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*


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

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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week 35

FRIDAY date night!
SATURDAY bangkok coconut curry noodle bowls
SUNDAY cheesy ham and potato soup
MONDAY lamb skewers + white bean salad with mint & red onion
TUESDAY pastitsio
WEDNESDAY salmon burgers with dill-tartar sauce
THURSDAY asian grilled chicken salad

love that we’re really ~finally~ getting into spring! it drives my son bonkers that i choose to cook seasonally (who wants roast beef in the middle of july?? he does apparently) but twice a year i find myself getting suuuuper excited about all the meals i plan to cook in the upcoming months. some big time faves made it into this week’s meal plan.

first up: bangkok coconut curry noodle bowls from pinch of yum. love love love this. full disclosure: i messed up this time around; i accidentally doubled the noodles (totes not lying) so added the optional veg stock which i thought might dilute the flavour but it absolutely did not. as i normally do, i swapped out a couple of her suggested veg for things i like better i.e. broccoli slaw for broccoli and blanched edamame for asparagus, and i defs used a full onion. you can pretty much put in whatever veg you fancy. you can’t call it vegetarian or vegan tho cos there is a bit of fish sauce in there.
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week 34 – easter

FRIDAY fresh pasta with marcella hazan’s tomato sauce with onion & butter
SATURDAY date night!
SUNDAY thyme-honey glazed ham, gruyère-crisped potatoes au gratin + roasted balsamic sweet potatoes
MONDAY leftovers
TUESDAY peanut-sesame slaw with soba noodles
WEDNESDAY pulled pork sammies
THURSDAY spicy beer braised lime chicken enchiladas

unfortunately did not have time to make fresh pasta on friday, altho it would have made such a difference! that said, marcella hazel’s tomato sauce with onion and butter is sooooo good, that we didn’t even notice. yes of course we noticed but the sauce is still ridiculously delicious. i’ve only made it a million times before with dried pasta, back when i didn’t own a pasta roller/cutter.
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week 33

FRIDAY bookclub
TUESDAY lentil & chickpea salad with feta & tahini + roasted cauliflower
WEDNESDAY matzo ball soup + salmon & whitefish cakes with horseradish-cucumber sauce
THURSDAY pulled pork sammies

pretty easy week for me!

first meal on the docket was one of my very faves! lentil & chickpea salad with feta & tahini. holy crapola, this is tasty! absolutely love all the flavours in this. it takes a wee bit of time but more so because i use dried beans so have to do the overnight soak thing. oh and the spice toasting and grinding thing, but the bonus is that it makes more than you need so extra spice mix for next time! roasted cauli is a perfect accompaniment to this dish altho i’m thinking i could probably stand to serve more veg with this meal, too.
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week 32

FRIDAY 🎂 tuscan chicken
SATURDAY spiced samosa patties
SUNDAY bbq at friends
MONDAY crispy fish with lemon-dill sauce
TUESDAY turkish kofta platter
WEDNESDAY cowgirl salad
THURSDAY sweet potato, spinach & quinoa salad

well happy birthday to me! my lovely husband makes me the BEST DINNER EVER every year on my birthday — i’m a lucky girl.

right??? i’m not kidding; this is my favourite meal. if i could find it at a restaurant i would get it each and every time. tuscan chicken: parmesan & basil “crusted” chicken fillets, topped with capers, lemon aioli, and more parm, on a bed of fresh spinach. plus! intensely flavourful tomato confit on a toasted baguette to go with. apparently it is from a restaurant, the tasting room in omaha, nebraska according to the january 2009 copy of bon appetit magazine. so next time i’m in omaha…. unfortunately bon appetit doesn’t have the recipe on their website in their archives but it can be found here. hubs has made a few changes over the years — he uses 4 eggs now, and also strongly recommends you cook the chicken in a non-stick pan. trust. as well as four 4-inch pieces of baguette (there’s so much confit, two is just not enough!) oh and this year he used one 28-oz can of san marzano tomatoes and oof it was tasty. altho it’s always tasty so it’s hard to say if that actually made a difference. man alive, best meal ever.
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week 31

FRIDAY date night in
SATURDAY hoisin salmon & sesame soba noodle bowls
SUNDAY meatball subs with gruyere and caramelised onions
MONDAY dinner out
TUESDAY sweet potato, spinach & quinoa salad
WEDNESDAY bday dinner out
THURSDAY chicken mole tacos

so this week sucked. my husband lost a long time employee late last week and we were all thrown for a loop.  very young guy, very unexpected death. suffice it to say, i didn’t much feel like cooking or eating for that matter. coupled with the fact my husband’s work got coincidentally really busy and he wasn’t home to eat much. also it was my birthday. i ended up cooking twice.

i’d made this before and for whatever reason, the recipe really annoyed me even tho recipe itself — hoisin salmon & sesame soba noodle bowls — was super appealing. does that make sense? i had decided that there were too many ingredients in the dressing whose flavours cancelled each other out; i found the salmon caramelisation tedious. i guess i was in a bad mood when i made it last time. cos this time? hello! sure i decreased the sesame oil cos six tablespoons is a lot (i went with two) but otherwise i made the dressing as is. and i did simplify the salmon process too; i slathered on the hoisin, sprinkled some raw sugar on top and then broiled it. easy peasy. and okay, i roasted cauliflower with the brussels instead of broccoli cos i can’t stand broccoli. but that doesn’t count. this noodle bowl is delicious!! jam-packed with flavour! i need to time my veg roasting better next time cos my brussels were perfect but the caulis coulda handled a bit more roastiness.
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