Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eating In - Lent: Week 1

I was having a conversation with a good friend the week before Lent, about what we were going to give up for the Lent Season.... She is giving up the snooze button. Instead of snoozing, she will wake up and spend a few extra minutes reading a devotional or The Bible. What a brilliant idea. I decided to give up eating out. Yes, that means for 40 days, there will be ZERO meals out. No ordering in and eating at home, no quick breakfasts. Good, home cooking. I chose this for many reasons.
  • This is a vice of mine. If I could choose to eat out every meal and not cook I would (oddly enough, I L-O-V-E to cook)
  • Eating out is convenient, yet a hassle with a baby. While it should give Cullen and I more time together, it seems to do the opposite.
  • Eating at home, means we spend more time together as a family during the week....which may allow Sundays-at-church seem much more doable.
Point #3 - isn't that the whole purpose of Lent? Giving up something that hinders a relationship with The Big Guy?

So, let's make Lent a little more fun...I am posting (weekly) my dinnertime menu. 40 days, cooking in....we are going to have to get a little out of the dinner comfort zone.

Here was last week's, and this week's menu's.

Ash Wednesday, March 09: Ate Leftover Chicken Broccoli Bake at Jenny's.

Thursday, March 10: Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers on the grill. Nothing fancy here, we made burgers and added crumbled blue-cheese to the inside and baked. Delish. Very rich but DELISH.

Friday, March 11: BBQ at Cullen's parents.

Saturday, March 12: Crack-pot Lasagna; It was so good. I had made it a time before. I loved it. I change a few things, but keep it basically the same. Bravo. I would have it again. (**HEY, LAUREN, did you catch the "crack-pot").

Sunday, March 13: Melt in your mouth Pizza Bagel Bites. OMGosh. This is the Devil's handy-work. I could eat 17...problem is, each one is 1/2 a bagel.

Monday, March 14: Chicken Parmesan. Crispy. Hearty. Will need exercise afterwards.

Tuesday, March 15th: King Ranch Chicken. Simple. Easy. Done.

Wednesday, March 16th: Chicken Packets. Don't knock 'till you try it, because YUMM. (side note: I am not sure why she calls them chicken pAckets, instead of chicken pOckets. Who cares? They are good.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE BROTHER AND UNCLE STEVE!

Thursday, March 17th: P.F. Changs frozen meal. It is AS GOOD as the restaurant. If I'm lying, I'm dying.

Friday, March 18th: Fiesta Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas. Humm.....I feel like we are eating a lot of chicken this week.

Saturday, March 19th: My Momma's Ham Casserole. A moment on your lips, forever on your hips, it is so good. You will have to email me for this recipe. It is a family one...and too good to share with everyone.


  1. I am lovin' your dedication to your very difficult task. Do us all a favor and link the recipes that you found online so we can make them, too! One of my fave places for new recipes is

    PS CrAckpot lasagna was delish!

  2. Awe, I love this! What a great idea.