Weekly meals August 21-25

Meal updates from last week:
The best meal from last week was the meatball sandwiches, they were full of flavour and easy to make.  I am going to make these meatballs again and serve them over pasta.  I really enjoyed the power salad.  I didn’t end up having everything for the recipe, but I improvised a fews things instead (see my Instagram post).  What really made the salad was the herb chicken, I will keep this in mind for other salads that I make.  All muffins from last week were delicious, my son especially loved the blueberry ricotta ones!  I have added all muffin recipes to last week’s meal plan.

This week is a slightly different week as my husband and I will be away on holiday.  Our kids will be home with family.  As I won’t be cooking this week I have decided to share with you some of our family favourites.  Some recipes will be repeats from before, but I have added a few new ones that I have never shared.

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 Aug 7-11

Meal updates from last week:
Phew!  Last week was very busy, so much fun but I am happy that it’s over.  Our most favourite recipe from last week was the steak fajita foil packs.  They were so easy, tasty and had minimal clean-up.  I will be making them again soon.  We also enjoyed the strawberry streusel pie.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday and then I will be heading out-of-town with our kids for three days.  It will be a short cooking week, but I will add an extra recipe that is one of my favourites.

  • Chicken kefta wraps from @whatsgabycooking I will serve these with a simple Greek salad, I will not be making the salad from her recipe.
  • Crunchy noodle salad from @inagarten this is one of Ina’s recipes that I have never tried before.  I have never been disappointed with any of her recipes.  I may grill some chicken and add it to the salad.
  • Monte Cristo sandwiches from @wearsmanyhats I have an abundance of leftover ham so I will use it to make these delicious sandwiches.  I will serve these with a green salad and raw veggies.
  • Grilled chicken with avocado tomato salad from @whatsgabycooking I love the cilantro vinaigrette it is a must with the chicken and salad.

For my daughter’s Birthday I cooked a bone-in ham, it turned out better than I had anticipated.  I glazed the ham with a mixture of honey and grainy mustard.  Her cake was very cute and easy to portion out as they were cupcakes.  I ended up making her a smash cake, and covered it in rainbow frosting.  It was very sweet.  I made these banana muffins this week and I think that they are going to become by new favourite.

Print Dinner List 22 to simplify your grocery shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly Meals July 31 – August 4

Meal updates from last week:
All meals last week were well received by the family.  I really enjoyed the sweet and sour bowls and the Mediterranean chicken.  Foil packets are my new favourite thing for hot weather cooking, not to mention that clean-up in non-existent.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We are heading out-of-town early tomorrow and will return later on Monday, so I am not sure what Monday dinner will look like.  It could be breakfast for dinner or even grilled cheese.  This week we are also celebrating another birthday!  Our daughter is turning one.  We will spend her actual day just the four of us together, and then celebrate with friends and family on the weekend.  This also means I will be busy preparing food for the weekend as well as baking another cake.  I have decided to make her cake simple, with not as many steps has her brother’s cake.

  • Sheet-pan sausage and peppers with cauliflower rice from @iowagirleats I have never made cauliflower rice before, my kids love brown rice so we will see how they like this new version?!
  • Steak fajita foil packs from @cremedelacrumb1 yes I am trying another foil pack recipe!
  • Pierogies with sour cream is what I am making for our daughter’s birthday dinner.  Pierogies are possibly her most favourite thing to eat, and no I am not making them! I will be buying them from the Farmer’s Market.
  • Grilled bruschetta chicken from @cremedelacrumb1 this is a new recipe for me, and with our abundance of tomatoes I need to start using them daily.  I will serve this with a butter and parmesan spaghetti and a side caesar.

For our daughter’s Birthday party I am serving ham with buns, salad and fresh fruit.  I have decided to have three different salads: broccoli, kale and Asian slaw.  You can find the broccoli and kale recipes on my Canada 150 post.  I will share my Asian slaw later in the week.  I will be making cupcakes for her cake, find the image here at the bottom of the page.  As always I will be using my go-to chocolate cake recipe with vanilla frosting.  Use my new search feature to find the cake recipe.

