Back in the summer as I approached Ironman I confess that Hubby and I were eating out a lot. Between all of my training and Hub’s 12 hour shifts that he was working neither of us felt like cooking very much. We tried to keep it healthy, but let’s face it, eating out is bad for your waistline and bad for your wallet.
After Ironman was over (and our mini-vacation in Vancouver) I told Hubs that I wanted to challenge us to not eat out in September until our Disney vacation at the end of the month. Hubs also switched jobs at the beginning of September and he was now working regular hours. With us leaving for work and getting home at the same time I figured we’d have no excuse to not prepare dinner at home together now. I also knew that eating at Disney isn’t always inexpensive so I wanted to put some pennies away for those dinners out, instead of blowing them at home because we were lazy.
We succeeded at eating all of our dinners at home in the month of September (for me at least when I wasn’t travelling, which seemed to be a lot of the time that month). I still needed to work on bringing my breakfast and lunch to work more often, something I’m doing much better at this month. I’m also back to making my coffee at home in the mornings and being tempted less and less by the Starbucks in our building.
If you ever watched the Costco Craze documentary on CNBC you should know that I was fascinated with it. We have a Costco membership and we were using it mostly to buy tires, a TV, laundry detergent and toilet paper. With us cooking more now we’ve definitely upped our shopping at Costco. It can be a challenge to shop there when you are only shopping for two, but I think we do a good job. We’ll grab enough stuff to eat through the week so that we won’t waste anything, making us feel like we are getting good value for money. Repurposing ingredients can be a bit of a challenge to make sure we aren’t getting bored though. Last weekend we made a lamb roast that turned in to an awesome Shepherd’s pie two days later. Part of the challenge is realizing that maybe not every meal is going to be awesome, but that fast and tasty can be good enough.
What are some of your tips to eat healthfully throughout the week without spending all night, every night in the kitchen? How do you keep your meals interesting so your taste buds don’t get bored and want to sabotage things by grabbing a meal out instead of coming home to a plate of leftovers…again….?
I noticed Marlene had mentioned on twitter that she prepped a weeks worth of steel cut oats and quinoa on the weekend. I think this may be something that we have to try too!