Thursday, July 16, 2009

The No Take-Out Challenge.

It's no secret I don't cook in our household. Garth enjoys it so he does it. I enjoy cleaning so I do it. Makes perfect sense, right? But lately Garth's classes have been demanding and taking up so much of his time that he doesn't have time to cook. Thus, resulting in picking up take-out way too often.
In an attempt to get Garth and I eating healthier we went to Costco last night and shopped until we dropped. I am so proud of Garth, he VOLUNTARILY picked out veggie burgers AND he agreed to try turkey sausage!! Call it compromise, but he also picked out a 15 pound bag of chicken wings. We also bought veggies, fruit, Skinny Cow ice cream cones, egg white quiches, whole grain spaghetti & sauce, cereal, etc. For the first time in our married life, our fridge and freezer are full - I am so proud of us!
Garth and I agreed (and shook on it!) that we would not order take-out until our fridge and freezer were empty. Let the challenge begin!!

46 comments:

Mr. & Mrs. A said...

FUN!! I didn't know I liked to cook until I tried it I always just assumed I'd hate it. It's an adventure to come up with meals now. Anyway one thing I learned was if a recipe is made to feed 4 make the whole recipe and then freeze half of it. Then on days you don't really feel like cooking you can just take one of your freezer meals out and heat it up.

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

Haha! I always think I like to cook and always have a stocked fridge...then I start cooking, get impatient and mess it up...Good luck love!

Lauren said...

Good luck with this! I actually really enjoy cooking but we are always hoping to stay in so we can save money!

Rebecca said...

Good luck! I hate to cook too.

Shannon said...

Yay! I actually prefer Turkey Sausage and only use whole grain pasta (it tastes the same)! Good for yall!

Lucky in Love said...

Wow! Good luck! Costco is one of my favorite places in the world :) Matt and I go there every other week!

Megan said...

Good luck with the "challenge" ;)

Jen and Rob said...

We try to do the same thing around here too! It's harder for us during the summer because we are both off but it's worth the it. Especially when we stopped to calculate how much money we spent on eating out! Good luck!

Brown Girl said...

Good Luck, we cook a ton at our house. It will save you so much money that you will want to do it all the time!!

Whitney said...

Good for y'all!
It is SO HARD for me to not eat take out! I need to take a lesson from y'all!

pocket full of pink said...

How exciting! Good luck!!

Erin said...

Fun!!! Love a good challange...Good luck!

Marissa said...

Good luck! I love Costco veggie burgers!

Mary Michal said...

Good luck. I don't like to cook either, and I love to eat out. So I take out $20 cash each week that I use for take-out only. When I run out of cash, I can't eat out any more that week. It works really well for me.

Christie said...

I'm similar in that I'm trying to empty what we've got in the fridge, freezer, and cupboards before buying more. Good luck with the challenge- it's a great one for your health and your wallet!

Mary said...

Congrats on the weight loss! It sounds like you'll be able to drop the remaining pounds with what's filling your fridge and freezer. I love Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches-only 150 calories!

Taryn said...

You night not believe this- but I used to hate cooking too. HATE it. I liked to bake goodies (because who doesn't like a nice warm cookie right out of the oven?) but cooking meals- no way. Now look at me! Maybe you will discover your hidden passion for cooking too.

Good luck on your endeavor.

Mrs. Realife said...

You go -- This sounds SO MUCH like Mr. R and I -- I'm always "picking something up" because he's home late or really tired from work --

Perfectly Pleasant said...

Good luck! We'd starve :)

The Pink Chick said...

This is a great idea! My husband and I need to try this. We go out to eat way too much!

- Sarah :-) said...

Wow - I'll be quite impressed to see how that works for you. We have days where we just feel like being lazy or are too stinking busy to cook, so we eat out... or we just go out on a date for heck of it.

BUT I've been really impressing myself with how much I've been cooking lately. Go us... and Go YOU guys!!

Mrs. J L said...

I love skinny cow ice cream...it's so yummy! :)

Jules said...

Good luck! We made a pact not to eat out for the whole month of July. We are halfway through and have stayed true. It's tough, but worth it. We are having so much fun cooking together and spending time in our home where we can actually talk rather than a loud restaurant.

Tasha said...

Good luck with your challenge! I laughed out loud when I read "15 pounds of chicken wings!" Too funny!

Amy Lynn said...

Good for you!!!!! I enjoy cooking with my boyfriend much more than going out to eat. It makes life easier when we clean up the kitchen together too, plus it saves time! and it's a great way to have more quality time together :)

Meg said...

Andrew and I stocked up at Sam's over two months ago and we still have stuff left we are using. We very rarely eat out, but when we do it's a treat!

Good luck on your challenge. ;) I'm curious to know how long it takes you guys to eat that 15 pounds of chicken wings. ha! ;)

Jon and Steph said...

That is a great challenge! Your grocery list sounds almost identical to ours ;)

Lacey said...

Great challenge! We try to plan out all of our meals for the week and buy those groceries so we aren't tempted to eat out.

a H.I.T. said...

Cosco is so much fun! Good luck with the challenge.

Sunshinemeg said...

Very proud! We have only had a full fridge a few times, but man is that a good feeling!

Lil' Woman said...

Soubds like a great challenge, good luck! :)

Nicole said...

how did you get him to do that? :) i don't cook either :)

MissJody said...

Ummm... hello? Did you look at my grocery list?? That is almost the the T what I shop for at Costco! Not kidding!
Good job! I love Costco and I love the bulkness. I use every bit of it too! Go for it! Let the challenge begin. Bravo!!

Meagan said...

Good for you guys!!! Its so hard not eating out!!

Justine said...

Oh wow! Good luck! I am the only one who cooks, and I love it, but sometimes I just don't feel like it. Which means we eat out b/c Jon does NOT cook. Haha!! Let us know how it goes! :)

Snow White said...

Awesome :) you can do it! My hubby and I have found cooking together has been so much fun -- we love trying new, healthy things!! I look forward to hearing how things go :)

Jenny.Lee said...

I should totally take up this challenge at our house. Especially with the boys gone, Z and I eat out way too often!

Brittany Ann said...

You can do it! We do the same thing at Sam's. Don't you love the full fridge? Makes me feel accomplished!

Lauren Kelly said...

Good luck with the challenge, I know you can do it girl :)

God, My Savior Forever! said...

I cannot emphasize enough the importance f eating right my friend and I'm very proud of you guys for taking on this challege. We don't eat out much..I've never been too crazy about fast food...don't get me wrong it is very convenient and can be very delicious but I tend to feel guilty while I eat it or bad when I'm done. There's nothing like a home cooked meal my friend....you guys will love it so much you won't be trying to hit the nearest Wendy's for a while. Besides..it's alot easier on the pocket too. I think you guys can do this..sounds like you're set for a while. I will be cheering you on YEAH!!!!!

Surrounded By Boys said...

It all sounds good, but what about a HUGE BOX of good cereal? That's my favorite summer dinner - nothing could be easier! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love skinny cow!

wearsinappropriateshoes said...

Good luck!

For me, it's not that I hate to cook. It's more like I can't cook, haha.

C said...

Good for you! It will take some getting used to but by the end you'll see that cooking is way better than take out, your wallet will thank you :)

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Lucy Marie said...

Way to go. This is one of our biggest challenges too. It really really helps to have pre-made, quick meals in the freezer so you always have something for dinner.

Jules said...

Great idea and this is something that we desperately need to do as well. With my work being so crazy lately and Geof's travel schedule, we have been eating out a lot. Not good on the wallet or the waistline! We have a BJ’s membership and really need to go on a big shopping trip.