Good for snacking

In the past I have posted many different recipes for protein balls.  They are a huge hit in my house, easy to eat on the go, and light enough to give your kids before dinner time.  I am going to share with you all the recipes that I have tried, as well as a recipe adaptation that I made earlier this week.  All recipes can be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.  To make them lunch box friendly use seed butter instead of nut butter.

Happy snacking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 5-9

Highlights from last week:
The rosemary chicken salad and chicken corn burgers were the best from last week.  The kids especially liked the burgers.  My most favourite recipe from last week was the blueberry muffin overnight oats, I am obsessed with them, and have eaten them for breakfast all week!  Head to fitfoodiefinds.com to get the recipe.

We will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, but are heading out for dinner on Wednesday night to celebrate some family anniversaries.  The weather is going to continue to cooperate, which means I will be out using the grill.

  • Tonight is usually a family meal, but there are no plans yet for dinner.  I will post my Sunday dinner recipe on Instagram.
  • Thai basil turkey bowls from @lexiscleankitchen this is a new to me recipe.  I will be serving mine on brown rice instead of the cauliflower rice.  It says to use coconut aminos, this is an ingredient that I am unfamiliar with.  I will have a look for it tomorrow and let you know.
  • Spicy pork po’boys from @foodandwine this is another new recipe, we will eat these sandwiches with coleslaw.
  • BBQ chicken served with antipasto salad from @foodandwine I am so excited about this salad, I had to make this recipe after seeing the pictures.  My kids will not eat this salad, but they will eat a deconstructed version of it.
  • Persian turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and pita bread.  If I have time I will make some tzatziki.

This week for breakfast I will continue my love for blueberry muffin overnight oats.  My kids are still asking for the Nature’s Path cinnamon waffles.  I have some bananas that need to be used so I think I will give this bread a try.  Last Friday was National doughnut day, I haven’t used my doughnut pan in a very long time and think I need to make this recipe again.  I came across a recipe for no churn ice cream it looks amazing!  Make your weekly grocery shop easier by taking Dinner List 15

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 29-June 2

Meal updates from last week:
Highlight meals from last week were the Greek pasta salad, chicken fajita burgers and the vegan soup.  The fajita burgers were my favourite, I had mine without a bun, but to be honest you didn’t really need one with all of the other ingredients.  We ate the soup for three days and it kept getting better with each day.  I made a slight change to the soup, I decreased the amount of stock by half and added a can of coconut milk.  I also added two more tablespoons of peanut butter.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, I will be out for dinner Friday and I do not have a dinner plan for Saturday.  For tonight’s dinner we ate the Greek chicken with olives, feta and tomatoes.  I shared this recipe last week, it was so delicious that we had to have it again!  We ate this on a bed of romaine with some fresh fruit.

For breakfast this week I am going to try a couple new overnight oat recipes.  This PB & J oat recipe comes from the people at Quaker.  And please tell me who doesn’t love PB &J?! I am also liking the flavour combination in this blueberry muffin oat recipe.  If you haven’t ever been to fitfoodiefinds.com then you must check out her site, there are tons of great oat recipes!  I will let you know how they both taste.  We were at brunch on Sunday and were served these, they were delicious.  The blackberries are in abundance right now, so I am going to give these a try.

I am sorry to say that there is not a shopping list this week as this weekend was extremely busy.  One of the reasons for this, was that I was hosting my very first make and take.  In short, I invited some friends to my house to make freezer meals and take them home with them.  I will share more on this exciting evening later in the week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 22-26

Meal updates from last week:
Last week’s best meals were both from @cookinglight.  The mini meatball soup was amazing, as was the pulled chicken with slaw.  I would highly recommend giving both a try.  My kids also devoured the mini pancake muffins.  My son dipped his in maple syrup and my daughter just ate them plain.  I gave then a try warmed with a small smear of peanut butter.

This week we will be eating in Monday-Thursday.  The weather looks lovely until mid-week, so that means we will be grilling!

