August 21-25 is a week full of feast days, so here is a meal plan to celebrate!
As I explained here, I use the Blessed is She planner to plan my week, and that’s where I find the feast days to celebrate. August is rich in feasts, my friends. This week, there is a big one every day. I incorporated something about each saint in the meal plan, but that doesn’t mean that every day is extravagant. The important thing is to use the meals as a way to get talking about these awesome saints.
To start, we have St. Plus X. I really enjoyed reading about him. He was a humble, devoted, truth-seeking, anti-violence preaching, Gregorian chant loving gem of a pope! Check out his story here. (I especially enjoyed the response he got when he tried to get out of becoming bishop).
Next, we are blessed with another Marian feast! I’m still trying to think up a festive breakfast or easy dessert for this one that the kids can help with. I also have something else in mind to do to celebrate, but keep an eye out for that. Anyway, I feel like a roast bird is always feastly (I didn’t want to say festive again, but how about that for a new word?! I’m going to use it frequently now, so watch out). Anyway, roast chicken is simple enough for a Tuesday night, but it’s also special.
Wednesday is the feast day of St. Rose of Lima. I learned something new here: quinoa is Peruvian! That worked out perfectly because, since St. Rose herself was a vegetarian, I wanted to have a vegetarian dish on this day. Ta-da! Quinoa bowls! As for the saint herself, I wish I knew about her as a kid growing up. I find her inspiring now, but I know I would have gained a lot from her example when I was young. So talk about her to your kids as you enjoy a healthy and delicious feast day quinoa bowl!
OK, there isn’t a lot to know about St. Bartholomew. He was one of the apostles, which in my mind means he ate a lot of fish. Just me? Anyway, that’s where the inspiration came from for today. His gospel is apocryphal, but this is a great day to talk about what it meant to be an apostle of Jesus and what it means to follow Him for us today.
We end the week with St. Louis. I was going to go the St. Louis, MO route with ribs, but since it’s Friday, I do like to try to keep it vegetarian. So I decided to go French. I’ve never actually made this recipe, but I have to admit that when I saw it, my heart skipped a beat. I’m excited to try it!
OK, without further ado, here is the meal plan for August 21-25. Don’t forget your grocery list! Grocery List August 21-25
Monday: Feast of St. Plus X. Spaghetti and Meatballs in red sauce. I meant to add my recipe for meatballs, but of course I forgot to measure my ingredients! This is a very common problem for me, and probably the thing I find most difficult about writing recipes. If you have a recipe you love, use it, for sure. Otherwise, I recommend Shadybrook Farms frozen Italian turkey meatballs. They’re so good and super easy- just add them to your sauce! I actually made turkey meatballs for this meal, myself.
Tuesday: Feast of Our Lady, Mother and Queen. Roast chicken with roasted root vegetables. For the roasted root vegetables, I use carrots, sweet potatoes, and onion. Chop them into small pieces and coat with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Mix and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees until crispy (about 30 minutes).
Wednesday: Saint Rose of Lima. Quinoa and kale bowls with goat cheese and cranberries. You may be thinking that your kids won’t eat something like this, but try it! I was surprised both my boys loved it- I think it’s the cranberries. If they don’t like it, just tell them that eating it, even if they don’t like it, is just the sort of thing St. Rose would do. 😉
Thursday: Saint Bartholomew. Chive and Onion Haddock. I’ve said it before, but this is definitely a favorite of mine. Simple and healthy, too!
Friday: Saint Louis. French onion risotto. I’m taking a chance on a new recipe with this one. I can’t wait to try it, though- it sounds so delicious! I plan on omitting the meat, but feel free to include it if that’s your preference.
Have a great week of feasting!