Meals of the Week, July 16th - 22nd

Sunday 23 July 2023


Meals of the Week

I can't believe it but here we are again!  Its Sunday and the day I like to share my meals of the week with you.  I have had a pretty busy week this week. I've had company for some of it, but that doesn't mean that I haven't still eaten quite well!

Some of my family has been visiting me from Prince Edward Island. My middle son, his wife and their three lovely boys!  Its been a busy week off and on and my house and heart have been very full!  The cats have gotten more than their fill of attention and I have been enjoying lots of love and hugs from my gorgeous grandsons and giving plenty of them back.

They were at a family camp until Thursday, so really I have only had them here to spoil on Thursday/Friday, but I did have them for a few days at the end of last week as well, so its all good!

My meals of the week posts, for those of you who are new to the page, is a post I do once a week and in which I share the various meals I have cooked and or enjoyed over the past 7 days.  As a senior baby boomer who now lives on her own, I have determined that I am not going to live on stuff from cans, frozen dinners or ready made meals.

I love to eat and I love to cook and I enjoy sharing what I have cooked. I am also on a limited budget so what I cook and eat usually falls within the parameters of affordability and because I am on my own a lot  of my recipes are small batched, and or easy to cut in half.  Its also summer and the heat is on, so this week, I did try to cook meals that were engineered to get me in and out of the kitchen quickly, with the least amount of heating up my house as possible!

I've been greatly encouraged by these posts. People who follow me on my Facebook page seem to enjoy them.  If I can cook inspiring meals, then my goal is to inspire others to do the same!  And in the most economical and delicious way as possible.

It also helps me to keep an eye on what I have been eating and cooking. Variety is the spice of life as they say!  And without further adieu, here is what was cooking in my kitchen over the past 7 days!

Roast Chicken with Herbs

SUNDAY, July 16th - Roast Chicken with Herbs

Sunday Dinner with the family. Every Sunday we eat dinner together as a family.  Sometimes my sister hosts and sometimes I do.  Its always a wonderful opportunity to get together as a whole family and enjoy some good food and company.

This week we had this delicious Roast Chicken.  A fabulous herb butter is rubbed all over and pushed under the skin, resulting in a tender and juicy roast chicken with maximum flavor.  The juices make for a wonderful gravy as well. We enjoyed it with a variety of vegetables.  

Dessert was just sugar free jelly with some squirty cream on top. Everybody was happy.

Roast Chicken Soup with Barley & Parsnips

MONDAY, July 17th - Roast Chicken Soup with Barley & Parsnips

I  took advantage of the opportunity to make a delicious chicken soup from the chicken bones and leavings from Sunday.  There was just enough meat on the bones to make this wonderful soup and it was a somewhat rainy and dull day. I love a hot bowl of soup on a rainy and dull day and this is a real favorite.

With a flavor filled full bodied stock, filled with hearty barley, bits of chicken, cabbage, parsnips, onions, etc. this is a delicious soup. It does make four servings, but I always make sure that I save the extra soup in single serving portions  (air tight freezer containers) and pop them into the freezer. Easy to take out and thaw any time I want to treat myself to a bit of chicken soup comfort!

Easy Baked Penne with Sausage

TUESDAY, July 18th - Easy Baked Penne with Sausage

Tuesday felt like a pasta day to me. When I was married I hardly ever got to treat myself to pasta as my husband did not like it at all. I am enjoying the freedom now to be able to eat pasta any time I wish.

This quick and easy casserole goes together in minutes and uses only a very few ingredients. Italian sausage with a tasty marinara sauce, tossed together with penne pasta, slathered with two kind of cheese and baked to perfection.   I enjoyed this with some homemade garlic toast and a side salad.  Delicious!!

Pan Seared Steak with Garlic Butter

WEDNESDAY, July 19th - Pan Seared Steak with Garlic Butter

I had gotten a nice looking steak on offer and cooked myself a steak for my supper. I ate half on the day with some vegetables and mushrooms and used the other half as a Steak & Pasta Salad for lunch the next day.

Being able to use this steak for two different meals made it more than worth the $10 price tag for the steak, with each meal only costing me $5 for the meat. You can pay more than that for a burger at a restaurant and not blink an eye.

This steak is juicy, tender and beautifully flavored. I cooked some mushrooms in butter to go along with it and steamed some fresh local beans and broccoli as well. Who needed a potato?  Not me!

School Cafeteria Pizza

THURSDAY, July 20th - School Cafeteria Pizza

My son and his family were back from Camp and we made School Cafeteria Pizzas!  This unique pizza has an easy pourable crust. I always make my own sauce to go on top of it and we vary the toppings according to who is there and what they like! 

This with a salad made for a really tasty supper.  Ice creams at the farmers market behind my place for after's went down a real treat!

Tina's Burgers

FRIDAY, July 21st - BBQ Burgers and Hot Dogs

On Friday we all went to my sisters for BBQ Burgers and Hot Dogs. She has a big yard for the boys to run around in and lots of space and it was our one opportunity to get together as  a family while my son was here as they were leaving on Saturday.   My son did the BBQ-ing and we had an assortment of salads, potato chips, etc. on the side.  

I picked up some ice cream treats for the boys to enjoy for after's as well.

This photograph is of my recipe for Tina's Burgers. I have a friend in the UK called Tina. She makes the best burgers ever. Nice and juicy with bacon and sliced tomato, lettuce and a fried egg. Apparently this is an Aussie thing and I can tell you they are fabulously delicious.  If you can eat a whole one of these, then you are a better man than I!

Butter, Onion & Tomato Sauce

SATURDAY, July 22nd - Pasta with a Butter, Onion & Tomato Sauce

I didn't really feel like cooking anything complicated at all on Saturday.  I made myself a delicious bowl of pasta with my favorite Butter, Onion & Tomato Sauce.  Simple and delicious. This dish only really requires 4 ingredients.  A jar of some really good Italian peeled tomatoes.  A package of pasta. Some butter and an onion.  Its so easy to make and sometimes you just want easy.

A sprinkle of cheese on top, a small salad on the side and I was very happy.

And those were my meals for the past week. As you can see I did eat very well!   I hope you will be inspired to want to cook some of these recipes and tasty up your next week! 

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  1. I don't know if you or your sister made the carmelized carrots on Sunday last but they look delicious! Love these Sunday recaps - they encourage me to eat well too as I only cook for two and in this heat wave it would be so easy to cheat. I'm following Jean Paré's Meal Salads book a lot this summer so far.

    1. The carrots were cooked along with the chicken and caramelized in the juices. So good! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Linda! xo

  2. All these sound delicious.


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