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Meal Plan Sunday
« on: September 28, 2019, 11:18:10 AM »
As we all know, a failure to plan is a plan to fail (heh heh).

I'm guilty of thinking "Oh we'll  just scrounge something up" more often than I should, which leads to stuff like chips and dip for dinner or worse, takeout. Time for a challenge!

Ground rules:
1. List the meal plan for the week. Restaurant or takeout days are fine, as long  as they're  planned for! "Flex/leftovers" days or a floating takeout freebie are fine as well.
2. Post whenever you like! Everyone's  "Sunday" is different. 
3. Include as many meals as you think appropriate. Most of the time lunch is just dinner leftovers, so I'll do just do dinners.
4. Bonus points for any fun recipe ideas.

I'll  start. DH and I eat "vegetarian-lite". Meat occurs ~1x/week, or very lightly as a flavoring agent.

1. Stir fried curry cauliflower, rice, fried egg
2. Tomatoes and lentil stew with artisan-style bread
3. Baked beans  and cornbread, stir fried green veg
4. Shakshuka-style eggs over rice
5. Salmon salad sandwiches, salad (like tuna but salmon instead. I usually throw in a can of chickpeas or navy  beans for cheap bulk)
6. Mapo tofu over rice, stir fried veg
7. Scallion pancakes with pork/tofu skin dish, extra veg


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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2019, 02:15:16 PM »
This week:

1. Leftovers day
2. Veggie korma over rice
3. Frittata with bean salad
4. Okonomiyaki with miso soup, tofu
5. Dumplings (working through a freezer stash)
6. Fried rice with stir fried veg
7. Sticky rice with mushrooms, soy sauce marinated eggs
« Last Edit: October 06, 2019, 02:17:13 PM by Dee_ »

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2019, 08:10:58 PM »
October was going to be a lean month anyway but since the dog had a $3700 surgery ( Surprise!) on Tuesday this month is even tighter. Thank GAWD I got pet insurance ( Pets Best brand for $38 bucks a month) on my little monster. Regardless, we were going to eat down the pantry/freezer this month.

I made a huge list of meals to make for this month. Maybe can upload later. This week:
M: Lentil Soup with cornbread muffins. Using up the last of the cornmeal and two remaining onions and some fading baby carrots
Tues: lunch leftovers of lentil soup and dinner for me is mahi mahi taco date night with my bestie. I go to her place to cook and we clink back a few glasses instead of eating out. Hubs will eat a frozen pizza.
Wed: Surprise- last bits of lentil soup or old freezer finds. I have a single portion of beff chili for hubs somewhere in there.
Thurs: Potatoe broccoli cheddar soup and baking pumpkin muffins
Fri: leftovers. fend for yourself
Sat: frozen pizza or meeting up with in-laws. They are kind and feed us LOL
Sun: pancakes and bacon breakies the shepherds pie using TVP (texturized vegetable protein)

Side note: I made big batches of frozen burritos this week so we can eat them at will. About 15 huge chicken and rice burritos and 5 slamming bean and rice burritos. All from scratch, minus the tortillas, and they are an easy lunch or lazy dinner. If you want to get fancy let it thaw then open up the burrito, heat in the oven til the tortilla gets crunchy and put fried eggs over the top. Poor mans huevos rancheros.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2019, 04:49:29 PM »
Holy crap! 3700 is a huge chunk of change. Good thing we love them. My inlaws had similar experience when theur cat ate a plastic bag and it blocked him up. Little furry idiot.

Good tip re: burritos chopstick. Do you keep stuff like salsa, sour cream on hand or do you just go without?

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 04:19:11 AM »
My menu for the week:
Sun = Salmon, wild rice, carrots
Mon =  Split pea soup with ham, bread
Tues =  Hamburger with cut up vegs
Wed = Chicken, roast potato, carrots, onions, green peppers
Thru = leftovers
Fri = Tuna salad sandwich, chips
Sat = Steak, salad, baked potato

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2019, 06:37:34 AM »
Mon: Salmon, broccoli, rice
Tues: Beans and rice, peas
Wed: Nachos
Thurs: Saag
Fri: Pizza
Sat: Chana masala
Sun: Roast potatoes and veggies

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2019, 07:06:31 AM »
I'll give the lunch & dinner choices as I prep both - usually on Sunday & Wednesday. Breakfast is steel cut oats every day. We are not vegetarians despite this week's menu.

