Weekly meals Jan 27 – Jan. 31

Meal updates from last week:
The crispy tofu bowls were amazing!  You wouldn’t even have known that you were eating tofu.  My son gave them a try and loved them, he just ate the tofu without the Thai sweet chili sauce as he thought it was too spicy.  I will be making these again very soon.  The sloppy joe tacos were also a family hit.  The kids ate theirs with hard shell tacos, and I made mine into a salad.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we continue to stay busy with kid’s activities and family skiing on the weekend.  February is a jam packed month, full of travel, ski trips, my birthday and Valentine’s Day.  It is going to be a good one!

Blueberries are plentiful right now, so it might be time for some muffins or a loaf.  We will see what the week brings. Grocery list 118

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 11 – Nov. 15

Meal updates from last week:
We LOVED the mediterranean salmon as well as the zuppa Toscana.  The soup got even better sitting in the fridge and was delicious for lunch.  I had made the caprese chicken before and it was a hit once again.  Pair it with a caesar salad and some parmesan pasta and your kids will gobble it up!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday, I will be out on Thursday and then my husband and I are heading out of town for the weekend.  The cold weather broke today and it looks like the rest of the week will be a lot warmer.  Below I will share recipes that I made for Sunday and Monday dinner, plus the rest of my weekly recipes.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron we ate this with cheese buns for dipping.  This soup is amazing!  I only use two Tbsp of curry paste as I don’t want it too spicy for the kids.  This makes a big amount of soup, so invite friends or freeze the leftovers.
  • Caramel shrimp with coconut rice from @cookingforkeeps I didn’t have a chance to make the rice as it was a basketball night, so I served this with brown rice, edamame and green beans.  I decided to half the sauce and there was still enough for four servings.
  • Stuffed Italian mini meatloaves from @iowagirleats I will serve this with some green beans and a salad.
  • Sausage and veggie sheet pan, I have shared recipes for this before, but tonight I am going to keep it simple and roast everything together.  I am going to use broccoli and potatoes as my veg, I like to slice the potatoes on a mandolin, they turn into baked potato chips that my kids devour.  Here are some other sheet pan meals: sausage and greens, sausage and veggies and healthy sausage and veggies.

As I mentioned last week, I have started to think about my holiday baking, I even put a few Christmas decorations up today!  My husband always heads home in late November and I like to send some homemade goodies for his dad and grammas.  As always I will be making and sending nuts and bolts, this is a simple yet delicious holiday treat.  In the past I have made cookies and a couple of years ago I made turtles, this year I think I am going to make peppermint or turtle bark.  Both recipes come together in less than twenty minutes, but look and taste like you spent way more time!  I will make sure to update when I have decided/made the recipes.  There will be no time for any baking in this house this week.  My son just finished the pumpkin muffins that I had in the freezer, I still have a lemon blueberry loaf that I made in late summer.  Once that is gone then I know it is time for more baking 😉

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Oct. 21 – Oct. 25

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the tortilla soup and the Mediterranean bowl, I didn’t end up making the turkey burgers with cauliflower mash as we went out for dinner mid-week.  We also took the kids downtown for dinner on the weekend, we ate pizza at Posto, the food was amazing.  We ordered their romaine salad and a white pizza with wild mushrooms, spinach and truffle oil.  Last night we were lucky to go to friends to celebrate a belated Thanksgiving. The food was so delicious, it was my first time eating turkey done on the bbq, and it was just as good as the oven.  I took two pumpkin pies, blondie brownies and an autumn chopped salad.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we don’t have plans Friday but are heading to a Halloween party on Saturday with our kids.

  • Sheet pan roasted veggies with Italian sausage.  I diced a sweet potato and drizzled with olive oil, I added the sausage and cooked in a 425 oven for 20 minutes.  Then I added small broccoli florets and roasted for another 5-7 minutes.  While cooking I made a simple vinaigrette of: honey, Dijon, red wine vinegar and olive oil.  After removing pan from oven I placed the veggies in the bottom of a large bowl, topped with the sausage and drizzled with the dressing.  Delish.  You can find a similar recipe here.
  • Turkey meatloaf from @foolproofliving I will serve this with mashed potatoes and steamed beans.
  • Vietnamese lemongrass noodle bowl from @gimmesomeoven this recipe uses chicken as the protein, but I am going to use shrimp instead.
  • Greek power bowls from @delish this is another one bowl meal, and one that has all of my favourite things!

