Scrapping it Together

Due to my pouty weekend, my clean-out-the-pantry challenge, and a little bit of stubbornness, I have basically run out of food in my house.

Okay, that’s a total lie. There’s still an obscene amount of food in our pantry (Seriously, who needs 8 different kinds of nut butters? I have a problem.), but I am definitely low on that fresh produce that I so adore and prefer to subsist upon.

Wednesday night killed me. Though I’d just gone to on a mini-shopping trip (more on that later), I only picked up a few random things. I had already decided I was making an omelet for dinner, and, please, I had the ingredients for that at home. I mean, I always have eggs, cheese, and frozen spinach! So, I got home, started sauteing up some frozen spinach, pulled out all the rest of the ingredients to make my anticipated spinach & cheese omelet… and then found out we had run out of eggs.


He’d used them for cookies, too (I could see the evidence), and… get this… he didn’t leave me any!

The nerve.

Anyway, I had to make do. I started just throwing a few other frozen veggies in (actually I just added more frozen spinach and some frozen pepper & onion strips), then added some leftover flavored rice Mark had in the fridge (Sorry, Mark. Am I allowed to say “That’s what you get?” No, just kidding, he never eats his leftover rice. That’s what I told myself when I stole it, anyway.), and then added the last serving of pinto beans that I had hanging out in the fridge, and, for good measure, some parmesan & romano (because parmesan & romano make everything better, of course).

That whole section above is a doozy. If you got through it, congratulations. And then maybe come be my editor.

Anyway, I then promptly decided that it would make a much better lunch, so I started over.

Oh, and that lunch looked like this:

Totally, completely, entirely random… but it worked.

Anyway, once I’d decided that this concoction was to be yesterday’s lunch, I was back to square one with dinner.

I realized, at this point, that I just didn’t care anymore. I was hungry. I grilled a Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burger and threw it on top of a heel of Dakota bread, which I’d smothered with a Laughing Cow cheese.

I didn’t take a picture, but now I wish I had. It was pathetic. It did its job, though. Actually, it was pretty good, for a non-dinner dinner!

Even though the dinner I had Tuesday night and the lunch I had yesterday were totally random, I’m grateful that I’m getting through my stash of food. And I’m still eating well, you know?

For instance, Tuesday morning, I treated myself to some OOIAJ (overnight oats in a jar, but you should really know that by now), as I had an appointment to attend right in the middle of my normal breakfast time. Everything in that mix, minus the yogurt, was something I’ve had for a while!

Into the mix (prepped only an hour before I took it out of the fridge) went:

  • the PB in the jar, of course
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • ~1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • ~1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a few generous dashes of cinnamon
  • dash of Splenda

On top:

  • 1/3 banana, sliced
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • handful of blueberries

I ate that at my desk once I got to work. I always feel like people look at me so strangely when I’m eating OOIAJ. Of course, I really only ever do that when I’m on the go, which means I should probably anticipate people being around me. I guess it is a little weird, if you don’t realize I’m not just eating spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter!

Breakfast yesterday morning was a little different. As in, I used new things.

Oh, and I cheated.

Trader Joe’s, I’m sorry. Fresh & Easy called to me. I hope you’ll forgive me.

I had to work these guys in ASAP.

Into the mix went:

  • ~1/2 cup TJ’s 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • four strawberries, sliced (so very on their last legs)
  • blueberries
  • big handful (maybe more) probiotic cereal
  • sprinkle granola

I’m not in love with the probiotic cereal, but I’m giving a big thumbs up to the granola, at least taste-wise. I just realized I never looked at the ingredients list. I think I kind of want to live in ignorant bliss.

Is there anything you eat that has nutritional stats you’re afraid to look at?



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12 responses to “Scrapping it Together

  1. YESSSSSS my sf syrup! YIKES!

  2. I so throw things together to make a ‘meal’ and sometimes it works out! The only roomie I can blame my missing food on is the husband- boy is a living garbage disposal.

    We are getting a fresh & easy by our house. Should I be doing a victory dance?

  3. I love Fresh & Easy! I wish I had one more practical to get to in Hollywood, because when I house sat for my mom last year I tried it out and was completely smitten… As someone also trying to clean out the food stashes right now, I’m thoroughly impressed with your progress. I want the spinach/rice/bean lunch right now!

  4. hahha I try to just not look at the nutritional stats at all.


    Your lunch concoction looks fabulous. Sometimes, random can be the best!

  5. Fresh and Easy’s granola is sooo delicious. Especially with vanilla yogurt and blueberries. I miss blueberries, I haven’t had them in FOREVER!

  6. There’s a Fresh and Easy pretty close to my school that I’ve only just browsed- you’ve inspired me to go check it out more!

    I made the mistake of looking up the nutrition info of Blizzards a few years ago. There are some things that are better left unknown 🙂

  7. Your coworkers looking at you funny about your breakfast makes me laugh because one of my roommates saw me eating oats in a jar and was like “gee, you must *really* like peanut butter!” Once I explained what I was actually eating, he thought it was a pretty cool idea! <— I agree! One of my favorite breakfasts. And I have a jar in the cupboard waiting for me to fill er up tomorrow morning!

  8. Raya

    Hmm..Fresh and Easy. I drove by one of those the other day and wondered what it was. I guess I’ll have to check it out!! Cool!

  9. I love oats in a jar! One time I caught my sister just about to throw a jar away and I was like ohhh no you don’t! Now she knows better 🙂

  10. actorsdiet

    that’s pretty hilarious – i never thought about people thinking eating out of PB jars looks funny b/c i’m always alone!

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