Weekly meals Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Meal updates from last week:
BLT salad is always a hit, bonus this time was that my daughter decided she liked it too!  I liked the chicken with pineapple salsa, but I think that it would’ve tasted better had I grilled the chicken.  I wasn’t going to fire up the BBQ, so I cooked it on the stove instead.  I will save the recipe for when the weather is warmer.

This week is slightly quieter than last week, my son has ball twice and then I have to work late on Thursday.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have plans on Friday, Saturday we are going to a Christmas party.

  • Turkey chili from @natashaskitchen we ate this tonight with some taco chips for dipping.  I served sour cream, avocado and pickled jalapeños as the toppings for the chili.
  • Chicken buddha bowl from myrecipemagic.com I have made this bowl before and it is amazing!
  • Crunchy baked chicken with ham and swiss from @realsimple I will serve this with green beans.
  • Homemade pizza, I am going to try the pizza bases from @cobsbread we will add our favourite pasta sauce, pizza toppings and mozzarella.
  • I am working late tonight so dinner will be left up to my husband, and I am almost 100% sure that there will be deer sausage served as I won’t be there!  I am not a fan of deer sausage, I love elk but have never really enjoyed deer.

Last week I had the chance to make the snickerdoodle kiss cookies, and I am hoping tomorrow to bake the gingersnap sandwich cookies.  My son has asked that we make something with chocolate and peppermint and I think that I found the perfect recipe.  I also happened upon a recipe for cranberry almond shortbread that I cannot stop thinking about!  I finished all of my pressing school work and we have two weeks until winter break, so I am hoping to bake a little more this week.  Grocery shop with ease using grocery list 114

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

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

Meal updates from last week:
We really liked the two salads from last week, my favourite was the chicken salad with the tahini ranch.  Just like last week the dressing was the star of the show.  I didn’t have a chance to make the pasta, so I added it to my list for this week.  We spent the weekend away and arrived home today.  It is always so great to get out of the city, but no matter how long you have been gone there is always so much to do when you get home!

This week we will be eating at home Tuesday-Friday.  I will be out for dinner Wednesday and then we are expecting some company this weekend.  This is our first full week of summer vacation, so I think we will just try to be a little low key.  Possibly some play dates, bike rides and if the weather cooperates a trip to the pool.

  • Lime cilantro shrimp from @thewoodenskillet we will eat these with some brown rice and the suggested grilled avocado.
  • Corn and blistered tomato pasta from @amandafrederikson this was a recipe from last week’s meal plan that I didn’t get a chance to make.
  • Turkey tacos from @culinaryhill I will serve these with hard shells, and eat mine as a taco salad.
  • Greek lemon chicken bowls from @halfbakedharvest I saw these on her Instagram feed and they looked amazing!  I cannot wait to try it.

Last week I made a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins that were really good.  They we very moist and stayed fresh longer than most muffins.  I still have a pile of spotted bananas so I might have to make another batch.  I don’t have any other plans to bake, but I have been thinking a lot about pies…so I might have to make some dough.  Stay tuned!  Long weekend means there isn’t a grocery list this week, it will be back next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 17 – June 21

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the Thai chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce, and the addition of grilled pineapple all the flavours were amazing!  We also really enjoyed the watermelon and steamed shrimp salad, as usual the kids ate all of the components minus the lettuce.  Friday night we went to friends for dinner and I took a Greek salad, Saturday we ordered takeout and Sunday we went to my parents to celebrate Father’s Day.  I took a strawberry rhubarb crisp that was really good.  This weekend we also celebrated my son’s birthday, as he is a summer birthday we like to have his party before the end of school.  He decided on a Nerf theme, so they made shields, had a full on battle, ate lunch (chicken fingers, fries and watermelon), battled some more and then had cake (my go-to chocolate cake).  It was a wonderful afternoon and he was so happy.

This week is the last week of baseball, which has been so much fun for our son and us as spectators.  It is also the last full week of school!  I cannot believe that this year is almost over, it has gone by too fast.  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday there is no plan on Friday and possibly heading to friends on Saturday.

I don’t have a baking plan this week but have a collection of spotted bananas on the counter.  I also have lots of blueberries so we will see what happens with those two ingredients.  Make shopping easier with Grocery List 98

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 13 – May 17

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the buffalo sloppy joes and the BBQ chicken salad from last week.  I didn’t add the Frank’s hot sauce into the kids mixture, and I think that was a wise choice as ours was spicy.  I loved the mixture of ranch and BBQ sauce over the salad, this is something that I will try again on other summer salads.  I made the M&M brownies, I wanted to try them so bad, but knew that their sales were going to a worthy cause.  I think that I will make them again because the kids were so disappointed that they didn’t get any.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we have no plans for Friday, and then my husband is away for the rest of the long weekend.  We have baseball three times this week, which means that dinner needs to be made and eaten before 6 o’clock.  I try on those nights to make meals that are quick and easy.

