I made a very cool and very Japanese/Macrobiotic dinner last night in an attempt to declutter my kitchen and use up pantry items.
I started with this Soba Noodle & Umeboshi Dressing recipe that I’ve been obsessed with, but I had to make a few adjustments. This was soba noodles topped with julienned burdock and carrot (frozen). I had a few shirataki noodles for bulk, but it was mostly soba.
Then I made miso soup for each of us (from a packet, but again… trying to use up pantry items).
And I also grilled some frozen Rex Sole that I’d gotten at the Korean grocery a few weeks ago. The sole was actually really delicious (I ate my whole piece plus part of Bobby’s – he’s not really a whitefish person) and now I want to buy more of it. So that was a fail at pantry cleaning (unless I resist the temptation to buy more).
I’ve actually managed to use up some other pantry items – I made chocolate/raisin/sunflower seed/oatmeal cookies for bobby (oatmeal raisin is his favorite) with the rest of my instant oatmeal (it’s sweetened, and I just can’t deal with that much sugar… I tried), nuts that I never eat, and raisins and chocolate that have been waiting to be cooked. He took them to work with him so they’ll probably disappear soon. I also sent him in to work with a big bag of granola bars so he’s going to try to have them for snacks. I’m totally over bars, and have been for a while. Just not my thing.
The point of cleaning out the pantry is to use up all those things that I bought at one point and then discovered that I didn’t really like, or didn’t like as much as I thought I had. I’m making good progress I think. By the end of the month a decent amount of the excess food will be used up.
I just found out what my summer schedule is going to look like – I’ve decided to teach full-time for a few months instead of taking classes at community college. I’ll be teaching summer classes for SAT prep, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry. Fun! I hope it will be 🙂
My mom comes tomorrow night! I can’t wait to make her eat green oatmeal and kabocha. Have you ever made your parents try something that they thought was kind of crazy?