Here’s our meal plan and reality for last week.
Sunday | Biscuits and Gravy for Brunch (to be blogged); Dinner at Jake’s Dad’s
Monday | California Chicken Club Wrap
Tuesday | Asian-Style Salmon Burger BLTs with Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday | Eggplant Parmesan (recipe to be blogged)
Thursday | Leftovers
Friday | Grilled Brats with Cottage Cheese
Saturday | Yellow Curry with Saffron Rice
Sunday | Biscuits and Gravy for Brunch (not to be blogged; Dinner at Jake’s Dad’s
Monday |California Chicken Club Wrap with Watermelon
Tuesday | Naan Pizzas with Salads and Grapes
Wednesday | Delivery Pizza with Watermelon
Thursday | I failed at making Asian-Style Salmon Burger BLTs, so we made regular Hamburgers with Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus
Friday | Yellow Curry with Saffron Rice and Pineapple
Saturday | Popcorn Chicken, Fries, and Carrots
Other Stuff | Soggy Granny Cake, Homemade Cherry Lemon Limeade, Frozen Yogurt
Sunday we had biscuits and gravy for lunch. We were going to blog the recipe, which is from Jake’s awesome step-mom, but then we realized that there’s no point, as we’ve already blogged a Biscuits and Chicken Apple Bacon Gravy. And the only difference between traditional B&G and the recipe we’ve already blogged is the protein: just swap out the chicken sausage/ bacon for ground breakfast pork sausage. And use the pork grease instead of bacon grease. Super unhealthy. We save this as a “once in a great while” recipe.
We went to Jake’s Dad’s and Step-mom’s for dinner for a going-away party for Steven, the awesome foreign exchange student from Taiwan that stayed with them this year.
Monday we had California Chicken Club Wrap. I’m the only one that liked them (there’s mango inside and Jake doesn’t like fruit + savory very often), but it was worth a shot.
Tuesday we had an unexpected guest for dinner, so we nixed the salmon burgers (we only had two salmon fillets). Instead we improvised and used the naan bread we bought to go with our curry dinner to make Naan Pizza (naan + pepperoni + spagetti sauce + fresh mozzarella). I love that I’m now able to look at all the ingredients we might have and whip up a dinner out of supplies that I know will be left over (the sauce and mozzarella were for the eggplant parmesan, but I knew there would be plenty of these ingredients left over).
Wednesday we went off menu again and ordered a pizza from a big chain (which we almost never do). We had a guest again, and Papa John’s has extra-large pizzas for $7 the day after our baseball team (the Royals) wins. Hard to pass up feeding five people for $7 (with leftovers!).
Thursday I meant to make Asian-Style Salmon Burger BLTs for the first time, but RUINED them. I wasn’t reading closely, decided to grill the burgers (when the recipe clearly says to cook them on a stovetop), and was met with a fall-apart-stick-to-the-grill-grate-gross-mess. It’s for the best, though, because the “special sauce” meant to go with the burgers was NOT GOOD. So they might have not been to our liking anyway. Luckily we had ground hamburger on hand for Jake (he doesn’t like fish). I was going to keep the rest of the hamburger for next week, but we just split what was going to be leftover hamburger into extra patties and rolled with it.
Last time we made grilled sweet potatoes, they were awesome. We put them directly on the grate. I lost a few to the coals that way, but it was really good. I was working with smaller sweet potatoes this time, so I cooked them on the grill in aluminum foil. Still okay, but not as good. Grilled asparagus? Most delicious thing ever. We’re never making it any other way! I only ate half of my burger because I was so focused on the asparagus. E didn’t like it, but then she started dipping them in ketchup and eating them like french fries. Kids are weird. Condiments are a parenting life saver.
Friday we had yellow curry and saffron rice. The curry was just frozen peas + shrimp for E and me and the rest of the shredded rotisserie chicken from Monday for Jake + Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry Sauce (which I didn’t expect to be good, as sauces out of a jar rarely are, but it was AMAZING).
The saffron rice was part of our June Project Challenge to stop hoarding (saffron is scary to use).
Saturday we went off menu again and cheaped out with frozen popcorn chicken, frozen fries, and carrot sticks. With various dipping sauces.
Other Stuff This Week:
I had some of my mom’s Soggy Granny Cake as a means to feel better about some crappy stuff going on this week. (Look away, Lizzie, look away!)
I made Cherry Lemon Limeade by mixing fresh squeezed lemon juice, lime juice, some syrup from a maraschino cherry jar, a few maraschino cherries, water, and honey. I just kept adding things until it tasted right. It was too tart for the pickier nesters, so they added a bit of sugar too.
Not our healthiest week, but it happens.
Here’s what this week will sort of look like:
Sunday | Eggplant Parmesan (recipe to be blogged)
Monday | Brats with Cottage Cheese, Grilled Corn and Grilled zucchini
Tuesday | Caribbean Jerk Salad with our Homemade Rub
Wednesday | Forth of July Party
Thursday | Roasted Cauliflower Quiche
Friday | Cheesy Chicken Marsala (from this cookbook)
Saturday | Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry
We didn’t get to eat our vegetarian dish last week, so we’re doubling up this week.
What have you been eating lately? What do you really want to make next week?
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