Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Meal Plans: Week 2 Update and Week 3

Here's how the meal plan for this past week (May 4-10) turned out; keep in mind that, on Tuesday evening, I picked up an order of groceries which included fresh produce (bananas, strawberries, lettuce, cucumber, and zucchini), chicken, and ground beef:

Brunch:  Spicy garbanzo beans (from the freezer); fresh lemonade (lemons from the garden)
Dinner:  Rice, leftover lentil curry, leftover sausage and bell peppers

Breakfast: Fresh mango
Lunch: Leftover rice, lentil curry, sausage with bell peppers
Dinner: Pancakes, with leftover ground coconut sambol and any leftover lentil curry; strawberries, banana
Dinner: Rice, with fish curry, sauteed cabbage, tomato chutney, pappadum (fried lentil wafers)

Breakfast: Banana
Lunch: Salad

Dancer enjoys his lettuce!

My salad

Dinner: Rice with fish curry and cabbage, strawberries for dessert

Brunch: Indian style cream of wheat Banana, paratha with fish curry
Dinner (early): Fried Rice, fish curry, cabbage, fried pappadum (lentil wafers) (if there is any leftover rice); if not, scrambled egg on toast, perhaps
2nd Dinner (!): Broiled chicken drumsticks; strawberries

Brunch: Banana, yogurt, salad  Leftover cream of wheat, if any; if not, toast and peanut butter
Dinner: Coconut flat bread or paratha with  Rice, fish curry, cabbage

Brunch: Waffles with stewed apples (if I feel ambitious); leftover coconut flat bread or paratha (if I don't)
Dinner:  Broiled chicken drumsticks, salad

BreakfastMilk rice with leftover fish curry or onion sambol Paratha with onion sambol
Lunch: Rice, sauted (curried) cabbage, cashew curry; strawberries
Dinner: Leftover chicken pot pie or tomato soup Armenian pizza

Well, now, look at all those planned meals which got crossed off!  LOL.  There have also been snacks of bowls of dry cereal, roasted peanuts, and granola bars in between the main meals, and I haven't listed those!

I didn't even make a meal plan for the first few days of this week!  Instead, I ate leftovers:

Brunch - Armenian pizza, banana
Afternoon Snack - yogurt
Dinner - Rice, fish curry, cashew curry, the last of the cabbage; fresh grapes

Breakfast - Armenian pizza, grapes
Lunch - Rice, the last of the fish curry, cashew curry; the last of the strawberries
Dinner - French toast!

Brunch - Armenian pizza (the last one), orange (from the garden)
Afternoon snack - banana, followed by potato fries
Dinner - ???

I need to cook something for dinner and the rest of this week's meals.  I took out one small packet of cooked ground beef (about 1/4 lb) and half a roasted chicken breast from the freezer to thaw.

I am thinking I will make some spaghetti sauce with the ground beef and half a can of pasta sauce and that will be good for dinner, with a salad to go with it.  There will be enough leftover for at least one more meal.

I am not quite sure what I want to make with the chicken breast.  Maybe a stir-fry?  Maybe chicken pot pie?  Or, some sort of casserole?  Any suggestions?

Depending on what I end up cooking, that will be the meals for the rest of this week, unless I cook something else!  LOL!

Did you do a meal plan, last week?  Did you keep to it for the most part?  What are you planning to make this week?


  1. Hi Bless, Your meals look so healthy. I love chicken enchiladas. I also like to put pieces of chicken and a bit of grated cheese into Mexican rice. I love Mexican food!

    1. You know, somehow, I never acquired a taste for enchiladas! I like tamales, but, not enchiladas. But, I do like Mexican rice! :)

  2. No meal plans for me. 😊
    I can eat the same leftovers for 2-3 days. LOL

    Chicken pot pie sounds great. But a stir fry is less time consuming... I think... 😊

    1. I, too, eat the same thing for several days without any problem, but, I try to have one thing for lunch and something else for dinner. After having fish curry, last week, I wanted to make something different, this week. :)

  3. TheHub likes to eat something different each night, so any leftovers are usually my lunch but I have been cutting back on the amount I prepare so my lunches are getting scarcer. Nothing like cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    1. Oh, that doesn't sound too good to be left without anything much for lunch! You might need to make a little bit more for dinner!

  4. That's pretty much how my meal plans go! I usually have a rough idea of what to have over the week to take account of any fresh stuff that needs using up but lately have settled down to taking what I fancy for the next days meals out of the freezer the night before rather than trying to plan the entire week in detail.

