Weekly meals April 30 – May 4

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great.  I loved both salads, especially the chopped salad with shrimp.  I ended up making a citrus dressing to go on the salad as the recipe called for you to dress the salad with olive oil.  The queso I made for the burgers was amazing!  I will make this again for us to eat with tortilla chips.  As I was out both Friday and Saturday I made the kids two easy meals: hotdogs and tater tots, perogies and both nights they ate raw veggies with their meals.  Last night we went to friends for dinner, I was asked to make a Greek salad and wanted to try a different dressing.  It turned out very well.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  My husband and I are heading to Nashville for the weekend!  I cannot wait to eat my way through the city.  The weather this week seems to be mixture of cool and warm, so I will try to grill when the sun is shining.

  • Crispy sheet pan gnocchi with sausage and peppers from @foodnetwork we ate this with caesar salad and strawberry-rhubarb crisp for dessert.  My parents joined us for dinner, and we all agreed that the sheet pan meal was outstanding!  So simple and so delicious.  I will make this again very soon.
  • Spring minestrone from @epicurious I will serve this with a baguette.
  • Upside-down shepherd’s pie from @cookinglight this is a great one pot meal that my kids always enjoy.  We will see how they like this version.
  • Fish taco bowls from thecandidappetite.com I am going to leave out the chipotle in adobe sauce as I know that it is way too spicy for my kids.
  • BBQ smokies and the best kale salad from @theendlessmeal this week we begin soccer on Tuesday and Thursday nights so we will need to have pretty simple meals so we are ready to go to soccer.

I have some leftover rhubarb from the crisp I made today, so I think I will try to make some muffins this week.  These muffins sound delicious, and I am a sucker for a streusel topping.  I also found this recipe that sounds equally good.  Once home from Nashville I will share our favourite restaurants and bars.  The Dinner List 53 is a long one this week!

Happy cooking,
Sara

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Weekly meals Nov. 20 – 24

Meal updates from last week:
Last week was an amazing week of meals.  Everything that we ate was so good, I especially loved the cheeseburger sloppy joes and fall salad.  The flavours in the salad were just like you were eating Thanksgiving dinner.  It would be a great salad to make with leftovers from Thanksgiving, I will have to keep that in mind for next year.  I enjoyed the pepper soup, but think that next time I make it I will do half beef and half Italian sausage.  We also added sour cream to the top of our soup, which just gave it a little something extra.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday, my husband is leaving Friday to go home, so it will be the kids and I until early next week.  Tonight we ate at my parent’s house, we enjoyed my gramma’s Muffin Cup recipe.  We ate these with steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with cheese sauce and a simple coleslaw.

  • Thai slow cooker chicken and wild rice soup from @sweetpeasandsaffron this is one of my favourite slow cooker soups!
  • Korean beef tacos from @pinchofyum I love the sound of these, and cannot wait to give them a try.  This recipe can be made in an instant pot, slow cooker or stove.
  • Meatballs marsala from @shutterbean the original recipe is from @smittenkitchen we will eat these over egg noodles.
  • Chicken enchilada roll-ups from @skinnytaste this will be my second time making this recipe, the first time I made them they were delicious.  We will eat these with cilantro-lime rice.

Holiday baking has begun in our house!  I made nuts and bolts and turtles this weekend.  My husband will take both of these home to share with his family.  The nuts and bolts recipe can be found on my Instagram feed, I shared the turtle recipe with you last week.  I am already thinking about my next holiday baking project, I found this cookie recipe and this one that I would like to try! I also found some time today to bake some muffins for the week ahead, we decided to take a break from the pumpkin muffins, instead we are going to have apple carrot oat muffins.

Grocery shopping made easy with Dinner List 35

Happy cooking,
Sara

 

Weekly meals June 12-16

Updates from last week:
Best recipes from last week were the pork po’boys and the antipasto salad.  My kids loved the pork po’boys, mine turned out more like pork patties but the flavour was great.  The salad lived up to my expectations, I served it topped with grilled chicken.  A perfect summertime meal.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  Tonight we ate with family and had elk burgers, salad and baked beans.  If you have never had elk before then you need to give it a try.  It does not have a strong flavour at all, and the meat is very lean.  It makes great burgers!

