Tuesday, March 28, 2023

March Meal Plan - Week 4 Review and Week 5!

This was my meal plan for last week:   

Brunches: Frozen burrito (Monday & Sunday)✔, salads✔, fried rice✔ (eaten for dinner instead of brunch), sauteed garbanzo beans (eaten for dinner instead of brunch) ✔, egg salad sandwiches, toast with cheese ✔

- Breakfast for dinner (Monday; scrambled egg, fried Spam, toast)✔
- Smoked sausage/vegetables stir fry with rice
- Baked frozen fish fillets with rice and pea pods✔
- Chicken curry and rice? ✔
- Leftovers✔

And here's how it all turned out:

Brunch: Frozen burrito
Dinner: Scrambled egg, fried spam, toast; followed by salad and a mandarin

Breakfast: Toast, butter, and apple-cranberry jam
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich
Dinner: Baked (frozen) battered fish fillets, savory rice, snow peas; Apple slices

Brunch: Ramen noodles
Dinner: Spinach and cheese burek, bread and butter, chocolates

Brunch: Cup noodles
Dinner: Rice, chicken curry, cucumber slices

Brunch: Salad - garden lettuce, grapes, cucumber, bottled dressing
Dinner: Fried rice with spam, snow peas/garbanzo beans, and cashews

Brunch: Salad - garden lettuce, canned chick peas, bottled dressing
Dinner: Cheeseburger - hamburger patty (from the freezer), bread ends for the bun, slice of American cheese, lettuce, ketchup

Brunch: Frozen burrito
Dinner: Sauteed spicy chick peas, banana nut muffins

I went off the meal plan a few times, but, I think I did well, on the whole.

Which brings me to this week (March 27 - April 2) that I am calling March Week 5.

Here are my options:

Brunches: Sauteed garbanzo beans (Monday), banana muffins, scrambled egg and toast, salad, frozen burrito, milkrice with seeni sambol and mackerel curry (on Saturday, April 1), leftover milkrice and mackerel curry

- Smoked sausage/vegetables stir fry with rice (Monday)
- Beef pot pie (using canned beef stew)
- Turkey and vegetable soup; biscuits
- Leftovers

After listing the smoked sausage and vegetables stir fry for two weeks, I finally made it on Monday!  I used half of a 14 oz. smoked sausage, snow peas picked from the garden, two carrots, some broccoli florets, part of a can of pineapple chunks, and a handful of cashew pieces, and had some for dinner with freshly cooked rice:

Smoked Sausage Stir Fry and Rice

It made a big wok full of stir fry and I now have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week!  

Are you making a meal plan for this week?  


  1. Yes, Bless, a meal plan has been prepared although it's usually subject to change if we have to go out at short notice. You are very organised and your meals sound delicious. I love the look of the muffins in your last post, delicious!
    Yuk to earwigs! I love our home grown produce but hate the insects and slugs :0/ I often de-nude the cabbages and lettuces of their leaves and give them a good shake before bringing them indoors. Hubby thinks I'm nuts but I cant stand the little blighters...lol

    1. A meal plan is good to have, but, it needs to be flexible, as well, doesn't it? Sometimes, one doesn't feel like cooking and sometimes, one needs to go out for a meal. Thank you; I'm trying to be organized, trying being the key word! :D
      I need to be more careful when I pick the lettuce, I think, and make sure no creepy crawlies come inside! So far, I have not seen any slugs or snails in the garden; at one time, I had a lot of snails, but, I put some snail bait down and that seems to have taken care of the problem.

  2. You did OK with your meal plan. I like the sound of beef pot pie and I have a couple of tins of stewed steak in the cupboard and thanks for the suggestion so that's what I plan to make this week as the weather has turned miserable again and a beef pot pie sounds just the job.

    1. Thank you, Eileen; I'm pleased with how the meal plan worked out. Yes, I have a couple of cans (tins) of beef stew, bought during the first lockdown, that are reaching their "best by" date, so I want to use them up. We have some rain in the forecast and a beef pot pie sounds like a good meal on a rainy day, doesn't it? :)

  3. Ha ha, we had grilled cheese sandwiches one day last week, too!
    I haven't tried any new recipes for a while. I have one for lentil burgers which I may try soon.

    1. Great minds thinking (and eating) alike, Bushlady! :D I haven't tried many new recipes in a long time, myself. Lentil burgers sound interesting!

  4. Can i ask, why you only plan two meals a day, most days? Is that all you eat all day?

    1. I usually eat only two main meals a day, Jozien, and snacks! :D
      I have a cup of tea (with milk and sugar) in the morning when I wake up, but, I rarely have breakfast. The first solid meal of the day is usually eaten in the early afternoon and I tend to call it brunch. I usually want something savory with a protein, if possible, for that meal.
      Then, I have a second cup of tea (again, with milk and sugar) in the evening around 5:30 p.m. Sometimes, I might eat a snack with it, some cheese and crackers, maybe, or a muffin, but, often, I don't.
      Dinner is eaten around 8:00 p.m. or a bit later, and that's my big meal of the day.
      I will, often, have a snack between dinner and going to bed (last night, it was a bowl of cereal with milk), partly because I go to bed very late at night or very early in the morning (well past midnight!).
      Sometimes, I list the snack options when I meal plan. I didn't list any this time, but, this week's snack options include banana muffins, crackers with peanut butter or cheese, cereal with milk, toast with butter and/or jam, plus fruit - apples, tangerines, the last of the grapes, the leftover canned pineapple, raisins, etc.

  5. I have meal plans but will have to change them as some of the batch cooking I need won't be done just yet. I didn't get any eggs with my grocery delivery and I wanted to make some quiches and some egg muffins so I'll have to rethink what to replace those meals with until I have time to go to the local egg farm. xx

    1. Sorry you weren't able to get any eggs with your grocery delivery this time, Eileen. Must be especially inconvenient because you were trying to make higher protein breakfasts. But, I hope you are able to change the meal plan around a bit without much difficulty.

  6. Your stir fry looks yummy. My meal plan was mostly driven by what was on sale at the grocery when I wandered the aisles this week. We did pick up some sweet Italian sausage that we had not had in ages. It really hit the spot.

    1. For years, I meal planned based on what was on sale that week. I rarely made a meal plan before hand and then shopped for the ingredients. I usually did that only for special occasions. These days, I meal plan based on what I have on hand, for the most part, since I no longer grocery shop on a weekly basis. Sweet Italian sausage sounds good! :)


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