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Alyantavid's Avatar Alyantavid 12:43 PM 12-28-2009
1-pancakes, sausage patties
2-leftovers
3-turkey sandwiches, potatoes
4-pizza
5-out. Totally not planned but we were out at 6:30 and the kids were falling apart so we just grabbed something.
6-potato pancakes, fruit
7-quesadillas
8-sloppy joes, roasted potatoes
9-leftovers
10-spaghetti, salad *ended up with fish sandwiches since someone forgot to thaw the meat for spaghetti
11-out after Christmas shopping
12-out again, but it's a potluck so we won't spend anything
13-sausage and apples, baked potatoes
14-tacos
15-dinner at my mom's
16-leftovers
17-supposed to be spaghetti, but dh's going to town so I'm assuming he'll get take out somewhere *he picked up one of those ready to cook bags of chow mein at the store
18-pizza
19-fried potatoes and onions
20-chili fries (just the boys and I and I'm feeling lazy)
21-out (coupon so it was free), kids had leftovers
22-pork chops, rice, corn
23-leftovers
24-clam chowder, rolls
25-ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans
26-nachos
27-hamburgers and hot dogs
28-dinner at my mom's

mommyto4grits's Avatar mommyto4grits 10:46 PM 12-28-2009
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
Dec 5th- Chicken/Veggies/Rice
Dec 6th- Chicken Wings/Veggies
Dec 7th- Salmon/Sweet Potatoes/Green Beans
Dec 8th- Business Dinner for Dh and I, Kids had fish sticks/sweet potato fries/fruit/veggies
Dec 9th- Baked Ziti/Salad/Garlic Bread
Dec 10th- Homemade Egg Rolls
Dec 11th- Spaghetti/Salad/Garlic Bread
Dec 12th- Homemade Macaroni N Cheese/Salad/Broccoli
Dec 13th- Picked up dinner after Christmas Shopping
Dec 14th- Tostadas
Dec 15th- DH and I ate out, cooked for kids
Dec 16th- Chicken Tenders/Edamame/Pasta
Dec 17th- Chili/Cornbread/Kale
Dec 18th- Spaghetti/Fried Ravioli
Dec 19th- Stir Fry/Brown Rice
Dec 20th- Finished Baking didn't want to cook
Dec 21st- Pasta/Collard Greens/Green Beans
Dec 22nd- Chicken Fingers/Salad/Pasta
Dec 23rd- Salmon/Chicken Fingers/Sweet Potato Fries/Brussel Sprouts
Dec 24th- Italian Italian, Italian food
Dec 25th- Christmas Dinner
Dec 26th- Leftovers
Dec 27th- Steak/Chicken/Veggies/Scalloped Potatoes
ursusarctos's Avatar ursusarctos 07:58 AM 12-29-2009
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.
30.
31.
ursusarctos's Avatar ursusarctos 08:04 AM 12-29-2009
Lucifugous, here is the creamy tuna tomato sauce recipe.

Makes 4 servings

- 2 cans of tuna (we use the cheap, dark tuna flakes but I'm sure the white chunk stuff would work too).
- 1 can/container of crushed strained tomatoes
- about a tablespoon of tomato paste
- about 2/3 cups heavy cream
- dried basil and oregano
- salt and black pepper
- a bit of honey or sugar (about a tsp - this doesn't make it sweet but adds the little extra "something" that the sauce seems to need)

