Monday, July 19, 2010
Operation Clean Out!
Thank you for all of the nice comments yesterday! Honestly, I hated writing that I was kinda down. I mean seriously, who wants to read about Debbie Downer. Then again, this is where I write about what I am going through. So, I thought I would share. We all can't be happy all of the time! Today is better and I have high hopes for this week! At least I am putting my best foot forward...whatever that means!

Now, let's talk about operation clean out! I have a secret first...ssshhh, don't tell my kids, but summer is over in 3 weeks. So, that means it is time to clean out the old and bring in some new. Well, in the kitchen anyway, not the kids. We started the summer off with a huge "staples" grocery trip and we really need to keep the rotation going. It is always good to have "staples", but we have a tendency to get some stuff and have it sit in the freezer or pantry for too long. You know that freezer burned bag of funk in the back of the freezer that you can't see for the ice cream cartons sitting in the front...yep, I ate it!
All I can say is that this can lead to some strange and delicious discoveries! I found some cranberries and rhubarb in the freezer. The rhubarb had been opened before, so it really needed to go! Trust me, it needed to go. I, of course, will not just throw things away. I made this mixture that was like sour patch kids gone wild!
I mixed some rhubarb and cranberries together, microwaved them, added a little Crofter's Asia and a few drops of vanilla NuNaturals stevia. I tasted it thinking it would be a tart little fruit salad (Max stole the last apple which would have been perfect in here-healthy eating kids can put a damper on your last bit of fresh food in the house)back to the, it was crazy tart. Then I decided to put some unsweetened cooked oats on top...perfect. This would be my version of a "yogurt"snack without the yogurt. The oats definitely cut the tart, added creaminess and it was a delicious snack on a rainy day! If you like sweet/tart things...I highly recommend doing this! It's like grown up candy! Also, the cranberries and rhubarb are loaded with good stuff for you!
The next part of operation clean out was frozen vegetables. The boys had pasta bake the other night and the bake idea sounded good to me. I chose to go a different route though. I made a quinoa vegetable bake with Daiya on top! This was a couple of cups of frozen (defrosted) broccoli, a cup of canned diced tomatoes, 1 cup cooked quinoa on top of the vegetable mixture with 1/4 cup Daiya broiled on top!  YUM! By the way, in case you haven't tried it, Daiya freezes incredibly well! I used it frozen on this and it even browned up on top!
I was definitely happy with cleaning out the last of the coconut vanilla sorbet for dessert!  Now I can make more!  I needed to get rid of the cantaloupe too.  Sadly, the cantaloupe have not been that great this summer.  However topped with this...definitely helps out the lack luster produce!

So, do you like sweet/tart foods?  I used to eat the heck out of Sour Patch Kids...until they burned my mouth.  I don't even want to think about the chemicals they put on that stuff!

Do you do a seasonal clean out of food? We are doing one now because we have things we noticed have been hanging around too long...i.e. the cans of bean and bacon soup the illustrator got before he was diagnosed with celiac!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:22 PM  
  • At July 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    Really glad to know daiya freezes! I can never eat a bag fast.

  • At July 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Of course we are never happy all the time. My blog is pretty happy now, but it hasn't always been so chipper. I have whined about my struggles with weight, whined when I was having problems conceiving and I got so much support and it is the reason I am stronger and HAPPY today. So keep keepin' it real and we are all here for you - good and bad!! :)

    Haha, I secretly LOVE sour patch kids! I had an odd obsession with sour candy as a kid. Remember warheads? I loved 'em! And I loved the sour blow pops. Oh how embarassing, haha! ;) Your cranberry/rhubarb creation sounds wonderful, especially combined with the oats, yummmm!! :)

  • At July 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I need to take a cue from you and clean out my food! I have so much stuff that I freeze and it just stays in there! I need to make that my mission over the weekend :)

  • At July 19, 2010 at 6:51 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    coconut vanilla sorbet + canteloupe sounds so gooooood!!!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 7:28 PM, Blogger Tanya's Daily Product Reveiws said…

    I try and not to buy too much, so less cleaning the frig out!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Quinoa bake sounds really good. Yum. And you shouldn't feel bad for admitting being down. It makes you real. No one is happy all the time right? And it's not like you were moaning groaning and whining.

  • At July 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    I always feel bad posting when I'm feeling bummed, too - but like you said, if it had an impact on my day, it should probably be mentioned! That and, no one is happy 24/7! I am glad today started off on a better foot for you, though :)
    The quinoa bake looks amazing, as does the rhubarb - cran mixture. I've never had rhubarb before! Let me know if oyu need any help with the food cleaning up :P

  • At July 19, 2010 at 10:32 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Aaaahhh... I can't believe we're on the last leg of summer. Sure I complain about the heat... but the rapidly approaching Fall scares me!

  • At July 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM, OpenID greensandjeans said…

    I love cleaning out the fridge. I always try to eat everything down as much as possible before going to the grocery store. I consider it a challenge!

  • At July 20, 2010 at 2:07 AM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    sadly weve moved 10 times in 10 yrs and usually know about 2 mos beforehand so i eat down everything we own to the bitter bone LOL and then start fresh

    and in the meantime YES i actually hate an overly stocked pantry or fridge. Stocked, yes. But not shit falling out from all areas and can't see the forest from the trees from the quinoa from the 17 cans of beans. No. I hate that and must clean it out!

  • At July 20, 2010 at 7:17 AM, Anonymous celine said…

    it's so frustrating when fruit doesn't live up to our expectations! I've had the first amazing peaches this year in forever. usually way too mealy and blah.
    hi Sarena! <3

  • At July 20, 2010 at 7:36 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I don't buy enough food to warrant a clean out. I wish I did!

    Vanilla nunaturals...I wish they sold that in stores!

  • At July 20, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Blogger Simply Life said…

    wow, nice work with the clean out!

  • At July 20, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Blogger Alycia @ Fit n Fresh said…

    Clean out-tastic! And I love me some sour patch kids! That burning sensation is just the love my mouth feels for them? lol (:

  • At July 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM, Anonymous Fit Chick in the City said…

    I only tend to clean out my kitchen when I'm about to go away and refuse to go to the grocery store. That being said my kitchen is tiny and there's isn't much to clean out.

  • At July 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Anonymous Katie said…

    I've been trying to clean out the fridge, too... it's the freezer that's the hardest!

  • At July 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Anonymous Tina said…

    I used to like only chocolatey candy but these days I love sour/tart things. What a great concoction. Grown up candy is always a good thing.

  • At July 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Anonymous Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said…

    I'm inspired. Let the cleanout begin!

  • At July 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM, Anonymous kickpleat said…

    If you haven't already guessed, I love sweet/tart foods! I ate dweebs and those sour cherry gummies all the time. Yum. And who's happy all the time. Good for being honest. It's real.

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