20 minutes.  While the meatballs are cooking, heat marinara sauce.  To serve, cut submarine buns in half, place three meatballs inside, cover with sauce and extra shredded mozzarella.  Serve this with a caesar salad.

While away I have been looking at some new recipes that I would like to try.  These cookies are perfect for your Easter spread, and who doesn’t love mini eggs?!  I love all things lemon, plus this recipe is a way to use my doughnut pan.  I enjoy a good morning glory muffin and have found a bakery at the Farmer’s Market that does them very well, but I think that I need to try making them myself.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Snacks on the plane

With many families leaving for warmer destinations in the next three weeks I decided to tackle the plane snack dilemma.  I am not sure if it is just my son, but when we travel his stomach is a never-ending empty pit!  It does not matter if we are on a plane or road tripping he is continuously hungry when we travel.  We all know the key to a successful trip is to keep children occupied and happy, and this can be accomplished with some good snacks, new colouring book and a movie.  Here are some easy and portable ideas for travel with kids.

  • Granola bars, we especially like Lara bars or you could make your own.
  • Granola bites, these small one bite balls are great for kids.  I buy Made Good as they are lunchbox friendly.
  • Snack or trail mix, purchased or homemade both work very well.  For an easy homemade mix add: Cheerios, Chex, cheddar fish or bunnies, raisins or dried cranberries, pretzels and chocolate chips or m&m’s.
  • Applesauce, the easiest travel kinds are the ones in the squeeze pouch.
  • Mini muffins, if you have a stash in your freezer these are great for taking on trips.
  • Sliced apples or other sliced fruit.
  • Cheese string or Babybel cheese.
  • Wraps, I usually pack a peanut butter and jam wrap for my son, it keeps well and easy to eat on the-go.
  • Gum and a small bag of gummy candies.  This always makes their eyes light up when they get the have two treats during travel, and may have the ability to calm an upset child!

Happy travel,
Sara

St. Patrick’s Day

For those looking to enjoy something more than just green beer this Friday I have spent some time looking for some delicious recipes to serve for St. Patrick’s Day.  From breakfast to dessert I have your day covered from beginning to end.

Corned beef hash from @bonappetite

Baked potato soup from @skinnytaste

Skillet Irish soda bread from @smittenkitchen

Beef and Guinness stew from @jamieoliver

Bangers and mash from @williamsonoma

Shepherd’s pie from @lifeinthelofthouse

Meat pie from @tasteofhome

Chocolate Guinness cake from @nigellalawson

Irish coffee cupcakes from @marthstewart

Lucky Charm bark from @sallysbaking

Happy cooking,
Sara