S - (L) Leftover Lentil Soup and Grilled Cheese (D) Bean & Sweet potato Enchilada Bake
M - (L) Chickpea & Roasted Vegetable Bowl (D) Bean & Sweet potato Enchilada Bake
T - (L) Chickpea & Roasted Vegetable Bowl (D) Bean & Sweet potato Enchilada Bake
W - (L) Bean & Sweet potato Enchilada Bake (D) Out to Dinner with the in-laws
Th - (L) Honey Sriracha Tofu & Veggie Stir fry (D) Lentil & Roasted Veggies Tacos
F - (L) Honey Sriracha Tofu & Veggie Stir fry (D) Frozen Cauliflower Crust Pizza
S - (L) Lunch with my Sister (not sure if out or at her house - she's hosting so she'll decide); DH will have leftover pizza (D) Lentil & Roasted Veggies Tacos

We're starting a Friday night pizza night routine. I want to try making my own pizza dough? Does anyone have a good recipe? Preferably something I can make & freeze until needed.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2019, 11:21:01 AM »
Pizza dough: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe-1921714.amp

After you let it rise the first time, punch it down and wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap, then freeze. To thaw, leave in fridge 18-24 hours. You might have to experiment a bit with timing- I usually move to fridge the night before for dinner the next day.  Then pat out into your pan and top, then bake.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2019, 12:41:34 PM »
Sun: pasta and broccoli (had all the stuff in the freezer or pantry). Flew back to town that evening so it was my quick dinner option.

Mon: pork tenderloin (freezer), roasted sweet meat squash (from garden), cottage cheese that was nearing the end of life and some rolls (freezer)

Tue: leftover pasta for lunch, beef stew and rolls (all freezer stuff but the potatoes are from the garden)

Wed: salmon burgers (using canned salmon from the pantry, buns from the freezer, and arugula from the garden)

Thur: chicken Marsala over mashed potatoes (bought one too many packages of pancetta and need to use it up! Rest is from the freezer except the mushrooms are store bought and potatoes are from the garden)

Fri: mushroom ramen using the last of the fresh mushrooms, part of a can of coconut milk from the pantry and some odd millet and brown rice ramen thatís not actually terrible. Green onions from the garden. Will save the remaining coconut milk for next weeks red lentil dal.

Sat: some burritos blanco that I will make after shopping for the pork shoulder and enchilada sauce in the morning. Need to cook the pork shoulder in the crockpot and throw some dried white beans in the instant pot. After assembling, these get wrapped and frozen except for the ones we will be eating that night.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2019, 02:57:27 AM »
We are currently in the strange position of having our house extremely tidy and clean (because of sales process). In friday the photographer will come and the kitchen should look clean. No no hard frying of meat on the stove, which might cause burned in fat spots which DH just carefully cleaned away.

Last week I warmed up some meatballs (produced by the shop to keep cooking simple for once) in the oven. Together with some cooked chicory and potatoes.
On Monday I fried boneless chicken thighs in the oven and had some stir fried vegetables and cooked rice.
On Tuesday we ate out (pizza), because of an early trip to the theater.

We also have 2 shop-produced pizzas in the freezer. So until Friday, we will eat food that makes the cooking top easy to clean.

Meal plan for next week can be a little more advanced as FIL and his new GF are visiting and staying over for 5 days. I hope I can convince them to cook for us once, as we have to work on most of those days. After their visit, we will have a week to clean the house again, so that should be OK.

One of the dishes we will prepare on Sunday is a bouillabaisse style fish soup, with trout that DH caught in September. He caught quite a few, so one of the drawers in the freezer is full of them. This can easily be made in advance in large quantity and kept in the fridge/freezer for later use. Served with fresh bread and rouille.

For the working days more simple food:

We have a cabbage (cheap seasonal vegetable) that needs to be eaten, so I plan to make stir fried cabbage, with mashed potatoes and fried minced meat. All mixed together with curry powder and maybe some cream to make it smoother. I skip the unions from the original recipe, because my belly responds badly to them. There was some union on my pizza (in the restaurant) yesterday and even that small amount quite bothered me the rest of the evening.

One dish will probably be spagetti with mushrooms, zucchini, but no red peppers (because of FIL's belly), and some other vegetable that I need to think of to replace the pepper. With either tomato sauce or blue cheese sauce.

