Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Family Challenge: Eat at Home Week and Easy Squash Saute Recipe

Sunday evening, I challenged myself and declared this week to be an eat at home week. We have been eating out entirely too often since the big move, and not only can our wallet no longer take it, neither can my waistline! Quite frankly, until I have my professional license and am working, we just don't have money to blow away.

Since we're new to Gilbert, it is hit or miss regarding restaurants. I hate getting food to-go from a new restaurant and then once I get it home and finally take a bite, it's tasteless, burnt, under or over seasoned. What a huge disappointment! Therefore, I have once again, re-instituted eat at home week, also known as "Fat Girl Friday" (FGF).

FGF was instituted a couple years ago at the recommendation of one of my best girlfriends. We were discussing budgets and she informed me that she and her husband (then boyfriend) had started a tradition called FGF. Basically, it was to slim down their hips, but also to budget more effectively. I thought this idea was genius! Following FGF rules, you know you are only allowed to eat out once weekly; therefore, you (hopefully) won't waste money on cheap food in a hurry because you
  1. Didn't plan ahead 
  2. ran out of time and it's now 6:00
  3. you're only allowed to eat out one time per week
FGF is allowed to occur on any other day of your choosing; however, once you've decided to eat out, the weekly FGF has been used and you no longer can eat out the rest of the week. This will lead to saving money and hopefully making better food choices for your family.

So, here's the challenge: Try cooking all your meals at home this week. No takeout, no convenience foods. If you can do "whole food" options, even better!

Here's one thing I got at the Farmers' Market last week that I am cooking tonight:

Easy Squash Sauté
2-3 Squash- Any squash will do!
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Toss olive oil, butter, onion and squash into pan on medium. Saute about 5 minutes, then toss in garlic. Saute about 5 more minutes. You still want the squash to have a slight bite/crunch to it. If it's too soggy, it is overcooked.

What are you planning on cooking tonight? Leave a comment and let me know!


  1. I think you should post some of the things you cook, with recipes and pics. I know I get bored making the same 5 things every week but I don't have the "skill" to make in depth meals. I prefer to clean and do laundry over cooking.

    1. Most definitely will do!

      And just sayin', me and you together make the perfect wife. I hate laundry and cleaning, but love to cook :D

  2. Bingo on the lack of planning. It makes all the difference in the world. It's past seven pm, and I don't have a clue what's for dinner. I have successfully tightened up the budget and that's been successful.

    Wendy T


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