Weekly meals June 8 – June 12

Meal updates from last week:
Every meal from last week was great!  I didn’t end up making the sushi bowls, but I will be making them in the near future.  Both pork dishes from last week were great, the sliders with grilled pineapple were delicious.  The pork tacos were outstanding.  The pork brought a different flavour to the tacos, paired with the apple slaw it was a perfect combination.  We also really liked the mango salad.  I will make any and all of these recipes again soon.

On Friday night we ordered takeout from Brown’s Social House, this has been the best takeout that we have gotten since COVID began.  Some of the dishes were tired were: crispy ramen, Szechuan beef bowl and southwest bowl.  All dishes were great.  Saturday we spent the day riding bikes and then had salmon, roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts and creamed spinach for dinner.  I also made a strawberry rhubarb crisp and some mini chocolate chip cookies.  

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, we have no plans for the weekend we will see as we get closer.

I bought a ton of blueberries at the grocery store with the intention of making a batch of muffins.  I am not sure what recipe I will use, but I still have some buttermilk left in the fridge.  There isn’t a grocery list this week it will be back next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly Meals May 25 – May 29

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the Greek chicken thighs with Greek salad, hummus and pitas, but our most favourite meal from last week was the pad Thai, it was outstanding!  I purchased the shrimp from the Calgary Farmer’s Market, they were huge and added so much to the dish.  I didn’t have a chance to make the Mediterranean linguine, I will let you know when I try it out.  This weekend we ordered food from Cactus Club and Mercato Mission, the food from Mercato was outstanding!  We ordered a simple pasta with tomato sauce, grilled pork ribs and sautéed green beans with shallots.  I would order from them again soon, and they also do pizza takeout.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday to Thursday, we will probably do takeout or BBQ on the weekend.  The weather is supposed to be really nice this week, so I am going to try and use the grill a lot.  Tonight we had elk burgers, coleslaw, baked beans and corn on the cob.

  • Chicken gyros salad from @smittenkitchen this salad sounds delicious, and as always my kids will eat all the components minus the lettuce.
  • Minestrone with kale and turkey sausage from @foodnetwork I have made this soup many times before, and it has been gobbled up by all!  When I use sausage in any recipe I always buy Spolumbos sausages.
  • Spring roll bowls with grilled chicken from @littlebrokenblog you know that I love a one bowl meal!
  • Chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats I haven’t made these in a long time, they are so easy and packed with flavour.  I will serve tater tots and a green salad on the side.

Last week I made a batch of good morning protein cookies from @weelicious they were really good, and a great snack to have on hand.  I ate one smeared with peanut butter for breakfast on the weekend.  I have a few spotted bananas that need to be used, so I think that I will try to make some muffins.  One of my favourite banana muffin recipes is from @cookieandkate they are a one bowl recipe and you can choose to add chocolate chips or blueberries.  Shop safely with Dinner List 130

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals May 4 – May 8

Meal updates from last week:
As always everyone loved the Thai noodles, this time I added sugar snap peas and edamame and omitted the chicken.  We really liked the rosemary chicken patties, I served these with fries and a Greek salad.  My husband and son ate theirs in a bun, I had mine without and it was delicious.  The crispy shrimp bowl was by far my favourite meal of the week.  The shrimp were delicious, I made mine a little different as I realized when I went to cook them that I didn’t have any panko.  Instead I used flour and egg, dipped them in flour then egg and back into the flour before cooking them in a little bit of oil.  They turned out so good!  I will be making this recipe again.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday we will do the usual takeout Friday and Saturday.  This past Friday we ordered sushi and then Saturday night we had bbq sausages with Greek salad and tater tots.  I also made some flourless blender banana brownies from @sara.haven if you head to her Instagram account you can find the recipe.  They were amazing!  The only substitution I made was using brown sugar instead of coconut.  I also topped mine with some extra chocolate chips.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but that has never stopped me!  Shop safely with grocery list 128

Stay healthy and stay safe,
Sara

 

Weekly meals April 13 – April 17

Meal updates from last week:
Two meals from last week were a huge hit, the blackened salmon with goddess sauce and the minestrone soup.  My kids loved the soup so much that they asked me to make it again this week!  When they ask for a meal again, I will ALWAYS make it.  We also liked the bbq chicken with pineapple salsa, it was the perfect meal to enjoy on the nicest day last week.  Today we enjoyed celebrating Easter, I made some bunny cinnamon buns and a quiche for breakfast.  We relaxed this afternoon and then enjoyed a lovely meal together.  I served brown sugar glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and pickled beets.  For dessert we had a slice of lemon curd blondie bar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This week, just as last week, we will be eating at home Sunday to Thursday.  We have been ordering food for dinner on Friday and Saturday, and I can’t see that changing this week. Homeschooling and working from home continues, we are hoping that the weather improves this week so we can get outside and enjoy some sunshine.

