Spuds {Single Dad} Food Challenge Update

“DAD! Do we really need to eat Emu’s in this plan?” This is a question from Ramona last week when I told the crew to sit quietly while I grabbed the E-Mealz recipes off my desk. In hindsight, it would have been fun to see what she would have done if I had said yes.

On October First my kids and I started our new Food Challenge. Here we are nearing the end of the first month of our challenge and, for the most part, we have done a bang-up job with the program.

When you have a family as large as ours it’s difficult to change things quickly. In my mind I see it as trying to turn a giant battleship with a single rudder; sharp turns are tough! But we have done well! Moving into the last weekend of the month, we are tracking to save over $330 in our first month using E-Mealz.

The keys to the program are consistency, discipline and simplicity. I realize “simplicity” isn’t usually grouped with words like “discipline” and “consistency”, but it should be! It should be because with just a small amount of effort to implement the program I have been rewarded by easy-to-follow solutions to saving time and money. And the savings are easy to track!

We have been using the “normal” plan for our family and there have been very FEW menus we have had to modify for the tastes of our family. Even more exciting is that there have been few meals that the kids would not eat. I believe it was Matt and Ramona who had a few “issues” with some of the meals, but you need to know they are my two pickiest eaters. And we were able to find them some “work-arounds”.

Because we have such a large group to feed, we have been using two separate  menus per day in order to make enough food and provide enough variety so that nobody went hungry. In an effort to “keep things fresh” we are going to make a change for this next month. Starting in November, I will be switching one of the menus per meal to the “Low Carb” plan.

For those who know me, you know I am a big Dude, and I am always in the process of becoming a “smaller” Dude, or at least not becoming a bigger Dude. After all, I am the blogger who a reporter described as, “Chocolate With Legs”. So it’s clear that I have an image to uphold! (She may have been referring to the guy in the giant M&M costume standing close by, but I like otherwise! (grin))

I will start being the “Foodie Blogger” on this page and posting some of the creations we have made for dinner.  It’s been a LOT of fun for me and, even better, the fun is just getting started!!!

See our previous post about Spuds and his kids here.

6 thoughts on “Spuds {Single Dad} Food Challenge Update

    1. Spuds

      THANKS! And you d0n’t have to call me “Mister”. Only people from Alabama have to call me “Sir” or “Mister”… oh… wait…

      Kidding! Thanks for the encouragement!

  1. Andy

    Hi Spuds – I like your regular blog (I actually found it through this website), and am happy you are going to keep us updated with your dinner time “makeover”.
    I don’t have any kids (yet), but what I do have is 4-8 peeps at my house everynight (DH’s friends whoare left over from the daily “happy hour”) who can deplete my food reserves in record time. So I too am learning how to cook big meals for lots of people with enough variety to keep everyone happy – and at this point, boiling water is a challenge. Any suggestions you have as far as how you time everything to be done at once would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks! Andy :)

    1. Spuds

      It took me roughly a month or so to get all of my checklists for the kitchen compiled and correctly formatted for success. I took meticulous notes on how long different meals and different foods would take and I use my checklists when planning my EMealz for the week. I will be posting small tidbits from my checklists in my blog in the upcoming months, starting with my cooking checklists. Hopefully, with the checklists you won’t have to go through as much trial and error as I did.

      Thanks for reading the blog! It means a lot to have so many people get the same joy in my family as I do. Keep in touch and keep an eye on the blog for those checklists!

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