Weekly meals August 2 – August 6

Meal updates from last week:
The two other recipes that I made from last week were great!  Loved the salad board and the peach and sausage supper.  I added garden potatoes to the sausage and peach meal, I also cooked it in a cast iron skillet on the BBQ, and it turned out so well.  Both meals are good during these hot summer days as everything is cooked on the grill.  We were out of town for a few nights, and ate some really delicious meals.  Thursday we ate smoked chicken cooked on a Traeger grill (I have secretly wanted one for years), roasted garden potatoes and beets and a spinach peach salad.  Friday we had BBQ pizza using a dough recipe from @marthastewart and topped them with a variety of toppings, I also made the same spinach peach salad from the night before.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for the weekend so we will just wait and see.  Tomorrow our daughter is turning 4!  I have made the different layers of her cake, but will spend some time tomorrow afternoon icing and assembling.  Stay tuned for cake pictures!

  • Homemade burgers with tots and corn on the cob.  I went to Costco on the weekend (insert shocked face), which is rare for me as I NEVER go.  I ended up buying the three pack os Kirkland organic ground beef, which is what we used for our burgers.  The meat was amazing, and so affordable for organic, $24 for a pack of three!
  • Asian peanut noodles with chicken from @skinnytaste I have made this recipe before and my kids gobbled it up, so I will be serving this for my daughter’s birthday dinner.
  • Vegetarian avocado sushi bowls from @whatsgabycooking I won’t be adding the cabbage to this bowl but will add all of the other veggies.
  • Greek chicken tacos from @bevcooks I’ve made a couple of her recipes lately and I am excited to try this one.
  •  I have some Italian sausages in the freezer as well as some Farmer’s sausage, so I will grill those with some peppers and onions and make a simple salad.

I don’t have any baking plans this week as it has and continues to be so HOT.  If the weather cools slightly I will make a batch of blueberry muffins, I made a blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake last week and it was devoured by the kids!  Next time I’m at the store I will get a carton of buttermilk so that I can make it again.  Shop with ease using grocery list 134

Stay healthy,
Sara

Weekly meals July 20 – July 24

I’m back!!  I know that it has been a while since my last post, but we were road tripping and enjoying some family time.  We’ve been home less than a week, but have been busy celebrating my son’s 10th birthday.  Full birthday meal and cake recap will come later.  We cooked every meal while we were away and as promised I will share my dinner ideas with you:

  • pre-made kebabs (purchased from Save On Foods) served with salad
  • pizza cooked on the grill using naan bread as the base
  • grilled sausages, potatoes, peppers and onions
  • BBQ chicken salad from @skinnytaste
  • Turkey tacos made into taco salad from @culinaryhill
  • Homemade fish and chips (I didn’t make this meal, but provided slaw and roasted potatoes and carrots as side dishes)

Once we got home I couldn’t wait NOT to cook, so last week for our anniversary we ordered sushi to have with the kids.  We ended the week eating home cooked meals since I had some time to do some recipe searching.  We had zucchini turkey burgers from @bigdeliciouslife you can find the recipe right on her Instagram feed, and skillet chicken with rice, zucchini and corn from @bevcooks.  My son requested homemade pizza for his birthday on Sunday, so I bought dough from CO-OP and all of the necessary toppings and we did make your own pizza night.  For his cake I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting and made it into a bowl of popcorn.  It turned out so well, way better than I had expected.

This week we are eating at home Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, my husband and I are going to friends for dinner Tuesday and Friday my son is having a small group of kids for a drive in movie in the backyard.

  • Easy grilled enchilada chicken from @thismessisours I served the chicken in corn tortillas with a simple pico de gallo and some sour cream, and added some gilled corn on the side.  You can make your own enchilada sauce but I opted to buy some from the store.  This meal is so quick and easy and would be great made into a salad.
  • We are out for dinner but I am taking dessert, I have a box of peaches and decided to make a peach and pecan crisp from @smittenkitchen, her recipes never disappoint.
  • Shrimp bowl with coconut cilantro lime rice and pineapple salsa from @twopeasandpod this is a new bowl recipe that I can’t wait to try!
  • Grilled chicken and peach kebabs from @aimeebourque I will serve these with some roasted potatoes and green beans.

