Make your cooking fun and easy by planning your meals. Here comes my weekly meal planner with many one-pot meal options loaded with veggies yet a simple one to make.
PS – Substitute the rice with grains of your choice.
I am back with my meal planners. Even though I was planning and making my meal planners, I couldn’t share them on the blog regularly. Anyways I happy to start sharing them again!
Working from home and online schooling makes the planning bit tricky. We need more snacks these days, and by 3 PM, we all feel hungry these days. I make sure I have plenty of fruits, idli/dosa batter, and some homemade and store-bought snacks. Some days are busy, and I can’t make everything from scratch.
Coming Friday, i.e., October 16th, is the new moon day, and the Navratri begins on the 17th. As I have to plan my golu and other stuff this week, my menu is simple with many one-pot meal options. I love one-pot meals because it’s not only easy to make, but cleaning is also easy after cooking.
(PS – Last year, I shared a no-onion no-garlic meal planner before Navratri. Do take a look)
After zucchini, we are getting a good yield of bitter gourd, and that’s why you see a couple of bitter gourd recipes here.
Browse my other weekly meal planners:
Without any further ado, here is my weekly meal planner with one-pot meal options.
Weekly Meal Prep
- Chop all the required veggies. (Cabbage, bottle gourd, capsicum, grated carrots, sliced bitter gourd)
- Make sure you have yogurt and prepare idli-dosa batter. You can also knead the dough for the roti.
- Soak the black chickpeas the day before or soak it before and let it sprout.
Now here are details and the recipe links. I have highlighted the fruits and vegetables that I have used in this weekly meal planner.
This week’s fruits are apples and pineapples. Banans will always be there. I have just listed it twice, which doesn’t mean that we don’t include fruits the other days.
Monday Meal Details
Veggies – Mixed veggies (carrot + zucchini + brinjal) for bisebelebath, cabbage, and adamant creeper.
Fruits – Pineapples
- I am starting the week with multigrain porridge or the sathumaavu kanji.
- For lunch, I am planning to make the stove-top pressure cooker bisibelebath and pair it with Instant Pot cabbage kootu.
- For dinner, it is the humble dosai with the adamant creeper or the pirandai chutney. I don’t have the recipe on my blog yet. I will share it soon.
Tuesday Meal Details
Veggies – Bottle gourd, bitter gourd, and colored bell peppers.
Fruits – Not listed
- I am starting the day with oatmeal, and that will include some apples or bananas.
- It’s the simple dal with bottle gourd (of course made in Instant Pot, planning to make it like my dosakaya pappu) for lunch, and I am pairing it with bitter gourd chips. The chips recipe is not on my blog. I will share it soon.
- We got some store-bought murukku, and I am planning to use that for snacks.
- And for dinner, I plan to make some roti and paneer and capsicum dry stirfry and use the leftover dal from the lunch.
Wednesday Meal Details
Veggies – Bitter gourd and carrots
Fruits – Apples
- For breakfast, it is the oatmeal smoothie. It’s more like my banana peanut butter smoothie but replacing the banana with apple and peanut butter with almond butter.
- Lunch is one-pot rasam rice with bitter gourd curry.
- For the snack, it’s apples and nuts.
- For dinner, I am planning to make like Iyengar bakery sandwich. The recipe is not on my blog yet, but I will share it soon.
Thursday Meal Details
Veggies – Tomatoes and carrots for gojju and uthappam
Fruits – Not listed
- As it’s Thursday, I thought of making venpongal and sundal and planning to offer that as neivediyam and use the pongal for our breakfast with gojju.
- I am keeping the lunch simple with yogurt rice.
- Snack is, of course, the black chickpeas sundal. (Linking garbanzo beans sundal here)
- For dinner, it’s uthappam with the gojju from the morning.
Friday Meal Details
Veggies – Carrots, brinjal for sambar
Fruits – Not listed
- I am ending the week, again, with multigrain porridge or the sathumaavu kanji for breakfast.
- It is Amavasya and the Navratri beginning, I thought of making a full course meal with sambar, rasam, and kheer.
- Snack is health mix laddu or nei kasadu laddu. I plan to make ghee on Thursday, so I thought of making some health mix laddus that I can use for neivediyam and snacks.
- Dinner, of course, the leftovers from lunch.
Happy Navratri to all.
I hope this weekly menu/meal planner with the one-pot meal option 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!
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