Weekly meals Oct. 9 – Oct. 13

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were very good.  Our most favourite recipe was the meatball fondu, the kids ate theirs with pasta, the adults had theirs with toasted ciabatta.  We ended last week hosting dinner with friends.  The theme was Mexican, I made pork tacos we also had shrimp tacos, guacamole, layer dip and mud pie.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, Saturday night my husband and I are going to a fundraiser, and then Sunday we are headed on a family vacation.  Tonight we celebrated Thanksgiving with family, this year we decided that we were going to have ham instead of turkey.  It was such a nice change, we enjoyed scallop potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, kale salad, biscuits and of course Pumpkin Pie!

On the weekend my mom shared with me one of her new America’s Test Kitchen magazines.  I had a chance to browse the recipes, and decided that I will cook five of their recipes this week.  I have looked through their magazines before and also had the chance to try a few recipes.  This will be a first for me, to cook from one source for the entire week.  We will see how things go!

I have also been eyeing a few other pumpkin recipes that I am excited to try.  These cookies sound easy and are also GF.  I am a sucker for granola and this one sounds amazing!  Take your Dinner List 31 to the grocery store for ease of shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

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Weekly meals Oct. 2 – Oct. 6

Meal updates from last week:
The recipes from last week were great.  The chicken parmesan from @halfbakedharvest was the best that I’ve ever eaten!  I will say this again, if you are looking for a new cookbook then go out and buy it.  The other recipe we loved was the meatloaf burger steaks.  These eat like a burger and taste like meatloaf.  I also made the pumpkin oatmeal bites, which were so chewy and delicious.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, I am sharing what we ate tonight on the meal plan.  Currently, I don’t have a dinner plan for Wednesday but will share some easy weeknight ideas with you.  When I know what I am making I will add it to the meal plan and post a picture on Instagram.

It is hard to believe that Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend!  This week I will be looking over recipes and planning my menu.  Stay tuned later this week for my Thanksgiving menu with recipes.  Last week I bought a waffle iron, I have been making waffles and then freezing them.  The night before I put some in the fridge and then in the morning I pop them into the toaster.  My kids have been loving this breakfast.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting*

Weekly meals Sept. 25 – Sept. 29

Meal updates from last week:
The meals from last week were winners!  The roasted salmon tacos were simply amazing, if you enjoy fish these tacos are a must.  Another great recipe was the chicken pot pie topped with puff pastry.  We ate the entire crock pot!  When I make this recipe again I am going to make biscuits instead of using puff pastry.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday.  My husband is heading out-of-town so I am going to make something easier on Thursday night.  I am hoping to go out for dinner on Friday night.  I got the newly released Half Baked Harvest cookbook and will be making a recipe from the book this week.  I highly encourage you to purchase her cookbook, the photography is simply amazing.

  • I am going to cook chicken parmesan from @halfbakedharvest this recipe is available through her cookbook.  For an alternative, you can try the chicken parmesan sandwich from @thegiadzy.  We will eat ours with spaghetti, but you could serve the sandwich with a caesar salad.
  • Meatloaf burger steaks with tomato gravy from @cooking light we will eat these with roasted or mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.
  • Chicken gyro salad from @smittenkitchen all of the Greek flavours I love in salad form.
  • Breakfast tacos from @cookingclassy who doesn’t love eating breakfast for dinner?!  I will serve this with some fresh fruit.

While grocery shopping this week I picked up some canned pumpkin in hopes that I will have a chance to bake/make some pumpkin goodies.  I’m really excited to try these pumpkin oatmeal energy bites.  If you are looking for more pumpkin recipes have a look at my welcome fall post from last week.  I also have an abundance of pears, I found a recipe for caramel almond pears, they look so cute!  Print the Dinner List 29 before you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Mini ham and cheese quinoa cups, I made mine using full sized muffin tins.  I baked them for 25 minutes*

