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WIAW: When I Don't Want to Cook. Or Get Groceries.

WIAW: When I Don’t Want to Cook Or Get Groceries.

I like to cook food. 

If this isn’t your first time to my blog, you probably know this. If my Lately: Kitchen Creations posts haven’t given it away, maybe some of my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts have.  

I like to make new recipes. A large part of my blog is about trying all of your recipes and sharing what I’ve made. I like to collect them, pin them, and get the groceries to make them. I like to have good things to choose from in my fridge so that I can come home during the week, tired, and still have some sort of proper meal ready in t-minus 5 minutes.

Buttttttt…. let’s be real. That’s all part of the picturesque life. Behind that love of cooking and grocery shopping and having lots of good food in my fridge, actually lies a great many nights where I feel like doing anything but cooking.  Sometimes I have zero groceries and have zero will to remedy that. Sometimes I actually enjoy the challenge of using up all the random scraps in my fridge.  Monday… was one of those days. 

I had next to zero groceries. A bruised apple, a pepper, a couple wilted green onions and a near empty bag of grated cheese were about all she wrote. I had just gotten back from being away for the night, and did I want to stop at the grocery store? Hellll nooooo. Did I feel like cooking or prepping anything for the week ahead? Hellll nooooo. And to shoot myself in the foot even more, I did not want to spend any money on going out. So, this is what happens when I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to get groceries, and I don’t want to go out.  Welcome to the glamorous life. 


Welcome to the weekly foodie crawl


When I was gone, I picked up this mighty massive pumpkin muffin from Dan’s work. I actually didn’t expect to eat it so soon (I thought I’d freeze it for a more dire circumstance)… little did I know that this actually was that “dire circumstance.” 

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Pumpkin muffin / butter / coffee (2/3 decaf 1/3 regular)


Finishing off leftovers to the MAX. Does anyone else leave like, a half or tiny portion of a dish in the fridge? When I’m stuffed, I still can’t waste anything – so whatever is remaining goes back in the fridge. This was the repercussions of that x 3: the final scrapings of a spaghetti squash, the last measly serving of my Spiced Lentil Salad Dip (yesterday’s recipe), and the very last end rump of my Buckwheat Pumpkin Raspberry Loaf.  Zero waste. Dig it. 

WIAW don't want to cook

Spiced Lentil Salad / Spaghetti Squash / Buckwheat Pumpkin Raspberry Loaf / Peanut Butter


I discovered this completely crumbled homemade granola bar in the bottom of my backpack. It must have been there for, mm, 2-3 weeks. Score. Then I yanked some hallowe’en candy from the green room to make myself feel festive. 

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Homemade Granola Bar / Candy 


I seriously debated taking myself out for something after rehearsal, since I knew there was zip waiting for me at home and no way did I want to actually cook anything. Actually, I went to the falafel place, but it was kind of full and my feet were wet…so I begrudgingly put my craving aside and figured I’d be able to pull something together at home. I spy: taco chips – top right cupboard! Pepper! Cheese! Oh hey there nearly expired salsa. …… this can only mean one thing

Nachos on the coffee table. 

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Nachos (cheese, pepper, onion, salsa, tortilla chips)

Kind of sad nachos, but nachos nonetheless.

Does anyone find that no matter how much cheese you actually put on, and no matter how well you use the layering method (a necessary nacho mandate), there is NEVER enough cheese at the end!?! Its like the melting makes half of it disappear. Never enough cheese, friends. Never enough. 


Okay so, even when I have zero real food in my fridge, chances are high that I still have a stash of baking/chocolate/sweets in my freezer. When THAT runs out, we know we are in trouble. Is it bad that I will get groceries or bake to restock my freezer chocolate stash before I restock my vegetable crisper? 

WIAW don't want to cook

No bake peanut butter chocolate fudge / Oreo Dairy Milk chocolate bar / pear 

Oh and I eat on my lap, a lot.

Happiness priorities. 

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Thanks to Arman and Laura for helping us showcase a day of eats – no matter how glamorous it happens to be. 

Tell me,

Do you put small portions of leftovers back in the fridge?

What’s your go-to meal when you have “no groceries?”





