Weekly meals June 11 – June 15

Meal updates from last week:
The top two meals from last were the spicy pork bowls and the honey mustard chicken salad.  I didn’t love the salmon with couscous and I needed to marinate the flank steak for longer before I grilled it.  The chicken from the salad was even better the next day, and I will be using the marinade/dressing again.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, right now we don’t have weekend plans.  With Father’s Day coming up I will share what I will be serving for breakfast and dinner.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, mom made cabbage rolls and bought pirogies and I brought a green salad.  The meal was delicious.  I am going to ask my mom to write out her recipe for cabbage rolls as I believe they are the best that I’ve ever had.

  • Classy chicken from The Best of Bridge, I always serve this casserole with egg noodles.
  • Chopped ramen noodle salad with grilled teriyaki turkey from @farmgirlsdabble I am a sucker for a dinner salad.  As with all salads for dinner, my kids will eat all the components except the lettuce 😉  Maybe one day they will enjoy the entire salad.
  • Burrata pistachio white pizza from @thealmondeater I will also be making a traditional red sauce pizza.  I am sure that the kids will like the red sauce better than the white pizza, but I may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Chipotle lime shrimp bowls from @foodcrush I love a one bowl dinner as much as I love a dinner salad.  These days my kids are loving shrimp so this is a perfect dinner for them.  I will probably be leaving out the chipotle as it is far too spicy for the kids.

This afternoon I made a batch of strawberry rhubarb chia jam to use in my overnight oats.  There is no sugar in this recipe, it is sweetened with strawberries and maple syrup.  I also brought a large frozen bag of Saskatoon berries from my parent’s.  With the weather a little cooler this week I may make a batch of pie dough to use with the berries and possibly some rhubarb.  Print Dinner List 58 before going to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals May 21 – May 25

Meal updates from last week:
The meals from last week were all amazing!  We absolutely loved both of the dinner salads, but for me the best was the summer nicoise salad.  Apart from the meals that I planned for, I also made this Greek sheet pan meal for dinner Saturday as well as this pesto farmer’s market salad that I took to a BBQ.  The pesto vinaigrette will change your life!

This week we have a lot going on, we ate at home tonight and are heading out tomorrow night.  We will be home Wednesday, Thursday and possibly eat dinner with friends Friday.

  • Thai pineapple peanut satay chicken from @carlsbadcravings we ate this with steamed rice and green beans.  We loved this meal!  The sauce was a great addition to the grilled chicken and pineapple.
  • Loaded sesame ginger salmon salad from @whatsgabycooking both of my kids will eat the salad components, and I will supplement their dinner with some grilled corn.
  • Grilled pizza, I will use pre-made dough and add all of our favourite toppings.  I heat my grill to low and then use our flat griddle pan to cook the pizza.  Grilling pizza adds a slight smokiness that we really enjoy.

This week’s meal plan is short and sweet!  I have been looking at a few other recipes that I would like to try, and may get the chance to test them out with friends this weekend.  These mango avocado spring rolls are screaming summer to me.  I also love a one bowl dinner, and the flavours in this one and this one sound amazing.  This year is finally the year that I get to harvest some decent rhubarb, and I am trying to decide what to do with it?  What are your favourite rhubarb recipes?  Head to the store with Dinner List 55

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa*

Weekly meals Feb. 12 – Feb. 16

Meal updates from last week:
I have to admit that I only really ate one dinner from last week.  I was getting over the stomach flu and just didn’t feel like eating anything.  By the end of the week I was feeling much better and absolutely loved the chicken meatball bowls!  This will be a recipe that I make again.

We were away in the mountains on the weekend.  We enjoyed an amazing meal on Saturday night, I had tuna tartare as a starter, it was truly amazing.  For my main I had salmon with a light broth and mixed vegetables.  It was a such a wonderful night.  This week is very busy!  We ate at home tonight, and will be having sushi tomorrow to celebrate my Birthday.  We will end the week eating at home.

  • Classy chicken from the Best of Bridge, as always we ate this casserole with egg noodles.
  • We are ordering sushi from our favourite local place.
  • Chicken shawarma salad with tahini dressing from @oursaltykitchen I am excited to try a new dinner salad recipe.
  • We will be having homemade heart pizza to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I will be making my dough using this recipe.  For dessert I am making blondies my addition will be cupid’s mix M & M’s.
  • Grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and stuffed potatoes.  We will also have a green vegetable or a side salad.

My son’s class is having a party this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We will be contributing cheese and crackers for the party.  For the crackers I will be making graham crackers, I have made these a few times before and they are so good!  My son has been asking everyday to make doughnuts, so we will bake some together this week.  He has requested chocolate, and well it is Valentine’s Day, so we will try these double chocolate cake donuts.  The Dinner List 44 is long this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Super snacks!

I happen to LOVE football, but what I love even more are the snacks that go with the big game.  With Super Bowl this weekend I thought that I would round-up some tasty snacks that you could make and serve for family and friends.

I will be serving guacamole, chips, pizza bombs and caesar salad.  I haven’t yet decided what sweet treat will end our game.

