Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dinner Quest...or trying not to eat out for a full month.

So lately we've been eating out a bit and frankly this was cutting into our monthly budget and also not helping out my health, to say the least. So I decided, with my lovely wife Chelsea, to try to not eat out for the whole month of September, or at least from the 8th onward, since that's when I got this idea. We had already done most of our shopping for month so I wrote down all the proteins we had in the house and decided to come up with lunch ideas, mostly via and also just searching Google.

Below is my full list. I will be posting daily about each food item, sharing pictures where possible and if I plan on making it again. As you may notice today is the 12th so I have to go back to the 8th and start there, but it should be fun and enjoyable for anyone interested.

By the way I realize not all of these are healthy food items, I just wanted to cook/bake instead of going out. And yes I actually made everything so far.  I told my wife I would gladly take care of cooking through the 28th and I plan on sticking to it. I am thinking about continuing this through October 8th to see if we really can go a full month without eating out.  Also the other cool thing about this is almost every recipe seems to be big enough to allow for leftovers the next day for lunch!

9/8 - Sunday - Bread - Pretzels/Sandwiches

9/9 - Monday - Ground Beef - Cheeseburger Pie

9/10 - Tuesday - Bottom Round - Slow Cooker Pot Roast w/ Broccoli 

9/11 - Wednesday - Chicken Breasts - Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

9/12 - Thursday - Pork Chops - Baked Pork Chops w/ Mashed Potatoes

9/13 - Friday - Chicken Breasts - White Chicken Chili

9/14 - Saturday - Bacon - Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chiles

9/15 - Sunday - Kielbasa - Kielbasa and Cabbage

9/16 - Monday - Top Sirloin - Sirloin Steak w/ Garlic Butter w/ Potatoes and Onions

9/17 - Tuesday - Ground Beef - Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meat Balls (w/ spaghetti)

9/18 - Wednesday - Lentils - Lentils w/ Tomatoes

9/19 - Thursday - Chicken Breasts - Ultimate Chicken Fingers w/ Baked Fries

9/20 - Friday - Tuna - Tuna Salad Sandwiches (or w/ crackers)

9/21 - Saturday - Beans - Baked Beans

9/22 - Sunday - Bottom Round - Bottom Round Roast w/ Onion Gravy

9/23 - Monday - Top Sirloin - Sirloin Marinara (w/ vegetables)

9/24 - Tuesday - Pork Chops - Mustard Onion Pork Chops w/ vegetables

9/25 - Wednesday - Chicken Breasts - Garlic Chicken w/ beans

9/26 - Thursday - Pizza - Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

9/27 - Friday - Top Sirloin - Navy Bean soups / Sirloin Tips

9/28 - Saturday - Pork Chops - White Pork Chili