I don’t have any plans for baking this week as I spent the weekend making pie dough and then baking two pumpkin pies.  If you are looking for a great pie dough recipe, simply search the blog and you will find my gramma’s tried and true recipe!  Simplify your life with grocery list 109

Happy cooking,
Sara

July 15 – July 19

Meal updates form last week:
There was a lot of eating out and meals on the fly last week as we had many different plans.  I really liked the spanakopita meatballs, I ended up making them into patties as I didn’t feel like making little meatballs.  I served these over a simple Greek salad with greens and tzatziki.  Other meals last week were simple and easy to prepare as well as many dinners out.  I am happy that this week is a little calmer and there will be more home cooked meals.

We are eating at home this week Sunday-Thursday, I had all intentions of making dinner tonight but we were invited to my parents for cabbage rolls, which is not a meal that I can pass up!  They were amazing as usual.  For the rest of the week we will be eating in and then the weekend is filled with birthday celebrations for my son and father.

The only baking I will be doing this week is a birthday cake for my son.  He has asked for a dog cake!  As usual I will be using my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting from @thelittlekitchen.  I will also be making a lemon bundt cake for my dad’s birthday, this recipe was in my gramma’s recipe box and I will post a copy later this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Mar. 11 – Mar. 15

Meal updates from last week:
The blackened salmon was my absolute favourite from last week!  My husband said that it was the best salmon I had ever made for him.  The cashew chicken was also a big hit, and it made delicious leftovers.  When I made the chicken caesar lettuce wraps I made the decision to make it into a salad instead of lettuce wraps.  Either way you serve them they are delish.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday and then we are heading out to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night.  Tonight we hosted friends and their kids for a skating party followed by an early dinner.  It was so much fun!  We all enjoyed getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine.  I made the main for dinner and then the others contributed appies, salad and buns.

  • Chili mac and cheese from @recipe_tin we ate this with a salad and buns.  For dessert I served cookie ice cream sandwiches.  They had a choice of double chocolate, monster or chocolate chip.  I filled them with vanilla ice cream and they were devoured.
  • BBQ sausage with baked beans and coleslaw.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so I must fire up the grill!
  • Greek salmon bowls from @cookinglight my kids have been loving salmon these days, and I love any one bowl meal!
  • Turkey meatloaf with ketchup-brown sugar glaze from @cooksillustrated we will eat this with green beans and asparagus.  To access this recipe you will need to go through Cooks Illustrated instagram account, if not then you need to sign up on their website for the 14 day trial.
  • Sweet potato fajitas from @thefitchen I am a little sceptical about serving this meatless meal, but here’s to hoping that it is well received.

I had time last week to make some healthy cookies.  The ingredients were: bananas, applesauce, oats, almond milk, raisins, chocolate chips and cinnamon.  They were a great lunch box and after school snack.  Find a similar breakfast cookie recipe here.  Print Dinner List 89 so grocery shopping is easier.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

 

Weekly meals Jan. 7 – Jan. 11

After Christmas and time away with my family I am finally back blogging!  We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas in California with my family, and then spent New Years in Las Vegas with friends.  Now it is time to get back to real life; school, lunches, laundry, grocery shopping, work etc.  I do enjoy coming back from a trip and starting the year off with an empty fridge.  Fortunately I received three new cookbooks for Christmas so I have been inspired to try some new recipes!

We arrived home last night and I made sure that my husband had the ingredients to made classy chicken.  It is a comforting and delicious casserole, a great meal to come home to after being away.  Prior to arriving home I had already planned my meals for the week, so that made going to the store this morning a breeze (minus the fact that I had to shop with a 2-year-old!).

  • Classy chicken with egg noodles from @bestofbridge
  • Turkey meatloaf from @tiffanithiessen we will eat this with some steamed green beans and coleslaw.  I didn’t get this cookbook but my mom did so I wrote down some recipes to try.
  • Spicy pork tenderloin from @tiffanithiessen this recipe is not available online you can only get it from her new cookbook Pull Up A Chair.  I found a similar recipe you can try here.  I will serve this with roasted potatoes and an Asian slaw.
  • Garlic-honey shrimp from @chrissyteigan this recipe is from her new cookbook Cravings Hungry for More.  We will have some steamed brown rice and sautéed veggies with this meal.

The cookbooks that I received were: Cravings Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen, Simple Bites Kitchen by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque and On Boards by Lisa Dawn Bolton.  As I cook through these new books I will make sure to share my results with you.  I found another simple recipe for a salad that I am hoping to make and take to work for lunch.  Here is how to make it: 3 cups of kale, cooked rice or quinoa, jicama, grapes, raisins, almonds and then add a simple balsamic vinaigrette.  All of these ingredients sound like a perfect match to me.  I will let you know when I make it.  Here is the eightieth dinner list!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

Meal updates from last week:
All the meals that I made last week were great, I didn’t get a chance to make the grilled sausage, peppers and potatoes as we ate with my mom.  I shared the delicious Thai soup that she made for us on last week’s blog post.  I loved the roasted cauliflower that we ate with the salmon, so much so that I had it with some quinoa and feta the next day for lunch.  The egg rolls bowls were also a hit, I made some steamed brown rice so that my husband had a little more substance to his meal.  The saucy shrimp were outstanding, make sure to have the lemon rice with it as it completes the meal.

