Weekly meals Jan. 15 – Jan. 19

Meal updates from last week:
I managed to make all but one recipe from last week.  I did not get a chance to try out the ramen with vegetables.  I still plan on making this recipe and will let you know what I think after I make it.  Our two favourites from last week were the quinoa meatloaf and the Thai cashew chicken.  The meatloaf was super moist from the addition of the quinoa. The cashew chicken was a hit with everyone including the kids.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  I am not sure what the weekend holds for us?  It may be something easy, takeout or out for dinner.  Tonight we had family over for dinner.  I served the top recipe from the list, do not skip making the pistachio basil goddess sauce.  It is simply amazing!  This may become my new sauce for everything.  I made these for dessert but added a drizzle of dark chocolate to the top.

  • Greek goddess chicken lettuce wraps from @halfbakedharvest we ate the wraps with a green salad.  I served the chicken in pita with all of the toppings.
  • Mexican haystack rice bowls from @togetherasafamilyblog I have some left over cauli-rice from last week so I will eat my bowl with it, but will make regular steamed rice for the kids.
  • Roasted pork tenderloin with Dijon breadcrumbs and brussels sprouts from @delish along with the sprouts I will be steaming some broccolini and maybe some roasted potatoes.
  • Italian sloppy joes from @delish served with a caesar salad.
  • Roasted root vegetables with sausage.  There is no recipe to go with this meal it is made-up.  I purchased some yellow potatoes, parsnips, carrots and delicata squash that I will roast with some olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.  This will go in the over at 400 for 20 minutes and then I will add the sausage and cook for 15-20 more minutes.  For a similar recipe use the roasted sausage and potato supper.

Last week I made some breakfast cookies and broccoli cheddar quinoa cups.  See last week’s weekly meals for recipes.  This week I would like to try these morning-glory muffins this recipes is different from most mg recipes see the last ingredient 😉  Don’t forget the Dinner List 40!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

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Happy New Year!

After a much-needed break in the sunshine with my family, I am back to share new recipes for the new year.  We had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends, and eating many delicious meals.  Being away means eating differently and not always the healthiest, but everyone deserves a break from healthy eating!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We arrived home tonight and had our standard, breakfast for supper 😉

  • Beef and quinoa meatloaf from Greta Podleski’s new cookbook called Yum and Yummer.  If you recognize the name it is because she is one of the sisters who wrote the Looney Spoons cookbooks.  I will serve this with mashed potatoes and a steamed green vegetable.
  • Thai cashew chicken from @wellplated we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Pasta e fagipoli from @cookinglight
  • Loaded Mediterranean beef rice bowl from @mysequinedlife I am loving the look of this bowl.  I am not going to make the pickled onion, but may add some kalamata olives instead.
  • Ramen with sesame broth from cilantroandcitronella.com I will omit the tofu and add more steamed vegetables to my ramen.

I have many other recipes that I cannot wait to share with you!  I am also thinking of making some quinoa bites for lunch.  Use the search engine to find the cups I posted in the past.  I haven’t baked muffins in a very long time, and I found a very interesting morning-glory recipe that I really want to try so please stay tuned!  Start your new year grocery trip off right, by printing Dinner List 39!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*cheddar broccoli quinoa bites* *Breakfast cookies* *Raspberry Tiramisu*

 

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

Weekly meals Dec. 4 – Dec. 8

Meal updates from last week:
I cooked all of the planned meals from last week except for the chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste.  The top meal of the week was the turkey meatloaf, it was juicy and full of flavour.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are in full holiday mode, our house and trees are decorated and my holiday baking continues!  This evening we had family over to decorate our Christmas trees and enjoy a meal.  I wanted to make chicken cacciatore in my crock pot, but I wasn’t left with enough time after getting back from our tree cutting.  Instead, I made chicken cacciatore in the oven from @jocooks.  It was amazing!  We ate it with a baguette and caesar salad.

Last week I baked two more Christmas cookie recipes both from @sallysbakeblog.  I made peanut butter kiss cookies, which were one of my gramma Illa’s favourite cookies.  I did use her recipe, but the one on Sally’s site is very similar.  Later in the week I made raspberry almond thumbprint cookies, which are shortbread with a dollop of jam.  Although we do eat a few of the cookies, I mainly bake them to give them away during the holiday season.  I usually make a few other kinds of cookies, stay tuned for those recipes!  Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 37

Happy cooking,
Sara

*White chocolate dipped snickerdoodles*

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. 20 – 24

Meal updates from last week:
Last week was an amazing week of meals.  Everything that we ate was so good, I especially loved the cheeseburger sloppy joes and fall salad.  The flavours in the salad were just like you were eating Thanksgiving dinner.  It would be a great salad to make with leftovers from Thanksgiving, I will have to keep that in mind for next year.  I enjoyed the pepper soup, but think that next time I make it I will do half beef and half Italian sausage.  We also added sour cream to the top of our soup, which just gave it a little something extra.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, my husband is leaving Friday to go home, so it will be the kids and I until early next week.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, we enjoyed my gramma’s Muffin Cup recipe.  We ate these with steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with cheese sauce and a simple coleslaw.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron this is one of my favourite slow cooker soups!
  • Korean beef tacos from @pinchofyum I love the sound of these, and cannot wait to give them a try.  This recipe can be made in an instant pot, slow cooker or stove.
  • Meatballs marsala from @shutterbean the original recipe is from @smittenkitchen we will eat these over egg noodles.
  • Chicken enchilada roll-ups from @skinnytaste this will be my second time making this recipe, the first time I made them they were delicious.  We will eat these with cilantro-lime rice.

Holiday baking has begun in our house!  I made nuts and bolts and turtles this weekend.  My husband will take both of these home to share with his family.  The nuts and bolts recipe can be found on my Instagram feed, I shared the turtle recipe with you last week.  I am already thinking about my next holiday baking project, I found this cookie recipe and this one that I would like to try! I also found some time today to bake some muffins for the week ahead, we decided to take a break from the pumpkin muffins, instead we are going to have apple carrot oat muffins.

Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 35

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