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post #21 of 303
1-tomato soup, bread *dh did get lunch out for all of us
2-pizza, bruschetta
post #22 of 303
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October 2009

01-Sour Creme Enchiladas, Spanish Rice
02-Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken, Baked Potatos
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The sour creme enchiladas were a hit last night. As well as the spanish rice. I have never made flavored rice that didn't come out of a box before. I am not a fan of cooking so I am really going to have to find easy recipes that sound GOOD to eat for me to stick to this. Tonight is another new one from allrecipies.com.
post #23 of 303
I'm in! I'm pregnant, so I have this false notion in my head that I *deserve* to eat out more than we should. That part really comes when the baby is first here! In addition to the food I plan to freeze. Someday.

1 - Leftovers from Macaroni Grill (my mom took us out for lunch; not an auspicious start, I know. )
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Off to meal plan!
post #24 of 303
I"m in. In an effort to destress our lives, I made a rotating breakfast/lunch menu. Plus, I wrote out our favorite 10 meals and will rotate them all month. No thinking, no eating out. We do have pizza listed 3 times. Sometimes that may be take out, just depends what we feel like.

oct. 1 - breakfast bars
quesidillas
spaghetti with meat sauce and broccoli on side

oct 2.- zucchini bread
hot dogs and fruit
Pizza - soccer practice night
post #25 of 303
I'm in! I have so many things to save up for!

10/01: Chicken tenders, mac 'n cheese & mixed veg.
post #26 of 303
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post
I got the recipe from here...
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/foo...n-patties.html
but altered it quiet a bit, sadly I was worried that they wouldn't come out good, and I didn't have much ingredients so I made one batch, but I intend to make at least a triple batch next time, bake them, freeze them individually for quick meals
You should check out the ones at "eat air" (or I posted them on my blog too)...they are a LOT more simple than that recipe - although that one does look good - I usually prefer shorter recipes :P I'm lazy!
post #27 of 303
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Originally Posted by beansmama View Post
You should check out the ones at "eat air" (or I posted them on my blog too)...they are a LOT more simple than that recipe - although that one does look good - I usually prefer shorter recipes :P I'm lazy!
What's your blog, beansmama? I didn't see a link when I moused over your username.
post #28 of 303
1. Leftovers and/or beans & cheese.
2. Smoked brisket, potato salad, corn bread.
post #29 of 303
I should update, my goal is to have ALOT less drive-through or take-out food this month. DH is a bit lazy when he gets home, so unless it's my day off, it always seems to be take-out, this is NOT easy on my stomach.

Breakfast is usually on-hand nibbles, cereal, eggs or pancakes if I have time, but today I got to make lunch with my grandson.

01 - cheeseburgers, frozen mozarella sticks
02 - (planned and made ahead, my house smells yummy!) pot of beans with smoked pork, biscuits for dinner, and we made mac & cheese for lunch. The little man likes dumping the ingredients into the pot.
post #30 of 303
Tonight we had frozen pizza - which I am counting because a) we ate at home and b) it was a lot cheaper than eating out. Tomorrow I am going to the store. Again.

1- frozen pizza and piece of chocolate.
post #31 of 303
Thank you for starting this up! I loved doing this last month, and only ate out 4 times! I don't think that has ever happened before last month.

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02- Tacos/Mexican @ Bible Study
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post #32 of 303
This is a great idea - I'll join!

We rarely eat out but did a bit more take out than I liked last month. For dinner it's often only hubby and I; our two boys work afternoons a lot and our daughter only eats with us maybe twice a week - the rest of the time she either cooks for herself or isn't home. I also work full time so some evenings it's a real challenge to find something quick. I try to do tf as much as I possibly can too!

01- plum and grapes for breakfast, kefir and peanut butter toast for lunch, chicken Caesar salad with garlic bread for supper
02- kefir and a plum for breakfast, peanut butter toast for lunch, pork chops, potatoes and beans/carrot medley for supper
03- steak and eggs for brunch, chicken, potatoes, carrot sticks and peas and carrots for supper
04- leftovers for brunch, sweet chicken curry and roti stuffed with turnip sabji for supper
05- carrot sticks and a plum for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, maple butter glazed salmon and carrots for supper
06- Sourdough bread toast with peanut butter and honey for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, scrambled eggs and toast with tomato slices for supper
07- Blueberry, strawberry, mango and kefir smoothie for breakfast, peanut butter toast for lunch, beef curry for supper
08- smoothie and an apple for breakfast, leftover curry for lunch
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post #33 of 303
Can I join?

My issues are A. FInding food the kids will eat and B. Staying motivated.

So, I made a big batch of lentils and rice the other day. Kids thought they were "weird" ( I cooked them in some chicken stock flavored with garlic, cumin) I made the leftovers into a salad. I added lemon juice, olive oil, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. Yummy, especially after gettting to know itself in the fridge overnight. BUt that technically wasn't in this month, I'm just proud of my creation

Last night was grass-fed meatloaf and candied acorn squash. The squash was my older DD's idea. As I pulled it out of the oven she said "Actually, I don't want the squash" She did end up trying it and deciding it was also "weird"

Today I roasted a chicken with carrots and potatoes that we can pick at over the next week. I made waffles and sausage for breakfast this morning. I don't want to cook anymore today! I also don't want to eat leftover chicken!

