Tag Archives: Pork

Meal Plan #4

Club packs of chicken pieces are on sale this week, so we’re front loading the week with chicken dishes.  It’s okay, we love chicken.  It’s so versatile and adapts well to so many different cuisines and flavours.  The plan is to roast a lot of Chili Lime chicken and then use the leftovers the next day in Quesadillas.

My son has his activity once a week.  It’s very energetic, so he needs some good fuel for energy, but not something that will weigh him down.  His choice is often some kind of sandwich, so this week we are having that good old classic, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, but with a little bit of a spin.

We have someone in our household who really hates mushrooms.  There is no “just pick them out”.  They cannot have come in contact with any of the other food, or nothing can be eaten.  It’s funny, but also frustrating, because some of us (Me!) looooove mushrooms.  Mushroom Hater is working one night this week, so we are jumping all over that opportunity to make one of my favourite pasta dishes: spaghetti in a garlic olive oil, with sauteed mushrooms (I like cremini with this), baby spinach, and a special surprise you’ll find in the recipe link.

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Meal Plan #1

It’s a new year and I’m going with a new format for my weekly Meal Plan.  Just because my planning week starts on a Saturday, I realize not everyone’s does, so I am changing to a numbered day system.  I don’t really know that it will make that much difference, but we’ll give it a try.

Sunday night we are having a huge crew for dinner, so, since I’d rather socialize, and I’m still easing back into the kitchen activities, we are ordering from our favourite Chinese take out place.  Later in the week is a shrimp recipe my friend Bert sent me to try out.  I’ll take pics and post it on Instagram, and then I’ll post the recipe. Now, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I’ve finally taken it out of the box, so it’s time to experiment.  But it will be easy experimentation with one of my favourite slow cooker recipes, chicken and sausage.

Finally, I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, but my goal for this year is consistency.  I will be posting later in the week explaining what happened and my goals for the year moving forward
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Meal Plan for the Week of August 4, 2018

It’s a long weekend!  I hope you have planned a weekend full of absolutely nothing!  Get out there and have a good time!  My youngest comes home from camp on Saturday afternoon, so we’re going to be having two of his favourites–Dad’s burgers and Caesar salad.  On Monday I am experimenting with a BBQ sauce idea based on our favourite hotdog toppings.  Stay tuned for results.  We are heading out for a few days away this week, so while some days are our actual Meal Plan for the week, the others are plug-and-play from previous plans.  Hope you enjoy your week!
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Low and Slow BBQ Ribs

Pork is one of the best meats, moist and flavourful.  It always benefits from low-and-slow-style cooking. This renders off the fat slowly, basting the meat underneath with its flavour.  It makes for tender, delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs every time. And the beauty of it is, it requires very little effort from you.  It seems time consuming, but really you spend little time prepping and once they’re on the grill you just walk away and relax. The only thing you need to do is monitor the temperature every now and then (between beverages, perhaps) to make sure it doesn’t get too high or too low.  Do not be tempted to open the cover to check on them. They’re wrapped in foil—nothing to see here, folks!  If you open the cover, all the heat will escape and create an uneven cooking environment. Two racks of ribs with side dishes feeds our family of four comfortably. If you’re feeding more people and your grill can accommodate it, wrap additional racks in groups of two per packet.  Don’t over-cram your foil packets. It increases the chances of uneven cooking or of the foil not being properly sealed to keep in the heat and the juices. It may also create tears in the foil which will allow the juice to drip out and potentially cause flare ups. Do you have a BBQ sauce recipe you swear by?  Please share it in the comments. I’m always looking for something good! Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of July 14, 2018

There’s no real strategy behind the Meal Plan this week.  There are no fantastic specials at the grocery store, no special meals to cook.  I’m mostly trying to create space in the freezer by using up some things we have in there. It’s summer, so burgers are a regular fixture.  Everyone likes them, so why not, right?  We buy ground beef, usually Lean so there is some fat content to keep them juicy, in large quantities when it’s on sale and make a dozen burgers at a time so there are always some in the freezer and it’s easy to take extra out if the kids have friends over.  If the Extra Lean beef is on sale at a lower price than the Lean, we will add in a package of ground pork for the fat/juicy component that would be missing.
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Meal Plan for the Week of June 23, 2018

You may have noticed I didn’t post a Meal Plan last week, and for that I apologize.  There were two reasons: 1) I created a Meal Plan knowing I was developing a cold, and promptly went to bed for about a week, and 2) when I finally got up and around my laptop had decided to stop recognizing that the Internet is a thing and wouldn’t acknowledge it, so even though I wanted to post, I couldn’t.  As a result of the first issue, even though I had developed the Plan with my impending sickness in mind and therefore easy-to-make meals, it didn’t get followed.  Those boys ate whatever they felt like making (cereal and sandwiches, I’m guessing).  As for the second reason, after a good 6 hours of playing and searching for the issue with the laptop, my husband found the problem and was able to rectify it.  This week we are repeating last week’s Lost Meal Plan, since it was a good one, and every now and then you want easy.
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Meal Plan for the Week of June 9, 2018

We are still loving the grill, and the weather is supporting this love affair. We’re running the gamut of proteins this week: chicken, fish, beef, and pork (and beans!).   We had to make some adjustments to last week’s plan because life just got in the way, so the Thai Beef with Spicy Green Beans is on repeat because we never actually got to make it.  Monday is Corn on the Cob Day, so we will be having grilled corn with our fish tacos, because who are we to let a “holiday” go by unacknowledged?
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