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

 

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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*

Weekly meals June 12-16

Updates from last week:
Best recipes from last week were the pork po’boys and the antipasto salad.  My kids loved the pork po’boys, mine turned out more like pork patties but the flavour was great.  The salad lived up to my expectations, I served it topped with grilled chicken.  A perfect summertime meal.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  Tonight we ate with family and had elk burgers, salad and baked beans.  If you have never had elk before then you need to give it a try.  It does not have a strong flavour at all, and the meat is very lean.  It makes great burgers!

It is rewind week, meaning I will be making recipes that I have posted before.

  • Thai chicken salad with ginger lime dressing from @wendypolisi this is the only recipe this week that I have never tried.  Instead of cooking the chicken I am going to buy a cooked one from the store.  No oven cooking tonight!
  • sloppy joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven my son loves these tacos.  I also like to eat these over a bed of shredded head lettuce.
  • Thai chicken wild rice soup from @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron I cannot say enough about this soup, it is amazing!
  • Chicken fajita cheeseburgers from @iowagirleats the last time I made these they were a hit.  We will have these with a veggie platter and some Alexia’s waffle fries.
  • I don’t really have a plan for dinner tonight, but I was thinking of pizza on the grill. If I still have a lot of energy to cook then I’m going to try these.

Although I’m still obsessed with the blueberry muffin oats I have also been having hot oatmeal for breakfast as well.  Last week I made a big batch of buckwheat pancakes for the kids.  They ate them every morning last week, here is the mix that we use.  I love eating acai bowls when we are in California and Hawaii, but I have never made them at home.  I found this recipe and think that I will give it a try.  Rhubarb and strawberries are plentiful right now, so I think that they deserve to be made into a dessert!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 16

Happy cooking,
Sara

Super Bowl snacks

With the Super Bowl five days away one must start planning the snacks that will be served to watch the big game.  We all know that food served on Sunday is almost as exciting as the game itself.  I have rounded up some great recipes that are sure to be a hit this weekend.

Chili
Turkey sweet potato chili from @iowagirleats (This is a super easy crock pot meal)
Beer chili from @howsweeteats
Super Bowl chili from @damdelicious

Pizza
Pizza wheels from @spoonforkbacon (this is another version of a recipe posted on my weekly meals)
Bagel pizza bites from @kevinandamada (this will be a kid favourite)
Skillet cheeseburger pizza from @howsweeteats

Meatballs
Slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs from @howsweeteats
One more buffalo meatball recipe from tablespoon.com
A more traditional meatball recipe from @damdelicious

Dip
Crock pot enchilada dip from @iowagirleats
Blt and pepperoni pizza dip from @emilybitesblog (the pizza dip is amazing)
Queso from @whatsgabycookin

Nachos
Green chile beef nachos from @howsweeteats
The Pioneer Woman’s loaded nachos
Sheet pan nachos from @damdelicious

This list could go on and on, but I needed to stop somewhere.  Other great football snack ideas include: burgers, wings, tacos, pulled pork and pretzels.

Happy Super Bowl,
Sara