Weekly meals Jan. 20 – Jan. 25

Meal updates from last week:
My husband and I loved the pork chops with mushrooms, I wasn’t sure when I was reading the recipe if a sauce made with coconut milk was going to go well with mushrooms, but it was so delicious.  My kids aren’t huge fans of mushrooms, but they ate the pork with rice.  We also enjoyed the Korean beef, I made the cauliflower rice in the skillet and added mushrooms, snap peas and spinach, they were the perfect addition to the bowl.  My kids devoured the chocolate chunk banana olive oil cake!  I will be making this again very soon.  I also made them a peanut butter banana smoothie one day after school, I added three pitted dates, one frozen banana, soy milk and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, and let me tell you it tasted like dessert!  We went to friends for dinner on Saturday and I made a small snack platter for the kids and goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates with rosemary honey, a very simple but delicious recipe.

This week is a full one, and my husband is heading out of town.  Kids continue their two activities each and then we will try to ski on Sunday as we did today.  We will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t really have weekend plans, possibly a date night with my husband.

  • Slow cooker Thai chicken and wild rice soup from @sweepeasandsaffron this was a set it and forget it meal.  I put everything into the slow cooker this morning before leaving for skiing, when we arrived home this afternoon it was cooked and ready to eat!
  • BBQ mild Italian sausage with oven roasted veggies and waffle fries.  Our cold weather has broken and I am excited to shovel off the BBQ and cook some dinner.  I have a head of cauliflower leftover from last week that I will roast with a couple other veggies, and serve them alongside sausage and fries.
  • Crispy tofu bowl from @fraicheliving this will be a big stretch for my kids, but I am hoping that at least exposing them to a meat alternative will be a positive experience?!  I have no idea, but I am really excited to try this recipe.
  • Sloppy joe tacos from @gimmesomeoven I have shred this recipe before, it is simple and tasty.  Kids will eat theirs in hard shells and I will eat mine as a salad.\
  • Greek lemon roasted chicken thighs from @lemonblossomsblog I will serve this with a simple salad and some parmesan pasta for the kids.

I don’t have any plans to bake this week, although my freezer is still full of brown bananas!  We will see if I find the time.  Grocery list 117

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 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 Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Meal updates from last week:
Favourites from last week were: Shepherd’s pie and the chicken buddha bowls.  We enjoyed the turkey sloppy joe’s, and I didn’t end up making the lo mein as we decided to have waffles instead.  All of the pumpkin muffins from last week are gone!  I’m not sure if I will make more, or try a different recipe.  This weekend I finally got the chance to make grape jelly, and pumpkin cookies to serve to friends that came for dinner tonight.  Was a highly successful Sunday of cooking!

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Wednesday, we are going away for the long weekend, spending time with family and enjoying a non-traditional Canadian Thanksgiving.

  • Italian bolognese sauce from @fooddotcom we ate this with spaghetti, caesar salad and fresh bread.  The sauce took a long time, but let me tell you it was worth every minute!  I didn’t realize until after I serve dinner that I forgot to add the milk to the sauce.  I am not sure that it would’ve made a big difference, perhaps it would have made it creamier?
  • Barbecued chicken with autumn glow salad from @pinchofyum it looks like Monday is going to be one of the last warmish days, so I am going to take advantage and grill some chicken.  We will eat this with a salad full of fall flavours.
  • Thai coconut curry shrimp noodle bowl from @howsweeteats I am not sure if my kids will like this meal, I am crossing my fingers and will let you know.
  • BLT salad from @marthastewart this is a family favourite that I haven’t made in a long time.  My kids love eating the homemade croutons.

I still have a cup of pumpkin left over from my muffins and cookies, if time allows I will bake another pumpkin recipe this week.  I also have a recipe for banana date muffins that I’ve been told are the best muffins ever.  I bought all of the ingredients, so stay tuned to see if they are worth all of the hype!  Today my mom dropped by and gave me a new cookbook!  I cannot wait to look through Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer, the recipes that I have looked at so far look amazing!  Shopping made easier with shopping list 108

Happy cooking and Happy Thanksgiving,
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 Sept. 2 – Sept. 6

Meal updates from last week:
We really enjoyed the power salad and the pork tenderloin.  I didn’t realize that the pork recipe called for you to brine the meat, I didn’t have enough time for the brine, but it turned out just as good.  We also had shrimp tacos, I came up with the recipe on the fly and they were so good!  This time I topped them with a simple avocado pico de gallo, sour cream and pickled jalapeños.

I spent the weekend away with my mom celebrating her birthday.  We had such a wonderful time!  Now it is back to the real world and the school year schedule, which means things in our house get a lot busier.  This week we are eating at home Monday-Thursday, Friday we are having dinner with family and Saturday is still unknown.

  • Thai chicken buddha bowls from @damn_delicious we ate these last night and they were great!  I severed them with brown rice instead of farro, I left out the kale as my kids aren’t big fans.  The method that she uses to cook the chicken makes it so tender and juicy.
  • Tandoori chicken burgers from @breehester I served these in naan as suggested and added some mixed greens.  On the side we had corn on the cobb and tater tots.
  • Rosemary chicken and peach salad from @damn_delicious as I have said before, I love a dinner salad!
  • Soy-lemon flank steak with arugula from @amnichols I have made this recipe before and it is really good.  I will serve this with a green vegetable and some roasted potatoes.

As we are already half way through the week there won’t be a grocery list, I will have one ready for next week.  I won’t have much time to bake this week, but I do have a large box of apples from a good friend.  Now what to do with them?

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals August 19 – August 23

I am back home after a week away with my kids.  We enjoyed spending time by the ocean, relaxing and exploring.  I am very happy to be back in my own bed and cooking in my kitchen.  This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, we don’t have any plans Friday and will be heading to friends Saturday.  I am trying to take advantage of these last few weeks of summer weather, and more importantly before I go back to work and my son heads back to school.

  • Thai baked turkey meatballs from @aspicyperspective I served these with brown rice, edamame, carrots, peppers and sweet chili sauce for dipping.
  • Caprese chicken from @themediterraneandish we ate this with caesar salad and I made some cheese and butter pasta for the kids.
  • Ground turkey burgers from @saltandlavendar on the side we will have fries and a simple green salad.
  • Skillet coconut shrimp from @bevcooks I will serve this with brown rice and edamame.
  • Stuffed peppers from @thekitchn I am going to make these peppers without the rice, instead I will use cauli-rice and shredded zucchini.  I will let you know how they turn out.

I am going to try to bake a chocolate zucchini loaf as well as more banana muffins, I like to pack my freezer in anticipation for school lunches.  My son loves to take a muffin or slice of bread for his morning snack.  Peach season continues for the next couple of weeks, when we were on the coast I made a blueberry peach crisp that was outstanding! Now is the time to take advantage of all the fruit and veggies that are in season, because before you know it we will be eating apples and oranges.  The grocery list 102 is back!

Happy cooking,
Sara

Blueberry lemon bread