Meal Planning made easy. I was a person who would stand in front of the refrigerator/pantry asking the question "What to cook for dinner" and hoping (wistfully) the answer would magically appear.
It never worked!
I have gone grocery shopping in the middle of cooking.
Yes, that's me!
But since I started meal planning, the middle-of-cooking-grocery-shopping have reduced, to almost zero.
And I reduced my grocery budget by more than $100-$150 a month.
Another advantage is that is that my eat-out frequency has decreased considerably.
Good for the bank account and good for health as well.
Give meal planning a try...
At home I do not stick to just Indian cuisine for our day to day food. I experiment with different cuisines, have breakfast for dinner, and there are days when snacks become our main course. It is fun!
But this week, I decided to go full-Indian. This is the cuisine I am most comfortable with. Indian cuisine is so vast and versatile, that you can accommodate most of the vegetables to suit an Indian taste.
I include lots of vegetables (either steamed, sauteed or grilled) in every meal. No compromises there. Feel free to include your favorite protein as well.
So, here are 5 easy Indian Dinners for your consideration.
Chana Ghashi recipe. Konkani style ghasi preparation. Mangalorean Chana Ghashi is very popular. Chana Ghashi or Kadle gashi is vegan and gluten-free. Serve with rice or roti.
Recipe: Chana Ghashi
Pan roasted paneer and corn pulao is a simple dish for a quick weeknight Indian dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes. Serve with raita and Indian pickle.
Recipe: Paneer Corn Pulao
Flavor packed sauteed mushrooms with onions, fennel seeds, and black pepper. Ready in minutes, seriously Delicious! Serve with rice or roti. No time to make either of rice or roti? It tastes yum on a buttered slice of bread too.
Bisi Bele Bath is a traditional breakfast dish from the South Indian state – Karnataka. This gluten-free, porridge style dish is a perfect blend of carbs, fiber, protein and bold flavors to ensure that you start your day with a healthy, heavy and delicious meal. I add some oats to make it fiber rich.
Recipe: Bisibele Bath
Enjoy this pasta that is loaded with vegetables and exotic Indian flavors. A perfect quick meal with bold flavors and gets ready in minutes.
5 Easy Indian Dinners - Make Ahead Tips
All the dishes I have planned for this week, can be made in advance and stored in refrigerator in air tight containers.
Well, give yourself some wiggle room and plan for some little unexpected situations. You never know when your tween suddenly decides to have an extra helping of food ? .
Do you meal plan? What does your dinner plan look like?
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