Weekly Menu Planning and Spicy Cabbage Rice
Weekly menu planning is something I have wanted to do since many years now but there things that I procrastinate forever, keep putting them off saying later. And this was just one of them, but then some months ago I saw Archana start a tag called #summermealplanning and I thought this is my chance to start something that I have wanted to do forever and I jumped right in.
with planning the week from Monday to Friday since I really wasn't sure how things would work on a weekend, we are always socializing and it's all so dynamic on a weekend but realised soon that there is a structure to it if I notice closely. That the meetings are either prefixed or on Saturday nights and hence I started using the information around it, added a few flex meals here and there and went ahead still skeptical of its working but it worked
The weekly menu planning has brought is such an ease and structure to my life suddenly. We plan the menu as a family on Sunday morning, I order my groceries according to it, Pin up one copy on the fridge and all I am set. The househelp reads the menu and does the prep and my job to cook becomes so much easier. There is no getting up in the morning and breaking my head against what to make for breakfast and then my son telling me mumma can't you think of anything else
Weekly Menu planning I also felt is a great way to control those impulsive food and ingredient purchases, those stuff that we buy because of it looks so interesting and then it keeps lying in our ingredient cupboard forever before we realised its expired and then dump it, come on accept it you do it too
I also feel I am eating a much more balanced meal in a week after this started, the minute you start seeing on a paper what you are eating through the week you realise how much protein and carbs, how much vegetables and fruits and can quickly do corrections to make it all work at a larger extent. The husband commented saying we are eating much more variety of food after we started this too. I am remembering old recipes and dishes and putting them on and thanks to meal planning I also have loads to post on the blog suddenly, since I realised so many of my favorite foods to eat in a weekday don't seem to be on the blog. So stay tuned for many more interesting easy and everyday recipes coming up. I am also sharing these weekly menus on instagram so if you want the regular updates, do follow me on instagram
Starting with a spicy cabbage rice for today. I love cabbage in any and every form but everyone else in my house detests it, O would say I can't eat this, N would add I feel like eating maggi today every time I would make cabbage sabji and then I discovered this Spicy Cabbage Rice recipe many eons ago. I have been it for so long now that I don't even remember the recipe source anymore. I think it was a chawal book by Sanjeev Kapoor or may be it was a blog but overtime I have adapted the recipe to suit my needs and now I can close my eyes and cook this one successfully feeding the brats at home cabbage
- Boil or steam rice and keep aside to cool.
- Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds and add fry till it they start crackling.
- Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, pinch of hing, curry leaves, chopped garlic and saute till garlic gets nice golden color.
- Add turmeric powder, add shredded cabbage, peas, mix, sprinkle some salt, mix.
- Add coriander powder, red chilli powder, cover and cook for 5 to 6 mts.
- Add boiled rice, add some lemon juice, mix, cover and cook for 5 mts on low heat.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with raita