Week #1: Domestication

I have a confession: I’m one of those eat-out-for-every-meal people.

And it’s not for the lack of trying. I’ve looked up recipes, made the shopping list, bought the goods … Yet the meal never actually happens. I usually get side-tracked by school or work, and — before I realize it — the $10 sirloin steak I bought for a slow cooker recipe spoiled.

I know — a complete travesty, especially on a college budget. So I gave up trying this semester in order to not waste  a trashcan full of of food each month (Yes, I’m a monster).

After weeks of staring forlornly into my barren refrigerator, I caved.

But this time I decided I was going to look for recipes that required very little ingredients. I found a few recipes online and stuck to those. Because, honestly, a college student doesn’t have the time and moolah to test out a plethora of meals.

The recipes I chose were …
* Green olive tapenade
* Chili tots casserole
* Ramen noodle “surprise”
* Mexican hot dogs

The amazing thing about these recipes? Only three of the ingredients are prone to spoiling after a short period of time: ground beef, tortillas and hot dogs. I can definitely work with that.

I made  this decision late Saturday night. It’s now (early) Friday morning, and I haven’t let anything go to waste yet. OK, I’ll be honest again … I let a few strips of tortilla wilt. But I’ll post more details on that in a later post.

The only time I ate out this week was on Wednesday, when I’m usually stuck on campus for 14 hours straight. To prepare, I scarfed down some cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) before heading off to my first class. So I ended up only eating out for supper. That’s only one meal this week as compared to the typical once/twice a day.


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