week 39

FRIDAY hamburger sliders + homemade french fries
SATURDAY date night!
SUNDAY dinner out (bring: salad)
MONDAY avocado pasta with garlic shrimp
TUESDAY palak paneer
WEDNESDAY bbq’d pork tenderloin with ginger & soy sauce
THURSDAY grilled thai chicken with herb-lemongrass crust

somebody celebrated a birthday last week….

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yes the old guy turned 44 last friday and requested hamburger sliders “with all the fixins.” i’m pretty sure he was still remembering that amazing bacon & sweet onion jam i made to go with the pork sliders for derby day, and fair enough: that stuff was indeed delicious! these mini-burgers consisted of organic grass fed lean ground beef, to which i added some garlic and salt & pepper, maybe a splash of worcestershire sauce cos i’m crazy like that. and then we topped with the aforementioned bacon-onion jam, plus sliced cheddar, tomato slices, and, at my daughter’s urging, iceberg lettuce that i shredded and tossed with some not-so-secret sauce. holy wow, next level!
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week 38

FRIDAY sheet pan chicken tikka
SATURDAY kale salad bowl with tahini
SUNDAY mother’s day
MONDAY steak & onion sandwich
TUESDAY black bean chili
WEDNESDAY chicken & bean enchiladas
THURSDAY coconut shrimp noodle bowls

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this sheet pan chicken tikka is seriously one of my favourite meals. i was supposed to make this last week, but we had so much leftover pizza, it didn’t make sense to cook again. smitten kitchen is one of my favourite food bloggers/recipe creators so i had such high expectations the first time i made this — and i was not disappointed!! and the same can be said for this time around. first: it’s dead easy to make (sheet pan dinners ftw!); and second: unbelievably tasty! i used boneless skinless chicken thighs this time and we liked it much better that way. i just roasted the veg for about 20 or so mins and then added the chicken to the pan and continued roasting for another 20 or so more mins till the juices ran clear. also, i meant to double the spices (cos deb said she spices it appropriately for her little people but by all means go to town and double up) and i totally forgot but it was still deliciouuuuuus!!!
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week 37

FRIDAY tacos!
SATURDAY date night
SUNDAY pork tenderloin sliders
MONDAY big vegan bowl
TUESDAY miso salmon
WEDNESDAY pizza!
THURSDAY sheet pan chicken tikka

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i’ve been wanting to have a cinco de mayo party for years! so many great dishes to choose from. i decided to make tacos and i settled on two kinds: chicken mole tacos and shrimp tacos. i swapped out the chocolate chips for unsweetened cocoa as one of our guests is going sugar-free this month (in addition to being celiac!) which i think might be more authentic anyway. i served these in corn tortillas with pickled onions, crumbled feta (couldn’t find any queso) and cilantro leaves. the shrimp tacos i make all the time actually cos they’re so easy! i add a mashed avocado to the sauce, cutting back a bit of the yogurt. and i add about four to six cloves of garlic to the shrimp while sautéing. also served in corn tortillas. ended up having so many leftovers, we did date night in on saturday.
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8 weeks of meal planning — may & june

time for another round of meal plans. the weather is warming up, we’re eating outside on the deck more and more… hello summer!  i’m looking forward to more bbq’d meals and main dish salads. i’ve obviously been missing a lot of my favourite warmer weather meals cos there’s not a new recipe in the bunch! *gasp*

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also, i’ve recently joined the food52 cookbook club on facebook and while everyone’s cooking their way thru “small victories” by julia turshen in may and anything ottolenghi in june, i’ve only just now got my hands on april’s choice — “simple” by diana henry — and oh my word, so much of it looks amazing. so the weekly plans below may get some serious tweaking as the weeks go on. in the meantime…
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week 36

FRIDAY date night!
SATURDAY asian grilled chicken & noodle salad
SUNDAY rebar almond burgers
MONDAY seared halibut & gazpacho salsa with tomato vinaigrette
TUESDAY arugula salad with turmeric chickpea cakes
WEDNESDAY tuscan pizza & white pizza with lemony greens
THURSDAY greek-style meatballs

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this one got bumped from last week but i was really fancying it so did some meal plan juggling to fit it in this week. the sunshine has been teasing us a bit; while it’s shining i want to eat all the summertime food and this is a prime example: asian grilled chicken & noodle salad, from a very old edition of canadian living magazine. it does require some marination so don’t be like me and glance at the recipe at 4pm the day you originally planned to make it. cue sushi takeaway and new plans for a delicious sunday lunch. fyi this is supposed to be served in lettuce cups and hey i like wraps as much as the next lady but this one is just too messy. dressing running all the way down to my elbows. not nice. so i tear that lettuce up and make it a salad. topped with rice noodles, shredded carrot and julienned radish, grilled chicken and a yummy altho gross sounding lime & fish sauce dressing.
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