Weekly meals July 20 – July 24

I’m back!!  I know that it has been a while since my last post, but we were road tripping and enjoying some family time.  We’ve been home less than a week, but have been busy celebrating my son’s 10th birthday.  Full birthday meal and cake recap will come later.  We cooked every meal while we were away and as promised I will share my dinner ideas with you:

  • pre-made kebabs (purchased from Save On Foods) served with salad
  • pizza cooked on the grill using naan bread as the base
  • grilled sausages, potatoes, peppers and onions
  • BBQ chicken salad from @skinnytaste
  • Turkey tacos made into taco salad from @culinaryhill
  • Homemade fish and chips (I didn’t make this meal, but provided slaw and roasted potatoes and carrots as side dishes)

Once we got home I couldn’t wait NOT to cook, so last week for our anniversary we ordered sushi to have with the kids.  We ended the week eating home cooked meals since I had some time to do some recipe searching.  We had zucchini turkey burgers from @bigdeliciouslife you can find the recipe right on her Instagram feed, and skillet chicken with rice, zucchini and corn from @bevcooks.  My son requested homemade pizza for his birthday on Sunday, so I bought dough from CO-OP and all of the necessary toppings and we did make your own pizza night.  For his cake I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe with pudding frosting and made it into a bowl of popcorn.  It turned out so well, way better than I had expected.

This week we are eating at home Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, my husband and I are going to friends for dinner Tuesday and Friday my son is having a small group of kids for a drive in movie in the backyard.

  • Easy grilled enchilada chicken from @thismessisours I served the chicken in corn tortillas with a simple pico de gallo and some sour cream, and added some gilled corn on the side.  You can make your own enchilada sauce but I opted to buy some from the store.  This meal is so quick and easy and would be great made into a salad.
  • We are out for dinner but I am taking dessert, I have a box of peaches and decided to make a peach and pecan crisp from @smittenkitchen, her recipes never disappoint.
  • Shrimp bowl with coconut cilantro lime rice and pineapple salsa from @twopeasandpod this is a new bowl recipe that I can’t wait to try!
  • Grilled chicken and peach kebabs from @aimeebourque I will serve these with some roasted potatoes and green beans.

Since I have so many peaches I am going to try to bake a few other things besides the crisp.  A long time ago I made peach cobbler scones from @joythebaker and they were amazing.  I also found a recipe for peach upside-down cake that looks divine!  If I find any other peach recipes I will pass them along.  After a long hiatus the grocery list 133
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Stay safe,
Sara

Weekly meals Jun 1 – June 5

Meal updates from last week:
Two of the recipes from last week were amazing!  The chicken gyros salad and the spring roll bowls.  The chicken marinade for the spring roll bowls was outstanding, paired with some rice, lettuce, cucumber, carrot and a yogurt dressing this bowl was one of the best.  As always we really liked the kale and sausage soup, this is a soup that my kids do enjoy, which is rare because soup is not their favourite.  We did Thai takeout on Friday night and then had chicken sandwiches with potato salad on Saturday night.

This week we will eat at home Sunday to Thursday, it has been our COVID pattern to do takeout one night on the weekend and then stay in for the other.  I am serving pork twice this week just to change things up a little.

  • Beef kefta with hummus and tomato and cucumber salad from @amandafrederickson I served this meal tonight and it was great!  I didn’t make the tomato and cucumber salad, instead I made a Greek salad.  I also used store bought hummus, as I didn’t have enough time to make homemade.  This recipe would be good with any ground meat, I think that lamb would pair great with these flavours.
  • Hawaiian pork and pineapple sliders from @cookinglight I will serve these with raw veggies and tater tots.
  • Mango chicken salad from @diethood as with all dinner salads my kids will eat all of the components minus the lettuce.
  • Pork tacos with apple slaw from @saltandlavender I haven’t ever used pork to make tacos so I am excited to try this new recipe.
  • Teriyaki salmon sushi bowl from @myglutenfreeguide this bowl has all of the ingredients I love!