I have some other recipes to share with you that I am excited to try!

Don’t forget to bring the Dinner List 22 to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Classic Saskatoon pie

The Saskatoon berries in Southern Alberta this year have been abundant, large and juicy.  My dad has been out picking them by the bag full, so of course I needed to make them into a pie.  I had leftover dough from pie making earlier in the month, so this pie came together quickly!  The recipe that I am going to share with you is from my Grandma, I have copied her words verbatim, and trust me she will not lead you astray in pie making.

Classic Saskatoon Pie

This is a true prairie dish served often by your grandmother and great-grandmother.  One tip: Saskatoon berries have to be cooked before baking with sugar or they will be woody and tough.

  • Pastry for a 2 crust 9 inch pie (see an earlier post on pie dough)
  • 4 cups of Saskatoon berries
  • 2-4 tbsp of water (this will depend on the juciness of the berries)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar (I usually use the lesser amount, but this depends on the sweetness of the berries)
  • 1 tbsp tapioca or 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg or cinnamon

Simmer Saskatoon berries and water in a pan.  Bring them to a boil, then turn off the heat, put the lid on and let the berries steam for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes remove lid and add, lemon juice, sugar, tapioca/flour, butter and cinnamon or nutmeg.  Cool slightly and place in pie shell.  I use milk and sugar on my crust.  Be sure to remember to make steam slits in the top of the pie.  Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 for about 35 minutes.

Happy baking,
Sara

*After doing some reading on different types of berries it seems that Saskatoon berries and Huckleberries are very similar.  Huckleberries may be slightly sweeter, so just decrease the amount of sugar used.  As we do not have Huckleberries in Alberta, this information is for my friends in the U.S.*

Weekly meals July 24-28

Meal updates from last week:
The BLT salad is always a hit in our house.  I changed it up a little this time and served some BBQ sausage with the salad.  We loved the apricot pork!  It was very simple but full of flavour.  My son’s piñata cake was amazing!  It turned out better than I could have ever expected.  You can see a picture of the cake on my Instagram (three_plates_full)

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday we may go out for dinner or have takeout.  My son is at camp all week, so I will be sending snacks with him to enjoy throughout his day.

There has been a lot of toast and cereal eaten in the last week.  This week I am going to try to bake some muffins, but it all depends on the temperature outside.  I did find this pancake recipe that looks very interesting!  My dad picked a large bag of Saskatoon berries last week, which I will be making into a pie.  I already have pie dough in my fridge.  Find the perfect dough recipe on an earlier post.  I will be using a pie recipe from my grandma, which I will post later in the week.  I have yet to try out another popsicle recipe, but I found this one that looks simple and delicious.  Don’t forget Dinner List 21 for ease when shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals 17-21

So sorry for the late post.  We were so busy last week!

Meal updates from last week:
The best things that we ate last week were the foil packets and the lasagna soup.  The foil packets were so easy to make and full of great flavours.  We didn’t end up eating the BLT salad, so we will carry it over to this week.

This is an exciting week as my son is turning 7!  He has requested a family favourite for his Birthday dinner.

  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will be starting this week with a recipe from last week that we did not eat.
  • Apricot-glazed pork kebabs from @cookinglight I will serve this with green beans from the garden and brown rice.
  • Classy chicken casserole from The Best of Bridge, this is what my son has requested for his Birthday dinner.  We will eat this with egg noodles and a side salad.
  • Rainbow Thai basil noodle salad from @halfbakedharvest this is a new recipe for me and I am not the best with rice noodles.  Fingers crossed that I can make them work!
  • BBQ chicken quinoa salad from @whatsgabycooking I am going to swap the quinoa for brown rice as it is more popular with my kids.

We are going to take a break from pancakes this week and get back into cereal, cold oats and toast.  I have a few bananas that need to be used, so I might try to make this bread.  I will be using this recipe for my son’s Birthday cake, but making in into a piñata using this recipe.  My daughter is turning one in a couple of weeks and I found this cake (the balloon cupcakes at the bottom) that I think will be perfect!  When heading to the grocery store make sure to print Dinner List 20

Happy cooking,
Sara