Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sunday Dinner

So while I am still on my quest to PURGE, there are a few things that I would like to implement.  One of those is to always have a nice Sunday dinner as a family.

We do not get an opportunity to eat as a family during the week because of Rondell's work schedule and by the time I get home from work I don't usually have time to make a big meal, so it's important to me for us to have a nice dinner together on Sundays.

Typically we eat together on Sundays now, but sometimes it's rushed or something simple.  I would love to start spending a little more time in the kitchen on Sunday, creating a wonderful meal for my family.

This past Sunday I asked Renee (my step-mom) for her spaghetti sauce recipe.  Usually I use Ragu (and one time an off brand...which I will never do again), but I wanted to try to make the sauce myself.
**This is the only picture (Rondell didn't get back from the store until later so some of the items are missing and since his trip was so delayed we didn't end up eating this meal till Monday...I am a work in progress)**

The sauce turned out pretty well(though not quite as good as Renee's).  I used:

1.5 lbs of ground chuck
1 onion (ooh, and I was so excited because I had some chopped onion in the freezer...really came in handy!)
**brown hamburger with onion**
1 large can of tomato sauce (28 oz...though I think I will use more next time)
1 can of tomato paste (+ a can full of water)
Soy sauce...enough to change the color from bright red to a darker red (I think this is what makes hers stand out from other sauces)
Seasoning (Italian, salt, pepper, garlic season, onion powder)
Simmer
Enjoy!

Here are a few other "Sunday" recipes that I would like to try:
Pulled pork
Spaghetti pie
Chicken enchiladas
Chicken chili

Are there any "Sunday" recipes that you'd like to share?

11 comments:

Kelli @ RTSM said...

When I was going up we went to church with my grandparents and we would eat lunch at their house every Sunday after church. Yummy pot roast and homemade corn bread a lot of times:) I miss that...and I hate that my kiddos don't get to experience it, but we go to a different church now which make it hard to get together on Sundays. Half the time we eat out and run errands after church and the other half we do something quick like sandwiches or pizza.

happeningsofourhome said...

I still remember how special our family dinners were as a kid--such great memories! Good for you!! And thanks for the sauce recipe--I too, use Ragu--but I think I'll give this one a whirl =)

amyhersheyskisses said...

CREAM CHEESE chicken chili (last link) OH, my!! I love anything with cream cheese in it... can't wait to try-
(our oldest would LOVE if I started cooking a big Sunday meal... I only cook 'big' on birthdays)

Angie said...

My mom always made a big lunch after church on Sundays and then we had either cereal or crackers and cheese for dinner on Sunday night. I love this idea! The spaghetti pie sounds amazing. I love your ideas, my mom always served roast with potatoes and carrots. I think that may be why I don't care for it now. heehee!

Carrie said...

I have been trying to do this too but so far it's been random. I would love the kids to enjoy a Sunday lunch or dinner and have good memories of it someday too. Dan's family did that! Great for you! Sounds like you are off to a wonderful start! Yum! :-)

Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

We are a big meat family on Sundays - Roast, briscut, steaks...yum!

~Becca

Kelly said...

Yum! I am so hungry right now and spaghetti sauce sounds delicious! I love Sunday family meals :)

Nancy said...

I love Sunday dinners. My favorites for the week. I like to bbq because then it is dinner at home and I don't have to do a lot of clean up. You know what comes after the dinner, right? Yep. dessert. THat must be why I love it so. :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I think big Sunday dinners sound lovely. We don't do it, but maybe I should start. We do typically do a big breakfast on Sunday morning. Pulled pork sounds YUMMY!

Rach said...

Now doesn't this sound tasty! I used to used jarred sauce, then I married Brien, and well, I inherited his family's spaghetti sauce recipe and I've never gone back. ;o)

I hope you have a MARVELOUS weekend!

Hugs!

Rach said...

Now doesn't this sound tasty! I used to used jarred sauce, then I married Brien, and well, I inherited his family's spaghetti sauce recipe and I've never gone back. ;o)

I hope you have a MARVELOUS weekend!

Hugs!