As usual, I was a bit overzealous in my holiday gift buying, leaving my budget a bit depleted. It’s hard not to buy things that make me think of people! And by extension, not to treat myself along the way. The thought process goes something like this:” Well, they asked for fun socks and it’s a better deal to buy this large pack, so then I can keep several pairs too because I also need socks.”
Fortunately, there are solutions. Like a diet, little decisions to change add up to bigger results. Bar hop after work? Nah. Pick up a $3 hazelnut coffee? I can have free coffee in the office. Running late and tempted to say f– it? I can always pack peanut butter. And despite what Target thinks, I really don’t NEED another pumpkin spice candle, even if it’s on clearance. So this month is eat-in month.
The Plan: At my house we’re alternating being in charge of dinners – flipping chef or sous chef titles – by each selecting 2-3 recipes for the week and purchasing the necessary ingredients. We also have some flexibility to eat out one lunch a week, and a dinner out with limited beverages. DC martinis cost something ridiculous like $12 each. So far, eat at home month has turned out a couple new standby’s. A few recipes so far:
- Easy Tomato-Vegetable soup with rosemary crackers and hummus
- Crock Pot Beef Stew – held the peas and wine, added tomato juice
- Fun-shaped Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Lemon-rosemary White Bean Dip
- Pad See-Ew (literally “soy sauce stir-fry“) with Chicken — An eating out splurge, though I do dream of having Thai noodle cooking skills
- Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers with soy sauce and sesame oil — The frozen potstickers were so-so, but I am a huge fan of mixing 2 parts soy sauce: 1 part sesame oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and/or garlic and it’s a party in your mouth.
- Chicken Gumbo with Sausage soup — canned, with oddly crunchy white rice
On the menu this week:
- Curried Chickpea Tomato Stew — please ignore the ugly webpage
- Lamb Eggplant Moussaka with hummus and pita – again, the page is ugly but the recipe rocks!
- Thai Sweet Chili Salmon with stir-fried baby bok choy
- Linguini with pesto sauce and baked chicken
It’s great being an omnivore, isn’t it? Updates to come! Other simple but tasty dine-in dinner suggestions welcome.