Menu planning for lockdown living

As much as I’m known for my love for travelling, I never really had a problem with staying indoors. I love being outside exploring, but there is so much we can explore at home, too. Especially with hundreds of online courses being available now, it should not be a problem for anyone to stay engaged. I have lots of books I’m still due to finish, I’m doing a 30-day HIIT challenge, I started Masterclass last week, too and finally have more time for something I always wanted to get better at: cooking.

Being a founding member of Zero Waste Generation, I constantly look for ideas and products to reduce waste and be good to Mother Nature – which at times seems and feels extremely tricky and exhausting! This article is more like a diary so I can easily keep track of what I’ve cooked and what I want to cook again. Moreover, menu planning is one of the easiest way to start reducing waste and saving money. Zero Waste Generation has published many articles in Hungarian about how this helps – feel free to drop me a note if this is something that needs to be shared here in English.

So based on the past couple of weeks of food-making, here’s the menu I’m planning for this week. I’ve also listed a Shopping List for 2 people which covers all the ingredients for these meals.

Shopping List for 2 people

Meat

  • 420 gr boneless Chicken Thighs (210 gr for Green Curry + 210 gr for Hoisin Chicken)
  • 480 gr Minced Beef (240 gr for Teriyaki Beef + 240 gr for Beef Burger)
  • 150 gr Prawn

Vegetable

  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Red Onion – 1 piece
  • Broccoli – 1/2
  • Green Beans – 1 small pack
  • Red Pepper – 1 piece
  • Coriander – 1 bunch
  • Courgette – 1 piece
  • Parsley – 1 bunch
  • Ginger – 1/2
  • Spring Onion – 1 piece
  • Cucumber – 1/2
  • Potato – 1 small pack

Dry Cupboard

  • Jasmin Rice – 150 gr
  • Steamed Basmati Rice – 1 pouch
  • Rigatoni – 200 gr
  • Sesame Seeds – 1 small pot
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Ketjap Manis
  • Honey
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Half fat Creme Fraiche – 150 gr
  • Vegetable stock powder
  • Green Thai Curry paste
  • Coconut milk – 200 ml
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Burger Bun – 2 pieces

Fridge

  • Ketchup and Mayonnaise
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Coleslaw mix

I haven’t indicated measurements for items that you would buy in bigger units such as Soy Sauce or Cheddar Cheese.

Enjoy!

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