What am I going to do with all this zucchini?!

Here in Alberta we have had an amazing summer.  The weather has been so hot, which has made for a wonderful growing season.  My garden is beginning to come to an end.  I still have beets, carrots and potatoes to pick, but these vegetable can stay longer in the ground then most.  What I have a lot of is zucchini!  Now there are only so many loaves of zucchini bread that one can make, so I decided to find some alternative ways to use up my zucchini.

Happy cooking and baking,
Sara

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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

Weekly Meals August 14-18

Meal updates from last week:
The best recipe from last week was the crunchy noodle salad from Ina.  My children devoured the noodles and my son asked for a second bowl.  We also really liked the chicken kefta wraps, the addition of shredded zucchini made them very moist.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday then my husband and I are heading on a vacation!  The weather is supposed to be a little cooler, so I may even get some baking in.

  • Meatball sandwiches from @rachelray served with a caesar salad.  I usually make my meatball sandwiches with sausage meat, but I will give this recipe a try and see how it is.  I am not making my own sauce but using store-bought.
  • Thai beef bowls from @joythebaker I won’t be adding the red chilis as it will be too spicy for the kids.
  • Bruschetta turkey burgers from @paula_callmepmc I will serve these with our favourite waffles fries and raw veggies.
  • Grilled chicken power salad from @whatsgabycooking a delicious mix of summer ripe blueberries and corn.  I will be making my own dressing and not using her recipe.

I have a huge amount of blueberries, so I am going to try this week to use them in some baking.  I am thinking of using this recipe.  I am also really excited to try these burgers.  My garden is starting to hit its stride and I am going to have a ton of zucchini on my hands.  From all of the reviews I think that I need to make this.  I spent the weekend in Montana and was able to find a bag of these!  I cannot wait to use them in cookies.

Don’t forget to take your Dinner List 24 when you head to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Here is the muffin and crips links:

 

Weekly meals July 3-7

Meal updates from last week:
All of the salads I made this week were amazing!  The crunch salad had great flavours from the dill and almonds.  The chopped salad pizza was a hit!  I will be making this recipe again.  I was also very impressed with the pork skewers.  The marinade tenderized the pork, while cooking them on the bbq gave them a smoky flavour.  I finally got a chance to make the snickerdoodle ice cream, and let me tell you it was delicious.  The best part is that you do not need an ice cream maker.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  It is supposed to be a scorcher this week, so I am going to try my best to keep the oven off!  We are also getting close to the beginning of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, meaning we will be eating our body weight in pancakes!  I am going to try to keep our home meals healthy and nutritious.

As it is summer I have no set plans for breakfast or snacks for the week.  For the past couple days I have been starting my day with a bowl of plain yogurt topped with fresh mango, chopped banana and a handful of granola.  These no bake breakfast cookies sound interesting.  I also made the kids some breakfast popsicles, which have been a huge hit!  I would like to try some other popsicles and found this recipe that I am going to try.  I am very late posting for the week so there is no shopping list, I will get back on track next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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