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post #21 of 120

3/1 Breakfast casserole

3/2 Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

 

post #22 of 120
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3-1 pancakes (and eggs after wrestling practice )

3-2 steak, pasta

3-3 baked trout, roasted veggies


Edited by Alyantavid - 3/3/11 at 1:46pm
post #23 of 120

I usually don't take my kids food shopping either. I go during the day while they're at school, so I can compare stuff or go to 2 stores & it's not a hassle.

 

Saturday might be a challenge for not eating out - we have an activity all day & will probably get home around 5:30 or so. I'll have to think of something quick & easy.

post #24 of 120

I'm in! It's amazing to me that I'm the one who originally started this challenge, yet I have NEVER stuck to it! Arrrrgh! Well, good intentions, right? ;)

 

Anyway, our budget is pretty tight right now - we're trying to save nearly $5,000 in 6 months (to finish our emergency fund), so the grocery budget was pretty much the first thing to be lowered...and eating out, well, practically nixed (we do get $50/two weeks for "fun"...but who wants to blow all their fun money on eating? lol!).

 

3/1 - coconut curry rice (had lots of garbanzo beans and veggies in it...wasn't just rice!), broccoli

3/2 - tempeh burgers w/ spuds (all homemade)

3/3 - baked tofu, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans homemade pizza - forgot to marinate the tofu in time and we have a busy night. Oh well! That'll be for tomorrow now :)

3/4 - baked tofu, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans

 

*I wont be posting our breakfast/lunches/snacks...but they'll all be homemade (or at least made at home, heh)...it's just, well, they are never really fabulous. Breakfast is usual breakfasty stuff - pancakes, eggs, toast, cereal, etc. Lunch is often leftovers. See? Boring!


Edited by beansmama - 3/3/11 at 2:35pm
post #25 of 120

I'd say you're doing pretty well. My menu looks the same, except DDs sometimes have the same thing for breakfast & for lunch - DD1 loves savory breakfasts, like me, so she'll even eat curry & DD2 likes her PB sandwich in toast form for breakfast sometimes... And homemade snacks? Maybe 50% here hide.gif Maybe that's next after cutting down eating out - cutting down storebought snacks like crackers. I need to just start making something like muffins regularly, although I'm a poor baker. What do you make?

post #26 of 120

I need to cut out the store bought cereal. It is handy occasionally, but I'm a big pig and tend to binge on it...darn you 'honey bunches of oats'! Same goes with crackers and whatnot.

 

I usually try to have muffins on hand, as well as homemade granola bars and always fresh fruit - that's our go-to snack. I'm not very creative though, sadly.

 

DS (20mo's) makes it hard for me because he almost literally eats nothing. He nurses whenever he wants, but he doesn't consistently eat any one food item. I kind of just buy things as I think he'll eat them - so if all he's eating is blueberries (like yesterday), I'll go buy a pint (thankfully, a local discount store has them for $1.50/ea right now!). Last week it was cheese crackers. Yeah. Not the healthiest, but I'm seriously at my wits end with him. It's gotten to the point where if he'd eat junk food - like a brownie or ice cream, I'd let him...just so he could get the calories...but he doesn't even eat those! Okay, that's another thread entirely...moving on, lol!

post #27 of 120
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Originally Posted by Ragana View Post

I need to just start making something like muffins regularly, although I'm a poor baker. What do you make?



I cannot bake.  I have one recipe that I use for muffins/breads that is so easy even I haven't messed it up.  I try to make cookies sometimes, but they rarely turn out great.  I usually make a batch of banana or zucchini muffins and keep them in the freezer.  I'll post the recipe if anyone's interested, you can use it for any kind of muffin or quick bread.  I also have the best and easiest brownie recipe (not healthy of course).  Otherwise, I just don't bake.