That are three meals. I hope they can buy and make one meal. Last time we visited FIL, I cooked most of the meals we ate, because he had other things to worry about. Now, that will be the case for us. I generally tend to ask guests to cook if they stay longer than just a few days.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2019, 07:04:08 AM »
Pizza dough: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe-1921714.amp

After you let it rise the first time, punch it down and wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap, then freeze. To thaw, leave in fridge 18-24 hours. You might have to experiment a bit with timing- I usually move to fridge the night before for dinner the next day.  Then pat out into your pan and top, then bake.

Thank you. I'll have to give this one a try.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2019, 08:31:33 PM »
Holy crap! 3700 is a huge chunk of change. Good thing we love them. My inlaws had similar experience when theur cat ate a plastic bag and it blocked him up. Little furry idiot.

Yup. If I didn't have pet insurance.... not good. She is a ding bat but we love her.

Good tip re: burritos chopstick. Do you keep stuff like salsa, sour cream on hand or do you just go without?

I made the burritos with salsa inside them this time. Veggie ones were rice, homemade taco seasoning, white beans, and a butt load of salsa with hotsauce. Chicken ones were no beans and everything else the same. I think the salsa added a zing to the filling and also made them a bit easier to roll us. Plus bc it was a little moist after we nuke them they are not dry. Love me some burritos!

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2019, 04:08:07 PM »
Sun: Mini lasagnas (made in the instant pot). Had to buy some gyoza wrappers for this dish, but everything else is on hand.

Mon: big pot of red lentil dal, some rice and naan. All from items on hand.

Tue: Mexican sweet potatoes. I picked up two sweet potatoes at the store this weekend, but otherwise I have everything in the freezer or pantry or garden.

Wed: Moroccan spice butternut soup and cornbread. Had a butternut squash and some carrots to use up.

Thatís it for my week. Iím traveling for the rest of the week so hopefully Dh finds enough to eat in the fridge and freezer until I get home on Sunday.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2019, 06:17:51 PM »
Red lentil soup
Beef/cabbage stir fry
Chicken burrito bowls
Split pea soup

I typically buy ingredients for 3-4 weeknight meals that are most often instant pot recipes and we eat leftovers on the days I donít cook.  My DH often grills on the weekend.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2019, 01:44:45 AM »
Things change as we go along. Plan for this week is:

Monday: DH and I eat pasta with tomato, eggplant and red pepper (and optionally zucchini and mushrooms as well).

The rest of the week we will have guests for dinner.

Tuesday: Bouillabaisse with self-caught trout, fresh bread and rouille.

Wednesday: Reindeer beef with sweet potato mash and Norwegian sauerkraut (which doesn't taste at all like German sauerkraut). Maybe with fresh mushrooms that DH and the guests will find, otherwise some of my dried mushrooms.

Thursday: We will ask the guests to buy and prepare dinner.

Friday: To be decided. But this is not one of our working days, so there is not so much stress.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2019, 07:04:44 AM »
S - (L) Tofu Fried Rice (D) Sushi Roll & Egg Roll in a Bowl
M - (L) Asian Turkey Meatballs with Veggies (D) Egg Roll in a Bowl
T - (L) Out for Welcome Lunch w/New Coworker (DH will have Asian Turkey Meatballs) (D) Egg Roll in a Bowl
W - (L) Asian Turkey Meatballs with Veggies (D) Lentil Soup
Th - (L) Work Conference  (DH will have Chickpea & Roasted Vegetable Bowl ) (D) Lentil Soup
F - (L) Chickpea & Roasted Vegetable Bowl (D) Fall Fire @ Friend's House - Dinner included
S - (L) Leftovers  (D) Out to Dinner with Friends

Last week's honey sriracha tofu & veggie stir fry did not come out - way too much soy sauce! I turned it into the tofu fried rice instead. The risk you run when making a new recipe.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2019, 01:16:00 PM »
This week's meals:

Chili Mac, watermelon

Cream Cheese Chicken (crockpot), rice, green beans

Veggie Lo Mein, potstickers, Orange/Chinese 5 spice ribs

Bay Scallops over rice (or pasta), salad

Spaghetti with sausage, salad

Dinner out - Don Taco

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2019, 07:15:05 AM »
S - (L) Leftovers (D) Lentil Soup
M - (L) Me - Work Meeting DH - White Chicken Chili (D) Chicken Breast & Roasted Veggies
T - (L) Me - Work Meeting DH - White Chicken Chili (D) Chicken Breast & Roasted Veggies
W - (L) White Chicken Chili (D) Salmon & Veggies
Th - (L) Roasted Veggie & Chickpea Bowl (D) Turkey Meatloaf, Baked Potato & Veggies
F - (L) Roasted Veggie & Chickpea Bowl (D) Turkey Meatloaf, Baked Potato & Veggies
S - (L) @ Friend's Housewarming Party (D) Turkey Meatloaf, Baked Potato & Veggies