Today I got the chance to attend a cooking class with my mom.  At the class we learned all about pies!  We got instruction and practice making four different types of pie dough with accompanying fillings.  It was a wonderful class with an exceptional instructor, and when we were finished we walked away with two small tarts and one pie.  A passionfruit tart, frangipani tart as well as a cranberry raisin pie.  I am so excited to try them all!  If you are looking for cooking classes check them out at Cuisine and Chateau.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we are going to the mountains this weekend and then home to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with family.  I will be solo two nights this week as my husband is working late, which means that I will try to keep things simple on those nights.  I still have some leftover pumpkin from last week’s muffins, so I may try to use the rest of it up.  I am taking turnips and chocolate cake to Thanksgiving dinner, as we are celebrating a number of birthdays along with our family gathering.

  • One-pan petite meatloaf with roasted veggies from @cookinglight the recipe originates from @skinnytaste
  • Thai peanut chicken ramen from @halfbakedharvest I am hoping that my children like this recipe, but I will reduce the curry paste amount so that it isn’t too spicy for them.
  • Pizza, I will either use store made dough or pizza bases.  We usually add peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes and then top with arugula when they come out of the oven.
  • Sweet fire chicken from @carlsbadcravings we will eat this with some steamed brown rice.
  • Breakfast for dinner, pancakes or waffles with bacon and fresh fruit.

Shop with ease, Dinner List 69

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies*

Weekly meals Sept. 3 – Sept. 7

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the soba noodles with cedar plank salmon.  The salmon had a smoky flavour from being cooked on the cedar.  The soba noodles with the buttery salmon was a perfect combination.  I added some thinly sliced snap peas and radishes to our bowls.  We also really enjoyed the chicken caesar lettuce wraps, the flavour of the chicken marinated in the dressing was amazing.  My kids devoured the bread that was grilled and then torn into pieces.

This week marks the beginning of a new chapter, tomorrow my son begins grade three and I am also going back to teaching.  I am going to try my very best to keep up with my food blogging, but I am sure recipes might evolve and change.  Days when I’m working I will try to make recipes that are simple and fast.  This also means that I need to start taking a lunch!  I am going to try to post some pictures of what I am taking for lunch.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  As we were away this last weekend, there are no plans for this coming weekend.  I am sure that everyone including myself will be tired from all of the changes to our lives.

The Dinner List 65 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 14 – May 18

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the grilled rosemary chicken and the shrimp cakes.  My daughter absolutely loved the shrimp cakes, she ended up eating two whole cakes!  I really enjoyed the lettuce wraps, but my son didn’t like the sauce.  I didn’t end up making the turkey burgers and kale salad, so I may move that meal to this week.  I made a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins and my kids gobbled them up.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I am not sure what the long weekend has in-store for us except that my husband will be away.  The weather for the most part is supposed to be really nice so I will be using the grill.

I spent some time this past week looking at new recipes and I found some gems!  For some reason these are all sweet recipes, these cookies, this tart and protein balls!  I don’t have any plans to make these sweet treats this week, but if I give any of them a try I will let you know.  The Dinner List 54 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Banana buttermilk muffins*

Happy New Year!

After a much-needed break in the sunshine with my family, I am back to share new recipes for the new year.  We had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends, and eating many delicious meals.  Being away means eating differently and not always the healthiest, but everyone deserves a break from healthy eating!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We arrived home tonight and had our standard, breakfast for supper 😉

  • Beef and quinoa meatloaf from Greta Podleski’s new cookbook called Yum and Yummer.  If you recognize the name it is because she is one of the sisters who wrote the Looney Spoons cookbooks.  I will serve this with mashed potatoes and a steamed green vegetable.
  • Thai cashew chicken from @wellplated we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Pasta e fagipoli from @cookinglight
  • Loaded Mediterranean beef rice bowl from @mysequinedlife I am loving the look of this bowl.  I am not going to make the pickled onion, but may add some kalamata olives instead.
  • Ramen with sesame broth from cilantroandcitronella.com I will omit the tofu and add more steamed vegetables to my ramen.

I have many other recipes that I cannot wait to share with you!  I am also thinking of making some quinoa bites for lunch.  Use the search engine to find the cups I posted in the past.  I haven’t baked muffins in a very long time, and I found a very interesting morning-glory recipe that I really want to try so please stay tuned!  Start your new year grocery trip off right, by printing Dinner List 39!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*cheddar broccoli quinoa bites* *Breakfast cookies* *Raspberry Tiramisu*