In an effort to eat healthier and save money, hubby and I are challenging ourselves to a month of soups and stews in January.
Breakfast will consist of something other than soup or stew and hubby wants me to throw in some variety at dinner once or twice a week, but our lunches and the majority of our dinners will consist of soup or stew, with sides of veggies when needed.
Granted, some soups and stews aren’t necessarily healthy, but I’m focusing on those with meats, dried beans and/or veggies and avoiding ones with pasta and a heavy cream base. Healthy, warm, satisfying meals perfect for cold winter days and nights here in Central IL.
Meals of soups and stews should also save us money. I have some meat and veggies in the freezer, veggies from our garden in the freezer as well as our garden tomatoes canned and ready for use. The addition of a few more meats, veggies and dried beans from the grocery store during the month won’t cost a lot and we’ll have many good meals on the table. Hubby is also committed to taking soup/stew to work for lunch each day. No going to lunch with co-workers or grabbing take-out somewhere for the entire month. That alone will save us a tremendous amount of money for the month.
Another benefit is trying out some new recipes and becoming more disciplined about preparing and eating more meals at home.
Our goal is to have more money in our bank account and lower numbers on the scale at the end of January.
Less dependency and more self-sufficiency.
I’ll report back on January 31st to let you know how we did.
I hope you share your recipes! Sounds like a wonderful idea. Also, I love the picture and quote.
My recipes will be shared.
I highly recommend the book “Love Soup” by Anna Thomas. I love soup.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out.
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Looking forward to hearing how your challenge goes! I love soup (especially baked potato) but we only eat it about once a week. I can’t wait to hear what recipes you try.
We had Baked Potato Soup for dinner a couple nights ago. It was the first time I made it and I think it was the recipe you shared with me a couple years ago 🙂 It was yummy, although neither of my girls were big fans 😦