Weekly meals April 2 – April 6

We are just home from ten days in the California sun.  Enjoying some heat in the desert and some sun and surf on the coast.  It was so nice to take a break from routine, eat out more and cook less!  If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I did cook some, and shared the recipes with you via my feed.  Alas, we are back to cold, snow, school and work.  We will be eating at home Monday-Thursday as for the weekend, well I am not sure about that yet.

If you were late to do your weekly grocery shopping like I was then print Dinner List 49.

Happy cooking,


Weekly meals Mar. 19 – Mar. 23

Meal updates from last week:
I absolutely loved the kale caesar salad!  The croutons were delicious and the addition of avocado gave it just a little bit of creaminess.  We also enjoyed the turkey and swiss sloppy joes.  We went to friends on Saturday night and I made some salad rolls.  I decided to only use vegetables in my rolls: julienned zucchini, cucumber, yellow pepper, carrot, avocado along with mint and basil.  On the side I served some peanut dipping sauce, I used this recipe from @ohsheglows.  I also made some cookies this weekend, by the looks of the container I think that they have been a hit!

This is a bit of a different week as we are leaving for holidays mid-week.  We ate at home this evening, and it was a family favourite of classy chicken to kick off the week.  We will be eating at home Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday we are heading to warmer weather for some family time in the sun.  I am unsure what the rest of the week will look like for meals, but I will update any new recipes I make or try while we are away.

As my meal plan for this week is so short I am not adding my grocery list.  When we return from holidays it will be back to blogging as usual.

Happy cooking,

Are you feeling lucky?

With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day I thought that I would share with you some meal, snack and dessert ideas that will go wonderfully with your green beer!


Weekly meals Mar. 12 – Mar. 16

Meal updates from last week:
All meals from last week were great!  We especially enjoyed the potato puffs from the Shepherd’s pie soup, I think that these would be a great make ahead potato dish to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The ramen were so delicious, my son didn’t really like the sauce but loved the noodles and veggies.  The Stromboli was a great make ahead meal for our swimming night.  The stew was also very flavourful and we loved the addition of kale and sweet potato, it made the stew more filling.

This week is a very busy week in our house, and thank goodness we are starting it off all healthy.  It looks like this week we will be enjoying some plus degree temperatures, so that means it’s time to fire up the grill!  We will be eating at home Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and possibly Friday.

  • BBQ’d sausage and hotdogs with sautéed onion and peppers.  I will also serve some raw veggies on the side as well as a salad for the adults.  I will sauté the onion and peppers on my grill hot plate that I have told you about before.  This plate is so versatile, we use it for many things: breakfast, pizza and veggies.
  • Avocado kale caesar salad from @whatsgabycooking I will also grill some chicken to serve on top of the salad.  I have shared before that my kids don’t like salad, so they will have chicken with some veggies.
  • Turkey and swiss sloppy joes from @cookinglight we will eat these with a side salad and possibly waffle fries.
  • It’s always good to have ingredients for a recipe just in case, so in the event that we are home on Friday for dinner I will be making Greek chicken gyros from @halfbakedharvest

Once again I made another batch of the vanilla almond granola, and for some reason this time it turned out even better than the last two times!  My blueberries were starting to turn so on Saturday I made these muffins.  The crumb topping on these muffins is amazing.  We are going to friends on Saturday I am taking these summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce.  With everything green coming this weekend I was thinking of making these!  Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 48 to help you with your shopping.

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Mar. 5 – Mar. 9

Meal updates from last week:
By far our favourites from last week were the chicken fajita bowls and the Thai meatball lettuce wraps.  The kids devoured the meatballs, which means I will be making this recipe again!  I also made another batch of the almond granola, this time I added some sunflower seeds.  Delish!  I also made the lemon yogurt cake, it didn’t turn out exactly like the recipe because I forgot to toss the blueberries in flour.  Thus, all of the berries fell to the bottom of the pan.  It tasted delicious but caved in a little in the middle.

This week we will be eating at home Monday-Thursday.  We don’t have any plans this weekend so I am not sure what meals will look like on Friday and Saturday.

I have plans to make another batch of granola, and I will probably make a double batch as we are going through it so quickly.  The blueberries looked so good again this week, so I bought a ton with this recipe in mind.  I also have some carrots in the fridge that need to get used, and what better way than a tasty muffin or even a breakfast cookie.

Don’t forget to print the Dinner List 47 before heading to the store.

