Savory Sunday Vol 17

Here’s our meal plan and reality for last week.

The Plan

Sunday | Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Peppers
Monday | Dinner at Jake’s Parents’
Tuesday | Leftovers
Wednesday | Egg, Cheese, and Bacon Croissants with Country Fried Potatoes
Thursday | Island Salad with Caribbean Jerk Rub
Friday | Frozen Orange Chicken
Saturday | Taco Pizza (recipe to be blogged…next week)

The Reality

Sunday | Picnic for lunch, Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Peppers for dinner
Monday | Bruchetta for lunch, Tea Drops Date, Dinner at Jake’s Parents’
Tuesday | Leftovers
Wednesday | Egg, Cheese, and Bacon Croissants with Country Fried Potatoes
Thursday | Frozen Orange Chicken
Friday | Island Salad with Caribbean Jerk Rub and Homemade Guacamole
Saturday | Poor Man’s Breakfast

Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Peppers

Sunday our Denver friends were still in town. For lunch, we had a big picnic at the Nelson that consisted of bitty sandwiches, brie and crackers, pistachios, berries tossed with lemon juice and honey, and homemade potato salad (I’ll have to share that recipe: it’s hard, because it’s one of those things that you just add ingredients to until it looks/tastes right. Nothing’s really measured). It was a feast!

When we came back home for dinner, we made everyone Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Peppers. We put the potatoes and peppers in aluminum foil to bake them on the grill, then finished them off in the oven while we grilled the sausage so everything would be done at the same time (we have one of those teeny tiny cheap cheap grils).


Monday, our Denver friends left in the afternoon, so we made Bruschetta for everyone for lunch. I’m so helpful for all of the help our friends gave in the kitchen over the weekend! Plus, I felt like I had sous chefs, and for a bossy pants like me, that’s heaven. We’re obsessed with bruschetta and were having it practically every Sunday for awhile. It’s just sliced bread brushed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, topped with basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes, and broiled until the cheese melts. It was so awesome to get to use our own basil from our front porch herb collection. Oh, and the boys are anti-tomato, so they had pepperoni on theirs. So they were like bitty pizzas.

Tea Drops

Jake and I enjoyed a few hours of quiet between our friends leaving and picking up the kids by going on a date to Tea Drops. (His: Strawberry black bubble tea. Hers: Hot mango black tea with milk and honey) I worked on my novel manuscript and Jake coded. And we held hands and stared into each other’s eyes dreamily.

We went to pick up the kids and Jake’s parents fed us. His step-mom Rita (Abba to the kids) is one of the best cooks ever. It was a feast.

Tuesday we had leftovers. Mostly green enchiladas.

Eliza's Croissant Sandwich Invention

Wednesday family came over to dinner, and Eliza wanted to show off her recipe invention. Croissants with butter, cheese, and scrambled eggs. She’s very proud. I added bacon to the mix, and she scolded me that I wasn’t following the recipe. We also had country fried potatoes, which are just diced potatoes sautéed in bacon grease until they’re golden and crispy and seasoned with pepper and seasoned salt. I love breakfast food for dinner.

Thursday we still hadn’t gone to the grocery store, so we had to swap around the meal plan a bit. We had frozen stuff so I had time to go buy groceries while Jake was putting the kids in bed.

Caribbean Jerk Salad

Friday our friend Matt joined us for dinner and we had Island Salad with Caribbean Jerk Rub and Homemade Guacamole. Jake and I are both obsessed with that homemade rub. We’ve been having at least one thing a week with it. Trader Joe’s has been selling a guac kit with two little avocados, an onion, a lime, a roma tomato, garlic, and a jalapeno. I usually leave the onion and tomato out (and have never put jalapeno in!) but I’ll never to that again: this mix is goooood. I add an extra avocado, though. And I’m considering trying to grow cilantro so I can throw that in too.

Poor Man's Breakfast

Saturday we had Poor Man’s Breakfast, even though we intended to have pizza, because I didn’t read that the pizza dough needed to rise for four hours. Oops. Still good, no worries.

The Plan

Sunday | Graduation Party
Monday | Taco Pizza (using Elise Blaha Cripe’s dough recipe; topping recipe to be posted here)
Tuesday | Spinach Cheese Manicotti
Wednesday | Asian Marinated Salmon and Rice
Thursday | Leftovers
Friday | Baked Potato Bar
Saturday | Eliza’s End of Year Class Party (we’re bringing fresh berries tossed with lime juice and honey: we’re obsessed with those right now)

What have you been eating lately? What do you really want to make next week?

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