Dinner Challenge

Due to the amount of eating out we did in August (we went out to celebrate the hubs and mines birthdays and with our family in town), my husband and I had decided to stop eating out for dinner for a week or two.  We usually do this after we eat out a lot to try to feel healthier (after all the delicious yet fatty food we eat) and whenever we’re on a tight budget.  After reading Joanna’s post, I brought it up to the hubs and we agreed that since we had cooked every night for the last two weeks, why not continue to do it for the rest of the month.  And I’d like to proudly say, we successfully did (it was no easy feat, especially after hard work days or rough afternoons with the baby)!  But that’s not to say we didn’t eat out.  We never went to a sit down restaurant.  We did grab fast food, dessert, a sandwich at the farmers market, or coffee for lunch or a snack, but it wasn’t an everyday occurrence.  As much as I was tempted to eat out for dinner, it was fun trying to create new dishes or try out new recipes.  I was definitely inspired by my farmers’ market purchases.  I hope to post a couple on here soon after I try them again with a couple of minor tweaks.  So for the month of October, I urge you to try to cook dinner every night.  Not only will it be easier on your wallet (actually it may mean more groceries but you can stretch your dollar with the amount of groceries you buy and the meals you make) but cooking at home allows you to control the quality of the ingredients you cook with and fat content, so it can be easier on the tummy.

I leave you a snapshot of one of the dishes we tried that I need to revisit and tweak.

Tilapia topped with heirloom tomatoes and olives with rice, steam broccoli, and sautéed spinach.

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