Week 15 Meal Plan

Well you win some, you lose some: this past week’s was a total bomb when it came to sticking to our meal plan. We ended up making 2/6 of our planned meals, so there’ll be some repeats in this week’s meal plan. It was just too hot to think by the time we got home from work and turning on the oven was definitely not appealing. Hopefully with the cooler temperatures this week, we’ll get back on track. Here’s the plan:

Monday: One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole from Damn Delicious

Tuesday: Homemade pizza

Wednesday: Charcuterie board

Thursday: Chicken fingers and homemade fries

Friday: BLT’s

Saturday: Dinner Out

While not overly ambitious, I think this is a realistic plan we can stick to, so please send some positive vibes our way!

One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet

Ready for serving!

I love nachos. I mean, who doesn’t love nachos? This One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet recipe from Damn Delicious is a perfect approach to dinner-worthy nachos and even has roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and corn to up the health factor. This recipe took about 20-30 minutes to make, and makes enough for about 6 servings. Next time, I think I’ll maybe go with 3/4 cup of basmati rice instead of 1 cup, but otherwise, the ratios for all the other ingredients were spot on.

Week 14 Meal Plan

Well just when we thought we were done with contractors, we got confirmation that our air conditioner is toast. And we cannot replace the air conditioner without replacing the furnace as well (ironically enough, which will include drilling new venting pipes into our newly poured concrete wall!). This week will therefore include many quick, low-heat inducing meals.

Monday: Hamburgers topped with grilled pineapple and OKA cheese, homemade fries (I forgot to pick up the all-important hamburgers to make this meal last week…)

Tuesday: Chicken Avocado Ranch Burritos from Damn Delicious

Wednesday: Sandwiches

Thursday: One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole from Damn Delicious

Friday: Homemade pizza

Saturday: Steak and salad [probably using the same marinade as from earlier this month]

Greek Quesadillas

The Greek Quesadillas from Damn Delicious were perfect for a hot summer night demanding of little oven-on time. The homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce was particularly tasty and the flavour combo of the quesadilla was reminiscent of high end sandwich / Greek salad combination. And besides, you can’t go wrong with melted cheese.

Here are a couple photos from my attempt at this recipe:

I opted to use our Silpat instead of parchment paper but next time might experiment with it instead to see if it makes for a crispier bottom tortilla.

The tzatziki sauce is not pictured, but was a delicious dip to complement the quesadilla.


One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet

The One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet from Yellow Bliss Road turned out pretty well! I’d classify this one in the 20-minute-delicious-weekday meal category. I think I’ll tuck it away to try again sometime in the future with the proper Italian-seasoned sausage though; The grocery store that I went to didn’t have a lot of options so I went with a traditional Polish sausage, and it just wasn’t quite right. The combination of milk, canned diced tomatoes, and chicken stock was quite delicious and fragrant. Definitely a meal worth trying!

A “Pre-cheese” shot. I am always SUPER excited (actually) to not have to wash the colander. This recipe has you cook the pasta in the liquid but then to keep it and not strain it. 😀

Post-cheese, and ready for serving!

Maple Ginger Turkey Breast and mashed sweet potato

The quiche recipe and the pulled pork one from last week never ended up getting photographed because they were just wolfed right down after long work days. On the weekend though, we took the time to make the Maple Ginger Turkey Breast from Clean Eating and mashed sweet potatoes from Allrecipes.com. The entire home smelled like Thanksgiving and thankfully we thought both the items were really tasty and relatively easy to make. I think I’ll tuck these recipes away for fall, especially the mashed sweet potatoes, because they were just so creamy and delicious!

Thanksgiving in June.

Marinated Steak and Salad

On Wednesday this week we had to get up early to take our puppers Sally to doggy daycare. While Lenny made the trek out to their place, I marinated some steaks for us to have for dinner. This Marinated Steak recipe from Big Oven was a delicious complement to a salad with berries, feta, and strawberry vinaigrette. It was super simple and one we’ll probably have again sometime in the future. There is often a lot of garlic and onion seasonings that I can’t have in steak sauce so finding a different way to flavour the meat is always welcome!

Quite the summer meal, finally!

Week 13 Meal Plan

Well after nearly 5 weeks of contractors, Monday will hopefully mark our last day with having people in to fix our home. We’re looking forward to return to a bit of a slower pace in the evenings as well as to our bank accounts. I’ve spent a bunch of time on Pinterest this week and have found a lot of pins from Damn Delicious. She promises simple ingredients and elegant dishes, so here’s for hoping it is exactly what I’m looking for!

This is what we’re planning on cooking this week:

Monday: Homemade Pizza

Tuesday: One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet from Yellow Bliss Road

Wednesday: Hamburgers topped with grilled pineapple and OKA cheese, homemade fries

Thursday: Greek Quesadillas from Damn Delicious

Friday: One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet from Damn Delicious

Saturday: Dinner out.

The Best Homemade Burgers

The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead proved to be quite tasty! From all the things we made from last week’s recipes, this one gets the highest rating for taste by far. We also lucked out that there were family sized trays of 50% ground beef 50% ground pork on sale, so we’ll likely be having these burgers again in the near future after we defrost the remaining portions.

Sorry for the shadow-filled photo, but we were eating outside and there was just no good angle for a quick photo without it.

Week 12 Meal Plan

This past week we were really good at sticking to our meal plan. It’s amazing what a difference a commitment to sticking to a spending budget for the week can make to your resolve to stick to a meal plan. Here’s for hoping we make it two weeks in a row with making 100% of the meals we plan to make!

Sunday: Maple Ginger Turkey Breast from Clean Eating, mashed sweet potato, frozen mixed veg

Monday: Salmon (seasoning, or recipe still to be determined), potatoes, and peas

Tuesday: Green Chile Spinach Quiche from allrecipes.com

Wednesday: Marinated Steak from Big Oven and salad with berries, feta, and strawberry vinaigrette

Thursday: Tacos

Friday: Crockpot Pulled Pork from Lauren Greutman and corn

Provided that I can find some ripe bananas at the grocery store, or in the depths of our freezer, I also hope to make these Oatmeal Banana Apple Breakfast Muffins from Rock Recipes for snacks.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!