Savory Sunday Vol 25

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

The Plan

Sunday | Cream Cheese and Bacon Hamburgers with Homemade Buns
Monday | Evergreen Chinese + Some sort of birthday something
Tuesday | Pea Risotto with Squashy Souffle
Wednesday | Veggie Samosas
Thursday | Thai Chicken Pizza
Friday | Foil Feast
Saturday | Copycat Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich

The Reality

Sunday | Girl’s lunch at Po’s Dumpling Bar + Cream Cheese and Bacon Hamburgers with Homemade Buns for dinner
Monday | Lunch at Evergreen Chinese + d’Bronx Pizza for dinner
Tuesday | Leftovers
Wednesday | Leftovers for the kids, Chipotle for the adults
Thursday | Cauliflower Quiche
Friday | Extended Family Dinner: Spagetti and Meatballs + Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Saturday | Megan & Jake dates: lunch at Po’s Dumpling Bar + dinner at Chubby’s

Other Stuff: Out for coffee at Broadway Cafe and The Filling Station, Lemon Poppyseed Bread (from a box mix)

Meal planning totally fell through this week, because we never found time to go grocery shopping. We seriously only hit 2/7 of the planned meals (and one of those was going out to eat, so I think that only 1/7 counts). Here’s what we ended up doing:

Po's Dumpling Bar

Sunday Rita (my step-mother-in-law) took Eliza and I out to lunch for my birthday. We went to Po’s Dumpling Bar. It was my first time there, even though it is in our neighborhood. For some reason I thought it was a lot more expensive than it actually is. Jake’s Dad and Rita hosted a foreign exchange student from Taiwan last year, and they went to Po’s so he could have a taste of home. After that, Rita knew I would love it. There’s a bunch of Americanized stuff on the menu, but there’s great authentic stuff too. The appetizer menu was the best part: we had AMAZING pork dumplings and Cha Siu buns (which I’m going to try to make with this recipe). Eliza had chicken curry and I had this delicious pork noodle soup (they make their own noodles!) that had bonus dumplings inside. That soup fed me twice and Eliza once. I don’t remember what Rita had, but the flavor was really flat. I’m guessing that Po’s menu is really hit or miss.

Cream Cheese Bacon Burgers

For dinner on Sunday we had cream cheese and bacon hamburgers with homemade buns. This was my first time making homemade buns and MAN does that make a difference. Delicious! I think I’m going to try to make them a little less dense next time (if any of you know how to do that, let me know), but other than that, the buns were heaven. Oh, and if you think that cream cheese and bacon are a weird combination, just try it. You’ll be a convert, we promise.

We served this up with broccolini, baked beans and fries. And we made the burgers really tiny. Our friend Nick Kraly was over, so we fed 3 adults and 2 children on 1 pound of hamburger. Yep.

Monday was my birthday and Jake took the day off from work. We hit up my favorite places. For breakfast, we took a walk to the The Filling Station for coffee and pastries.

For lunch we went to the Kansas side of Kansas City (we’re on the Missouri side) to my favorite restaurant from my childhood, Evergreen Chinese. I’ve been trying to learn to copycat their cashew chicken for years, but it’ll be a LONG time until I get there. Also, I can’t make it for as cheap as they sell it: Jake and I both got soup and lunch entrees, had a whole dinner’s worth of leftovers, and our bill only came to about $15. Score.

Jonas was really all about eggdrop soup and wontons, so I’ll have to learn to make that too (if you have a good recipe, link it up!).

For dinner we had (what else?) d’Bronx Pizza. I was excited to get my favorite kind: canadian bacon, pineapple, and jalapenos. My best friend Harvey is the only other person I know that likes it, so we scarfed down our own while everyone else had boring sausage and pepperoni.

All of that eating out left us with tons of leftovers and we also had a bunch of food from last week, so we ended up eating leftovers Tuesday. The kids had leftovers again on Wednesday and Jake and I ate late (he brought home Chipotle).

Cauliflower Quiche

Thursday and we still hadn’t gone to the grocery store. Cauliflower Quiche was what I could pull together with the ingredients we had on hand, so quiche it was. I had one less egg than the recipe called for, but it still turned out just fine.

Friday I ran out of coffee beans (the horror!) so Jonas and I took a walk to Broadway Cafe. That was the perfect lattee, let me tell you. Jonas loved the vegan pumpkin bread. I love that we can walk to about 10 different coffeeshops (though I’m too snobby for about half of them).

Friday night we had a big family bash at our house that was 20% for my birthday and 80% to have a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon. My dad, step-mom, aunt, uncle, and their kids were all here. My step-mom made us a big spaghetti and meatballs dinner and chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. Awesome! We sent the kids upstairs to watch cartoons while we had our marathon… which turned into only watching the remake. Because everyone was tired. We’re getting old.

Saturday the kids spent the night at Jake’s dad’s, so it was a big date day. We went to lunch at Po’s Dumpling Bar (Rita gave us a Groupon so it only came out to $7!). Things learned from second time at Po’s: chicken dumplings not as good as pork dumplings, they have the most flavorful chicken fried rice ever (Jake is not adventurous about Chinese food), and I need to write down what I order (the soup I got on Sunday had dumplings in it, but the soup I got Saturday didn’t… and I thought I ordered the same thing. Ooops.)

For dinner, we took a long scooter ride around the city and went to Chubby’s, where we put ourselves into a food coma. My breakfast food was kind of bland, but Jake gets this crispy chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese that will make you want to eat nothing but terribly unhealthy food for the rest of your life.

Jonas loves the lemon poppyseed muffins at The Filling Station, so I made him some lemon poppyseed bread from a box mix. I’m going to try to make Lemon Poppyseed Protein Bars next.

Not making pretty much everything on the list from last week made this week’s meal plan easy:

The Plan

Sunday | Bruchetta
Monday | Pea Risotto with Squashy Souffle
Tuesday | Grilled Chicken with Baked Potatoes
Wednesday | Veggie Samosas
Thursday | Thai Chicken Pizza
Friday | Foil Feast
Saturday | Copycat Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich

What have you been eating lately? What do you really want to make next week? Do you have links to recipes you think we’ll like?

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