Weekly meals Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Meal updates from last week:
We really liked the shrimp, mango and cashew stir fry as well as the chorizo crumble.  We ate the crumble as a taco salad, and the kids ate theirs with some chips and shredded cheese.  As always, and probably forever we will LOVE hamburger soup from @bestofbridge.  I only make half of the recipe and it is always more than enough for us, plus we get at least four lunches.  We continue to be in a deep freeze in southern Alberta, and this week is going to be FREEZING!  I decided that today I was going to do some meal prepping as it was too cold to do anything else.  I made a large batch of curried butternut squash soup from @minimalistbaker, a tray of healthy granola from @gimmesomeoven and a chocolate banana olive oil cake from @fraicheliving.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, no plans Friday and then dinner with friends Saturday.  My son has ball twice, my daughter has dance and then they both have swimming.  It is going to be a busy week.

  • Roasted chicken with mashed cauliflower/potatoes and steamed green beans.  I bought a whole marinated chicken from @sunterramarket then made a potato and cauliflower mash and steamed some beans.
  • Creamy mushroom smothered pork chops from @thekitchn we will eat this with brown rice and another vegetable.
  • Classy chicken from @bestofbridge I will serve this with egg noodles.
  • Korean beef and rice bowl from @alyssa_therecipecritic I am hoping that the kids like this one!
  • Lemon herb salmon from @completelydelicious we will eat this with some green veggies and roasted cauliflower.

I did so much prep and cooking today I don’t have plans for any other baking this week.  I still have many brown bananas, but will save them until we are done the cake that I made today.  I did use some of them yesterday while making banana bread waffles.  This week staying warm is going to be the key!  Finally the grocery list 116

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken buddha bowls, but my husband and I loved the crunchy baked chicken.  It was salty, crunchy and creamy.  Neither of the kids liked the chicken, I think because the sauce was made from Swiss cheese which isn’t their favourite.  I will be making the recipe again.

We are on the home stretch to the holidays.  This is the last week of school for my son, child care for my daughter and work for me.  We will be eating at home Monday-Wednesday, Thursday we are eating out after my daughter’s concert and then we are out Friday and Saturday.  I have already started to plan my Christmas dinner, which I will share in next week’s post.  My son is done basketball until the new year, so our week nights are not a busy.

  • Shake and bake with tater tots and salad.  My son and daughter love chicken done this way and it has been a long time, so we will go for a crowd pleaser for tonight’s dinner.
  • Loaded baked potato soup from @skinnytaste I have made this soup before and it is delicious!  It is lightened up by using a head of cauliflower instead of all potatoes.
  • Taco cauliflower rice skillet from @cleanfoodcrush my kids don’t love cauliflower rice so I am going to make them some brown rice to have with the turkey, corn and beans.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay, I have all of the ingredients for this pasta so if I need to make a quick dinner on the weekend I can pull it all together.

I got a chance to make the cranberry almond shortbread last week, I still have plans to make the double chocolate peppermint cookies, and possibly Swiss Mountain Shortbread for my husband to take to work.  We will see how much time I have to get it all done this week!  Make you life easier with dinner list 115

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Nov. 11 – Nov. 15

Meal updates from last week:
We LOVED the mediterranean salmon as well as the zuppa Toscana.  The soup got even better sitting in the fridge and was delicious for lunch.  I had made the caprese chicken before and it was a hit once again.  Pair it with a caesar salad and some parmesan pasta and your kids will gobble it up!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday, I will be out on Thursday and then my husband and I are heading out of town for the weekend.  The cold weather broke today and it looks like the rest of the week will be a lot warmer.  Below I will share recipes that I made for Sunday and Monday dinner, plus the rest of my weekly recipes.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron we ate this with cheese buns for dipping.  This soup is amazing!  I only use two Tbsp of curry paste as I don’t want it too spicy for the kids.  This makes a big amount of soup, so invite friends or freeze the leftovers.
  • Caramel shrimp with coconut rice from @cookingforkeeps I didn’t have a chance to make the rice as it was a basketball night, so I served this with brown rice, edamame and green beans.  I decided to half the sauce and there was still enough for four servings.
  • Stuffed Italian mini meatloaves from @iowagirleats I will serve this with some green beans and a salad.
  • Sausage and veggie sheet pan, I have shared recipes for this before, but tonight I am going to keep it simple and roast everything together.  I am going to use broccoli and potatoes as my veg, I like to slice the potatoes on a mandolin, they turn into baked potato chips that my kids devour.  Here are some other sheet pan meals: sausage and greens, sausage and veggies and healthy sausage and veggies.

As I mentioned last week, I have started to think about my holiday baking, I even put a few Christmas decorations up today!  My husband always heads home in late November and I like to send some homemade goodies for his dad and grammas.  As always I will be making and sending nuts and bolts, this is a simple yet delicious holiday treat.  In the past I have made cookies and a couple of years ago I made turtles, this year I think I am going to make peppermint or turtle bark.  Both recipes come together in less than twenty minutes, but look and taste like you spent way more time!  I will make sure to update when I have decided/made the recipes.  There will be no time for any baking in this house this week.  My son just finished the pumpkin muffins that I had in the freezer, I still have a lemon blueberry loaf that I made in late summer.  Once that is gone then I know it is time for more baking 😉

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

Meal updates from last week:
All the meals from last week were great.  Everyone loved the chicken and tortellini soup, and it made for great leftovers.  The salmon was amazing and it paired so well with a simple green salad.  The fall salad with roasted sweet potatoes was so delicious!  It would be a great salad to prep on the weekend and then eat for lunch during the week.  The kids loved eating the jack-o-lantern quesadillas before going trick or treating.

