Menu Plan Monday – Hot Weather Meals

Every Monday I post my menu from the previous week. This is partly to share gluten free vegetarian recipes with you, my readers, and partly so I can keep a record of what worked and what didn’t.

Last week was a hot one all over Australia, and we don’t have air conditioning. To keep the house cool I avoided using the oven and we made use of the barbeque on the balcony a couple of times. We also ate quite a bit of salad and cold pickles, which were nice in the heat. 

Monday – A soft-boiled egg served with a salad of baby spinach, tomatoes, red onion, radishes, orange, olives and blue cheese.

Tuesday – Honey and soy marinated tempeh, with stir-fried mixed greens and radishes.

Wednesday – Homemade gluten free pizza (using socca as the base – recipe coming tomorrow!), topped with red onion, kale, tomato, sundried tomatoes, olives, blue cheese and mozzarella. Served with lacto-fermented pickles and homemade kimchi.

Thursday – Baked potatoes topped with mustard, tomato relish and lacto-fermented salsa, salad and lacto-fermented dill pickles.

Friday – It was too hot to cook so we had a barbeque: barbequed eggplant, a barbequed egg, sauerkraut, potato and sweet potato salad and tomato relish.

Saturday – It was still hot, so we had pretty much the same meal as Friday night: barbequed yellow squash and zucchini, a barbequed egg, sauerkraut, potato and sweet potato salad and tomato relish.

Sunday – Red lentil dahl, okra and tamarind curry, and tandoori paneer with coconut rice, raita, mango pickle and lemon pickle. This was a fancy meal, for the sake of having a fancy meal. I made all the dishes from scratch, including the paneer and it was all very yummy, and we have heaps of leftovers.  I plan to post the recipe for the dahl and the mango chutney soon.

What was on your menu last week?

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  1. I saw on the news here that Australia had to add two new colors to their weather maps to indicate the higher temperatures you’ve been having. Looks like you’re eating very well despite the heat.

    • How funny that that made the news in the US! Yep, we have had a record-breaking heatwave here, but it seems to have settled down now. Fortunately I wasn’t anywhere near where they had to add the new colours, as that was over 50C (120F).

  2. Here in the States, we are in the middle of casserole, stew and chilli weather, so seeing all those salads and grilled goodies is making me a little envious! Stay cool 🙂

  3. It is so hard to cook , let alone eat, when It’s very hot. You’re doing a good job of it though. Do you have a rice cooker, crock pot or portable hot plate, at all? I know folks who cook on the deck, patio, back porch, by plugging in a small appliance outside, or use extension cords from an inside outlet, just so they don’t heat up the house. If you do have one of those appliances, you could cook up large batches of grains and beans, then make salads for part of your meals. Good luck with it, and I hope your heat wave breaks soon.

    • That’s a great idea, we do have a rice cooker and a slow cooker, and I would never have thought of using them outside. The heatwave has broken for now and it’s back to pleasantly warm, but I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

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