WIAW: Clean Out the Kitchen Challenge Review

Hello foodies! I figured while I’m working my tush off today lifting furniture and moving boxes, I’d leave you with this pre-written post on the deets of my Clean Out the Kitchen Challenge from the last few weeks all the way up to move day! All just in time for…

What I Ate During the Challenge: (previously un-posted eats)

Blueberry coconut overnight oats (with frozen bloobs)

Spinach salad topped with tomatoes, bell peps, red onion, canned salmon, and baked beans

Tropical Pumpkin Parfait: Pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, pineapple, and coconut with a few chia seeds and a bit of crunchy granola

Cinna apples and pb on whole wheat sourdough toast with a side of cottage cheese, honey, and raisins

Pizza Salad: Green leaf lettuce topped with homemade marinara sauce, blanched broccoli, shredded chicken, black olives, parmesan cheese, and Garlic Gold

Stuffed French Toast: TJ’s whole wheat sourdough bread, Valencia crunchy PB, pomegranate/raspberry jam, and carob chips

Oatbran topped with steamed broccoli, fried egg, and Vegan Broccoli ‘n Cheese Sauce

Chili I made for Birthday Potluck that had just about half the kitchen in it!
No recipe…just handfuls of this and that…turned out to be the best chili I’ve ever made!

Tostada Thingy: Whole wheat tortilla topped with salsa, chickpeas, crumbled TJ’s Veggie Masala Burg, Daiya, and cilantro and popped under the broiler for a few minutes.

Extra lean beef burger on a bagel thin with salsa, avocado, and nooch sauce
and sweet potato fries with a drizzle of thinned sunbutter

Savory oatmeal topped with a fried egg, salsa, and cheddar cheese

TJ’s Veggie Masala Burg topped with Double Spinach Ravioli filling
and roasted red peppers

Pumpkin Protein Oats: Pumpkin puree, PB flour, vanilla protein powder, and oats
topped with coconut and raisins

Dry roasted edamame with raisin mix

Almond butter cookie fail turned amazingness! More on this later!

Now, I know you guys have already seen the pumpkin pudding, but I feel like it has to be in this post since I must’ve eaten it like half a dozen times! Good stuff!

So how did I do? I’ll let you decide!

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Not too shabby, eh?

Now that the challenge is over, I’ve realized that I have plenty of dried beans and grains to keep me busy for a while. I’m seeing future breakfasts featuring more oat groats and buckwheat, and more dinners using up my huge supply of bulgur that I was so excited about when I purchased months ago, but which I have only used once.

I enjoyed the way this challenge forced me to think a bit outside the box with my meals…combining fresh foods with prepackaged ones and coming up with new uses for sauces and spreads. Not to mention the my latest obsession with homemade hummus!

There’s something about moving into a brand new house, that makes me want to keep this “spring cleaning” in the kitchen going for a while. I do plan on replenishing my produce supply (I have been craving a banana for a week) and my precious almond milk, but I think I have at least a few more weeks months before I’d have to worry about going hungry! 😉

What’s something in your pantry/cupboard that’s been collecting dust?

 

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