Friday, April 3, 2015

Meal Planning

I have mentioned this before, but I am not very good at detailed meal planning, with a different dinner planned for each day.  Instead, I just prepare a couple of dishes for the week and sort of alternate them.

On Sunday night, I baked a potato (in the microwave) and topped it with a piece of bacon leftover from Saturday's brunch, and had that for dinner, since I wasn't very hungry.

On Monday night, I took the rest of the leftovers from Saturday's brunch (2 sausages, 1 piece of bacon and some scrambled eggs) and mixed it with some leftover rice and a handful of roasted peanuts and made fried rice for Monday dinner.  I consider that to be a very frugal meal because it was mostly made from leftovers.

On Tuesday, I took 2 cooked chicken breasts from the freezer, sliced them and added some sliced potatoes, sliced carrots, sliced onions and frozen green peas and sauted it all with some dried herbs and had that for dinner; I took the leftovers with rice and green beans to the office, for lunch, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (today).

Wednesday and Thursday nights, I had frozen taquitos!  Probably not the most balanced and nutritious dinners, but again, I wasn't very hungry and that was all I really wanted to eat. 

Tonight (Friday), I had freshly cooked rice with leftover shrimp curry and the last of the green beans.
There's still enough shrimp curry leftover for one more meal (probably Saturday night).

I checked my freezer and I have a whole chicken (uncooked), 2 cooked chicken breasts, a package of chicken curry, some sausages, a package of roast chicken bones/bits and pieces and several packages of uncooked chicken bony pieces with which to make soup/broth.

I think I will make a pot of chicken and vegetable soup and take out the package of chicken curry for next week's meals.  I still have half a cabbage that can be cooked to go with the chicken curry and the soup will have onions, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and whatever frozen vegetables I can find in the freezer.

If I make another batch of the no-knead bread (or try my hand at making kneaded bread!),  that will be a good accompaniment to the soup.

If I choose to do this, then, I don't need to go grocery shopping this week!  I have enough fresh fruit (oranges from the tree, 2 pears, plus 3 mangoes I was given) and some fresh vegetables (1/2 lettuce, 1/2 cabbage, carrots) plus frozen vegetables.  I wasn't very impressed with this week's grocery specials and if I can eat from the freezer and pantry, then, so much the better.  It would save me some money and even better, save me a little time, too.  

Would you go grocery shopping if you didn't have to? 



  1. Your meals sound delicious! I make baked potatoes in the microwave also- it's quick and I think it comes out softer than when they are baked in the oven. I love meals that come from digging up all the leftovers and putting them together- I think of it as a "free" meal cause it wasn't planned and I didn't pay for any extra groceries for it- does that make sense? haha. Warm soup and fresh bread sound yummy- comfort food at it's finest! If I find in my own home that I have everything I need to make meals around what I already have I try to keep myself out of the stores. I agree with you that it saves time, money and gas in my vehicle.
    Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Easter, Bless! :)

    1. Dawn, thank you and wish you and your family a Happy Easter, too. I think I will eat from the freezer and pantry this week, if only to make some room for new stuff!

    2. Dawn & Bless,
      I too bake my potatoes in the microwave, and on the days, I really want it to be good.. I put in the microwave until almost done, then I put them in a baking dish add olive oil to coat and put in the stove [oven] and finish baking. It crisp up the skins and it is delicious.

    3. Judy, that sounds delicious! I shall consider doing that the next time I have the oven on for something.

  2. Love when I have leftovers to be able to make a new meal from Very frugal and time saver too.
    No... I wouldn't go to the grocery store, if I didn't have to.. [Especially since there are no big sales ]..and you have what you need..
    Hope you have a very blessed and wonderful Easter.

    1. Judy, I hope you have a happy Easter, too.


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