Canada Day Feast: Sweet Potato Poutine and Canadian Pizza Rolls

Happy Canada Day!


The summer is here and what better way to celebrate our great country than with food? (Actually what better way to celebrate ANYTHING really…)

Being home on holidays gives me the opportunity to do lots of cooking which makes me (and Andrew) very happy. Today was no exception…but there was one caveat to the food prepared: It had to be Canadian..or at least Canadian named.

We started our patriotic foray into food at lunch with sweet potato poutine. I LOVE poutine…crispy fries, melty cheese and salty gravy…what’s not to love? I didn’t have any fries in the house (rarely ever do or else I would eat a lot more poutine) so I decided to cube up one of the sweet potatoes that was sitting in my pantry.

I tossed it with some olive oil and rosemary salt and baked it for 40 minutes at 425 degrees until they were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

I topped the sweet potatoes with some shredded mozzarella cheese and packaged poutine gravy. Delicious!


On to our late afternoon snack: Canadian pizza rolls. I started by making my super easy pizza dough.


I layered sauce, salami (because it tastes better than the pepperoni you can buy), bacon, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.


I sliced them and baked them at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.


The verdict- I’ve decided that if we can’t, for some reason, have pulled pork pizza rolls, then Canadian ones are the way to go. The salami is a little spicy and bacon just tastes good in everything.



Weekly Meal Plan June 30-July 4

Well I made it… Summertime Melissa is back!

The school year finished off in fine form. We had a Grade 3 Variety show which was highly entertaining. There were dancers, singers, musicians, joke tellers and even one boy who lifted a large chair as a feat of strength. Needless to say it was highly amusing.

As the last day wrapped up and most of the kids were out of the hall I looked over to one little boy who was standing at his locker fumbling with his backpack. As I got closer to him and realized he was crying.

I asked him what was wrong.

“I’m crying” he responded through sniffles.

“Yes I know, but why?” I asked

“Because I am just going to miss you so much.” He said and broke down into sobs.

I gave him a big hug and sent him on his way for the summer with promises to come back and visit. It tugs at the heartstrings when things like that happen…but I know it means he had a good year, even though I did yell at him on a daily basis to stop staring out the window,¬† to stop dropping his water bottle on the floor, or “No, you cannot go to the bathroom until you finish another row of your math facts!”

Teacher Card
One of the gems I received over the year.

On Friday I packed up my teaching life in two car loads and moved from the comfort and security of one school to a whole new world of opportunity at a new school. It was terrifying, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. I look forward to what the fall has in store.

But that is a looonnngggg way off. Summertime Melissa is around for a while and we are going to have some fun! I have lots of plans for projects and cooking that I can’t wait to start and share with you.

This week the meal plan is a loose plan. With the start of summer and Canada Day in there it’s hard to know when we will be home for supper and when we won’t. So I’ve got some meals planned, and if we don’t get to them, they will find themselves on the plan for next week.


Balsamic Glazed MeatballsCanadian Pizza RollsHoney Lime Veggie TacosOrange ChickenFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Pre-made pizza dough or all the stuff to make my pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Bacon
  • Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ground beef
  • Bread crumbs
  • Milk
  • Ketchup
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion powder
  • Minced garlic
  • Eggs
  • Brown sugar
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Ground coriander
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Onion
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Taco toppings
  • Rice
  • Stir fry veggies and side dish veggies
  • Chicken breasts or thighs
  • Orange juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • ¬†Sriracha
  • Orange zest,
  • Ginger, grated
  • ¬†Cornstarch
  • Green onion


I tried to choose a recipe that, if I didn’t get to it this week, the ingredients would still be good for next week. The meatballs that I made from this site last time were delicious, so I am assuming that these balsamic glazed ones will be equally as good.



Balsamic glazed meatballs from Slow Roasted Italian


Happy Canada Day! We are going to celebrate with friends and Canadian pizza rolls

Pizza Rolls
Pizza Rolls


I didn’t get to these last week…so here they are again.

Honey Lime Black Bean Tacos
Honey Lime Black Bean Tacos


You all know how I feel about Chinese food…here is another recipe to add to my repertoire. I think one of these days I want to make a BIG Chinese meal…soup, spring rolls, the whole deal. Now that summer is here that might just happen.

Orange Chicken
Orange Chicken from Closet Cooking