The Importance of Stocking the Kitchen

The weekend got away from me. Between my birthday party and Easter, I just never got around to meal planning and grocery shopping. I’m not really sure why Easter was even a factor in that, since I don’t celebrate it, but I was confused to whether stores were open or not and I guess that combined with laziness got the best of me.

We had enough stuff leftover from the party to eat on Monday night. Then last night was my monthly dinner club. I knew that I desperately needed to get to the grocery store tonight. First, I stopped at the gym. I did 30 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 15 on the Stepmill (aka the stairmaster from hell). When I got home, I took Murphy on a 20 minute walk, showered and before I knew it, it was already 7:30. And I was hungry.

So I started snacking. First I ate a piece of pumpkin bread.

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Recipe adapted from The Runner’s Cookie.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pure pumpkin
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp flaxseed mixed in 5 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Mix flaxseed in water and let sit for five minutes. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients in bowl. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl. Mix wet and dry together. Cook for 35 minutes.

Makes 9 pieces.

Thanks for the recipe, Corey!

I sat down with my cookbooks and computer and tried to come up with a grocery list, but my grumbling stomach wouldn’t let me. I almost went back for a second piece of bread when I stopped myself and decided to make dinner. Dinner being a creative use of the word since I had refried beans mixed with salsa, cottage cheese and Morningstar Farms sausage crumbles.

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Not exactly what I’d call a balanced meal but at least I wasn’t constantly snacking and then eating dinner on top of that. I really struggle with that. If I don’t have a very clear idea of what I’m making for dinner and all the ingredients on hand, I’ll end up snacking. And then when I figure it out, I’ll eat dinner on top of it. It’s like adding at least 200 calories to my dinner.

In order for this not to happen again tomorrow, I made a quick run to Kroger.

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We’re supposed to get some major storms tonight so I went without a grocery list. I did have several coupons so I sort of based what I bought on that.

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And came home with some staples. Not enough for a full meal, probably, but enough so I can actually have a vegetable and don’t have to eat a can of beans! (Beans, salsa and cottage cheese is actually really good though.)

Stocking the kitchen is really important to me. Oddly enough, when we don’t have anything to eat in the house (and I mean anything good or anything to make a meal, not actually no food), I eat too much because I’m not satisfied. When we have an abundance of good food, I eat the proper amount.

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18 Responses to The Importance of Stocking the Kitchen

  1. I do the same thing, snack too much when we don’t have enough food in the house. We’re on our last dregs here before vacation so meals are getting both meager and weird.

  2. I really struggle with snacking before dinner. Basically, I eat healthy all day and then the minute I walk in the door from work, if I’m not careful snacking begins and does not end until dinner is on the table. Not good!

  3. Me toooo! Especially if I’m super hungry and don’t feel like waiting while I cook dinner. I try to chug water which works some of the time. I’d never thought to mix beans, salsa, and cottage but I love all three so I’ll have to try it.

  4. Holy moly I agree! We were COMPLETELY out of any kind of real food (canned beans, soups, and tuna were available) and Sunday I ended up eating some crazy random stuff… and LOTS of it! It’s amazing how I can consume double the amount of calories through random snacking and still feel unsatisfied. You are not alone!

  5. I’m the same way! Lately we’ve been going out to eat more because I can’t think of what to make for dinner. Hoping this weekend will give me the time I need to prep some good dinners for next week. I see you have kale and eggs– stir-fry that sucker (the kale) and serve a few sunny-side-up eggs on top. This also makes a great sandwich.

  6. This weekend was hectic for us too, so i totally feel for you! Leftovers have been key this week. The bread looks amazing, heart coreys blog

  7. I’m the exact same way…if there isn’t “enough” food in the house I will snack and snack and snack…but when we have plenty, then I eat what I’m supposed to. I’m just not good at creating meals on the fly.

  8. I’m with you – if we have slim pickin’s at home, I end up snacking on stupid stuff instead and then get so annoyed with myself that I’m still hungry or unsatisfied, at least.

  9. Ah, we definitely have days/nights like that! And I always just sit around and snack if I don’t know what I’m going to make for dinner.

  10. I get really snacky when I ignore my cravings and eat something else. Like if I am craving a cookie and I eat an apple instead I wil be snacky until eventually I eat the cookie. I should have just eaten the cookie in the first place and have been done with it.

  11. I’m the same way when it comes to food. I snack incessantly on whatever I can find when we’re out of the healthy staples I love.

    Also – agreed on the stepmill. That thing is pure evil!

  12. I’m the same way! I’m struggling right now because I opted out of going to the grocery store this past weekend and right now the pickings are slim. We are going to visit my boyfriend’s mom this weekend too so I’ll be out of the house Saturday/Sunday, so I don’t know whether to just stick it out or if I should go for a quick trip tonight. I haven’t had a fresh banana since Saturday – this si the longest I’ve gone in MONTHS!

  13. I definitely know what you mean, Lee. Its almost as if I have to have the right ingredients to really consider a meal a meal. Otherwise I will either get cranky or just eat random snacks that add up to way more than a meal.

  14. I feel like I always run out of fruits and veggies at the same time, so some days are balanced and some aren’t. It’s hard with my weird schedule to go grocery shopping when I want, so I have to make do with what I have!

  15. Honestly, that sounds like a great meal to me! I hope you guys didn’t get too much crap from that storm. I am so tired today since I stayed up worrying all night.

  16. We didn’t get anything, but thunderstorms. I was so freaked out! I’m glad you guys are ok!

  17. Totally guilty of that last night… snacking without a clear plan for dinner and then going out to dinner when Alex asked me if I wanted to go anyway… too much!

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