February 4, 2011

Day 4 of the Eat from the Pantry Challenge—A long week

Tonight I’m tired.  It has been a busy week—all good stuff, granted, just busy.  I learned of an impromptu church meeting that I need to attend tonight, and at the meeting we’ll each be bringing a dish to share for supper.  If it hadn’t been for that obligation, it would have been very, very tempting to run to a restaurant tonight.

BreakfastSoaked Oatmeal, milk and tea to drink

Lunch—Daughter—leftover edamame, boiled egg, leftover chicken with ketchup for dipping, carrot sticks, milk, and a couple of small Valentine’s cookies.  Me—Leftover fried rice from last night, a banana, and carrot sticks.  Hubby—Egg and Caper Salad sandwich, banana, crackers

Supper—I made tea and baked potatoes to bring to tonight’s meeting.  I reserved a couple of the baked potatoes for Hubby and Daughter to enjoy with some soup.

What did I learn from today?

It is almost a necessity for me to have easy to prepare meals in storage for when I’m feeling tired or it has been a long day.  Fatigue almost always means that the siren’s call of the restaurant starts to ring in my ears.  Really it isn’t any harder to prepare something fast at home for us to eat, and it is less trouble to get into some comfy clothes and spend the night at home instead of going out.  Yet, when I’m tired that logic goes out the window.  Having foods that Hubby can prepare or help me to prepare saves us from that extra restaurant expense.

It is nice to have inexpensive dishes ready to go for impromptu gatherings.  If a friend drops by, if we get an invitation to eat with family, or if I have a quickly scheduled meeting like tonight, it helps to have foods on hand that I can easily pull out to share.  I had no idea what I would bring tonight.  Someone had already taken the dessert option, which would have been easy for me to swing.  I knew I could bring tea for us to drink, but I was at a loss for what else to add to the meal.  Then I thought of the potatoes.  I popped them in the oven while I whittled away at my list of things to do on the computer, and before I knew it they were done and ready to go.  I love it when things come together like that!

Have a great weekend everyone!  It sounds like everyone is handling the challenge well thus far.  I’ve been inspired by your comments and meal plans!  Thanks for helping to keep me motivated.  :)

1 comment:

  1. Looks as if we’re on the same page! Calling for a pizza or running out seemed much easier than cooking this evening. I had to really stop and think about what meals were already prepped in the freezer and talk myself out of being so lazy. With very little effort we had a nice supper of spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread. When I make meatballs I always make at least two batches and freeze them so I can just take out what we need for several different uses – spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs or even use them to make an appetizer. My challenge is maintaining an inventory of “almost ready” meals to remind me what’s on hand. Keeping better track would also cut down on waste. Guess it’s time to start making lists! Have a great weekend.