  1. chasetheredgrape | 2nd Nov 16

    I love looking at WIAW as the weekly food crawl! Haha!
    Girl you knocked it out of the park with this one. I love combining leftovers to make the most random meals – that’s why I always cook too much at christmas – apart from when you make something so great but you know you will never be able to recreate it again because you will never have that exact combo again!
    My go to meal is anything with eggs, I always have eggs!

    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Haha – good call on the christmas (or any holiday) leftovers. They always make for the BEST random leftover combinations (and best sandwiches). I guess you just have to make the exact same things each holiday so you can have the exact same random leftover meals afterwards!

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 2nd Nov 16

    I’m the same way with random stuff from the fridge. NOTHING goes to waste in my house. Vegas thinks I’m nuts, but she never complains when there’s food on the table! πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Haha – as she shouldn’t! Food is food!

  3. Kate | 2nd Nov 16

    I feel you! This happens a least one day a week. I usually always have eggs and will fever breakfast for dinner. Not a bad thing! However I need to use that nacho idea!
    I really want a giant muffin now. How awesome that Dan’s work has them.

    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Eggs seem to be the overall answer here… its the same with me. Good thing you can throw them on ANYTHING.

  4. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 2nd Nov 16

    I pretty much have to finish my plate. I am not good at leftovers. ANd yeah, we went to the store on Sunday, and I feel like we are already scraping the bottom of the barrel!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Nothing wrong with either of those things! Busy bodies need to empty barrels.

  5. rachel @ athletic avocado | 2nd Nov 16

    I can’t waste any food either so lots of times my lunch consists of 4-5 different meals from the week before lol! And there is NEVER enough cheese on nachos!!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Hahaha. I’d love to see one of those lunches.

  6. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood | 2nd Nov 16

    This is basically my life. Alex knows that usually if I make pancakes for breakfast, it’s because we have no food except staples and I’m too lazy to go out. Same with a huge tray of roasted veggies, ha! The not going shopping thing doesn’t work nearly as well when you have a toddler though – yesterday I was forced out to buy mor raisins for the mini dictator, ha!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Haha. I love that Alex knows “the signs.” But yeah.. probably good that I’m not a mother yet……

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 2nd Nov 16

    YES I put everything back in the fridge–why waste?! I usually make an egg sandwich and toast if i have those ingredients or cereal and yogurt.
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Breakfast for dinner/lunch seems to be the overall meal saver here. Good thing those are the BEST foods anyways!

  8. cookiesnchem | 2nd Nov 16

    I feel like anything you eat makes me just want to eat! The pumpkin muffin looks like an absolute dream, and I love those nachos! Though they sure could use three times as much cheese πŸ˜‰ It’s crazy how once it’s melted, the volume shrinks by at least half. I’m off to check out that peanut butter fudge now!
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    • Cora | 6th Nov 16

      It disappears! I swear I put tonnesss on. Ah well, more cheese next time!

  9. Trish | 2nd Nov 16

    I have had to learn to take way less than I think I will eat, know I can always get more, because I will clean my plate otherwise and overeat and then not feel good.
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Ahhhhh yes, I know this well. If only our brains and tummies could get in sync and work together a bit better..

  10. Kat | 2nd Nov 16

    I can totally relate to this!! Often times when my husband goes out of town I refuse to shop for just myself, so I try to play around with what I have in the fridge. That tends to lead to a lot of smoothies or oatmeal πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      I think I’ve said it before – but I would LOVE to take a peek inside your freezer. I imagine all sorts of tupperwares of muffins and loaves and soups. Being alone and having to scavenge through your freezer would be like a luxury!

  11. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 2nd Nov 16

    So I am literally planning a ‘clean out the fridge and freezer’ week next week. I have so many random items and leftovers to eat up. And I’m looking forward to only needing a few things at the grocery store, even though I usually enjoy shopping as well. And YES about the cheese, how does it disappear?!?
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Exciting!! Those are my favorite types of weeks! It feels so good to do one big haul out once and a while, and saving money – even if for one week – on groceries also makes me feel really good. Plus then we get to treat ourselves extra the next week with all the new things πŸ™‚

  12. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 2nd Nov 16

    Oh my goodness I’m totally with you right now. When I went to the grocery store this past Wednesday, I was like, “I do not want to cook. I do not want to cook.” I was also like, “I don’t feel like eating anything weird or experimental. I just want comfort food.” So that’s what I bought. lol
    Yum on the giant pumpkin muffin! Looks so delicious. And I also congratulate your creativity with the nachos. I think it’s wonderful to take ourselves out now and again, but waste-not-want-not is still a good philosophy in life. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Oh man I sooooo hear you. I often feel like cooking, but more often then that even – especially when tired/sad/stressed – all I want is pure comfort. The simplest damn thing that can be put onto my plate, thank you very much.

