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What I Ate Wednesday #13: Empty Fridge Edition

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!

It’s true what they say: you really can have too much of a good thing.  In this case, the good thing was cleaning.

We did such a good job of tidying up our house to prep it for staging a few weeks ago that I ended up emptying out our entire fridge.  Good food didn’t go to waste or anything (we ate up most things, including most of these apples), but I definitely got rid of quite a bit of stuff that was nearing the end of its life.

The end result: a squeaky clean (but very bare) refrigerator!  Not much to choose from for breakfast, lunch or dinner other than a few bread products, baby carrots, some leftover Israeli couscous salad and miscellaneous condiments (mustard, sriracha, ketchup, pesto and pickles).

Here’s a day’s worth of eats from a few Tuesdays ago:

Breakfast (home/in the car) – A slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter and a Granny Smith apple.  Breakfast was super quick today and I ate most of it on my short commute to work.  Once I got to the office I grabbed a cup of tea, booted up my computer and got cracking.

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!  Breakfast

Lunch (work) – There were a few ingredients left over in our office fridge from last week (jackpot!), so I threw together a hummus sandwich on whole grain bread (a bit of a stretch but it was tasty!), a side salad with balsamic dressing, baby carrots, a cheese string and a handful of trail mix (pumpkin seeds, goji berries, walnuts and dried cranberries).  Kind of a mashup but that’s ok!  I meant to eat the Greek yogurt for lunch but ended up saving it for my afternoon snack.

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!  Lunch

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!  Tea

Afternoon snack/drink (work) – after my Greek yogurt snack, I had a cup of green tea.  It’s a nice milder alternative to coffee for the afternoon, a time when you want a pick-me-up but nothing too intense.

Dinner (home) – on the way home from the gym, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and a few salad bar items to go with whatever was remaining in my fridge at home.

Dinner took the form of a lone whole grain hot dog bun (another fridge straggler!) stuffed with chicken breast, shredded romaine lettuce topped with leftover chickpea and grilled vegetable couscous salad and three goat cheese-stuffed hot peppers from the grocery store salad bar.  Man, I love those things!  Not shown in the picture is the massive amount of sriracha I doused the chicken wrap with.

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!  Dinner

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That wraps up this month’s edition!  For more WIAW fun, check out my previous posts here.

And now some questions for you! Leave a comment and let me know:

  1. How do you make a good meal with only a few ingredients?
  2. What’s your strategy for those empty fridge days?
  3. What’s your go-to homemade lunch?
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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 23, 2015, 12:33 pm

    I kind of love the empty fridge days – you get really creative! Those goat cheese stuffed peppers are the best, aren’t they?

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks September 23, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I’m definitely a green tea for snacktime gal as well!

  • Kate September 23, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Sometimes those times of desperation give us the best results! :D
    I’d love to have your dinner this evening. A rotisserie chicken goes a long way for convenience and taste!

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