Savory Sunday Vol 15

A day late, welcome to our meal plan and reality for the past week. We almost actually stuck to the plan this week! Things got a bit switched around, but we made everything we intended to make!

The Plan

Sunday | Pancakes
Monday | Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Tuesday | Veggie Samosas
Wednesday | Baked Chicken with Broccoli Rice
Thursday | Out to Eat?
Friday | Boiled Shrimp with New Potatoes
Saturday | Chicken Tikka Masala

The Reality

Sunday | Pancakes and Berries
Monday | Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Horseradish Sauce (but we switched it up a bit)
Tuesday | Baked Chicken with Broccoli Rice
Wednesday | d’Bronx Pizza
Thursday | Veggie Samosas
Friday | Boiled Shrimp with New Potatoes
Saturday | Chicken Tikka Masala

Berries with Honey and Lemon

Sunday was Mother’s Day, so Jake fixed his specialty for me and our moms: pancakes, bacon, and eggs. I’m terrible at making pancakes, so I love it when Jake makes them. I didn’t get any pictures of Jake’s creation (I was too excited to eat it–Jake doesn’t exactly have kitchen timing down and I was starving by the time we actually ate), but I did get a photo of my mom’s contribution to the dinner.

Blackberries, blueberries, and diced strawberries with the juice of a few lemons and a few tablespoons of honey. Oh my goodness, this is amazing. I’ve been snacking on berries all week (I had to go out and get more in the middle of the week!). Even Jake, who doesn’t usually like berries very much, loved it. It tastes like summer. This’ll keep me away from the candy bars, that’s for sure.

Top Sirloin with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Monday I made Rachel Ray’s Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Horseradish Sauce. But it was actually top sirloin steak; Trader Joe’s didn’t have any flat iron that wasn’t already marinated. I cut each top sirloin steak in half to make them thinner: they cooked faster and the portion size was much better that way.

I was very proud that I grilled these myself. Jake’s usually the griller–not because any gender role sort of thing, but because I’m very clumsy and should not be trusted with fire. I already set a few small (and one larger) fires in our kitchen, and I’m going to burn off my eyebrows some day. But I did really well with the grilling (even though I burned 2/3 of the first batch of sweet potatoes).

One more thing: the sauce was way too strong for us, so we added in extra sour cream.

Creamy Horseradish Chicken with Broccoli Rice

Tuesday I used the leftover sauce from the Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Horseradish Sauce to marinade some chicken tenders (they were cooked in a panini pan; they weren’t really grilled) and then made Broccoli Rice to go with it. Yum!

I actually meant to make samosas, but halfway through cooking it (I chopped up and cooked all of the veggies and everything!), I realized that I forgot to thaw the fillo dough. So I basically had to make two dinners in one night. It made Thursday go faster, at least.


Wednesday, Jake’s sister Savannah came over for help with homework, so we brought home a pizza from d’Bronx to make things easy.

Veggie Samosas

Thursday we made Veggie Samosas. I was very proud of myself for getting the recipe spot on. And I was proud that it was mostly veggies and everyone gave it the thumbs up.

Cajun Shrimp with Roasted Potatoes and Corn on the Cob

Friday we had Boiled Shrimp with New Potatoes (Jake doesn’t eat fish, so he had chicken strips).

A funny story first: I asked Eliza what fish dish she wanted to eat for this week, and she told me “the shrimp with chicken around it like Abba (her grandma) makes!”. I called Rita (aka Abba) and we couldn’t figure out what the heck E was talking about. Later Rita called me back because she figured it out: Eliza was talking about breaded shrimp! Because chicken also sometimes has the same type of breading. I would have never figured that out in a million years. So we’re having breaded shrimp next week.

Back to Friday’s dinner. My mom ate with us, because she watched the kids while we went to a friend’s art opening. I love dinners with family and friends. There’s something about eating together that opens up conversation better than anything else.

I marinated the shrimp in Cajun seasoning, worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice and sauteed it. We also had roasted potatoes (they were a potato medley–they’re tiny and Eliza loves that the insides of some of them are purple) that I tossed in olive oil, sea salt, course black pepper, and rosemary from our tiny herb garden. And, of course, sweet corn.

I’m thinking the kids and I are going to be eating more fish, Jake’s happy with his chicken strips anyway.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Saturday I made my signature Chicken Tikka Masala, which is our very favorite dinner. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers and friends who have made it lately, and they’ve all been raving about it! Because it’s awesome. You should try it, seriously.

E was spending the night with grandparents on Saturday, so Jake and I ate late so we could have a sort of stay-at-home date after Jonas was in bed. That was really nice 🙂

Here’s what’s on the menu for next week!

The Plan

Sunday | Graduation Party Food
Monday | Cream Cheese & Bacon Burgers
Tuesday | Chicken Parmesan (recipe to be posted)
Wednesday | Roasted Cauliflower Quiche
Thursday | Breaded Shrimp with Broccoli
Friday | Chicken Enchiladas (recipe to be posted)
Saturday | Chicken Pot Pie

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