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post #21 of 113
We did an excellent job last month eating what was in the house

1.) Roast Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Ginger Carrots for lunch and Hummus and Chips, honey popsicles for dinner
2.) Left over Roast Chicken, baked potatoes, and brussel sprouts (DP/DS lunch $9)
3.) (DP and DS away) - left over chicken, ginger carrots, brussel sprouts
4.) (DP and DS away) - Meetza with caramelized onions and zucchini
5.) (DP and DS away) -
6.) Visiting MA -
7.) Visiting MA -
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I think that the goal is to spend less than $100 in food out this month.
$9/$100
post #22 of 113
3/1 - ate chicken and beer & tagine from our freezer stash of meals
3/2 - pork chops with apples, onions, bourbon sauce with orzo
3/3 - chipotle glazed country ribs with pinto beans in mole sauce & salad
3/4 - Chicken and Chickpea Curry (made earlier in the week and brought to mtng)
post #23 of 113
1-dinner at my mom's
2-out
3-waffles, sausage patties for the boys, dh and I had leftovers
4-apples and sausage (leftover), twice baked potatoes, roasted cabbage
5-pizza
post #24 of 113
I'm in. I kind of fizzled last month, but I want to do better in March!

1. leftover roast with pepper, onions and cream cheese. Kind of a fajita/philly cheese steak combo if you will.
2. Baked trout, salads
3. leftover trout, quinoa pancakes, green beans
4. noodles with sauce, leftover trout, green beans
5. out with DPs parents, they usually foot the bill
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post #25 of 113
I'm back again - February was a brutal month to our budget and we decided not to stick to the planned menu. Here's to March & a better month all around.

March

1 - Ribs with French Fries & salad
2 - Leftovers from homemade Chinese night
3 - Dinner out ala steak & shake
4 - Homemade pizza with GF crust (DH not a fan) me - pretty good
5 - Considering thai, indian or jambalya...
post #26 of 113
1 - Garam masala-red cabbage-carrot-onion-lamb-tomato stew
2 - Leftovers
3 - Ffy
4 - Green lentil and carrot soup
5 - Mattar paneer
6 - Red cabbage and lamb sausage saute
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post #27 of 113
1. smoked sausage, homemade macaroni and cheese, peas
2. salad and pizza
3. leftover spaghetti and meatballs
4. ham slices, cheese, crackers, and fruit
5. roast, rice, steamed broccoli, sauteed spinach
post #28 of 113
I did really well last month(ate out x2ish!) but slaked on posting at the end

I'll try and do better posting this month

We eat vegan. Im also gluten free for lent. The very occasional egg might make an appearence

Eating out 1/1-not a great start
Hoping to keep groceries under 0/300

01-thai green curry
02-curry night-red lentil dahl/potato chickpea and rice pilaf
03-pasta(ww for dh/kids, rice for me) w eggplant broc tomato sauce and leftover chickpeas
04-Leftovers-curry/2 types of frozen soup/frozen soy bean patties/coleslaw(fridge/ freezer clean out)
05-OUT FOR LUNCH SUSHI YUMMM -Rice and black beans w sweet potatoes for dinner
post #29 of 113
Thread Starter 
Everything cooked at home is vegan.. lunch is usually FFY and/or leftovers

1. (School night) Lentils with Spinach with rice (Ate Lunch Out for my little brother's birthday)
2. Pasta Della California
3. DH cooked steamed veggies and rice with peanut sauce
4. Broccoli/Chickpea/Rice casserole
5. (Lunch Out with my sister. Paid with a Gift cert from Xmas) Dinner: Taco Salad
6.
7.


October's Challenge
November's Challenge
December's Challenge
January's Challenge
February's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
post #30 of 113
Hey! This could be an accountability thread for me!

We eat out a SHAMEFUL amount. Like, really, I'm embarrassed to say how much and how often. But DH and I had a good, productive talk about this and other $$$$$ issues last weekend and I just decided. I HAVE TO COOK MORE. Especially from the pantry.

So my goals are very small. I decided not to eat out any this week. And it's Friday and I made it!!! I know, I know, not a big deal to most of you, but HUGE for me.

Please don 't flame me for the amount of pre-made and packaged food we eat. First of all, I decided to start small and easy. Secondly, I made this decision to cook without actually going to the store and menu planning, so I was flying by the seat of my pants a bit.

1- Misc. frozen chicken breasts (different for me, DH, and DS to use up the stuff in the freezer)
2- Leftovers
3- Bertolli dinner kit and popcorn shrimp
4- Hamburger Nests http://www.recipezaar.com/Hamburger-Nests-209579
5- Leftovers

We have a turkey in the freezer taking up a ton of space- maybe we'll do that tomorrow before the weather warms up...
post #31 of 113
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belia View Post
Hey! This could be an accountability thread for me!

We eat out a SHAMEFUL amount. Like, really, I'm embarrassed to say how much and how often. But DH and I had a good, productive talk about this and other $$$$$ issues last weekend and I just decided. I HAVE TO COOK MORE. Especially from the pantry.

So my goals are very small. I decided not to eat out any this week. And it's Friday and I made it!!! I know, I know, not a big deal to most of you, but HUGE for me.

Please don 't flame me for the amount of pre-made and packaged food we eat. First of all, I decided to start small and easy. Secondly, I made this decision to cook without actually going to the store and menu planning, so I was flying by the seat of my pants a bit.
Welcome! no flames from me.. you might see an occasional frozen pizza here or there with me
post #32 of 113
We did an excellent job last month eating what was in the house

1.) Roast Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Ginger Carrots for lunch and Hummus and Chips, honey popsicles for dinner
2.) Left over Roast Chicken, baked potatoes, and brussel sprouts (DP/DS lunch $9)
3.) (DP and DS away) - left over chicken, ginger carrots, brussel sprouts
4.) (DP and DS away) - Meetza with caramelized onions and zucchini
5.) (DP and DS away) - Meetza and chips on the road!
6.) Visiting MA -
7.) Visiting MA -
8.)
9.)
10.)
11.)
12.)
13.)


