Weekly meals Feb. 12 – Feb. 16

Meal updates from last week:
I have to admit that I only really ate one dinner from last week.  I was getting over the stomach flu and just didn’t feel like eating anything.  By the end of the week I was feeling much better and absolutely loved the chicken meatball bowls!  This will be a recipe that I make again.

We were away in the mountains on the weekend.  We enjoyed an amazing meal on Saturday night, I had tuna tartare as a starter, it was truly amazing.  For my main I had salmon with a light broth and mixed vegetables.  It was a such a wonderful night.  This week is very busy!  We ate at home tonight, and will be having sushi tomorrow to celebrate my Birthday.  We will end the week eating at home.

  • Classy chicken from the Best of Bridge, as always we ate this casserole with egg noodles.
  • We are ordering sushi from our favourite local place.
  • Chicken shawarma salad with tahini dressing from @oursaltykitchen I am excited to try a new dinner salad recipe.
  • We will be having homemade heart pizza to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I will be making my dough using this recipe.  For dessert I am making blondies my addition will be cupid’s mix M & M’s.
  • Grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and stuffed potatoes.  We will also have a green vegetable or a side salad.

My son’s class is having a party this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We will be contributing cheese and crackers for the party.  For the crackers I will be making graham crackers, I have made these a few times before and they are so good!  My son has been asking everyday to make doughnuts, so we will bake some together this week.  He has requested chocolate, and well it is Valentine’s Day, so we will try these double chocolate cake donuts.  The Dinner List 44 is long this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Dec. 18 – Dec. 22

Meal updates from last week:
Our favourite meals from last week were the steak fajitas and the rice casserole.  If I am being honest, my son hated the rice casserole but everyone else loved it.  I ended up using mild Italian sausage and it tasted great.  The fajitas had great flavour and were so easy to make using the grill.

This week is going to be a busy one!  We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday.  Saturday night we will be at friends and then we are hosting Christmas Eve at our place.  My holiday baking is almost over, I do need to finish making some icing for my gingerbread cookies.

  • Hamburger soup from The Best of Bridge served with buns.
  • Thai turkey lettuce cups from @cookinglight I am not sure how the kids will like these, but I’m hoping if they don’t want the lettuce then they will eat the filling and the veggies.  I may also supplement the cups with some steamed rice just to give the meal more substance.
  • Spinach and ricotta stuffed shells from @forkknifeswoon we will eat this with a caesar salad and fresh bread.
  • Coq au Riesling from @halfbakedharvest as this meal includes vegetables we will only eat this.
  • Pork Milanese with kale salad from @cookinglight I am not going to make the kale salad with this, but instead will serve this with a steamed green vegetable.
  • Mexican haystack rice bowls from @togetherasafamilyblog we are hosting friends with kids and decorating gingerbread houses.  I needed a meal that was flexible with kids and adults and I think that this one will work out well.

I am bringing an appetizer to friends on Saturday night, I have decided to make these potatoes.  They sound like a great one-bite starter and will go well with the chili that is being served for dinner.  Christmas Eve is going to be very casual and filled with family.  We are going to start in the late afternoon so that the kids can get to bed before Santa arrives!  I have ordered a large charcuterie platter that I am going to serve alongside meatballs, caesar salad and a baguette.  Christmas morning will also be very casual, we will be having gingerbread cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit before we head out-of-town to visit family.  Although I claim that my holiday baking is finished my good friend shared a Swiss Mountain Shortbread recipe that sounds amazing!  I have decided to bake them and send them to work with my husband as a treat for the staff.  I will not be adding my weekly grocery list as it is way too long!  I will continue as usual after the holidays.  We are heading out-of-town, so stay tuned for some healthy menus to kick-start your new year!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas,
Sara

Weekly meals Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Meal updates from last week:
I had good intentions to cook five new recipes last week, but only managed to cook two and added a family favourite into the mix.  I made the pork with green sauce as well as the lightened up spaghetti and meatballs.  We also had classy chicken the night we arrived home from holiday.  That means that there were three recipes that remain untested.  I may find time to add them in the next few weeks.  I will let you know when I try them.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for dinner Friday, and then Saturday we will be eating out.  With Tuesday being Halloween, I am keeping dinner simple and healthy.  It looks as if winter is heading our way later this week, so I am going to make soup for one meal so that we have some leftovers for lunch.

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple I have made this recipe before and it was a hit.  I do not use the peas as they are not liked in our house.  I also do not use frozen beans, instead I buy fresh, steam them and then add them to the pot right before serving.  I know that the recipe title is pot pie, but it is more like a stew with a puff pastry top.
  • Oven baked panko parmesan turkey fingers from granny.ca these will be served with green beans and carrots.  For the adults I am adding a citrus salad inspired by this recipe, but I am going to use bib lettuce instead of kale.
  • Pizza mummies from @weelicious as it is Halloween I thought that we would have a bit of a theme dinner.  The kids will have either ham or salami, the adults will get peppers and mushrooms added to their meat.  We will eat this with a caesar salad.
  • Three potato soup from @gimmesomeoven we will have bread with the soup for dipping.
  • Pork tenderloin with mushrooms, fennel and blue cheese from @cookinglight I will omit the blue cheese for the kids meals and will serve theirs with some egg noodles.  I don’t usually cook with fennel so I am interested to see how these flavours come together.

My son is currently loving pumpkin scones, so I am going to try to make him some this week.  I have been looking at different recipes but haven’t really found the ‘one’.  I will share it when I find it.  This week I am also going to cook some freezer meals with my sister-in law so that she is fully stocked when baby arrives.  I am working on my list of freezer meals and will post the complete list with recipes when it is done.  If you have an absolute favourite freezer meal please let me know!  Print Dinner List 32 to help with your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

* Favourite pumpkin muffins from @pinchofyum made with these GF oats*

Spooky snacks

The scariest night of the year is on its way!  My son’s class is having a Halloween party and I am going to send a snack for them to enjoy.  I was thinking about something on the healthier side, so I’ve decided to send popcorn with a few additions.  We will be adding pretzels and a few orange M & Ms.  My son will be making jack-o-lantern faces on clear plastic bags and then we will add the popcorn mix.  Need some other Halloween inspired snacks and sweets?  Have a look at the links below for more spooky inspiration!

Happy haunting,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 23 – Oct. 27

Meal updates from last week:
There are no meal updates from last week as we were and still are on vacation!  I hope that you enjoyed cooking from my favourite soups and stews.

We arrive home on Wednesday after a red-eye flight, we will see how that all goes for the children?!  I will be cooking Wednesday to Sunday as we have been doing some eating out this vacation.  It will be difficult to get back into the swing of things, but we have enjoyed every minute of being away.

I have my eye on a few other recipes this week: granola bark and pumpkin muffins.  After some jet-lag we will see how much cooking I get done!  Grocery lists will start again next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Oct. 16 – Oct. 20

Meal updates from last week:
All of the recipes that we ate from America’s Test Kitchen were very good.  Our favourite recipes were: pork stir fry and turkey meatballs with rice.  We ate the pork with chow mein noodles, which were a great accompaniment to the pork and sauce.  The lemon turkey meatballs were delicious, I added some arugula to the skillet just to give it some colour.  I’m going to start visiting their website to see what other recipes I can find.  I also made these muffins, these muffins are not very sweet, but the addition of the chocolate chips gives it that little extra that you need.

This week we are off on a family vacation!  We cannot wait to spend some down time together.  Although there will be some cooking, we will be enjoying some meals out as well.  With this in mind I am going to share with you some of my favourite soups and stews:

Happy cooking,
Sara

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