Since I have so many peaches I am going to try to bake a few other things besides the crisp.  A long time ago I made peach cobbler scones from @joythebaker and they were amazing.  I also found a recipe for peach upside-down cake that looks divine!  If I find any other peach recipes I will pass them along.  After a long hiatus the grocery list 133
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Stay safe,
Sara

Weekly meals June 15 – June 19

Meal updates from last week:
Last week I didn’t follow my meal plan as I usually do.  I made the tortilla soup and it was amazing.  I cooked the sausage and served it with grilled asparagus and a spinach salad.  The other meals that I had planned I didn’t end up making, so I will save the cobb salad and cauliflower bowl recipes for a later date.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we planning a weekend camping trip if all goes as planned and the weather holds.  This weekend we ordered from Globefish Sushi and Browns Social House, both meals were really good.  It will be very strange to eat out in a restaurant again after we haven’t been in so long!  Most recipes this week are from Gina Homolka’s Skinnytaste Cookbook.  Sometimes it’s inspiring to look through cookbooks and get dinner ideas.

  • Teriyaki pork chops Teriyaki pork 2 from @skinnytaste I served these tonight with sesame noodles and an Asian slaw.  The pork was delicious, her recipe says to grill for 6-7 minutes a side, my pork loin chops were small so I grilled them for 4 minutes a side.  They were perfectly cooked.
  • Buffalo chicken salad Buffalo chicken salad 2 again from @skinnytaste I love a good dinner salad and I think this one will be great.
  • Naked Greek feta-zucchini turkey burgers from @skinnytaste I am going to serve these with a large Greek salad.
  • Crispy shrimp bowl from @joyous.apron I made this not that long ago and it was so good I decided to make it again.  My kids and husband will eat theirs in a bun.
  • Asian peanut noodles with chicken from @skinnytaste I make a very similar dish from Anne Lindsay, but it is always nice to try something different.  I don’t usually add the chicken but this time I am going to add it.

Last week I made a batch of buttermilk blueberry muffins with cinnamon streusel, I’ve tried a lot of blueberry muffin recipes and this one was great!  There was only one difference and that was I used vegan butter instead of regular butter.  I bought it on a whim, but really wanted to give it a try, and it made the muffins so soft and fluffy!  I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but if we are planning on camping I might make a batch of protein balls. Dinner List 132 ready for the taking!

Stay safe and healthy,
Sara

Weekly meals Jun 1 – June 5

Meal updates from last week:
Two of the recipes from last week were amazing!  The chicken gyros salad and the spring roll bowls.  The chicken marinade for the spring roll bowls was outstanding, paired with some rice, lettuce, cucumber, carrot and a yogurt dressing this bowl was one of the best.  As always we really liked the kale and sausage soup, this is a soup that my kids do enjoy, which is rare because soup is not their favourite.  We did Thai takeout on Friday night and then had chicken sandwiches with potato salad on Saturday night.

This week we will eat at home Sunday to Thursday, it has been our COVID pattern to do takeout one night on the weekend and then stay in for the other.  I am serving pork twice this week just to change things up a little.

  • Beef kefta with hummus and tomato and cucumber salad from @amandafrederickson I served this meal tonight and it was great!  I didn’t make the tomato and cucumber salad, instead I made a Greek salad.  I also used store bought hummus, as I didn’t have enough time to make homemade.  This recipe would be good with any ground meat, I think that lamb would pair great with these flavours.
  • Hawaiian pork and pineapple sliders from @cookinglight I will serve these with raw veggies and tater tots.
  • Mango chicken salad from @diethood as with all dinner salads my kids will eat all of the components minus the lettuce.
  • Pork tacos with apple slaw from @saltandlavender I haven’t ever used pork to make tacos so I am excited to try this new recipe.
  • Teriyaki salmon sushi bowl from @myglutenfreeguide this bowl has all of the ingredients I love!

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, I do have leftover buttermilk that I don’t want to waste, so possibly something with blueberries and the buttermilk.  My rhubarb is also growing so well this year!  This week I might have to cut and bake with my rhubarb.  Shop safely with Dinner List 131

Stay healthy,
Sara

Weekly Meals May 25 – May 29

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the Greek chicken thighs with Greek salad, hummus and pitas, but our most favourite meal from last week was the pad Thai, it was outstanding!  I purchased the shrimp from the Calgary Farmer’s Market, they were huge and added so much to the dish.  I didn’t have a chance to make the Mediterranean linguine, I will let you know when I try it out.  This weekend we ordered food from Cactus Club and Mercato Mission, the food from Mercato was outstanding!  We ordered a simple pasta with tomato sauce, grilled pork ribs and sautéed green beans with shallots.  I would order from them again soon, and they also do pizza takeout.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday to Thursday, we will probably do takeout or BBQ on the weekend.  The weather is supposed to be really nice this week, so I am going to try and use the grill a lot.  Tonight we had elk burgers, coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob.

  • Chicken gyros salad from @smittenkitchen this salad sounds delicious, and as always my kids will eat all the components minus the lettuce.
  • Minestrone with kale and turkey sausage from @foodnetwork I have made this soup many times before, and it has been gobbled up by all!  When I use sausage in any recipe I always buy Spolumbos sausages.
  • Spring roll bowls with grilled chicken from @littlebrokenblog you know that I love a one bowl meal!
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats I haven’t made these in a long time, they are so easy and packed with flavour.  I will serve tater tots and a green salad on the side.

