One Month Challenge: Dining In, Week 2

[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. This month, Megan is gonna go 4 weeks without eating out. Can she handle the heat of the kitchen??]

After raiding my cabinets this week, and realizing we had, like, no food, I decided I would have to go food shopping if I was going to survive this no restaurant month.  Being that I’m an impulse buyer, I also “attempted” to make a grocery list. And while I bought a majority of items off my list, I found myself coming home with lots of comfort foods: Easy Mac, ramen, spaghetti.

The comfort foods were a good start. They were super convenient, thus keeping me from eating out. Plus, they’re cheap and tasty. Yum.  However, after a couple nights of Easy Mac and ramen, I missed variety, not to mention things that aren’t noodles.  And that’s when I realized, it was time to start cooking something a little more challenging than turning on a microwave.

And I did it- I successfully made tacos!

Not only did I not have to extinguish any fires, but they were actually good!  While most people don’t look at tacos as a challenging meal to cook, it was a huge accomplishment for me.  It was also just the cooking confidence boost I needed.  And so, inspired, I hit the interwebs for even more culinary inspiration and got myself quite a stack of  delicious recipes.  And then I went shopping again (so much for saving money) and before I knew it, I was cooking up a storm.

Not everything was edible (lesson learned: casserole is not my thing) and I’m not Ratatouille, but I learned that I’m definitely far from the worst cook ever. I’ve also learned that “cooked” food, is way better than “fast food.” Not only in terms of calories, but flavors too! Contrary to what I had always thought, following recipes really isn’t that hard and if you give yourself some time one day a week, you can easily stock up on good, filling food for the rest of the week.

While  passing McDonald’s daily hasn’t gotten any less tempting (why must they pump that delicious french fry smell into the street?!),  I learned that dining in isn’t nearly as bad as I had originally anticipated and it’s definitely no longer my worst nightmare.

Let’s just see if this culinary enthusiasm holds up through another week.

[Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. And if you’ve got a challenge you want to tackle (and be held accountable for), email us and we could feature you next month. Come on – it’s good for you!]

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