Excellent. We don't eat out often anymore either. I have a backlog of recipes I want to try and I like my own cooking better than most places we'd go. (Plus, no one EVER invites the chef over for dinner at their house, lol!)
I typically cook a little less than a double batch of dinner, and reheat for lunch the next day. I've found that I get a more nutritious lunch that way, and it's way cheaper than buying separate groceries for lunch.
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I have to say financially I don't like to eat out every day. We eat out once a week and food wise I don't want to eat out every day. I like that I can control what I eat better when I eat in, so prefer to do that. For lunch though, we tend to stick to a fend for self meal, mostly using leftovers from previous dinners. Or as my husband's mother would call them planned overs. Yesterday I took some left over rice and some left over black beans, cooked up in the microwave one chicken breast, cut it up, then threw in rice, black beans, a small amount of salsa, some water, some corn kernels and some seasonings and then heated it through and I call it taco soup. I ate it with a homemade sourdough english muffin from Friday. My son ate a homemade english muffin with cheese and a breakfast sausage patty from Friday for lunch with half a red sweet pepper on the side. My hubby had some chips and salsa and I can't remember what else. So we each can have what we like and have some great lunches and great leftovers. To me that is the best, in that I don't have to plan three meals a day for my family. I only do a planned dinner each day and breakfast and lunch is more leftovers, microwave meals, cold cuts, hot dogs, etc.
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It's difficult to eat out in a small town where the only choices are fried chicken or Chinese. I have tried ordering plain burgers but they were terrible so eating at home is just so much better for me. I might have Chinese once every two or three months but that's all.
My husband and I eat lunch out daily. I used to be upset about it. Now I have accepted that this is what we do and just try to eat a healthy lunch. I figure that I have control over 2 meals a day so I use the 80 / 20 rule. 80 percent healthy eating, 20 percent not so healthy some days.
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It`s nice to have a change of pace . do something different . just use care not to get stuck in a rut . doing the same thing day in and day out . that is as bad as eating the same thing everyday and never vary from the menu . we need to shake it up . you can eat healthy out as well as in, just make sure you change what you eat . My husband doesnt like to eat out .
My husband and I tend to eat out for lunch nearly every day. It is something I have wanted to change, but it is just so easy to go out. However, this week, we have only eaten out for lunch twice! The rest of the time lunch was eaten at home.
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