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30 Day Eat-In Challenge Evaluation

Here are some lessons and ideas I came away with from our challenge to eat strictly from home for the whole month of November: Having a meal plan is imperative if you intend to eat more home-cooked meals. Look over the calendar and make arrangements for each day (I usually just plan dinner as breakfast is oatmeal, smoothie etc. and lunch is leftovers or something quick). If you have a busy night upcoming, plan for a freezer or slow cooker meal. Leftovers are worth their weight in gold. Making several extra portions can save time and hassle during the following days. Who doesn’t want to open the fridge to an already-made lunch or dinner staring back at them? Involving your kids in meal-planning and preparation usually means they will happily consume what is served.  A definite win-win! Grocery-shopping with a menu and list means you really do save a few dollars! I enjoyed tracking what I ate each day (through my Instagram posts).  I liked the feeling of self-reliance that came from planning and preparing all our meals and I can say with certainty that we will take this challenge again at least once in 2016.  Hopefully you’ll join us! Advertisements

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

These muffins are easy, but also perfect for any fancy occasion with their streusel topping. When we have leftover cranberry relish from Thanksgiving it always turns into these treats on Sunday morning following the holiday. Cranberry Orange Muffins Yield: 1 dozen muffins 1 large egg ½ cup milk ¼ cup butter, melted 1 tsp real vanilla extract 1/8 tsp orange […]

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Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Last night’s smoothie was so great I had to share it!  It was born of a need to decrease the freezer content. Putting something new in the freezer has become a joke around here, with all the food preservation and freezer meals we have crammed in there.  So, we are going to work on using ingredients and meals we already […]

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Garlic Rolls

Winter is upon us.  As I type this, I have a blanket wrapped around me like a shawl and a mug of herbal tea standing by.  A friend of mine used the hashtag #puttingonthewinterweight in a social media post the other day, and I laughed out loud.  There is some truth to the fact that our bodies crave different foods […]

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Soy-Glazed Tofu

Tofu is weird.  Weird people eat tofu.  I get it and I’m OK with it, especially when I can make a meal of it in 10 minutes.  I spent a large portion of my life as a vegetarian and here is something important I took away from that experience: Meat is meat.  Fake meat is not meat. For me, choosing […]

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Menu Plan and Week 2 of the 30 day Eat-In Challenge 

Monday did its best to knock me down this week, but I’m determined to get back up and finish the week strong!  Here’s what’s for dinner: Monday: Pasta Primavera. Tuesday: Leftovers. I want my Tupperware back! Wednesday: Pan-Glazed Tofu with rice and garden veggies. Yes, we eat tofu. We are that weird! Thursday: Something from the freezer. I’ll figure out what to defrost Wednesday night. Friday: Cedar plank salmon, salad and oven fries. Saturday: Ribs, cheddar biscuits and salad. Our best rib-cooking friends are coming to town and I’m planning to con him into helping with the meat. 🙂 Sunday: Popcorn, smoothies and a story.

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Hurry Curry

Curry is such a great dish for families.  It’s natural sweetness is a hit with kids, yet it can be spiced up to suit the grownup tastes as well.  If you’d like to keep it mild, be sure to use a mild or sweet curry powder, rather than a hot variety.  For those of you wanting to turn up the […]

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