PROJECT CLEANOUT

by Holly on April 11, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,PROJECT CLEANOUT,recipes,travel

This picture sums up my evening last night perfectly…

Beer. Lots of it. So, why was I surprised when I woke up with a hangover this morning?

Yes, you read that right: a hangover.

It’s really a shame I don’t have any pictures from last night, because it was a GOOD time.  Friends + beer = love. I mean, the carrot cake, bread pudding and beer + cheese dip consumed late in the evening didn’t hurt either.  If it wasn’t for my dull headache of hungoverness today, I would be quite jolly about it all.

Unfortunately, my stomach didn’t feel jolly enough to eat until about 11am.  I am pretty sure that set some kind of record.  Me not wanting to eat breakfast? Never.  The only thing that sounded palatable when I woke up was a good ol’ bowl of cereal…

Multigrain Cheerios + organic skim milk. And a jumbo coffee.  And a long 1-hour walk.  And two Advil. And I felt much better.

Grocery shopping ALWAYS helps too…

Although, when you’re on a $30 budget, it isn’t as much fun as usual.

(from l to r)

  • dried garbanzo beans
  • nutritional yeast
  • 1 red, 2 yellow onions
  • bananas
  • baby spinach
  • celery
  • avocado
  • organic skim milk
  • carrots
  • honey sesame tofu
  • cabbage
  • peanut butter
  • eggs
  • frozen raspberries

Why only $30, you ask? For two reasons: (a) I’ve spent WAY too much money this month and am poor, and (b) yours truly is instituting a lil’ thing called PROJECT CLEANOUT this week.

Every once in awhile, I like to invoke my power as head of my own household and insist the fridges be emptied, pantry be eaten clean and all excess leftover food devoured. Not only do I love the challenge of it all, but I really enjoy being able to do a mondo grocery shop the following week as a reward for my eating cleaning efforts.

I began PROJECT CLEANOUT with 1/4 cup brown lentils + 1/4 cup bulgur wheat.  Hmmmm…what to do…what to do…what to do…

I know! How about Spiced Lentils + Bulgur with Roasted Cabbage?

In a saucepan, I added the lentils, bulgur and 1 cup water.  Then, as the liquid cooked out, I added low sodium veggie broth until the mixture was al dente.  I added a can of diced tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, salt + spices until the liquid from the tomatoes cooked out slightly.  Lastly, I added 2 T. nutritional yeast, stirred it all up and served it with the roasted cabbage.

For the cabbage, I simply chopped 1 head of cabbage, 2 shallots + 1 yellow onion, drizzled them with EVOO + salt then roasted them at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

I was shockingly happy with how it turned out.

Mid-afternoon, my tumtum still felt off so I relied on a good ol’ PB+J to power me through my gargantuan to-do list. Yes, I still make to-do lists, even when hungover. Refer to this post for more insight on that.

Dinner was of the liquid variety…

1 cup organic skim milk
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 banana
1/4 cup POM juice
2 T vanilla brown rice protein powder
1 1/2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola

I hope you didn’t think liquid meant more beer. I have no plans to drink alcohol for awhile. However, smoothies are a completely different thing.  I see MANY more of these are in my future.

With that, I am going to do some light yoga, crawl into bed, finish my movie (Brick Lane on Netflix…amazing) and drink some more magical elixir…

Tangerine Emergen-C + pomegranate white tea. That’s a dynamic duo right there.

Stay tuned this week for more interesting concoctions arising from PROJECT CLEANOUT.  Trust me, I have some weird thangs brewing in my crazy head.  With that, answer me a few q’s so I can catch up on all my lovely readers’ lives…

What was the highlight and lowlight of your weekend? My highlight was definitely volunteering with Madison Meals for Haiti.  My lowlight?  Aforementioned hangover.  No fun.

What are your vacation + travel plans for this year? I stole this question from Fitnessista :).  Mine are: hiking in Banff, Canada in June, San Francisco in July and perhaps a trip over the pond to visit one of my best friends who is moving to London!

{ 44 comments }

Katharina April 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Good luck with project clean-out! I’ve been trying to do that when it comes to grains and proteins. I find that I have a pretty good stock when it comes to those two things. Plus, it’s been easier on my digestive system i.e. basmati rice, oats, lentils, legumes. Your bulgur and lentil concoction looks so tasty :D Roasted cabbage sounds right up my alley as well. And PB&J.. they never fail!

Feel better my love! One thing that does the trick for me when it comes to hangovers is ginger tea and tomato soup + toast. The tomato soup works wonders.

My lowlight was losing my favorite blazer of all time. In fact.. I could wear that thing for days straight and never get sick of it. Then my highlight was the good news that my friend actually found it a day later on the road in front of her apartment. Crazy huh?! But I have a few highlights this weekend.. girls night and spending the day outside with my friend and Matilda at the river.

I have noooo idea. I really hope to be going to NY atleast. I miss all my friends there :(

XOXO

p.s. thanks for sending me the link for the co-op 411!

Matt April 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I totally need to do a project clean out soon. My pantry has so much junk!