I baked a banana bread, lemon curd blondie bars and made granola last week, so I’m not sure that I will be attempting any baking this week.  I did buy a big bag of Meyer lemons, so there may be a lemon loaf in the works, but we will see how much time I have.  I am having technical issues with my word program, so the grocery list will be back next week.

Stay healthy, stay safe
Sara

Weekly meals April 6 – April 10

Meal updates from last week:
As I mentioned last week, the flank steak was amazing as was the salsa verde.  Recipes that we liked from last week were the spicy pork soup, turkey chili and the chicken fried rice.  My kids really enjoyed the chili and the fried rice.  I also had the chance to make my gramma’s boiled raisin muffins as well as a banana bread from the Fraiche Food, Full Hearts cookbook.  We had takeout on Friday and Saturday night both brought to our door contactless by Doordash.  We ordered from Una Pizza and Wine as well as Globefish Sushi,  both meals were very good, and even better that I didn’t have to cook!

This week will continue to look like the last two, kids are home, I am home working, but my husband will also be home as he is taking a week off.  School work will be done, crafting and lots of outside time as it looks like the weather is going to improve.  As we look toward Easter weekend I will share with you some recipes that I am going to try.

I cannot believe that Easter is this weekend!  With everything that has been going on in the world it has been hard to focus on big celebrations, knowing that we won’t be spending them as we traditionally would.  I have some baking plans for this week: carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd blondie bars.  We are not sure what Easter dinner will look like, but it would be nice to have some desserts to enjoy and drop off to friends.  I am also going to prep the crust for a quiche to eat on Easter Sunday along with some bunny cinnamon rolls from @thebakermama.  I will keep the quiche simple, maybe just ham and cheese with a little spinach.  We will enjoy this meal after the kids hunt for eggs on Sunday.  For Easter dinner I haven’t made any decisions, possibly a small ham with some potatoes and a citrus salad.  When I have a menu planned I will share it with you.  Eggs will also be dyed this week in preparation for the bunny!  My kids and husband devoured the energy balls and granola I made in the last two weeks, I have all of the ingredients for round two, so if time allows I will also make those.  Hoping that everyone is safe and healthy, enjoy another grocery list 125

Happy Easter,
Sara

 

Weekly meals March 30 – April 3

Meal updates from last week:
Last week’s meals were a hit!  We loved the make your own salad rolls, my son especially enjoyed choosing his ingredients.  The roast chicken was delicious, and it did double duty as I used the leftover meat for the creamy chicken noodle soup.  The soup and white buns were the best recipe of the week, I cannot tell you how good those buns were!  I do admit that it was a long process to make the dough, as it needed to rise three times, but the end result was well worth all of the work.  I accidentally over cooked the salmon so it wasn’t my best meal.  We had takeout Friday night from Joey’s Chinook, they are offering a simplified menu and you are able to pick it up curb side.  On Saturday we had grilled sausages, baked beans and a spinach berry salad.  After dinner we took a family drive to deliver a birthday cake to a very special girl, the day didn’t include the party that she had wanted, but the cake made her day that much better!  I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe from @thelittlekitchen

This week will look similar to last week, we are eating at home Sunday-Thursday and then doing takeout Friday.  Weekends continue to be wide open as we navigate these uncertain times.  I begin working from home this week, so we will see how that goes.  My son will begin to do some school work during his days at home, it will be nice to have some routine.

  • Flank steak with salsa verde from the Whitewater Cooks cookbook, on the side I served baked potatoes, grilled peppers and asparagus and sautéed mushrooms.  The steak was outstanding as was the sauce, it would be great on chicken or fish.
  • Lemon garlic baked chicken drumsticks from @themediterraneandish we will eat this with a Greek salad and some steamed rice or butter noodles for the kids.
  • Spicy pork and kale soup from @eatliverun this recipe comes from my bestie who makes this soup on a regular basis.  I think besides the kale I will add some shredded carrot and possibly snap peas.
  • Turkey and white bean chili from @saltandlavender I couldn’t find any white kidney beans as the store today as the canned bean aisle was empty, but I did find one can of navy beans so they will have to work.  I will top the chili with avocado and some tortilla chips.
  • Chicken fried rice from @amandafrederickson my kids don’t love peas so I will add some snap peas to the rice.