 

post #28 of 120

I don't usually keep track of breakfasts, snacks, and lunches, unless we eat out for those meals, which is very rare. Breakfast is usually oatmeal, toast, eggs on weekends, cereal (which I'm trying to move away from) and sometimes muffins. Lunch is almost always leftovers, sometimes sandwiches (egg salad, tuna salad, pb &j) or quesadillas. Snacks are homemade as often as I can (which isn't as often as I'd like while I'm in school) we like to make muffins, granola bars, hummus (to dip veggies in), we also eat a lot of fresh fruit. I'm not much of a baker, either, but I'm getting better :) I wish I made more stuff at home like tortillas and all of our snacks (I buy pretzels and sometimes crackers) but I've only got so much time...maybe next month when things are calmer I'll start working toward that.

 

3/1 Breakfast casserole

3/2 Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

3/3 Lunch out with DH (planned ahead so DS and I could get a little tour of DH's new work)

      Dinner was Chicken and cheese quesadillas

post #29 of 120
Last night my husband made spaghetti.
Tonight we had soup. I could eat soup every day! orngbiggrin.gif
post #30 of 120
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Originally Posted by peaceful_mama View Post

Love this thread for the ideas!  (especially going to try that spinach curry sometime)

 

3/1  Hubby made lamb biryani  :)  my favorite-favorite Indian food.

 

Oooh, sounds yummy! I'd love the recipe :)
 

 

post #31 of 120

For shopping with kids, I always kept mine out of the cart over about 18 mos old and had them 'help' me. If they listened and helped, they could walk, but if they didn't they had to ride. I routinely went shopping as a daycare provider, and I had my own two plus 2-3 more small children. Sure, it probably takes longer, but they are happier and more cooperative so it didn't matter if it did. They learned numbers, colors, directions, and got to feel helpful and useful. Same thing when we went home to put things away. They helped do it, and then also helped with cooking. If we went somewhere with the tiny carts, and I only had one or two kids w/ me, we might get just two tiny carts to shop and they would do all the pushing--but this only works with kiddos who are 3ish+ who can understand if they don't stick with you and shop  and that only mommy picks what goes in the cart, then the cart goes back and you go home! Otherwise it can be chaos LOL

post #32 of 120



Wow. You are one brave woman. If I let my DD out of the cart she would instantly take off and I would find her hiding in the ice cream freezer haha

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Originally Posted by CrunchyClark View Post

For shopping with kids, I always kept mine out of the cart over about 18 mos old and had them 'help' me. If they listened and helped, they could walk, but if they didn't they had to ride. I routinely went shopping as a daycare provider, and I had my own two plus 2-3 more small children. Sure, it probably takes longer, but they are happier and more cooperative so it didn't matter if it did. They learned numbers, colors, directions, and got to feel helpful and useful. Same thing when we went home to put things away. They helped do it, and then also helped with cooking. If we went somewhere with the tiny carts, and I only had one or two kids w/ me, we might get just two tiny carts to shop and they would do all the pushing--but this only works with kiddos who are 3ish+ who can understand if they don't stick with you and shop  and that only mommy picks what goes in the cart, then the cart goes back and you go home! Otherwise it can be chaos LOL



 

post #33 of 120
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Originally Posted by CrunchyClark View Post

For shopping with kids, I always kept mine out of the cart over about 18 mos old and had them 'help' me. If they listened and helped, they could walk, but if they didn't they had to ride. I routinely went shopping as a daycare provider, and I had my own two plus 2-3 more small children. Sure, it probably takes longer, but they are happier and more cooperative so it didn't matter if it did. They learned numbers, colors, directions, and got to feel helpful and useful. Same thing when we went home to put things away. They helped do it, and then also helped with cooking. If we went somewhere with the tiny carts, and I only had one or two kids w/ me, we might get just two tiny carts to shop and they would do all the pushing--but this only works with kiddos who are 3ish+ who can understand if they don't stick with you and shop  and that only mommy picks what goes in the cart, then the cart goes back and you go home! Otherwise it can be chaos LOL


 

I so wish I could have done that with DS, that actually sounds fun! DS is great helping in the kitchen, he's always enjoyed that so I've let him help me cook since he was just about a year old. He's never been able to handle the grocery store, though, or any store really. He's very intense, and I think it's just too much stimulation. Now that he's 4, he likes helping me shop if he's in the right mood and we move fairly quickly, the longer we're in a store, the greater the chances he'll have a meltdown, lol.

post #34 of 120
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3-1 pancakes (and eggs after wrestling practice )

3-2 steak, pasta

3-3 baked trout, roasted veggies alfredo, garlic bread, roasted veggies; kids had pancakes and the usual egg sandwich after wrestling

3-4 pizza night


 

post #35 of 120

I do feel much better that I'm not the only mom out there without a kid who sits quietly in the buggy, playing with a toy or people watching. I see these people and think.... how do they do that???

post #36 of 120

A little late joining in...

