You may have heard about the new diet fad called “Clean Eating“. Maybe it’s not really new, but it’s new to me. I’m under the impression it consists of avoiding all processed and non-organic foods or something like that. And, no diary or alcohol, yikes! We’re considering trying it out, but before we can, we’re going on what we’d like to call the “CleanOUT Eating” diet.
A CleanOUT Eating diet primarily involves eating whatever we have in the house to clean-out all of our cabinets. This is to eliminate the bad, tempting stuff and make room so that we can restock for a weekly meal plan.
Some might say we could toss or give away some of it, but that seems so wasteful since we’re on a tight budget. We WILL use everything, down to the last marshmallow!
We’ve always had very limited cabinet space and no pantry. To remedy this, we’ve already started using the hall linen closet as a pantry and we’ve turned the coat closet into storage for cookie trays and appliances.
Even with these solutions, there’s was no more space for anything new. So, time to CLEANOUT ALL THE CRAP!
This shows you just SOME of the crap we pulled out of our cabinets, not including our freezer, liquor cabinet, and our supply of quickly used stuff (pasta, etc.) Some of this stuff has been sitting around for a while! Exhibit A…
Rob and I grouped up everything we pulled out and brainstormed how we can get everything used and gone within a few weeks.
Here are just a sampling of our ideas…
Stuffed chicken breasts, we’ll be having for a couple of weeks.
Taco night this week.
PB&J on Beer Bread.
Combine into one big batch of tomato sauce for pasta nights.
Beef Stroganoff – just made last night. Was delish!
This has been around since the pregnancy. Crumble and used for breading?
Rob’s taking most of this to work to use as lunches. I claimed the Ramen and Spaghetti O’s for myself.
White chocolate & Walnut oatmeal cookies.
Anyone else see a dessert theme here? Wonder what this is going to do to our waistline.
Mix together to make a nice trail mix for snacks.
Using as coffee creamer.
Tapenade on crackers as an appetizer.
Sides for our chicken dishes over the next couple weeks.
Once all this stuff is gone… we’ll share with you our plan for weekly meals that are healthier (or, at least keep us from eating out, and so in comparison is healthier).
What’s the oldest thing you have in your pantry? What’s the craziest diet you’ve been on?