Monday, September 17, 2012

Eat At Home Challenge: Two Week Review

Alright friends, it's two weeks after I challenged my family to cook at home to drastically cut back our food budget. When I wrote about this challenge, my goal was small and completely attainable. The goal was seven days, which my husband doubted our success with that goal alone.

Looking over this list, I am quite proud of myself that there wasn't much redundancy and that we used the leftovers for other dinners. I absolutely hate throwing away food, especially food sitting in the refrigerator and it had been long forgotten. I have pretty odd food issues, and wasting good food causes these issues to boil towards the surface.



Well, we hit our goal, and then some!! Most of the evenings I had a plan in my head to tackle general meal planning so that I wouldn't reach for the phone because I didn't plan accordingly. I mean, dinner does come every night! We made it 12 days, I was a little under the weather and did not want to cook. We decided that our "Fat Girl Friday" night was alright; therefore, we ordered pizza.

Here are the dinner menus from the past two weeks:

Sunday, September 2: Scallops and bacon, couscous and steamed green beans
Monday, September 3: Tacos
Tuesday, September 4: Chicken & Rice Pilaf, with Corn, Peas, Carrots Medley
Wednesday, September 5: Leftover Taco Remix, Dirty Cilantro Rice, Sauteed Bell Peppers, Black Beans
Thursday, September 6: Silly Butterfly Pasta, Italian Sausage, Chunky Veggie Red Sauce
Friday, September 7: BLT's
Saturday, September 8:  Homemade Pizza- half and half
Sunday: September 9:  Garlic Basil Linguini with Ricotta sauce, with spinach and chicken
Monday: September 10: Hot Wings, Celery and Carrots
Tuesday, September 11: Egg Salad sandwiches
Wednesday, September 12: Chicken and Black Bean Easy quesadilla
Thursday, September 13: Takeout Pizza
Friday, September 14: Leftover Pizza from the 13th
Saturday, September 15: Protein loaded chef salads & Quinoa,
                                       chicken, peans and black beans for Little Miss
Sunday, September 16: Steak Corn, Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans

I am going to try this challenge again and this time, we are going to shoot for 17 days. Why that number? Well, 14 sounds too easy and 21 sounds too hard!


Which recipes do you guys want me to post first? Please leave me a comment to let me know!

Thanks for reading!!

17 comments:

  1. I would love the recipe for your Garlic Basil Linguini with Ricotta sauce, with spinach and chicken. Sounds yummy

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  2. I would like protein loaded chef salad and quinoa.I have quioq here and I need ideas to try it.Thanks for sharing recipes.

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  3. Sounds like a fun goal to work at! I, too, hate throwing out food and have started freezing even small bits of veggie leftovers to throw into soup or spaghetti sauce.

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    1. I never even thought to use veggie leftovers in spaghetti sauce!!!
      A friend of mine has a "veggie toss bag" that she throws all extra veggies into in the freezer (including extra onion and herbs and such). She uses them for her homemade soup stock, depending which she's making at the time (veggie, chicken, turkey, etc). :)

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  4. strange really that so many people either order food in or go out to eat. I've always cooked every day, it's how I was brought up and with 7 children there's not much option to do anything else. I loved your last comment >>14 sounds too easy and 21 sounds too hard<<

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  5. strange really that so many people either order food in or go out to eat. I've always cooked every day, it's how I was brought up and with 7 children there's not much option to do anything else. I loved your last comment >>14 sounds too easy and 21 sounds too hard<<

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    1. With my husband and I both working full time, some nights, if we don't plan, we just reach for the phone. I don't like to do it, and honestly, our daughter much prefers homemade (especially now that she's two). But we have resolved to be more budget conscious and it is so much better for our bodies/health.

      I grew up the same, I am one of 5 and my mom always cooked at home, with the rare exception treat for fast food. :)

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  6. Way to go! I made a resolution this year, which is not something I usually do. It was to reduce what I waste (groceries and other purchases). Having something like this down on paper would be a help, although I've been doing decent, there's still room for improvement.

    Wendy T

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    1. I always love picking up ideas from others- one tip I picked up from a friend of mine was that she has a "veggie toss bag" that she throws all extra veggies into in the freezer (including extra onion and herbs and such). She uses them for her homemade soup stock, depending which she's making at the time (veggie, chicken, turkey, etc).

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  7. We made the same resolution right when we were married, about 4 years ago. Considering how expensive it was to eat out and how poor we were, having dinner at home and packing leftovers for lunch only made sense. My favourite is to roast off a whole chicken and separate it into about 4 meals. I would the spruce it up differently each day (unless I froze some for another day). It always makes me feel super accomplished when I can pull something out from the freezer for a meal.

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  8. I'd like the recipe for the Garlic Basil Linguini with Ricotta sauce and the Dirty Cilantro Rice.

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  9. I'm really impressed! My husband and I don't eat out if it is just the two of us, and try very hard not to eat processed or prepared foods - it is very hard but we find we are much healthier and we actually save a lot of money. Plus, we've tried so many new recipes that we love!

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  10. I try to cook meals at home as much as possible and good for you!

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  11. We always eat at home. It's so expensive to dine out on a regular basis. I would like to see the pasta recipe please.

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  12. Hey that's a great challenge! And it is just that! This day and time with people's busy schedule, no one wants to prepare a meal. However, if you plan meals at home for the entire week, it helps in so many ways! It helps with time and money!! Serious money. People don't realize just how fast eating out every night or even every other night adds up!! I need to make this a "challenge" for my family also. Nice approach! Thanks.

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  13. this is a great challenge! i need to take this up, i am so bad at just going and getting food out, i need to cook!

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