Monday, May 2, 2011

Minimalist Cooking: 3 week Menu Plan

At this stage of my life, cooking means fast, simple and nutritious meals. It's not fancy or expensive. This means I am not using ingredients like Rhubarb, vanilla bean or saffron!!

I have a three week rotating menu. I'm working on minimising waste, and saving money and time. I think to make things simpler, I would like to eventually do a one week menu e.g. Monday is fish, Tuesday is pasta, Wednesday is vegetarian etc.

Also, I would like to move towards a more veggo diet, i.e., 5 days veggo, 1 day fish and 1 day meat. However, I have a carnivore Husband who thinks vegetarian dishes are just pre-dinner snacks. Reform will happen slowly... ;)

Week 1

1. Spaghetti bolognese
2. Fish
3. Japanese Curry (Veg)
4. Cream pasta
5. Roast chicken
6. BBQ
7. Leftovers

Week 2

1. Ja Jjang Noodles (Chinese black bean noodles)
2. Stir fry noodles (Veg)
3. Chicken Noodle Soup
4. Lasagna
5. Crumbed Chicken
6. BBQ
7. Leftovers

Week 3

1. Fried Rice (Veg)
2. Pizza
3. Sausage Roll
4. Soy Garlic Chicken
5. Roast Lamb
6. BBQ
7. Leftovers

These recipes are very simple. They require minimal cooking...minimal effort, time and ingredients! You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.


  1. Hey G, love your blog! Gave me idea to do the same and not be so lazy!! I have started following my plans this week. :)

  2. thanks Becky! but you are NOT lazy :)

  3. planning takes a bit of time to get started, but you save so much time & hassles in the end! :)