Weekly meals July 24-28

Meal updates from last week:
The BLT salad is always a hit in our house.  I changed it up a little this time and served some BBQ sausage with the salad.  We loved the apricot pork!  It was very simple but full of flavour.  My son’s piñata cake was amazing!  It turned out better than I could have ever expected.  You can see a picture of the cake on my Instagram (three_plates_full)

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday, Friday we may go out for dinner or have takeout.  My son is at camp all week, so I will be sending snacks with him to enjoy throughout his day.

There has been a lot of toast and cereal eaten in the last week.  This week I am going to try to bake some muffins, but it all depends on the temperature outside.  I did find this pancake recipe that looks very interesting!  My dad picked a large bag of Saskatoon berries last week, which I will be making into a pie.  I already have pie dough in my fridge.  Find the perfect dough recipe on an earlier post.  I will be using a pie recipe from my grandma, which I will post later in the week.  I have yet to try out another popsicle recipe, but I found this one that looks simple and delicious.  Don’t forget Dinner List 21 for ease when shopping.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals 17-21

So sorry for the late post.  We were so busy last week!

Meal updates from last week:
The best things that we ate last week were the foil packets and the lasagna soup.  The foil packets were so easy to make and full of great flavours.  We didn’t end up eating the BLT salad, so we will carry it over to this week.

This is an exciting week as my son is turning 7!  He has requested a family favourite for his Birthday dinner.

  • BLT salad from @marthastewart we will be starting this week with a recipe from last week that we did not eat.
  • Apricot-glazed pork kebabs from @cookinglight I will serve this with green beans from the garden and brown rice.
  • Classy chicken casserole from The Best of Bridge, this is what my son has requested for his Birthday dinner.  We will eat this with egg noodles and a side salad.
  • Rainbow Thai basil noodle salad from @halfbakedharvest this is a new recipe for me and I am not the best with rice noodles.  Fingers crossed that I can make them work!
  • BBQ chicken quinoa salad from @whatsgabycooking I am going to swap the quinoa for brown rice as it is more popular with my kids.

We are going to take a break from pancakes this week and get back into cereal, cold oats and toast.  I have a few bananas that need to be used, so I might try to make this bread.  I will be using this recipe for my son’s Birthday cake, but making in into a piñata using this recipe.  My daughter is turning one in a couple of weeks and I found this cake (the balloon cupcakes at the bottom) that I think will be perfect!  When heading to the grocery store make sure to print Dinner List 20

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals July 10-15

Meal updates from last week:
The biggest hit from last week was the Thai noodle salad with peanut dressing.  We ate it hot at night, and then I ate it the following day cold for lunch.  Both were delicious!  I did not have a chance to make the pork sliders, we ended up having burgers instead.

We have another busy week!  We will be eating at home Monday-Friday and it looks like the heat wave is going to take a break for a few days, which means I will get a chance to turn on the oven.  We had Sunday dinner with my parents, mom made the chicken fajita burger from @iowagirleats and I brought this Southwestern chopped salad.

  • Slow cooker lasagna soup from @cremedelacrumb1 I have made other lasagna soups before but never tried this one.
  • Chicken fajitas from @marthastewart this is my go to recipe for fajitas, fast and simple to make.
  • Asian chicken foil packets from @twopeasandpod this is a new recipe for me it looks very easy and cooks on the grill.
  • Turkey kofta kebabs from @skinnytaste we will eat this with a Greek salad and warmed pita.
  • Blt salad from @marthastewart this is a recipe that we love!  We usually have this salad once a month.  The buttermilk dressing for this salad is amazing.

As the weather is going to be cooler for the next two days I am going to try to make some pies.  My good friend brought me some rhubarb from her garden, I am going to use it to make strawberry rhubarb pies.  I do not have a recipe right now, but will post it when I find one.  For my pie crust I always use my grandma’s recipe, to find this recipe go to my post on the best pie dough.  Next week my son is turning seven, in preparation for his birthday I will be baking him a cake.  I always use the same chocolate cake recipe, if you are a cake lover then you MUST try this cake.  My son has asked that I make a piñata cake, so I found this recipe that looks amazing.  I cannot wait to put it together for him.  As we are in the middle of Stampede I couldn’t help but find a new pancake recipe, I am going to try this with nectarines instead of peaches.  Don’t make your own grocery list just take Dinner List 19

Happy cooking,
Sara

*Here is the recipe that I used for my pie*

Weekly meals July 3-7

Meal updates from last week:
All of the salads I made this week were amazing!  The crunch salad had great flavours from the dill and almonds.  The chopped salad pizza was a hit!  I will be making this recipe again.  I was also very impressed with the pork skewers.  The marinade tenderized the pork, while cooking them on the bbq gave them a smoky flavour.  I finally got a chance to make the snickerdoodle ice cream, and let me tell you it was delicious.  The best part is that you do not need an ice cream maker.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  It is supposed to be a scorcher this week, so I am going to try my best to keep the oven off!  We are also getting close to the beginning of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, meaning we will be eating our body weight in pancakes!  I am going to try to keep our home meals healthy and nutritious.

As it is summer I have no set plans for breakfast or snacks for the week.  For the past couple days I have been starting my day with a bowl of plain yogurt topped with fresh mango, chopped banana and a handful of granola.  These no bake breakfast cookies sound interesting.  I also made the kids some breakfast popsicles, which have been a huge hit!  I would like to try some other popsicles and found this recipe that I am going to try.  I am very late posting for the week so there is no shopping list, I will get back on track next week.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Celebrate 150!

