Thursday, February 14, 2013

Six Ingredients Challenge: How's it going so far?

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We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: How is the Six Ingredient Challenge going for you so far?

You can see all the responses to this question today at this link-up post at Hobo Mama and Anktangle. If you're a blogger who's published a response, please post the URL in the linky below so we can visit to read. If you don't have a blog or haven't published a response, feel free to provide your answer in the comments on this post on either Hobo Mama or Anktangle.
Next week's writing prompt is at the end of this post along with posting instructions.
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My answer:

So far, it's going really well for us! The six ingredient rules are a new guideline for me to follow, and for the most part I'm enjoying the challenge. The thing that has been most surprising so far is actually realizing that the majority of the things I buy already fall within the rules. I looked at a block of cheese I had in the fridge which I was sure wouldn't qualify (cheese seems to be one of the more difficult items to buy within the rules so far) but it turned out to only have three ingredients—score!

I'm finding it a bit challenging to do meal planning, but this is nothing new for me. I know I do best when I plan the week's meals ahead of time, so that I can limit shopping trips and maximize efficiency in the kitchen. When I meal plan, I don't find myself standing in the kitchen wondering what I should make for dinner. I also end up cooking a wider variety of foods, because I try to include prep activities and leftover remixes added into the plan: soak beans the night before I'm going to cook them; the leftover chicken from Monday will be used to make enchiladas on Wednesday, etc.

I'm feeling pretty good about how I've been using our food budget for the challenge so far, too. This week, I wrote about some of my food shopping strategies which make it easier to find and buy more whole (few-ingredient) foods while still saving as much money as possible.

I'm excited to be hosting a small crock pot freezer meal prep gathering this weekend at my home. I am hoping that this can become a recurring event that helps me (and the others!) with ease of meal prep as well as eating more whole foods on a day-to-day basis. Having grab-and-go meals in my freezer is one thing I've found that significantly cuts down on us eating outside of the house, which has the result of both saving money and eating more foods that make our bodies feel good. I'll let you know how the gathering goes!

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What new foods or recipes have you tried or discovered?

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  1. That's a cool idea for a gathering and would definitely cut down on the inconvenience factor of cooking with fewer-ingredient foods.

    Cheese just made me think: We used to get shredded cheese but had to switch to block — it's funny, but the shredded puts in extra non-stickiness ingredients. So now we shred our own. :)

    1. We shred our own cheese now too, specifically because I decided I didn't want us eating those "extras". Personally, I think the freshly shredded tastes so much better. We got some shredded from the store a while back for convenience and we all could taste the difference and didn't like it.

    2. Us, too. It makes no sense since those additives also keep the cheese from melting as well. I don't like shredding, but I've just given it to the teen as a chore. Weeee

  2. I can't believe I'd forgotten to actually link up!


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