Anyway, I'm glad I found this thread! I need inspiration!
post #34 of 303
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Originally Posted by BugMacGee View Post
Can I join?

My issues are A. FInding food the kids will eat and B. Staying motivated.
I hear ya!! Those are my issues too. (Only my "kids" are one ds, and one uber picky DH! )


1. Chicken Noodle Soup with yummy whole wheat french bread
2. Chili Cheese Macaroni

and in a little bit, we'll be having some super yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for dessert! DS and I made them this afternoon, and they are scrumptious.
post #35 of 303
I'm in. We have a major trip coming up next summer, so I have to tighten the belt to save ahead for that trip. We don't eat out a lot and I monthly meal plan. When we do eat out, it's at a nice restaurant, as we don't like chains or fast food, so I have to do even better eating at home. I work 15 hrs./week, one is an evening, so I have one night that my mom and dd have to figure out dinner on their own. I'll put down my monthly meal plan and see how closely I stick to it. I have a very large pantry, so I already have everything for the next month and can shift things around if I need to. As long as we don't eat out as much.

1 - Chili and cornbread
2 - Papa Murphy's (50% off coupon; I work late)
3 - Grilled beef fillet with bernaise sauce, sweet peas, and homemade scratch rolls
4 - Dorowat (Ethiopian chicken and onion dish) over rice
5 - FFY (fend for yourself, I work late, dh works late)
6 - ham and beans with cornbread, tossed salad
7 - pasta shells with tomato sauce, tossed salad, homemade texas toast
8 - cottage pie (ground beef, shepherd's pie is made with lamb)
9 - grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, bean salad
10 - tas kebap (Turkish stew) over rice OR dinner with neighbors
11 - pea soup (some of this I will can), baked ham, roasted carrots
12 - FFY (fend for yourself)
13 - taco salad (rice, beans, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, homemade salsa, beef)
14 - leftovers
15 - cheese and onion enchiladas, beans, rice (b & r left over from taco salad)
16 - eat out
17 - pasta aglio e olio, salad, zucchini fritters
18 - tapas bar
19 - FFY
20 - leftovers or sammies (prepare for camping trip)
21 - camping
22 - camping
23 - camping
24 - camping
25 - camping (return home)
26 - sandwiches or leftovers
27 - breakfast for dinner
28 - FFY
29 - pea soup, roasted squash and salad with homemade croutons
30 - eat out or friends over
31 - candy

FFY = Fend for yourself, I don't cook that night as I'm not home
= met goal
= had to change meal plan (probably from laziness)
= ate out (probably from laziness)
post #36 of 303
OOh! I'll play! We're coming up on slow season for my dh's business so I have been stocking up the freezer and trying to plan well so that we avoid eating out (which means we have some junky/treat meals on the menu so we don't get bored and get take out!!) I found that grocery shopping on wed. helps because we have fully stocked cupboards over the weekend when we tend to venture out to eat.

1. Roasted Chicken, sweet/white mashed taters, kale sauteed w/onions & mushrooms
2. Chicken Curry over rice
3. Homemade mac n cheese w/side salad
4. Crockpot Roast beef/carrots/potatoes/onions
5. From scratch veggie pizza (peppers, olives, garlic, onions, tomatoes)
6. Grilled Porkloin w/whole wheat ravioli and asperagus
7. (MIL comes into town, might eat out)
post #37 of 303
I'm in..I did pretty well last month, but got lazy posting...This month I'm trying to improve

1-Leftover veggie Jamaican Patties...FANTASTIC!!!
2. I worked and the in-laws took dh and the kids out for dinner...DRIVES ME NUTS! He has ONE night where he has to cook for the kids and his parents take him out almost every fri so he doesn't have too
post #38 of 303
1 - Leftovers from Macaroni Grill (my mom took us out for lunch; not an auspicious start, I know. )
2 - Homemade veggie burgers (no recipe, and turned out pretty great!), tater tots and broiled green beans on the side
post #39 of 303
Count me in! We're vegan, and I'd like to try out a few new recipes this month. Over the summer, we ended up at the Thai place down the road and our favorite Mediterranean buffet far too often. It will be nice to spend more time in the kitchen and more time together at our kitchen table.

Oct. 1: Spaghetti
Oct. 2: Rice and veggies with tofu

Thanks for such a great thread!
post #40 of 303
I would like to join in this month. I cook for 3 adults and 2 boys. I happen to love to cook, but I also love to go out to eat. As a pp said, we don't do fast food, so our eating our can be quite expensive. We actually have several planned meals out for October allready, so I will use this thread to keep me from the last minute I don't feel like cooking trap.

So far we have eaten 3/3 breakfasts & 3/3 lunches at home.
Dinners - not going as well...
1 - ate out w/dh (planned 1 of 2 monthly date nights)
2 - copped out and ordered pizza & salad
3 - crockpot BBQ shrimp - appetizer for dinner at neighbors house

Maggie
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