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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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Tequila Citrus Shrimp

This recipe came to me from an old friend, Bert Jager.  We were friends in high school but inevitably lost touch because of school, moves, etc.  We got back in touch a few years ago via Facebook, proving that social media can be a force for good.  He is a fellow foodie and we have been swapping ideas back and forth for years.  When he messaged this to me last week I worked it into the Meal Plan for this week because it just sounded so yummy!  He got the original recipe from a Sammy Hagar recipe book (who knew?), but then modified it a bit. He sent me his modified version.  I modified it some more because I have more people to feed, and I like veggies with my meals.  If you want to see Bert’s original recipe, click here. Continue reading

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 October 6, 2018

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, but we’re a small group, only three if us, so we’re doing a modified feast.  My parents are coming next weekend, so we’ll go full-fledged turkey feast then.  We’re having a turkey breast and roast veggies, and, yes, there’ll be enough for soup the next night.  We have a couple of things going on during the week that require quick-fix dinner, so that is taken into account with the plan this week.
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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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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 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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