The Foods Lurking Deep In Your Cupboards

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Good morning!

Last night, I watched Monday night’s Gossip Girl and I am still in shock! Like this –> :shocked:

Eric and I are donating blood on Thursday so I have been kicking it into spinach overdrive…

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We have been really low on groceries the past week, so it has forced me to make due with what we have!

Sometimes when I think we are low on food, that just means code word for ‘we are low on the foods that we eat 90% of the time’, but in reality there are things in the cupboard like beans or canned tomatoes that could make a wonderful meal! It just means getting a bit creative.

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Black Eyed Peas are so disgustingly cute.

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The camera really loves them!

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I decided to use the peas as a base and build a soup around it with a can of tomatoes, a can of soup, and some spinach.

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An odd mixture, I know!

The Amy’s Split Pea Soup is quite bland, so I figured it could blend into anything…

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With some seasonings, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper, it turned into a decent soup!

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It wasn’t the best soup I have ever made, but considering how easy it was, I’m not complaining.

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Black Eyed Pea Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 cups uncooked black eyed peas
  • 3-4 cups spinach
  • 1 can Amy’s split pea soup
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt (add more if necessary)
  • Ground black pepper

 

Directions: Cook black eyed peas according to package directions. While they are cooking, add the rest of the ingredients into a large pot and cook over low-medium heat. Stir well. When peas are almost done, rinse, drain, and add to soup. Cook on low for another 20 minutes or so. Serve and sprinkle with sesame seeds or another seed of your choice.

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It was a good soup considering the random ingredients that went into it!

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This glass mug from Crate and Barrel makes me insanely happy. I feel like I am having one big tea party with the Queen when I drink from it. :kissing: Does anyone have any fancy teacups they want to donate for Shop 4 A Cause 2? I would so bid on them!

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Breakfast this morning was more green!

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I decided this morning that I could not part with my beloved Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats so I decided to layer the VOO with a green monster. This is similar to the Julie’s Green overnight oats I made a little while back, but this morning I made a few modifications.

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I think the main problem I had with the last batch of green monster VOO was that the green monster was mixed fully into the oats, making green oats. I can’t really stomach green oats early in the morning even though I don’t mind drinking a tall glass of green. I work in mysterious ways. :alien:

This time I kept them separate until layering.

The other issue I had was that it tasted too green in the first batch. This time I made sure to use a bigger frozen banana and I added a dollop of maple syrup for delicious sweetness.

The result was much better! Still not 100% there, but I quite enjoyed this batch. I made a few modifications that I will note below.

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Green Monster Vegan Overnight Oats

Green Monster:

  • 1/3 cup almond milk (reduced liquid to make more of a soft serve texture!)
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1.5 cups spinach (cut down on the green a bit)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp pure maple syrup (see note below)

 

Vegan Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal Powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions: Combine Vegan Overnight Oat ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge overnight (or for 2 hours in the fridge if in a time crunch). In the morning, blend the green monster ingredients and then layer the green monster and VOO in a dish or glass.

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I think next time I will make my reduced sugar syrup (1 tbsp pure maple syrup + 1/2 tbsp coconut oil) and drizzle it on top, instead of mixing in the maple syrup into the green monster. That way the taste doesn’t get lost as much and you get a taste of it in each spoonful.

I enjoyed breakfast with these beautiful birthday flowers that were delivered to me!

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Thank you to my sister Kerrie for the birthday flowers! :biggrin:

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Gorgeous!

Updates:

  • Raw + Gluten-free Glo Bar announcement –>The new bar will go on sale Tuesday June 1st! Mark your calendars!
  • Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to get in your Shop 4 A Cause 2 submissions! I need about double the amount of items I currently have so please dig through your stuff and see what you can donate for a great cause. Every little bit counts! All proceeds will be going to cancer research!

 

Today’s question: What ‘staple items’ do you always tend to have in your cupboards? Are there any foods in your cupboards that you never eat but you leave them there anyways?

Staple items that can be found in my cupboards:

  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned soup
  • Nut butter
  • Oats
  • All kinds of bagged and loose leaf tea
  • Tomato paste

 

To answer the second question, I am going to take a picture of the foods in my cupboards that we never eat- this will be my 1,000 words post this afternoon!

Have a wonderful day!

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kalli@fitandfortysomething May 19, 2010

love your soup recipe and your smoothie looks great! love my green monsters :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 19, 2010

We always have cereals, brown rice, oats, protein powder, peanut butters (a variety), pitas and pita chips …. the list could go on and on.