Last week I made a batch of good morning protein cookies from @weelicious they were really good, and a great snack to have on hand.  I ate one smeared with peanut butter for breakfast on the weekend.  I have a few spotted bananas that need to be used, so I think that I will try to make some muffins.  One of my favourite banana muffin recipes is from @cookieandkate they are a one bowl recipe and you can choose to add chocolate chips or blueberries.  Shop safely with Dinner List 130

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals plans May 11 – May 15

Meal updates from last week:
As always everyone loved the turkey pesto meatballs, and another family favourite was the creamy vegetable soup.  I loved the grilled chicken tacos, but the star of that meal was the slaw that you served on top!  I would make the slaw again and then add sautéed shrimp and serve it as a main dish.  The kids didn’t love the veggie melts, I let them choose the vegetables that were on their melts, but essentially they just ate the pita with the cheese.  You can’t win them all.

This week we will be AGAIN eating at home Sunday-Thursday, with takeout on Friday and Saturday.  Although it is a long weekend we don’t really have any plans, we are hoping to get out of the city for the day for a hike and some fresh air.  Last weekend we ordered from Joey’s on Friday, and had homemade burgers on Saturday.  For Mother’s Day my husband ordered brunch from The Cookbook Company, and it was amazing!  Sunday night we had grilled steaks with baked potatoes and salad.

  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge I know that I have shared this recipe many, many times, but it continues to be a family favourite.  I always serve it with buttered egg noddles and a plate of fresh veggies.
  • Mushroom bowls with kale pesto from @pinchofyum I am not anticipating that my kids will enjoy this meal, but what I will offer is steamed rice topped with raw veggies and a dollop of hummus.  I will let you know what they think!
  • Maple glazed salmon with soba noodles, broccoli and edamame from @notenoughcinnamon I will substitute spaghetti noodles for the soba.
  • BBQ baked chicken thighs from @the_salty_marshmellow I will serve these with tater tots and a side salad.

I baked some blueberry banana muffins last week, I used a recipe from @cookiesandkate that I have made many times, this time instead of adding chocolate chips I added some blueberries.  I am hoping to make some hummus this week as I got a food processor for Mother’s Day.  I have looked at many different recipes, but essentially they are all very similar.  I think that I will a recipe from @gimmesomeoven I will let you know how it turns out.  Shop safely with grocery list 129

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 4 – May 8

Meal updates from last week:
As always everyone loved the Thai noodles, this time I added sugar snap peas and edamame and omitted the chicken.  We really liked the rosemary chicken patties, I served these with fries and a Greek salad.  My husband and son ate theirs in a bun, I had mine without and it was delicious.  The crispy shrimp bowl was by far my favourite meal of the week.  The shrimp were delicious, I made mine a little different as I realized when I went to cook them that I didn’t have any panko.  Instead I used flour and egg, dipped them in flour then egg and back into the flour before cooking them in a little bit of oil.  They turned out so good!  I will be making this recipe again.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday we will do the usual takeout Friday and Saturday.  This past Friday we ordered sushi and then Saturday night we had bbq sausages with Greek salad and tater tots.  I also made some flourless blender banana brownies from @sara.haven if you head to her Instagram account you can find the recipe.  They were amazing!  The only substitution I made was using brown sugar instead of coconut.  I also topped mine with some extra chocolate chips.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but that has never stopped me!  Shop safely with grocery list 128

Stay healthy and stay safe,
Sara

 

Weekly meals April 27 – May 1

Meal updates from last week:
We LOVED the baja grain bowls from last week, I served them with sautéed shrimp that I  seasoned with cumin and chili powder.  We topped our bowls with plain yogurt.  We also really like the Korean beef bowls, there weren’t any leftovers from either of these meals.  I didn’t have a chance to make the chicken parmesan sandwiches, but it is still on my to-make list.  On Friday night we ordered burgers from Fatburger as well as pizza from UNA, it was a choose your own adventure for dinner.  Saturday night we did beef and turkey tacos with pico de gallo.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we will most likely do takeout on Friday and Saturday.  The weather this week is supposed to be really nice, so I am going to try to use the grill as much as I can.  I am going to try to plant some of my garden this week, most of the root vegetables can be planted as they are more hearty and can withstand frost.

