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post #121 of 221
1. homemade mac n cheese
2. grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans
3. Travelling Tacos
4. Chicken over some pasta alfredo
5. Cheesy Potato Soup with whole wheat french bread
6. Lasagna Rolls
7. BBQ steaks with corn and mashed potatoes.
8. I spaced and forgot we had a softball game at 6:30, so we grabbed dinner at the stadium.
9. Turkey meatballs with pasta

I'm kicking myself for forgetting that softball game, I got ready to start dinner at 5:30, and dh was like "what are you doing? We have to leave!" I thought the game was at 7:30. Oops. Oh well. One meal out so far this month is still way better than we were doing last month, so I'll just have to be prepared from here on out, right?
post #122 of 221
I just saw this thread and I really need to keep eating at home this month. Basically I need to use up all the food I have stored up here and spend as little as possible on eating out. So far this month we haven't ate out once but its been hard. None of us have been feeling well and my allergies are terrible. So a little motivation might do me some good.

Tonight's dinner is already in the fridge. Its breakfest cassarole with homemade bread. I made the cassarole for breakfest for the week but theres no way we are going to finish it before it goes bad (DH doens't eat breakfest and DD only eats a little bit in the morning) so we are eating it for dinner. I just took the bread out of the breadmaker and it smells GOOOD..
post #123 of 221
I do lots of home cooking but am subbing to see what ideas like-minded mamas have. :

Sometimes I feel so tired working FT WOH and cooking cooking cooking. Need a jolt of motivation.
post #124 of 221
1-hashbrown casserole/sandwiches
2-dinner at my mom's
3-out at the fair
4-out of town
5-out of town
6-out of town
7-dinner at my mom's
8-roasted chicken, potatoes, veggie
9-baked potatoes *had dinner at my mom's instead
10-breakfast - sausage patties, eggs, toast, hashbrowns *we're having hot dogs, homemade fries and veggies instead, need to use up some camping leftovers
11-pizza, bruschetta, veggies or fruit
12-out - but I'm making a tomato/cucumber salad to take with veggies from my garden
13-pork roast, mashed potatoes, corn
14-dinner at my mom's
15-spaghetti, salad, bread
16-tacos
17-finger steaks, fries, veggie
18-pizza, veggie or fruit
19-meatloaf muffins, roasted potatoes, veggie
20-ham, potatoes, green beans
21-dinner at my mom's
22-panini's, chips, veggie
23-leftovers
24-taco soup, nachos
25-pizza, veggie or fruit
26-steak, baked potatoes, salad
27-hamburgers, fries
28-dinner at my mom's
29-baked trout, rice, veggies
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So far, since it's all of the 2nd , I've actually stuck with it.

Sept grocery budget: $0/$300
post #125 of 221
We ate like crap yesterday. But we didn't eat out!

9/9: Carrots and dip for breakfast
Homemade popsicles for snack
PB&J for lunch
Granola bars for another snack
Fried okra, french fries, and hamburgers for dinner
post #126 of 221
9/10: Smoothies and bananas for breakfast
PB&J for lunch
Zuchinni pancakes for dinner

I had a snack while I was out running errands.
post #127 of 221
Today I wanted a filet-o-fish sandwich from McDs sooooooooo much, but instead I just forced myself to eat ramen.
post #128 of 221
Thread Starter 
It was dh and dd's day off (work/school) so we slept in and ended up eating "brunch" around 11am. So "Linner" was at 4pm. I'm sure we'll have a snack later...just wanted to explain the two meals, lol. I'm doing my best to use up our food before it goes bad. Tomorrow is payday and I want to keep my grocery budget as low as possible...we'll see!

1) Dinner:Vegan Sloppy Joes, sweet potato fries and Salad.
2)Dinner:BBQ tofu, baked potatoes, green beans
3) Breakfast: whole wheat pancakes, melon. Dinner: potato and eggplant moussaka with salad.
4) Dinner: Jerk Seitan with bell peppers/onions, over rice.
5) Dinner: Tempeh with spicy peanut sauce over broccoli and rice
6) Lunch: pizza with roasted garlic, caramelized onions and kalamata olives. Dinner: A pint of ben and jerry's Gingersnap (99cents each! lol)
7) Breakfast: biscuits and mushroom gravy (trying to replicate a restaurant meal we love...turned out okay...). DINNER: soft tacos and corn
8) DINNER: Breaded Ranch Tempeh, quinoa, broccoli
9) DINNER: nothing. I was stuffed from eating out with my mom (MOOCHED!!) at lunch and she gave dh $5 to go get a "big carl" that he's been wanting to try (he's a omni, lol). So yep. We all ate out today, but not on our dime. I feel no guilt, lol!
10) BREAKFAST: tempeh/white bean "sausage" patties, scrambled eggs with bell pepper and mushrooms. DINNER: Pizza (same as on the 6th)
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post #129 of 221
I just realized how much we spent on restaurants last month, so we are NOT eating out this month. "Cheap" date night once a week, and breakfast out once a week.