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, I do have leftover buttermilk that I don’t want to waste, so possibly something with blueberries and the buttermilk.  My rhubarb is also growing so well this year!  This week I might have to cut and bake with my rhubarb.  Shop safely with Dinner List 131

Stay healthy,
Sara

Weekly meals April 6 – April 10

Meal updates from last week:
As I mentioned last week, the flank steak was amazing as was the salsa verde.  Recipes that we liked from last week were the spicy pork soup, turkey chili and the chicken fried rice.  My kids really enjoyed the chili and the fried rice.  I also had the chance to make my gramma’s boiled raisin muffins as well as a banana bread from the Fraiche Food, Full Hearts cookbook.  We had takeout on Friday and Saturday night both brought to our door contactless by Doordash.  We ordered from Una Pizza and Wine as well as Globefish Sushi,  both meals were very good, and even better that I didn’t have to cook!

This week will continue to look like the last two, kids are home, I am home working, but my husband will also be home as he is taking a week off.  School work will be done, crafting and lots of outside time as it looks like the weather is going to improve.  As we look toward Easter weekend I will share with you some recipes that I am going to try.

I cannot believe that Easter is this weekend!  With everything that has been going on in the world it has been hard to focus on big celebrations, knowing that we won’t be spending them as we traditionally would.  I have some baking plans for this week: carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd blondie bars.  We are not sure what Easter dinner will look like, but it would be nice to have some desserts to enjoy and drop off to friends.  I am also going to prep the crust for a quiche to eat on Easter Sunday along with some bunny cinnamon rolls from @thebakermama.  I will keep the quiche simple, maybe just ham and cheese with a little spinach.  We will enjoy this meal after the kids hunt for eggs on Sunday.  For Easter dinner I haven’t made any decisions, possibly a small ham with some potatoes and a citrus salad.  When I have a menu planned I will share it with you.  Eggs will also be dyed this week in preparation for the bunny!  My kids and husband devoured the energy balls and granola I made in the last two weeks, I have all of the ingredients for round two, so if time allows I will also make those.  Hoping that everyone is safe and healthy, enjoy another grocery list 125

Happy Easter,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Meal updates from last week:
As always the kids and adults devoured the classy chicken!  I didn’t make the BLT salad as we went out for an impromptu dinner with my parents.  We really liked the turkey tacos and the buddha bowls came together very quickly.

This week is jam packed!  My son has basketball twice this week, I am going out twice and my husband is out once.  Tis the season!  This means that there won’t be a lot of home cooked meals going on, but I do have a solid plan:

  • Lasagne soup from @farmgirlsdabble I have made this soup before and it is delicious.  I very good tip is to cook the pasta separate from the soup and then just add it when you serve.  This way the noodles don’t get overcooked.  I am going to serve this with a salad or some bread.
  • We will be out tonight, so my kids will be having takeout.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will give this another try and see if it gets made this week!
  • Pineapple chicken from @chelseasmessyapron this is a new recipe that looks so good, I cannot wait to give it a try.

I would love to start some holiday baking this week, but it all depends on time.  I am going to buy everything that I need for the recipes in hopes that I will find some time to bake.  I’ve decided that I would like to make some kiss cookies and then something gingerbread.  I found a recipe for snickerdoodle kiss cookies and then I am going to make a gingerbread cookie with some white chocolate cream cheese icing or gingersnap sandwich cookies with white chocolate with white chocolate filling.  I also wanted to make something with a mint flavour but who knows if I’ll ever finish all of it!  I will keep you posted as to what I bake in the coming weeks.  Grocery shopping  made simple with grocery list 113

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

 

July 8 – July 12

Meal updates from last week:
Everything from last week was delicious, I loved the cilantro shrimp with grilled avocado.  My husband said that grilling the avocado was a game changer!  The pasta was delicious so simple and came together in less than 30 minutes.  I will be making the turkey tacos again, they were more saucy than normal tacos and the kids really enjoyed them.  The Greek chicken bowls were outstanding, I made them for a crowd and everything was devoured.  I also made a mixed berry crisp, as the berries at the market this week were plentiful.  I used: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  I served this with some vanilla ice cream.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, my husband and I are out a lot this week just on different nights.  There are no plans for Friday, but I will probably make something simple like breakfast for dinner.  Saturday we heading out with friends and then Sunday we are out again.

