There are two types of people in this world: those who live by the sell by date, and those who live by the nose. Alex is a sell by date kind of guy – in fact, if, say, milk has a sell by date in 3 days, he will not drink it. I on the other hand – so long as it smells okay, looks okay, I’m game. I go with my gut, and – knock on wood – it’s gone pretty well so far.
This is a trait that has come in handy when we have a semi-full, semi-empty fridge. Alex has off Wednesday and Thursday, so I didn’t want to go to the store in the rain with 2 kids (sounds like fun, right?) when we might be eating out/making fancy food or something during the week. Enter fridge and voila, no grocery store for this momma!
This week for what I ate Wednesday, I’m sharing my eats from Monday, when I thought that I had ‘nothing to eat’. Note to self – clean out the fridge more!
Breakfast: Whole milk Chobani + peanut butter + chocolate chips + sprinkles. Yogurt is awesome because you can open it and forget about it and as long as it’s not like 753053 years and pre-expiration date, a colony probably won’t grow in it. oh, and I know what you’re thinking – Morgan! How is your peanut butter all drippy and beautiful?! Mix the dry bottom of your PB jar with coconut oil. BOOM. if your house is cold it will get delicious and fudgy which is nice, but if your house is normal temperature it will be just about liquid and perfect. Even better: dress your ‘gurt, place in freezer for 2 minutes. The PB will harden, you’ll mix it in and omg so good.
Lunch: We bought eggs last weekend, so at least I had that. Eggs + salsa + refried beans + cheese + flour tortilla. Times two, because I had one and then decided it was delicious. I need to remember to keep tortillas stocked. I like making homemade flour tortillas but it’s still work. I made Ryan a huge smoothie that I secretly filled with broccoli, spinach, and peas because he’ll eat anything in smoothie form.
Snack: tons of ‘tastes’ of dinner…
Dinner: Chicken and dumplings! I’d never had/made chicken and dumplings but it was a fun twist on chicken noodle soup and omg so good. Where has this been my whole life? I had a pack of chicken in the freezer (funny story – I broke 2 knives trying to separate them….. I thought the first time was a fluke! hahahahahaha) and a quart or so of chicken noodle soup leftovers. <– does anyone else have trouble throwing away the dregs of chicken noodle soup? I mean, it’s kind of like really great stock, but not because it’s usually got a little chicken and veg in it. Anyway, I threw them all in a pot together until the chicken was cooked, then shredded that, chopped up some carrots and cooked them while I made a roux, added milk to that to thin it out and added everything back in to make a creamy soup base. Boom. I added dumplings (used this recipe from SimplyRecipes) and so. so. good. Ryan dug it, Owen loved the chicken, and it was a hit all around.
Dessert: I ate too much, but there was cake in the fridge, soooooooo….
Okay, so tell me – sell by dates, best by dates, expiration date: do you abide?! Let me know in the comments!