Fry the drained tuna in some oil. Add the tomato ingredients. Add the cream. Add dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and honey to taste. Serve with shell pasta (DP is very particular about this ).
isosmom's Avatar isosmom 01:10 PM 12-29-2009
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
Alyantavid's Avatar Alyantavid 01:43 PM 12-29-2009
1-pancakes, sausage patties
2-leftovers
3-turkey sandwiches, potatoes
4-pizza
5-out. Totally not planned but we were out at 6:30 and the kids were falling apart so we just grabbed something.
6-potato pancakes, fruit
7-quesadillas
8-sloppy joes, roasted potatoes
9-leftovers
10-spaghetti, salad *ended up with fish sandwiches since someone forgot to thaw the meat for spaghetti
11-out after Christmas shopping
12-out again, but it's a potluck so we won't spend anything
13-sausage and apples, baked potatoes
14-tacos
15-dinner at my mom's
16-leftovers
17-supposed to be spaghetti, but dh's going to town so I'm assuming he'll get take out somewhere *he picked up one of those ready to cook bags of chow mein at the store
18-pizza
19-fried potatoes and onions
20-chili fries (just the boys and I and I'm feeling lazy)
21-out (coupon so it was free), kids had leftovers
22-pork chops, rice, corn
23-leftovers
24-clam chowder, rolls
25-ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans
26-nachos
27-hamburgers and hot dogs
28-dinner at my mom's
29-pancakes and sausage for the boys, leftovers for dh and I
Snow Cherries's Avatar Snow Cherries 11:13 PM 12-29-2009
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
Ianthe's Avatar Ianthe 11:34 PM 12-29-2009
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

Planned:
30. Teriyaki tofu/veggies & brown rice
31.


October's Challenge
November's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
CameronsMama's Avatar CameronsMama 12:45 AM 12-30-2009
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
lucifugous's Avatar lucifugous 04:46 AM 12-30-2009
28- stir fry with chicken, onion, bok choy, snap peas, sprouts, & orange sauce
29- chicken bowtie casserole, butterleaf & spring green mix with red wine vinegar
30&31- making a pot roast w/ potato & carrots, will probably have it as tacos or tostadas the first day because the avos are ready, then as pot roast with its veggies the next day!

It was kind of dumb how we ended up doing chicken two days in a row, then we'll have beef two days in a row. I wanted to stagger it but it just didn't work out.
coming up... white bean soup w/ bread and salad
ursusarctos's Avatar ursusarctos 08:38 AM 12-30-2009
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.
31.
isosmom's Avatar isosmom 12:33 PM 12-30-2009
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
Alyantavid's Avatar Alyantavid 02:55 PM 12-30-2009
1-pancakes, sausage patties
2-leftovers
3-turkey sandwiches, potatoes
4-pizza
5-out. Totally not planned but we were out at 6:30 and the kids were falling apart so we just grabbed something.
6-potato pancakes, fruit
7-quesadillas
8-sloppy joes, roasted potatoes
9-leftovers
10-spaghetti, salad *ended up with fish sandwiches since someone forgot to thaw the meat for spaghetti
11-out after Christmas shopping
12-out again, but it's a potluck so we won't spend anything
13-sausage and apples, baked potatoes
14-tacos
15-dinner at my mom's
16-leftovers
17-supposed to be spaghetti, but dh's going to town so I'm assuming he'll get take out somewhere *he picked up one of those ready to cook bags of chow mein at the store
18-pizza
19-fried potatoes and onions
20-chili fries (just the boys and I and I'm feeling lazy)
21-out (coupon so it was free), kids had leftovers
22-pork chops, rice, corn
23-leftovers
24-clam chowder, rolls
25-ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans
26-nachos
27-hamburgers and hot dogs
28-dinner at my mom's
29-pancakes and sausage for the boys, leftovers for dh and I
30-taco soup, quesadillas
_ktg_'s Avatar _ktg_ 03:47 PM 12-30-2009
December