Go Pats!
Sara

Weekly meals Jan. 22 – Jan. 26

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great.  I especially loved the Greek goddess chicken lettuce wraps and the roasted pork tenderloin with Dijon breadcrumbs.  We have eaten the haystack bowls before and just like last time they were a hit.  This time I used chili beans and they gave the meat mixture great flavour.

This week is a busy one!  We have appointments, swimming lessons and then my husband and I are away for the weekend.  We will be eating at home Monday-Saturday, but will grab a bite to eat out on Wednesday after swimming.  As we will be out-of-town Thursday-Sunday I am making meals for the kids to enjoy.  Tonight we had dinner with family, on the menu was grilled steaks, baked potatoes and caesar salad.

  • Slow cooker whole chicken and gravy from @spendpennies we will eat this with mashed potatoes, steamed beans and roasted carrots.  This is a great way to roast a chicken, and it makes really great gravy!
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart this salad covers all of the bases, there is no need to add anything to this meal.

    Here are the meals I am making for the kids:

  • Classy chicken from The Best of Bridge, served with egg noodles.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat they will eat these with raw veggies.  As I have shared before, I use Pillsbury dough to make these buns.
  • Hamburger soup from The Best of Bridge, which will be served with whole wheat buns.

Today I had to chance to try out some new recipes.  For breakfast I made banana bread waffles from @diethood.  They were delicious!  My kids gobbled them up.  I also made a batch of blueberry muffins.  Another hit with the kids!  If you are looking for a great banana bread recipe then give this one a try.  The whole loaf was gone in days.  The Dinner List 41 is pretty long this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

Getting ready for baby!

My beautiful sister-in-law is expecting her first baby next month, and there is no better way to prepare her for motherhood, then filling her freezer with food!  After having both of my kids the best thing anyone ever did for me was to bring me meals or even just fill my fridge.  This week I am going to go and help my sister make five dinners and two snacks.  These meals should yield them at least ten suppers, especially if they are supplemented with salads and veggies.

Here are the recipes we will be tackling:

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple, we will mix all of the ingredients, water and flour and then freeze.  Then all she will  need to do is thaw and throw it into the crock pot.
  • Slow-cooker honey teriyaki chicken from @sallysbakeblog, again we will prepare the teriyaki sauce and place it in a freezer bag with the chicken and onion.  Then to cook she will thaw and place in slow cooker.  She can serve this with steamed rice and broccoli.
  • Turkey pesto meatballs from @weelicious we will freeze the meatballs without the sauce.  Then place the thawed meatballs in the sauce before placing in the oven.  They can eat these with spaghetti and a prepared salad.
  • Burritos from The Best of Bridge we will prepare the burritos minus the enchilada sauce and cheese on top.  Then before placing in the oven she will add the two toppings.  These can be served alone or with a simple green salad.
  • Pizza buns from @rebecca_simpleasthat I have shared this recipe before and it is a winner!  For this recipe we will bake the buns and then freeze them once cooled.  A simple green or caesar salad completes this meal.
  • Banana chocolate chip muffins from @thebakingchocolatess these are my new go-to banana muffins.  We will bake and then freeze.
  • Morning glory muffins from @laurens_latest we will also bake and freeze these.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Meal updates from last week:
I had good intentions to cook five new recipes last week, but only managed to cook two and added a family favourite into the mix.  I made the pork with green sauce as well as the lightened up spaghetti and meatballs.  We also had classy chicken the night we arrived home from holiday.  That means that there were three recipes that remain untested.  I may find time to add them in the next few weeks.  I will let you know when I try them.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, there are no plans for dinner Friday, and then Saturday we will be eating out.  With Tuesday being Halloween, I am keeping dinner simple and healthy.  It looks as if winter is heading our way later this week, so I am going to make soup for one meal so that we have some leftovers for lunch.

  • Slow-cooker creamy chicken and mushroom pot pie from @realsimple I have made this recipe before and it was a hit.  I do not use the peas as they are not liked in our house.  I also do not use frozen beans, instead I buy fresh, steam them and then add them to the pot right before serving.  I know that the recipe title is pot pie, but it is more like a stew with a puff pastry top.
  • Oven baked panko parmesan turkey fingers from granny.ca these will be served with green beans and carrots.  For the adults I am adding a citrus salad inspired by this recipe, but I am going to use bib lettuce instead of kale.
  • Pizza mummies from @weelicious as it is Halloween I thought that we would have a bit of a theme dinner.  The kids will have either ham or salami, the adults will get peppers and mushrooms added to their meat.  We will eat this with a caesar salad.
  • Three potato soup from @gimmesomeoven we will have bread with the soup for dipping.
  • Pork tenderloin with mushrooms, fennel and blue cheese from @cookinglight I will omit the blue cheese for the kids meals and will serve theirs with some egg noodles.  I don’t usually cook with fennel so I am interested to see how these flavours come together.

My son is currently loving pumpkin scones, so I am going to try to make him some this week.  I have been looking at different recipes but haven’t really found the ‘one’.  I will share it when I find it.  This week I am also going to cook some freezer meals with my sister-in law so that she is fully stocked when baby arrives.  I am working on my list of freezer meals and will post the complete list with recipes when it is done.  If you have an absolute favourite freezer meal please let me know!  Print Dinner List 32 to help with your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

* Favourite pumpkin muffins from @pinchofyum made with these GF oats*