As another Mama mentioned, it seems like a convienence to get take out or go out to eat, but after the travel/waiting/screaming kids, it is so not worth it.

1st- homemade vegetable soup/grilled cheese
2nd- talapia/rice/salad/veggie
3rd-Chicken Cattatiore
4th- Pork Roast/potatoes/corn
5th- Baked Pasta/garlic bread/salad
6th- BBQ Pork (from leftovers)/Rice/Carrots/Broccoli Casserole
7th- Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/French Fries/Salad
8th- Homemade Mac N Cheese/Edamame/Corn on the Cob/leftover Burgers
9th- Chicken/Salad/Whole Wheat Pasta Penne
10th- Sloppy Joes/French Fries/Green Beans
post #130 of 221
Yesterday ended up being frozen pizza and salad.
Today was grilled chicken, pasta, and corn.
The last two days I sooo did not want to deal with making dinner. I took the easy path with the pizza, but today I just made something easy.

Still need to figure out what we're eating tomorrow, though.
post #131 of 221
September 10th- Breakfest cassarole and homemade bread
September 11th- Tuna Noodle Cassarole
post #132 of 221
I really love this thread!!! : So usually we're eating out a lot, but now I've managed to plan out our entire month of meals except for the 1st & 3rd, and so far we're sticking to it! : : :

1 - McDonalds (late from work!)
2 - Homemade Ribs & BBQ beans
3 - Culvers cheeseburgers (dinner at a friends got delayed due to grill issues)
4 - Pork Fried Rice & Egg Rolls
5 - Chicken Chow Mein & veggies
6 - Lentil Dal with Rice (this was a first time recipe, and not a winner suggestions wanted to add more flavor to this)
7 - Ribfest & pies with summer salad
8 - Tacos
9 - Leftovers (so yummy!)
10 - BLATs (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado & Tomato) sandwiches with Fries
post #133 of 221
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by _ktg_ View Post
I really love this thread!!! : So usually we're eating out a lot, but now I've managed to plan out our entire month of meals except for the 1st & 3rd, and so far we're sticking to it! : : :

1 - McDonalds (late from work!)
2 - Homemade Ribs & BBQ beans
3 - Culvers cheeseburgers (dinner at a friends got delayed due to grill issues)
4 - Pork Fried Rice & Egg Rolls
5 - Chicken Chow Mein & veggies
6 - Lentil Dal with Rice (this was a first time recipe, and not a winner suggestions wanted to add more flavor to this)
7 - Ribfest & pies with summer salad
8 - Tacos
9 - Leftovers (so yummy!)
10 - BLATs (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado & Tomato) sandwiches with Fries
When my recipes are a little bland - as far as indian-ish food goes - I typically just add more curry and/or salt to taste. Usually does the trick
post #134 of 221
1-hashbrown casserole/sandwiches
2-dinner at my mom's
3-out at the fair
4-out of town
5-out of town
6-out of town
7-dinner at my mom's
8-roasted chicken, potatoes, veggie
9-baked potatoes *had dinner at my mom's instead
10-breakfast - sausage patties, eggs, toast, hashbrowns *we're having hot dogs, homemade fries and veggies instead, need to use up some camping leftovers
11-pizza, bruschetta, veggies or fruit *pizza is frozen, but I'm not counting it since I bought it awhile ago.
12-out - but I'm making a tomato/cucumber salad to take with veggies from my garden
13-pork roast, mashed potatoes, corn
14-dinner at my mom's
15-spaghetti, salad, bread
16-tacos
17-finger steaks, fries, veggie
18-pizza, veggie or fruit
19-meatloaf muffins, roasted potatoes, veggie
20-ham, potatoes, green beans
21-dinner at my mom's
22-panini's, chips, veggie
23-leftovers
24-taco soup, nachos
25-pizza, veggie or fruit
26-steak, baked potatoes, salad
27-hamburgers, fries
28-dinner at my mom's
29-baked trout, rice, veggies
30-


