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I'm Cooking Dinner at 8:00 a.m.

May 1st, 2010 at 05:59 am

The news this morning said it is going to be 90 degrees today! You know what my first thought was? The beach?--no. Dinner. Why? We no longer have AC downstairs and we were certainly not prepared to have purchased one so soon in the season. Therefore, it will be unbearably hot at 5:00 p.m. in my kitchen. To avoid the quick fix of picking up dinner out, I decided to cook now and then just heat it up later. If I didn't lay out a plan for weekend spending yesterday I probably would not have given it a second thought. This blog makes me feel more accountable for some reason -- more so than just my budget.

There was a time when we rarely ate out. Mainly because to feed a family of 5 would be expensive. But last summer things changed. My boys were out of the house most of the time and my daughter left for college in August. I would come home from work and feel like I didn't have to worry about dinner so much anymore. And when I did cook, I found that no one ate leftovers and food was getting wasted. Maybe I cooked 3 times a week instead of 6. Became a habit quickly. But eating out gets old after awhile and you realize that what you cook at home really is so much healthier and with a little effort tastes better. DH is a great cook so with a little assistance from him I will strive to eat at home much more regularly.

9 Responses to “I'm Cooking Dinner at 8:00 a.m.”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Good idea to cook early...you are using your noodle!

    And I concur, eating out a lot does get old and your home meals make you more accountable for choosing healthy things.

    What are you fixing?

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    Great plan and I agree that homecooked meals are healthier and cheaper. Have a good weekend!

  3. pjmama Says:

    Good plan! I never would have thought of that.

  4. Dandi Lion Says:

    rob - I'll have to do this again tomorrow as the forecast is the same -- but I am ready.

    I made a pot of rice. To go on top I made chicken meatballs (more like dumplings) in a sauce made with vegetable broth (thickened w/four)and added spinach and black beans with various spices and flavorings. It's now in the fridge.

  5. looking forward (sweetmama) Says:

    We like to BBQ when it's going to be hot. Or we'll make cold things to eat like a big chef salad.

  6. cptacek Says:

    I agree with looking forward. We grill outside or use the crockpot if it is going to get super hot.

  7. baselle Says:

    Second cptacek on the crockpot. I used to think that the crockpot is a winter cooking utensil - its actually an even better summer one. Doesn't heat up the kitchen at all like the stove would.

  8. Petunia Says:

    I have been known to plug in my crockpot outside in hot weather. . .

  9. whitestripe Says:

    in summer (it's now getting close to winter here) DF and I mainly eat garden salads and grilled meat/tofu. so much easier than slaving over a hot stove!

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