Here is the much needed simple and light meal planner after the Diwali celebrations. Check out what recipes I have for this week and how I am using the leftovers for lunch.
I hope you all had a fabulous Diwali celebration, and if you are wondering what I prepared for Diwali, check out this post on my Instagram.
Also, I posted a few recipes that I mentioned in my meal planners earlier, like the broad beans / avarakkai poriyal and also white pumpkin coconut milk kootu / poosanikai paal kootu.
I had mentioned in my earlier meal planners that I do pack leftovers for us and also for my son. I usually pack what I made for dinner the previous day, and I don’t carry forward food more than a day. Even if its leftover, homemade food is far better than store-bought packs or outside lunch. Don’t you all agree?
I am saying that this week’s menu is light and straightforward. I am not compromising on vegetables, but I am going with easy-to-make kinds of recipes. Let me explain it in detail.
PS: Don’t forget to check out another simple Indian meal planner.
Meal Planner Details & Recipes:
- I still have some batter from last week. So planning to use it for Monday’s breakfast – Dosai. It’s the sorghum dosai batter, and you can check out the recipe in the last week’s meal planner.
- For lunch, it’s the simple yogurt rice with okra stirfry. I am not going to overload it with spices. I am planning to cook it with just salt and red chili powder.
- After all the Diwali sweets and savories, we need some food that aids in digestion and soothes our body. The milagu kuzhambu or the pepper gravy with curry leaves is one such recipe, and I am pairing it with cabbage stirfry.
- For breakfast, it is going to be the simple semiya or vermicelli upma.
- As you can see, I am using the leftovers of Monday dinner for Tuesdays lunch. But I am planning to prepare a fresh carrot salad.
- Now coming to the dinner, I know paneer butter masala is not light. But as I did not make any paneer based dishes last week, I am opting for that. My paneer butter masala is very simple, and it’s a semi-homemade recipe. It doesn’t take too much time. Do check out my paneer recipe, and I am sure you will like it as well. And the zucchini curry is more like a stir-fry. I will share the recipe soon.
- Every week, I make sure I have oatmeal on my menu. But I love to play with flavors, and this week, I am planning to flavor it with cinnamon and raisins.
- It’s leftover for lunch.
- I have some grated mango pickle, and I am planning to make some rice with it. It’s going to be my first attempt, and I will keep you posted about the recipe.
- Thursdays are my “no onion no garlic” days, and mostly, we try to have porridge for breakfast, and for the kiddo, I am planning to make some sandwiches.
- Lunch is going to be a pressure cooker bisi bele bath with potato curry. Again kiddo requested potato curry, and I couldn’t say no. :-)
- As it’s Halloween, I am keeping the dinner super simple with rava upma and chutney.
- In recent weeks, Fridays are becoming like “paratha Fridays,” and this week, it is paneer paratha again. I know I am yet to post the recipe, but I will post it soon.
- For dinner, I am planning to make comforting rasam and ridgegourd curry/kootu.
I hope this menu planner helps, and you all can draw some inspiration. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I will share the daily updates on my Instagram and my FB group. So stay connected!