 

Breakfast and lunch continue to be non issues.  We always eat breakfast at home, for lunch my son eats at the school cafeteria and my husband brings leftovers.

 

Tuesday 3/1: spaghetti and meatballs, salad and cheesy garlic bread

Wed 3/2: spaghetti pie made with Tuesdays leftovers, salad and garlic bread

Thurs 3/3: Crispy chicken, sweet potato fries and ginger glazed sugar snap

Friday: homemade pizza and Caesar salad

Saturday: can someone spam me with ideas? I have chicken breasts, ground beef and wild salmon in the freezer!

 

 

Ragana- this recipe for banana muffins is fail proof and SO good! I make double batches and keep in my freezer for an easy breakfast.

 

preheat oven to 350

 

 

4 Large very ripe bananas, mashed 

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup melted butter or butter substitute 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour ( I use 1/2 whole wheat flour.  You can use all whole wheat but the texture will be much tougher)

1/4 cup flax seeds (optional)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

In one bowl mix the mashed banana, sugar, egg and butter together. In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients all together! Pour into greased muffin tins, and bake  for aprox 20 minutes.

 

post #37 of 120
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I do feel much better that I'm not the only mom out there without a kid who sits quietly in the buggy, playing with a toy or people watching. I see these people and think.... how do they do that???


I have no idea!  I do mostly enjoy taking my 8 year old now because he can help, but my 4 year old?  No way!

 

Hollybearsmom, my favorite salmon recipe is to coat the filet with mayo and pepperjack cheese. Then bake until bubbly and the cheese starts to brown.
 

 

post #38 of 120

Will try the banana muffins!! I'd appreciate other school-portable lunch ideas - DDs refuse to eat in the cafeteria, which is a good thing for them & more work for me! ;-)

Last night was creamy white bean soup & grilled cheese.

Tonight will be either another pasta bake or stovetop from-scratch mac&cheese.

Made stock out of the rest of the chicken & bones DH roasted, so we might have another soup this weekend & I'll freeze the rest.

post #39 of 120

Lol, looks like it's a popular night for pizza! That's the plan for here, too :)
 

 

3/1 Breakfast casserole

3/2 Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

3/3 Lunch out with DH (planned ahead so DS and I could get a little tour of DH's new work)

      Dinner was Chicken and cheese quesadillas

3/4 Pizza Party night


 

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Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth View Post

I do feel much better that I'm not the only mom out there without a kid who sits quietly in the buggy, playing with a toy or people watching. I see these people and think.... how do they do that???


Me, too. I know kids have different personalities but....when is it my turn to have an easy kid?

 

 

 

post #40 of 120
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I want to join! Trying so hard to ground myself from eating out eat.gif...

03/01- Toast, oatmeal, grapefruit
- Left over tuna casserole and mixed fruit -- hubby took leftover pizza for lunch!
- Salad for Mommy, tuna casserole for Daddy, pizza and oranges for DD

03/02- Ham and cheese omelette, toast
- Tuna casserole ( this stuff lasts forever!)
*** going grocery shopping today!
- Beef and bean burritos with guacamole

03/03- Oatmeal, cereal, banana, yogurt
- leftovers
- Tuna steak and quinoa

03/04- Oatmeal for DD, Egg and cheese bagel for Mommy
- Cookout cheeseburgers and hushpuppies with Banana Pudding Milkshakes!!!!
- Leftovers!

***Hubby brought home lunch so that was a nice surprise :)...but it messed up my whole month of not eating outshy.gif

 

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