Weekly Meal Plan 20170114

We’ve both with sick recently, with head colds and bronchitis, so nobody felt much like cooking or eating. Things are getting better though, so maybe we’ll follow this week’s meal plan.

There are three dishes that we haven’t had for a long time, so I’ve put them on the menu to shake things up a bit. The Saucy Hamburger Crumble is really simple to make – just ground beef in its own gravy. The Perogy Ham Casserole is a 4-ingredient recipe, so it will be easy too.

The other recipe that we haven’t had recently is the Halibut on Spinach. We’ll see if Keith goes for it, or decides to make something else. We don’t have a very good record for fish recipes!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 15, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Pasta Carbonara

Monday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Tuesday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Wednesday Saucy Hamburger Crumble

Thursday Halibut on Spinach, Braised

Friday Perogy Ham Casserole

Saturday — Burgers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week (to be updated later).

Sunday – ??

Monday – ??

Tuesday – ??

Wednesday – ??

Thursday – ??

Friday – ??

Saturday – ??

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Weekly Meal Plan 20170107

This week, we’ll start off with a roasted chicken for Sunday dinner. Usually, we poke a few holes in a lemon, and stuff the chicken with that. It adds a bit of flavour to the chicken, and only about a minute to the prep time.

The rest of the week, we’ll have comfort food, to help warm us on the cold and blustery days ahead. Friday night, we’ll order a pizza, or make some here, with dough from the supermarket bakery section.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 08, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Beef Stew (picture below)

Tuesday Beef Stew

Wednesday Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables

Thursday Perogy Ham Casserole

Friday — Pizza

Saturday — Burgers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we were both sick, so the meal plan flew out the window, mid-week.

We had roasted chicken on Sunday, as planned, and I enjoyed the leftovers for the next couple of lunches. On Monday, Keith went to the doctor, and I stayed home and made beef stew. It was delicious, and we had plenty for the next couple of days.

The stew was based on a recipe in my old Joanne Kates cookbook. She was the food critic for the Globe & Mail for 38 years, and knows a thing or two about food! A couple of days earlier, I had put some leftover wine into an ice cube tray, to keep it from going bad. I used a few of the wine cubes in the stew, and it worked very well. If we ever have leftover wine again, I’ll definitely freeze it. You can see a picture below.

By Wednesday, I was feeling somewhat better, but Keith wasn’t hungry, so I made sandwiches for the next couple of nights. He was a bit better on Friday, so we ordered a pizza.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted

Monday Beef Stew (picture below)

Tuesday Beef Stew

Wednesday — Sandwiches

Thursday — Sandwiches

Friday — Pizza

Saturday — Beef Tenderloin

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Beef Stew with frozen wine cubes

Beef Stew with frozen wine cubes

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161231

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays, and all the best to you for a happy and successful 2017. My year is starting with a nasty head cold (unless it magically disappears at midnight), so I’ve put spicy food on the menu for next week, to see if that will help.

On New Year’s Day, we’ll have a ham steak and scalloped potatoes, which is our traditional meal for that day. Since it’s just the two of us, we certainly won’t need a big baked ham!

After that, the week is filled with simple and spicy meals, to help ward off the germs, and to cure what ails me.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Jan 01, 2017. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Ham Steak

Monday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Tuesday Chinese Longevity Soup (see picture below)

Wednesday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Thursday — Quesadillas

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday Salisbury Steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. It was a New Year’s miracle – we actually followed the menu plan for the entire week! Maybe we were so tired out from the holidays, that we didn’t have the energy to think of any alternatives! And I’ve been sick with a cold, that might have evolved into pneumonia – waiting to hear back from the doctor.

It’s been almost a year since we had the Chinese Longevity Soup, and we really enjoyed it again. Keith got all the ingredients ready, and I cooked it. There is a picture below, so you can see what it looked like. It was very tasty, and I hope it had some health benefits too!

Sunday — Ham Steak

Monday Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Tuesday Chinese Longevity Soup

Wednesday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Thursday — Quesadillas

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday Salisbury Steak

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Chinese Longevity Soup

Chinese Longevity Soup

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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

The last time Keith made Shepherd’s Pie, he had a hard time finding a recipe that he wanted to use. So, I promised to find one in our cookbook collection, and add it to the blog.

This recipe is based on one in the Company’s Coming Casseroles cookbook. I’ve scribbled notes on it, dated Oct. 26, 2006, and April 9, 2012, so we’ve obviously made it a couple of times, at least. And I wrote “Very good!” in 2006, so we liked it back then.

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161217

It will be a busy week, as we make the final preparations for Christmas, so there’s nothing fancy on this week’s menu. With all the snow and cold weather, we’ll need some hot and hearty meals, to that’s what I picked for this week. Our energy might fade towards the end of the week, so we’ll see how it goes!

And for Christmas Eve on Saturday, we’ll have the traditional night of snacking, instead of a sit-down dinner. We sometimes get a tortière for that night, so there’s at least one hot item for those who want it. Merry Christmas!

I’m taking a week off from meal plans – we’ll just play it by ear between Christmas and New Year’s. See you back here after that!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 18, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Monday Pasta Carbonara

Tuesday Pork Tenderloin in Lemon Sauce

Wednesday — Shepherd’s Pie

Thursday — Peameal Bacon

Friday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Saturday — Cheese & Crackers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We had lots of chicken stew, so we enjoyed the leftovers on Monday. The Pasta Carbonara got bumped to Tuesday, and the pork tenderloin fell off of the menu. On Friday, we had visitors, and they love fish and chips, so we’ll have the Ravioli Puttanesca some other time.

And I need to find one of our favourite Shepherd’s Pie recipes, and post it on the blog, so we can refer to that the next time we’re having it. Keith had a hard time finding a recipe to use this week, and wasn’t thrilled with the results.

Sunday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Monday Quick & Creamy Chicken Stew

Tuesday Pasta Carbonara

Wednesday — Shepherd’s Pie

Thursday — Peameal Bacon

Friday — Fish & Chips

Saturday — Cheese & Crackers

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Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

We’ve had our variation on this One Skillet Mexican Beef and Rice dish a couple of times now, and really enjoyed it.

So, I’m writing up our instructions, with 2 servings instead of 4, so it will be easier to make the next time. We’ll definitely have it again. There is a picture at the end of the article, to show what it looks like. It’s not glamorous, but it sure is tasty!

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Weekly Meal Plan 20161210

We did well last week, sticking to the plan except for one recipe. For this week, I’ve selected old favourite recipes again, and nothing too time consuming.

There are a couple of soup recipes too. It might be wise to eat lightly this week, before the Christmas feasting begins! For the Chinese Longevity soup, we could use leftover roast chicken, instead of the pork that the recipe calls for.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Dec 11, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Quick Loaded Potato Soup

Monday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Tuesday Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes

Wednesday — Veal Scaloppini

Thursday — Chicken, roasted

Friday Chinese Longevity Soup

Saturday — Ribeye steak

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. Keith found prime rib on sale, and it was more appealing than potato soup, so that’s what we had on Sunday. It wasn’t a huge roast, but there was enough to have leftovers on Monday.

On Tuesday, Keith got all the ingredients ready, and I cooked the Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet. It’s easy to make (especially when someone else does all the prep work!), and a hearty and tasty dinner.

We weren’t in the mood for Longevity Soup on Friday, so we had an unhealthy meal of BLT sandwiches instead

Sunday — Prime Rib

Monday — Prime Rib

Tuesday Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Wednesday — Veal Scaloppini

Thursday — Chicken, roasted

Friday — BLT sandwiches

Saturday — Ribeye steak

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