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No Eating Out Challenge

October 6th, 2014 at 06:25 pm

Two weeks down, 16 days to go. We are doing really well here. The kids have not been able to talk me into going out to eat in two weeks. There were a couple of days that I really wanted to, too. Having the meal plans firmly in place help a lot. Making meals in such a way as to have planned leftovers helps so much. This week I will be using my homemade spaghetti sauce in 3 recipes and my homemade meatballs in two. I will make the sauce and meatballs tonight and then use them in tonight's meal and in the meals the following two nights.

Last week I made baked potatoes with dinner one night. I threw in enough extra to make baked potato soup later in the week.

Sometimes I will make roast chicken, pick the leftovers off the bones, and made enchiladas and quesadillas as well as using the bones to make chicken stock for chicken noodle soup.

Those sorts of leftovers really help to have on hand so I can make one complicated meal followed by one or two easy ones. I always plan my complicated meal for a night when I have more time and the easier meals for the nights when I don't.

Doing this helps me save money because 1. I don't buy as much food to begin with, 2. I don't end up wasting the food I did buy, and 3. I am far less interested in eating out when I know I can put together a much better meal quickly.

Of course I am still tempted to eat out, but I'm not sure it would be worth the hit to the wallet, or the pain from ingredients I'm allergic to. Since I never know what food additives are used, cooking at home is safer for my stomach, too. And certainly safer for my son's.

3 Responses to “No Eating Out Challenge”

  1. FS Says:

    Planning ahead really help cut down on the ingredient. Sometime when I plan only one meal at a time, I ended up throwing away leftover ingredients that could be used for another meal.

    Btw, if you're cooking with shrimps often, remember to make shrimp stock out of the shells.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I've never tried making stock out of shells. I'll have to try that. I do like lobster bisque. I wonder if I can do a shrimp bisque? Probably.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good for you LR! Other than a very special exception Tuesday night, I'm still going strong too. Smile

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