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Welcome to February's challenge everybody! This is the place to be to hold yourself accountable for eating at home instead of out. And also to be inspired by everyone's menus!

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We did pretty well last month - only ate out once!

1. Stir-fry made from left over chicken, cabbage and rice plus some soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and a chopped carrot.

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I've never done this but I'd like to participate this month. I have to get an idea of how this works then I'll come back and post more information about what I'm planning on cooking.
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I'm in. We did go out last night but that was January...HA! I am also using this for a pantry challenge, trying to clean out my freezer and use stuff from the pantry before I go buying more stuff.

1. stir fry of some kind...chicken with bok choy
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7. super bowl party at FILs

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I'm in. We ate out twice last month and I bought lunch at work at least 3 times. And breakfast once, too!

February 1: Leftovers - roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese from the crock pot. Will probably add spinach or broccoli for our green veggie.
February 2: - bought breakfast; dinner: pancakes and eggs with cilantro and chorizo

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Yay for Feb!!! I only ate out 2x last month, both times for lunch

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I've never done this but I'd like to participate this month. I have to get an idea of how this works then I'll come back and post more information about what I'm planning on cooking.
Check out Jan's thread for ideas and inspiration!

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1-dinner at my mom's *dh and ds2 had lunch out
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This sounds like the thread for me! Although, I have to admit that I don't do a lot of the cooking in the evenings, my dh does.

We're going through a busy phase of life right now and it is tempting to make excuses for not eating at home, so I need this to keep us accountable.

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Can I join? I planned meals all last month and that really helped with dinner. We only ordered in once and had take out once. My big problem is lunches at work. I just can't say no when someone suggests going out

I am hoping this thread will keep me accountable.

February 1 - brought lunch to work dinner will be pasta with sauce from the freezer
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I love this thread. and I'm back again especially since I believe we only ate out 2x for dinner (which is huge for us!).

I swear between this thread & the "no-spend" threads I have gotten my act together for keeping track of where we spend our $$

February

1 - Flank Steak with roasted winter veggies, apples & cranberries

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signing up again, I made good progress last month
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I'm in! I started meal planning last month and was really satisfied with the results. I'd like to do even better this month! Although, it is Monday and I haven't meal-planned yet! I know what we're having tonight, though...

1- Kimchee fried rice with greens and eggs
2- leftovers
3- went out for pizza
4- eggs and greens
5- rice, eggs, and greens
6- tomato soup
7- cabbage soup and toast

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I'm in again this month! I'm pretty happy, Jan we only ate out around 4 times I'm hoping to do even better this month

1. Tofu green curry on rice noodles

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I got pregnant last month and the MS was killing me (all day long) so we ate out a fair bit, as I just couldn't cook or function.

I'm feeling a bit better and willing to make another go of it.

We did eat at home all day today. Victory is mine!

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I swear between this thread & the "no-spend" threads I have gotten my act together for keeping track of where we spend our $$
Me too! Now let's just keep it up for the rest of the year...

Ok, not the "no spend" thread, but the "getting out of debt thread"...but still...

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My DH is getting ready to take a big paycut at work, so we are on a tight budget and putting as much as we can in savings to prepare...So, I need to eat ONLY at home...

1. cereal/roasted chicken with mashed taters, veggies and homemade gravy.
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I'm in too! My dh is a full time student this semester. With me still not totally up and running with my new business we have tightened the belt on outside spending!

1. Pizza and salad
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2/1 $27 spent on papa johns pizza

PLANNED:
2/2 spaghetti

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I'm joining cautiously...I also just joined the no spend challenge, so I don't want to over do it. Though, to stick to my new budget we can't eat out but the one time we have planned, sooooo...here I go!

1 - sloppy joe mixture poured over cornbread

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I'm so in! I am trying to clear out my pantry and freezer too so I'm doing a little pantry challenging as well

1. Quesadillas, beans and rice
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I may post some lunches from time to time to keep me accountable as lunches are tempting for me, too on those super busy days ....

2/1 - lunch: leftover corn bread w/ honey and a small salad
dinner: leftover spaghetti from Sunday, salad, and ice cream for dessert

2/2 - lunch:
dinner:

One day down, 27 to go

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1-dinner at my mom's *dh and ds2 had lunch out
2-bacon, potato pancakes, applesauce
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Ok I am in... We have a house full of food and never make it
So far -
1 Left over chicken chili and chips (I didn't even have to make it, a friend dropped it off Thanks Angel!)

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February 1 - Pasta with sauce from the freezer
February 2 - Leftover roast beef stir fried with leftover brown rice and onions

I am also keeping running total of the days I bring my lunch to work: 2/18 days
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1. Pancakes
2. We have extra curricular activities tonight so this is a hard one for me, we usually eat out. I'm thinking PB&Js, fresh tomatoes, and apples.
3. Pasta of some sort
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Everything cooked at home is vegan... lunch is usually leftovers or FFY

1. (School night) Macaroni and cheeze & peas
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October's Challenge
November's Challenge
December's Challenge
January's Challenge
(Keeping track so I remember some yummy recipes!)

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1. Stir-fry made from left over chicken, cabbage and rice plus some soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and a chopped carrot.
2. Red lentil-curry-kidney bean soup
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Jan 30: Thawed out a 2-pack of pork tenderloin and 2 lbs. ground beef, grocery shopped for the week <$25 (excluding what I need for this weekend as we made Superbowl plans after the mealplanning/shopping had been done)

1 - Pork Tenderloin (from 1940s cookbook), Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Corn
2 - Shepherd's Pie (with leftover mashed potatoes), Salad
3 - Maple Pork Tenderloin (http://www.mealsmatter.org/recipes-meals/recipe/14521), Rice, Peas, 1 other veg.
4 - Leftovers (dog class night)
5 - Taco Salad
6 - Guests over for dinnner - Frozen lasagne, Salad, homemade bread
7 - Guests over all day -
Breakfast - Slowcooker hashbrown casserole
Lunch - undecided, maybe BLTs, soup, grilled cheese...?
Dinner - Burgers, Superbowl junkfood (undecided, choosing from Pioneerwoman recipes...)

I find it's easiest to keep my grocery costs down by meal-planning - it also saves me from the "oh... I don't know what to make for dinner tonight... let's just go get a pizza".

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I just joined this site and posted on the " no spending" thread, this is all after I over spent this week on groceries (my weakness). So my house is full of food! I'll be making baby food today and thawing chickens and ground meat for a little make ahead stuff.
Feb
1. pasta, salad and bread
2. tacos
3. chicken scallopini, roasted cauliflower, home made bread (maybe if the baby sleeps long enough
4. left over taco stuff for mexi casserole
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