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,
Sara

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,
Sara

Weekly meals Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Meal updates from last week:
As always the kids and adults devoured the classy chicken!  I didn’t make the BLT salad as we went out for an impromptu dinner with my parents.  We really liked the turkey tacos and the buddha bowls came together very quickly.

This week is jam packed!  My son has basketball twice this week, I am going out twice and my husband is out once.  Tis the season!  This means that there won’t be a lot of home cooked meals going on, but I do have a solid plan:

  • Lasagne soup from @farmgirlsdabble I have made this soup before and it is delicious.  I very good tip is to cook the pasta separate from the soup and then just add it when you serve.  This way the noodles don’t get overcooked.  I am going to serve this with a salad or some bread.
  • We will be out tonight, so my kids will be having takeout.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will give this another try and see if it gets made this week!
  • Pineapple chicken from @chelseasmessyapron this is a new recipe that looks so good, I cannot wait to give it a try.

I would love to start some holiday baking this week, but it all depends on time.  I am going to buy everything that I need for the recipes in hopes that I will find some time to bake.  I’ve decided that I would like to make some kiss cookies and then something gingerbread.  I found a recipe for snickerdoodle kiss cookies and then I am going to make a gingerbread cookie with some white chocolate cream cheese icing or gingersnap sandwich cookies with white chocolate with white chocolate filling.  I also wanted to make something with a mint flavour but who knows if I’ll ever finish all of it!  I will keep you posted as to what I bake in the coming weeks.  Grocery shopping  made simple with grocery list 113

Happy cooking,
Sara

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,
Sara

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,
Sara

Weekly meals Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken gyros and shrimp burrito bowls.  I liked the sesame noodle bowl, but we ate it cold and later in the night, so it didn’t taste as good as if it had been fresh.  I had a chance to use the gifted apples and zucchini to make muffins,  they are delicious, really moist and flavourful.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, dad made elk burgers, my sister-in-law made this great broccoli salad and I made apple crisp.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, my husband will be away all week, so I try and make dinners a little easier because I am solo.  We don’t have plans for the weekend, but it looks like the weather is going to be taking a turn 😦  That means I need to get my grapes off the vine (for jam), and try to take all of my flowers out of their pots.

I did buy some canned pumpkin today when I was shopping, and was thinking about making these muffins.  I also have some zucchini left and have made these cookies before and they are good!  Who knows what I will have time for, so stay tuned to see.  Start the week off right with my grocery list 106

Happy cooking,

Sara

Weekly meals Feb 25 – Mar. 1

Meal updates from last week:
We enjoyed all of the meals from last week, but my favourite was the cauliflower rice chicken biryani.  I’ve never had/made cauliflower rice and I loved it!  It may just be my new healthy hack.  The best part is that my husband also loved the cauliflower rice and said he didn’t miss the real thing at all.  The baked shrimp was another hit with my family, I served them over top of egg noodles.  I think that it would also be great served with crusty bread.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, and this weekend we are off to the mountains to spend time with friends and get some skiing in.  The polar vortex continues to encircled our city, and it looks like this week is going to be no different from the rest of the month.

  • Tonight we ate a simple meal of pizza with caesar salad.  I used Pillsbury pizza crust as my base, for the kids I added pepperoni and added peppers, prosciutto, olives and banana peppers to the adult side.  If you’ve never tried the pillsbury dough give it a try, it is super tasty and very affordable.
  • Slow cooker Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron I have made this soup many times and we love it!  I usually make the kids a piece of toast to dip in their soup.
  • Greek meatballs from @recipe_tin we will eat these with a Greek salad and some brown or cauliflower rice.
  • Salmon burgers with avocado salsa from @laughingspatula I will serve tater tots and a simple green salad on the side.
  • Honey mustard chicken salad with bacon and avocado from @cafedelites I have made this salad many times and it is always a hit.  My favourite part of this recipe is that the marinade and dressing are one in the same.

Today I tried a new banana muffin recipe, and as far as I can taste they are very good.  I was looking for a muffin that included a lot of fibre as I am constantly trying to get my daughter to eat more fibre.  What is also different about this recipe is that there are no eggs or sugar.  Here’s to hoping that the kids like them as well.  I am in charge of the meal this Saturday apres-ski so I am making chicken enchiladas with chips and salsa and guacamole.  Take Dinner List 87 to the store with you.

Happy cooking,
Sara