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One Hot Mama's 30 Day Cooking Challenge 
May 2, 2013 3:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 10:44 am
     I have created a new challenge for myself to motivate me. I am a stay at home mom that has been gaining weight again. I have been  serious funk. Getting bored. Getting bored with food. I have a reasonable stockpile of food too. My neighbor says that I have plenty of food to last for a while. I also have a garden to prepare and harvest. Therefore, I need to use up some old goodies from  the pantry and freezers.
     Here is my challenge for myself. Others may join me if they want. I have plenty of energy and time to do this, if I plan well. We will not eat anything that was not prepared at home. This includes packing lunches for the kids and hubby. There will be no sandwiches through the drive-thru or junk from the gas station on the hubby's way to work. This also means no frozen pizzas when I am tired, or frozen lasagna thrown into the oven because I am too busy. The only exception will be previously prepared food from me. Meaning, I made an extra lasagna and froze it myself.
       I will also aim to try a new recipe everyday. Something that I have never made or a new way to make it. I want to do that to help with the boredom of my recipes that I have now. This is gonna be fun. I get to cook new foods, garden new plants outside and probably save money. Bring it on. The menu planning could get a little tedious.

I am starting tomorrow with ingredients that I  have on hand.<
It is tomorrow's Side Dish Recipe of the Day.<
Tomorrow's Herb and Spices Recipe of the Day as a cookie jar filler.
 There may be more but this is a good start.
May 2, 2013 5:03 pm
I understand your ennui. The repetition of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week gets old quickly, especially with limited time & budget and eaters who will only eat certain items. A new recipe a day is very ambitious. I am happy if I try a new recipe at least every two weeks. I suggest giving yourself at least one day off from cooking each week. It doesn't mean you have to eat out, just that you've planned ahead and have something-maybe soup or a casserole-that just needs heating, or a salad that is already prepped. Or if your kids are old enough, let them cook!
May 2, 2013 8:28 pm
If you have the freezer space, you might think about making two lasagnas or meatloaf or baked ziti. Line the baking dish with enough foil to wrap the finished dish, bake it, freeze it and remove from the dish. You can build a little stock pile or those nights when dinner is just too much of a chore. I also made waffles and pancakes enough to feed an army and froze them. They made for quick breakfasts or snacks. A new recipe every day may be hard on you, maybe 2 or 3 a week would be easier to achieve. It sounds like you have a great plan.
May 2, 2013 9:39 pm
Good luck on your challenge. A friend of mine bought a bunch of divided trays that had lids, and he would make a pot roast and mashed potatoes and vegies and fill up the trays and freeze them so he would have a ton of meals in the freezer. He also froze roasted chicken and pork chops and other meals. It really saved time for him in his last two years in college.
May 3, 2013 6:37 am
If the kids are old enough make sure they are helping with clean up. That is what bugs me the most about never or hardly ever going out to eat is no matter how easy dinner lunch breakfast was to make there is always clean up afterwards even if you cleaned as you went. I feel I am a better cook than any restaurant around us so when I ask to go out it is because I have had enough of clean up. I did a different dish every day for a year and wrote a blog on about it. The daily blog was fun and trying at times. Finding the time to get it done was the hardest part of the blog. Finding a new dish every day was easy always having everything on hand not so much. Enjoy your challenge I know yor family will.
Sep. 5, 2013 10:44 am
yer definitely on the right track by doin this!! kudos! I did this this past year an have since lost 100lbs..just everything in our freezer I have made an have one -two days a week I go crazy with making things an stockin up the freezer..sooo much better tasting was more costly at the beginning but then you shopping becomes fun an a challenge fer yerself of the skookum deals you you get excited about foodies again! good fer you!!
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I love, love, love to cook. I hate to do dishes. So I am in love with my crockpot. Only one thing to clean. I can read a recipe and decide if it is good or not. My biggest pet peeve is that nobody teaches their kids to cook anymore. My nephews come over just to cook with me.
My favorite things to cook
I love figuring out how to cook on a little budget. My speciality is making dinner for under $10. But lately as prices of everything is going up, I have been making dinner under $15. I cannot wait to get a huge garden in this year. I will have to break down and learn to can. I have to can to afford to feed this crew and all their teenage friends that just show up at dinner time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking as a family. My kids have been cooking for as long as they can remember. I think my boy has been using a real knife since age 5. My girls make dinner on their own now. My 11yo made me breakfast in bed by herself. Quite impressive.
My cooking triumphs
Getting my husband to eat some vegetarian meals. Sticking to a food budget of $400 per month and still having food left in the freezer and pantry at the end of the month.
My cooking tragedies
Realizing that my 16 year old son has very high cholesterol. It could be his meds creating it. I have to find more things to feed everyone that is on his diet plan.
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