Wow, so you guys REALLY wanna win some peanut butter! Keep those entries coming in for your chance to win not one, but THREE jars of PB Crave whose flavors are going to knock your socks OFF!
And for the rest of you who have already entered and are here for to drool over some good eats…don’t let me keep you waiting!
Is the Fridge Half Full or Half Empty?
Well, I guess that just depends on your level of optimism, doesn’t it?
I’ll let you be the judge! 😉
BB and I got home kinda late after my flight from Blend so the hopes of refilling my fridge for the workweek disappeared when my head hit the pillow and I was comatose 5 minutes later…I kept telling myself I would get to the store, but with it being my 10 hour shift week, it was impossible to fabricate any more hours into my days…
And so I give you some of my odd (yet totally delicious) creations for the week:
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, the BBQ PB&J combo shouldn’t alarm you (for any new readers, check out this post and “don’t knock it till you try it!”), but I also got a little creative with some macaroni noodles I found hiding in the back of the pantry…
Mexican Macaroni Mystery: whole wheat macaroni, 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, avocado, red bell pepper, and salt-free taco seasoning
Italian Macaroni Mystery: whole wheat macaroni, 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, avocado, red bell pepper, Italian seasoning and LOTS of garrrrrrlic!
It’s always fun to spice things up with…well, SPICE! 😉
As for the sweet potato concoctions, I was out of everything I wanted to make one of Jenn’s savory sweet potatoes, but I think I mastered the art of the sweet with the avocado and this granola combo…mmm, mmm, MMM!
The pancake “things” for lack of a better description are definitely not blog-worthy at this time (notice how I had to cover up the burn marks with peanut butter and jam), but not to worry, I WILL have a recipe soon!
By some miracle, I made it through the entire week on my meager amount of vegetables and NO fresh fruits. I have to admit I was a bit proud of myself, but I couldn’t let it go on any longer…
Not too much…just the necessities!
So why did I call it quits on my refrigerator adventures? Well, it was time to do some REAL cooking…for Mama Broccoli!
Her wish for Mother’s Day?
“A fruity salad like the one that’s on your Facebook page…um, salmon…and…ohhh, asparagus!”
Her wish was my command!
Grilled salmon topped with a yogurt dill sauce (plain Greek yogurt, fresh dill, garlic, and lemon juice), roasted asparagus, and spinach salad topped with goat cheese, strawberries, blueberries, and almonds!
I even broke out the Xagave from my Blend swag bag and whipped up a quick
Equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil to half that in agave syrup
♥ Food is love! ♥
Since Sunday, my meals have gotten more normal looking:
Geez, my mouth is watering looking at my OWN pictures! Lol
So which to you prefer: creative meals from a fridge half EMPTY or more traditional meals from a fridge half FULL?
Although I much rather prefer to have a good assortment of fresh fruit and veggies at all times, it was fun coming up with new combinations…you never know what will go together until you try it…like BBQ and PB&J! 😉
Did you have a special meal for Mother’s Day? If so, what did you have?
Happy WIAW! I think your Mexican Macaroni Mystery sounds good. 🙂
I do k ind of enjoy the fridge half empty creations. They force you to be so creative!
I need to try this BBQ PB&J combo. Can you just come make me some brunch? 🙂
I’m eager for more info on pancake things. Looks yummy to me!
Girl, you KNOW the BBQ + Peanut Butter is what attracted me to you so long ago…the love lives on! 🙂
I am super impressed by your yummy eats. I wish I could say that sort of overdoing it on the fruits and veggies purchases didn’t happen at least twice a week in my house. But it does. Oops.
my mouth is watering!!! i need that pb BBQ sandwich. DAMN!
Looks like quite a haul at the grocery store! I never thought of using agave in salad dressing excelent idea! I haven’t bought any because I’ve never thought of how to use it! Thanks, Heather!
All your eats always look SO damn amazing! I swear I just want you to make pancakes for me, I will fly out there and pay you to!!! haha!
Love ya girl!!
You, your mom, and sis are all such beauties!
I love getting creative with my meals and my meager groceries, haha! Speaking of which, I need to go to Sam’s Club today to get stocked up again. Lots of avocados, peppers, eggs, and meat coming my way! Can’t wait!! 🙂
ps: How did you get your photos in those nice little collages with text? Is there a smartphone app for that?
I’m definitely a half-full kinda gal!
I am having salmon tonight and plan to try your yogurt & dill topping-thanks for the idea!
Your pics are totally making me drool. Everything looks way too delicious!!!
BBQ PB&J. I can’t even begin to imagine how that would taste like. I would never in a million years consider putting the two together – how did you think to do that? But surprisingly, it tasted well enough for you to eat it throughout! I’m still wary of trying that myself though, I might not be adventurous just yet. I do prefer a fridge half full, I guess :/ although not always.
You should really wait until lunchtime to send these emails out, now i’m sooooooo hungry! 🙁
It all looks so delish!
I love random creations, some of the most fun meals are made that way! And yes, weird flavor combinations can be amazing. 🙂 We had salad (fresh from the garden) and homemade chipotle black bean burgers for Mother’s Day, before our painting adventure. Spicy fun! 🙂
Sometimes I actually think it’s pretty freeing with not much in the kitchen! I generally LOVE a well-stocked kitchen but every now and then I like NOT having a lot of choices and having to empty out my kitchen cabinets. Then I can restock and the kitchen feels kind of “cleaned out” and like a new beginning 🙂
Welcome to my weirdo world! 🙂
But I have to admit that not having a single piece of fruit or being completely out of chocolate, goat cheese, eggs and lemons (lovely assembly of things) makes me veeery uncomfortable!
I can’t stand when my fridge is looking bare…but you pulled together some yummy looking meals! Love the shot of all your produce hehe
Woah, way to be resourceful! I couldn’t make it without fruits and veggies…even canned is preferred to none!
I have never heard of PB&J and BBQ…although, I am obsessed with PB and I do love me some good BBQ, so maybe I should give it a try!
Great combo ideas! Also, the sushi looks amazing:)
It’s fun to see what combinations you can come up with sometimes! I find it also is good for breaking myself out of a food rut. Still not sure about the BBQ PB&J though 🙂
I’ve never tried the BBQ & PB&J before. Sounds interesting though! 🙂
hi heather! i read your blog and i love it! sorry i do not comment often. I am intrigued with your combo’s and flavors of food. you are so optimistic! do you like liver? when i was making this recipe, i was thinking of all the bloggers who might give it a try..and you popped up in my mind! well here it is just incase http://gutsyhealth.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/liver-pate/