Sunday, April 26, 2020

What's for Dinner: April 26 - May 2

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

Selective Focus Photo of Plant Sprouts | Photo by Markus Spiske via Unsplash


For the most part, I was able to execute the dinners I planned for last week without a hitch. But I'm still trying to figure out the best way to talk about the changes I make to those meals after the fact. Rather than do a full review of the previous week's meals, it might be better to focus on the meals I adjusted. Then, after that, I'll talk about this week.

So, if you're interested, keep reading to see what's on deck for dinner at our house this week. As an added bonus... I'm sharing a funny/sad story about what Caroline said when I showed her my first batch of homemade pizza dough. 🤦🏻‍♀️


Notes about Last Week


  • The Mongolian Meatball Ramen dish I made last Sunday was fantastic. The whole family loved it, so I know I'll be making it again in the future. It was such a big hit that I'm considering making a double batch of the meatballs (like I do for my Basic Baked Meatballs) so I can use some right away and freeze some for later. That'll help bring the meal together even faster next time.

  • On Tuesday night, I made Mini Rigatoni with Sicilian Sauce, and this meal became an instant favorite. I used sweet Italian sausage rather than the spicy kind since that's what we had in the freezer. To add a little bit of heat, I added a pinch of red pepper flakes, and the subtlety of the heat was nice. Next time, though, I want to try the recipe as originally written so I can see which version the family likes better. 

  • Those of you who've been following my weekly menu plans for a while now will know that Friday night is Pizza Night in our house. I've always used premade, store-bought dough. Last week, we used the last ball of dough I had in the freezer, so I had to tap into my stash of flour and yeast to make some homemade pizza dough.

    I was a little excited when I checked on the dough after leaving it to rise for three hours, so I decided to show the kids what it looked like before rolling it out. When I showed Caroline, she, too, gasped with excitement... but then said, "Wow, Mommy! You did that without Daddy's help?"

    Stabbing pain. My face fell and my mind started racing. I thought I was being a positive role model for her... I thought I was showing her all the things a woman/a girl could do all on her own. How did the message get translated so badly?

    I have to admit... Her comment stuck with me for a long time and deflated any happiness I was feeling about my culinary achievement. I realize she probably didn't know how much those words would hurt my feelings... But wow. I honestly wasn't expecting that.

Anyway... Let's shift gears and talk about what I've planned for dinner this week.


A Week of Dinners: April 26 - May 2


Sunday: Baked Rice and Beans

Monday: Bulgogi-Style Eggplant and White Rice

Tuesday: Ground Turkey Taco Night

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Easy Chicken Shwarma

Friday: Margherita Pizza with Homemade Pizza Dough

Saturday: Classic Pigs in a Blanket with Tater Tots


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Nine years ago: On the Side
Ten years ago: Banana Walnut Bread
Eleven years ago: Fiery Pomegranate Sauce

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