  • Mediterranean salmon bowls from @beautybitesorg we ate this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!  The very best bowl that I have ever made.  I loved all of the textures and flavours, they mixed so well together.  My kids ate this deconstructed, I also added a little brown rice and used spinach instead of romaine.
  • Vietnamese noodle bowl from @amandafrederickson this is a recipe from her fridge foraging series, I love Vietnamese food and hope that this recipe lives up to my expectations.
  • Chopped ramen noodle salad with teriyaki turkey from @afarmgirldabbles I have made this dinner salad before and really wanted to try it again.  I do love a one bowl meal!
  • Cashew chicken from @epicurious I will serve this with steamed brown and cauliflower rice.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but I did realize that I have four frozen brown bananas.  We will see if I have time to use them up.  I am hoping to get my garden planted tomorrow, especially because it looks like the rain is coming and going to stick around for the next week.  I always plant the same things and this year may try a couple of different things.  I always have luck with beans, snap peas, beets, potatoes and arugula.  We also grow grapes that we make into jam in the fall.  Last year my carrots were no good and neither were my zucchini.  I am going to try a different variety of carrot this time, as I’ve been doing a little research into good types to grow in our region.  I am going to try spinach again and when my plants arrive, so will my tomatoes and strawberries.  I will give you an update as soon as everything is in the ground.  The grocery list will be back next week.

happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Mar. 11 – Mar. 15

Meal updates from last week:
The blackened salmon was my absolute favourite from last week!  My husband said that it was the best salmon I had ever made for him.  The cashew chicken was also a big hit, and it made delicious leftovers.  When I made the chicken caesar lettuce wraps I made the decision to make it into a salad instead of lettuce wraps.  Either way you serve them they are delish.

This week we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday and then we are heading out to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night.  Tonight we hosted friends and their kids for a skating party followed by an early dinner.  It was so much fun!  We all enjoyed getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine.  I made the main for dinner and then the others contributed appies, salad and buns.

  • Chili mac and cheese from @recipe_tin we ate this with a salad and buns.  For dessert I served cookie ice cream sandwiches.  They had a choice of double chocolate, monster or chocolate chip.  I filled them with vanilla ice cream and they were devoured.
  • BBQ sausage with baked beans and coleslaw.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so I must fire up the grill!
  • Greek salmon bowls from @cookinglight my kids have been loving salmon these days, and I love any one bowl meal!
  • Turkey meatloaf with ketchup-brown sugar glaze from @cooksillustrated we will eat this with green beans and asparagus.  To access this recipe you will need to go through Cooks Illustrated instagram account, if not then you need to sign up on their website for the 14 day trial.
  • Sweet potato fajitas from @thefitchen I am a little sceptical about serving this meatless meal, but here’s to hoping that it is well received.

I had time last week to make some healthy cookies.  The ingredients were: bananas, applesauce, oats, almond milk, raisins, chocolate chips and cinnamon.  They were a great lunch box and after school snack.  Find a similar breakfast cookie recipe here.  Print Dinner List 89 so grocery shopping is easier.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

 

 

Weekly meals Feb. 11 – Feb. 15

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken patties as well as the taco salad.  I didn’t have a chance to make the pork with rice noodles, but when I have the time I will let you know how it turns out.  As always we loved the Thai chicken, I served it with beans, broccoli and cauliflower.  Last week I was on a roasted cauliflower kick, I have to say that it is beyond delicious cooked this way.  I drizzle cauliflower with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper, into a 400 degree oven it roasts until browned.  Honestly so delicious!  The deep freeze continues to bring below normal temperatures for us, and there is no end in sight!!

This week is busy and full of fun.  I will be celebrating my birthday and we are heading to the mountains for a couple of days.  We are hoping to explore and get some skiing in, but that all depends on the weather.  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, but heading out for dinner on Tuesday to celebrate.  We will spend Valentine’s Day at home enjoying a fancier meal.

  • Beef stroganoff from @recipe_tin we ate this tonight and let me tell you it was amazing!  I served this over egg noodles.  If you decide to make this recipe, splurge for a good cut of beef.  I bought tenderloin and it was perfect for this recipe.
  • Roasted pistachio-crusted salmon with kale salad from @cookinglight I will made some steamed rice as a side for the salmon.
  • Birthday dinner!
  • Chicken shawarma bowls from @tastesbetterfromscratch I love a one bowl meal!
  • Lobster tails with lemon garlic butter from @natashaskitchen on the side I will serve roasted mini potatoes and steamed beans.  For dessert I’m thinking of no-bake cheesecake, I found this recipe from @dessertfortwo that I think I will try.  I also really want to try a make these chocolate coconut love bites, if I have the time to get all of the ingredients then I will.  Stay tuned!

