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post #261 of 269
I want to participate in January too! Maybe someone can link the new thread here? I mean, when there is one.
post #262 of 269
1. baked potatoes with broccoli, homemade cheese sauce and bacon, homemade chicken noodle soup (day 3 of roasted chicken)
2. broccoli corn casserole, hot dogs, rice
3. leftover night - butternut squash lasagna, hot dogs, frozen pizza, corn, casserole from last night, chicken noodle soup
4. homemade vegetarian chili, winter squash and cornbread muffins
5. chicken with soy sauce and lemon, rice, carrots sticks, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts
6. rice and quinoa pilaf with chickpeas, cauliflower, and carrots, leftover chicken from last night
7. lentil burgers with avocado and corn casserole
8. take out pizza
9. pigs in a blanket, oven fries, cherry tomatoes
10. bean and tomato soup, grilled cheese, chicken salad sandwich
11. older 2 dc were at my mom's so we just ate whatever, I had some fruit, leftover pizza and pretzels
12. fruit salad (not too hungry after work) dh fed ds from home and the other 2 were at gramma's
13. winter squash soup, cauliflower, potato, and carrot frittata, toast
14. taco night: pintos in the cp, rice, sour cream, avocado, salsa, cheese, corn tortillas, chips
15. lentil and rice casserole with caramelized onions, leftover winter squash soup, tomato soup, and ciabatta
16. spaghetti with tomato sauce, mixed veg (frozen)
17. pinto bean, rice, corn, and winter squash pilaf, red cabbage and carrot salad, tortillas
18. vegan corn pone, mixed veg, mini ham and turkey and cheese sandwiches left over from dd's xmas party at school
19. (planned) turkey, roasted potatoes, corn
20. ate out (Japanese)
21. turkey noodle soup and grilled cheese, leftover ceci curry for myself
22. planning on eating at my sister's, older dc will be at grammas, dh and ds2 will eat something from home
23. spaghetti with tomato sauce and veg meat balls
24. xmas eve dinner at my dad's, crab, lasagna, I'll have to bring a veg dish so I have something to eat
25. xmas breakfast at home, eggs, biscuits, bacon, chicken apple sausage, fruit, and oj
xmas dinner at my mom's
26. chicken nuggets and veg, noodles
27. minestrone and whole grain bread
28. I took my dad out for his birthday (pizza) kids and dh had chicken pot pie at home
29. polenta with tomato sauce, steamed broccoli, green beans, and brussels sprouts, olives, green salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, almonds, raisins, and carrots
30. turkey burgers on english muffins, potatoes, carrots
31. (planned) bean and cheese pupusas, pintos, rice or peanut noodles with veg
post #263 of 269

End Of the Month Update

1: Oyakodon and Rice
2: Smothered Chicken with salad (recipe from the red Betty Crocker Cookbook)
3: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, salad and garlic toast
4: Firecracker Salmon with rice and broccoli
5: Sausage Mushroom Penne with Mustard Cream Sauce and salad
6: Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, steamed green beans, and salad
7: Shrimp Scampi
8: Grilled Roast Beef Sandwiches with Tomato Soup
9: Chicken and Bacon Pasta (This was a new recipe for us, and I didn't care for it but my husband did.)
10: Italian Sausage Soup
11: Planned dinner out-it was my birthday! We went to my favorite restaurant. There was some problem in the kitchen and it took forever for our entrees to come out, so they comp'ed them! After drinks, appetizers, and the tip, we still paid $27 though.
12: Leftovers
13: Beef fajitas, and among the fixin's was homemade guacamole (I subbed lime juice for lemon, omitted the oil, and added cilantro.)
14: Tuna Fish Hot Dish
15: Homemade Pizza (sauce) (dough is Betty Crocker recipe) topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mozzarella, sliced olives, onions, red bell pepper, chopped tomatoes, and chopped spinach
16: Spicy Chicken Soup with Homemade Dinner Rolls (this is one of my favorite dinners ever! I'm serving it at my birth for my family and midwives)
17: Curry-Glazed Chicken with Rice and Salad (it was basically honey-mustard-glazed grilled chicken, not very curry-y, probably won't make again because I've already got a honey-mustard chicken recipe)
18: Brinner (breakfast-for-dinner) (pancakes with sauted apples and whipped cream, sausage links and scrambled eggs)
19: Vegetable Soup and Egg Salad Sandwiches
20: FFY/Leftovers
21: Kielbasa sausage fried in soy sauce with rice
22: Cheese Tortellini with Marinara Sauce with Garlic Bread and Salad
23: Out at Taco Hell because DH felt like it and I didn't care enough to argue. It was yucky.
24: Spinach, Red Lentil and Bean Curry and Rice
25: Surf & Turf Christmas Dinner (Snow Crab, Steak, Brussels Sprouts, and Mashed Potatoes)
26: Leftover curry
27: Taco Pizza (homemade)
28: General Tsao's Chicken with Rice
29: Enchiladas (DH cooked)
30: Fried Rice
31: Baked Scallops, Twice-Baked Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli