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2019, 09:19:29 AM »
My dinner menu for the week:
Sun = Stuffed peppers
Mon = Leftovers
Tues = Breakfast for dinner
Wed = Broccoli stuffed chicken and roasted potatoes
Thru = leftovers
Fri = Tuna salad sandwich and chips
Sat = Homemade soup with homemade bread

Breakfast this week is oatmeal with fruit or yogurt with fruit.
Lunch this week is sandwiches (peanut butter & jam or grilled cheese), fruit or cutup vegs and cookies.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2019, 10:44:52 AM »
Butternut squash soup (double batch)
Quesadillas
Chicken curry (slow cooker)
Red pepper pasta from Budget Bytes
Mushroom risotto
Chicken pitas

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2019, 12:39:40 PM »
Wife and I usually make large batches and just eat the same thing for most lunches/dinner. This week it is buffalo chicken that we will add to spinach for a salad. Also made butternut squash soup for the first time so we'll see how that goes.

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2019, 01:18:30 PM »
Sunday: Smoked tandoori chicken, tomato basil soup and ricotta biscuits
Monday:  Beef-veggie stirfry
Tuesday: Spaghetti squash and meatballs, roasted asparagus
Wednesday:  Smoked sausage and Brussels sprouts hash
Thursday:  Chicken-broccoli-green chile soup
Friday: Leftovers

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2019, 06:45:49 PM »
Monday: Sweet potato soup (new recipe)
Tuesday: Spaghetti and turkey meatballs
Wednesday: Leek and potato soup
Thursday: Black beans and spanish rice
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Renaissance Festival with family
Sunday: Pupusas (new recipe)

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2019, 08:51:17 PM »
Today chicken enchiladas and beans
Tuesday chicken teriyaki pineapple rice coleslaw
Wednesday church potluck
Thursday baked chicken corn on cob mashed potatoes sliced tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic
Friday hotdogs and buns baked beans. (Camping)

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2019, 06:52:06 AM »
S - (L) Grilled Cheese & Soup (D) Out for dinner with in-laws before they head back to Florida
M - (L) Turkey Meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli (D) Homemade chicken noodle soup
T - (L)  Turkey Meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli (D) Homemade chicken noodle soup
W - (L) Egg roll in a bowl (D) Cuban sandwiches
Th - (L) Egg roll in a bowl (D) Cuban sandwiches
F - (L) Leftovers (D) Frozen cauliflower crust pizza
S - Lunch & Dinner - TBD will be out of town

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2019, 06:54:11 AM »
S - (L) Grilled Cheese & Soup (D) Leftovers
M - (L) Roasted veggie & chickpea bowl (D) Turkey Tacos
T - (L)  Roasted veggie & chickpea bowl (D) Turkey Tacos
W - (L) Veggie enchilada casserole (D) Salmon & roasted asparagus
Th - (L) Veggie enchilada casserole (D) Sardine pasta
F - (L) Veggie enchilada casserole (D) Sardine pasta
S - (L) Hummus & veggies sandwich (D) Dinner out

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2019, 06:57:08 AM »
Pancakes and bacon
Chicken pot pie
Lemon chicken over angel hair
Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas Thai pineapple fried rice
Potato pancakes and homemade applesauce

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Re: Meal Plan Sunday
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2019, 07:28:38 AM »
S - (L) Sardine Pasta & Garlic Bread (D) Frozen Pizza
M - (L) Roasted veggie & chickpea bowl (D) Sardine Pasta & Garlic Bread
T - (L)  Roasted veggie & chickpea bowl (D) Egg Roll in Bowl
W - (L) Asian Meatballs and Roasted Veggies (D) Egg Roll in Bowl
Th - (L) Asian Meatballs and Roasted Veggies (D) Lentil & Barley Soup
F - (L) Lentil & Barley Soup (D) Salmon & veggies
S - (L) Grilled cheese and avocado sandwich (D) Dinner out with friends