I am not planning on making any bread this week!  I think that I need to do some research and find a slightly less time consuming recipe.  We made some energy balls last week, and my kids gobbled them up!  I am going to make another batch this week, and was also debating making some granola.  I have some dried blueberries and a ton of pecans, and found a recipe that sounds delicious!  Stay safe and healthy, make life easier with grocery list 124

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

The new normal

I realize in this time of uncertainty that we are trying to all go about our lives as ‘normal’ as possible, but the reality of the situation is that life is so different.  I needed to take a few days and think about how I was also going to change now that life is different, I am spending so much time at home, and my job as a teacher is changing by the minute.  I’ve decided that I would continue to post my weekly menu as people will still need to eat!  I will also be sharing some different activities that I plan to work on with my kids age 3 and 9.

Meal updates from last week:
Three of the recipes from last week were amazing!  The shrimp BLT, chicken cacciatore and spicy ramen were all outstanding.  The shrimp were crispy and crunchy, paired with the salty bacon and creamy dressing.  The cacciatore came together so quickly, we ate it over egg noodles, and there were tons of leftovers for lunch (this is a great recipe to make a freeze).  I LOVED the ramen recipe, I added mushrooms and spinach to the bowl, and next time would even toss in some tofu.

This week is the beginning of a different kind of living, so with that being said we will be eating at home for the foreseeable future.  I know that it is Tuesday, I will share the recipes I have already cooked this week, as well as what I have in my freezer and pantry for ‘just in case’.

  • Hamburger soup from @bestofbridge we ate this with buns and tortilla chips.  This is a great pantry staple recipe.  If you feel like adding any extra frozen veggies that would be a great idea.
  • Smoky pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes from @cookinglight I served this with some steamed green beans, but baked beans would also work very well.  This is another good pantry recipe, as it requires very little ingredients.
  • Bangers and mash, as today is St. Patrick’s Day I am trying to bring the Irish to us.  I will grill spicy Italian sausages as well as hotdogs (for the kids), then serve them alongside some mashed potatoes and a simple green salad.  If you were going to go really traditional then peas would be your side dish.  Find inspiration here.
  • Ground turkey teriyaki rice bowl from @yellowblissroad I will serve this with steamed rice and cauliflower rice.
  • Spicy sausage and kale soup from @thefeedfeed I will being using mild sausage as my kids don’t like spicy.

Usually at this point I would share that we will be doing takeout or going out for dinner, but I guess that is all uncertain at this time.  We may take advantage of Doordash or Skip the Dishes if they are still available, but if not then we will continue to cook and eat at home.  Here are a few things that I have in my freezer: bread, bagels, cheese buns, ground turkey and beef, sausages, hotdogs, chicken breasts, broccoli, edamame, corn, pizza, pirogies, mixed fruit and the most important ICE CREAM!  In my pantry I am stocked with beans, tomatoes, soup, chicken stock, pasta, macaroni, crackers, granola bars and lots of cereal.  I also have baking essentials as my kids love to bake and I have a feeling we will be doing it a lot!

For the kids:
Today all of our morning activities were themed around St. Patrick’s Day, my daughter (3) did some print making with the bottom of a red pepper dipped in green paint.  She made different patterns with the pepper.  Then she traced the letter S with cheerios.  We talked about words that start with the letter s.  My son (9) created a 3D shamrock using paper strips, essentially you make them into hearts and then attach them altogether.  He finished the morning with a word search and a word scramble.  Then we headed out for a walk and some sunshine, after lunch my son did origami and my daughter napped.  It is my daily goal to keep them as far away from the t.v. as possible.  I have ordered a JUMP math book for my son, so that we can continue his math skills, I also ordered a book that he is studying in class.  We will have some daily book club together.  This is how far I have come with a plan for moving forward, but I will continue to share recipes and learning activities with you.

Stay safe and healthy,
Sara

Weekly meals March 2 – March 6

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the chicken piccata as well as the Korean chicken.  I loved the tofu stir fry, my son didn’t like the sauce but ate all of the tofu.  My daughter didn’t even try the tofu this time?!  The balsamic salad was a perfect side dish for our grilled sausages, I tweaked the recipe a little bit as we ran out of blackberries.  I ended up using blueberries and raspberries, and made the dressing with some blackberry balsamic instead of blending whole blackberries.  I don’t think that it made a huge difference in the taste at all.  We spent the weekend away in the mountains with friends skiing and enjoying some down time.  On Friday night dinner was waiting for us when we arrived, it was a bowl of chicken enchilada soup, such flavour and so delicious.  Saturday night I made a sheet pan of sausage, peppers and gnocchi. This is a recipe that I have shared before, so simple and so good, it also makes great left overs.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday we are going out for dinner with friends, Saturday we don’t have any plans.  The weather is beginning to change and we are starting to think about spring sports and spending more time outside!

