Thursday, February 05, 2009

Saving on Dinner

Since I am a saver, I like to try to find areas in the budget to cut back. So Ben and I started a little experiment at the beginning of November - no eating out unless it was with friends or family. Basically this equated to ending the "I am tired after a long day of work and don't feel like cooking. Let's go get Mexican!" that was quickly getting out-of-control and eating up our budget.

Three months in, I am happy to report great success! We still wanted to eat healthy (one should not live off of frozen pizza), so we learned how to make easy, large size dishes that cover many evening meals. To keep dinner interesting, I am always searching for new recipes. Here are two I am planning for next week:

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup

Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers

Both look really good, I'm excited. I'll let you know if the critics give them a thumbs up!


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Margo said...

I might have posted about this, but I love this soup recipe:

I also love everything else from Smitten Kitchen, for what it's worth.

And I love this tortilla soup:
I normally add a chicken breast or two - if you add black beans (recommended in the comments), be sure to rinse them first, or the rest of the soup ends up weirdly black (but still tasty).

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Thanks! I'm going to post the recipe to the vegetarian dish I told you about.


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