  • Salmon on the grill, seasoned with a little salt and pepper.  I am going to serve this with greek tzatziki pasta salad from @alyssa_therecipecritic I love all of the ingredients in this salad.
  • BBQ porktenderloin from janetandgreta.com I will serve this with brown rice and grilled asparagus.  If you have never been to their website or seen their cookbooks then you must go now!
  • Chicken fajita burgers from @iowagirleats we will have these with a side salad and some waffle fries.
  • Ginger peanut soup from a vegan cookbook.  This soup is simply amazing!  I puree half of the soup and then add it to the non-pureed.  I serve it with warmed naan bread.

This week is a short one as Monday is a holiday.  I haven’t made a definite plan for breakfast or snack this week.  I really like the sounds of this one the flavour combinations are on point.  I haven’t made protein balls forever, so I may go back to our household favourite.

Last night we stayed in for dinner, the weather was lovely and we ate outside.  We were looking for an easy recipe and we found a great one!  We served our chicken over romaine, it was filling and delicious.  Make this recipe tonight!

Enjoy your week and don’t forget your Dinner List 14

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 15-19

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing Mothers!

Meal updates from last week:
The chicken stir fry was amazing!  So much flavour and very easy to make.  We also loved the BBQ chicken salad.  As I posted on Instagram (@three_plates_full) I substituted brown rice for the quinoa, pinto beans for black and added avocado on top.  We also ate beef tacos on Saturday night, I topped it with a super simple corn and avocado salsa.  Grill two ears of corn and then cut the kernels off.  In a bowl add the grilled corn, diced avocado (1), one diced jalapeño (if you want a milder flavour then leave out the seeds), the juice of half a lime, corse salt and two tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro.  Mix carefully and add to the top of your tacos.  You could also double the recipe and serve with tortilla chips for an easy Mexican appetizer.

This week we will be having sushi for Mother’s Day, and then eating at home Monday-Thursday.  For the long weekend I am not sure what we have planned.  One of the meals for the week will be meatless, we will see how this works with the kids?!

  • Roasted veggie grain bowl from joyfulhealthyeats.com my children are not huge fans of quinoa so I am going to be making both brown rice and quinoa.
  • Pineapple BBQ chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus.  I saw a short video posted where chicken was seasoned with salt and pepper and then brushed with BBQ sauce.  It was baked in the oven and then topped with pineapple.  I am going to bake the chicken and grill the pineapple.  This brings out the flavour of the fruit.  This is a similar idea to this recipe.
  • Mini meatball minestrone from @cookinglight I will serve this with crusty bread.  I am not going to use the chard but instead spinach.
  • Pulled BBQ chicken and coleslaw sandwiches from @cookinglight we will eat this with Alexia’s waffle fries and brown beans.

For breakfast this week I’m going to make these pancake mini muffins.  My kids have also been eating a lot of these..  I am undecided about my snack recipe for the week, and like last week I will post my snack on Instagram.  Heading to the grocery store?  Make sure to print Dinner List 13

Happy Mother’s Day and happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 1-5

Meal updates from last week:
Both recipes that I made from the magazine were amazing!  The pork with rice and spinach was delicious.  It will be made again very soon.  As always the meatball sandwiches were a hit.  I liked the chili mac but it was not my favourite pasta recipe.  I do not think that I will be making this again.  I actually didn’t end up making any protein balls, instead I made Starbucks copycat oat bars which we really enjoyed.  If you are looking for the recipe search me (Sara Rumpel) on Pinterest.