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, but I did have a chance to make a batch of banana blueberry muffins last week.  I also picked up a box of spring Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows because I just couldn’t resist and I  know my kids would love to help make them.  Get ready to shop with grocery list 121

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Feb 17 – Feb 21

Meal updates from last week:
All recipes from last week were winners!  I think my favourite out of the three was the chicken shawarma salad and the cashew chicken.  The salad was simple, but full of flavour.  The cashew chicken was delicious, it took a little more time to make as you have to cook the chicken in batches.  We celebrated Valentine’s Day with heart shaped pizzas made at home with ingredients bought from the Italian Centre Shop.  If you have never been there to buy Italian goodies then go as soon as possible!  They sell fresh pizza dough for $2.00 per ball!  As well as pre-shredded mozzarella that has been grated that day.  It makes homemade pizzas so easy and delicious.

This week we are eating at home Monday-Wednesday, my husband and I are heading out of town for the weekend and the kids are with family.  The weather got really cold today, so I decided that a hearty soup was in order:

  • Italian pasta and bean soup – Paste e Fagioli from @cooksillustrated this was so simple and full of flavour.  My kids really enjoyed the soup with cheese buns for dipping.  I will make this again very soon.  I didn’t have any pancetta, so used bacon instead.
  • Zesty kale and sweet potato bowl from @cookinglight I am not sure if my kids will like this bowl?!  I am going to use brown rice instead of quinoa.  I know that they will like the rice, avocado and cheese but really not sure about the rest of it.  I may add some corn and a dollop of sour cream to theirs.
  • Chicken and cabbage stir fry from @littlebrokenblog I will supplement the kids stir fry with some left over rice from the night before.  I also bought a bag of PC riced broccoli and zucchini that I will use instead of the peas and carrots.  I may add some shredded carrot as well.

This week is a very short recipe week, but I have been reading lots of new recipes that I am hoping to try.  Here are a few on my list, so that you can get through the rest of the week.  Chicken parmesan soup (all the things I love in a bowl), gluten-free turkey meatballs (I must be on an Italian kick!) and butternut squash kale salad with goat cheese and apricot vinaigrette (just add some grilled protein and you have a dinner salad).  A very short grocery list 119

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed all meals from last week.  I especially liked the Thai pork with noodles,  but LOVED my recreation of the Cali bowl from Craft Beer Market.  Here is how I made the bowl:

  • Buy boneless skinless chicken breasts, if they are large then cut them in half so that they are thinner and cook quickly.  Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  I cooked mine in a frying pan for about 4-5 minutes per side, or you could also grill them.  Rest your chicken on a plate covered in foil until you assemble your bowls.
  • I used a bunch of lacinato kale, stripped from stems and then dressed very lightly with lemon juice and olive oil.  Set aside.
  • I bought pre-shredded beets from CO-OP, or you can buy whole beets and shred them yourself.
  • A bag of green beans, trimmed and steamed to crunchy tender.
  • Can of chick peas drained and rinsed.
  • Steamed brown rice, or your grain of choosing.

To assemble the bowl start with a base of rice and then add all of your other ingredients to the top.  Add sliced chicken on very last and top with a simple honey lemon sriracha dressing (squeeze half a lemon, add 1/4 c. of oil, tbsp. of honey and a squeeze of sriracha, mix to combine and add taste for spice and sweetness).  Before serving I crumbled some feta and added it to the kale.  If you try this recipe, post and tag me @three_plates_full or #threeplatesfull

We spent the weekend away on a family ski trip.  I managed to go quickly to the store late today and buy the necessities for dinner and lunches for tomorrow.  This week we will be eating at home Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday is my birthday, so we will be eating out to celebrate.  This is a short school week for my son and I am off to Convention at the end of the week.  We will celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with our kids.

  • Chicken shawarma salad from @oursaltykitchen we ate this tonight and it was really good, I served some warmed pita on the side.  You could also stuff the pita with all of the ingredients.
  • Cauliflower, bacon, sausage and spinach soup from @thedaleyplate you can find the recipe from her Instagram page, she lists the ingredients and steps to make the soup.
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER!  I did find this recipe for salmon avocado salad, so that’s what I am sharing for tonight.
  • Cashew chicken from @pinchofyum I will serve this with brown rice and a steamed green veggie.
  • Valentine’s dinner: typically I will make lobster or something a little more for Valentine’s, but this year I am going to make heart shaped pizzas with caesar salad.  I will use the pizza dough from CO-OP or the Italian Centre Shop.  We will top our pizzas with sauce, meat, veggies and cheese.  I even have a heart shaped cake pan to ensure that the pizzas maintain their shape!

There won’t be much time this week to bake, I did want to make dessert to serve on Friday but I’m not sure what that will look like?  I saw a very simple recipe for brownie trifles, layered with strawberries and whipped cream.  What time I have, will dictate what I make.

Happy cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day,

Sara