January 8, 2013 by applesandarteries
With the start of the new year comes resolutions, goals, ideas about how to improve the day-to-day…
Diana is in the midst of the fourth year of hosting the Eat in Month Challenge and this year I signed up to participate–the funny thing is that I could probably use an Eat Out Month Challenge…my norm is to eat in. I eat breakfast at home, pack my lunch for work, pack snacks, and make dinner at home. Nothing is ever too fancy, but I like to make healthy eats to keep me fueled for the day.
So how am I approaching this? I’ve turned it into Operation Clean out the Cabinets, Fridge, and Freezer. Every week I buy fresh produce (spinach, peppers, mushrooms, etc) and usually stock up on protein for the week (cottage cheese, chicken, Greek yogurt), so trips to the grocery store are easy and I stick to a list. But this month I’m first checking ingredients at home and using those before buying anything new. Those turkey tenderloins that were in the freezer for about six months? They were great seasoned, baked, and used in salads.
This container of soup that has been in the freezer for a couple of months? That’s lunch next week.
Who needs to buy hummus when you can make a delicious bean spread/dip with just 3-4 ingredients that are pretty standard?
My Quality Assurance Guy will be happy to know that I have all of the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on-hand and those can count towards the challenge.
Speaking of chocolate, I made this Greek Yogurt Chocolate Bread over the weekend. Wow! I tried a bit of the batter and it tasted like chocolate pudding. This bread is a dense bread because of the yogurt.
It got positive reviews from the in-house taste-tester. I added a bit of nutmeg to give it a little spice. I would probably reduce the sugar a bit on the next round.
My birthday is later this month so I imagine 1-2 dinners out will take place. Ok by me!
Do you prefer to eat in or out? Any good chocolate or yogurt recipes to share? Are you working on cleaning out your kitchen cabinets/freezer/fridge?
**Tonight I’ll be sending out the pairings for January New Year, New Gear–there’s still time to sign up – just send me an email!** Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to participate.