I am an overnight oat lover!  I eat them every weekday morning because they are so quick and easy.  On the weekend I tend to eat cooked oatmeal, lately I have been making my oatmeal with almond milk.  Here is how I make it: 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 2/3 cup of almond milk, tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Add the oats and milk to a pot bring it to a boil, then turn down and simmer until the oats are almost cooked.  Add the blueberries and the cinnamon, as the oats finish cooking.  Scoop into a bowl and drizzle the syrup overtop. Enjoy!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Friday, I will be heading to the mountains this weekend.  Outdoor sports begin this week, so many of my weeknight meals will need to be quick and easy.  BBQ season is upon us, and it looks like this week is going to be the beginning.  I am going to try to us the grill as much as I can.

  • Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron I know that I just made this a couple of weeks ago, but we will be out most of the day and need the meal to be ready when we come home.  We will eat this with corn bread and a salad.
  • classychicken from the Best of Bridge Ladies.  This recipe was part of my childhood, and will be part of my children’s childhood as well.  The ingredients list may put you off, but trust me just make it!
  • Tomato-asiago frittata with arugula blueberry salad from Cooking Light magazine.  Frittatas are an easy weeknight meal, and you can add anything to them.  I will probably take out the tomatoes and add in some ham.
  • BBQ pork tenderloin from @addapinch I will be serving this with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes.
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats another recipe repeat as we love these burgers!  This time I am going to use ground turkey instead of chicken.  We will have a side salad and fries with the burgers.
  • BBQ sausage with grilled onions and peppers.  I cook my sausage on my grill and then use my hot plate on my grill to cook the peppers and onions.  I will serve this on toasted buns with some baked beans.  If you are looking to lighten up this meal then serve the grilled meat and veg over romaine.

This week I am going to make a pan of granola.  I found recipe for grain-free granola from @felsull I will serve this with yogurt and berries.  For snack I found a cookie recipe that I am dying to try.  This is also a grain-free recipe, but contains nut butter so it cannot go in school lunches.  Don’t forget to print your Dinner List 11 to make your shopping easier.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals April 24-28

Meal updates from last week:
Meals from last week were amazing!  The Thai chicken and wild rice soup was so delicious, it will join our meal rotation.  The ramen with noodles was also a hit, I used chicken thighs instead of flank steak and it still turned out great.  We ended the week with the greek sheet-pan dinner and it was hands down my favourite.  If you have never visited www.halfbakedharvest.com then you need to right now!  I was not overly impressed with the chia oat recipe, but the powerhouse cookies were great.  They were gobbled up within days.  If you follow me on Instagram (three_plates_full) you will know I also made a banana zucchini loaf.  It turned out well, super moist and flavourful.  You can find the recipe on my Pinterest board (Sara Rumpel).

This week we are eating at home Sunday to Thursday, I will be cooking from an old magazine that I found called Eat Well Feel Good.  This magazine is published by Better Homes & Gardens.  I will provide the recipes to all of the recipes as this magazine is not available anymore.

Barbecued chicken drumsticks with baked potatoes and spinach and berry salad.  The recipe for the salad is in my previous post.  I did not use a recipe for the chicken or potatoes.
Garlic pork with walnut and kale barley, I will be using spinach and brown rice in this recipe instead of kale and barley.
Lemon-sage roasted chicken thighs, I am not sure if I will serve this with roasted potatoes or asparagus.
Mozzarella stuffed meatball sandwiches with caesar salad.  I shared my recipe for meatball sandwiches in my meal planning from March 27-31.
Chili mac from @todaysparent I have never tried a chili mac recipe before but this looks like a one pot hit!

This week for breakfast we will be eating baked oatmeal.  This is another recipe that I found in the magazine.  For snacks I will be going back to protein balls.  I haven’t made any for about a month so I think that it is time to get back into making them.  I am not sure which recipe I will be using.  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 10 for ease at the grocery store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Bring in spring

With spring in the air and summer just around the corner it is a great time to add some new ingredients into your evening meals.  At this time of year I am always looking to add some seasonal ingredients into my meal plans.  Currently, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb are just hitting their peak.

