Thursday, July 2, 2020

July Meal Plans - Week 1

My original intent with the meal planning was to make sure that I will not eat all the "good" things at the beginning of this period of sheltering at home and end up having no variety in my meals towards the latter end, especially if there was a disruption in the availability of groceries due to the pandemic (farmers being unable to gather their crops, food processing plants having to close down due to virus outbreaks among workers, deliveries being halted, etc.).  I think that is still a valid reason, especially as it looks like we'll be extending the period of sheltering at home, so, I will be continuing with the meal planning.  Besides, it is helpful to have an inkling of what I have on hand and can make with it.

My meal plans are from Monday to Sunday, so the 1st week in July includes the last couple of days of June, as well.  This week, too, I will be planning all my meals from what I have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry, as I am not sure if I will do another grocery pick up this week or not.  I am also including snacks, in an attempt to get a handle on my snacking!  Since the first three days of meals have already taken place, I am going with the specific meals for each day version, rather than meal possibilities.

July Week 1 Meal Plan: 

Breakfast - Waffles with the last fresh peach
Dinner - Egg salad sandwich
Snacks - Almonds

Breakfast - Egg salad sandwich
Lunch - Rice and curries (kebab curry, sauteed green beans, lentils, pineapple curry)

Rice and Curries
Dinner - Paratha and kebab curry, fresh orange
Snacks - Dry cereal

Wednesday (July 1):
Brunch - Milkrice with kebab curry (cooked enough milkrice for 2 meals)
Dinner - Salad, followed by an egg salad sandwich

Snacks - Dry cereal, peanuts

Brunch - Leftover "Planned"over milkrice with kebab curry
Dinner - Rice, leftover curries (kebab, dhal, green beans, pineapple)
Snacks - Fruit salad (banana, apple, orange, cashews)

Brunch - Scrambled egg with fried potatoes
Dinner - Rice, smoked sausage stirfry (from the freezer)
Snacks - Dry cereal, yogurt

Brunch - Pancakes or waffles with home-canned peaches (the jar that didn't seal, which is in the fridge)
Dinner - Leftover rice and sausage stirfry
Snacks - Apple slices with peanut butter

Breakfast - Toast with butter and jam
Lunch - Salad, yogurt
Dinner - Spaghetti with meat sauce
Snacks - Choice of crackers with peanut butter, oranges, or caramelized apple slices (in which case, it will count as dessert!)

This menu plan will use up leftovers in the fridge (rice and curries on Thursday night), make use of an already cooked item in the freezer (sausage stirfry) and require cooking dinner only on Sunday (meat sauce) which will, hopefully, give me enough leftovers for another couple of meals the following week. 

If I feel like doing more cooking, then, I might make a tomato soup or something, but, that remains to be seen.

Are you doing any meal plans?  If so, how is it coming along?


  1. Sounds like you've got a good handle on the way you want things to run with your meal planning. Groovy.

    1. Thank you, Ivy. I am constantly struggling with trying to figure out what I think I might feel like eating several days away from now! :)

  2. Such an interesting blend of western and ethnic meals, Bless. I think I prefer your ethnic ones. Wise to be prepared during this difficult time.

    1. Ha, ha, I never really looked at my meal plans like that, Ratnamurti. But, I suppose it is a bit of a mix. My daughter, too, makes a mix of meals - Sri Lankan food, Japanese and Korean dishes, and the occasional chicken pot pie or roasted vegetables. :)

  3. You are a good cook to make your own menus. I just cook as I go along. I really do not like to cook much any more. I love salads. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. Thank you, Susie, but, I am always changing my menus, even after I make them! I enjoy cooking, but, have to be in the mood to do it. Often, I'll cook something and eat it several days in a row!

  4. I'm making quite a detailed plan and will do so until I settle in to a new way of eating. I'm determined to lose weight so the planning is more to be sure I have the correct foods available than to dictate what will be eaten every single mealtime. I've made my usual list of what needs to be used up and have settled on a couple of different recipes I will make (some to eat and some to freeze). I've done this for a four week period - two new recipes every week, breakfast ideas, and what can be used from the freezer - so I'll know what I need to buy in, plus a good supply of fruit, veg and other necessities, to arrange for a supermarket delivery.

    I'm starting the new regime straight away but it'll be a bit hit and miss until I get the delivery.

    1. Thorough planning is very important when one is following a specific diet, isn't it? Especially at the beginning, as you say, until you get used to that way of eating. At one time, I tried to follow a lower carb diet, but, I sort of went off it. I should try to go back to it for health reasons if not for anything else.

  5. I meant to ask - do you reheat cooked rice and if so, what method do you use please?

    1. I do reheat cooked rice - I do it in the microwave. Serve the rice (and any curries) to a plate or bowl, cover it with a vented cover, and microwave for 1-2 minutes (I have a small microwave that is not very powerful). I usually don't sprinkle it with water before microwaving it, but, one can do that, too, or cover the rice with a damp paper towel to generate a little steam to fluff out the rice. If you don't have a microwave, then, rice can be reheated by steaming it in a steamer.

    2. Thanks. I've been reheating in the microwave but was interested to see if you had a better method.

  6. We don't have a meal plan except we have several vegetables in the fridge that need to be used. That means we will probably have some roasted cauliflower today among other things.

    1. Roasted cauliflower will go with just about any dish you'll be making for your main dish. My daughter made some roasted cauliflower, one time, and it became her snack of choice for the next couple of days!


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