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post #41 of 269
Still going =) despite some challenges...

3. smoked turkey bbq pizza w/ spinach salad
4. out to celebrate son's birthday (planned)
5. lunch out because we are hours from home BUT I'm putting a beef roast in the crockpot before we leave in the morning so that we have something waiting for us upon return =)
6. Ham & Grits breakfast casserole w/ veggie sausage & fruit
post #42 of 269
I did this in Septmeber and October, slacked off (online) for November. But overall we have been doing great with eating out! Ate out a little more than usual last week since family was in town.

Dec 1- Chicken Cattiatore/Brown Rice
Dec 2nd- Pasta/Salad
Dec 3rd- Pizza from Whole Foods (Not eating out, but not cooking either)/Salad
post #43 of 269
Joining late, but joining! Ovo-lacto vegetarians here, but we're becoming increasingly vegan. I'm all about quick recipes these days, so I'm eager to see what the rest of you are doing.

Dec 3: Leftover eggplant/marinara sauce over pasta with seitan strips. Steamed frozen veggies. Home-baked cornbread muffins.
4: LOL! This may be a bad month to start this. MIL is coming to town and taking us out to dinner.
5: Quickie burritos
post #44 of 269
I just read through November's thread, and I'd love to join in with you all this month!



We're a family of eight, with six kids ages 9-2. Dh works out of town during the week fairly often, which means the kids eat a lot of cereal for dinner. Not good. I want to cut out the convenience meals/take out, and make real dinners for the kids and me even when dh isn't here.

1. Originally planned tacos, but the afternoon got away from me. Kids had cereal and fruit, I had a sandwich.
2. Pasta bake (ground beef, red sauce, rotini pasta, cheese over the top), salad, garlic bread. Tonight I made a double meal, because I brought a meal to a family in our church with a new baby girl.
3. Leftover pasta bake, garlic bread, veggies for kids; tofu stirfry for me
post #45 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
post #46 of 269
Dec 1 Turkey salad sandwiches
Dec 2 Chciken curry and squash over rice
Dec 3 Fried rice
Dec 4 Chili
post #47 of 269
1. Broccoli Cheese soup and cheesy biscuits (Leftover takeout for me...oops)
2. Mac N Cheese for lunch, Pinto Beans, cornbread, and rice/veggies for supper
3. Ate out. But it had been planned for a week- we went to dinner with friends I rarely get to see, and the four of us hadn't been together in over 2-3 years.
post #48 of 269
1. whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce. Orange slices.
2. FFY- leftover spaghetti, turkey sandwiches, frozen pizza
3. Roast beef sandwiches, veggies.


Seriously, I need to actually COOK something!
post #49 of 269
Another month! I personally haven't eaten out at all recently but of course I live with my mom and brother and can not control what they do. Frustratingly, they eat out even when I have prepared meals for them. But I can still do this for me!

air- oh no, I hope I can make a palatable pot roast! Any ideas where you went wrong? My mom used to always make them in the crock pot and they often turned out dry. I was still planning to use the crock pot, just trying my luck it would be better . Well I have the pot roast already so that will be dinner one way or another!

mamakah- thanks for the site suggestion! That is excellent for this thread and for meal planning in general. Does it save your pantry items until you use them? Guess I will have to find out!!

We are still getting over a cold so I've been trying to cut down on mucous-forming foods...

1- Mexican Casserole my mom made with "veggie crumbles"- sooo not into it. I also made a soup with root veggies and noodles... both of these turned out pretty spicy because we used canned tomatoes with chiles and had no idea the generic brand was so hot!!
2- It was just Dahlia and I, and got a little late after grocery shopping, so I sauteed some kale and sweet potatoes together for dinnertime snack and then made oatmeal raisin cookies after she went to bed (from the Quaker lid.. not very impressive).
3- made a quinoa blackbean salad, angel hair with marinara... and black bean brownies.

planned:

pot roast in the crock with carrots and new potatoes, salad with butterleaf, bell peppers, goat cheese
use up the rest of the black beans I cooked in blackbean soup, recipe from the book Eat Your Colors (good read)
Lentil red pepper dip for snacking, along with leftover quinoa black bean salad
then tacos out of leftover pot roast, and black beans and rice with the leftover black bean soup....

We will probably add something new by Sunday or Monday, and the leftovers will become lunches.
post #50 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
post #51 of 269
1-pancakes, sausage patties
2-leftovers
3-turkey sandwiches, potatoes
4-pizza
post #52 of 269
Thread Starter 
I don't think I did anything wrong when preparing the pot roast, we just liked other meals a lot more. The las t3 meals I made are getting scratched off the list . They tasted fine but we will jus t replace them to try other recipes till we have a 4 week list of recipes that we love and won't get tried of. I still love the convenience of my crock pot.
post #53 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
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post #54 of 269
Back on the wagon! We eat dairy-free vegetarian around here.

1. Sweet Potato Lentil Stew (from Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet), spinach salad with vinaigrette
2. Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Kale Burritos with spelt tortillas, spinach salad with vinaigrette
3. Quorn piccata over brown rice (used this recipe as my base, added capers and kalamata olives)
post #55 of 269
1 - Chicken Enchilada Casserole
2 - Soft Tacos
3 - Cheese ravioli with garlic & onion butter sauce
post #56 of 269
1. Broccoli Cheese soup and cheesy biscuits (Leftover takeout for me...oops)
2. Mac N Cheese for lunch, Pinto Beans, cornbread, and rice/veggies for supper
3. Ate out. But it had been planned for a week- we went to dinner with friends I rarely get to see, and the four of us hadn't been together in over 2-3 years.
4. Meatloaf muffins, roasted potatoes, and fried apples. Packing to take to work with me- I'm excited that I'm cooking when I'd normally grab something on my way!
post #57 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
post #58 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
Planned:
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October's Challenge
November's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
post #59 of 269
I did this in Septmeber and October, slacked off (online) for November. But overall we have been doing great with eating out! Ate out a little more than usual last week since family was in town.

Dec 1- Chicken Cattiatore/Brown Rice
Dec 2nd- Pasta/Salad
Dec 3rd- Pizza from Whole Foods (Not eating out, but not cooking either)/Salad
Dec 4th- Tacos
post #60 of 269
Decided I needed to make a menu for the month. Sick of hum-hoing what's for dinner. Our dinners are gluten, dairy and egg free.
1st-Meatloaf
2nd-Stir-fry chicken
3rd-Honey garlic pork
4th-Pot Roast
5th-leftovers
6th-Stuffed peppers
7th-Coconut Almond Chicken w/ Spike potatoes
8th-Tacos
9th-Moroccan Chicken and Lentils
10th-Shepard's pie
11th-Spagetti
12th-leftovers
13th-Spicy Honey Chicken w/ rice
14th-SW corn skillet dinner
15th-leftovers
16th-BBQ chicken w/ Spike potatoes
17th-Hamburgers
18th-Beef stew
19th-Steak
20th-Pizza-for b-day party, take out, leftovers for myself
21st-SW breakfast skillet
22nd-Garlic lime Chicken w/ mashed potatoes
23rd-Tacos
24th-Chicken & Sausage w/ Pasta
25th-Christmas Dinner
26th-leftovers
27th-leftovers
28th-Creamy chicken and potatoes
29th-Spagetti
30th-Meatloaf
31st-leftovers

So far for the month, I made the dinners I listed. We'll see if I can keep it up.
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