I can’t even think about the stuff we have that we don’t eat. I always buy things with good intentions and never end up using them. One big one for me – Larabars. I hate them!

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Nichole May 19, 2010

I’m green with oat envy! We always seem to have Black Beans and Corn, Nutella, Oats (duh), Trader Joe’s Pretzel Slims, Couscous out the wazoo, Velveeta skim Mac N Cheese and dried cranberries and apricots.

The most random item, a silly jar of green sugar sprinkles that are probably 4 Christmases and two moves old. I don’t have the heart to get rid of them. They have such a great color and are in a cute jar. I guess I could ditch em and finally reuse that jar, ha.

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AngelaOSG May 19, 2010

hahah you just reminded me of all the crazy baking supplies I have!! omg…

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 19, 2010

I have some stuff in my cupboards from when my brother in law moved away from Toronto. He just dumped his kitchen here and it’s a tonne of food we would never eat (well anymore!). There are these weird maple cookies, jars of Ragu, Lipton’s sidekicks, instant mashed potatoes.

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Megan@EatScrapRun May 19, 2010

I always have canned tomatoes, canned beans, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal in my cupboard. For my husband I also keep regular pasta, canned chicken noodle soup, and hard taco shells in supply. When I catch one of these items on sale, I stock up! I have been known to buy 20 cans of soup when it’s buy one get one free :)

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Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 19, 2010

Wow, those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!!! Something about fresh flowers always brings my mood up three levels :D

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 19, 2010

I’m pretty sure you and your man are going to donate the healthiest blood mankind has ever seen!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 19, 2010

Yep, I always think we’re “running low,” when we really have tons of usable food in the pantry! Sometimes the best recipes come out of desperation of throwing random ingredients together in a pot when it’s all you have!

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Ameena May 19, 2010

I have very little stored away in my cupboards…for a while I was getting overwhelmed with the number of cans I had so I made a serious attemt to use them all up and now I just store the essentials. I feel so much better now!

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Camille May 19, 2010

I always have oats in my cupboard. I would be lost (and starving!) without them!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 19, 2010

Staples for me: black beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, bananas, apples, chickpeas, almond/soy milk.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 19, 2010

I have so many things in my cupboards that I completely forget about, and therefore don’t use. I really need to go through them … and my freezer too!!

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Wei-Wei May 19, 2010

Oats, rice, snacks, and get this – veggies! We always always always have veggies in our fridge, every single day. Oh, and fruits! Our family can’t seem to stock up fast enough ;)

Flowers are gorgeous! I’m glad you’re having an awesome birthday week. :)

Wei-Wei

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Erin May 19, 2010

I always have a stockpile of oats, couscous, vegetable broth, a variety of beans and peanut butter. :D

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 19, 2010

I always have canned tomatoes and beans on hand.

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jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 19, 2010

Items I always have…hmmm..

Black beans
Northern beans
Quinoa
MaraNatha Peanut Butter
PB 2 from Bell Plantation
Chocolate Shakeology
Peppermint extract (my new found love in smoothies!)
Stewed tomatoes w/ spices
Oats galore
Protein bars for the fiance :)

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Karen May 19, 2010

Jenn – I just made quinoa for the first time yesterday and can’t figure out what to put with it to make it scrumptious. It’s OK with some veggies and salt/pepper, but not amazing. Any suggestions?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010

I love quinoa and pasta sauce, but I am just generally obsessed with pasta sauce! haha

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 19, 2010

Hi Karen!

I typically use my quinoa like I would brown rice. I add it to wraps, burritos, even salads!

My current favorites:
quinoa w/ black beans + corn + salsa + bell peppers
quinoa w/ a bit of onion, bell peppers, cucumber, and a fruit of choice, mix w/ olive oil + lime juice
quinoa w/ tomato paste, green peppers and a bit of onion for taste plus fresh tomatoes and olive oil

I hope that helps a bit. :)

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Karen May 20, 2010

Yes, big help. Thank you! I’ll do more experimenting this weekend.

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 19, 2010

I usually have a few canned goods in the pantry that will sit there for a couple of weeks before I use them but I really try not to let things sit too long or if I do, I take them into the food pantry at church so at least someone else can use them. :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 19, 2010

I can generally eat for another two weeks after I complain, “We have no food!” Yup, totally code for all my easy foods are gone and now I have to get creative. I always have pasta, rice, beans, tuna, and bread in my cupboards. It’s the veggies and fruit that run out fast.

