Positive Thinking!

March I can’t believe we are entering March already!  Time seems to just fly; Spring will be around the corner before we know it!  I love Spring because the weather just gets better as it gets warmer.  All the plants and flowers will start to bud which signifies hope and life.    Where there is hope, there’s happiness!  When I feel happy, I am much more productive and so much more get done!

Positive thinking is such a powerful thing; it gives us strength to deal with all our problems.  I used to think why do bad things happen to me and why can’t my life be as good as my friends etc…  Then I saw a quote: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”  I realized that no one has the best of everything.  We just have to make the best of what we got.  Then my attitude changed and all my problems seemed so much easier to deal with.  From then on, I try to remind myself to think positively no matter how bad the situation is.  It is just a phase and it will pass!

For this week, I’ve incorporated some Spring vegetables to get our spirits up.  Here’s the weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Potato Leek Soup

Monday is the day we want something very simple.  This Potato leek soup will give you just that.  You can always add bacon bits if you are a bacon lover.

Potatoes Leeks

Baked BBQ Chicken with Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup is filled with all the green vegetables that are really good for you.  Glee loved it!  I hope you will all love it too!

Baked BBQ Chicken with Vegetable Soup

Grilled Pork Chop with Brown Rice Salad

I love the warm brown rice salad because it is really tasty and easy to prepare.  The pork chop can also be prepared in advance so when it comes time for dinner, you just have to sear and pop it in the oven.

Grilled Pork Chop with Brown Rice Salad

Slow Cook Pork Ribs with Chinese Baby Broccoli

I made this meal when I have no time to cook dinner.  Before I leave for work, I just cook the rice in the rice cooker and pork ribs in the slow cooker.  Then when I come home from work, everything is done, all I have to do is stir-fry the broccoli which is less than 10 minutes.

Slow Cook Pork Ribs with Chinese Broccoli Sausage and Zucchini Carbonara

My husband’s favourite pasta is carbonara!  So I made this and he ate two bowl in one sitting.  For a guy who doesn’t like carbohydrates, it is a lot of pasta.  Glee loved it too and I am sure this meal will have your family wanting seconds.

Sausage and Zucchini Carbonara

Family Day: Celebrate Your Family!

Family-Day

Family is generally taken for granted. I know we did in some point in our lives. As we get older, we notice that our families are often not appreciated enough. After all, these are the people who will continue to love you unconditionally. They support you when everyone else turns you down. Family encourages you when you lose faith in yourself. They accept you for who you are and are willing to put up with all your flaws. Family is extremely important to us.  The purpose of GG dinner planning is all about families.  Without families, we wouldn’t be here today!

Monday is Family Day, so I would like to dedicate this whole week’s meals to celebrate our family.  Not only that all the meals are family-friendly and healthy, they are fun and quick to prepare. We prepared most of these meals together with Glee so that she can learn about food and spend QFT (Quality Family Time) together. We hope that with a little help in the planning area, you can too have some QFT with your family on Family Day!

Here’s the weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Steak Quesadillas

Steak Quesadillas

Slow Cook Pork Roast with Brown Rice

Butternut Squash Pork Roast with Brown Rice_

Sausage Pasta with Bacon Edamade

Sausage Pasta with Bacon Edamade Cucumber Salad

Roasted Chicken with Herb Rice and Baby Mustard Green Soup

Roasted Chicken with Herb Rice and Baby Mustard Green Soup

Cod with Lemon Zucchini Couscous

Cod with Lemon Zucchini Couscous

Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentines-day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate LOVE. Whether it’s your significant other, your mom or dad, your siblings or friends – be grateful for the privilege of loving and being loved.

I know everyone is out planning the perfect romantic dinner.  Instead of going out and trying to beat the crowd, why not consider cooking at home?!  Cooking the dinner is the best gift one can receive.  To help you out, here are some easy meals GG has put together for occasions like this.

Embrace in LOVE; it is good for the heart!

Steak Dinner

Steak

Salmon with Creamy Lemon Dill sauce

Salmon with Creamy Lemon Dill sauce

Italian Layered Chicken

Italian Layered Chicken

Phyllo-Wrapped Cod with Cucumber Salsa and Mashed Potatoes

Phyllo-Wrapped Cod with Cucumber Salsa and Mashed Potatoes

Happy Chinese New Year!

CNY 2013

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!  May the year of snake bring you much joy and prosperity!

Glee and ToanGlee1

This week Glee’s cousin, Toan came to visit us from China. He’s a really good cook and he had offered to help me with making Wonton and Dumplings so that we can have them for Chinese New Year this Sunday!

Toan and GleeGlee

We spend a full afternoon catching up and wrapping wontons and dumplings. Glee enjoyed making dumplings so much that she was there until all the dumplings were done.  We made over 150 dumplings and 100 wontons.  The really nice thing about dumplings and wontons are you can really preserve them in the freezer for up to a month and they make quick and easy dinners.

Napa Dumplings MixtureWonton Mixture

We made 3 different flavours of dumplings: Mushroom, Napa and Chives.  What we did was do the meat mixtures all in one bowl and separate them into 3 parts and then add each vegetables to each mixture before wrapping.

To celebrate our culture and New Year, I decided to make this week an Asian week. Here’s your Weekly Shopping List and meal plans.

Wonton Noodle Soup

Wonton Noodle Soup

Chinese Pork Dumplings

Finished Dumplings

Pan Fried Porgy with Oyster Sauce Greens

Pan fried Porgy with Oyster Sauce Greens

Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomatoes

Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomatoes

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice with soup

Anything is possible!

weatherGood Morning everyone!

This week the weather has been really crazy.  One day it felt like Spring (+14) and the next can go down to icy Winter (-10).  I hope everyone didn’t get sick over this drastic change in weather.  Speaking of drastic change, this reminds me of all the changes we go through in life.  One minute we are on top of the world feeling super happy and the next we could feel really down like it was the end of the world.  At times like that, I just remind myself that no matter how bad I feel, the moment will pass and I only have happy moments to look forward to.  Just like the weather, there will be rainbow after rain and sunshine after a cloudy day!

The MOMpreneur Award voting phase concluded today!  I just want to thank everyone who voted everyday for GG!  Your love and support means the world to me!   I hope we will make it to the finalist.  If not, there is always next year!  🙂

Here’s your weekly shopping list and meal plans:

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Soy Sauce Peppers

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Soy Sauce Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers Crab Meat Soup with Stuffed Shell Pasta

Roasted Red Peppers Crab Meat Soup with Stuffed Shell Pasta

Pork Chop with Corn Mash and Green Salad Pork Chop with Corn Mash and Green Salad

Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas over Spaghetti

Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas over Spaghetti_

Salmon with Orange Salad over Brown Rice Salmon with Orange Salad over Brown Rice