    I like to have something different every day so I bulk cook and freeze in portions which means that I don't really have leftovers. It's the bulk cooking stage where I plan properly so I have a good variety in the freezer.

    1. I do freeze some items, usually leftovers from prayer gatherings, but, not whole meals that I have prepared ahead. Rather, I freeze things like cooked ground beef which I can then use to make a filling for curry puffs or pasta sauce or keema, depending of what I feel like having.

      But, maybe what I should do is freeze a portion of whatever I make and keep it for another day. For example, the pasta sauce I made yesterday for dinner. I have a couple of servings left. Instead of having pasta for the next 2 days, I should keep a portion for tonight's (or tomorrow night's) dinner and freeze the other portion for another day. And do the same with the chicken, too. :)

  5. I only plan ahead when I am expecting to cook for other people; otherwise, I am happy with eating "whatever". I don't starve so I must be doing alright. That salad of yours looks so fresh and appetizing. The last time I roasted a whole chicken, after eating it for two nights I took the rest of the meat off and froze it to add to a stirfry the next week. Normally though, I usually keep eating leftovers until it is gone.

    1. Sorry, Susan; I forgot to click on reply and published the response as another comment, instead!

      I, too, used to generally make more detailed menu plans when I was having people over. Otherwise, I would just decide each week, based on what was on sale when I went grocery shopping. But, now, since I have to order groceries ahead of time, I feel I should have some idea of what I will make with the items I buy. I also want to make sure that I spread things out so that I don't eat all my stock of any one item, especially when it comes to meat. While I don't consider myself to be a big meat eater, I am, by no means, a vegetarian! So far, I have put in two orders for groceries and, both times beef has been unavailable, other than ground beef (max. 2 lbs. per order).

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  8. Dancer would have fun at my house as I decided to put the remaining stump from an iceberg lettuce into a little pot with some water and it sprouted in no time and is growing Dancer worthy leaves!

    You would think that yesterday with a newly filled fridge and freezer we might eat home food, but we decided to have an Indian takeout since we didn't have takeout for Mother's Day. It was mild out and we ate on our deck.

    I realized this morning that we were down to 2 teabags as I had forgotten to put them on my list! So it will be green tea and herbal tea until I get round to another shopping trip.

    1. Ooh, Dancer would love that potted lettuce plant! I am hoping to grow the stump from my current lettuce - I usually just cut wedges from the lettuce, but, this time, I am being careful to remove the leaves one by one to preserve the core.

      A little break from home cooking is nice, isn't it? I'm glad you were able to get the Indian takeout and I hope you enjoyed it. :)

      Oh, no, running short of teabags! Well, at least you have the green tea and herbal tea to tide you over. Just this morning, I wondered what I will do when I get to the end of my stock of tea, supposing the Sri Lankan store doesn't get a new stock by then. I guess I will have to go back to drinking coffee again!

  9. It's so nice now that you have gotten more groceries in your selection of possibilities has grown. Plus you never know when someone will gift you with a treat or two.

    About 6 months ago I bought an Instant Pot when it was on sale for $30 which was half price. I don't typically buy many of the newer type appliances. I've learned over the years the things I use every day or every week and I really didn't want to buy a new appliance that would just sit around rarely used.

    Many of my friends have raved about theirs for and I was curious. I thought I might see one used at a garage sale or a thrift shop but I never did. So when I saw it at such a good price I bought it.
    I really love it. When it first came I almost sent it back because it seemed so big and I thought I had made a mistake. ( I got the 6 quart size. ) But I made room for it and am so pleased.

    Anyway the point of all this is because you asked about chicken. One of the (many) things I like to do in the Instant Pot is something I kind of threw together - which is how I cook basically lol- I just put the ingredients for some curried lentils in the bottom with the appropriate liquid and put 2 chicken breasts on top and cooked it.
    It was delicious.
    So my vote for your chicken is a one pot version of lentils and chicken :)

    1. Having more groceries on hand is a blessing! And I think that it is my turn to bless someone else with a home cooked meal! :) Or something baked.

      I don't have an instant pot, but, your lentils and chicken sounds good! I like one pot dishes. I took about 1/3 of the chicken breast (already cooked) and added it to a pot of rice with some chicken broth (used bouillon powder), onions, and green peas to make an easy version of pilaf. I still need to decide what to do with the rest of the chicken! Maybe chicken patties (our version of empanadas).


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