I grew up in a home with a working Dad and a stay-at-home Mom. My Dad travelled a lot for work, so Sundays were usually our last chance before the week started to have dinner as a family, and my Mom is a great cook, so we always ate especially well on Sundays. As a result, I have always thought of Sundays as a time to spend with loved ones.
When I moved to Toronto in 2010, I found a great way to bring people together was to invite everyone over to dinner Sunday night. My core group of girlfriends didn’t have family nearby, and reused it as a chance to catch up and prepare for the week ahead. Kitchen jobs were divvied up, as was the grocery bill, and everyone went home with a full stomach and lunch for the following day.
Why tell you all this? Well, on Saturday’s I want to share recipes you might make for your family to enjoy on a Sunday evening (whether they be related by blood or love). One my my fave cooks is Donna Hay, so it only makes sense to start with one of my favourite meals from her books, Baked Italian Chicken. This recipe, which NoshBites has shared here, is a super easy crowd pleaser, perfect for a busy Sunday spent running errands or watching football.
I usually pair it with an easy rice, such as Uncle Bens Wild Rice (whatever flavour you prefer) or a super easy side pasta, using some pesto set aside BEFORE making the chicken.
Then it is just a matter of including your favourite healthy veggie or salad, and you have a great meal on the table! Personally, I have been enjoying this sautéed Kale (usually No Frills here in Canada has great quality Kale), and I think it would work as a side with the yummy pesto chicken.
So how would I pull it all together?
1. Start with heating the oven and putting the water on to boil.
2. Prep the chicken and put it in the oven. SET THE TIMER!
3. Once the water boils, put the pasta on to cook. If you are confident in your oven, you can time the pasta to be done a minute or two before the chicken, and then you only need one timer.
4. While everything else is cooking, prep the kale. I like the stems especially once cooked, so I don’t bother cutting them out. Then throw it all in a pan on the stove top, and it should be done before your pasta timer goes off.
5. Remove kale from heat, coat pasta with pesto, and add chicken to the plate.
For dessert, I love to serve ice cream in tea cups because it is simple and keeps portion sizes limited.
That’s my story – how do you recharge and reconnect for the week ahead?
Okay, not quite this meal, but gives you an idea of what I like to do in the kitchen! Keep an eye out for this one in the future 🙂
As I mentioned, I am currently on the hunt for a condo in the city. As a result, I am constantly editing what to do when I find said condo: do I do something new, something with bold, bright colours? Or do I stick with pastels, which is what I have right now? Recently, I have been obsessed with gold accents. I haven’t figured out how to make them work with my current brown/cream/pale blue/pale green colour scheme, but I have time to sort that out.
Will you be adding any of these items to your home over the holidays?
Here are a few of the items currently on my mind:
L-R, starting at the top:
– A classic glam combo, this Gold & White pillow would brighten up any home
– These art deco lowball glasses would be a great addition to my current set of IKEA glasses, even though they are hand-wash only
– I would use these gold pinch bowls to replace my old, scratched up IKEA salad bowls
– This print takes me to Paris and back with one quick glance. I love the gold on black; hung by a makeup table, it would make me smile every morning when getting out of bed.
– My sister bought us last year’s version of these alphabet mugs. Maybe time to add something new and sparkly to the shelves?
– How can this pillow not make you smile?
– These lowball glasses make me proud to be Canadian.
– Hanging this confetti painting would mean I don’t have to choose between silver and gold.
And a few items for your holiday – or any day – get togethers (clockwise from top left):
– The buyers at Indigo are clearly as in love with gold as I am. This decanter is one of many items on the site featuring gold confetti.
– Full-on glitter serving sets. Oh, yes please.
P.S. GlitterGuide did a great post on this colour scheme for the holidays! Check it out here.
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Clockwise from top left, inspired by the first snow of the season!
– I love this white blazer from BCBG. It would be perfect over a body con dress for holiday parties or something to throw on at night during a warm-weather vacation.
– I have a dress similar to this from H&M circa 2010 that I have worn into the ground. This red dress is great for a date night or Christmas party. The cut is gorgeous and should last more than a few years!
– I already bought this tee in two other patterns and have been rotating them throughout my wardrobe over the last two months. The top works with dark jeans for brunch (with a great statement necklace), black stretchy Theory pants for meetings, or leggings for lazy days. Plus, it is on sale.
– I have been looking for a high-quality leopard print top and this Equipment top certainly fits the bill. The high-quality (and price) makes it an investment, but one that is sure to last.
– I am currently on a black/gold combo kick, and these shoes would dress up any outfit.
– This super cozy sweater would be perfect for a long Netflix binge-watching session on the first day of snow, or worn with jeans and a great necklace to work.
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