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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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Quinoa Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I developed this recipe when I was looking for something to serve as a side dish with grilled fish.  I didn’t feel like eating the traditional starches or a basic salad, but wanted something filling and fresh, which is almost a dichotomy.  Unlike most grains, quinoa serves as both a carb and a protein, which make this an ideal dish for vegans and vegetarians, and the combination of the subtle heat of the Dijon mustard and the unexpected bursts of sweet from the grated apples make this salad a party in your mouth.  It was originally served with grilled fish with mango salsa, and it was the perfect accompaniment. It can be served warm or chilled. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of July 7, 2018

We’re having a heat wave, and it’s not letting up this week, so quick and easy is the theme. We have friends with young kids coming over to barbecue on Sunday and we’re sticking to pretty basic BBQ food–hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad, and a quick, easy and delicious no-bake dessert so we get treats without the heat in the kitchen.  I have a busy day on Tuesday with back-to-back client meetings, and the a Wine Social at night–luck me!–so its pizza for the boys.  They have opted for Naan Pizza rather than take out.
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Meal Plan for the Week of June 30, 2018

It’s a long weekend–Canada Day–and it’s crazy hot this weekend. I think we could actually cook outside without the grill.  It can reach a point sometimes when it’s actually too hot to eat, and I think we’re there this week.  This week we are sticking to fresh, light flavours, nothing too heavy.  We are spending Canada Day with friends, so I have no idea what we’re having, but I would like to take the opportunity the wish you  a Happy Canada Day!  Every day I am thankful for living in the best country in the world, a truly welcoming melting pot of cultures that has allowed me to explore a world of food without having to leave.  Although we do leave sometimes because travel is good for the soul.
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Meal Plan for the Week of June 2, 2018

I decided to plan a themed week once again, using a variety of flavours and ingredients.  It’s fun to challenge myself to come up with the themes, but it can get old.  If you have some fun theme days you use in your family, I’d love to hear about them so I can try to incorporate them into the blog.  The fresh local produce is starting to appear as well, so that means salads, salsas, and fruity desserts–Oh my!  Finally, I’m extending the Meal Plan to include a shopping list of meal-specific ingredients you would need to make each dish.  It will not feature what I consider to be pantry staples, because, well, they’re staples so I would expect most kitchens to have them on hand.
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