|Tuesday Brunch: Pancakes and Lentil Curry (Dhal)|
I am not good about making and sticking to meal plans. I never have been. I often run out of ideas after the 2nd or 3rd day, when I have to write down a meal plan! For the most part, I tend to cook one or two things and eat them throughout the week before I make something new. For example, over the weekend, I pulled out a package of rice noodles and a package of smoked sausages with bell pepper from the freezer and ate that Saturday night and Sunday night, until the rice noodles were finished. On Monday night, I was going to have rice with the leftover sausages and took out a package of cooked lentils (dhal) from the freezer, to go with it, but, the lentils hadn't thawed by evening and, although I could have thawed them in the microwave, I decided not to. Instead, I cooked some pasta, and had that with the sausages. There is one serving of sausages left for another meal, later in the week.
Today, the lentils had thawed and I decided to make the pancakes I didn't make over the weekend and have them with the lentil curry. I used a "just add water" pancake mix, but I made the batter a little thinner because I didn't want very fluffy pancakes. I wanted something a little thinner. To me, this type of pancakes resembles dosa, which is a type of Indian pancake made with fermented urad (also known as black gram/lentil) flour and rice flour. It doesn't have the same taste, but, that's fine with me. I made four pancakes and had two for brunch. The other two are in the fridge, maybe for tomorrow's brunch.
In the meantime, I have a packet of chicken curry thawing in the fridge. My plan is to have that with one or two of the parathas (Indian flat bread) that friend R gave me. Provided the curry thaws in time. If not, I could go with my original plan for Monday night's dinner, which was rice, sausage, and lentils (except, now I want to wait until the first of May to open my new bag of rice and make milk rice with the first cup of rice). Or, I might have the other two pancakes with my lentil curry, again! Or, have an egg salad sandwich with the last of the egg salad. Or repeat last night's dinner and cook pasta to go with the sausage, again. This is why I can't meal plan! I am too "wishy-washy"!
But, in an attempt to make the best use of what I have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry cabinet, I am going to try! So, here's the tentative plan for meals, this week: subject to change, of course!
Brunch - Egg salad sandwich (followed by a peanut butter - no jelly - sandwich at tea time)
Brunch - Pancakes with lentil curry
Dinner - Parathas with chicken curry (if thawed), or leftover pancakes with lentil curry, again, or something! Maybe I'll make a cabbage salad to accompany it (need to eat some vegetables!)
Brunch - Egg salad sandwich
Dinner - Parathas with chicken curry, if I didn't have it on Tuesday, or pasta with smoked sausage
Brunch - Leftover pancakes (if not eaten for dinner on Tuesday, or make more pancakes!) with caramelized apples (if feeling ambitious) or homemade strawberry jam and/or pancake syrup (one of my friends said she had pancakes with orange marmalade and sour cherry jam and maple syrup, the other day, and that sounded so delicious!)
Dinner - Um...depends on what leftovers I have in the fridge or what I feel like pulling out of the freezer! Maybe I'll make some coconut flat bread (roti) to eat with chicken curry (the package contains enough chicken curry for at least two servings, maybe three).
Brunch - Milk rice with caramelized spicy onions (seeni sambol)
Dinner - Coconut flat bread with any leftover chicken curry and/or spicy onion sambol (katta sambol)
Brunch - Probably leftover milk rice as I usually make enough for two meals
Dinner - Probably leftover coconut flat bread
Brunch - French toast, maybe?
Dinner - Chicken pot pies, perhaps? I have half a roasted chicken breast in the freezer and puff pastry squares! Add some carrots, celery, and onions, and there'll be enough for a couple of meals for next week, as well!
There we are! A week's worth of meal plans! Subject to change, as I mentioned, earlier. Snacks will include fresh fruits, carrot sticks with or without peanut butter, spicy garbanzo beans, maybe cookies or granola bars or dry cereal, or one of the muffins from the freezer.
How about you? Do you do meal plans? Do you follow them for the most part? Or, do you prefer to cook and eat what you feel like having? If so, how are you managing during this time of staying home for the most part?