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…
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…
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…
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.
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!
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! 😉
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 . . .
Twice baked Mexican sweet potatoes
One pot Thai pasta with peanut sauce
“Grown up” grilled cheese sandwiches
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!