Monday, August 17, 2020

Meal Plans: August Week 2 Update and Week 3

 August Week 2:  

I started 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 from the freezer and made some spicy shredded chicken.  

These were 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 cucumber 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 is how it all worked out:

Breakfast: Half pastrami sandwich
Lunch: The other half of the sandwich
Dinner: Shredded chicken, spicy sauteed potatoes, cucumber slices
Snacks/desserts; caramelized apple slices (dessert)

Brunch: Pancakes with leftover mackerel curry (that finished the mackerel curry)
Dinner: Shredded chicken and potatoes; salad
Snacks: Slice of banana bread, cereal

Brunch: Pancakes and bacon
Dinner: Scrambled egg and potatoes, salad
Snacks: cereal; cheese and crackers; orange

Breakfast: Cereal with milk
Lunch: Salad and pastrami sandwich (that finished the bread and the cold cuts)
Dinner: Parathas with shredded chicken and spicy potatoes
Snacks: Raisins, apple, last piece of banana bread

Brunch:  Scrambled egg and fried potatoes; orange
Dinner: Gyoza (potstickers)
Snacks: Banana-peach "ice cream"

Banana-Peach "Ice Cream"

Breakfast: Cereal with milk
Lunch: Paratha with made over shredded chicken (I turned it into a curry by adding some milk because I wanted some gravy) and potatoes
Dinner: Gyoza (pot stickers)
Snacks: Apples, crackers with chocolate hazelnut spread

Breakfast: Cereal with milk
Lunch: Paratha with shredded "curried" chicken and spicy potatoes; cucumber salad
Dinner: Cup of noodles instant soup
Snacks: Almonds, orange

Well, the curried shredded chicken and spicy potatoes sort of carried me through the week!  In fact, I finished the last of the curried shredded chicken and potatoes, this afternoon, for my lunch.   I suppose I could have frozen some of it, but, I took advantage of it to avoid cooking a lot during a rather hot week.  I had enough variety for my liking with a couple of additional meals from the freezer (the gyoza/potstickers) and pantry (the cup of noodles).

So, onwards to Week 3!  

It has been a couple of weeks since my last grocery delivery (received July 29).  I still have fresh produce, but I have finished my bread.  Of course, now that I have yeast, I can make some, but, it is too hot to switch on the oven!  I am also coming to the end of my fresh dairy milk; it had a "best by 8/8/20" date on it, so, I am trying to use it up before it goes bad.  I will probably put in a small grocery order sometime this week.

Week 3 Meal Plans:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Pancakes; scrambled egg and fried potatoes with or without bacon; cereal and milk; uppuma (Indian style semolina), salad

Dinners:  Armenian kebabs made over (sauteed with onions and tomato, maybe), served with rice and salad; ground beef served with potato and vegetables (carrots and green beans) or made into keema curry and served with rice and vegetables; smoked sausage stir fry served with rice or noodles.

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

How about you?  Are you making any meal plans?  


  1. I made a meal plan, posted it this morning and have already gone off it! So much for my planning!
    I do have a question for you. A woman near me had moringa plants for sale and I bought one because I read about both you and Nil having one. What exactly will I use it for?

    1. Ha, ha, that's too funny! Oh, well, meal plans usually come with the caveat that they are subject to change at the discretion of the cook! :D

      As for the moringa plant - the leaves can be added to any dish you cook and, I believe, Nil adds them to the smoothies she makes. The pods are peeled, cut into shorter lengths, and cooked in a curry - one scrapes out the soft flesh, once cooked, and that is what is eaten, along with the cooked seeds. I've read that the entire young pod can be eaten whole if picked when they are about 6 inches long, but, I've never eaten them like that. We used to allow the pods to grow until they were about a foot long before we picked them.

  2. No, I haven't been making any meal plans. I did go do a big shop at Vons this evening, though. They had some excellent specials! I bought lots of fruit, veggies, some meat, gelato and juice. I eat differently in the hot weather. Enjoy your carefully planned meals...

    1. Sounds like you got some good deals, Stephenie. :) I don't know about my meals being all that carefully planned, but, I made a smoked sausage stir fry and rice for dinner, tonight. There's plenty left over for a couple more dinners and I won't have to cook dinner tomorrow. It is supposed to be another hot day, tomorrow, so, stay cool!

  3. All of these sounds yum! I love all the veggies and fruit☺ Have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you, Natalia. I made a smoked sausage stir fry for dinner, tonight, but, wished I had a piece of your blueberry cake for dessert, afterwards! :D

  4. I haven't done a plan yet. I'm in the middle of bulk cooking and also have a few bits and pieces in the fridge and freezer I want to use up this week, so will do my plan once I know exactly what's available.

    1. Right now, my meal plan is a help in deciding what to cook that week, but, I like your idea of cooking in advance and then, deciding what to have from what you've cooked, too. :) By the way, I wished I had some of those dump bags, yesterday, as I was searching in the freezer for various vegetables to add to my stir fry! I know I have some frozen bell peppers and broccoli, and they are on the shelf designated for frozen veggies, BUT, various non-veggie items were also stuffed in front on that shelf as space was needed and I couldn't get to the vegetables! I used other vegetables, instead, but, was thinking to myself that, if I had a "stir fry dump bag", it would have been so convenient!

  5. I think leftovers are the best and I don't mind eating the same thing several days in a row if I don't have to cook.

    1. Especially when it is so hot! I have a table fan set up on the kitchen counter and that helps, but, the kitchen gets quite hot! Leftovers usually means I can plate up something and heat it up in the microwave! :)

  6. That's quite a meal plan. Mr Man loves leftovers so I am thankful I don't have too much hanging about the frig or freezer. I find when I take the time to plan, there's less food waste which in these days is critical. Happy Day.

    1. Thank you; planning for specific meals for each day of the week didn't work for me, but, deciding on a few meal possibilities for the week seems to work. It's good that Mr. Man likes leftovers; less cooking for you and less food waste. :)

  7. Yum. Your meals sound delicious

  8. No written meal plan but sometimes there is one in my head (easier to change then, often without me realizing it!) Leftovers are a boon when cooking feels like a chore. We had some chicken breast in the freezer and I served it with sweet potato fries and pattypan squash cooked on the same tray in the oven. I've got some frozen chili waiting for a day when I need a break.

    1. It's good to have some idea of what to cook in the week ahead, whether it is a written plan or just in your head. Plus some cooked meals in the freezer for those days when you don't feel like cooking. :) Last night, when I was faced with the possibility of a power cut, I had to consider what meals I could put together that didn't require cooking or, even, warming up! Sandwiches sprang to mind, but, a bit hard to do when you are fresh out of bread! LOL. I do have crackers, but, I think, the next grocery order might include some rice cakes or something!

  9. Your food sounds delicious. I don't food plan as such, but I do have a rough food plan that I follow.

    1. Thank you, Ratnamurti. It's good that you have an idea of what you will be cooking - it's one less thing to have to think about. :)


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