  13. Emily Swanson | 2nd Nov 16

    I really don’t like wasting food, so I usually try to eat the leftovers for lunch everyday. I love how you are well stashed with so many amazing baked goods. πŸ™‚ You did an AMAZING job pulling together meals despite having an emptyish pantry. <3
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Does your family tend to eat any leftovers you have? It would be nice to have help sometimes I think.

  14. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 2nd Nov 16

    I will save even the tiniest bit for leftovers too! And that pumpkin muffin looks awesome. Random meals are actually my favorite. I sort of see it as a challenge for what I can put together based on the scarcity of ingredients I have!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Yeah! Its like our own nintendo game. I love taking the challenge.

  15. Evangeline | 2nd Nov 16

    Isn’t it so satisfying to use up leftovers? I feel like a contestant on Chopped when my groceries are dwindling. “You have make a dish with two shriveled potatoes, a container of miso, a can of olives, and a hand full of spinach…GO.” Those nights often result in some…interesting creations. My go-to meal when I have few groceries is generally an egg and a microwaved sweet potato.

    • Cora | 6th Nov 16

      Haha!! Love it. Our own personal reality show.

  16. Lyss | 2nd Nov 16

    Drooling at that muffin- I LOVE muffins so so much! And that one looks amazing. My go to meal when I have no groceries? Hmmm- maybe oatmeal with all the nut butter and cinnamon? Or if I have to go out to eat for breakfast, I love grabbing a bagel with cream cheese and an iced coffee!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      I love that we share our deep love for big muffins and coffee shops. We would tour a town very well together.
      Also love that your go to foods are all breakfast items. Iced coffee with a bagel sounds phenomenal right now. Just wish it was warm enough here for one!

  17. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday | 2nd Nov 16

    My go-to nothing-to-eat meal is usually eggs of some kind, a finish-off-the-fridge salad, or a yogurt bowl. And yeah, I eat off my lap about 70% of the time… with most of the rest being at my desk πŸ˜›

    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Yep – I hear you there! Lap or desk really become your dining room when your young/in school/living on your own. A finish of the fridge salad – that’s what I need to do next. Thanks!

  18. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 2nd Nov 16

    I almost always eat in front of the TV or my computer screen.

    Bring on pear season.

    Also never enough cheese.
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Well I’m glad I’m not alone in that one. Our laps need all the action they can get.

  19. GiGi Eats | 2nd Nov 16

    Thankfully PAST GiGi knows that every so often PRESENT GiGi does NOT want to hit the grocery store… So I always have food in my freezer to keep me going. Or…. Ya know…. I call the fiance who will get me food – cause he kicks ass like that. Actually, it’s probably him being motivated by the fact that I am THE DEVIL if I don’t get fed! LOL!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Haha I’m glad present Gigi has learned the ways! Where can I get a fiancee like yours? Sounds like he’s learned his lesson a few times πŸ™‚

  20. Ellie Pell | 2nd Nov 16

    I hate having leftovers because I like having different things each day. When I have no groceries, I do what I am doing right now, open a can of beans and instant rice. If I have cheese, that goes on top. Easy and perfect πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Sounds like all the nutrients you need in one meal. Works for me!

  21. Kristy from Southern In Law | 4th Nov 16

    Hmmm! My go to meal when I have no groceries is usually tuna pasta bake as I always have canned tuna and pasta – but then how that comes together changes as I don’t always have cream cheese πŸ˜›
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Oh man I never thought of that one! I also usually have both tuna and pasta. And I haven’t had a good solid tuna pasta bake in yearrrrsss. Cream cheese eh? You should post a recipe. Or have you already?

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