Weekly meals June 11 – June 15

Meal updates from last week:
The top two meals from last were the spicy pork bowls and the honey mustard chicken salad.  I didn’t love the salmon with couscous and I needed to marinate the flank steak for longer before I grilled it.  The chicken from the salad was even better the next day, and I will be using the marinade/dressing again.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, right now we don’t have weekend plans.  With Father’s Day coming up I will share what I will be serving for breakfast and dinner.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, mom made cabbage rolls and bought pirogies and I brought a green salad.  The meal was delicious.  I am going to ask my mom to write out her recipe for cabbage rolls as I believe they are the best that I’ve ever had.

  • Classy chicken from The Best of Bridge, I always serve this casserole with egg noodles.
  • Chopped ramen noodle salad with grilled teriyaki turkey from @farmgirlsdabble I am a sucker for a dinner salad.  As with all salads for dinner, my kids will eat all the components except the lettuce 😉  Maybe one day they will enjoy the entire salad.
  • Burrata pistachio white pizza from @thealmondeater I will also be making a traditional red sauce pizza.  I am sure that the kids will like the red sauce better than the white pizza, but I may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Chipotle lime shrimp bowls from @foodcrush I love a one bowl dinner as much as I love a dinner salad.  These days my kids are loving shrimp so this is a perfect dinner for them.  I will probably be leaving out the chipotle as it is far too spicy for the kids.

This afternoon I made a batch of strawberry rhubarb chia jam to use in my overnight oats.  There is no sugar in this recipe, it is sweetened with strawberries and maple syrup.  I also brought a large frozen bag of Saskatoon berries from my parent’s.  With the weather a little cooler this week I may make a batch of pie dough to use with the berries and possibly some rhubarb.  Print Dinner List 58 before going to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals June 3 – June 8

Meal updates from last week:
Two of the meals from last week were part of our family favourites, the BLT salad and Thai noodles will always be on heavy rotation in our house.  We also loved Rachael Ray’s take on Salisbury steak.  It was like eating a burger over mashed potatoes.  Enough said!

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I’m going out with friends on Friday and not sure what Saturday has in store for us.

Today we celebrated our son’s Birthday, his actual Birthday isn’t until July but we like to include all his school friends in a party before summer break.  As always I made our go-to chocolate cake recipe from @thelittlekitchen.  If you are looking for an amazing cake and icing recipe then YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS ONE!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 57
before you head to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Blueberry oatmeal muffins*

Weekly meals May 28 – June 1

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken satay and the salmon salad from last week were great.  We loved the combination of salmon with avocado and mango.  As always the grilled pizza was gobbled up.  I ended the week cooking spicy shrimp tacos, I added the link to last week’s meal plan.  On Saturday we had friends over with their kids, and decided that it was going to be an appie dinner, so we had an epic snack platter, salad rolls and cowboy caviar.  For dessert I served a mixture of candy and chocolate.  On the snack platter I included: cucumber, mini carrots, peppers, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, grapes, snap peas, salami, prosciutto, mixed olives, black bean hummus and guacamole (to see the platter head to my Instagram page).  On another platter I had a variety of cheese and crackers.  For snack platter inspiration head to Weelicious or follow Cookinglight on Instagram.  This evening we ate dinner with my parents, I brought a simple green salad that we ate with skillet elk lasagna, and for dessert angel food cake with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

This week is another busy one!  We are still in the middle of soccer and will be celebrating my son’s birthday this weekend.  His birthday isn’t until July, but we like to have his party during the school year so that his friends can make it.  This week I have meal planned for Monday-Friday, we will see if I end up cooking Friday night.

  • BLT salad with buttermilk dressing from @marthastewart this is a family favourite, and I ended up having all of the ingredients without having to buy anything at the store!
  • BBQ chicken thighs with grilled corn and peppers.  I will boil the corn and then finish them off on the grill.  I will top the thighs with BBQ sauce.
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli from Anne Lindsay’s Light Kitchen cookbook.  This is another staple in our house.  Most of the time I don’t use chicken, but will add more veggies.  This pasta is great hot but even better the next day served cold.
  • Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes from @rachelray this recipe sounds amazing I cannot wait to give it a try.
  • Ginger peanut soup one of my mom’s favourite soup recipes, and one that I’ve shared with you many times.

I will also be making my son’s birthday cake for his weekend party.  This year we are heading to the zoo to see the pandas and he has also asked for a panda cake.  As always I will be using my tried and true chocolate cake recipe with cream cheese cool whip icing.  The Dinner List 56 is a long one this week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 21 – May 25

Meal updates from last week:
The meals from last week were all amazing!  We absolutely loved both of the dinner salads, but for me the best was the summer nicoise salad.  Apart from the meals that I planned for, I also made this Greek sheet pan meal for dinner Saturday as well as this pesto farmer’s market salad that I took to a BBQ.  The pesto vinaigrette will change your life!

This week we have a lot going on, we ate at home tonight and are heading out tomorrow night.  We will be home Wednesday, Thursday and possibly eat dinner with friends Friday.

  • Thai pineapple peanut satay chicken from @carlsbadcravings we ate this with steamed rice and green beans.  We loved this meal!  The sauce was a great addition to the grilled chicken and pineapple.
  • Loaded sesame ginger salmon salad from @whatsgabycooking both of my kids will eat the salad components, and I will supplement their dinner with some grilled corn.
  • Grilled pizza, I will use pre-made dough and add all of our favourite toppings.  I heat my grill to low and then use our flat griddle pan to cook the pizza.  Grilling pizza adds a slight smokiness that we really enjoy.

This week’s meal plan is short and sweet!  I have been looking at a few other recipes that I would like to try, and may get the chance to test them out with friends this weekend.  These mango avocado spring rolls are screaming summer to me.  I also love a one bowl dinner, and the flavours in this one and this one sound amazing.  This year is finally the year that I get to harvest some decent rhubarb, and I am trying to decide what to do with it?  What are your favourite rhubarb recipes?  Head to the store with Dinner List 55

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa*

Weekly meals May 14 – May 18

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the grilled rosemary chicken and the shrimp cakes.  My daughter absolutely loved the shrimp cakes, she ended up eating two whole cakes!  I really enjoyed the lettuce wraps, but my son didn’t like the sauce.  I didn’t end up making the turkey burgers and kale salad, so I may move that meal to this week.  I made a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins and my kids gobbled them up.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, I am not sure what the long weekend has in-store for us except that my husband will be away.  The weather for the most part is supposed to be really nice so I will be using the grill.

I spent some time this past week looking at new recipes and I found some gems!  For some reason these are all sweet recipes, these cookies, this tart and protein balls!  I don’t have any plans to make these sweet treats this week, but if I give any of them a try I will let you know.  The Dinner List 54 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Banana buttermilk muffins*

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 made this citrus dressing to go on top as the recipe only added a drizzle of olive oil.

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

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*