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Sarah May 19, 2010

I am at that point RIGHT NOW where it seems as if I am very low on groceries, when in reality, I could make many nutritious meals from what I have on hand. I almost always have:
-oats
-brown rice
-beans
-canned tomatoes
-nut butters

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Jenny May 19, 2010

I always have cous cous, rice, beans, pasta sauce, oats- the usual!

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Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 19, 2010

My pantry seems to be always over stocked. I always have beans, soups, cereal, granola, and tomato sauce of some kind. Oh and always lots of oats.

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Melleah May 19, 2010

These are the items that are always in my pantry: brown rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, oatmeal, beans, stock/broth, and cous cous.

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Shelly May 19, 2010

I always have cans of beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, tea, and whole grains (usually ww pasta, brown rice, and barley) that I eat and replenish pretty regularly.
The stuff that’s in my pantry b/c I don’t eat it are boxes of jambalaya mix and a can of pineapple that I was going to use for a recipe but never did.

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 19, 2010

I always have Oats, Flaxseed meal, chia seeds and brown rice. All the time. And for some reason I always end up with canned peas and canned corn. I stopped eating that cause I finally realized that the canned stuff was hurting my stomach.

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Claire May 19, 2010

Wow, sounds like a yummy interesting bfast lady! And soup too..

My pantry has so many beans, canned tomatoes, brown rice, pasta, tea, oats, and cereals (puffins!)

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 19, 2010

Gossip Girl super shocked me on Monday! I can’t wait until it comes back on in the fall! :)

I always have peanut butter (usually multiple jars of different kinds!), oatmeal, canned tomatoes, pizza/spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, beans, and chocolate chips (gotta have them for chocolate emergencies!!!)

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Heather May 19, 2010

those flowers are so beautiful!

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Nicci May 19, 2010

I always seem to keep whole wheat spghetti, brown rice, and canned tomoatoes on my shelves. Oh, and many cartons of Amond Milk + carrots in the fridge.
I like throwing things together to make a quick meal.
Love the flowers, have a great B-day week!

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Tamara May 19, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful week Angela!

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Elizabeth May 19, 2010

That soup looks so good!! I think I have the same things in my cabinets… I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the idea!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 19, 2010

Wow that soup is so creative!
My taste buds work in mysterious ways as well! I can’t stomach a GM in the morning at all, I’m not sure why because I LOVE them! I also have a hard time eating completely savory things for breakfast.
I always have pasta, nut butter, oats, ..

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Lisa May 19, 2010

I always seem to have black beans, black olives, random soups, oatmeal, and couscous.

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Heather May 19, 2010

i heart black eyed peas…they’re so buttery and amazing!

my pantry always has to have canned beans, dried pasta, rice, cocoa powder, and tons of spices! goes well with the boatload of frozen veggies in my freezer :)

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Sarah for Real May 19, 2010

Most of the things in my pantry that we don’t eat are strange processed things. Or things that require other things to make, haha. Staples that I keep on hand that we DO eat are pasta, marinara, oats, and baking supplies.

I wanted to say good for you for donating blood!

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Kara @ MyWellnest May 19, 2010

The soup looks delicious! Great pictures!

Staples: pasta, tomato sauce, black beans, corn, oats, almonds, peanut butter :-)

I recently went through my cupboard and threw out a few expired items, a can of Chef Boyardee was the most random!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 19, 2010

How fitting! I JUST went through the randomness that is my pantry in preparation for my upcoming move…for photographic evidence of the absurdity that is my impulse-buying habit, see this: http://thesmartkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/05/pantry-raid.html

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Amber K May 19, 2010

There is nothing in my cupboard that I don’t eat…unless it is for my husband! We have never been people to buy things that we don’t plan on eating soon. We have the hardest time stocking up on staples because most of the food we eat doesn’t last long enough to stock up!

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Lauren May 19, 2010

That glass mug is amazing! I love it so much.

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Tina May 19, 2010

That soup looks very good to me. I would say our staples are pasta, crushed tomatoes, a few canned veggies for emergency use, and then bread for sandwiches.

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Sarah May 19, 2010

I always have canned beans, canned tomatoes, quinoa, and canned tuna on hand. I also have old pasta! I don’t know why I don’t throw it out, since I can’t see why I would want to eat it. Hmm. You may have inspired a cupboard overhaul!

I also have a freak-ton of Whey protein… I can’t seem to part with it even though I don’t use it, because it was so pricey when I bought it! Can’t wait for more cupboard space :)

PS – I thought it was SO adorable how Eric bought you those “crazy dish lady” finds. What a sweet hubs you have!

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