Monday, November 23, 2020

November Meal Plans Week 3 Review and Week 4

November Week 3 Meal Plan Options:

I started Week 3 with several leftover curry puffs, a little bit of mackerel curry, and some of the gravy from the potato curry.  These were the meal plan options I thought might work out for Week 3 - 

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Fruit✓, curry puffs✓, French toast, pancakes, sandwiches (cheese✓, tuna or egg salad), soup✓

Dinner:  Curry puffs✓, coconut roti with fish curry✓, spaghetti with meat sauce✓, pork chops✓, oven fried chicken.

Snacks/Desserts: Fruit✓, nuts✓. cereal✓, etc. 

And this is how it worked out:

Brunch:  Curry puffs with tomato chutney
Dinner:  More curry puffs, tomato chutney 
Snacks/Dessert: Pomegranate, cashews

Brunch:  Curry puffs, tomato chutney
Dinner: Curry puffs, tomato chutney
Snacks/Dessert: Pomegranate, banana, cheese sandwich
Brunch:  Banana
Tea: Vada (lentil snacks)
Dinner:  Coconut roti, fish curry
Snacks/Dessert: Cassava chips

Coconut Roti/Flat Bread

Brunch: Curry puff, tomato chutney
Dinner: Coconut roti, the last of the fish curry
Snacks/Dessert: Banana, raisins and cashews, small piece of halapa

Brunch: Banana, curry puff
Dinner: Pork stir fry with rice
Snacks/Dessert: Vada, cassava chips, 

Pork Stir Fry and Rice

Brunch: Chicken noodle soup; crackers
Dinner:  Leftover rice and stir fry
Snacks/Dessert: Stewed apple with ice cream; granola bar, chocolate

Brunch:  Roti with katta sambol (a mixture of onions, chilies, and Maldive fish, ground together with lime juice)
Dinner:  Spaghetti with meat sauce 
Snacks/Dessert: Pomegranates, cheese and crackers

I think it worked out quite well, although all I ate at the beginning of the week (from choice) were curry puffs!  LOL.  Obviously, I liked them! 

On to Week 4!  Week 4 includes Thanksgiving Day.  At the beginning of the month, I thought I might do another grocery shopping order closer to Thanksgiving, but, since my daughter will not be joining me, I think I will simply make a Thanksgiving meal using what I have on hand.  Although, I am debating if it is worth ordering a pumpkin pie and whipped cream for dessert.

November Week 4 Meal Plan Options:

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch:  Fruit, scrambled egg and toast, grilled cheese sandwich, French toast, pancakes, waffles

Dinner:  Spaghetti with meat sauce, pork chops, Thanksgiving dinner (roast chicken, mashed potatoes, corn bread, green beans or broccoli, cranberry sauce), leftovers.

Snacks/Desserts: Fruit, nuts. pumpkin pie?  

Of course, since I am posting this on Monday, I've already started on Week 4 -

Brunch:  Grilled cheese sandwich
Tea: Almond Danish
Dinner:  Spaghetti and sauce 
Snacks/Dessert: crackers

Brunch:  Scrambled egg and toast
Dinner: Spaghetti and sauce
Snacks/Dessert: Jalebi, tangerine

How are you doing with your meal planning?


  1. I'm thinking I need more variety! My meals are starting to feel very repetitive throughout the month so I need to work out how to change things round. It's the shopping side that makes it more challenging and I can't think of a way round it at present. I'm just grateful to have a good supply of food so I can shield safely at home.

    1. Yes, we should all be grateful to have a good supply of food, delivery services, and being able to pay for it. Having said that, a bit of variety in our meals is also a good thing. Do you have to pay for the grocery deliveries? If so, then, once a month deliveries make sense, but, if you don't have to pay for them, perhaps order deliveries every other week or every 3 weeks and vary the orders?

    2. Yes, there is a delivery charge but the real issue is getting a delivery slot and once a month is the best I've managed so far.

    3. I see. Could you get deliveries from two different stores and stagger them? Sorry if I am suggesting things that you've already tried and didn't work for you!

    4. Possibly, but again the difficulty is getting a suitable slot with another store.

    5. I see. I guess we are lucky here, in that I am able to schedule pick ups pretty much at my pleasure and my daughter has been able to schedule deliveries basically whenever she wants.

  2. Everything sounds so good and of course you should order yourself a pumpkin pie!

    1. Thank you, Martha. Ha, ha, I looked into ordering a pumpkin pie ($4.99) and a container of whipped cream ($2.89) for pick-up, but, I'd have to pay a $6.99 pick up fee! Curbside pick up is free only with a minimum order of $35 and I couldn't come up with a list of groceries that I needed for that amount, last night. I do have a pumpkin that my friend M gave me, so, I could make my own pie. It just takes a little bit of effort, that's all. :)

  3. I always leave your menu post with my mouth watering, then googling recipes for some of the things you mention.

    1. Ha, ha, that's only fair because, so often, your menu posts include some delicious sounding dishes that I want to try making. :D

  4. Great embarassment: I do not meal plan, since I live alone. I was wondering if you made the curry puffs, Bless, and if so - how do you make them?

    1. No need to be embarrassed about not meal planning, Ratnamurti. I am doing it mainly because I want to make sure that I have variety and use up everything in a timely manner. I did make the curry puffs; this time, I used some leftover chicken, leftover corned beef, and potato curry for the filling; I usually use ground beef; and I use frozen puff pastry. Here's a link to one of the posts I've done about curry puffs:


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