Welcome To Day 4 Of The Empty The Freezer Challenge!
Yesterday, I talked about ways to deal with brainblock.
Cooking from the freezer sounds great, until you get overwhelmed with all of the choices (or the lack thereof) and can’t come up with an idea.
If you haven’t yet, I highly suggest getting the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app for your phone to help you come up with ideas – it’s free and easy to use!
Or, if all else fails, turn your protein into fajitas or taquitos – always a winner, and they always seem like they took more time than they did!
Before we get into day 3, if you’re new to the challenge, I’m taking a little break from my regular postings in December to do a Challenge designed to help save money, simplify, and prepare for the new year:
The “Empty The Freezer Challenge”
What is it? The Empty The Freezer Challenge is my way of encouraging you to not only slow down this season, but save money and get creative! I would guess that most of you are like us: you have tons of food in your freezer which may or may not be edible, that you’ve either forgotten or aren’t super motivated to eat.
They may require some creative meal preparation or presentation, but they’re still good to eat!
Starting December 1st, I’ll by on a mission to use up everything in my freezer – that is still safe to eat. I don’t want to buy anything from the grocery store except for milk. We get eggs from friends who have chickens, so don’t think we’re avoiding using eggs – we’re not.
We may or may not get through all of the food in our THREE freezers, but we’re going to try! Then, on December 25th when we have family over I’ll finally be able to cook with new food from the grocery store!
What Will The Challenge Accomplish?
The Empty The Freezer Challenge have several purposes:
- It will encourage you to spend very little/no money on groceries during most of the month of December – a no-spend month of sorts, but without calling it that.
- It will get tons of food our of your freezer!
- And it will give you a blank slate for the new year – at least as far as your fridge/freezer are concerned
- As a bonus, your family will probably complain a lot less in 2016 when you make a creative or inexpensive meal!
This entire week as has been challenging, to say the least. I work from home – obviously – and the internet being down really messed with my mojo this week. The one thing that has kept me going is knowing why I do what I do…for my family, for the freedom, and for the ability to embrace my creative side. What I have isn’t afforded to many people and I know that I cannot take it for granted.
When life gets tough, what do you cling to?
Your Dreams? Goals? Family? Motivational pep talk aside, let’s talk what we ate on Day 4 of the challenge: Breakfast – Eggs again for me and the kiddo. I honestly have no idea what the hubs ate for breakfast because I slept in after staying up til 2am because the internet was finally up. Lunch – I had a working lunch with a lady who works with me at the house, so we ordered Chinese and wrote it off as a business expense. The hubs had leftover taquitos from last night. Easy peasy. Dinner – We ate out with my grandparents for dinner, and they paid, so I basically did no cooking today…..very, very sad. After my epic fail of day 4, how did yours go? Want To Keep Up With The Challenge via Email? Simply Subscribe Below:
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