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

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

 

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

 

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

Weekly Meals Mar. 13-Mar. 17

Meal updates from last week:
The shepherd’s pie was delicious as usual, and would be a great recipe to serve for St. Patrick’s Days this Friday.  I was not overly impressed with the chicken parmesan crock pot soup.  I found that it lacked flavour, my husband said that it was a good leftover as the flavour was better the next day.  My son loved the grilled cheese rollups!  This recipe is a mixture between grilled cheese and pizza, so how could a child not love them.  The chicken tacos were good, I think that the mango slaw was the best part.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  After a week of below average temperatures it looks like the deep freeze is over!  I will be using the bbq for two of our meals.  We will most likely go out for dinner Friday and then have a simple dinner Saturday.  Tonight the littles will have breakfast for dinner, and then my husband and I will have a charcuterie board after bedtime.

For breakfast and snacks this week I will be making two recipes that can be eaten for either meal.  Using the frozen power fruit mix from Superstore (cherries, blackberries and blueberries) I will make mixed berry and coconut muffins.  These are a perfect addition to any lunch box as it is nut free.  For an easy on the go breakfast give these mini ham and cheese quinoa cups a try!  Currently, we are out of protein balls so I will be making some this week.  I will post the recipe after they are made.  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 7 for ease at the grocery store.

Stay tuned for:  St. Patrick’s Day recipes and Leprechaun bait (also known as popcorn balls).

Happy cooking,
Sara

What’s for lunch?

Lately I have been in a lunch rut.  It seems that I get everyone else their lunch, but when it comes to mine I’m at a loss.  I stand and stare into the fridge, trying to come up with something exciting to eat.  This week I decided I needed to get out of my funk.  On Monday I cooked one cup of quinoa, so that I would have it on hand when lunch rolled around.  I decided to make myself a quinoa salad bowl, and here is how I made it:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of roasted butternut squash (I used pre-cut frozen squash, roasted in the oven with olive oil)
  • 1/2 of sliced apple
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 feta cheese

    Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and top with a honey dijon vinaigrette: 1 tbsp dijon mustard, juice from half a lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey, salt and pepper, place all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.  Pour desired amount over your salad.

This bowl has a perfect mix of soft, crunchy, salt, sweet and tart.  I think that I am finally out of my lunch rut!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Mar. 5- Mar.10

Meal updates from last week:
The meals this week were all very successful.  The Thai chicken thighs were very good.  The sauce tastes so good served over steamed rice.  Chicken caesar burgers were amazing as usual.  Flavourful and moist, they are one of the best that I have made.

I am planning meals this week for Sunday-Thursday.  I am not sure what will be happening Friday and Saturday, but we will make that decision when we get to it.

  • Shepherds pie from @lifeinthelofthouse this will be served with a salad and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
  • Chicken parmesan soup from @bakedbyrachel we will eat this with a salad on the side.
  • Almond, berry and chicken spinach salad from @chelseasmessyspron my son is not crazy about salad, but he will eat all of the salad components except the spinach.  When I plate his meal I give him chicken and then mixed berries.
  • Grilled pizza roll-ups from @weelicious this will be served with mixed raw veggies and dip.
  • Bulgogi BBQ chicken tacos with mango slaw from @halfbakedharvest this recipe cannot be found on her website, you need to follow her on Instagram where she has posted a recipe video.

For breakfast this week I am going to try another overnight oat recipe.  This recipe for strawberry cheesecake oats looks amazing!  As I made more energy balls later last week I will not be making any this week.  Instead I will be making chia breakfast cookies to have around for snack.

Make grocery shopping a snap by bringing your dinner-list-6

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Family time

During day-to-day life you can lose sight of the importance of spending quality time with the ones that you love.  Today my son said, “Mom we are getting low on protein balls, we’d better find a recipe and make some more.”  And just like that I was reminded to pause and spend some one-on-one time with my growing-up too fast little boy.  We sat together and looked for a picture that appealed to him, and then together we gathered ingredients, measured, mixed and rolled.  When we were finished he looked at me and said, “That was really fun!”  In our busy lives don’t forget to take time and spend time with those that you love.  Our newest protein ball recipe can be found here.

Enjoy your weekend,
Sara

Weekly meals Feb. 27-Mar. 3

Meal updates from last week:
All meals last week were very successful.  When making the sheet pan meatloaf I did not bake my potatoes in the oven as instructed.  Instead I made mashed potatoes like I normally do: boil then mash with milk and butter.  The turkey skillet was better this time than any other time I have made it, and we are not sure why?  I did not end up making the crock pot pulled chicken.  I will report back after I have made it.

It is a miracle!  We will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  The end of the week is supposed to get nicer, so I will be using the barbeque.

  • Greek sheet pan dinner from @skinnytaste.  This recipe is from her latest cookbook and cannot be found on her site, but I did find this link for the recipe.
  • Thai-style chicken legs from @smittenkitchen I will serve this with steamed broccoli and rice.  I don’t usually use legs, instead I use thighs and they work just the same.
  • Pork tenderloin with mustard sauce from @marthastewart I will serve this with roasted carrots and potatoes.
  • Blt salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthstewart don’t let this salad fool you.  It is filling and delicious and perfect for dinner.
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats I will serve this with some waffle fries.  Have you ever tried the Alexia waffle fries?  They are seasoned and delicious, a perfect pairing with this burger.

For snacks this week I will be trying another new energy ball from @twopeasandpod  This one is an oatmeal raisin version.  Last week I found a recipe for overnight oats that I had for breakfast twice.  It was a winner, so this week I will be making the coconut cream pie oats again.  I am going to top it with some banana and fresh mango.  If I have some extra time I will be making these!

Don’t forget to print the dinner-list-5 for ease at the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weeknight inspiration

I find that after a long weekend it is really difficult to get back into the groove.  It is especially challenging when Monday was a holiday, and now it feels like you are a day behind.  I was looking for an easy weeknight meal that was not going to take an hour to prepare.  When I came across the recipe for sausage and spinach spaghetti pie I knew I had found what I was looking for.  Comforting and flavourful this is an easy meal to add to your repertoire.  I served the pie with a caesar salad, but you could also sauté some broccolini or any other family favourite.  You could substitute the spinach with kale or another hearty green.  What is even better is that this recipe comes from @cookinglight, so even though it is pasta it must be good for you?!

Happy cooking,
Sara