Happy New Year!

After a much-needed break in the sunshine with my family, I am back to share new recipes for the new year.  We had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends, and eating many delicious meals.  Being away means eating differently and not always the healthiest, but everyone deserves a break from healthy eating!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  We arrived home tonight and had our standard, breakfast for supper 😉

  • Beef and quinoa meatloaf from Greta Podleski’s new cookbook called Yum and Yummer.  If you recognize the name it is because she is one of the sisters who wrote the Looney Spoons cookbooks.  I will serve this with mashed potatoes and a steamed green vegetable.
  • Thai cashew chicken from @wellplated we will eat this with steamed rice.
  • Pasta e fagipoli from @cookinglight
  • Loaded Mediterranean beef rice bowl from @mysequinedlife I am loving the look of this bowl.  I am not going to make the pickled onion, but may add some kalamata olives instead.
  • Ramen with sesame broth from cilantroandcitronella.com I will omit the tofu and add more steamed vegetables to my ramen.

I have many other recipes that I cannot wait to share with you!  I am also thinking of making some quinoa bites for lunch.  Use the search engine to find the cups I posted in the past.  I haven’t baked muffins in a very long time, and I found a very interesting morning-glory recipe that I really want to try so please stay tuned!  Start your new year grocery trip off right, by printing Dinner List 39!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*cheddar broccoli quinoa bites* *Breakfast cookies* *Raspberry Tiramisu*

 

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Weekly meals Dec. 18 – Dec. 22

Meal updates from last week:
Our favourite meals from last week were the steak fajitas and the rice casserole.  If I am being honest, my son hated the rice casserole but everyone else loved it.  I ended up using mild Italian sausage and it tasted great.  The fajitas had great flavour and were so easy to make using the grill.

This week is going to be a busy one!  We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday.  Saturday night we will be at friends and then we are hosting Christmas Eve at our place.  My holiday baking is almost over, I do need to finish making some icing for my gingerbread cookies.

  • Hamburger soup from The Best of Bridge served with buns.
  • Thai turkey lettuce cups from @cookinglight I am not sure how the kids will like these, but I’m hoping if they don’t want the lettuce then they will eat the filling and the veggies.  I may also supplement the cups with some steamed rice just to give the meal more substance.
  • Spinach and ricotta stuffed shells from @forkknifeswoon we will eat this with a caesar salad and fresh bread.
  • Coq au Riesling from @halfbakedharvest as this meal includes vegetables we will only eat this.
  • Pork Milanese with kale salad from @cookinglight I am not going to make the kale salad with this, but instead will serve this with a steamed green vegetable.
  • Mexican haystack rice bowls from @togetherasafamilyblog we are hosting friends with kids and decorating gingerbread houses.  I needed a meal that was flexible with kids and adults and I think that this one will work out well.

I am bringing an appetizer to friends on Saturday night, I have decided to make these potatoes.  They sound like a great one-bite starter and will go well with the chili that is being served for dinner.  Christmas Eve is going to be very casual and filled with family.  We are going to start in the late afternoon so that the kids can get to bed before Santa arrives!  I have ordered a large charcuterie platter that I am going to serve alongside meatballs, caesar salad and a baguette.  Christmas morning will also be very casual, we will be having gingerbread cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit before we head out-of-town to visit family.  Although I claim that my holiday baking is finished my good friend shared a Swiss Mountain Shortbread recipe that sounds amazing!  I have decided to bake them and send them to work with my husband as a treat for the staff.  I will not be adding my weekly grocery list as it is way too long!  I will continue as usual after the holidays.  We are heading out-of-town, so stay tuned for some healthy menus to kick-start your new year!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas,
Sara

Weekly meals Dec. 11 – Dec. 15

Meal updates from last week:
Last week we loved all things meatball!  The turkey meatball soup with orzo was a family hit.  My daughter loved the orzo and my son loved the meatballs and the broth.  As with other soups, it got better as the days went on.  We were also big fans of the meatball sandwiches with the homemade tzatziki sauce, next time I will serve these with a Greek salad.

The weather in Western Canada continues to be unseasonably warm.  I ended up barbecuing twice last week!  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are heading to a Christmas party on Saturday night, and we may do something simple Friday or just order in.  As we spent much of today out and about I pre-planned and put a whole chicken (3 1/2 lbs.) in my crock pot this morning.  I made a seasoning mix to rub over the chicken: paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and then placed the chicken in the crock pot on low for 6 hours.  We ate the chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.  This chicken was very juicy so I took the drippings and made some gravy.  Such a delicious and simple Sunday night meal!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been baking up a storm!  So far I have made nuts and bolts (recipe can be found on my Instagram feed), turtles, peanut butter kiss cookies,  snickerdoodle cookies, raspberry almond thumbprint cookies and gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing.  Although it seems like a lot of baking, most of it has been given away as gifts.  I am undecided whether or not I am finished!  Keep watching my Instagram feed for any baking additions.  Take Dinner List 38 with you to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Dec. 4 – Dec. 8

Meal updates from last week:
I cooked all of the planned meals from last week except for the chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste.  The top meal of the week was the turkey meatloaf, it was juicy and full of flavour.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We are in full holiday mode, our house and trees are decorated and my holiday baking continues!  This evening we had family over to decorate our Christmas trees and enjoy a meal.  I wanted to make chicken cacciatore in my crock pot, but I wasn’t left with enough time after getting back from our tree cutting.  Instead, I made chicken cacciatore in the oven from @jocooks.  It was amazing!  We ate it with a baguette and caesar salad.