So, we ate out twice this month. Once was a planned, celebratory dinner and the other completely unnecessary but at least it was cheap. I say that's not too bad!
post #264 of 269
1. Leftover stew and pea soup
2. Meatballs, boiled potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, sauerkraut
3. Root veggie and ground beef soup in bone broth
4. Leftover soup
5. Creamy tuna tomato sauce with pasta
6. Leftovers
7. Winter squash-carrot-rice soup, bread
8. Hash made of rutabaga, potato, and the chicken I boiled for yesterday's soup broth, roasted brussels sprouts
9. Brown rice, black beans cooked w/canned tomatoes and onions, chorizo
10. Chicken-white bean-kale-root veggie soup, bread
11. Leftovers
12. Spinach pancakes from the store with sour cream dip.
13. Fried potatoes and reindeer, sauerkraut
14. Sauteed cabbage, delicious fresh additive-free sausage
15. Turnip-carrot-winter squash gratin, lamb sausage
16. Leftover gratin, rucola, bread
17. Spinach soup in bone broth, hard boiled eggs
18. Nepalese take out
19. - 26. At DP's parents' place
27. Pea soup
28. Leftover pea soup
29. Potato-canned salmon-onion-garlic-dill-parsley-butter-lemon stir fry, roasted brussels sprouts
30. Canned salmon-macaroni-kale casserole
31. Stewed venison and potatoes

We ate out once this month, but we also spent a week at the ILs not spending any money on food, so I think it evens out. On to January!
post #265 of 269
1 - Chicken Enchilada Casserole
2 - Soft Tacos
3 - Cheese ravioli with garlic & onion butter sauce
4- Pizza Night (planned)
5 - Homemade Breakfast scrambles (potatoes, eggs, cheese, peppers, onions)
6 - Amazing Mushroom & Swiss burgers
7 - Homemade Minestrone soup
8 - Leftover soup
9 - Bean and Cheese burritos
10 - Leftovers
11 - Biscuits & Gravy
12 - Soft Tacos
13 - Chicken Fried Rice (never had homemade fried rice before - YUM)
14 - Chicken & Dumplings
15 - Sandwiches
16 - Breakfast burritos
17 - Breakfast sandwiches
18 - Scrambled Eggs
19 - Fried Rice
20 - Chicken Enchilada Casserole
21 - Leftovers
22 - Pasta with roasted garlic cream sauce
23 - Steak, mashed potatoes and veggies
24 - Paninis
25 - Cheese ravioli with onion butter sauce
26 - Egg sandwiches on whole wheat bagels
27 - Ham and cheese on whole wheat bagels
28 - Mac & Cheese
29 - Chicken and rice burritos
30 - Leftovers
31 - Date Night - ate out

