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What I Ate Wednesday: Day Off for Cleaning Out The Fridge

Popping in here for a real old-school What I Ate Wednesday (er, Monday) link up with Laura

Kind of a weeeeeeird day of eats I had on Monday. A lot of cleaning up leftovers, weird cravings and odd combinations. But hey, food is food and what your tummy – and fridge contents – call for, your fridge and tummy calls for. It was a day off for me so I got to let those weird cravings run wild and eat from home! I even had time to cook something…

 

Wanting to clear my fridge of a few random items that were too big to throw out yet too small to stand alone – and also really not having an idea of what I wanted to eat (what!?) – I put together a leftover smorgasbord breakfast bowl. Threw in my last banana chocolate chip avocado muffin, crumbled ontop of the last 1/2 cup or so of my gingerbread slow cooker oats, stuck them in the microwave to warm them all up and then topped them with banana, peanut butter, and a (post pic) drowning of almond milk. Basically tasted like chocolatey gingerbread bread pudding. All that melty chocolate. That’s the ticket right there…

Chocolate chip banana muffin + gingerbread oats + banana + peanut butter + almond milk 

P.S. I have now moved on to round two of gingerbread oatmeal (#cantgetenough) only this time I threw in a bag of Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice Tea to steep in the water.

Hoooo baby that was a smart idea. 

Sometimes, I do have them.

Onto lunch…

I was feeling some totally random cravings coming on for lunch. And since I was at home for the day, I was excited to have the world kitchen as my oyster! But…. I was still lazy.

I really wanted bread. Not toast…. bread. And cream cheese. So I topped a piece of whole grain cornmeal bread with a slathering of whipped cream cheese and served it with a hard boiled egg and raspberries. In my brain it just felt like a nice combination. And you know what? It was.  

Bread with cream cheese + hard boiled egg + raspberries

Can I just say though….

Um….. what!?

WHERE’S THE OTHER HALF OF MY EGG!?

I would have been angry. If it didn’t look so cool…

Afternoon snacking included a cookie combo from my latest baking escapades: one oatmeal chocolate chip, one pumpkin chocolate chip, and the last of my savored sweet potato brownie bites. Just a few treats to wash down my coffee as I took a pit stop in-between a few errands. 

Cookie coffee time

DINNER was a mix of cleaning up old and making new! I’m entering a – hopefully – big phase of soup making, and I’ve been wanting to make a homemade wild rice chicken soup for eons now. Now that I’m settling down, I finally picked up any ingredients I didn’t already have and took off from this recipe. I made a few tweaks, mostly with the herbs, but otherwise stuck to the recipe and it turned out just as I was hoping. Savory, comforting, and super super filling. Had myself a big bowl with a simple piece of bread and butter. Oh Canada. 

  Wild rice chicken soup

I finished off the night with a, potentially, strange combination? I’ve mentioned on here many times how steamed kabocha and peanut butter is one of my ultimate favorite food combinations, and have been very surprised at the amount of you who have been intrigued/shocked/surprised (?) at this combo. I really didn’t think it was such a unique thing!? Regardless – the same goes for sweet potato. Sweet potato with peanut butter is also three thumbs up. It’s even better when you add chocolate. Duh. So to end the night I put those two ideas together and had some grilled sweet potato with peanut butter & co.’s dark chocolate dreams. Done deal. 

Sweet potato + chocolate peanut butter

And that was my day off day of eats. 

Random combinations, using leftovers and making soup on a day off. #whatiatewednesday #foodie #strangebutgood #eeeeeats Click To Tweet

Question…

Are you the type of person that knows what you are going to have for breakfast the night before? Or do you basically make up your mind in the morning, on the spot, depending on what you feel like? I’ve been starting to play around more with the latter, and I’ve got to say, it feels really freeing…

25 COMMENTS

  1. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy | 22nd Nov 17

    I LOVE when people do What I Ate Wednesdays. πŸ™‚ So glad you liked my soup!

    • Cora | 23rd Nov 17

      It was SO good Jennifer! My boyfriend was amazed. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 22nd Nov 17

    Why have I never considered doing chocolate peanut butter on Sweet potato? WHERE HAS MY BRAIN BEEN AT?
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    • Cora | 23rd Nov 17

      It’s been on the watermelon growing in your belly….

      Maybe you need some chocolate to get that focus back. πŸ˜‰

  3. danielle | 22nd Nov 17

    ya know, i used to believe that if i didn’t plan my meals and everything i ate then i would not be able to recover. i used to believe that if i allowed myself to ‘just eat’ that i would fall into a black hole. it’s so funny how differently i used to think and how i think now! even though i love organizing meals and feeling that sense of accomplishment when i plan out meals, i haven’t had the time or desire to do that for…. how long? i can’t even remember!!! months. years? wow. yeah so i guess i can say i just wing it in the morning. i do wish i had more of a plan but i’ll get there. finding that happy place. that elusive happy place.
    i will say that my favorite breakfast recently was toasted sourdough bread and a LOT of salted butter. i don’t know why or how but this simple combination just made my spirit and soul happy. 2 things, nothing more. i think i could eat this simple breakfast for a while and be quite content. i know it’s missing food groups (oh hello protein) but it pleases me. i find myself grabbing things like fruit and random things in the morning, things that i think i ‘should’ eat but not finding the joy and happiness that a simple slice of sourdough toast with tons and tons of salted butter bring my body and soul. i think when i listen to the simple message i do better, but listening is the challenge. so much of my mind wonders about health because, well cancer, and being a mom and just STUFF but then that part of me in the corner says, “hey, stop it. just stop the noise. health is happiness, and without happiness there is no health..” so i try to remember that. just find the happy in every moment. what a nice goal πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 23rd Nov 17

      Tonight with my soup I had a big piece of bread slathered with butter (ok, ghee). And then I took the bread back out of the freezer so I could have another piece just like it when I get home tonight. It was that good. That satisfying. (Of course sourdough would have been 50x more delicious, but this still did the trick). Bread and butter is everything our bodies and souls want. So if it makes you happy sister, you do it as long as your like.