I think that the goal is to spend less than $100 in food out this month.
$9/$100

I am really proud of myself. I packed my meal for my drive to MA and didn't eat out!!
post #33 of 113
3/1 - ate chicken and beer & tagine from our freezer stash of meals
3/2 - pork chops with apples, onions, bourbon sauce with orzo
3/3 - chipotle glazed country ribs with pinto beans in mole sauce & salad
3/4 - Chicken and Chickpea Curry (made earlier in the week and brought to mtng)
3/5 - Beef Stew with meat done in crockpot day before; veggies glazed and added; also made pork braised in milk before pork went bad - need to figure out when to eat it or might shred for freezer

We've been doing really, really well the last 2 weeks. I've gotten a kind of rhythm of making stuff during the day for that night or the next and freezing leftovers in single servings for the bad times. Both partner and I have been zealous about bringing meals wherever we go either in tupperware if there's a microwave or in a food thermos (which has been a lifesaver). Most of this is what me and the kids eat for dinner and then partner takes the next day for lunch or dinner (he works 11a-11p shifts as a nurse). He makes himself chicken breasts and salads at the beginning of the week and brings those for lunch; I do leftovers or make a small pasta or just cheese/crackers or rice/beans type of stuff, which works well.

This is very exciting!!!

painefaria - not eating out on a road trip is very impressive!
post #34 of 113
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belia View Post
Hey! This could be an accountability thread for me!

We eat out a SHAMEFUL amount. Like, really, I'm embarrassed to say how much and how often. But DH and I had a good, productive talk about this and other $$$$$ issues last weekend and I just decided. I HAVE TO COOK MORE. Especially from the pantry.

So my goals are very small. I decided not to eat out any this week. And it's Friday and I made it!!! I know, I know, not a big deal to most of you, but HUGE for me.

Please don 't flame me for the amount of pre-made and packaged food we eat. First of all, I decided to start small and easy. Secondly, I made this decision to cook without actually going to the store and menu planning, so I was flying by the seat of my pants a bit.
I think you're doing great! It's much easier to make changes like this gradually and eating at home, even frozen, prepackaged meals is a great way to start!

Good luck! Oh and we eat frozen pizza almost every Friday night.
post #35 of 113
1. smoked sausage, homemade macaroni and cheese, peas
2. salad and pizza
3. leftover spaghetti and meatballs
4. ham slices, cheese, crackers, and fruit
5. roast, rice, steamed broccoli
6. honey-bbq chicken drumsticks, sauteed spinach
post #36 of 113
Thread Starter 
Everything cooked at home is vegan.. lunch is usually FFY and/or leftovers

1. (School night) Lentils with Spinach with rice (Ate Lunch Out for my little brother's birthday)
2. Pasta Della California
3. DH cooked steamed veggies and rice with peanut sauce
4. Broccoli/Chickpea/Rice casserole
5. (Lunch Out with my sister. Paid with a Gift cert from Xmas) Dinner: Taco Salad
6. Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
7.


October's Challenge
November's Challenge
December's Challenge
January's Challenge
February's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
post #37 of 113

*** We have a bunch of frozen ground moosemeat to use up, so my frequent/many ground beef meals are actually moose.

1. Pancakes and smoothies
2. Brown Sugar Meatloaf (love this recipe! I double it and cut the brown sugar and ketchup in half, add oats, garlic...) steamed corn, salad.
3. DH and the kids had Papa Murphy's Pizza, I went out for Teppanyaki with a friend.
4. Burritos.
5. Egg Salad sandwiches, smoothies, veggies with dip.
6. Nachos with leftover burrito meat, leftover veggies with dip, fruit
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8.
post #38 of 113
1- Misc. frozen chicken breasts (different for me, DH, and DS to use up the stuff in the freezer)
2- Leftovers
3- Bertolli dinner kit and popcorn shrimp
4- Hamburger Nests http://www.recipezaar.com/Hamburger-Nests-209579
5- Leftovers
6- Turkey dinner with all the fixin's.
7- Leftovers (duh!)
post #39 of 113
1-dinner at my mom's
2-out
3-waffles, sausage patties for the boys, dh and I had leftovers
4-apples and sausage (leftover), twice baked potatoes, roasted cabbage
5-pizza
6-boys had leftover pizza, I had a fish sandwich and I think dh had cereal
7-hamsteak, roasted potatoes, cauliflower
post #40 of 113
I did really well last month(ate out x2ish!) but slaked on posting at the end

I'll try and do better posting this month

We eat vegan. Im also gluten free for lent. The very occasional egg might make an appearence

Eating out 2/1-not a great start
Hoping to keep groceries under 90/300

01-thai green curry
02-curry night-red lentil dahl/potato chickpea and rice pilaf
03-pasta(ww for dh/kids, rice for me) w eggplant broc tomato sauce and leftover chickpeas
04-Leftovers-curry/2 types of frozen soup/frozen soy bean patties/coleslaw(fridge/ freezer clean out)
05-OUT FOR LUNCH SUSHI YUMMM -Rice and black beans w sweet potatoes for dinner
06-Take out...missed the bus home/dh was late getting home, no time to cook
07-Ds's night to chose-veggie burgers/grilled veggies/raw veggies/potatoes in the oven
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