Weekly meals Sept.18 – Sept.22

Meal updates from last week:
The best recipes from last week were the sloppy joe stuffed peppers, which we ate on the same day as the cauliflower hot wings.  Both recipes were from @ayeshacurry and both were amazing!  Some ate the sloppy joes in peppers while others had the meat in buns.  We ate the hot wings as an appetizer and they were gobbled up in less than ten minutes.  If you are looking for a healthy game day recipe this one is a must try!!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday we are heading to my parents for dinner tonight, and I am bringing baked beans to contribute to the meal.  If you are looking for the recipe simply use the search feature.  The weather is continuing on a cooler trend, so some recipes this week are more comfort food based.  I went to the farmer’s market today and stocked up on the last of peaches and corn.  I also bought a huge bag of apples and some green and yellow beans.

  • Buffalo turkey burgers from wearychef.com we will eat this is grilled corn and waffle fries.
  • Roasted salmon tacos from @inagarten I haven’t made salmon for a very long time, but watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa where she was making this recipe.  It looks simple but delicious.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat if you’ve never made these you must!  My son loves these pizza buns, and they are great in lunch boxes the next day.  We will eat these with a caesar salad.  Hint: if you are looking for a short cut use Pillsbury pizza dough, or even their crescent roll dough.
  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple this is a new recipe for me, and to be honest I am not a lover of pot pie.  I decided to give this one a try because it looks easy and my husband does love a pot pie.
  • Greek sheet pan chicken souvlaki and potatoes from @halfbakedharvest I haven’t made this recipe for a long time, and everyone know how much I love a one pan meal!

Breakfast lately has been a mixture of cereal, toast and muffins.  I saved some french toast fingers from the other night to serve for one breakfast this week.  During my Sunday shopping trip I found these, which I thought would be a great addition to our breakfast choices. This salad looks amazing, full of fall flavours and a great lunch option.  I wanted to buy a large bag of apples so that I could try these and these.  Take the Dinner List 28 with you on your weekly shopping trip.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Sept. 11-Sept. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Of all the meals from last week, the chicken enchilada roll-ups were by far the best.  Everyone loved them!  We ate the chicken with a cilantro lime brown rice that was covered with the warm enchilada sauce.  Simply delicious.  I really liked the teriyaki burgers, but my son wasn’t a huge fan of the sauce.  Next time I would use less soy as I found them a little too salty.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We will probably do take-out on Friday.  The weather is going to change drastically this week, so I am going to pull out the slow cooker.  It is also my husband’s Birthday, we will be celebrating at home on Tuesday and then heading out for a date on Saturday.

  • Sloppy joe stuffed peppers from @ayeshacurry I saw this recipe on the Food Network and had to give it a try.  I will be making half in peppers and serving the rest on buns.  As an appetizer during football this afternoon I will be making her cauliflower hot wings.  I know that this may sound strange but they look so good!  I will make this dip to go with it.  We will eat the zucchini cookies from yesterday for dessert.
  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a household favourite.
  •  We are celebrating my husband’s Birthday and he wanted steak and potatoes on the menu.  I bought tenderloin that I will marinate in soy, Italian dressing and lemon.  This tenderizes the meat and makes it so flavourful.  On the side we will be having mashed potatoes, roasted beets and a green salad.  For dessert he wants to go to our favourite local ice cream shop.  If you are ever in the Calgary area Village Ice Cream is a must!
  • Tortellini soup from @iowagirleats I make a version of her recipe, but mine is much easier as I use an organic store bought tomato soup.  I have raved about this soup before, you can find it in most major grocery stores.  I heat the soup with the cheese tortellini inside and then top with parmesan when it is ready to serve.  We will have a caesar salad on the side.
  • Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken from number2pencil.com depending on how I am feeling I add the lemon and garlic to the cooker, or sometimes I leave it out.  If I leave it out then I spread some butter over the chicken and then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  When the chicken is cooked I use the juices to make a gravy.  It makes really good gravy.  We will eat this with roasted garden carrots and potatoes.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I baked three times last week!  I used zucchini from our garden to make muffins and cookies, and also used our past due bananas to make some loaf.  For links to the recipes go to last week’s meal plan.  If we decide not to do take-out on Friday then I am going to make this recipe that sounds amazing.  Fall is in the air and I am beginning to think of pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.  What are your favourite pumpkin recipes?