It is rewind week, meaning I will be making recipes that I have posted before.

  • Thai chicken salad with ginger lime dressing from @wendypolisi this is the only recipe this week that I have never tried.  Instead of cooking the chicken I am going to buy a cooked one from the store.  No oven cooking tonight!
  • sloppy joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven my son loves these tacos.  I also like to eat these over a bed of shredded head lettuce.
  • Thai chicken wild rice soup from @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron I cannot say enough about this soup, it is amazing!
  • Chicken fajita cheeseburgers from @iowagirleats the last time I made these they were a hit.  We will have these with a veggie platter and some Alexia’s waffle fries.
  • I don’t really have a plan for dinner tonight, but I was thinking of pizza on the grill. If I still have a lot of energy to cook then I’m going to try these.

Although I’m still obsessed with the blueberry muffin oats I have also been having hot oatmeal for breakfast as well.  Last week I made a big batch of buckwheat pancakes for the kids.  They ate them every morning last week, here is the mix that we use.  I love eating acai bowls when we are in California and Hawaii, but I have never made them at home.  I found this recipe and think that I will give it a try.  Rhubarb and strawberries are plentiful right now, so I think that they deserve to be made into a dessert!  Don’t forget to print Dinner List 16

Happy cooking,
Sara

Ole!

Cinco de Mayo is this Friday, and really who doesn’t love a little Mexican fiesta to start their weekend?!  Some of my oldest and most favourite recipes are Mexican inspired.  From starters to salads, here are some recipes to please every palate.

Layered taco dip: I know that everyone has been to a party and had this dip.  I make this dip to feed a crowd and it never disappoints.  Start by spreading a layer of refried beans as the base for the dip.  I use a large round platter, so that there is room to add chips along the side.  Next, cover the beans with guacamole, this can be bought or home-made. The third layer is a mixture of sour cream and taco seasoning.  I buy the seasoning from Trader Joe’s in the U.S.A. and bring it home with me.  If not buy one that is MSG-free and low sodium.  The final layer is cheese.  You can buy a Mexican blend or shred cheddar and jack cheese.  I like to top the dip with sliced tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro.
Guacamole:  Making guacamole is very simple, and requires basic ingredients.  I make it the same every time, but it always tastes a little different.  Mash three avocados, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Squeeze the juice from one lime over top and add a large heaping spoonful of sour cream.  To give it a little zip I use Frank’s RedHot sauce (10 dashes) and then a spoonful of salsa.  Serve as an accompaniment to nachos or as a starter with taco chips.

Burritos from the Best of Bridge, this may be one of my most favourite recipes of all time!  Serve with a green salad.
Enchiladas also from the Best of Bridge Ladies, I serve this with a salad on the side.
Chicken fajitas from @marthastewart I make this recipe all of the time.  Instead of broiling the veggies and chicken on two separate pans, put all of it on one pan it works just as well.
Sloppy Joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven I have shared this recipe before, but it is a kid favourite.
Baked tacos with hard shells from @byjillee my mom swears by this recipe.  The beef filling for these tacos is delicious.
Fish tacos and the best sauce from simply-gourmet.com I have made these with fresh halibut and they were outstanding.
Black-bean tostadas with corn relish from @marthastewart this is another recipe that I have shared before.  It is a great vegetarian option, especially when corn is in season.
Chopped chicken taco salad from @howsweeteats I really enjoy a chopped salad, especially if someone else makes it for me!
Cilantro lime chicken salad with mango avocado salsa from @cafedelites this is a recipe that I have never made but looks great.
Churros with chocolate sauce from @justataste
Lime margarita from @epicurious

Cocina feliz,
Sara