Savory Sunday

We go grocery shopping as a family every Sunday with the week’s meals all planned out. This week’s meal planning went almost exactly as planned! Wah-hoo!

The Plan

Sunday | Stir-fry (lunch), Pizza Bruschetta
Monday | Cider Pork Stew
Tuesday | Noodles and Company
Wednesday | Spinach Calzones and Scrambled Eggs
Thursday | Shepherd’s Pie
Friday | Frozen something
Saturday | Spinach Stuffed Chicken* w/ Roasted Cauliflower

Lunch and Other Goodies | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Mission Valley Dressing, Smoothies, Chocolate Strawberries, Homemade Lemonade

The Reality

Sunday | Stir-fry (lunch), Pizza Bruschetta
Monday | Cider Pork Stew*
Tuesday | Noodles and Company
Wednesday | Spinach Calzones* and Scrambled Eggs
Thursday | Shepherd’s Pie
Friday | Frozen Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala w/ Basmati Rice, Paneer Roll Aachari, Jasmine Rice, and Naan w/ Asparagus
Saturday | d’Bronx Pizza

Lunch and Other Goodies | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Mission Valley Dressing, Smoothies, Chocolate Strawberries

*All of these recipes are from this cookbook.

Here’s how this week went down:

Stir-fry

Sunday Poppy (my grandpa) came over for lunch and to help Jake mount our new TV on the wall. I made stir-fry, which is super cheap and easy to make for tons of people. Stir-fry is easy to change up and is one of those “use whatever you have on hand” recipes, which I love. This version was whole wheat spaghetti noodles + cut up chicken breasts + frozen mixed veggies + store bought teriyaki sauce. Easy peasy. I made tons, so that there would be lunch leftovers for Eliza and Jonas, who both LOVE it.

Pizza Bruschetta

Since we had a big lunch, we went light on dinner. We’ve been having bruschetta every Sunday for months, so we thought we’d switch it up a bit this time and make “pizza” bruschetta. Which just means that we added pepperoni. To make, cut up bread (we like ciabatta), add tomatoes, fresh basil, baby mozzarella, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and a piece of pepperoni. Cook on 400 degrees until the cheese melts, broil until it’s brown and bubbly. (We made E’s without the tomatoes or basil.)

Cider Pork Stew

Monday we had Cider Pork Stew, the recipe for which is from this cookbook. Pork and apples are one of my favorite flavor combos! This is an all day crock pot recipe; I loved that I could put it together during Jonas’s nap and it was ready to go at dinner! It’s also another awesome picky eater recipe: a lot of the healthy stuff (onion, carrots, apple) softens and takes on the flavor of the stew, so Eliza and Jake ate it right up! The pork and potatoes make this a super hearty stick to your bones kinda meal.

Noodles & Company

Tuesday Poppy and his awesome girlfriend Bev watched the kids so Jake and I could go on a Valentine’s Day date. The kids ate leftovers while Jake and I pigged out on the million calorie mac and cheese bowls at Noodles and Company. Jake got meatballs in his and I got parmesan crusted chicken and we split our meat :) That’s about as romantic as we get. Good thing we’re both a cheap date.

Spinach Calzones and Scrambled Eggs

Wednesday we had spinach calzones (recipe also from this cookbook). We switched up the recipe a bit and stuffed pre-made Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough (Who can make dough from scratch during the week? Life saver.) with light cream cheese, fresh baby spinach, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. This is technically an appetizer, so we round it out with scrambled eggs to make it a meal. We’ve made this before (which french bread pizza dough) and everyone liked the old version better. E didn’t like the calzones at all, it was a dinner table battle. But she liked them last fall. I think she’s coming up on her first super picky eater phase.

Shepherd's Pie

Thursday was Shepherd’s Pie, a yummy hearty recipe with all sorts of sneaky veggies.

TJ's Indian

Friday was frozen Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala w/ Basmati Rice, Paneer Roll Aachari, Jasmine Rice, and Naan w/ Asparagus. We were not in love (but don’t all of those colors look pretty?) I wasn’t paying attention when I bought the chicken, and it was mostly rice in there. There were like five tiny bits of chicken. Great if you’re single, not so awesome if you’re sharing. It didn’t taste as good as mine, which is super spicy, but it tasted comparable to local Indian buffets, which is impressive for frozen food. The Paneer Rolls were mushy and had the texture of canned ravioli. Bleh. We love Trader Joe’s frozen Jasmine Rice, which comes out perfectly sticky. And the naan, which we smothered in cheese, was amazing and restaurant quality. After all was said and done, we probably would have been better off going out to eat Indian food. It probably would have cost the same too. Oh well. Lesson learned.

d'Bronx

Saturday we deviated from the plan with a huge craving for pizza. We picked up a pepperoni Italian sausage pizza from our very favorite local place, d’Bronx Pizza.

Lunches and other fancy stuff this week:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I made super easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Jake’s work party on Valentine’s Day.

Strawberry Smoothies

Jake made strawberry smoothies with the leftover strawberries (we bought four pounds – crazy). We’re going to be making milkshakes with the leftover chocolate covered strawberries, which are now safely in our freezer.

Strawberry Spin Salad with Mission Valley Dressing

Speaking of extra strawberries, I ate Strawberry Spinach Salad tons this week. So yummy.

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Eliza didn’t have school on Friday, so we made grilled cheese sandwiches (which are fun to make with a 6 year old) filled with Velveeta. Also, Trader Joe’s tomato soup is hands down the best I’ve ever had.

Aaaand now for this week’s plan! The one thing that didn’t get made last week got bumped to Monday this week.

The Plan

Sunday | Dinner at Beth’s
Monday | Spinach Stuffed Chicken w/ Roasted Cauliflower
Tuesday | Chicken Caesar Salad
Wednesday | Meatloaf, Au Gratin Potatoes, and Peas
Thursday | Chicken Tetrazzini (from this Turkey Tetrazzini recipe)
Friday | Biscuits & Gravy
Saturday | Frozen Goodness
Sunday (morning) | Eggs in a Bowl w/ Applewood Smoked Bacon

Lunch and Other Goodies | Strawberry Spinach Salad with Mission Valley Dressing, Smoothies, Homemade Lemonade, Frittata

I can’t wait to make all of this awesome stuff this week!

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Do you meal plan? What have you been eating lately?

P.S. If you’re wondering why we don’t eat leftovers more often, the answer is that baby Jonas eats non-stop. He eats them all up for lunch and doesn’t leave enough for a leftovers night!