After not meal planning for the longest time, I decided to give it another try, at the beginning of this month. This is how the first week's meal planning turned out (with changes in bold)
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - Sauteed chicken (with onions and tomatoes), boxed rice mix ("stir fry" flavor), broccoli
Breakfast: Milk rice, seeni sambol (spicy onion relish)
Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches
Dinner - Leftovers from Monday's dinner/egg salad sandwiches
Brunch: French toast
Lunch - leftovers (soup, the last of the ground beef mixture, the last piece of chicken, etc.Dinner - Fish (frozen pollock) curry, shredded kale (mallung), dhal, green beans, zucchini chutney leftovers from Monday's dinner; cucumber salad
leftovers (milk rice, etc.) Koththu roti (or kottu roti) - cut up flat bread (I used lavash bread) with leftover ground beef mixture, an egg, and spices (curry powder, chili powder, etc.)
Tea: Thin pancakes with sugar and lemon juice
Dinner -Fish (frozen pollock) curry, rice, sauteed shredded Japanese purple mustard greens, dhal
Brunch - leftovers (milk rice and fish curry)
or fried rice
Dinner - Boxed mac & cheese with tuna
, maybe or some of the frozen kufta.
??? Brunch - leftover mac & cheese
Tea - Sardines on toast
Dinner - Rice, chicken curry, leftover dhal, zucchini chutney
??? Brunch - pancakes
Dinner - Salmon (sauteed with onions and tomatoes), garlicky green beans (whole green beans sauteed with garlic and soy sauce), with leftover rice (daughter), zucchini chutney
Well, that worked out a lot better than I thought it would, even though things got changed around a little bit!
I feel confident enough to try making a meal plan for the upcoming week, too! We tend to eat brunch more than breakfast and lunch, so, I am planning for brunches and dinners.
Week 2 Meal Plan (2/7 - 2/13):
Brunch - Egg salad sandwiches
Dinner - Garden salad - Japanese purple mustard greens, purple mizuna, chard, Japanese spinach, baby beet greens, all from the garden, with bottled salad dressing,
Pork gyoza (potstickers) - appetizer
Leftover salmon and green beans (from Sunday's dinner), sauteed mixed garden greens, rice (daughter wanted something more than the gyoza)
Brunch - Boiled mung beans, with katta sambol
Dinner - Ground turkey laab, stir fried vegetables, rice
Brunch - Leftover mung beans (if any); toast and scrambled eggs (if not)
Dinner - Assorted leftovers
Brunch - Fried rice
Dinner - Chicken curry, cucumber salad, rice, chutney
Brunch - Tuna salad sandwiches
Dinner - Leftovers from Thursday's dinner
Brunch - Sauteed chickpeas
Dinner - Koththu roti
Brunch - Pancakes
Dinner: - Roast pork, vegetables, salad
Not sure if we will keep to the plan or not! But, I've already put the mung beans to soak and the ground turkey is in the fridge, so, tomorrow's meals are more or less certain!
As always, I realize what a blessing it is to be able to have enough food choices to make a meal plan and I am grateful to have plenty of food.
Do you meal plan? Or do you decide as you go? If you meal plan, how well do you follow the plan? Do you stay according to plan or do you tweak it as you go?