Have you cleaned out your fridge?

Have you cleaned out your fridge?

For this week, I decided to be creative with the freezer and fridge foods and wait on grocery shopping.  It made me feel a bit naked without my selection of ingredients to choose from, yet the meals weren’t slighted. But, some of the foods, were duplicated LOL – especially due to slim pickings on the protein sources!

Frozen Alaskan wild caught salmon burgers from Costco with sautéd garlic, onions and spinach open face style paired with a side salad, some pickles and orange slices worked out pretty well. And yes, those tomatoes from the garden were tasty like candy.

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Frozen corn, edamame out of the pod, garden tomatoes and peppers combined well with added olive oil & rice vinegar, herbs and fresh squeezed lime juice. I missed the chopped red onion!

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Organic frozen sliced beets seemed good at the time, then they sat in the freezer for quite a while. Actually they were really good with apple cider vinegar and fresh orange marinade.  A bite of orange and a bite of beet is savory flavorful!

Spaghetti squash is an ingredient I love experimenting with, as it’s the perfect pasta replacement and it can become a variety of cuisines when you season it accordingly.

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Spinach is a staple in my house as it holds a lot of nutrients, fiber and is an excellent source of protein!  Fresh is best, yet frozen is easy to work with, just defrost it and squeeze the moisture out.  Combining the spinach with the squash, then adding in what was left of Feta cheese, a few peppers and mushrooms plus seasoning, I drizzled olive oil to cap it off and baked the mess on 375 degrees until browned.  This was deliciouso!

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Morning Star brand bacon tastes real, especially when sautéed in a pat of butter (haha, really).  This is another staple in the freezer. Arugula is a kind bite and there was enough left for this meal, along with a garden zucchini and frozen Ezekiel bread. Amazing Hanover tomatoes, so large one slice is perfect for a BLT sandwich!  And the Bolthouse Farms Ranch yogurt dressing serves as the mayonnaise for only 45 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving!

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Eggs prepared a few different ways, along with canned tuna, nuts and protein shakes, the week was complete including a dinner out!  We had a small amount of fresh figs from our little tree too! The figs will be plentiful next year now that the roots have taken hold.

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Cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry too is a good exercise every now and again.  When’s the last time you cleaned house?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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