Meal Planning & Why I’m Not Good At It

I shouldn’t really say I’m not good at it… I’m not really good at traditional meal planning. I’ve tried. You all know I’ve tried because I’ve blogged about it before. My attempts always get to the point that I feel like that piece of paper on the fridge is telling me what to do, and then I get defensive – even though I wrote what’s on that page and put it up!

What I do now is kind of like planning, but not as strict.  I can plan one or two meals, then using staples in the house make unique, seat-of-my-pants meals using leftovers.  This is working for me.  For example, this week I knew I was going to be cooking a huge turkey and having lots of leftovers. From these leftovers, we had a second day of turkey dinners because we love them, but eventually the gravy ran out. Sad face.

Tandoori Mayo

Today, we added a touch of India to our holiday leftovers and created Tandoori  Turkey Paninis.  Simply adding 2 tsp of Patak’s Tandoori Curry Paste to 1/2 a cup of real mayonnaise made a sauce that made a huge difference in the end result… this wasn’t just a turkey sandwich, it was deliciously different.  Some fresh cilantro would have made this sandwich complete, but the selection at our local market had had a blue Christmas… next time.  This Tandoori mayo would also make a great dipper for sweet potato fries and I can’t help but imagine slathering it on chicken or turkey breasts before roasting… yum!  Of course, traditionally, you would blend the curry paste with yogurt… but you know me and traditional.

tandoori collage

Being a #PataksMom has inspired a lot of last-minute meals in our house the past few months and all of them have been huge hits… I think more of that leftover turkey is going to end up being simmered in some Patak’s Butter Chicken cooking sauce over the weekend. Yummo!




Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.


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  2. curry and mayo.. why didn’t I think of that? Brilliant! two of my loves after all

    p.s- I suck at traditional meal planning!

  3. I’m not very good at Meal Planning either. I rarely stick to the plan, although this is something I would really like to try to focus on more moving forward.

  4. Teresa Claire says:

    I am good at planning meals and not so good at following through. I have all the ingredients for Chilli and will really push myself to make it today.

  5. That sounds delicious! What a great idea to add curry paste to mayo – I’m going to try that!

  6. Looks like a great way to use up leftovers. I am not very good a menu planning – it is more like menu suggesting in our house where the first day starts out find but then I can get off track rather quickly.

  7. The tandoori turkey panini looks like a great idea for the kid’s lunchbox!

  8. That tandoori turkey panini look awesome. I love Patak products.

  9. That sounds like a super yummy Panini! Love Patak products :)

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