Weekly meals April 23 – April 27

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all of the meals from last week, but the butter salmon bowls were by far our favourite.  Covering the salmon with the butter and then baking it, makes for a tender and juicy fish.  We also really enjoyed the pork meatballs with Chinese noodles.  This morning my son asked for waffles so I made a batch of these banana bread waffles using only whole-wheat flour.  They turned out very well and made enough to have leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday.  We are going out on Thursday night as a family and then I am heading out with friends on Friday.  The weather this week is supposed to be great, and I can guarantee that we will be grilling.  Friday there may be sausages and hotdogs on the menu.

  • Pork tonkatsu bowls from @seasonsandsuppers we ate this tonight and it was amazing!  The pork turned out crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  The sauce was a little sweet, salty and spicy.  The kids tried the sauce but had theirs without.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Rainbow chicken salad with almond honey mustard dressing from @pichofyum as I have stated in the past my kids don’t like lettuce, but I know that they will like all of the components of the salad.  I might add a little buttered bread on the side for the kids.  I won’t be cooking my chicken in a frying pan but instead on the grill.
  • Loaded nacho sliders from @cookingforkeeps who wouldn’t want to eat a burger with queso?  This queso is made from jalapeño jack cheese so I would imagine that it is going to be spicy, I may leave the sauce off the kids burgers.  We will eat this with some fries and raw veggies.
  • Chopped salad with shrimp blue cheese and bacon from @howsweeteats via @skinnytaste this recipe comes from Jessica’s new cookbook The Pretty Dish.  As of late my kids have loved shrimp so I can’t see why they wouldn’t love this recipe.

I have my eyes on this fish taco bowl that I can see having sometime very soon.  Another recipe that I have been thinking about trying is for Greek lamb meatballs with avocado goddess sauce.  I am not a lover of lamb so I am not sure if I would use it or substitute another ground meat.  You grocery list is ready and waiting Dinner List 52

Happy cooking,
Sara

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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*

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

 

 

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

 

Welcome fall!

Cooler days, darker mornings, sweaters, boots and everything pumpkin.  We are officially in fall, which means moving away from the grill and bringing out that crock pot.  I find the change of seasons exciting, especially trying new recipes that incorporate seasonal produce.  The recipes I’m sharing highlight apples and pumpkin, both staples in autumn menus.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Eat your greens!

Heading into the summer months it is nice to make a meal that doesn’t involve turning on the stove or oven.  Enter the dinner salad.  Now, you may be thinking that greens will not make you feel full or even satisfied, but I beg to differ.  Topping your salad with a protein, either chicken, fish, tofu or cheese will turn your usual lunch meal into dinner.  I find feeding children salad, or maybe just lettuce very challenging.  My son still will not eat lettuce.  He will however eat all of the salad components, just on a plate minus the greens.  Below I am sharing some of my favourite dinner salad recipes:

Happy chopping,
Sara