Heading to the store?  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 27

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals September 4- September 8

Meal updates from last week:
Favourite meals from last week were the pork medallions and the baked Greek meatballs.  The mango chicken was also very good, but I should have used all of the jalapeño instead of just half.  Next time I make the meatballs I am going to serve them with a dip, either hummus or some tzatziki.

I was away for the weekend with my mom in Las Vegas.  We had an amazing time and ate at some really amazing restaurants.  Next time you go to Vegas make sure that you check out Carbone in the Aria.  It is traditional Italian cuisine, everything that we ate was delicious.  We also ate at Zuma in the Cosmopolitan, which is a Japanese restaurant that is much more than sushi.  I would eat at both places again.

Tomorrow is the first day of school!  I cannot believe that summer is already over and we are going to be back into the routine of things.  This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  The weather is supposed to continue to be hot, so I am going to try to use the grill as much as possible.

  • classychicken as requested from my son.  A family favourite, and makes delicious leftovers for his thermos.  I serve this with egg noodles.
  • Enchilada chicken roll-ups from @skinnytaste I am serving this with a cilantro lime rice.
  • Teriyaki turkey burgers from @wellplated we will eat these with waffles fries and raw veggies.
  • Greek marinated chicken thighs with grilled vegetables.  This is a recipe I have created.  I will marinate the chicken in lemon, oil, oregano and garlic.  I will grill the chicken and the vegetables and before serving I will top it with some feta.  You could also add some steamed rice or roasted potatoes to the meal.
  • BBQ pizza, I will be using store-bought dough for the pizza and be serving it with a caesar salad.  I usually top our pizza with salami, peppers, mushrooms, olives and fresh tomatoes.

I will be back packing lunches, and my son has been asking for muffins and loaf.  I still have a dozen of these in the freezer and think that I will make something with banana and zucchini.  I like the sounds of this recipe and maybe this one too.  If you are heading to the store don’t forget to print Dinner List 26.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*banana bread recipe*
*Zucchini-chocolate chip muffins*
*Zucchini coconut chocolate chip cookies*

Weekly meals August 28 – September 1

Travel update:
We just got home from a six-day vacation in Amsterdam.  We had a fabulous time and ate some amazing food.  If you are ever in Amsterdam and looking for a fantastic restaurant then make a reservation at De Kas.  It is a quintessential farm to plate restaurant with a greenhouse attached and a long-standing relationship with farmers in the area.  The menu changes from week to week depending on what is in season.  You get a five course meal at a fixed price.  For me it was the best meal of my life!  So, if you are ever planning a trip to Amsterdam you must visit this restaurant.

This is our last week of summer vacation.  My son begins grade two after the long weekend.  Since being home from Europe I have cooked twice and will include the recipes in the weekly meals.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, the weekend is unknown at this time.

  • Baked Greek meatballs from @lemonblossoms I served these with a simple cucumber, pepper and olive salad.  Next time I make these I will serve them with tzatiki on the side.
  • Steak fajita foil packs from @cremedelacrumb1 this is the second time I have made these and they didn’t disappoint!
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats we will eat these with grilled corn, salad and waffle fries.  This is one of my most favourite burger recipes.  As we are having company for dinner I am making grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
  • Pork medallions with fennel-apple slaw from @cooking light I am not sure about the slaw, so I may serve this with some roasted carrots.
  • Chili mango lime grilled chicken thighs from @nutmegnanny I will serve this with brown rice and some steamed green beans.
  • Ginger scallion chicken wraps from @whatsgabycooking I was looking for an easy weeknight meal, lets hope that I chose right!

I don’t have any baking plans this week, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen.  I will start looking for recipes/ideas for school lunches as it will all being soon.

This week’s Dinner List 25 is a long one!

Happy cooking,
Sara