I usually don’t eat out very often. Delicious, plant-based dishes are hard to find in restaurants around here, that’s why I generally prefer my own food. In the past few weeks, things were different, though. I’ve been out and about a lot and even when I was at home I often didn’t feel like cooking. So I ate out a lot, and spent a ton of money!
That’s why I decided to do the Eat In Month Challenge in February. I know that I’m very late to the game, as the actual challenge takes place in January, but the timing just didn’t work for me.
I plan to eat every single meal “in”, that means no restaurant visits and no take-out meals. I’ll make an exception for free food, as my co-workers often provide breakfast, lunch, or dessert when they celebrate their birthdays. Meals and snacks that I’m offered by others, like friends or family members, are also okay for me. And I may or may not enjoy a small bag of movie popcorn.
I’m doing this challenge mostly to save money. Eating out is expensive! And I’m also still working on clearing my pantry. That’s a never-ending process, I’m afraid.
So in the month of February, I’ll hopefully enjoy lots of great home-cooked meals and snacks, just like the examples below.
I call this one my triple squash (pumpkin?) soup – blended Hokkaido squash soup topped with pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds.
Sweet semolina pudding with cherry compote and cinnamon – best served warm!
My all-time favorite: bibimbap! Just a big bowl of rice, vegetables, tofu, and pickled radish. Never fails to satisfy my appetite.
Do you spend a lot of money eating out?