Being away from home, food and cooking is the thing that stresses me out the most. Although I can cook, love to indeed, I am really used to having a well-stocked pantry, with a gazillion items to choose from. When I am away from home, I am tempted to buy everything so i can cook like usual. But knowing that I can’t take them all back…. (/.\) I try really hard to hold myself back, rethink before I buy, and choose simple essential food to cook plain meals instead.
And that’s not just all. A major barrier to cooking is also Cooking for one. Sometimes it is the lack of motivation to make yummy food OR even to make a proper meal. Because, after all, they are just eaten by yourself, into the tummy, maybe just to fill you up so you can function until tomorrow. And unfortunately, this is when many people lapse into the ‘takeaway instead meals’ or ‘Vegetables missing meals’. To prevent these situations, and before you regret because you have put on 5 kg, it is important for some meal planning to take place.
This week, being situated in a rural town in QLD, I have actually planned out my meal, so I can head straight to supermarket knowing what I need.
This is my first meal plan for myself:
- Breakfast – Weetbix + museli + milk + egg + Toast
- Lunch – Sandwich/ pasta with tuna and salad OR leftover
- Dinner – Pasta with beans and salad OR Veggies and Beans Soup with multigrain bread
- Snacks – yoghurt, fruits x2, coffee, tea, nuts or oatmeal pancake
To make this last one week, I need
- at least 2.5-3kg vegetables Frozen or fresh
- 14 pieces fruits
- 700g tuna OR 700-1kg meat for meat lovers
- 1 loaf bread
- 500g pasta
- 200g nuts
- 1 dozen eggs
- 500g beans/lentils
- 3.5L milk
- 250g cottage cheese
- 1kg yoghurt
Tonight, I made a Tomato & Silverbeet Wholemeal pasta for lunch, dinner, and lunch the next day.
In fact, this is my first time to use and cook with silverbeet. Such a big bunch of plant, but no worries, chop them up like bokchoy. If the stem is too big, half them length wise (like below)
PS enjoying the nice weather in QLD. So glad to have ditched winter in Melbourne for a month