  • Flanksteak with salsa verde from Whitewater Cooks cookbook, we just had this recipe a couple of weeks ago but I had to make it again.  The salsa verde is amazing!  We had baked potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and grilled asparagus with the steak.  For dessert I made a small batch of peanut butter rice krispie treats, I used a recipe from @dessertfortwo.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay, this is a family favourite and my son has been asking to have this for dinner.  I don’t usually add chicken to this recipe, instead I add more veggies like edamame or whatever I have in the fridge/freezer.
  • Cashew crunch salad with sesame dressing from @pinchofyum I will grill some chicken to serve with this salad.
  • Rosemary lemon chicken patties from @thedaleyplate I am going to use grand turkey in this recipe instead of chicken.  On the side I am going to serve fries with slaw or Greek salad.
  • Crispy shrimp bowl from joyous.apron when I serve these bowls to the kids I will omit the sweet chili sauce as it will be too spicy for them.

I used one of my spotted bananas to bake some small-batch chocolate banana muffins, this is a simple but delicious recipe.  I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but I am sure that I will be doing some.  Stay tuned! Grocery list 127 

Stay safe and stay healthy,
Sara

Weekly meals April 20 – April 24

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the shrimp vermicelli bowls, it was just like having Vietnamese takeout, except in the comfort of your own home.  Just as we did last week, we LOVED the minestrone with kale and sausage.  I had some time to make homemade buns to enjoy with the soup, this recipe is from Stefano Faita’s cookbook called In The Kitchen.  The recipe was very simple and only required an hour of rising time, they were the perfect addition to our soup.  I also baked some banana muffins using a recipe I had never tried before, my son announced that they were the best banana muffins he had ever had.  I used a simple recipe from @sallybakeblog, the only differences were, I used coconut oil instead of butter and mini chocolate chips instead of regular sized.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, then we will do takeout or curbside pickup.  On Friday we ordered from Cactus Club Cafe and the food was great, Saturday we had an epic platter of nachos.

  • Chicken enchilada salad from @bakedbyrachel we ate this salad tonight and it was delicious.  We decided to use the spices and rub the chicken and then grill instead of poach.  The kids ate all of the components of the salad and then I added some quesadilla to supplement their meal.
  • Today the weather is supposed to be amazing so we are going to keep it simple and grill sausages, peppers and onions.  I bought some rolls so if some want to eat them in a sandwich they can.  I will make a spinach and berry salad to have on the side.
  • Baja grain bowls from @howsweeteats I grabbed some frozen shrimp to add to these bowls as sometimes my husband isn’t full enough just eating grains.  I will simply sauté them with some oil and salt and pepper.
  • Korean style beef with broccoli from @thedaleyplate we will eat this with some brown rice.
  • Chicken parm sandwiches from @giadzy these sound amazing!  We will have a caesar salad on the side.

I still have three spotted bananas on my counter, so I may make the recipe from last week or try a new one I saw online for chocolate banana muffins.  We also seem to be going through those energy balls very quickly, and they are so easy to make so if I have a chance I will make those too.  The grocery list 126 is back!

Stay home, stay safe
Sara

Weekly meals April 6 – April 10

Meal updates from last week:
As I mentioned last week, the flank steak was amazing as was the salsa verde.  Recipes that we liked from last week were the spicy pork soup, turkey chili and the chicken fried rice.  My kids really enjoyed the chili and the fried rice.  I also had the chance to make my gramma’s boiled raisin muffins as well as a banana bread from the Fraiche Food, Full Hearts cookbook.  We had takeout on Friday and Saturday night both brought to our door contactless by Doordash.  We ordered from Una Pizza and Wine as well as Globefish Sushi,  both meals were very good, and even better that I didn’t have to cook!

This week will continue to look like the last two, kids are home, I am home working, but my husband will also be home as he is taking a week off.  School work will be done, crafting and lots of outside time as it looks like the weather is going to improve.  As we look toward Easter weekend I will share with you some recipes that I am going to try.

I cannot believe that Easter is this weekend!  With everything that has been going on in the world it has been hard to focus on big celebrations, knowing that we won’t be spending them as we traditionally would.  I have some baking plans for this week: carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd blondie bars.  We are not sure what Easter dinner will look like, but it would be nice to have some desserts to enjoy and drop off to friends.  I am also going to prep the crust for a quiche to eat on Easter Sunday along with some bunny cinnamon rolls from @thebakermama.  I will keep the quiche simple, maybe just ham and cheese with a little spinach.  We will enjoy this meal after the kids hunt for eggs on Sunday.  For Easter dinner I haven’t made any decisions, possibly a small ham with some potatoes and a citrus salad.  When I have a menu planned I will share it with you.  Eggs will also be dyed this week in preparation for the bunny!  My kids and husband devoured the energy balls and granola I made in the last two weeks, I have all of the ingredients for round two, so if time allows I will also make those.  Hoping that everyone is safe and healthy, enjoy another grocery list 125

Happy Easter,
Sara