As Canadians, we have a very special weekend coming up.  Whether you are celebrating with a large group, a small gathering with friends or a backyard BBQ these recipes will be sure to please a crowd.  As we approach such a special milestone I am so very proud to call myself a Canadian.  Happy Birthday Canada!

Appetizers:
– watermelon, feta and mint on a skewer drizzled with some olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. (use a melon baller or cut the melon into cubes).
triple layer guacamole served with tortilla chips
antipasto salad kabobs
melon, prosciutto and mozzarella skewers
pepperoni pizza dip (if you have never made this dip YOU MUST!)
mediterranean 7-layer dip served with pita chips
feta dip

Sides:
ranch pasta salad
broccoli and apple salad
hail to the kale salad (this is an amazing salad and perfect for a BBQ)
corn salad
– baked beans (this recipe belongs to my very good friend MB)
Finely chop one onion and brown in 1 tbsp of butter.  Pour over three cans of beans: 1      kidney, 1 baked and 1 black.  Combine 1/2 cup of ketchup, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1/2 tsp garlic, 1/4 tsp pepper.  Pour this over the bean and onion mixture.  Bake at 300 for 1-2 hours.
– other ideas for sides: fresh fruit and vegetables and assorted chips with dip.

Mains:
chicken caesar burgers
fall-off-the-bone ribs (this is my go-to recipe)
tin foil sausage and veggie dinner
the ultimate burger
– other ideas for mains: grilled hotdogs, smokies, sausages, steaks or salmon.

Desserts:
confetti squares
Nanaimo bars
pecan tarts
strawberry shortcake
strawberry pretzel pie
no bake cheesecake bars

Happy Canada Day,
Sara

Weekly Meals June 26-30

Meal updates from last week:
Grilled pizza may be my new favourite thing!  The smoky flavour that the grill gives the crust and cheese is amazing.  We really enjoyed the kebabs, next time I would not use oranges as they all fell off the skewers.  The pulled chicken was also very good, and made even better when paired with the apple slaw.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Friday.  My boys are heading out-of-town for the weekend so it will just be the little and I for Canada Day.  It is also the last week of school!  I cannot wait for some lazy days with my kids.

  • Turkey burgers with crunch salad from @cookinglight.  When I make turkey burgers I simply combine: ground turkey, 1/2 cup of panko, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese and s & p to taste.  Mix ingredients together form into patties and then refrigerate before grilling.  This helps the patties stay together on the grill.
  • Burger patty salad from @cookinglight this is a new recipe that I have never tried before.  My kids won’t eat lettuce so I will serve them the patties with some veggies.
  • classy chicken from The Best of Bridge this, as stated many times before is a family favourite and we haven’t had it in a long time.  I serve this casserole with egg noodles, but it could also be served over rice.
  • Pork souvlaki with lemon rice from @foodiecrush I love Greek flavours so I am sure that this will be a hit.
  • Chopped salad pizza from @pinchofyum I have been dying to try this recipe!

We are on the home stretch for early mornings and lunch boxes.  I have to say that I cannot wait for a break from making school lunch.  Last week the kids ate some of the left over waffles from Father’s Day as well as toast.  For me this week I will stick with the overnight oats and maybe some berries and yogurt.  I made the chocolate zucchini muffins last week and they were a hit!  Find the recipe on last week’s menu.  I also managed to make some breakfast cookies (see Instagram for the recipe).  I do not have any snack plans for this week.  I am dying to try this dessert I would try to make this into a pie not bars.  These cones look amazing!  Although school is almost out, I will give these a try in September.  Print the Dinner List 18 for your trip to the store.

Happy cooking,
Sara

Weekly meals June 19-23

Meal updates from last week:
The only new recipe to us from last week was the Thai salad.  It was delicious, and made even easier because I used a cooked chicken.  I did not get a chance to try out the maple grilled chicken sandwiches, but I have them on my list of ‘to try’ meals for the summer.  I did have the acai bowl this week and I enjoyed something different for breakfast.

This week we will be eating in Sunday-Thursday.  We are celebrating Father’s Day with family and my mom is cooking a turkey.  I am bring these roasted carrots.   It is a busy week with soccer ending, a retirement party, a grand opening to go to and the last full week of school, so I chose recipes that are fast and easy to prepare.

  • BBQ pizza, I will be using store-bought dough, for the kids pasta sauce ham and cheese.  For the adults, pesto, salami, cheese topped with fresh arugula from the garden.  We will eat these with some raw veggies.
  • Grilled sweet and sour turkey kebabs from @nutmegnanny we will eat these with some steamed brown rice.
  • Rotini with sausage and peppers.  I will take some Italian sausage, remove it from the casing and crumble it.  As it cooks I will add some diced red peppers and then a jar of organic pasta sauce.  I will serve this over cooked rotini with a side caesar salad.
  • Pulled chicken sandwiches with apple slaw from @closetcooking on the side we will have our most favourite waffles fries!

I made some protein balls last week and we shockingly still have some left.  See my previous post for a variety of protein ball recipes.  I found an interesting recipe for zucchini muffins that I am going to try.  There is a secret ingredient in these muffins, make sure you check them out!  Breakfast this week will be a mixture of cold and warm oats as well as some acai bowls.  If you follow me on Instagram you will know we ate waffles for Father’s Day, find the best waffle recipe here.  Print your Dinner List 17 before you head to the grocery store.

Happy Father’s Day,
Sara