Yesterday I woke up excited for the last day of Passover. It’s been quite a journey over the past week, between trips home to Dallas and then activities going on DC. Not only that, I was excited for one last day of Passover foods.
Breakfast was some fruit topped with the last few spoonfuls of charoset. Plus I made matzah brei with 1 egg, about a third of a piece of matzah, salt, pepper, and some cheese. It was like a little egg pancake, topped with red pepper spread.
Lunch was another junk salad and then snack was more Greek yogurt.
For dinner I went to Austin Grill to meet up with friends to say goodbye to Emily and Casey who are moving to Seattle tomorrow. Since it wasn’t sundown I had another grilled chicken salad and broke Passover with a few tortilla chips that honestly weren’t so good.
Instead I kicked off the return to whole gluten free grains with a Food for life English muffin with almond butter and jelly plus some fruit.
Lunch was the last serving of shakshuka with spinach(recipe coming this week!) plus salad x2.
I had more yogurt for a snack plus a Passion iced tea from Starbucks while I ran an errand on campus. I couldn’t work out today (I overstretched my knee and my fave Aussie trainer recommended taking a couple of rest days to let it heal) so I stopped by Trader Joe’s on the way home from work. I needed to pick up a few things.
Dinner was a number of smaller “tastes” to suit my cravings – a small bowl of asparagus and broccoli soup with 1/3c brown rice and cheddar cheese mixed in, a serving of baked beans (which tasted so. good.) and some chicken and roasted cauliflower with BBQ sauce.
Afterwards I did some cleaning around the apartment and put my pantry back together. As you can see, it’s pretty organized and not really restocked. I’m not sure I’m going to fully restock since I felt pretty good eating less grains over the last week. We shall see.
I also put away the goodies my mom mailed me – Parmesan crisps, Cotswald honey from their trip to England, and dark chocolate almonds. The Kids are Alright arrived from Netflix and I’m probably going to snack on a pear before bed! Gnight!
I have a little confession friends – I feel like I’m cheating on you by not posting pictures of my meals as of late. To be 100% honest I didn’t take any food pictures over the weekend with my parents in town and the rest of my meals have been pretty boring. Not to mention that this week is pretty hectic!In my efforts to eat down my pantry (and leftovers from this weekend!) I’ve been eating A LOT of salads, my usual English muffin and egg breakfasts, and fruit. That’s not super exciting
I’m also beyond excited to go home on Saturday and in preparation have some more progress to make on operation pantry clean out before Passover. It starts in just under 1 week!
Here’s the current state of my pantry and freezer:
I only have 2 cans of beans left and the rest of my grains, lentils, etc. will get boxed up and “sold” for the holiday.
Lots of frozen fruits and veggies with some gluten free treats that also won’t get tossed or eaten before Saturday. Those will just be “invisible” to me during Passover (a liberty I’m taking).
I still have a ways to go and will make sure to share what my Passover pantry looks like. Also coming up this week – my gluten free Kosher for Passover meal plan!
Tell me, do you want to see the hodgepodge meals I’m creating or are there other things you’d like to see on the blog this week?
Last night was one of those nights where I pondered the question “What’s for dinner?” for quite some time. I had gone to the gym and then ran an errand. While walking, beef sounded good. By the time I got to the store it didn’t. When I got home I was finally struck with inspiration but the process took me a little while.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this though. Even as a kid when my mom asked for input on what to make for dinner I would sometimes have a craving and therefore a suggestion but other times, not so much. I’m not sure where the indecisiveness came from but at least it’s not a new thing
Last night I went with a few of my favorite standbys: salad, Amy’s organic baked beans, and polenta with spinach, peas, and Parmesan cheese mixed in. All of those things are usually in my fridge or pantry just for nights like this when I have no clue what I want to eat.
Other dinner time staples I keep on hand include:
- Amy’s organic soups (I love the black bean and tomato bisque)
- various cans of beans
- fruit (apples, pears, berries)
- frozen veggies for roasting (broccoli, okra, etc.)
- brown rice pasta, brown rice, millet or buckwheat, polenta
- Udi’s whole grain bread and Food for Life English muffins
Do you go through phases where nothing sounds good? What are your pantry staples?