The Foods Lurking Deep In Your Cupboards

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 19, 2010

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…


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.


Black Eyed Peas are so disgustingly cute.

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The camera really loves them!


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.


An odd mixture, I know!

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


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


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


Black Eyed Pea Soup


  • 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.


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


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!


Breakfast this morning was more green!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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

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  • 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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[email protected] May 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

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


Jessica @ How Sweet May 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

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!


Nichole May 19, 2010 at 8:06 am

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.


AngelaOSG May 19, 2010 at 8:08 am

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


Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

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.


[email protected] May 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

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 :)


Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

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


Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 19, 2010 at 8:27 am

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


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

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!


Ameena May 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

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!


Camille May 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

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


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

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


Jolene ( May 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

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!!


Wei-Wei May 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

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. :)



Erin May 19, 2010 at 8:48 am

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


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

I always have canned tomatoes and beans on hand.


jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

Items I always have…hmmm..

Black beans
Northern beans
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 :)


Karen May 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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. :)


Karen May 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

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


Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

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. :)


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

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.


Sarah May 19, 2010 at 9:01 am

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:
-brown rice
-canned tomatoes
-nut butters


Jenny May 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

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


[email protected]:// May 19, 2010 at 9:05 am

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.


Melleah May 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

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


Shelly May 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

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.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

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.


Claire May 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

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!)


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 19, 2010 at 9:29 am

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!!!)


Heather May 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

those flowers are so beautiful!


Nicci May 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

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!


Tamara May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

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


Elizabeth May 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

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!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

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, ..


Lisa May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

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


Heather May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

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 :)


Sarah for Real May 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

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!


Kara @ MyWellnest May 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

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!


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

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:


Amber K May 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

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!


Lauren May 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

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


Tina May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

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.


Sarah May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

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!


Retta @ RunRettaRun May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

I love gerbera daisies. SIGH. I have flower envy now. :)


Meg May 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

Man! I can’t believe what happened in Gossip Girl. I’m so mad that I’m going to have to wait X number of months until the next season….*Sighhh*

That is a brilliant green for your overnight oats/gm

My staples are similar to yours: nut butter, gf oats, gluten free pasta, canned beans, honey, agave, quinoa, tea…hmm what else…rice crackers/rice cakes…thats about it!

have a wonderful day – the weather is so nice today!!!


erika May 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

Oats, beans, quiona, seeds always in my cupboard – I also have a tendency to keep canned pumkin but don’t find myself using it very often. Angels love the new design but I miss that there is not a reciepe button to click on – it’s a bit more tough to navigate now – :-(


AGS May 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

For pumpkin:
1. Mix 1/2 c. pumpkin w/ 1/2 c. natural PB — use as dip
2. Mix pumpkin into plain yogurt and drizzle with honey
3. Use it to make a vegan risotto
4. Add to pancakes or any other quick bread recipe
5. Make it into a sauce for pasta (ia different taste than tomato sauce)
6. Use in smoothie
7. Eat plain, or with a little seasoning (saute garlic, onion, salt, pepper — then add the pumpkin).
8. Vegan pumpkin pie: Blenderize pumpkin, silken tofu, honey, nutmeg/cinnamon and pour into cruss (let set in the fridge).

I love pumpkin (and usually use up a big can within a week of purchasing it).


Lindsay May 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

I always have couscous, coconut milk and peanut butter. Unfortunately, I have some quinoa and brown rice in there that I never eat. I don’t like the quinoa much, and the brown rice is fine but takes so long to cook. That’s why I eat so much couscous, tasty and quick!


Victoria May 19, 2010 at 11:28 am

Hi! First of all, that was my reaction to Monday night’s Gossip Girl too. I can’t believe what happened.
Anyway, I have been reading your blog, which I found through an old high school classmates blog Between your blog and hers, I have come to realize that I have “disordered eating”. I love working out-especially running-but I think I am eating all the wrong things and only running on the elliptical at my house. But, also between your blogs I have read so much, I feel slightly overwhelmed. I would appreciate any help as per where to start on this healthy lifestyle. Do I start by changing exercises? Do I join other exercise classes? Or is it more important to start with the things I am eating? Any feedback would be helpful (from anyone reading this). My e-mail is [email protected]


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi Victoria,

I think it is always wise to start with a professional if you think that you could benefit from it. In university I saw a registered dietitan and a therapist and both were crucial to getting me on a healthier path.


Maria May 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

I always have canned chicken noodle soup on hand because its the only thing I want when I get sick. However; since I changed my diet and exercise habits, I haven’t been sick in almost 1.5 years!

