Weekly meals April 9 – April 13

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great, I especially liked both bowls.  I supplemented the egg roll bowls with some steamed rice.  The Greek sheet pan meal is so delicious!  You must make tzatziki to go on top.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday I will be out for dinner with a friend and then we have company staying with us on Saturday night.  I would imagine that I will cook something for us on that night.  If the weather person is correct then spring is going to show-up this week!  Everyone in our house couldn’t be more excited about it.

  • Vegetarian noodle bowl from @sandycoughlirne we ate this tonight and the kids loved the noodles.  In the broth I added shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy and shredded carrots.  I topped the bowls with mini peppers, snap peas and a drizzle of sriracha.  This is the second ramen recipe that I’ve tried and I have to say that I liked the garage noodles better.
  • Steak with pomegranate pilaf from @rachelraymag it says to cook the steak in a frying pan, but as it is supposed to be nice I am going to grill mine.  We will see what the kids think of this recipe?!
  • Spring chicken asparagus pea salad from @aberdeenskitchen I cannot wait to try this recipe, it just looks like spring on a plate!
  • Grilled pizza with a caesar salad (no recipe for this)
  • Hot ham and cheese sandwiches with bacon and caramelized onions from @pinchofyum we will eat these with some raw veggies.  I am not using swiss cheese, instead I will use havarti as my kids prefer the taste.

We went to a small gathering last night and I brought a simple strawberry and spinach salad.  I used this recipe, but added some blackberries and no feta.  My son has been on a bagel and cream cheese kick lately.  I have no problem buying bagels, but two people who I know have made homemade ones and said they are easy and delicious.  I have made many recipes from @skinnytaste and I’m never disappointed, so I am going to attempt to make her easy bagel recipe.  Stay tuned for the results!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 50

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw*

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Weekly meals Mar. 19 – Mar. 23

Meal updates from last week:
I absolutely loved the kale caesar salad!  The croutons were delicious and the addition of avocado gave it just a little bit of creaminess.  We also enjoyed the turkey and swiss sloppy joes.  We went to friends on Saturday night and I made some salad rolls.  I decided to only use vegetables in my rolls: julienned zucchini, cucumber, yellow pepper, carrot, avocado along with mint and basil.  On the side I served some peanut dipping sauce, I used this recipe from @ohsheglows.  I also made some cookies this weekend, by the looks of the container I think that they have been a hit!

This is a bit of a different week as we are leaving for holidays mid-week.  We ate at home this evening, and it was a family favourite of classy chicken to kick off the week.  We will be eating at home Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday we are heading to warmer weather for some family time in the sun.  I am unsure what the rest of the week will look like for meals, but I will update any new recipes I make or try while we are away.

As my meal plan for this week is so short I am not adding my grocery list.  When we return from holidays it will be back to blogging as usual.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Mar. 12 – Mar. 16

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great!  We especially enjoyed the potato puffs from the Shepherd’s pie soup, I think that these would be a great make ahead potato dish to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The ramen were so delicious, my son didn’t really like the sauce but loved the noodles and veggies.  The Stromboli was a great make ahead meal for our swimming night.  The stew was also very flavourful and we loved the addition of kale and sweet potato, it made the stew more filling.

This week is a very busy week in our house, and thank goodness we are starting it off all healthy.  It looks like this week we will be enjoying some plus degree temperatures, so that means it’s time to fire up the grill!  We will be eating at home Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and possibly Friday.

  • BBQ’d sausage and hotdogs with sautéed onion and peppers.  I will also serve some raw veggies on the side as well as a salad for the adults.  I will sauté the onion and peppers on my grill hot plate that I have told you about before.  This plate is so versatile, we use it for many things: breakfast, pizza and veggies.
  • Avocado kale caesar salad from @whatsgabycooking I will also grill some chicken to serve on top of the salad.  I have shared before that my kids don’t like salad, so they will have chicken with some veggies.
  • Turkey and swiss sloppy joes from @cookinglight we will eat these with a side salad and possibly waffle fries.
  • It’s always good to have ingredients for a recipe just in case, so in the event that we are home on Friday for dinner I will be making Greek chicken gyros from @halfbakedharvest

Once again I made another batch of the vanilla almond granola, and for some reason this time it turned out even better than the last two times!  My blueberries were starting to turn so on Saturday I made these muffins.  The crumb topping on these muffins is amazing.  We are going to friends on Saturday I am taking these summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce.  With everything green coming this weekend I was thinking of making these!  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 48 to help you with your shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Mar. 5 – Mar. 9

Meal updates from last week:
By far our favourites from last week were the chicken fajita bowls and the Thai meatball lettuce wraps.  The kids devoured the meatballs, which means I will be making this recipe again!  I also made another batch of the almond granola, this time I added some sunflower seeds.  Delish!  I also made the lemon yogurt cake, it didn’t turn out exactly like the recipe because I forgot to toss the blueberries in flour.  Thus, all of the berries fell to the bottom of the pan.  It tasted delicious but caved in a little in the middle.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  We don’t have any plans this weekend so I am not sure what meals will look like on Friday and Saturday.

I have plans to make another batch of granola, and I will probably make a double batch as we are going through it so quickly.  The blueberries looked so good again this week, so I bought a ton with this recipe in mind.  I also have some carrots in the fridge that need to get used, and what better way than a tasty muffin or even a breakfast cookie.

Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 47 before heading to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

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

 

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

 

 

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*