Everyday cooking is easy when you have a meal plan, and that’s what I have been doing for the past few months – preparing a weekly meal plan over the weekend for the hectic week. Read further to explore this week’s simple vegetarian meal planner.
Before getting into this week’s menu, I wanted to share if I followed my planner to T last week. :-) I couldn’t follow my plan last week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.
Office lunches and kiddo’s pasta requests made me change the lunch menu on Wednesday, but I did not waste any vegetables. I ended up making them for dinner. For Wednesday dinner, I ended up making ridgegourd kootu and cabbage curry. I saved the long beans for the weekend.
As I ran out of wheat flour, I ended up serving bottle gourd dal with rice. Also, I woke up late and I couldn’t make the black chickpeas sundal and brinjal curry for lunch and snack. But I made them for dinner, though. Thankfully I had sufficient foxnuts, fresh fruits, so I packed them for our snacks. I came back to track on Friday though. :-) Some weeks are like this. I am glad that I didn’t waste any vegetables. That’s my goal.
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With a get-together at home and with Navratri, the next three weeks are going to be a bit crazy. With that in mind, I have made this meal plan.
Prep-Work for this week menu:
- Chop the beets. You can chop the other veggies a day before for this menu.
- Prepare pulikaichal / tamarind rice paste
- Make masala pori / spiced puffed rice.
Everyday Menu Details:
Here are the recipe links for everyday menu details.
Monday: Find the recipes below.
Tuesday: For Tuesday, I am planning to use the leftover baingan bharta and planning to make a quesadilla with the same for the kiddo. I have tried this before. I hope he still likes it. Find the recipes for Tuesday below.
Wednesday: Keeping it simple for Wednesday and here are the recipes.
Thursday: As always my Thursday cooking is always without onion and garlic. Again, I am using my pulikaichal for making the tamarind rice. I know I am repeating the same dish but this week pretty hectic. So I don’t have an option. :-) For dinner, it’s the delicious sabudana khichdi.
Friday: We love Ratatouille and I have the Instant Pot version in my cookbook as well. But I learned a new recipe from our music teacher with cheese and pasta added. I am planning to try that. After a few trials, I will post it on my blog for sure.
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!