Menu Planning Monday February 18, 2013

Here you go. This week’s menu planning it based on whatever I have in the refrigerator.

Bread toast + pumpkin spice cream cheese
Breakfast Burritos
Oatmeal with Strawberry

Sambar/Rasam/Beetroom curry
Mor kulambu + baked vada
Paratha + Anaheim pepper and cashew gravy
Eggplant gravy with bell pepper beans curry
Veggie fried rice + Baked tofu

Pasta soup with bread
Adai (lentil pancake)
Tomato gracy with roti
Spagetti with Veggie balls
Budger with sweet potato fries
Stuffed Adaheim pepper recipe

I’ll share some of the recipes with pictures this week. Few of them are my own creation and few of them are borrowed from others.

Dates Mithai – 2 Ingredients Healthy Sweet

Dates Mithai Healthy Sweet

You have a sweet tooth, yet want to eat something healthy, here is a quick treat for you.


  • Pitless dates – 1 cup
  • Shredded coconut (Preferably dried coconut; But I used frozen coconut this time as I didn’t have dried coconut and frozen coconut is an alternative healthy choice) – 1/4 cup


  • Soak the dates for 10 minutes in water
  • Drain the water and grind the dates coarsely
  • Take a tea spoon and roll with shredded coconut

    I’m not a big fan of dates. But I cannot stop eating juts one mithai. Definitely an alternative way to eat dates. Below is what’s left after an hour: (Store the remaining in an air tight container, preferably in the refrigerator)

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2013 Goal Planning – My Simple Goals This Year

Even though new year resolutions were never taken seriously, I wanted to give them a try this time as I took very simple goals to achieve this year. We are expecting big changes in our family this year. I’m very excited about that. Below are my goals for the year 2013:

Financial Goals:

Put down 20% of the down payment for a house in India

Spread the money in variety of investments. One kind of investment we’re looking is social investment. (I’ll write a post about this type of investment)

Stay within the budget (This is going to be very difficult. But my primary goal this year is to stay within the budget).

Set aside money for baby. (We’re planning to have a baby this year. Haven’t figured out how much we need for the first year)

As we always stay below our means, that’s not our of the goals in the financial planning.

Personal Goals:

Start learning crochet and improve my sewing skills

TV time not more than an hour every day

Maintain 61 kg as a normal weight

Career Goals:

Take PMP exam within the end of the year

Plan for a move to my next role

Don’t spend no more than an hour on work during weekends

I know some of them are very boring goals (like taking PMP). I have listed some exciting goals in the list. I’m sure they will offset these boring goals 😉

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4 Ingredients Corn Chickpea Salad

This is an easy, filling salad that is perfect for lunch and its healthy.

1 cup of cooked chickpea (recipe follows)
1/2 cup of sweet corn (alternate chickpea and corn measures for light meal)
1/2 cup of shredded carrot
1/4 cup of tomato

combine all the ingredients and have fun.

I normally don’t use any dressing for this salad as this combination has wonderful flavors.

Chickpea has texture, corn for the sweet taste,  tomato for the freshness, and carrot for the crunchiness.

How to make cooked chickpea:

I don’t use canned beans as they are high in sodium and not as healthy as the cooked ones at home (my opinion). also, cooked chickpea is inexpensive than canned ones.

Take 3 cups of chickpea and soak them for 8 hours

Drain the water, add salt, and soak them again

Cook for 30 mins; when you poke a chickpea it should go smoothly inside the chickpea

Drain the water and let it cool down

Put each cup of chickpea in a ziplog and freeze (chickpea freezes really well)

Whenever you want to prepare this salad, take a bag out, keep it in the room temperature for an hour and use it once it thaw down.

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This Week’s Menu


Whole Wheat Waffle
Whole wheat bagel
Bread-cream cheese


Carrot Sticks
Rice, Vatha Kuzhambu (traditional south indian gravy), Potato Fry
Left Over Pizza
Rice, Sambar (Lentil gravy), Carrot-beans fry
Tamarind rice, cabbage fry
Rice, Bell pepper gravy, and bottle gourd curry


Baked Chickpea Burrito ( I use home made whole wheat tortillas for this recipe)
Whole Wheat Pizza
Broccoli Baked Pasta
Whole Wheat Tortillas with Gravy
Dosa (south indian food) with sambar (lentil gravy)
Eat out


Spinach Burger
Baked Gobi Manchurian
Grilled Pineapple
Grilled Corn