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Non - Vegetarian Meals

Meat Ball Sandwiches

Every year my best friend’s mom, Barb (of Barb’s Famous Sausage Bread), would throw an Eve of Christmas Eve party. To keep things simple she would make a massive batch of meatballs and a big salad, set out some rolls, and everyone queued up and filled their own plates. I looked forward to Barb’s meatball sandwiches all year, and when the big night arrived, I ate as many as I could possibly stomach. Continue Reading…

Non - Vegetarian Meals

Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches (BLATs)

School has begun, we have a new puppy, and baby Iona is now toddler Iona. As a result, we have eaten loads of take-out lately, which has been delicious and fun, if unsustainable. We looked at our budget last night and realized that the fun definitely comes with a price tag. It’s time to revisit some tasty home-made meals that I can put together in very little time, amidst varying degrees of chaos in the house. I am pleased to report a delicious success with Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato sandwiches, or BLATs. Continue Reading…

Non - Vegetarian Meals

Meat and Veg Sloppy Joes

You could probably guess that “sloppy joes” were American by the name alone. Once you see a picture, then you can be sure they are American!

Sloppy joes are basically stewed beef sandwiches in a tangy sauce served on hamburger buns. While you can purchase pre-made sauce in America, they really aren’t very difficult (and are much tastier!) to make from scratch. I have tried my grandmother’s recipe in the past, but think I must have written it down incorrectly because it just didn’t work. This time I have used this recipe as my inspiration (followed very loosely but I thought I should still link to it), and am very happy with the outcome!  Continue Reading…

Non - Vegetarian Meals

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

One of my mom’s go-to weeknight dinners was something she called “hot roast beef sandwiches”.  They were always a favourite of mine because they were served with a side of hot au jus which was deliciously savoury and salty. Au jus is usually made from pan drippings (presumably after you cook a hunk of beef for the sandwiches . . . ), but given that our roast beef this evening came pre-scliced in a package, that wasn’t really an option for us.

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Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plan #5

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My busiest week of the year has finally passed, and I am looking forward to a relaxed and cosy few weeks leading up to Christmas! This week’s meal plan certainly reflects that: it is full of tummy warming comfort foods. I’m especially looking forward to the chicken and dumplings. It is such an easy and delicious meal!

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Non - Vegetarian Meals

Bacon, Spinach, and Sautéed Onion Grilled Cheese.

I usually stick to healthier dinners than this, but when I saw this recipe on Cup of Jo last week, I knew I had to give it a go! My version ended up being quite different from the original recipe due to the bacon and a few shortcuts, but I can’t imagine that the original was any tastier because this was out-of-this-world delicious!! Definitely a decadent treat, but it still had spinach in it, so I refuse to feel guilty about it! 😉

Hungermama grilled cheese

While this doesn’t qualify as a one-pot meal, it is technically a one-pan meal! When all was said and done, I had only dirtied a cutting board, knife, two spatulas, and one pan. Oh, and a wine glass . . .

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Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plan #1

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Twice baked Mexican sweet potatoes

One pot Thai pasta with peanut sauce
[Hungermama version]


“Grown up” grilled cheese sandwiches
[Hungermama version]


Every weekend I sit down with my iPhone and plan our meals for the week. I find inspiration from cookbooks and Pinterest (but truth be told, I mostly just use Pinterest!). As I choose our meals, I then go onto the Ocado app on my phone (which I’ve used for years and I LOVE!) and add all the ingredients to our weekly food order. That’s it! I am then all set for meals for the week. It takes about 15-30 minutes to find the recipes and put together a full food order, but that little bit of planning saves me a world of stress during the week.

As you can see above, I am only making three actual recipes this week (I’m counting the grilled cheese because it requires following a recipe). Sometimes I do more, and sometimes I do less depending on the week. I am singing a gig in town Monday night, so that needed to be easy for the sitter/Jason to throw together. The rest of the week is pretty low key, so I’m throwing in a new recipe, along with a recipe I want to tweak. Then Friday is pizza night!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this week’s meal plan! I’d love to chat!