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WIAW: How I Eat when I’m Low on Groceries

Posted Jul 02 2014 4:01pm

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Or should I say happy almost vacation/holiday weekend?!  The hubby (and of course the pup) and I are planning on going camping with one of our favorite couples (and their 2 doggies) to hang out with.  We’re actually going to be camping at Portage Lakes (Akron area), so it’s almost like a staycation.  If we forget something or it starts storming, we are going to be a mere 10 minute drive from our house. It’s what I like to call “cushion camping” ;)

So to get ready for the 3 night camping extravaganza, I’ve challenged myself to not go grocery shopping in order to eat up everything that we have in the house already to get rid of it.  And of course save us a little $$$.

This is what happens to my meals when I’m forced to eat whatever is available!  Welcome to this week’s What I Ate Wednesday.

WIAWbutton The first thing I did when I woke up was chug some water, grab my shoes and took Herky for a 40 minute walk while I listened to Jillian Michaels’ podcast (walking herk and listening to podcasts is officially one of my favorite things to do these days).  When I got back home I saw that we had a few pieces of bread left, 2 zucchinis, a teeny bit of hummus and some eggs.

So I sauteed the zuchinni, fried the eggs toasted the bread, spread with said hummus and wala.  Breakfast was served!

I worked the entire morning away like crazy.  I was definitely flowing (psychology definition) and didn’t realize that 6 hours had passed.  Trust me, that doesn’t happen very often that I don’t eat every 3 hours.  IMG_3802

Knowing that I was going to have to cook something (aka: it was going to take more than 2 minutes for me to stuff my face), I munched on the very last of our almonds and dried cranberries while searching through my cupboards to come up with something.  I still had a zucchini left, a can of artichoke hearts, some quinoa and shallots.  Plus some local (unpictured) swiss chard.
Swiss chard quinoa zucchini artichoke heart wrap

Not really knowing what I was going to make, I started off by cooking the quinoa. Then I threw the chopped zucchini and shallots in a pan with a little butter (yep…I’m out of olive oil.  It was terrible to have to use butter ;) ) and then added the chopped artichoke hearts and loaded up with salt and pepper.  When it was cooked, I let it cool, added the quinoa and drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar.
Swiss Chard Quinoa Wrap.jpg

Then I put a little in some swiss chard and ate it like a wrap.  I may or may not have eaten it with buffalo sauce drizzled on top post picture.  That may have happened.  If you want a more specific recipe let me know and I can put together a recipe post for it.  I have leftovers for today’s lunch, so I’m excited to get my buffalo sauce fix again.  IMG_3814


After lunch I needed to move around for a bit, so I grabbed Herk for another quick loop around the neighborhood.  Except I must have been living under a rock because I didn’t realize how humid/hot outside it was until he just plopped down in the middle of the road and refused to go another further about 5 minutes in (with a big ol’ smile on his face).  Now that summer is here in full force I have to check the humidity levels before I take 10 pound little Herky outside for a walk again in the middle of the day!

Food should taste good

FAVORITE brand of chips EVA- Food Should Taste GOOD!

I worked the afternoon away and then got ready for a late night gym session.  I munched on some sweet potato chips crumbs before I headed out the door.  It was nice to get a solid lifting workout in, I have been spending most of my time at my yoga studio moreso than the gym lately so it was a nice and welcome change.  Although yoga still has my <3.


Followed my workout with a NOOMA drink. It is all water with natural cherry/lime juice and lots of electrolyte to rehydrate. I liked it!

Knowing we had very little food at home I caved and stopped at our local discount store on the way home and grabbed some baby kale, tomatoes and plums to make something for dinner.  I sauteed them with the last of the bacon hanging out in the freezer ( clearly I’m on a bacon kick ) and served it with salmon (also hanging out in the freezer) and sauerkraut.

salmon, baby kale, tomatoes, bacon After dinner I had a plum and off to bed I went to read!  Looking at my day overall, it was actually pretty fantastic.  I’m surprised I was able to get in so many veggies with the lack of food we have in the house, so that is pretty impressive.

How do you handle a low fridge of food?  Do you cave and get groceries?

Do you find yourself being more creative with your food when you have limited ingredients to work with?

xoxo Alisha




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