I made it thru the January challenge and would have to call it a success. We saved money, we ate healthy and found some great new recipes that I will most certainly be using again.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the challenge was how much less I actually had to cook. A pot of soup gave us a lot of meals, so I did more heating up meals than I did actually cooking meals for the month. Winner!!!
For the month we ate Black Bean & Lentil Soup, Baked Potato Soup, Pork Chili Verde, Ham & 13 Bean Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup, Chicken & Dumpling Soup, Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup, White Chicken Chili, Bean and Bacon Soup, and Chili Tortellini.
Ten different recipes for 30 days.
Now we enter a new month and it’s time for a new challenge. So I’m doing a double challenge this month.
Challenge #1 is to continued a variation of the January challenge by creating one-dish meals for the month of February. Healthy meals that can be prepared in a big pot on the stove, the slow cooker or in a casserole dish and baked in the oven. Enough for 2-4 meals with plenty for hubby can take for his lunches (that’s the biggest savings for us).
Challenge #2 is to become more active by committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 6 days a week. I can break it down into 10 minute increments 3 times per day if necessary, but at least 30 minutes. Either getting out and walking, playing Kinect Sports or Kinect Adventures on the Xbox with the girls, going to the gym and swimming, taking a Zumba or some other aerobic class. I have a couple new Yoga DVD’s that I need to use or I could do some resistance training 1-2 days per week. Lots of choices and a commitment to physical activity. One month! A great way to begin building a new healthy habit in my life.