We only ate out twice this month and I'm not upset about either one. We really needed a date night last night and the pizza at the beginning of the month was planned and cheap (we used a coupon). I'm pretty sure this was the fewest number of times per month we've eaten out since we've been married!! I'm really proud of us and excited about moving into January. This thread was really helpful in keeping me accountable! Thanks!
post #266 of 269
Everything cooked at home is vegan

1. (School night) FFY (DH and kids had waffles and tater tots, I had tater tots and cereal)
2. Spanakopita
3. Baja-Style Grilled Tempeh Tacos
4. Cabbage and Noodles (Veganized) & Tempeh, Apple, Potato and Kraut Casserole
5. Vegan Lentil Loaf with Fingerling potatoes
6. (lunch out while xmas shopping) dinner: Tatertot casserole, beets and greens
7. (School night) Chili & Chips (snow storm, no school)
8. (School night) Lentil Barley Soup (snow storm, no school)
9. Curried Split Pea Soup with garlic french bread
10. Tacos
11. Pasta Della California & garlic bread
12. MIL ordered Chinese Take-Out.. but I made homemade vegan rice krispie treats
13. Mediterranean Baked Lima Beans, Lemony Roasted potatoes, and steamed beets
14. Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Falafal, and Mediterranean Style Cashew-Cucumber Dip.
15. (School night) Holiday potluck before class (finals!!) & FFY night
16. BBQ Tempeh, chik'n sandwiches, tator tots
17. (LLL night) Chickpea Rice Broccoli casserole (a modified version of this VWAV recipe, added rice and subbed soymilk, nut yeast for veg broth) & coleslaw
18. (Girls night) FFY
19. Red Lentil-Cauliflower Curry
20. Tacos with Smart Ground and Morningstar Chik'n strips
21. (Winter Solstice) African Tomato & Peanut Soup & crusty bread for dipping
22. DH made last minute plans so it was FFY
23. Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff & green beans & salad
24. Xmas Eve Tempeh Shepardess pie with salad
25. Xmas Brunch: French Toast (Banana Rabanada) & hashbrowns. Dinner: Lasagna with Cashew Ricotta, salad, and olive bread
26. Dinner @ FIL's
27. Chickpeas, Spinach & Potatoes over brown rice
28. Planned night out- Indian!
29. (MIL's B-day) Lunch Out / Dinner: White Bean & Spinach Soup, crusty bread and birthday cheezecake
30. FFY
31. tacos


Not too bad! We ate out 3 times, once for a date, once for MIL's birthday, and once because we were out and hungry. Happy New Year!

October's Challenge
November's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
post #267 of 269

January's THread

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1178439

Here is the new thread!
post #268 of 269
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post #269 of 269
1. Out (planned meal out due to getting family pictures taken that evening)
2. Chicken, Spinach, and Feta sausages with pasta alfredo
3. Pork chops with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts
4. Lemon herb chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans
5. Out (planned- it was my birthday so dh and my mom took me out)
6. Leftovers/FFY
7. I can't remember. I know we ate at home, but I have no idea what I made.
8. Out (DH and I were both craving chinese, and we were out Christmas shopping anyway so we picked some up on the way home)
9. Breakfast casserole
10. Cheese tortellini with garlic bread
11. Chicken casserole
12. Out, but I'm not really claiming this one as bad- my mom took us out to thank DH for doing some work on her car, so it didn't cost us anything
13. Leftovers/FFY
14. Pizza (bonus points: used up some leftovers and random bits and pieces of things I had on hand as toppings!)
15. Chicken and potatoes
16. Chicken Noodle Soup
17. Chili cheese macaroni
18.-24. This whole week was a blur of holiday parties (mostly potluck style), mixed with eating out using gift cards we recieved for xmas (I love guilt free date nights!!) and a few meals that I actually made at home. I have no idea what we ate when, but we didn't pay to eat out all, I know that!
25. Christmas dinner
26. Leftovers
27. Ham and bean soup
28. Leftover soup
29. Chili and cornbread
30. Italian Casserole
31. Spaghetti with garlic bread
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