1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 - Out @ Piccola Pizza (seeing a tree lighting with friends)
6 - Ribs w/ coleslaw & asparagus
7 - Make your own burger night w/ fries
8 - Brinner with Eggs & pancakes & strawberries & homemade whipcream
9 - Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
10 - Chili & Leftover Ribs
11 - Chicken Chow Mein
12 - Out @ Organ Piper Pizza SAHD group event
13 - Roasted Chicken with root veggies (sweet pot., turnips, rutabega, leek
14 - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & creamy tomato soup with parm. cheese
15 - Tacos with homemade tortillas & salsa
16 - Tri-tip steaks with asparagus, potatoes and/or rice
17 - Speghetti
18 - Chicken Tikka Masla
19 - Baked Speghetti (at parent's house)
20 - Football food sunday (chicken wings, homemade pizza & other finger food)
21 - Leftovers
22 - Chili Dogs with French Fries
23 - Meatloaf mashed potatoes, & peas/corn
24 - Christmas Eve tradition Chinese Take out
25 - Christmas at Parents
26 - Leftover chinese take out
27 - Football food Sunday
28 - Chicken Fried Steak w/ Rice & peas
29 - Jambalaya
30 -
Pariah's Avatar Pariah 04:36 PM 12-30-2009
How did I just find this thread?! I can't wait for January's to start! I will start participating then.
Ianthe's Avatar Ianthe 12:27 AM 12-31-2009
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


October's Challenge
November's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
ursusarctos's Avatar ursusarctos 11:30 AM 12-31-2009
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.
Alyantavid's Avatar Alyantavid 12:54 PM 12-31-2009
1-pancakes, sausage patties
2-leftovers
3-turkey sandwiches, potatoes
4-pizza
5-out. Totally not planned but we were out at 6:30 and the kids were falling apart so we just grabbed something.
6-potato pancakes, fruit
7-quesadillas
8-sloppy joes, roasted potatoes
9-leftovers
10-spaghetti, salad *ended up with fish sandwiches since someone forgot to thaw the meat for spaghetti
11-out after Christmas shopping
12-out again, but it's a potluck so we won't spend anything
13-sausage and apples, baked potatoes
14-tacos
15-dinner at my mom's
16-leftovers
17-supposed to be spaghetti, but dh's going to town so I'm assuming he'll get take out somewhere *he picked up one of those ready to cook bags of chow mein at the store
18-pizza
19-fried potatoes and onions
20-chili fries (just the boys and I and I'm feeling lazy)
21-out (coupon so it was free), kids had leftovers
22-pork chops, rice, corn
23-leftovers
24-clam chowder, rolls
25-ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans
26-nachos
27-hamburgers and hot dogs
28-dinner at my mom's
29-pancakes and sausage for the boys, leftovers for dh and I
30-taco soup, quesadillas
31-chicken alfredo, salad for dh and I and something else for the boys
_ktg_'s Avatar _ktg_ 01:22 PM 12-31-2009
December

1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 - Out @ Piccola Pizza (seeing a tree lighting with friends)
6 - Ribs w/ coleslaw & asparagus
7 - Make your own burger night w/ fries
8 - Brinner with Eggs & pancakes & strawberries & homemade whipcream
9 - Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
10 - Chili & Leftover Ribs
11 - Chicken Chow Mein
12 - Out @ Organ Piper Pizza SAHD group event
13 - Roasted Chicken with root veggies (sweet pot., turnips, rutabega, leek
14 - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & creamy tomato soup with parm. cheese
15 - Tacos with homemade tortillas & salsa
16 - Tri-tip steaks with asparagus, potatoes and/or rice
17 - Speghetti
18 - Chicken Tikka Masla
19 - Baked Speghetti (at parent's house)
20 - Football food sunday (chicken wings, homemade pizza & other finger food)
21 - Leftovers
22 - Chili Dogs with French Fries
23 - Meatloaf mashed potatoes, & peas/corn
24 - Christmas Eve tradition Chinese Take out
25 - Christmas at Parents
26 - Leftover chinese take out
27 - Football food Sunday
28 - Chicken Fried Steak w/ Rice & peas
29 - Jambalaya
30 - Homemade potato/leek soup (loaded style) and leftover meatloaf
31 - N.Y. strip steaks, garlicky mashed potatoes & fresh green salad & maybe some shrimp cocktail to ring in the new year!!
caiesmommy's Avatar caiesmommy 02:11 PM 12-31-2009
This month I'm hoping to not rely on take out to much with all the holiday rushing.
Also hoping to make at least one new meal a week