  4. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 22nd Nov 17

    Such a yummy day of comfort food, Cora. Yay for cleaning out the fridge! I tend to be better at adding to the fridge than cleaning it out, so emptying a container in the fridge or freezer is a very satisfying feeling.
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    • Cora | 23rd Nov 17

      I’m definitely better at adding to the fridge than emptying it… which is why I tend to celebrate each time I do manage to minimize all the leftovers I’ve created. It’s rare and feels sooo good.

  5. Emily Swanson | 22nd Nov 17

    Everything here looks incredible to me. I LOVE your breakfast bowl soaked in all the nut butter. And the chocolate peanut butter on a Sweet Potato looks amazing too.
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    • Cora | 23rd Nov 17

      I kneeeew you’d be a fan of my breakfast πŸ™‚

  6. chasetheredgrape | 22nd Nov 17

    As you know, david and I meal plan and prep for a full week of breakfast, lunches and dinners – I love not having to think about what I want… If I did I don’t think I would ever get around to eating! Exception is Saturday lunch where we go out and Sunday lunch which is whatever is usually needing to be used up in the fridge! But this is just what works for us, it means food is never a stress and I love that.
    Oh and PB and sweet potato is so yummy. Even better is almond butter and sweet potato. Actually scratch them both, the best is sweet potato and tahini!!! So yummy!!

  7. Cora | 23rd Nov 17

    I’m not really a tahini fan… but your raving review really has me wanting to try this combination.

  8. Casey the College Celiac | 23rd Nov 17

    These are my kind of eats! I used to meal plan a lot, but now I’m much more go-with-flow and see what happens!
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    • Cora | 25th Nov 17

      That must be a nice feeling, ya??

  9. Megan @ A Continual Feast | 24th Nov 17

    Your breakfast looks amazing! I usually decide what I want for breakfast on the spot. I recently got a jar of Dark Choco Dreams PB and love the idea of trying it on a sweet potato!

    • Cora | 25th Nov 17

      Mmmm dark chocolate dreams is good on ANYTHING. Good choice in getting yourself a jar πŸ™‚

  10. Alyssa | 24th Nov 17

    that breakfast looks amazing!! I wantttt. Also- I love that tea so much.
    Toast and eggs has been a lunch fav for me too lately. I need to pick up some cream cheese! I’ve been using butter or mashed avo lately. Happy Friday Cora!
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    • Cora | 25th Nov 17

      Simple foods eh? Can’t beat them.

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law | 25th Nov 17

    Sweet potato and CHOCOLATE peanut butter?! Why have I never thought of this????!!!?
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    • Cora | 25th Nov 17

      I do have a few good ideas sometimes πŸ™‚

  12. Miss Polkadot | 25th Nov 17

    Chocolatey gingerbread bread pudding – that sounds like music to my ears(stomach??). Mmh. Though I’ve only ever had bread pudding once before and admittedly wasn’t a big fan but that likely was just the recipe.
    The meal planning question is interesting for me. Because I don’t currently but think I’d do better having the gentle “guidance” and also accountability of one at the moment. Just to get back into – as contradictory as it sounds – more flexibility and switching things up. Going with the flow more often than not results in laziness and grazing rather than having full meals for me.
    You know we agree on the steamed kabocha and peanut butter but unfortunately not on sweet potatoes. Too bad, really. It would be so nice to find a replacement for kabocha when it’s not available like this year.

  13. Susie @ Mile High Dreamers | 25th Nov 17

    That breakfast bowl looks AMAZING! What an epic fridge clean out meal. We always make it a goal (aka a game) to have a near empty fridge by the end of the week, so meals on Friday can get pretty interesting! Currently we have an overload of Thanksgiving pie so… maybe I’ll have a pie bowl for breakfast haha.
    I usually find something I love for breakfast, make it 487298475 times in a row until I’m absolutely sick of it, and then have to find something new. But hey, it works!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  14. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 27th Nov 17

    I love when random brain/food combinations win the day. Welcome to the season of soup. I’m glad you’re here with me. πŸ™‚
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  15. Kaylee | 27th Nov 17

    Cooking oats in tea?!! Whaaaat? You should totally market that idea. πŸ˜‰ Brilliant. Yay for cleaning out the fridge! That’ll be me in the upcoming weeks before I go out of the country for a month or so over winter break.

    As a planner in all aspects of my life, I usually am the former. But I have been trying to be more flexible and tune in to what my body is craving rather than have my mind tell my body what I’m craving if that makes any sense. Unfortunately, this can backfire too when I get trapped trying to figure out what exactly it is I really want. Always a learning process.
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  16. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 30th Nov 17

    I love PB on sweet potatoes, so I bet it would also be delicious on kabocha squash – especially that chocolate stuff. And that wild rice chicken soup looks SO creamy and comforting – glad to hear you liked it. I may have to add it to my weekend list soon πŸ™‚
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