Monday, October 12, 2020

October Meal Plans - Week 1 Update and Week 2

Here's what I had planned for the first full week of October: 

October Week 1 Meal Plan Options

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Boiled cassava (Monday)✓, French toast, pancakes✓, uppuma (semolina)✓, tuna or egg salad sandwiches✓, salad✓.

Dinners:  Chicken stir fry with rice✓ or noodles✓, soup and toast✓, "breakfast for dinner"✓, fish and chips rice ✓. 

Snacks/desserts:  Fruits, crackers, etc.✓

And this is how it all worked out:

Brunch:  Boiled cassava with onion sambol
Dinner:  Scrambled egg and bacon on toast (breakfast for dinner)
Snacks/Dessert: Fruit salad (apple, golden kiwi, grapes); more grapes
Brunch:  Salad (lettuce, cucumber, grated carrot, grapes) with shredded chicken
Dinner: Chicken noodle soup
Snacks/Dessert:  Crackers with peanut butter; frozen iced coffee "popsicle"

Brunch: Salad  and half a tuna sandwich 
Dinner:  Rice with chicken stirfry (chicken, carrots, broccoli, potato, peanuts)
Snacks/Dessert: Fresh fruits (grapes, peach), cereal, tortilla chips

Brunch:  Salad
Dinner:  Rice and chicken stirfry
Snacks/Dessert: Grapes, peach, cereal, tortilla chips

Breakfast: Scrambled egg on toast
Lunch: Salad
Dinner:  Noodles with leftover chicken stirfry
Snacks/Dessert:  Cake, fresh fruits, tortilla chips

Brunch:   Uppuma (Indian style semolina)
Dinner:  Smoked sausage and potato soup (with carrots, onions, and celery added), buttered toast

Smoked Sausage and Potato Soup

Snacks/Dessert:  Cake for tea!

Breakfast:  Pancakes with spicy onion sambol
Lunch: Smoked sausage soup
Dinner:  Baked battered fish fillets, rice, green peas
Snacks/Dessert: Fresh fruits

Woo hoo!  I actually ate what I had planned to eat, for the most part!  Well done, me!  LOL.

On to Week 2!

This week, I have a small zucchini that needs to be used up before it spoils.  I also have some milk that should be used up, too, before it goes bad (well past the 'best by' date).    

October Week 2 Options:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Pancakes (Monday; leftovers from Sunday), French toast, salad, egg salad sandwiches, leftover soup.

Dinners:  Smoked sausage stir fry with rice or noodles, soup and toast, scrambled egg on toast, grilled chicken drumsticks with vegetables or salad 

Snacks/desserts:  Fruits, crackers, bread pudding if I make some

We shall see how it all turns out!  What are you planning to serve at meals, this week?


  1. Go you! Hope the plan works out well for this week too. We have been eating meals I had prepped and stocked in the freezer since the kitties have been sick. I'm sure glad I had them on hand!

    1. Thank you, Martha. I'm so glad you had those frozen meals to see you through the "nursing the kitties back to health" period. Good to have some prepared meals on hand at all times, isn't it?

  2. Well done, you! I don't know why I feel like I accomplish something when I stick to a meal plan since I know it is just a suggestion, but I do feel like a failure when I don't hit at least 4 out of 7 meals.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I like to make the meal plans to keep a certain level of variety from week to week. Today, I cooked the sausage stir fry and cooked the zucchini, too.

  3. We had a delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner on Sunday, takeout from a local restaurant. It was the first time we had tried their Thanksgiving dinner as usually we would have the family here and cook at home. Not having to cook a meal meant that I was free to go for a long walk with DH on a day when the weather was sunny and not too cool. In the evening we Skyped with the family.

    1. I am so glad that you were able to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, especially as you didn't have to cook it. I'm also glad that you were able to Skype with the family, afterwards, and be with them virtually. We will continue to make the best of the situation and be thankful for what we have and can do, instead of focusing on what we don't and can't. :)

  4. I don't think I've ever stuck to a meal plan as well as this ... well done Bless.

    I've looked up a recipe for uppuma and plan to try it out sometime. I need to get hold of a couple of ingredients so it'll have to wait until the next big shop.

    1. Thank you! I am quite pleased with how it worked out, this week.

      I make a very simplified version of uppuma and posted my directions here:

    2. Thanks. Your recipe looks much easier than the ones I've seen online so it's the one I'm adding to my 'Cooking With Bless' folder!

    3. I often play around with the basic recipe - often, I omit the onions, add a knob of butter when roasting the semolina (I am out of cream of wheat, so I've been using semolina), add curry leaves because I have them, and so forth. Once you've made it a couple of times, I'm sure you'll be able to add and subtract ingredients to suit your tastes and what you have on hand, provided you like the dish. :)

  5. This menu is making me feel hungry. It's a good thing I have some mackerel curry for my dinner. X

    1. Thank you, Jules; I'm so happy to know that the mackerel curry is on your meal plan for dinner. :)


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