Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Minimalist's Meal Plan

A minimalist's meal plan sounds like deprivation, but Dear Husband and I took a week off from pretending we were sophisticated home cooks and ate a menu of easy-to-prepare, simple meals, with the emphasis on simple.
No meal or snack had more than 5 ingredients. No exotic spices or condiments to track down and buy. This simple and easy meal plan gave us room for other activities in a busy week. Specifically for me, I was trying to finish off a book outline so I could start writing this week.:-)

Here’s what we ate, but just a heads up, DH and I are not vegans, and we’re definitely not chefs!

BREAKFASTS

Four of our breakfasts were scrambled egg plates:
Five ingredients total:
Eggs
Black pepper
Butter
Rye bread
Orange


Three breakfasts were oatmeal bowls:
Five ingredients total:
Old fashioned oatmeal
Milk
Cinnamon
Sugar (maybe a tad, not always)
Apple

LUNCHES

Two lunches were tuna sandwiches. DH and I eat the same breakfast and dinner, but he eats a bigger lunch. While a tuna sandwich fills me up, he might also have a piece of fruit, yogurt, and olives:
Five ingredients total:
Tuna
Mayo
Banana peppers
Boiled egg
Rye bread

Four lunches were hummus and vegetables:
Four ingredients total:
Hummus (cheat alert, I bought packaged hummus with 6 ingredients on the label)
Carrots
Celery
Steamed veggies (zapped in the microwave to be precise)


One lunch was “I’m still stuffed from last night.” DH had leftover pizza from the previous night. I had a small, four-ingredient lunch: steamed veggies, a glass of milk, and a piece of buttered toast. 

DINNERS

One dinner was omelets:
Five ingredients total:
Eggs
Cheddar
Bell pepper
Butter
Steamed veggies

One dinner was a frozen pizza. Total cheat. One “ingredient” for us, but a bazillion ingredients listed on the package!

Two dinners were pan fried steaks. Hahaha . . . AHAHAHa . . . no, there were no steaks on sale at the grocery store. We got grass fed ground beef and had beef patties instead.
Five ingredients total:
Hamburger
Black pepper
Steamed veggies
Sweet potato zapped in the microwave
Butter

Two dinners were beans and cornbread. (I feel another cheat coming.):
Five ingredients total:
Dried pinto beans
Salt
Pepper
Cornbread mix (cheat), just add water
Butter

One dinner was stuffed potatoes:
Five ingredients total:
Potato, zapped in microwave
Butter
Cheddar cheese
Bacon
Steamed veggies

SNACKS

Two snacks were sunflower seeds and fruit:
Two ingredients:
Sunflower seeds
A piece of fruit

Two snacks were plain yogurt with a piece of fruit:
Three ingredients:
Plain yogurt
A piece of fruit
Cinnamon

One snack was dark chocolate:
One ingredient:
Dark chocolate, yum.

Two snacks were waffles, and this includes the final cheat of the week:
Five ingredients:
Frozen, toasted waffle (cheat for sure with 14 ingredients on the label!)
Blueberries
Heavy cream (whipped up)
Dash of sugar
Cinnamon

When we plan our menu for the week, it means very little or no food goes to waste. This was our remaining food, and we were able use it up in the following week’s meals:
The coffee beans and pinto beans carried over to the next week to be used up. Likewise for the celery and grapefruit which are all gone as I type this.

Make this day even better! Consider:


  • People in the beautiful state of Hawaii could sure use our prayers right now.


18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the week of meals. I always like to get meal ideas from others.
    Linda

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  2. I'm going to share this with my husband. I think this is doable. I like the idea of nothing left over. Thank you.

    Rondi

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    1. Thanks, Rondi, and you're welcome. I'm glad you popped in.:-)

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  3. For the most part, I eat the same breakfast every day - oatmeal with toasted pumpkin seeds, chipotle chile powder, soy sauce, and two eggs. I find that savory breakfasts keep my appetite satisfied until lunch better than sweet breakfasts - probably some subconscious thing. But now I really want beans and cornbread! :-)

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    1. Your oatmeal sounds good! We like beans and cornbread not only because they're tasty, but also because they're cheap.:-) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Are you sure there's a waffle under there??

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    1. Haha, yeah! I realized after I took the picture that we had over enthusiastically piled on the berries and whipped cream. Thanks for popping in!

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  5. I'm thinking your grocery bill must have been really cheap too. Do you have a total to impress us with?

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    1. It wasn't too bad, $110 for two people for plus food for the dog and cats. Thanks for commenting, Bobi!

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  6. All sounds good. I like to do simple too and with no leftovers wasted!

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    1. Thanks, Kate. I'm glad you stopped by.:-)

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  7. Thank you for posting this - perfect timing. In our house, breakfast tends to be oatmeal or fried eggs anyway, so that's easy. And lunch is generally sandwich/soup/salad, so again, pretty easy.
    Dinner is my nemesis because I'm not a big fan of cooking, and I have picky eaters with dietary limitations. Its nice to see simple options, even with the cheats. We totally believe in cheats here. My favorite cheats are premade pizza dough and just-add-water pancake mix. I don't mind making the sauce, but the dough is another thing entirely.
    Snacks here tend to be apple slices with peanut butter, saltine crackers with peanut butter, peanut butter on a spoon, and microwave popcorn!

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    1. You are so welcome, Karla.

      You just made me realize I haven't had pancakes in AGES! About 2 years ago at a friend's house, yum. I think peanut butter is one of the world's greatest inventions, and it sounds like you do, too.:-)

      Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your meals! I'm trying to lose weight so I'm always looking for simple, healthy meals. One thing I like to buy is a bag of frozen shrimp. A little pricey, but it goes a long way. I defrost them and add them to salads, scrambled eggs or omelettes, or pan fry them with a little lite butter, garlic and soy sauce and put it on plain rice. Yummy!

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    1. You're welcome.:-) Gotta love those shrimp. I especially like them in salads in the summer when it's so hot. Thanks for commenting, Barbara!

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  9. Wow, that is amazing! My mum loves cooking and baking, so I don't think this could be managed in my house. :P We'd have to try REALLY hard, lol! Or maybe make the limit ten ingredients... Good for you!!

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    1. I reckon most people would think 10 is a limited number of ingredients. DH and I are just super simple people! Thanks for stopping by, H.L.!

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