Happy cooking,


Weekly meals Feb. 26 – Mar. 2

Meal updates from last week:
In my husband’s words, “you killed dinner this week!”  Although we really liked all the recipes from last week our favourites were the pulled pork and the salmon cakes.  For the pork I used two pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder and I think that it turned out very well.  The salmon cakes were delicious, I didn’t add the capers as I knew that the kids wouldn’t like them, but they did love the salmon!  I also made the whole wheat banana muffins, which were the best wheat muffins that I have ever tasted.  The granola recipe that I posted last week I didn’t end up using, instead I used on from @sallysbakeblog it was great and got eaten in less than a week.  To her vanilla almond granola I added: 1/2 c. of unsweetened coconut, 1/2 c. dried cherries and 2 tbsp. chia seeds.  I absolutely love the addition of dried cherries in granola.  This weekend we went to friends for an Indian themed dinner party.  We were all asked to bring a dish so I made samosa potatoes and cucumber raita.  My best friend made this coconut cauliflower curry that was outstanding!  If you like curries then you need to try this one.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We don’t have plans for the weekend so I will leave Friday and Saturday night open, I’m sure that there will be take -out eaten on one of those nights.  For dinner tonight we ate barbecued burgers, raw vegetables with dip and some fries.  My husband and son ate their burgers in buns, while I ate mine in a lettuce cup.

  • Chicken fajita bowls from @chelseasmessyapron as you probably already know I love a one bowl dinner, I can’t wait to try this one.
  • Thai meatball lettuce wraps from @jocooks my son loves eating things in lettuce cups so I know that he will love these.  I am also going to make some brown rice to add to our wraps.
  • Slow cooker chicken pot pie soup from @pinchofyum this is actually not a recipe that Lindsay developed, it was a contest that she had for readers to submit recipes and this is the winning one!
  • Thai noodles with chicken and broccoli, this is a recipe that I have shared before and it comes from Anne Lindsay’s Light Kitchen Cookbook.  My family loves this pasta, and it is great served hot or cold.  Most times when I make the recipe I don’t add the chicken, sometimes I add more veggies like snap peas and peppers.

I will be making another batch of the vanilla almond granola, it is a great addition to our weekday breakfast options.  A great weekend breakfast option is this waffle french toast from @weelicious.  I have also been thinking of making some homemade goldfish crackers, only because the graham crackers that I made were so good!  I also bought a huge container to blueberries today and really want to bake this lemon yogurt cake.  Once spring finally decides to show up I think that I will celebrate by making this colourful kale salad.  Head to the store with Dinner List 46 to make your life easier.

Happy cooking,

Weekly meals Feb. 19 – Feb. 23

Meal updates from last week:
As always my family loves classy chicken!  My husband and I loved the chicken shawarma salad, but next time I will make the chicken with the rub and then we will eat them in a pita.  The graham crackers that I made for my son’s class were delicious, as were the chocolate cake doughnuts that we made later in the week.

This week we will be eating at home Sunday-Thursday.  We will probably do take-out on Friday and then we are heading to friends for an Indian theme dinner on Saturday.  The weather here continues to be cold and snowy, so I decided to cook with my crock pot twice this week.

  • Slow cooker turkey breast from @recipe_tin we ate this with mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and roasted carrots.  As we ate this tonight I can let you know that it turned out amazing!  The turkey was juicy and flavourful.  I made some gravy with the drippings from the crock pot.  I would highly recommend making turkey this way.
  • Slow cooker Asian caramel pulled pork from @carlsbadcravings I will serve this with brown rice and sautéed snap peas.
  • Chicken parmesan from @cookingchannel we will eat this with some buttered pasta and a caesar salad.
  • Ginger peanut soup, a recipe that I have shared before.  This recipe comes from a cafe in Victoria called Rebar (my mom has the cookbook).  This soup is simply outstanding!  I also add a can of coconut milk to make the soup extra creamy. I serve this with naan bread for dipping.
  • Salmon cakes via @foodnetwork from @inagarten we will have some grilled asparagus with the cakes.  I am making these because our family doctor informed us that we need to eat more fish, so I am going to try to cook fish at least once a week.  It is challenging to think of ways to make fish appealing to small children.  I am hoping that because it resembles a hamburger they will be more willing to try it?!  Fingers crossed, I will let you know what happens.

Last week I was on a baking spree and I think that I will continue it this week.  I really want to try these banana bread muffin cookies as well as these whole wheat muffins.  Granola has also been on my mind lately, so I think that this recipe will satisfy my craving.  Here is your Dinner List 45 for ease at the store.

Happy cooking,

*Vanilla almond granola, I added 1/2 c. of shredded unsweetened coconut and 2 tbsp. of chia seeds.  After baking I also added 1 c. of dried cherries, they just add a tiny bit of sweet and tart to the granola.*