WEEKLY MENU PLANNER & GROCERY SHOPPING

Hi Everyone , Sorry for the delay in posts I was super busy for the Last 2 weeks , Aishwarya had asked for Menu planning and Inventory List ,but I could only do the menu planning one this week and I honestly think Indian kitchen Inventory planning is something so huge that I literally need at least a week just to write down the items ! ( don’t Ask) !!

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So anyway about my menu planning ,I   literally sit down for 30 mins every Saturday  and plan out our menu so that we can shop accordingly  on Sunday at the Market or Grocery stores  and also not have another thing adding up to my headache.

 I think  this is a problem everybody seems to have. So hopefully this post solves the problem :)

This planner has helped me tons already to save money on groceries + lower my sugar tantrums (yeah I have those, sometimes) + boost my productivity. And that makes me happy + happy + happy!

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This Above menu planner is what I used to have but since I am back in India , I stick to the one Below 

Weekly Menu

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What I do with this above menu is that I write it on Post its and then stick them on to the  paper and it goes on my command centre  And I change them every week ,this helps a lot to keep my mind stress-free !!

Hope fully I have solved at least one of Aishwarya’s Problems ,  and about inventory lists of the kitchen grocery items ,

To make sure I always have the essentials in my pantry (rice, beans, etc) I use lined post-it notes that I stick to the inside of the pantry doors.
List what you should always have on hand, add a tick when you’ve ran out of any item  and take a photo with your phone before you go grocery shopping.! 

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Right now I do this but since Aishwarya has got my brains to work towards Inventories ,who knows I might even end up making a fridge/pantry/freezer Inventories !!

Wish me Luck !!

BENTO LUNCHES THIS WEEK

A few more Bentos from last few weeks 🙂

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Spaghetti & Marinara Sauce

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HAVE A GOOD DAY BENTO!

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SIMPLE BENTO!

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ANOTHER ONE SIMPLE BENTO!

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CUTE BENTO!

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SPAGHETTI & MARINARA AGAIN!

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OCTOPUS & BUTTERFLIES !

I had fun making these lunches ,hope u have fun making them too !

Bento Lunches @ the Messed up home .

ME AND BENTO

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I started making bento Lunches in June 2015 ! yes two weeks ago I was mesmerized by the world of Bento !
So my story behind Bento lunches is that last year Sun (DH) & Poohcoo (DD) were not taking lunches to office and school respectively ! The reason for poohcoo was “ food didn’t look nice mommy” ! As for Sun ,he just ate Office lunches because it was readily available !

It was the last straw for me When Poohcoo’s Lunches came back home Just the way I sent them to school ! I had to start making changes in our lifestyle and Eating habits ! anyone who looks at Poohcoo always tells me “ you don’t feed her at all!! Look how skinny she is !etc etc”, then It Struck me , How about decorating the Food for her to eat ??

This year I promised my self no more half eaten lunches bought back home ! That’s it ! and I started searching google for various lunch menus etc etc , and then stumbled upon Bento Lunches, I thought I could incorporate both Adult lunches and Kiddie Lunches at the same time with same ingredients and food !

So after a little bit of experimenting over the summer holidays I started making these lunches and Voila ! both lunch boxes come home Empty!! YAY!!

SO WHAT IS A BENTO ?

A bento is simply lunches packed in a box or container , It originated in Japan. The Japanese terms Charaben or Kyaraben refer to making food look like characters/ cartoons .

The term bento is represented more into a themed like character type lunch. My definition of bento is packing little and decorated food in a lunch box, of course with Lunch notes !!

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WHY I MAKE BENTO LUNCHES ?

Since I have to pack lunches anyway, it may as well be fun for me too. It does take a little more time and effort but I think it is worth it.

Making bento lunches has become a creative thing for me ,the end result is fun lunches for the kid(s). Poohcoo loves to see what I am making for their lunches and always helps me pack her snacks !

It encourages healthy eating,Making healthy food fun and cute encourages my family to try out something that they never would have ! so sneaking in Veggies and Fruits is an amazing feeling !

You get to collect cookie cutters and amazing samdwich presses and clay moulds etc ! This may not be at the top of everyone’s list but shopping baking stuff for me is fun, I do admit I have a small hoarding tendency 🙂 when it comes to Bento lunches !!

HOW TO START MAKING A BENTO LUNCH ?

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I personally follow Just Bento Website for all my needs for Bento making ,I suggest you do the same . Here is her Link –http://justbento.com/handbook/getting-started-bento-making.

More tips and everything related to Bento Making is on her website Since I am starting out very new here , I don’t have anything yet to write more about it .

UNTIL THEN TRY NOT TO BE A BENTOHOLIC LIKE ME !!

 until then Happy Bento Making !!