Last week I baked two more Christmas cookie recipes both from @sallysbakeblog.  I made peanut butter kiss cookies, which were one of my gramma Illa’s favourite cookies.  I did use her recipe, but the one on Sally’s site is very similar.  Later in the week I made raspberry almond thumbprint cookies, which are shortbread with a dollop of jam.  Although we do eat a few of the cookies, I mainly bake them to give them away during the holiday season.  I usually make a few other kinds of cookies, stay tuned for those recipes!  Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 37

Happy cooking,
Sara

*White chocolate dipped snickerdoodles*

Weekly meals Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all the dinners from last week especially the meatballs marsala they were delicious!  My boys ate all of the apple carrot oat muffins, I did find after a few days that they got pretty dry.  I would recommend eating them within two days, or putting them in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.  I am posting a day late because we had a dinner last night with family and friends.  I made this cake to celebrate my aunt’s Birthday.  It would be a great addition to any holiday gathering.

This week we will  be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Not sure what the weekend has in store for us, I will be out on Friday night and then we are heading out on Sunday to cut our Christmas trees.  This is a holiday tradition that we started five years ago, we have such a great time with our kids and good friends!

  • Mongolian beef from @jocooks I will serve this over brown rice with steamed broccoli or sautéed snap peas.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart if you have never tried this recipe trust me when I say it is amazing!
  • Baked chicken parmesan from @skinnytaste we will eat this with spaghetti and caesar salad.
  • Turkey meatloaf from inspired taste.net, this will be eaten with a steamed vegetable and mashed or roasted potatoes.

I have been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately.  I took a break from overnight oats and have been eating hot oatmeal instead, but now I need a break from that too!  We will see what this week has in store for breakfast.  Maybe I will be inspired by something at the grocery store.  Don’t forget to take Dinner List 36 when you head to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Nov. 12 – 16

Meal updates from last week:
Three of the four meals from last week were amazing!  The Mexican bowls, stuffed thighs and meatloaf were all enjoyed by myself and my family.  We went through another batch of the pumpkin muffins, my kids devoured all of them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  Tonight we ate at my parents, we had the family favourite Classy chicken over egg noodles served with a green salad.  For dessert my mom made a coconut cake that was outstanding.  I ate one piece but my husband and I both agreed that we could have eaten at least two;)

  • Chicken teriyaki from @shutterbean served over steamed brown rice with sauted snap peas.
  • Turkey cheeseburger sloppy joes from @skinnytaste found on @cookinglight.  We will be eating this with a salad and our favourite waffle fries.
  • Festive fall salad from my recipes.com I am very excited to make this salad.  I will either be making my own corn bread, or just using a toasted baguette instead.
  • Stuffed pepper soup from @skinnytaste I have heard rave reviews about this recipe.

I had a hard time choosing recipes for the week.  My list of recipes to try was very long, but the ones I didn’t use will be added to meal plans later this month.  I baked another batch of pumpkin muffins today, hopefully it will last us till the end of the week.  My husband is heading home next week, I send Christmas treats and gifts with him for his family.  This year I will be making nuts and bolts (I will share the recipe soon) and homemade turtles.  What is your favourite holiday gifting treat?  I am always looking for different recipes to try.  Print the Dinner List 34 before heading to the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals Nov. 6 – Nov. 10

Meal updates from last week:
The best from last week was the creamy chicken pot pie and the three potato soup.  The soup was outstanding and easy to make it made more than enough for lunch the next day.  I also made some very simple pumpkin muffins using less than ten ingredients, they come together and bake in less than thirty minutes!  You must make them!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans for Friday or Saturday.  Tonight we ate at my mom and dad’s house, we had cabbage rolls with salad.  My mom makes the best cabbage rolls, and I asked, she doesn’t use a recipe.  She said the key to good cabbage rolls: use sour cabbage, pork, rice, tomato juice and some water.  Cook them in the oven and make sure that the juice is covering the rolls.

I managed to make another batch of the pumpkin muffins today, so we have snacks for lunches and after school.  I found a recipe for breakfast cookies and baked oatmeal cups, I am looking to add some new recipes into our morning menu.  I went to the Farmer’s Market this morning and picked up some delicata squash, I am so excited to try a new type of squash.  The best part about this type is that you can eat the skin!  With Halloween over we get to start thinking about Christmas!  I have already been planning my holiday baking list.  I have s few recipes that I make every year, what are your favourite holiday recipes?    Make shopping easier with the Dinner List 33.

Happy cooking,
Sara