Monday, August 10, 2020

August Meal Plans: Week 1 Update and Week 2

August Week 1 meal plan: these are the options I had listed for August Week 1:-

Breakfast/Brunch: Leftover milk rice with fish curry✓, French toast✓, pastrami sandwiches✓, salad✓, scrambled egg with fried potatoes✓, cereal and milk (had this as snacks, instead)

Dinners:  Smoked sausage stir fry with rice✓; fish curry with rice and broccoli sauteed green beans and lentils ✓; leftover roast beef slices (from the freezer) made into a stir fry or stew✓; homemade tomato soup; salad✓

Snacks/desserts:  Fresh fruits✓, crackers with peanut butter, cereal✓

Breakfast - French toast, banana
Lunch - Salad (lettuce, cucumber, grapes); bottled dressing; 1/2 pastrami sandwich
Dinner  - Rice, mackerel curry, sauteed broccoli
Snacks - Dry cereal, lemon puff cookies (3)

Breakfast - French toast
Lunch - Salad (lettuce, carrots, cucumber); bottled dressing; 1/2 pastrami sandwich
Dinner - Beef saute/"stew" - leftover roast beef, potatoes, carrots, broccoli

Beef "Stew"

Snacks: Orange; a spoon of chocolate hazelnut spread!

Brunch - Leftover milk rice and mackerel curry
Dinner - Beef stew, salad
Snacks - Apple, 1/2 sandwich, peanuts

Brunch - Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash brown potatoes 
Dinner - Beef stew, salad
Snacks - Honey barbecue chicken wings, orange, cereal

Breakfast - Pancakes, bacon, syrup
Lunch - Pancakes, fish curry
Dinner - Beef stew
Snacks - Cereal, orange

Brunch - Uppuma (Indian style semolina/cream of wheat)
Dinner - Rice, sausage stir fry
Snacks - Orange, lemon puff cookies

Breakfast - Leftover uppuma
Lunch - Tuna sandwich
Dinner - Leftover rice and sausage stir fry; salad
Snacks - Orange, slice of bread with peach jam

This weeks meal planning options worked well for the most part.  I had most of the meal options I listed as well as some I didn't list!  

August Week 2:  

I am starting this week with hardly any leftovers to finish up; just a spoonful of rice and a little bit of mackerel curry.   I took out two pieces of rotisserie chicken to thaw in the fridge, so I will be looking at some chicken recipes, this week.

These are the meal options for August Week 2:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Pancakes, pastrami sandwiches, scrambled egg and bacon with fried potatoes, cereal and milk, salad

Dinners:  Rotisserie chicken made over (sauteed?), served with potato and green salad; Armenian kebabs made over (sauteed with onions and tomato, maybe), served with rice and cucumber salad; ground beef served with potato and vegetables (carrots and green beans) or made into keema curry and served with rice and vegetables; gyoza/potstickers.  

Snacks/desserts:  Fresh fruits (oranges, apples), canned fruits, crackers with peanut butter, cereal, cookies, peanuts, etc.

This week, I am not being very specific with dinner menus, because I really don't know what I will end up cooking!


  1. Please may I come to stay? I like the choice of meals for wk 2 but will have to pass on the beef.

    I have the next supermarket delivery coming on Sunday so this week is 'strange meal week' using up lots of odds and ends!

    1. You are welcome at anytime, once this virus is under control. :) We can substitute any other meat/poultry for beef. We didn't eat beef when I was growing up, as my father didn't allow it in the house. But, my step-father ate beef and so, we started eating it, too.

      Hope you enjoy some of the "strange" meals you find yourself eating. :) I am trying to hold off on getting groceries for at least another week. Only thing I am running out of is bread.

  2. Wow, you are so organized. It sounds like you are eating very well.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. Let's just say that I am not going hungry! :)

  3. Since you have been doing more meal planning, do you think you are eating more healthful? Can you tell a difference in the way you feel?

    1. That's a good question! The answer is, I don't know! I don't think I am eating more healthfully, but, I am not eating as much fast food, as before (none, actually)! I am also more aware of the amount of snacks I eat and how they all seem to be cereal or crackers or bread, instead of carrot sticks or cucumber slices or salad! :D Well, awareness is the first step, they say. Last week, I started out keeping track of how many servings of fruits and vegetables I had in my meals - most days it averages about 3 servings a day, not the 5 a day that is recommended. A banana, however, counts as 2 servings for me and so do most apples.

      I really can't tell a difference in the way I feel, though! Which is probably a sign that I am not eating all that healthily, after all!

  4. Wow - you are so very organised! I hate working out what's for dinner. I think it would be easier if it was just for me but then I would probably go without sometimes or have junk as I couldn't be bothered to cook

    1. I don't think I am all that organized! If I was, then, I'd have a specific meal for a specific day! I tried that and failed! The meal options work better, for me. But, as you say, I'm just one person and it is easier when I have only my food preferences to work around. :)


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