Savory Sunday

Welcome to the meal plan and reality for last week!


The Plan

Sunday | d’Bronx Pizza
Monday | Crispy Tilapia in a Tomato Cream Sauce
Tuesday | Octopus and Cheese
Wednesday | Dinner @ Tiffany’s
Thursday | Buiscut Pizza
Friday | Hamburgers
Saturday | Biscuits and Gravy

The Reality

Sunday | d’Bronx Pizza
Monday | Crispy Tilapia in a Tomato Cream Sauce
Tuesday | Octopus and Cheese
Wednesday | Dinner @ Tiffany’s
Thursday | Buiscut Pizza
Friday | Hamburgers
Saturday | Frozen (sort of)


d'Bronx

Sunday We had our good ‘ole pizza stand-by. Yes, we go to d’Bronx too much. But this week we actually planned to go there. For once.

Crispy Tilapia in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Monday I actually tried a recipe I from Pinterest. I made Crispy Tilapia in a Tomato Cream Sauce, which was recommended to me by my friend Jen (hey Jen!) as a way to get picky eater Jake to eat fish. While that didn’t work (good thing I had some frozen chicken strips on standby), Eliza, Jonas and I all loved it. We served this up with mini salads and (surprise) it was super filling.

I had to make a few substitutions; I thought I had parmesan cheese and heavy cream, but ended up having to go with mozzarella and milk instead. I just added extra milk and let the sauce reduce for longer. It worked just fine.

I’m going to have to get my tilapia fix as much as possible before May. My sister Taylor is moving in with us and she’s super allergic to white fish.

Octopus and Cheese

Tuesday we made Octopus and Cheese with peas. Octopus and cheese is basically just macaroni and cheese with hotdogs, but you use spaghetti noodles instead of macaroni. You stick the macaroni noodles through the hotdogs and then cook them all together, so the hotdogs/noodles look like octopus.

Making Octopus and Cheese

We did it a little differently than last time this time around, and stuck just a few noodles through each individual hot dog slice. We didn’t stick them through all the way. This way they look more like actual octopus.

Making Octopus and Cheese

There they are all stacked and ready to be boiled.

I whipped up a cheese sauce based on the baked mac & cheese sauce I use (roux with 1 Tbsp of flour and 1 Tbsp butter, a few cups of milk, shredded cheddar, salt and pepper, a bit of nutmeg), but it wasn’t awesome. Maybe that sauce has to be baked in to be good. Or maybe it has to be sharp cheddar (I used mild). I’ll have to go with something else next time. (I used to use Velveeta, but I’m trying to avoid it, even though that works really well.)

Making Octopus and Cheese

Ta-da! A perfect octopus ready for cheese!

Eliza loves cooking with us, but doing fun things like this makes it ten times more interesting for her. (Cooking is also a great way to introduce kids to the concept of fractions. So’s heritage, while we’re on the subject of fractions. We’re reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to her, and we had a nice long conversation about why Fleur Delacour is 1/4 veela if her grandmuzzer was a veela. But I’m getting off topic.)

Wednesday we had dinner/a playdate at our friend Tiffany’s. (Thanks Tiff!)

Biscuit Pizza

Thursday we made biscuit pizzas (also one of E’s favorites to help cook). I needed something easy for Thursday because I tutored until 5:00. Biscuit pizzas are super easy. Bake a package of refrigerated biscuits 3/4 of the way, pull them in half, add pizza sauce (we used leftover spagetti sauce from monday), mozzarella, and toppings. Bake until cheese is melted. Done.

We had these with pomegranate. Funny thing about pomegranate: Jonas loves them, but only if I pop each one in his mouth. He doesn’t like that the skin doesn’t have flavor. What a diva that boy is.

Cheeseburgers!

Mom's Potato Salad

Friday my mom and my sister came over for hamburgers. We made the hamburgers and bought chips and dip. Mom brought buns, beans, and her famous potato salad. Her potato salad is one of those recipes that’s impossible to replicate. She says things like, “Then add mustard until it’s the right color…” I’ll never get it right.

Saturday Jake and I were out and about (Eliza spent the night with grandparents) and we got all grouchy, arguing over where to eat. So we came home, I went to bed early, and Jake made something frozen. We’re the prefect couple until someone gets hungry. (I’m sure we’re not alone in that.)

We were so close to actually sticking to the plan last week! I think I did a good job making sure that days that will be busy are easy this next week, so hopefully things will be close to the plan next week as well.


The Plan

Sunday | Biscuits and Gravy
Monday | Corn and Bean Enchiladas (from this cookbook)
Tuesday | Club Sandwiches
Wednesday | Caribbean Chicken Tacos (using this homemade rub)
Thursday | Frozen
Friday | Tequila Lime Chicken
Saturday | Quinoa Mac & Cheese (new-to-us recipe; we’re swapping out the red peppers for broccoli).

See other Savory Sunday posts here.