This month’s weekly vegan meal plan is entirely Indian. I should actually call it The Vegan Indian Meal Plan! 🙂 If you are stuck and looking for easy meal ideas for the week, this is a great resource, complete with recipes and time-saving grocery list.
Since we are at home with parents now, every meal is an Indian meal. Not only is Indian food, the comfort food for us; the ingredients for any other cuisine are also difficult to find in the present situation. We totally rely on the small neighborhood vegetable vendor (see him in the picture below!)for fruits and vegetables and the kirana store for pantry items like lentils, grains, spices, etc.
This month’s meal plan is also much simpler with fewer dishes per meal. Given the current situation of living under lockdown, we are cooking more often but keeping the meals simple with just one dish paired with a staple like rice or roti (Indian flatbread). Sides like chutneys and pickles add to variety in the meals. These are times to cook with a limited means and also in moderation so that the resources are enough for all!
Weekly Vegan Meal Plan – Indian Menu all week!
Click here to download the meal plan pdf with links to recipes and shopping guide.
(for in-between meals)
|(Fresh fruit & Ginger Lemon Tea with every breakfast serving)||(Ragi Roti & simple salad in every lunch serving)||(Rice/ Whole millets & papad in every dinner serving)||Mix & Match|
|MON||Ragi Malt||Kashmiri Baingan (Use cashew paste or vegan yogurt instead of regular yogurt)||Black Gram Dal||Cookies & Nuts|
|TUE||Banana Toast||Green Chickpeas Curry||Spinach Dal||Toast|
Fresh Fruits & Nuts
|WED||Masala Oats + fruits||Crispy Arbi Masala(Colocasia vegetable fry)||Lentil Curry||Fresh Fruits & Nuts|
|THU||Lentil Pancake (Moong dal chilla)||Potato Curry (Omit the coconut milk if not available)||Dal Tadka (Yellow lentil curry)||Mini Lentil Pancake|
|FRI||Granola with soy Milk||Soy Mince vegetable fry||Sabut Moong dal||Cookies & Namkeen|
|SAT||BRUNCH (South Indian)|
Onion-Tomato Uttapam (Rice & Lentil pancakes) with coconut chutney
|Mixed yellow dal||Mix & Match with cookies, namkeen, nuts, fresh fruits|
and Mango Lassi with soy yogurt
(Mustard Greens with Corn Flatbread)
|Rajma Masala||Mix & Match with cookies, namkeen, nuts, fresh fruits|
APRIL UPDATES: The Choice is always ours.
Where or rather what should I start April updates with? In terms of where, for me (and I’m guessing for most of us) all of April was spent under lockdown. Not in 100% isolation as we are 4 of us at home. In this month’s updates I will actually just share a few thoughts that are currently alive in my heart.
Couple of week’s ago, I was talking with my friend and we were wondering if we had ever even imagined that the whole world will one day come to a standstill. That the big multilevel highways will be empty. That people will stop traveling. That we will all be confined to a small space on the planet.
It is weird. It feels eerie (sometimes even scary). But I feel it is also incredible. It is an incredible testament of how we are all ‘showing up’ for each other by staying in. We need human connection for our survival and if we were just concerned about ourselves, many of us would have broken the isolation much sooner.
But what made us stay was not just our health, it was the health of others. The intention with which we do the action changes the effects it has on us. Our isolation can be sweet or bitter depending on if we are protecting just ourselves or everyone? The lockdown can be compassionate if we are thinking of others — not hoarding and actually giving to those who don’t have access.
A Love-in or a Lock-down?
Recently in our weekly virtual meditation circle, we were surprised by the humble presence of Gary Zukav. After the circle he shared a few thoughts on the current situation with Coronavirus in the world. I was really touched when he described the isolation as a love-in and not a lock-down. To quote from his sharing:
“Your isolation becomes a LOVE IN when you choose it because you care for others as well as yourself. It becomes a LOCK DOWN when you care only for yourself. […]
Are you creating (and living in) a LOVE IN (these are sweet and compassionate) or a LOCK DOWN (these are bitter and cold)? Ask yourself each time you act or speak, “Is my intention love or fear? Will my deed or word create a LOVE IN or a LOCKDOWN?”GARY ZUKAV
Source: Soul Thoughts
We always have the choice to choose love and if we don’t, chances are that coronavirus will leave behind a much more dangerous virus — the virus of fear.
I sincerely hope and pray that on the other side of this is greater hope, greater courage, newer possibility, and a deeper sense of our interconnection.