Other staples:
-whole wheat pasta
-pizza sauce
-kidney beans
-tomato paste


AllieNic May 19, 2010 at 11:43 am

I know what you mean about having no food in the house…but having cupboards full of food… I feel like I’m always buying “staples” but never eating them…

We always have nuts, nut butter, dates, dried mango and organic beef jerky (a la Trader Joe’s)– those things usually get eaten within a week or two…we ALWAYS have chick peas, black beans, brown rice, some kind of soup…that we usually avoid or forget that we have…and buy more accidentally!


Ashley May 19, 2010 at 11:53 am

I love love black eyed peas after trying them for the first time a few months ago. I definitely must try this recipe. For the past week I’ve been using fresh produce but adding the “lurking cupboard ingredients” to make dinners. They really have been turning out great! That GM is soooo pretty!!!


Amanda May 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Ummm Ange … I usually love your concoctions but the green oats are but too much for me ; )

Amy’s soup is really bland eh? I used to buy it and add my own spices but after a while decided to just go back to my old soup. I couldn’t justify the cost of Amy’s if I had to doctor it up each time.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

it is bland and I doctor it up too. Luckily I get it from my wholesaler so its cheap.


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Isn’t it amazing what you’ll find sometimes if you look past the first “row” of foods in the pantry? :) I was just recently at my mother-in-law’s house, and we found a pacakge of shredded cheese that had an expiration date of August 2008!!!! :-O
Some of my food staples would be:
-canned diced tomatoes (despite their controversy I’ve been hearing about?)
-whole wheat pasta
-chocolate chips :-P
-olive oil
-balsamic vinegar


erika May 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

What have you been hearing about diced tomatoes?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Is it the BPA controversy in cans?


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Yes, the BPA controversy is what I was referring to. As well as, a couple of my friends were going on and on about how they heard diced tomatoes were bad?!? I did whatever research I could, and didn’t find anything, but they swore they heard otherwise? Not really sure about it though. Either way…I’m still eating them! :)


Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

We always have pasta, tuna in oil, canned tomatoes and noodles :)


Taylor S. May 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

There is always a box of cheerios that never gets eaten . Also, fruity teas and peanut butter for


Rachel May 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I always always have canned tomato sauce, whole wheat pasta, canned vegetables, and canned soup.

There are things my boyfriend has in the cupboard that I would never touch. Like Spam. Ew!


Lily's Health Pad May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I always have canned beans (usually chickpeas), rice, pasta, and diced tomatoes. My goji berries just sit there. I can’t stomach them enough to even eat one. :-( ICK!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

hahah I too hated goji berries for the longest time. Now i think they are ‘ok’


AGS May 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

We always have tons of crushed tomatoe and tomatoe sauce. We buy them by the case, because they form a part of countless dishes. That, and salsa and flavored sea salts — I think my husband bought about 5 different kinds when he went through a phase last summer of try different flavored salts on different things.


JuicyNoelle ( May 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I love this kitchen cupboard clean-out inspiration! It’s the perfect time of year to do so!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm

What a beautifully vibrant breakfast in a glass!! And those flowers – gorgeous!!!


kayzilla May 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I was going to call you crazy for calling Amy’s split pea soup bland, but then I remember I always spiced it up by dumping craploads of cayenne on it and “ohgoddelicious”ing the entire bowl while my nose ran and my tongue tingled the entire bowl. lmao.

I love your teacup. <3 It's so… modern. +0+


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I always have…
canned beans
whole wheat pasta
brown rice
canned tomatoes
nut butters
soba or somen noodles
veg stock



Allison May 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I love your blog and I so LOVE THE Green Monster Vegan overnight Oats. I made my Oats yesterday and this morning I could hardly wait to try it..IT’S SO, SO GOOD!! I could definitely crave this drink as you do..Getting ready to made another batch of overnight oats right now..

THANK YOU, thank you…I can not wait to share this with friends and I also posted it on my blog for family and friends..

Thanks again and I will be buying some Glo bars today..

Thanks again,


Andrew Lowry May 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Well done giving blood especially both of you. I give 5 to 6 times per year and I want more people to give.

I assume you are eating the spinach to make sure you have good iron levels. That should not be a problem for Eric (men rarely have iron deficiency and if they do they need to get to the doctor ASAP). I know women have more of an issue with iron levels. While spinach has a good level of iron there are some other good foods such as various beans and of course organ meats. Check out, you have to scroll down to find the iron information.

Again thanks for giving the gift of life.


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