7 LAYER CHICKEN TACO SALAD (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I am always looking for ways to feed my family quick and inexpensive meals when my husband comes home from work he likes to eat right away. Being able to make this salad ahead of time makes it quick to serve once he gets in the door. 

I love how it is a one pot meal if you will even though it is a salad. It has everything in it to constitute a meal in our house and yet it doesn't heat up my house to make. Perfect for serving in the summer to your family or a potluck because this salad does travel well. 


2 Cups Spring Salad Mix
1 Large Tomato, chopped
2 Cups Corn, cooked
2 Chicken Breasts, diced
2 Cups Lettuce
2 Cups Cheese, shredded
2 Cups Tortillas, crushed

Salad Dressing

1/2 Cup Salsa
1/2 Cup Catalina Dressing

1. In a large glass bowl combine the ingredients in the order listed above. 
2. Mix up Salad Dressing and then you can pour it over the salad once you are ready to eat it if you are at a potluck or have a gathering but I recommend setting it to the side so you can just put it on the salad once you dish it on your plate. That way if you have leftovers you can save them for the next day.

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What is your go-to summer salad recipe?

Budget Menu Planning
Week of July 17, 2017

Last week went by so quickly and we so many last minute changes to our schedule it was more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of week. My oldest daughter came home to attend her best friend's husband funeral. My heart is still breaking for her and the family. 

This week it is time to get back on schedule with my menu planning and stick to my budget no matter what. I can not have another week like last week, all meals need to be made at home and I need to keep to my budget. After doing a lot of research on meal budgeting I came across more than one article that said $100/person/month was a good amount to spend so for our family that means $300/month which is about $100 more a month that I was budgeting before. This should be easy enough to stick to with my family. I need to keep my eyes peeled for chicken on sale! 

~Monday ~
Slow Cooker Chili

~ Tuesday ~
 Baked Potato Bar
with Beans, cheese
chicken, and chili 

~ Wednesday ~ 
Grilled Chicken Taco Bar
Serving Beans, Salsa,
Rice, and Guacamole

~Thursday ~
BBQ Chicken
Sliced Potatoes

~ Friday ~ 
Homemade Pizza

~ Saturday ~ 
BBQ Hamburgers
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Macaroni Salad

~ Sunday ~

Layered Chicken Salad

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Muffins
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Fresh Fruit


How do you stay on budget every week with your groceries?

(Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Nothing hits home like some good old comfort food. This is one of our favourite go to meals. It is something I can make and I know everyone likes and takes great comfort in. As a matter of fact, it was the last meal I made before Alyssa headed off to her own apartment in Toronto. 

Shepherd's Pie just seems to hit the spot with everyone in my family. I like having a one dish meal which definitely makes for an easier cleanup. I thought I would share our tried and true recipe with you today.

SHEPHERD'S PIE - Printable Version

1 lbs Ground Meat
1 medium onion diced
1 cup Beef Broth
1 1/2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
2 cups Mashed Potatoes
1 cup grated cheese

In a frying pan, brown ground meat with onions until cooked. 
Add beef broth and vegetables. *I run frozen vegetables under warm water before adding them to the frying pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Mix up some cornstarch and water to thicken the meat and vegetable mixture to desired consistency.
Add mixture to 10x12 pan. Top with mashed potatoes made to your liking. 
We like to top our Shepherd's Pie with cheese to add some cheesy goodness to it. 

Let's Chat! 
What is your favourite tried and true recipe?                                       

Budget Menu Planning
Week of July 3, 2017

Time for new beginnings around here - today starts our official first month of being a family of 3. I will be now cooking for three people instead of 4 which means I might be able to adjust my budget just a bit since Alyssa required some special diets items that we no longer have to purchase. 

I have been asked by many how I can feed my family on $50/week budget. I am going to still have my budget set at $50 a week but I am sure I will be able to change it down to $40 by August. That is the goal I am going to try to go with. I maintain a low budget by price matching more than I do couponing. We do shop at Costco for some items because deal wise they are the best price for those items. 

Here is week one of my menu planning and after this week I will share my grocery shops with you here on my blog on instagram if you want to follow along. This week menu planning was made with Junes purchases since I haven't gone grocery shopping as of yet.

~Monday ~
Instant Pot Pasta

~ Tuesday ~
 Chicken Parmesan

~ Wednesday ~ 
Grilled Pork Chops
Corn on the Cob

~Thursday ~
Chicken Fried Rice
Spring Rolls

~ Friday ~ 
Homemade Pizza

~ Saturday ~ 
Ribs on the Grill
Garlic Potatoes

~ Sunday ~
Potato Salad

~ Baking this week ~
Banana Bread
Oatmeal Cookies
~ Breakfast Ideas ~
Fresh Fruit


How do you save on your groceries every week?