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Happy Valentine’s Day,
Sara

Weekly meals Jan. 28 – Feb. 1

Meal updates from last week:
All of the recipes from last week were a hit!  I loved the skillet chicken enchiladas, they came together in no time and were cheesy deliciousness.  The Thai bowls were also very good and you can add anything that you want to them.  The pasta was amazing!  Super creamy, I used cream cheese instead of marscapone and used bow tie pasta instead of orecchiette.  Our weekend away was amazing!  Sunshine and time together is just what we both needed.  The kids had a great weekend with family and spent a lot of time outside.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  My son has basketball two nights this week and swimming on the weekend.  My husband will be out one night this weekend and then we are hosting a few people for Super Bowl Sunday.  While we were away I bought a new Eating Well magazine, so three of the five recipes this week will be from the magazine.  This magazine is published by the people from @cookinglight, which for me has always been a go-to place for recipes.

  • Sicilian-style chicken thighs from @eatingwell I served this tonight and it was great.  Lots of flavour and my kids loved the potatoes.  This made a large skillet, and there was lots of leftovers.
  • Pork chops with garlicky broccoli from @eatingwell we will eat this with some green beans as an added vegetable.
  • Long life noodles with beef and Chinese broccoli from @eatingwell I am going to serve the beef over brown rice instead of pasta.
  • My kids love shake and bake chicken drumsticks, so tonight I will made them chicken and green beans.  I also have a few leftover potatoes from Monday, so a small batch of mashed potatoes will be another side dish.
  • Last week I made a batch of hamburger soup thinking that it would get eaten while we were away.  Turns out that they never touched any of the food, so dinner tonight will be super simple.  I will buy some cheese buns to go along with our soup.

Last week I made some banana bread and I think that this is the best recipe I’ve ever made!  I didn’t add any chocolate ships or nuts, and the loaf was gone by the end of the week.  You must try this recipe.  Super Bowl is approaching very quickly and I’m starting to think about what to serve.  My thoughts are a snack platter loaded with green and brown influenced by the ever talented @browneyedbaker and then maybe some pulled chicken or sloppy joes.  For dessert I was thinking of making a peanut butter dip and serving it with some fruit.  What’s on your menu for Super Bowl?  Don’t forget dinner list 83

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Dec. 3 – Dec. 7

Meal updates from last week:
Last week didn’t go as planned, which means that neither did my meal planning.  Both of my kids got sick and unfortunately they still are.  Things like pork chops and shrimp were not what they wanted so instead we had two nights of breakfast for dinner.  One night we had eggs and toast and the other we had banana bread waffles.  Needless to say I didn’t have a chance to make the unstuffed pork chops, but when I  do make them I will let you know.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We don’t have plans for Friday, Saturday we are having family in from out-of-town to celebrate the holidays.

This weekend I managed to make the dough for peppermint bark cookies.  I will bake, dip and decorate them tomorrow.  If I have time I will also make Swiss Mountain Shortbread, I made this recipe last year and they were amazing!  I have also been thinking about making some gingerbread granola to give as gifts, if time allows I will add this to my list.  The Dinner List 77 is a long one!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 26 – Nov. 30

Meal updates form last week:
The autumn chopped salad was amazing!  I saved the leftover dressing and made a salad for lunch the next day.  We also enjoyed the salmon, my son ate three pieces!  We went to friends for dinner on Saturday, I was asked to bring dessert so I tried a new scotcheroo recipe.  It was a winner, the entire plate was devoured.  You can find the recipe on www.thekitchn.com  We ate dinner at my parent’s house tonight, my dad was in charge of all the protein.  We had panko crusted ling cod with pan-fried pheasant.  On the side we had roasted brussels sprouts and coleslaw.  The fish is my absolute favourite!

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, Friday night we are hosting a gingerbread party but have decided that we will order in.  We will be drinking my new favourite holiday drink, the pomegranate prosecco smash!  We have no plans Saturday, but Sunday we will head out-of-town to cut our Christmas trees.  This is an annual tradition, and something that we all look forward to every year.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron I love this soup, and it tastes even better the next day.
  • Burrito bowls, I bought a package of ground turkey that I will cook with some garlic, cumin and chili powder.  I will serve this over some cilantro lime rice and then top the bowls with tomatoes, cheese and avocado.
  • Sticky honey garlic butter shrimp from @therecipecritic I will serve this with two kind of veggies.  Probably some steamed broccoli and roasted carrots.
  • Unstuffed pork chops from @foodnetwork we will eat these with a green salad and some roasted potatoes.

I made two different kinds of Christmas cookies last week, one was a flop and the other turned out very well.  I shared the recipe for the shortbread with jam filling, these were the ones that did not work at all.  I actually ended up throwing them out.  I started fresh the next day and made a batch of crispy chocolate cherry cookies.  If you are looking for a simple holiday cookie then this is it.  Take the Dinner List 76 shopping with you.

Happy cooking,
Sara