Everything vegan

1. NEW MEAL/KEEPER!-Lemon rice,navy beans sauteed w wine, onions, garlic, tomatoes w carrot sticks/avacado/cukes
2. Falafel w broc/corn/carrot sticks/cukes-ds hadn't tried falafel in a long time and just kept saying mmm I like new things
3. NEW MEAL/KEEPER-Chickpea lemon noodle soup
4. Dh's night-Eggplant tomato sauce pasta w hemp seeds/peas & corn/ carrot/cuke slices
5. Work xmas party and the kids are w In-laws-we had a mixture of foods, curry, rice, salad, pad thai...lots of yummy vegan food
6. Pinto bean stew w corn dumplings. Garden salad and carrot sticks. Guac for on top and the bottom of the tortilla chips from the party last night for ds to dip. YUMMY!!!
7. Chickpea patties w roasted acorn squash and fried rice w peas/carrots/corn mixed in
8.NEW MEAL/KEEPER-A twist on veggie lo mein w eggplant, cabbage, mushrooms..dh and ds both loved it
9. Chickpea noodle soup-we just got a ton of snow and it seems like the proper meal Im using leftover noodles from last night that didn't get tossed into sauce
10. NEW MEAL-YUCK! made a navy bean salad with dill, tomatoes, lemon...not great. Had it with very bland ginger rice, roasteddill potatoes, peas and corn
11-Dh's night to cook...which means Take out thai
12-Leftover thai/potatoes from a couple days ago/carrot sticks/celery w peanut buter/cherry tomatoes
13. Had dh's xmas party in the afternoon, so made a quick pasta of tomato sauce, eggplant, peas, corn,hemp seeds. With sliced cukes, celery with peanut butter.
14. Pinto bean stew w masa dumplings
15 Ds wanted taco tacos so Dh thought outside the bun and made atrip tothe border and got taco bell
16. Both dh and I worked over dinner, we ate grocery storeveggie maki rolls, and dc ate at inlaws
17. In the process of making Lo mein, for me to take to work, ds to take to inlaws and dh to eat when he gets home
18. Dh's night to cook...take ot pizza
19. Dh away for the night so leftover pizza and miso soup
20. My fam xmas-ate around the turkey
21 Chickpea/bok choi/broccoli stirfry on rice
22. Pigeon peas and rice, peas and corn, cuke/tomato slices, carrot sticks
23Ds is having tofu and veggies....im prob hitting the mall w dh's cousin I ate nuthin
24. Homemade pizza and sugar cookies
AWAY FROM HOME FROM 25-29th
25. Dinner at dh's aunts Stuffed butternut squash, mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrot casserole, sweet potato casserole
26. Dinner at my uncles-boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli, nuts, veggies/dip, fruit...ate around the main meal
27. snack foods-hummus/pitas/veggies ect
28. Made garlic shrimp for family out of leftover shrimp ring/homemade tomato sauce and pasta
29. Black bean soup
30. Home late/ds's request-alphabet pasta/miso soup
31-NEW RECIPE!!!-Im making a refried bean enchalada type casserole with homemade tomatillo sauce(finally using the tomatillos from the garden up)...with tossed salad
applecider's Avatar applecider 02:16 PM 12-31-2009
I want to participate in January too! Maybe someone can link the new thread here? I mean, when there is one.
isosmom's Avatar isosmom 02:50 PM 12-31-2009
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
Fujiko's Avatar Fujiko 02:36 AM 01-01-2010
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!
ursusarctos's Avatar ursusarctos 09:40 AM 01-01-2010
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!
Snow Cherries's Avatar Snow Cherries 01:55 PM 01-01-2010
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!
Ianthe's Avatar Ianthe 02:26 PM 01-01-2010
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!

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(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)
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CameronsMama's Avatar CameronsMama 03:02 PM 01-01-2010
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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