The stack of spotted bananas keeps growing.  I made a batch of peanut butter banana blender muffins from @sara.haven, head to her Instagram for the easy recipe.  Shopping made easy with shopping list 100

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

Weekly meals June 10 – June 14

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all meals from last week, but the top two recipes for me were the turkey patties and monte christo sandwiches.  My kids also loved the sandwiches!  I didn’t add the gruyere cheese to theirs as they find it too strong.  We were away in the mountains this weekend, and we had a wonderful time and ate some amazing food.  We went to stay at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, it is a hidden gem in the rocky mountains.  The added bonus is that they have an outstanding restaurant at the hotel, we got a chance to eat there for dinner last night and then for breakfast this morning.  Once again they didn’t disappoint.  I had their summer salad with avocado, tomatoes, peppers, feta and a passionfruit vinaigrette.  For my main course I ordered poached lobster, which was served over a mixture of homemade pasta noodles and zoodles.  For dessert they did a take on a magnum bar with some khalua whipped cream and salted caramel popcorn.  It was amazing!  If you are ever looking for a place to stay while visiting Lake Louise, the Post Hotel is not to be missed!

This week has lots going on.  My son has baseball twice, we are also celebrating his friend birthday.  We do this so that all of his school friends have a chance to attend, if we waited till summer then no one would be around.  He has chosen to have a Nerf birthday this year, so we will transform our yard into a Nerf battle zone where they can shoot till their hearts content.  He has asked for chicken fingers and fries and a toothless dragon cake for dessert.  As always I will use my go-to chocolate cake recipe with accompanying icing.  I will post pictures of the completed cake on the weekend.  Also somewhere in there we need to celebrate Father’s Day!  It’s going to be busy.

  • Soy marinated flank steak from @skinnytaste we ate this tonight with a spinach and mixed berry salad.  I topped the salad with toasted almonds, feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.  The kids ate raw fruit and veggies as well as a cheese bun with butter.
  • Pineapple Thai grilled chicken skewers from @foodfaithfit we will eat these with some steamed edamame and rice.
  • Egg roll bowls from @skinnytaste
  • Steamed shrimp and watermelon salad from @cookinglight I will serve the kids some pasta alongside their shrimp.
  • Tonight I am going to grill sausages with peppers and onions.  I will serve these in a sub roll with some veggies or salad on the side.

Besides baking a birthday cake this week I won’t have any other time to bake.  I do have some rhubarb that I am dying to use, but not really sure what I am going to do with it.  I was leaning towards a strawberry rhubarb crumble.  Head to the store with Grocery List 97

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals June 3 – June 7

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all meals from last week, but my favourite was the salmon with snap peas and asparagus.  As always the kids loved the sloppy joe tacos, this recipe is so versatile and could be used as a dip for taco chips.

I spent the weekend in Kelowna eating amazing food and drinking even better wine.  We had the chance to eat out twice for dinner, Thursday night we went to RauDZ Regional Cuisine and on Saturday night we went to Quail’s Gate Winery.  Both dinners were amazing!  The atmosphere and location at Quail’s Gate couldn’t be better, nor could the wine!  We also ate breakfast a a great little diner called Sunny’s Modern Diner, the homemade rhubarb and cherry jam was out of this world!  We also visited Kitsch Wines where we enjoyed many glasses of their rose.  The weekend couldn’t have been any better, great weather, great wine and amazing company.  I hope to go back to Kelowna soon.

This week we’re back to the grind, we have ball three times, my daughter has a school concert and then we are heading to the mountains for the weekend.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday and then dining out Friday and Saturday.  All recipes this week are from Food Network magazine.

I won’t have any time to bake this week, but will make up for it next week when I need to make a cake for my son.  We are celebrating his birthday next weekend, this is his friend birthday, as his actual birthday is in the summer.  This year we are having a Nerf birthday party, and he has asked me to make him a Toothless dragon cake.  We will see how that goes!  Shop quick and easy with Shopping List 96