This week is a busy one, my son has basketball twice, and we are celebrating two birthdays.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, not sure what we are doing Friday and heading to friends on Saturday.

  • Garlic beef and broccoli lo mein from @therecipecritic we ate this tonight and it was so good.  I couldn’t find any lo mein noodles today, so I used linguine instead.  I added some green beans and we topped ours with sriracha.
  • Mediterranean salmon from @theraostedroot we will eat this with some roasted broccoli and potatoes I will make a simple dressing and toss it to coat.  I am inspired by a recipe I have already made from Epicurious.
  • Asian ground turkey and rice from @philiakelnhofer another recipe for a one bowl meal.
  • Zuppa Toscana from @foodnetwork I will serve this with some bread for dipping.
  • Caprese chicken from @themediterraneandish we will eat this with a caesar salad and some simple pasta with butter and parmesan.

I never got the chance to bake last week, and don’t think that I will have the chance this week either.  I have been craving granola and homemade is much better than store bought.  I also need to start thinking about my holiday baking and gift giving, I’ve been skimming through some of the holiday baking magazines for new cookie ideas.  Shop with ease using the grocery list 111.

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Mar. 18 – Mar. 22

Meal updates from last week:
We loved the turkey meatloaf from @cooksillustrated it was full of flavour and super moist.  I also enjoyed the sweet potato fajita bowls, my kids surprisingly liked the baked sweet potatoes with the Mexican spices.  I cooked the salmon too long when I made the Greek bowls, but they still turned out very well.

This week is a shorter cooking week as I have to work late one night and then we are off for some family time on Friday.  There is not a lot going on this week, my husband is away on a work trip, but all activities are finished until later spring.  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, Friday night we may just eat on the go, or pick something up before we head out.

  • Chili lime rice and shrimp taco salad from @whitneybond my kids are still loving shrimp so I am sure that this recipe will be a winner.
  • Chicken shawarma salad with tahini dressing from @oursaltykitchen the weather is going to be amazing this week, and I cannot wait to get out and use the grill!
  • Chicken burger from @everydaydishes we will eat these with a side salad and some tots.
  • Super simple dinner tonight as I will be working late: grilled Italian sausage, baked beans and salad.  I love sausages from @spolumbosdeli if you have never tried them then you must!  They sell at most major grocery stores in YYC and can also be bought at their deli.

Last night we ate dinner with family, my dad grilled steaks and made baked potatoes.  My sister-in-law made a salad and dessert, and let me tell you the salad was amazing!  If you love broccoli salad then you must make this one!  Full of fruit and veggies and covered in a poppy seed dressing.  There is no grocery list this week, it will be back when I am home from vacation.

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Sept. 24 – Sept. 28

Meal updates from last week:
Everyone loved the chicken Milanese, my son even asked to take it in his lunch!  We also enjoyed the spicy shrimp and noodles, better known as pad thai.  I didn’t get a chance to make the fiesta chicken but ended up using the chicken in quesadillas instead.  I baked a batch of zucchini carrot mini muffins that my kids devoured last week.   Tonight we went to my parent’s house for dinner where we ate classy chicken with a green salad, and angel food cake for dessert.

Last night we enjoyed celebrating Friendsgiving with our closest friends and their children.  The meal was cooked mainly by the hosts, but everyone contributed in some way.  We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, potato layer bake, squash apple bake and maple roasted carrot salad.  Before our feast we snacked on a beautiful charcuterie from @empireprovisions.  I brought two desserts, dutch apple pie and gluten free pumpkin muffins with cream cheese icing.  The meal was outstanding!

This week is another busy one!  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, Saturday night we are going out to a film festival and we don’t have plans Friday.  My goal this week is to get the rest of my carrots and beets out of the garden, once they are out then I need to clean out the beds and get them ready for winter…BOO!  A couple of weeks ago I picked all of the grapes from our vines, and on Friday I had some time to make jelly.  Now I have to be honest, canning is not my favourite nor am I very good at it, but I made nine jars and they seemed to have turned out.

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Happy cooking,

Thai coconut cauliflower soup
Pumpkin muffins


Weekly meals Sept. 10 – Sept. 14

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the meatloaf and shrimp fajitas from last week.  I didn’t get a chance to make the pork kebabs with the orzo salad.  If I get a chance to make it on another day then I will let you know how it went.  We also liked the chicken stir fry, but my kids did not like the bok choy.  School and work lunches went well last week, I had a chance to post some on my Instagram and will try to continue this throughout the school year.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, this weekend my husband and I are heading out-of-town.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, we had the crispy sheet pan gnocchi that I have raved about before.  To end the meal I made a peach cobbler cake.  Although the recipe called for peaches I actually ended up using nectarines as they were the better tasting fruit.  In the end I don’t think that it made much of a difference.

This weekend I had the chance to make some banana muffins using a mix that I bought in the states.  I bought a box of waffle and pancake mix from @kodiakcakes, on the side of the box they share a recipe for muffins using the mix and a few additional ingredients.  They turned out so well, they taste like a mixture of banana and snickerdoodle.  You can  purchase all of their products online.  More baking will be happening this week as I swapped a spaghetti squash for a zucchini from a good friend.  I think that I will make these zucchini cookies as well as a batch of these muffins.  Long Dinner List 66 to start the week!

Happy cooking,