I'm constantly telling myself that we need to eat at home more and stop going to restaurants so often. And yet, I'm not very disciplined and most of the time I have no meals planned in advance. Without a plan, I'll suddenly realize that it's meal time and I don't have anything thawed and I'm hungry and don't want to try to pull something together at the last minute. So out we head to a restaurant. And it's not because we don't have food in the house to eat. Both of the indoor freezer drawers are jam full and the deep freeze in the garage is at least ¾ full.
Come to January and two complimentary challenges—#cook90 and #pantrychallenge—have popped up on the Internet and I'm going to play along. They should give me enough motivation and “support” to carry through the month.
So what are these challenges?
According to the folks at Epicurious, COOK90 is “a month-long cooking challenge. People who take the challenge cook everything they eat, all month long—every breakfast, every lunch, and every dinner.” There's a group at Facebook and the hashtag on Instagram, providing a community of people who are participating in the challenge. I'll post my Day 1 meals, including photos, in a little while.
Twice a year, Jessica over at Good, Cheap Eats hosts a Pantry Challenge. As she describes it, “A pantry challenge is a focused time when you use up what you have before buying more food.” What you have can be in the pantry (duh!), the freezer, or even the refrigerator. Most of the participants pledge to draw from their stored food instead of shopping—except for dairy and produce. I'm going to also purchase staples that we run out of such as flour or tea bags. Each day, however, I'm going to make note of just what food we're eating from our stash.