To begin with, I would just like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for following my journey so far.
I am so grateful for the support I have received over the blog and it makes me really happy when someone messages and says its helping them in some way!
So I thought that I would do a quick write up on my meal plan in case you are having a hard time figuring out what to eat and what to avoid.
Note: Since I am not a qualified nutritionist, I am only sharing what I follow; you can always consult a nutritionist before you embark on this journey as that will definitely be more useful and will cater to your needs.
I try my best to stick to the above, with variations depending on: 1) availability of items and 2) time I have to cook (eg: having Bread Omelette instead or Avocado Toast).
As you can see I have not added Sunday, because I know its that one day we all want to go out and have fun. And we must! Just stay in your limits. Go enjoy your Sunday Brunch, but do not convert your cheat meal into a cheat day.
Here are a few recipes that I hope will help overcome ‘Let’s Eat Out or Order In Cravings!’
1. Sweet Potato Wedges instead of French Fries
- Thoroughly wash and then cut 2-3 (increase if you need more serving size) sweet potatoes
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with garlic, oil, and salt and pepper Roast until you see crispy brownish sweet potatoes! (Approx: 30 mins)
- Serve with shredded cheddar cheese if you want some more flavor!
Perfect snack after a long day at work, or your Netflix Binge!
2. Makhana(Fox Nut) instead of Pop Corn
Well this isn’t really a recipe, I usually buy the packet from a local store and then roast it.
- Add 1 tbsp oil into a vessel
- Add Cumin
- Add the store bought Makhana
- Add 1 tsp of Chilli Powder and 1 tbsp of Chaana Masala or Pav Bhajji Masala
Mix it until it turns a little brown!
You are good to go!
3. Mixed Vegetables with Homemade white sauce and Brown Rice – when you are tired of Roti Sabzi
This is easy to make and will save you a lot of time if you cut vegetables the previous night
- Chop – onions, capsicum, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli (you can even add corn to this)
- Toss these into a pan with oil and mix well until it turns golden
- Add some flour to this, and then milk – (there is no fixed ratio, I just add either depending on the thickness I want)
- Add some garlic!
P.S. Don’t forget to cook your rice! (I sometimes do this!)
You can do the same with whole wheat pasta – just add the boiled pasta to the mixed vegetables.
4. Nice Cream instead of Ice Cream!
The hardest craving to curb is dessert cravings! If you aren’t too fond of flavored yoghurt, I hope this is a good alternate for you!
- Freeze Bananas overnight
- In the morning, toss the frozen bananas into a blender – add a tsp of coco powder and some milk (avoid adding too much – as this might reduce thickness)
(This recipe is courtesy of my dear friend Prerana)
I am trying my best to experiment with different foods so that way I don’t have to rely on eating out. However, there are a few problems that might come up
- Cooking is time consuming!
This is the biggest drawback, so to make things easier, try and have a few things ready the previous day – chopped vegetables, Atta for your roti, frozen bananas for your dessert 😉
2. Thinking of what to cook
I think this is more tedious than the actual cooking. To address this – I have a chart on my refrigerator, and depending on the day and ingredients available I fill out my meals the previous night. So in the morning, I know exactly what to cook.
3. Resorting to Processed food as an easy way out!
There will be instances when you need to add a particular sauce to your dish – just remember there are plenty of recipes online to help you do the same; try avoiding processed food as much as possible.
4. But everyone is eating out!!!
And so can you, just restrict it if possible and if you really want to eat out – choose the healthier , wholesome options! (Or call everyone home and treat them to your awesome food! 😀 )
My Meal Plan does not cover everything I eat, like I said, there are variations. I may try new dishes, sometimes I go overboard, but when I do – I try to religiously follow portion control.
The thing about cooking is it can be stressful and at the same time be a stress buster, the key is to make the process easier so that you can always experience the latter!
Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!