Weekly meals May 29-June 2

Meal updates from last week:
Highlight meals from last week were the Greek pasta salad, chicken fajita burgers and the vegan soup.  The fajita burgers were my favourite, I had mine without a bun, but to be honest you didn’t really need one with all of the other ingredients.  We ate the soup for three days and it kept getting better with each day.  I made a slight change to the soup, I decreased the amount of stock by half and added a can of coconut milk.  I also added two more tablespoons of peanut butter.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, I will be out for dinner Friday and I do not have a dinner plan for Saturday.  For tonight’s dinner we ate the Greek chicken with olives, feta and tomatoes.  I shared this recipe last week, it was so delicious that we had to have it again!  We ate this on a bed of romaine with some fresh fruit.

For breakfast this week I am going to try a couple new overnight oat recipes.  This PB & J oat recipe comes from the people at Quaker.  And please tell me who doesn’t love PB &J?! I am also liking the flavour combination in this blueberry muffin oat recipe.  If you haven’t ever been to fitfoodiefinds.com then you must check out her site, there are tons of great oat recipes!  I will let you know how they both taste.  We were at brunch on Sunday and were served these, they were delicious.  The blackberries are in abundance right now, so I am going to give these a try.

I am sorry to say that there is not a shopping list this week as this weekend was extremely busy.  One of the reasons for this, was that I was hosting my very first make and take.  In short, I invited some friends to my house to make freezer meals and take them home with them.  I will share more on this exciting evening later in the 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

 

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

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

Weekly meals Feb. 20-24

Meal updates from last week:
All of the recipes from last week turned out well.  The lasagne soup is still a household hit, and tastes even better the next day.  The teriyaki bowl was very flavourful adding the grilled pineapple gives it a sweetness that goes well with the sauce.  The turkey burgers were also very tasty.  My son and husband had theirs on buns, I ate mine over a bed of bib lettuce topped with tzatziki and kalamata olives.

This week we will be eating at home Monday to Thursday and then heading to the mountains for the weekend.  I will be packing my crock pot in the car and taking our Friday night meal on the road to eat when we arrive.  I have been following Cooking Light on Instagram and have been very impressed with their recipe ideas.  I spent some time this week going over recipes on their website, and will be trying a few to see how they taste.

  1. Chicken gyros bowls from @cookinglight I will be serving this over brown rice and not adding the kale.
  2. Sheetpan meatloaf dinner from @cookinglight (we are a huge fan of matloaf so it will be interesting to see what we think about this recipe)
  3. Skillet turkey pot pie from @tasteandtell (I have made this recipe several times and it is very delicious.  For the biscuits the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of buttermilk. I have never found that this is enough, so I always add double so that the dough is wet and not too dry)
  4. My boys will be eating fried egg sandwiches for dinner, as I will be out for dinner Thursday.
  5. Slow cooker bbq pulled chicken from @skinnytaste (this recipe is from her fast and slow cookbook, and cannot be found on her website.  You can find the recipe from dineanddish.com)

Breakfast this week will be cereal and overnight oats.  If you don’t usually use almond milk in your oats then this week give it a try.  I also enjoy coconut yogurt instead of plain, and use frozen berries instead of fresh.  For snack I am going to give these peanut butter pretzel energy bites a try from @pinchofyum.  I love the idea of peanut butter and pretzels together!

Save yourself some time by printing the dinner-list-4

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

Little helpers

I spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, so much so that my husband refers to the kitchen as “my room”.  As a working mom it is challenging to find the balance between family time and preparing nutritious and delicious nightly meals.  The key to this balance is to include your children in the meal preparation process.  Not only are you spending quality time together, but you are setting your kids up for a healthier future.  They are learning skills that are not taught in school and will have a better understanding of where their food comes from.  When children are involved in cooking their dinner they will be more apt to eat their dinner!  You do not have to wait till your children are older to get them involved.  Below is a list of ways that you can include your children in the kitchen.

  • Pour ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Mix batter
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Peel fruits and vegetables
  • Mash
  • Roll out dough
  • Crack an egg
  • Cut soft foods with a dull knife
  • Form balls for cookies or meatballs
  • Wash dishes
  • Set the table
  • Fill and empty the dishwasher

For an amazing example of someone who includes their children in the nightly cooking process, have a look at mylovelylittlelunchbox.com or follow Kayla on Instagram @mylovelylittlelunchbox

Happy cooking,

Sara