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Recipes of the week, July 30th - August 5th

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Here I am again with another Meals of the Week post.  It is hard to believe that we are already into August. The summer seems to just be flashing by!  And what a lovely summer it has been!  July was hot and humid as always, but August has been much nicer. Still hot, but not so humid and the nights have been lovely and cool for sleeping. So far at any rate!

I have had my daughter staying with me for the last 10 days. Her husband was away to Ontario with his mother.  We have enjoyed spending this time together.  Its been a lot of fun and we have eaten some really nice food as you will see!

Normally there is just me here, as you know.  I do try really hard to always cook myself a meal. I never want to be one of those people who eats  frozen dinners or from out of tins! They are okay for the occasional meal, but by and large I like to cook for myself and will continue to do so for as long as I can!

I really enjoy putting these meal plan posts together for you, and you all seem to be enjoying them also.  I will continue to do them for as long as you are interested and as long as you find them helpful! I am the type of person who is always interested in what other people are eating and I hope that you are too!

I hope that you will find that none of my meals are overly expensive, or super hard to put together.  And for the most part I try to keep them pretty healthy as well, with an occasional treat thrown in, because what is life without a treat now and then!

I hope you will enjoy and if you have any comments or feedback at all, one way or the other, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below! Thank you!

SUNDAY, July 30th – Sunday Roast Chicken Dinner at my Sister’s 

Normally on Sundays we all go to my sister’s for Sunday Dinner. Occasionally I will host it. This week, she roasted a chicken.  She had defrosted her freezer and found an abundance of chicken in it!  The chicken she did in the oven, but she roasted the vegetables on the BBQ (corn, parsnips, carrots, potatoes.) 

She just puts them into a foil roaster with a bit of butter and broth and covers them tightly with foil, then roasts them slowly over medium heat, giving them a stir every now and then. They are delicious. She also made Newfie Stuffing to go with it. You can find my recipe for that here.  It has become a family favorite!

MONDAY, July 31st – One Pan Italian Pasta 

This is a delicious one dish entrée where everything cooks in the pan. No fuss, no muss and very little clean up afterwards. You can have this on the table in about half an hour or less.  With plenty of meaty chunks of white chicken meat, a rich perfectly seasoned sauce, perfectly cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes and some tasty cheese melted on top, this always goes down a real treat.  All you need is a salad on the side and everybody’s happy!

TUESDAY, August 1st – Taco Baked Potatoes

I had a bit of an exciting day on Monday as I ended up going to hospital via ambulance due to an anxiety attack. Those things can really play havoc with you. Thankfully that is all it was!  I decided to take it very easy on Tuesday and so we had Taco Baked Potatoes for our Tea.  I love baked, or Jacket Potatoes as they are also called in the U.K. They are a beautiful base for just about anything.  I love them with baked beans ladled over top, or chili, with tuna or cheese, and this taco version is a real favorite also.

Just use your favorite taco filling (I used ground turkey) and ladle it over top of the crispy skinned baked potato and then top with all of your favorite taco toppings!  Simply delicious!

Along with these potatoes we also enjoyed some delicious Roasted Corn Ribs! Nicely spiced they make a wonderful summer side dish for any meal. Tis the season for corn on the cob and this was a lovely way to enjoy it!

WEDNESDAY, August 2nd - Supper out with Dad and Hazel

Usually we go to the Big Scoop but this week we went to the China Village in Greenwood for a Chinese meal.  It used to be a really good place to go for Chinese food, but I have to say its standards have really dropped and the meal was not very good at all. I always have the #7 combo, which is Beef & Broccoli, Sweet & Sour Chicken and fried rice.  My beef was okay, but the chicken balls were dry and over cooked. 

My sister had ordered a spring roll, but when it came it was on someone else’s plate and it fell onto the table. She requested a new one because you never know how clean a table is. When it came (eventually) you could tell that they had just refried the old one. When we opened it up it was not like any spring roll we have ever seen inside. It looked like they had taken the scrapings off of plates and filled it with those.  Of course she didn’t eat it.  Her chicken and vegetables were okay, but we have decided we are not going there again.

My own Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls would have been a bazillion times better (see photo above.) No complaints there!  As would my own Beef and Broccoli

THURSDAY, August 3rd- Curried Chicken Sauté 

My daughter loves a good chicken curry, just like her mom and so on Thursday I made us a Chicken Curry.  This is one of my favorite versions.  Adapted from a recipe from Foster’s Market it is a quick and easy sauteed curry with a rich and tasty sauce that is the perfect combination of heat, spice and sweet.  We enjoyed this with some steamed rice and poppadoms.  It went down a real treat!

FRIDAY, August 4th – Spicy Ranch Turkey Burgers

You can’t beat tasty burgers for a Friday night supper.  Especially when they are as delicious as these Spicy Ranch Turkey Burgers.  The burgers themselves are moist and deliciously flavored with sweet carrot, spicy jalapeno peppers, red onion and coriander leaf. 

Grilled to perfection, and with a slice of Jack cheese melted on top they are served on toasted buns atop a layer of creamy hand shredded slaw.  Skin on chips/fries on the side complete this delicious meal!

SATURDAY, July 5th – Amish Country Casserole

Cheap and cheerful for the smaller family. Those Amish sure know how to cook. Simple ingredients done incredibly well with no bells and whistles.  A tasty mix of lean ground beef, some seasonings, tomato and mushroom condensed soup, pasta and cheese.  The full recipe serves 8, but this small batch one serves only four.  Enough for my daughter and I to enjoy and an extra casserole for her to take home with her to share with her husband. 

Her time with me has come to an end as her husband is due back from his holiday with his mother.
This was enjoyed with some garlic toast and a salad on the side. It is very easy to make your own garlic toast. Just spread some bread with butter, sprinkle with a bit of garlic  powder (not salt), Italian seasoning and some grated cheese if you so desire. Pop under the grill and get it all toasty and golden brown.  Delicious!
And that is it for my meals of the week for this week. As you can see my daughter and I ate very well and enjoyed a lovely variety of things. Nothing was super expensive either!  I hope I have inspired you!

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