Savory Sunday Vol. 29

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

The Plan

Sunday | More Chicken Tikka Masala
Monday | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Tuesday | Soft Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning
Wednesday | Tequila Lime Chicken
Thursday | Meatloaf, Au Gratin Potatoes, and Broccoli
Friday | Leftovers
Saturday | Chicken Sandwiches

The Reality

Sunday | More Chicken Tikka Masala
Monday | Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Tuesday | Soft Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning
Wednesday | Frozen Pizza and Salad
Thursday | Tequila Lime Chicken
Friday | Meatloaf, Au Gratin Potatoes, Baked Beans and Peas
Saturday | Leftovers

Chicken Tikka Masala

Sunday Jessica was here and that always means Chicken Tikka Masala. We made this last week too, but I made a double batch of sauce so I’d have less work to do whilst hanging out with a house full of people. Jessica also grabbed some hummus from Jerusalem Bakery, which is the best hummus we’ve ever had, FYI. So we munched on raw veggies and hummus while we waited for the tikka to finish up. Also, our friend Paul brought some fried catfish and fries from City Fish and it was AMAZING. The kids stole a bunch of it from him. Hope that place has some chicken too, because I’m dragging us all there whether Jake likes it or not.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

We got off easy on Monday with grilled cheese and tomato soup (we knew we wouldn’t have much time for dinner prep after taking Jessica to the airport). The tomato soup is from Trader Joe’s and isn’t condensed. Once you try it, you’ll never be able to eat Campbell’s again, promise.

Soft Tacos

Tuesday we had Soft Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning. Simple, simple.

Wednesday we had some back-up frozen pizza with little side salads. We’re in uber money saving mode, so we bought a few so we won’t default to d’Bronx when dinner plans don’t go our way.

Tequila Lime Chicken

Thursday was one of our favorites: Tequila Lime Chicken, a copycat recipe for Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken. FYI: we don’t make the sauce from scratch, as the recipe suggests. We just mix Spicy Ranch dressing and salsa. Works.


Friday was Meatloaf. I’ll never be able to write a recipe for it, but I sort of explained making it in the third Savory Sunday post. With this we had baked beans (from a can), au gratin potatoes (from a box), and frozen peas (from a bag). Wasn’t lying about wanting to keep it ridiculously easy this week.

Saturday was leftovers night. I don’t know why, but I think it’s fun to have such a weird mix of things on a plate. We had little meatloaf sandwiches, half a piece of frozen pizza, spanish rice, peas, and fruit. (We ate the soft taco leftovers for lunch. We used them to make nachos.)

The only dinner planned that wasn’t used was Chicken Sandwiches, but most of those ingredients are frozen, so that dinner’s now in back-up mode.

Here’s what this week will sort of look like. Going for cheap, easy, and veggie-packed:

The Plan

Sunday | Bruschetta
Monday | Cheesy Quinoa Burgers + Veggies
Tuesday | Chicken Caesar Salad
Wednesday | Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
Thursday | Ham and Pea Frittata (but with turkey)
Friday | Leftovers
Saturday | Mexican Chicken

Eliza is a cold lunch kid, but I’ve never really shared what goes to school with her. So this week we’re letting you in on Eliza’s Lunches:

Monday | Bagel & Cream Cheese, Apple & Sunflower Butter, Veggie Sticks
Tuesday | Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Orange, Carrots
Wednesday | Cheesy Quinoa burger, Carrots, Banana
Thursday | Yogurt, Pumpkin Bread, Granola, Dried Fruit Bar
Friday | Sunflower Butter & Jelly Sandwich, String Cheese, Grapes

Two of the kids in E’s class have severe peanut allergies, so that’s why we’re using sunflower butter. Eliza’s a good eater, but she’s really picky about cold food. That gives us fewer options, but it helps us to think of her lunches in terms of food groups instead of entree / sides. So, for instance, we don’t give her crackers if she has a sandwich already. We also try to keep the portion sizes really small (half a sandwich instead of a full one) because she’s more likely to come home without the veggies untouched.

Other Stuff | Homemade Italian Bread, Pumpkin Bread

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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