James and I are soaking up our last day of our Victoria/Vancouver trip and of course we are VERY EXCITED to get home and see Bauz! Turns out that when you don’t bring your babe along on vacation you aren’t sad about it ending! Having some time to focus on being a couple has been amazing, and we are so grateful to my parents for watching Bauz for the last few days.
However, this month is busy so having a solid meal plan is key for getting back into the swing of things! I will be the first to say I don’t always stick to these plans, but I love being able to look through the plan and not feel anxious trying to come up with something new. For me the hardest part of getting dinner on the table is figuring out what to cook! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that after eating out for a few days in a row, it’s always great to have some home cooking! Wow guys, I don’t think I’ve ever sounded like such an adult ha!
- Soup– This is going to be our travel day, we get in in the afternoon and then James will have to run to pick up the dogs from the kennel they have their own vacay at! Bauz of course is going to be stuck to me like glue and vice versa 😀 , soup is a nice simple meal to throw together quick. I love to make a home style chicken noodle soup whenever I’ve been away from home or I just need a little pick me up- something about it is so comforting. Stay tuned for my recipe, I’ll have a blog post coming soon.
- Roasted Chicken- I really love a good roast chicken and I am so thrilled for cooler weather, because I sure don’t love the hot kitchen that comes with roasting a chicken. When I roast a chicken I chop carrots, celery, potatoes and onions and add them to the bottom of a large sized roaster. I add a little veggie broth or water (about 1.5 cups) and if I feel fancy (or have it in my cupboard) I will add a pack of dry onion soup mix, it adds a really great flavor to the vegetables and then add whatever other spices I’m in the mood for that day. Rosemary, thyme and garlic always make the cut, because mmm! After that, I place the chicken on top of the vegetables & potatoes, doing this helps it cook evenly because the air can pass underneath of it. I set my oven to 450°C and cover, a small sized chicken takes about 1.5hr or so. Enjoy!
- Breakfast- I know myself well enough to know that after being gone a couple days and trying to get into my groove, I’m going to be exhausted. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! Waffles are a really fun food to make with Bauz, I let him pick a colour and we add food colouring to the mix while he stirs it and he helps me pour it onto the grill. We usually do sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs and smoothies alongside the waffles!
- Stuffed Tomatoes- I have never made these before but I would imagine they are fairly similar to stuffed peppers. I am planning on using quinoa and turkey to fill them, I will let you guys know how they turn out!
- Sweet Chili- Since having Bauz, chili has become such a staple in our house. It is a great way to get protein and veggies into him. He’s a great eater, but watching him eat all the meat and beans on his plate never fails to make me feel like dinner was a total success! I am working on actually figuring out how much of what ingredients I use in my chili so that I can share the recipe with you guys. I love a good sweet chili though, so I use maple style beans, black beans and some cinnamon to create a more unique flavor.
- Chicken Veggie Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries- These burgers are seriously to die for! I buy them at Costco and they are from Janet & Greta Podloski (the same makers of the Looneyspoons cookbook I rave about). This is an easy meal to finish off the week and we will probably eat up leftovers all day Sunday so that nothing is going to waste!
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the meals I’ve suggested or if you are finding these weekly posts helpful! AND, I am of course always excited to try new meals and foods, so leave your suggestions in the comments below!