In the Kitchen: Clean out the pantry

Soundtrack: Nikki Nack by Tune-Yards

There’s been a bunch of hustle and bustle around these parts the past few weeks. The sun is out so plans seem to change or I thought I might be up for cooking and then I just ate leftovers. Basically I’ve ended up with a ton of odds and ends and it’s time to take a week to eat through them. Cleaning out the pantry is this brilliant combination of creative challenge and good ol’ fashioned¬†frugality.


Taco Salad with homemade tortilla strips

Taco Salad

Head of romaine + rinsed black beans + half a pound leftover shrimp seasonsed with cumin and cayenne + oven-baked tortilla strips + shredded cheese

Dressing: Combine 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 tsp chili powder, and 1 tsp cumin in a jar. Shake and dress salad.


Tortellini with turkey meatballs and red pepper (and two hunks of cheese because adult)

Tortellini with Turkey Meatballs and Red Pepper

Package of tortellini + frozen meatballs (reheated in the microwave) + half a jar of tomato sauce + runt end of a jar of roasted red peppers


Fried eggs makes it dinner.

Ultimate Clean Out the Fridge Dinner

Tube of prepared polenta heated and mixed with milk and shredded parmesan + sauteed odds and ends greens + balsamic mushrooms + fried egg


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