Brrr…..COLD!

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Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great week!  This week was a really cold week and so will the next couple of weeks.  This makes going out less desirable which means home cook dinner is more important than ever.  I’ve put together meals that will give you more energy because your body will need the extra fuel to warm up.  All the meals can be prepared in advance so that you can have your dinner right on time!

Here’s your weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Pasta Roll-Ups with Chicken & Spinach

Pasta Roll-Ups with Chicken & Spinach

 Bacon Wrapped Pork with Apple Salad

Bacon Wrapped Pork with Apple Salad

Pasta with Light Tomato Sauce Topped with Roast Chicken

Pasta with Light Tomato Sauce Topped with Roast Chicken

Pork Tocino with Bell Peppers

You can purchase frozen Tocino straight from the grocery.  This homemade version is much healthier however the pork takes 3 days to cure, so please prepare the pork at the very beginning of the week.  When it comes dinner time, it will take you less than 20 minutes to have this meal on the table.
Torsino with Bell Peppers

Prime Rib Roast with Corn Mash and Tomato Salad

Rib Roast Corn Mash with Tomato Salad

Gleeful Developments

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I bought these training chopsticks for Glee and showed her how to use them.  She picked it up so fast and I only had to show her once.  She loved using them so much that she would even used them to pick up blueberries when she had breakfast every morning this week.  Like every parent, I love seeing my own child learn.  I remembered all the parents used to tell me how magical it was to see their own child learn which made all the crying and tantrum worth it.  I used to think “No Way!”  Now that Glee is getting into that stage I finally understood what they meant.  It is just so magical that no words can really describe and one of those life experiences that I wouldn’t pass up for anything.

This week, I’ve tried to create meals with opportunities to practice using the chopsticks.  Here’s the detailed shopping list and all the meal plans:

Soy Sauce Ribs with Green Papaya Salad

Soysauced Ribs with Green Papaya Salad

Spanish Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

Kung Pao Spaghetti

Kung Pao Spaghetti

Steak with Poached Vegetables & Vegetable Noodle Soup

Steak with Poached VegetablesVegetable Noodle Soup

Coriander Soy Sauce Fish

Corriander Soy Sauce Fish

Multi-Cultural Toronto!

CambodiaMy father came visiting from Cambodia over the holidays! Since we live so far apart, we tried to spend as much time together as possible. He stayed over at my sister’s and most of our gatherings were dinners. I told him about Gleeful Gourmets and he decided to cook me many of his favourite dishes. The Chinese traditional meal usually consists of white rice and paired with a few stir-fries and a soup.

After several traditional Chinese meals, I thought I would change it up a little, so I took him for a steak dinner at Pickle Barrel. Apparently he could eat the Chinese traditional meals over and over again. He told me that’s what he eats everyday in Cambodia. On the other hand, I don’t think I can stand eating the same type of meals for more than a week. This made me realize how multi-cultural Toronto really is. We’ve been spoiled with the greatest variety!

For this week, I’ve put together inspired versions of meals I’ve had over the holidays from my dad’s kitchen and different restaurants. I hope you and your family will enjoy them!

Here’s your Detailed Shopping List and meal plans! To access the recipes, please click on the pictures.

Beef Stir-Fry with Chinese Broccoli over Rice

Beef Stir-Fry with Chinese Broccoli over Rice_

Stuffed Cabbage

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Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cucumber Tomato Dill Salad

Stuffed chicken breast with tomato dill salad

Lemongrass Pork Chops

Lemongrass Porkchop_

Steak With Grilled Vegetables

Steak Over Grilled Vegetables

Welcome to 2013!

2013 EggsHappy New Year Everyone!

Welcome to 2013! We are finally settled into our new kitchen and whipping out new and exciting meal plans. Once again we are sorry about the temporary interruptions on the meal plans and we thank you for all your patience! We are sick and tired of eating out over the holidays, so we decided to kick-off the new year with much healthier meals.

Here’s the Detailed Shopping List and this is what we are having for the week. Please click on pictures to access recipes for the meal plans!

Creamy Potato Soup with Steak & Pear Salad

Creamy Potato Soup with Steak & Pear Salad

Lemon Chicken Breast with Grilled Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Lemon Chicken with grilled zuchinni tomato salad

Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Seared Pork Chop with Red Chard and Mashed Potatoes

Sear Porkchop with Red Chard_

Steamed Salmon with Tomato Cilantro Couscous

Steamed Salmon with Tomato Cilantro Couscous