My meal plan for August 14- August 18 is one of my favorites. I actually think this marks my one year anniversary of really getting into celebrating the liturgical year.
For starters, the week begins with St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day. Since I first learned about him in high school, St. Maximilian Kolbe has been one of my most favorite saints and greatest inspirations. Since that time, I always knew I wanted to name a child Maximilian, and now I have my little Max. So we have even more reason to celebrate!
After Monday, the celebrations continue with the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Then on Wednesday, we have the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. This is a top-heavy week of feasting, so I’ll lighten up the meals toward the end of the week. 🙂
Bonus: this will be a great week for your wallet, with a nice, light grocery list: grocery list week 8
Monday: St. Maximilian Kolbe. Haluski. I could have made a different dish this year, since I made this one last year, but I enjoyed this so much that I wanted to make it again. Not only that, but it’s super simple! A simple dinner like this makes it a little easier to whip up a more involved dessert like polish papal cream cake. Apparently, this is called papal cream cake because it was a favorite of Pope Saint John Paul II. How great is that?! Oh also, it’s delicious! (Alternatively, you could simply buy some frozen cream puffs and pretend- hey, it’s really about celebrating the saint, the food is just for fun).
Tuesday: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Slow cooker pot roast. What? A slow cooker meal on a solemnity?! What kind of liturgical year blogger are you?! Are those questions you’re asking yourself right now? Well, let me explain. Pot roast seems to me like a great feast food. However, at least in our house, holy days of obligation can be very tricky in the evenings, with trying to get everyone out the door for mass. By doing slow cooker pot roast, you can still feel like you’re having a feast, but without adding to the chaos of getting a family out the door. If you go to mass in the morning, or are just naturally great at juggling, by all means, try out Ree’s recipe: Pioneer woman’s pot roast. If you use the slow cooker recipe, I use a packet of onion soup mix, rather than homemade, and 2 cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. I also think this is nice served with pillsbury rolls.
Wednesday: St. Stephen of Hungary. Chicken paprikash over Hungarian nokedli. I made this dish last year and it was surprisingly great! As I was finishing cooking it, I was thinking it might be terrible. To be honest, I don’t remember why. Maybe it looked weird, I really can’t remember. Whatever it was, it turned out to be delicious! I had friends over and they loved it. Note: I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream, of course. Anyway, it was so good, I wanted to share it with you all this year!
But this feast day wouldn’t be complete without one truly incredible dessert. Hungarian shortbread. Last year I thought to myself, “I need a Hungarian dessert. I like shortbread. I’ll just try this.” I wasn’t expecting anything special, especially because there isn’t even any chocolate in this, and I always prefer my desserts to have chocolate. But, oh my word, this is now one of my favorites. As a tip, I use two jars of Polaner’s All Fruit, but I think any fruit spread or jam would work fine! This is a great way to celebrate Hungary’s “ideal Christian king.”
Thursday: Cabbage casserole. I thought this would be a good meal to have later in the week so you can use up extra cabbage from Monday’s meal. This has actually be a pregnancy craving of mine this pregnancy. As a note, my cabbage always takes longer to cook than the instructions call for, so just keep an eye on yours. Enjoy!
Friday: Salmon with tzatziki sauce. I figured I’d end the week with something light, simple, and tasty.