Weekly Meal Plan 20160521

It’s a long weekend, for Victoria Day, and it looks like the weather might be pretty good. We’ve bought a few plants for the back yard, so we’ll do some gardening over the next few days.  Our canopy is fixed too, after it buckled under the snow this winter, so we’ll have a shady spot to sit and relax.

We’re having burgers tonight (from last week’s menu), and then we’ll start on this week’s plan. Happy Victoria Day weekend!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 22, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”. There is a picture below, from a previous time that we made the scallops recipe.

Sunday — Veal Scaloppini

Monday Peppery Maple Chicken (we’ll use tarragon instead of rosemary)

Tuesday Paprika Pork Chops With Spinach

Wednesday Cajun Dirty Rice

Thursday — Tortellini

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday Scallops With Carrots and Leeks (picture below)

How It Actually Went

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

Sunday – ??

Monday – ??

Tuesday – ??

Wednesday – ??

Thursday – ??

Friday – ??

Saturday – ??

 

Scallops With Carrots and Leeks

Scallops With Carrots and Leeks

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160514

This week, I found a couple of new recipes to add to the rotation. The chicken cutlets recipe is from Rachael Ray, and the citrus is grapefruit juice. That sounded good, and I think we have one of those single serve grapefruit sections in the fridge.

The other new recipe is the Thai pork salad. The instructions look easy, and serving it on a cabbage leaf will add some crunch, without a lot of calories.

We’ve made the Longevity soup twice before, and loved it. The second time though, I think we tried unsalted chicken broth, and it wasn’t quite as good.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 15, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday Meat Loaf, Easy

Monday Chicken Cutlets with Citrus Tarragon Pan Sauce

Tuesday Thai Style Pork Salad

Wednesday Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Thursday Chinese Longevity Soup

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Burgers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We moved the pasta to Thursday, and had grilled cheese on Wednesday. We had been shopping at the garden centre that day, so maybe that’s why we were too tired to cook.

The chicken cutlets were delicious, and there’s a picture below, so you can see how they turned out. Keith did all the prep work on Monday and Tuesday, and I did the cooking on those days.

The pork salad tasted great, but we had an unexpected guest for supper, and he didn’t care for it. I had cut the pork into bite-sized pieces, as the recipe said, so about 1/2″ cubes. If I make it again, I’d use ground pork, or would cut the pork into smaller cubes. It could also go into a tortilla wrap, instead of the Napa cabbage.

Sunday — Meat Loaf, Easy

Monday — Chicken Cutlets with Citrus Tarragon Pan Sauce

Tuesday — Thai Style Pork Salad

Wednesday — Grilled Cheese

Thursday — Pasta Carbonara With Mushrooms

Friday — Beans & Wieners

Saturday — Burgers

Chicken Cutlets with Citrus Tarragon Pan Sauce

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160507

We survived our busy schedule last week, and are looking forward to a quieter time this week. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so I’ll put one of my favourites on the meal plan – Pork Chops with Apples. That shouldn’t be too hard for Keith to make, and maybe we’ll even have a dessert too!

I’ve got Bean and Bacon Soup on the list for Thursday, and if we’re not in the mood to make that, we can just go with Beans & Wieners!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 08, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Pork Chops with Apples

Monday Steak with Roasted Vegetables and Mustard Pan Sauce

Tuesday Grilled Lemon Chicken with Feta Rice

Wednesday Cherry Tomato Pasta

Thursday Bean and Bacon Soup

Friday – Peameal Bacon

Saturday — Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. We stayed pretty close to the plan, but used pork tenderloin, instead of a pork chop. The rib eye steak came from the freezer, and I think it had been in there a bit too long, because it was pretty tough. Tasty, but chewy.

Keith was travelling on Thursday, so he just wanted a delivery pizza, instead of having either of us cook something – not even beans and wieners! Anyway, even when we go off of the plan, we’re still glad to have things outlined at the beginning of the week. It takes away from the daily meal planning stress.

Sunday — Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Monday — Rib eye steak

Tuesday — Grilled Lemon Chicken with Wild Rice

Wednesday — Cherry Tomato Pasta

Thursday — Pizza

Friday — Peameal Bacon

Saturday — Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160430

We have a busy week coming up, so the plan will probably change as we go along. However, it helps to have something to guide us, even if we veer off course occasionally (or frequently!)

It’s our wedding anniversary on Monday, so we’ll have a leisurely meal, with a Mongolian Hot Pot, where we can cook bits of beef and chicken, and a few vegetables. We’ll have a small cheese fondue too, because…why not? There are no calories on your anniversary!

I’m looking forward to the Chicken with Garlic, Tomatoes & Olives – we haven’t had that for a long time. It’s garlicky and delicious!

