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November Challenge: Food

Food: Apple-picking at Stribling Orchard

Apple-picking at Stribling Orchard

Food is a constant challenge in our lives. I find that our family throws away a lot of good food, eats too many unhealthy meals, is constantly strapped when it comes to the grocery budget, and can’t seem to find amazing things to eat that don’t stress us out during the work week. There’s a lot of room for improvement and with Thanksgiving coming up this is a good time to become food minimalists.

I don’t mean to say that we’ll be eating the bare minimum or cheapest foods. I just want us to eat the right foods – something delicious and healthy – for the right price.

I have four main goals for the month of November:

  1. Figure out the best ways to grocery shop and stay under budget.
  2. Explore how to eat healthier foods.
  3. Determine whether we can continue to eat out, which has been one of our favorite family activities.
  4. Purge and categorize recipes so that we can more easily cook a variety of foods that don’t take a long time to make.

Along the way, I’ll post my favorite minimalist recipes (i.e. easy and healthy) and will explore how our diets affect our overall quality of life.

Just like the October Challenge, this should be a fun and eye-opening ride. Join me!


  1. This is very cool, Amber! I’m looking forward to finding new recipes. Perhaps we can cross reference each others blog recipes. I didn’t specify on the ones I’ve posted so far (I’ll update them) but they are super easy, I wouldn’t make them otherwise 🙂

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