Monday, February 27, 2023

March Meal Planning, Week 1

I got away from meal planning in February!  Or, rather, I didn't do a lot of planning at the beginning of the week and post about it.  Instead, I just cooked various dishes depending on what I had on hand and what I felt like eating and then, either froze some of it (chicken curry and ground beef with vegetables) or ate the leftovers as long as they lasted!  It worked out rather well for me.

All my meals were cooked at home (except for the bagels and the bread which I bought from the store) and included milk rice, fried rice, rice with chicken curry and green beans, scrambled eggs and toast, French toast, pancakes, bagels and cream cheese, toast and cream cheese, banana nut muffins, corn bread, cheeseburger/hamburger, turkey and vegetable soup (two batches), fried potato slices, baked potato wedges, mashed potatoes, sausages cooked with vegetables and eaten with mashed potatoes or added to pasta sauce and eaten with spaghetti, ground beef with vegetables (eaten with rice as fried rice, added to macaroni and cheese, added to pasta sauce and eaten with spaghetti), macaroni and cheese (eaten with ham and with ground beef), and sandwiches.  Oh, and leftovers!  Lots of leftovers!  LOL.  

But, February is coming to an end and March is starting.  Maybe I should try to do some meal planning, again!  I am going to consider the last two days of February as part of March for meal planning purposes.

I only did one grocery shopping pick up in February, on the 10th.  I will be needing to do another grocery pick up in the first week of March because I am out of bread and could do with some fresh fruits (and maybe more bagels - I really enjoyed having bagels and cream cheese for breakfasts and as snacks!)

The March Week 1 meal plan is made based on what I have on hand, though.  

Once again, I am going with options, instead of a set menu by day, as that seems to work best for me.

Breakfasts/Brunches:  Banana muffins (3 left), pancakes or waffles, milk rice with seeni sambol (March 1), turkey soup (1 serving left), scrambled eggs with fried potatoes or hash browns, leftovers


- Leftover shredded turkey made into something!  It's been sitting in the fridge for several days, now!

- Rice with chicken* or mackerel curry, dhal, moringa curry*, chutney

- Ham* and split pea soup?

- Ground beef* with mashed potatoes, snow pea pods* or broccoli*

- Leftovers

*Items from the freezer

I think this will be a good meal plan.  As always, subject to change depending on how I feel.

Have you been meal planning in February?  Will you meal plan in March?


  1. That looks like a great plan - and you cook some amazing food!

  2. I like your plan Bless. You have some tasty meals to look forward to xx

    1. Thank you, Eileen; need to actually go into the kitchen and get started! :D

  3. Yummy.

  4. No specific meal planning here, just trying to keep ahead of the food so it is not wasted. We haven’t been getting takeout as much so I guess we are doing okay.

    1. Sometimes, just seeing what is there and coming up with a meal using the ingredients you have on hand is the best thing to do. And if you are able to avoid unplanned take out because you know you can make something from what you have at home, then, that is a bonus, I think.

  5. Last comment was from June.

  6. You have a good plan! I also like bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. I can eat it daily now that I've found a lactose free cream cheese! I hope you're still getting a break from all the rain. It rained here last night, and did help melt a good amount of snow. It's definitely warming up here! Yay!

    1. Thank you, Celie. I'm hoping my meal plan will turn out well. I'm glad you are able to enjoy bagels, again, with lactose free cream cheese. :)
      It has been raining on and off all day, but, not as heavily as it did on Friday and Saturday. I did notice some damage to my garage roof, today, as some tiles have blown off. I need to get that taken care of as soon as possible.
      Glad it's getting warmer for you. Hope spring will arrive soon!

  7. I just read your blog and then I go out and buy sausages! 😃

  8. You did well with your shopping and meals in February. You made some good food this past month.
    I am under budget again this month which pleases me as I'm trying to divert extra monies to home improvements -I have a few things to get done this year and I need to stop dragging my feet in that regard.

    Right now I am planning on making an Asian pancake with cabbage, carrots, etc. I've seen them from different areas of the world - Japan & Korea specifically and want to try making one. I imagine your daughter has made them before.

    1. Thank you, Debra. I didn't start out intending to do only one grocery shopping pick up in February, but, that's just how it turned out. The only thing I ran short of was bread and I decided I could manage without it for a couple of weeks.
      Well done, coming under budget, again! This is the year of home improvements, it sounds like! I, too, need to stop procrastinating on getting a few projects done around the house.
      I don't think my daughter has made any Asian pancakes. I like the Asian scallion pancakes, but, I'm afraid I've always bought them premade and frozen! But, I haven't bought them in years (since the pandemic). Maybe I should try making them from scratch! Let me know how your pancakes turn out. :)


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