Sept grocery budget: $77.62/$300
post #135 of 221
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Originally Posted by beansmama View Post
When my recipes are a little bland - as far as indian-ish food goes - I typically just add more curry and/or salt to taste. Usually does the trick
Oooh good to know!! I did add quite a bit more salt, which did help when we had some with leftovers. The recipe asked for jalapenos to be added at the end and in 1/3s, so I'm thinking maybe I'll add another one to mix and maybe puree it to spice it up a bit more instead of such a very subtle heat.
post #136 of 221
I just realized how much we spent on restaurants last month, so we are NOT eating out this month. "Cheap" date night once a week, and breakfast out once a week.

As another Mama mentioned, it seems like a convienence to get take out or go out to eat, but after the travel/waiting/screaming kids, it is so not worth it.

1st- homemade vegetable soup/grilled cheese
2nd- talapia/rice/salad/veggie
3rd-Chicken Cattatiore
4th- Pork Roast/potatoes/corn
5th- Baked Pasta/garlic bread/salad
6th- BBQ Pork (from leftovers)/Rice/Carrots/Broccoli Casserole
7th- Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/French Fries/Salad
8th- Homemade Mac N Cheese/Edamame/Corn on the Cob/leftover Burgers
9th- Chicken/Salad/Whole Wheat Pasta Penne
10th- Sloppy Joes/French Fries/Green Beans
11th- Chicken Wings/Potatoes/Salad
post #137 of 221
Thread Starter 
1) Dinner:Vegan Sloppy Joes, sweet potato fries and Salad.
2)Dinner:BBQ tofu, baked potatoes, green beans
3) Breakfast: whole wheat pancakes, melon. Dinner: potato and eggplant moussaka with salad.
4) Dinner: Jerk Seitan with bell peppers/onions, over rice.
5) Dinner: Tempeh with spicy peanut sauce over broccoli and rice
6) Lunch: pizza with roasted garlic, caramelized onions and kalamata olives. Dinner: A pint of ben and jerry's Gingersnap (99cents each! lol)
7) Breakfast: biscuits and mushroom gravy (trying to replicate a restaurant meal we love...turned out okay...). DINNER: soft tacos and corn
8) DINNER: Breaded Ranch Tempeh, quinoa, broccoli
9) DINNER: nothing. I was stuffed from eating out with my mom (MOOCHED!!) at lunch and she gave dh $5 to go get a "big carl" that he's been wanting to try (he's a omni, lol). So yep. We all ate out today, but not on our dime. I feel no guilt, lol!
10) BREAKFAST: tempeh/white bean "sausage" patties, scrambled eggs with bell pepper and mushrooms. DINNER: Pizza (same as on the 6th)
11) DINNER: Baked Tofu, potatoes with gravy and broccoli
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post #138 of 221
I just realized I wasn't putting any veggies down. We do eat one to two types of veggies every night but it tends to be the same things. Its either a salad or steamed broccoli.
September 10th- Breakfast casserole and homemade bread
September 11th- Tuna Noodle Cassarole
September 12- Leftovers
Week ahead plans:
September 13- Chili
September 14- Chili over mashed potatoes (sounds weird but DH and I both started eating this in boot camp and got hooked, we both enjoy it)
September 15- Spaghetti and homemade French bread
September 16- French bread pizza
September 17- Island kielbasa
September 18- Leftovers
post #139 of 221
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Originally Posted by OkiMom View Post
September 17- Island kielbasa
What is this? We have some extra kielbasa I need to use up. I used half of it in a white bean vegetable soup. Mmm.

This week has been good for using up stuff in the freezer even though I REALLY didn't feel like cooking. It's really been an exercise in self-discipline.

Urk, must come back and post later, dd2 needs me.
post #140 of 221
9/11:

A big improvement over the past two days.

Breakfast: Leftover zuchinni pancakes w/homemade syrup and butter (not homemade, , but local, hormone free and yummy... so that's something, right?)
Lunch: Carrots and Homemade Ranch dip (of course), PB&J (natch), and cubes of Swiss cheese
Snacks: Fruit, homemade chocolate pudding pops (low sugar! Stevia rules!)
Dinner: Mmmm. DH made glorious garlic and rosemary infused thin crust pizza with basil and tomatoes, and we had cucumber salad with fresh garden cukes. They were sooo crunchy a delicious.
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