Weekly Meals June 26-30

Meal updates from last week:
Grilled pizza may be my new favourite thing!  The smoky flavour that the grill gives the crust and cheese is amazing.  We really enjoyed the kebabs, next time I would not use oranges as they all fell off the skewers.  The pulled chicken was also very good, and made even better when paired with the apple slaw.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  My boys are heading out-of-town for the weekend so it will just be the little and I for Canada Day.  It is also the last week of school!  I cannot wait for some lazy days with my kids.

  • Turkey burgers with crunch salad from @cookinglight.  When I make turkey burgers I simply combine: ground turkey, 1/2 cup of panko, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese and s & p to taste.  Mix ingredients together form into patties and then refrigerate before grilling.  This helps the patties stay together on the grill.
  • Burger patty salad from @cookinglight this is a new recipe that I have never tried before.  My kids won’t eat lettuce so I will serve them the patties with some veggies.
  • classy chicken from The Best of Bridge this, as stated many times before is a family favourite and we haven’t had it in a long time.  I serve this casserole with egg noodles, but it could also be served over rice.
  • Pork souvlaki with lemon rice from @foodiecrush I love Greek flavours so I am sure that this will be a hit.
  • Chopped salad pizza from @pinchofyum I have been dying to try this recipe!

We are on the home stretch for early mornings and lunch boxes.  I have to say that I cannot wait for a break from making school lunch.  Last week the kids ate some of the left over waffles from Father’s Day as well as toast.  For me this week I will stick with the overnight oats and maybe some berries and yogurt.  I made the chocolate zucchini muffins last week and they were a hit!  Find the recipe on last week’s menu.  I also managed to make some breakfast cookies (see Instagram for the recipe).  I do not have any snack plans for this week.  I am dying to try this dessert I would try to make this into a pie not bars.  These cones look amazing!  Although school is almost out, I will give these a try in September.  Print the Dinner List 18 for your trip to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 19-23

Meal updates from last week:
The only new recipe to us from last week was the Thai salad.  It was delicious, and made even easier because I used a cooked chicken.  I did not get a chance to try out the maple grilled chicken sandwiches, but I have them on my list of ‘to try’ meals for the summer.  I did have the acai bowl this week and I enjoyed something different for breakfast.

This week we will be eating in Sunday-Thursday.  We are celebrating Father’s Day with family and my mom is cooking a turkey.  I am bring these roasted carrots.   It is a busy week with soccer ending, a retirement party, a grand opening to go to and the last full week of school, so I chose recipes that are fast and easy to prepare.

  • BBQ pizza, I will be using store-bought dough, for the kids pasta sauce ham and cheese.  For the adults, pesto, salami, cheese topped with fresh arugula from the garden.  We will eat these with some raw veggies.
  • Grilled sweet and sour turkey kebabs from @nutmegnanny we will eat these with some steamed brown rice.
  • Rotini with sausage and peppers.  I will take some Italian sausage, remove it from the casing and crumble it.  As it cooks I will add some diced red peppers and then a jar of organic pasta sauce.  I will serve this over cooked rotini with a side caesar salad.
  • Pulled chicken sandwiches with apple slaw from @closetcooking on the side we will have our most favourite waffles fries!

I made some protein balls last week and we shockingly still have some left.  See my previous post for a variety of protein ball recipes.  I found an interesting recipe for zucchini muffins that I am going to try.  There is a secret ingredient in these muffins, make sure you check them out!  Breakfast this week will be a mixture of cold and warm oats as well as some acai bowls.  If you follow me on Instagram you will know we ate waffles for Father’s Day, find the best waffle recipe here.  Print your Dinner List 17 before you head to the grocery store.

Happy Father’s Day,
Sara

Eat your greens!

Heading into the summer months it is nice to make a meal that doesn’t involve turning on the stove or oven.  Enter the dinner salad.  Now, you may be thinking that greens will not make you feel full or even satisfied, but I beg to differ.  Topping your salad with a protein, either chicken, fish, tofu or cheese will turn your usual lunch meal into dinner.  I find feeding children salad, or maybe just lettuce very challenging.  My son still will not eat lettuce.  He will however eat all of the salad components, just on a plate minus the greens.  Below I am sharing some of my favourite dinner salad recipes:

Happy chopping,
Sara

 

Weekly meals June 5-9

Highlights from last week:
The rosemary chicken salad and chicken corn burgers were the best from last week.  The kids especially liked the burgers.  My most favourite recipe from last week was the blueberry muffin overnight oats, I am obsessed with them, and have eaten them for breakfast all week!  Head to fitfoodiefinds.com to get the recipe.

We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, but are heading out for dinner on Wednesday night to celebrate some family anniversaries.  The weather is going to continue to cooperate, which means I will be out using the grill.

  • Tonight is usually a family meal, but there are no plans yet for dinner.  I will post my Sunday dinner recipe on Instagram.
  • Thai basil turkey bowls from @lexiscleankitchen this is a new to me recipe.  I will be serving mine on brown rice instead of the cauliflower rice.  It says to use coconut aminos, this is an ingredient that I am unfamiliar with.  I will have a look for it tomorrow and let you know.
  • Spicy pork po’boys from @foodandwine this is another new recipe, we will eat these sandwiches with coleslaw.
  • BBQ chicken served with antipasto salad from @foodandwine I am so excited about this salad, I had to make this recipe after seeing the pictures.  My kids will not eat this salad, but they will eat a deconstructed version of it.
  • Persian turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and pita bread.  If I have time I will make some tzatziki.

This week for breakfast I will continue my love for blueberry muffin overnight oats.  My kids are still asking for the Nature’s Path cinnamon waffles.  I have some bananas that need to be used so I think I will give this bread a try.  Last Friday was National doughnut day, I haven’t used my doughnut pan in a very long time and think I need to make this recipe again.  I came across a recipe for no churn ice cream it looks amazing!  Make your weekly grocery shop easier by taking Dinner List 15

Happy cooking,
Sara

Make and take

This past weekend I hosted my first make and take evening.  What you may ask is make and take?  It is another name for meal prepping.  I had four girlfriends over to prepare three dinners and one snack.  All meals were freezer friendly, cooking directions were either oven baked or crock pot.  We began by having some grilled flat bread, veggies, fruit and a glass of wine.  Then, I divided the girls into two groups and we tackled the recipes.  My job was to find recipes, grocery shop, facilitate cooking and do the dishes.  One group used the stove while the other group worked on non cooked recipes.  Once done they switched stations.  We ended the night making the snack together.  Two hours later the ladies left with three delicious family friendly meals,  and a snack that they could have for breakfast or give their kids after school.  I was so pleased with how the night went, there was lots of laughs and strangers became friends.  I am hoping to host another make and take very soon!  If you were to host a make and take what recipes would you use?  Let me know by posting on the blog.

Happy cooking,
Sara