Asparagus is an easy add to any meal, roasted, baked or even barbecued it is a perfect side dish to any protein.  I like to bake mine at a high heat with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and some grated lemon rind.  Another delicious topping to roasted asparagus is feta cheese and sliced grape tomatoes.  Here are a few more asparagus recipes: roasted garlic asparagus,  sautéed asparagus and grilled balsamic asparagus.

Most often we think to use strawberries in desserts, but topping some spinach with sliced strawberries is a wonderful flavour combination.  I found a great recipe for a strawberry spinach salad from @cookinglight.  The recipe called for chicken as well but we ate ours without.  I also added blackberries as they are also in abundance at this time of year.  Instead of making a dressing for the salad you let the berries sit in a mixture of oil and vinegar and then add it to the salad.  To finish it off you sprinkle with feta and pecans.  I decided to candy my pecans and the salad turned out amazingly!  Here is another great looking strawberry salad recipe.

I love rhubarb!  For me simplicity is the key, I love stewing rhubarb and using it as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.  Another great idea for rhubarb is baked in muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.  A recipe that I have been wanting to try is strawberry rhubarb crisp bars from @smittenkitchen.  If you are looking for something different, then give Jamie Oliver’s meringue with rhubarb and cream recipe a try.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals April 17-21

All of the meals from last week worked out very well.  We especially liked the meatloaf recipe. It was a great combination of sweet and smoky.

Being away all weekend was great but it is time to get back into the groove of cooking and eating at home. We will be eating at home Monday-Friday, we arrive home Monday so I’m not sure what our dinner will look like.

  • As we have no groceries today may look like eggs and toast. If I get to the store I may buy a small ham and serve it with veggies. It all depends on how much energy I have to get it all done!
  • Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron I have never made this soup before, but I have high hopes.
  • Beef and broccoli ramen from @damn_delicious I’m very excited to try this recipe.
  • Pork and apples from @cremedelacrumb1 I will serve this with brown rice and in season asparagus.
  • Greek chicken souvlaki and potatoes from @halfbakedharvest I’m never disappointed with her recipes, and who doesn’t love a one pan meal!

For breakfast this week we will be having overnight oats.  I’ve been dying to try this chia oat recipe from @theglowingfridge it sounds delicious.  For snack this week I am going to try this recipe.

As I am doing this post from afar I will not be adding my grocery link.  This will be back up next week.

Happy cooking,

Sara

 

Meal delivery

How many times in a week do you ask yourself, what am I making for dinner?  Do I have all of the ingredients?  Do I really feel like making it?  I believe that I am not alone in these thoughts, and now there are many companies who are catering to these needs.  The idea of meal delivery is taking off in the Untied States, and it is slowly coming into Canada.  Most of these companies deliver packaged food, cut and ready for you to cook with an accompanying recipe.  From Martha Stewart to Tyler Florence many celebrity chefs are jumping on this meal wagon.  Living in Calgary there are many different places to go for pre prepared food, to take home, heat and eat.  Here are some places that we have tried: Sunterra, Forage, Meez, Fresh Kitchen, Made and Our Daily Brett.

As I am holidaying in California, I could not wait to try one of these delivery services.  I have had my eye on @onepotatobox for a very long time.  We ordered three dinners to serve two people, they arrived in a box packaged with ice packs to keep perishables cold.  Each meal is bagged with all of the ingredients, and recipe cards are inclosed in the box.  They also send you a little treat in each box, ours contained a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough.  I tried one of the recipes tonight and it was delicious!  We made arepas with slow-cooked pulled chicken and sweet corn avocado cups.  This recipe took less than 30 minutes to prepare and was full of flavour.  There was more than enough food for two adults and one child.  My son was not interested in the corn salad, but ate and enjoyed everything else.  I will be making another recipe tomorrow.  If you are looking for a similar service in Calgary I have found two that look very promising: Chefs Plate and Paper Bag Princess.  If you do a google search for both it will take you to their sites.

If you have tried any meal delivery services that you have been happy with, please post a comment on the blog.

Happy ordering,
Sara