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, May 01, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Peameal Bacon

Monday — Mongolian Hot Pot

Tuesday – Quesadillas

Wednesday Salisbury Steak

Thursday Chicken With Garlic, Tomatoes & Olives

Friday Hamburger Scramble

Saturday — Ravioli Puttanesca

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we stuck to the plan, except for Tuesday night. There was steak left over from our Monday Hot Pot dinner, so we had that. You can’t let good steak go to waste!

In the picture below, you can see the Mongolian Hot Pot dinner, with the assortment of meat and vegetables. The fondue pot had chicken broth, where we cooked things. The little white slow cooker had a cheese fondue, so we dipped bread and cooked vegetables in there. It was delicious, and lots of fun – even if fondues are an 80s throwback!

Sunday — Peameal Bacon

Monday — Mongolian Hot Pot

Tuesday — Beef Tenderloin

Wednesday — Salisbury Steak

Thursday — Chicken With Garlic, Tomatoes & Olives

Friday — Hamburger Scramble

Saturday — Ravioli Puttanesca

Mongolian Hot Pot dinner

Our Mongolian Hot Pot dinner, with cheese fondue

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160423

Now that spring is here, we can cook a few meals on the barbeque. For this week, I picked lamb chops and burgers – they both taste better if they’re grilled.

The pork dinner on Tuesday looks a little fancy, but not too difficult – just mix up the vegetables, wrap the pork, and pop it into the oven.

Later in the week, when Keith is getting tired of cooking, we can have simpler dinners.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, Apr 24, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Lamb Chops

Monday — Crunchy Cornmeal Chili Chicken

Tuesday — Pork With Prosciutto, Sweet Potatoes and Pears

Wednesday — Ham and Pasta Skillet

Thursday — Beans & Wieners

Friday — Fajitas

Saturday — Burgers

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week – we did a very good job of sticking to the meal plan.

Sunday — Lamb Chops – grilled in the oven, with a mustard sauce – delicious!

Monday — Swiss Chalet — it was a busy day, so the chef was too tired to cook

Tuesday — Crunchy Cornmeal Chili Chicken (moved from Monday) – tasty coating, but a bit dry – we’ll cook for a shorter time if we make them again.

Wednesday — Ham and Pasta Skillet – Keith did the prep work, and I cooked this. We used more ham and less pasta than the recipe called for, and it was very tasty (picture below)

Thursday — Beans & Wieners – with beef wieners, not the turkey ones! I made this meal too, because it was an easy one (I pick the right times to volunteer)

Friday – Fajitas – Keith made these with ground beef, and fajita mix, with a few toppings.

Saturday – Burgers and spiralized vegetables (we got a new Spiralizer)

Ham and Pasta Skillet

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160416

Keith is going to Costco on Monday, so he’ll pick up one of their roasted chickens. That’s a quick, easy dinner, and there will be enough left over for a couple of lunches too.

The corned beef hash turned out pretty well last week, and you can see a picture below.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, April 17, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday — Burgers

Monday — Chicken, roasted

Tuesday — Pork Chops With Apples and Pears

Wednesday — Lemon & Herb Salmon Packets

Thursday — Shepherd’s Pie

Friday — Tortellini

Saturday — Lamb Chops

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week.

Sunday — Chicken, roasted (changed Costco shopping day)

Monday — Burgers (switched Sunday/Monday meals)

Tuesday — Pork Chops With Apples (no pears)

Wednesday — Peameal bacon (the fish always disappears from the menu!)

Thursday — Shepherd’s Pie (store bought)

Friday — Ravioli with chunky tomato meat sauce (not great, but quick and easy)

Saturday — Bangers & Mash (Keith’s birthday, so he picked what he wanted)

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corned beef hash

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Weekly Meal Plan 20160409

Winter is still hanging around, with snow flurries and below freezing temperatures recently. When will it finally be spring? I’m tired of waiting.

No fish this week – I put scallops on the menu instead, to see if Keith will make those. We had this recipe in 2009, according to the blog post that I made (follow the link). Time to try it again! You can see the picture from 2009, at the end of this post.

The Weekly Plan

Here is our plan for the week starting Sunday, April 10, 2016. There are links for some recipes, and others are made “freestyle”.

Sunday – Beans & Wieners

Monday – Slow-cooker Pork Roast with Beans and Spinach

Tuesday – Scallops With Carrots and Leeks

Wednesday – Flank Steak, Marinated (there’s one in the freezer, ready to cook)

Thursday – Chicken Thighs in Hot Sauce

Friday – Corned Beef Hash

Saturday – Tortellini

How It Actually Went

Here’s what we actually had this week. There were a couple of trips to Kingston, so we couldn’t stick to the original plan. Also, our granddaughter was here on Saturday, and made a special request.

Sunday – Beans & Wieners

Monday – Sandwiches

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Wednesday — Corned Beef Hash

Thursday – Pizza

Friday – Beef Tenderloin on the barbeque (Finally!)

Saturday – Fish & Chips

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Scallops With Carrots and Leeks

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