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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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