Monday, August 24, 2020

Meal Plans - August Week 3 Review and August Week 4

August Week 3 meals were based on what I had on hand and these were the options:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Pancakes✓; scrambled egg and fried potatoes with or without bacon✓ (but, for dinner, instead of brunch); 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.

This is how it all turned out:

Breakfast: Cereal with milk
Lunch: Paratha with the last of the curried shredded chicken and spicy potatoes
Dinner: Smoked sausage stirfry and rice
Snacks/desserts; Peanuts, orange, frozen iced coffee "popsicle"

Breakfast: Pancakes with peach jam
Lunch: Salad; tuna on crackers
Dinner: Smoked sausage stirfry and rice
Snacks: Orange, cake

Breakfast: Pancakes, tuna on crackers, orange 
Lunch: Stirfry and rice
Dinner: Scrambled egg, fried potatoes
Snacks: Apple, pot stickers, cookies

Brunch: Tuna salad on crackers
Dinner: Rice and sausage stirfry
Snacks: Cookies, oranges

Brunch: Boiled cassava with spicy onion sambol (katta sambol) 
Dinner: Rice and the last of the sausage stirfry
Snacks: Melon slices, cookies, crackers, orange

Breakfast:  Paratha with spicy (but sweet) onion sambol (seeni sambol) 
Lunch: Hot dogs
Dinner: Baked potato with made over kebabs (sliced kebabs sauteed with onions, tomatoes, green peas)

Made Over Kebabs

Snacks: Melon slices, cookie

Breakfast:  Pancakes with bacon
Lunch: Hot dog
Dinner: Made over kebabs with rice
Snacks: paratha with onion sambol, cookies, peanuts, orange

I made the smoked sausage stir fry on Monday night and it saw me through most of the week!   Which was fine with me.  

August Week 4 Meal Plan Options:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Leftover pancakes and bacon (Monday), scrambled egg and fried potatoes, uppuma (Indian style semolina), tuna salad on crackers, boiled cassava with spicy onion sambol, coconut flat bread (roti).

Dinners:  Leftover Armenian kebabs dish with potato (baked or mashed) and cabbage slaw; ground beef keema curry, lentils (dhal), and curried green beans served with rice; chicken curry with sauteed cabbage and rice; paratha with chicken curry; some kind of pasta or noodle dish.

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

I still haven't done any grocery shopping in August.  If I do order some groceries, this week, I might order a frozen pizza and have that for dinner, one night.  

Have you made a meal plan for this week?


  1. Sounds like some really delicious meals!

  2. Sounds great! How do you keep motivated cooking yourself such great meals when there's just you? I'm vegetarian, my son and husband who are still here eat meat and sometimes when I'm making something for them I just can't be bothered to make something different from me so will just have a sandwich or something.

    1. Um, I like to eat, I guess! LOL. I like cooking, too (for the most part), but, maybe not every day. Can you make dishes where you can cook the vegetables separately and keep a portion aside for you before you add the meat? Suppose you make a vegetable casserole which you can have as your main meal with potatoes or pasta and your husband and son can have as a side dish with some steak or pork chops or baked chicken? Or, one day, cook extra of the meat dish for your family (hopefully, they are OK with leftovers) and the next day, make a big dish of a vegetarian main dish for yourself, then, portion it out and have for several meals. Often, when I prepare something like lentils, I'll cook enough for several meals and freeze. Then, I can just take out a portion to have on a day when I don't feel like cooking. You have to take care of yourself, too; not just the others. I don't know if you like curries - if you do, I can post some vegetarian curry recipes.

    2. Yes please to the vegetarian curry recipes, Bless 😂

  3. Great menus! I thought I had a problem today as I had meant to take out some lamb steaks sooner and so they were not thawing in time, then I thought of some frozen cod but it said to defrost, then I found some frozen salmon which I could cook in the oven without defrosting. A little butter, birch syrup and lemon juice was all that was needed on the pieces. Tomorrow the lamb will be ready to cook.

    1. Thank you! Well done on working around the lamb steaks that hadn't thawed in time! I, too, have found that, often, things take a bit longer to thaw than I estimate. I'm glad you had another option and the baked salmon sounds delicious!

  4. I'm not meal planning at present. When I can get my act together I think it's just lunches that I need to plan for. I have a good selection of main meal portions in the freezer or the components to make a meal and it's the same for choices for breakfasts, but I often find myself at a loss for lunch choices.

    1. That used to be my problem when I was working and my daughter was going to school. We used to take a packed lunch and, while I had a microwave at work and could warm my lunch (or, even, cook a frozen meal), my daughter didn't have access to a microwave.

      Would something like soup and a sandwich work for your lunch? Or a salad with some protein? Leftovers from dinner?

  5. Your plans are great! And you keep to them so well, I am so contrary! If I list it as a meal I dont want it. Maybe it is having a well stock store cupboard I have so many choices! But I must do something about it as I dither and end up with just a sandwich. I am thinking I might make my main meal at midday as part of the problem is that often I am too tired to cook in the evening.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. I find that listing the options works better for me than listing a specific meal for a given day. And, if I want something other than what I've listed, then, that's fine too. The meal options are also a reminder to take things out to thaw in time!

      Preparing the main meal earlier in the day is a good idea. Even if you choose not to have it at midday, it will be ready for when you want to eat. :)


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