Danielle (Coffee Run) April 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Oooohh hangovers suck :? I used to have this weird hangover remedy called “shove as much broccoli into your system as you can.” It worked haha

I like the idea of project clean-out! I’m thinking of starting one too :D

Sherah April 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Your smoothie bowl photos are awesome. I want to eat/drink that purple mountain of majesty.

Lynn @ The Actors Diet April 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

good luck with project cleanout! i just did something like that b/c i wasn’t home very often – now tomorrow i have to go grocery shopping!

hope you feel 100% tomorrow!

Anica April 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

The best part of my weekend was the fab weather in chicago on saturday!! 75 degrees baby! It was amazing! And I will be moving to Beijing in June!!!!!! YAY project clean!

Run Sarah April 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Project clean out sounds awesome! I had an un-official one as I was trying to eat up things I knew my hubs wouldn’t touch in the kitchen before I left, and I got surprisingly resourceful!

Jamie @ Tearaveler April 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I’m trying to eat my way through my fridge/pantry/freezer too!! Since graduation is right around the corner and will have to move… =( Oooh I’m so jealous that you’re going to SF.. I miss it terribly!

Highlight: giving high fives to all of the mom’s at the bar last night who were up for the senior guys’ mom prom =)
low: finding out I gave high fives to all of my guy friends mom’s, mainly the sober ones.

Travel plans commencing in 6 weeks: 3 weeks in London-town, a weekend in Prague, Nepal (Everest Base Camp? heck ya) and India for the summer, and possibly a trip to Vegas to visit friends when I get back in October so I can win back all of the money I will have spent on the aforementioned adventures =)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I love cleaning out the pantry! I like the challenge of being creative with what I’ve got. I might be moving in the next few months, so I’ve put big travel plans on hold for a bit, but I do have a trip to your neck of the woods at the end of May and my madre and I are planning a fall marathon somewhere on the east coast!

Erica April 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I love cleanout weeks! Feels good to use up those items that have been lingering for farrr too long. The lentil mix looks amazing. I purchased some nutritional yeast a while ago and still havent used it. I think its about time. Hope you’re feeling much much better:

What was the highlight and lowlight of your weekend? So many highlights- a fancy dinner with Josh Friday night (I love just spending time with him), brunch today with my parents, walks with Frank. Lowlights- umm maybe doing work today?

What are your vacation + travel plans for this year?You’ve got some great travel plans. We’re going to Pennsylvania for Josh’s brothers graduation, hilton head with Josh’s family this summer, Boston to visit my sister, and we’re going back to Jamaica for our comp trip at some point

Carbzilla April 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

We’re hoping to eat through everything until we get sad. Then it’s time to go to the store again (though Hubs has been making emergency beer runs). Today I cooked an old bag of pinto beans and sorta made refritos. Sorta.

I love hearing about a movie I’ve never heard of!

We’re going to AZ, Disneyworld, and Hawaii this year (Hubs turns 40). We have family moving to England so we’ll be heading there in 2011!

Molly April 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

Oooooh the weekend was action packed for me, which says a lot, considering I was a hermit for the past 4…yuck. Highlight was spending Saturday with my favorite coworker/teacher going shopping up in Aomori City. The lowlight would be not getting enough sleep, b/c I’m for sure dragging at work today!

Traveling plans~ In T-minus 11 days I’m heading to Korea, then down to Osaka/Nara/Kyoto, Japan (I live about 16 hours drive from those places), and then HOPEFULLY crossing my fingers to visit my twin in India this July!!! Hmmm, I really, really wanted to come on your Canadian adventure b/c I <3 Canada, but I won't be back from Japan yet…then I'm off to Cali for a much overdo family vaca! That's all on this end! Hope you had a great weekend Holly, minus the hangover…

andi April 12, 2010 at 12:38 am

delurking because, well, although hangovers really suck, Spotted Cow is more than a little awesome! (I live in Michigan. my girlfriend talked me into taking a 5-hour roadtrip to Wisconsin to pick up several cases of Spotted Cow since it’s only sold in your state!)

no real high/low lights this weekend because I worked all weekend. third shift. it’s awesome.

and travel plans include Sacramento, Seattle, and at least a trip or two back to Wisconsin. :)

Tay April 12, 2010 at 1:05 am

It’s true, grocery shopping DOES help ;-) And yeah girl for $30 budgets!! That’s what I’m talking about! I’m right there with ya on $30 a week and project clean out.

Highlight was definitely the baseball game on Friday night. Lots of fun!!
Vacation? Ummm just plan to visit my friends all over the state once I move back home! I’ll be going stir-crazy so I plan to be visiting someone almost every weekend! :-)

Toni April 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

I LOVE the idea of project Clean Out! I may actually do it myself as I have a *horrible* habit of just buying and buying but then leaving things in the back of the freezer that I forget about… I’ve been spending far too much money on groceries & it’s getting out of hand.

Thanks for the information on the co-ops! I actually went and checked out mine and was very disapointed! It was a small grocery and had a lot too offer but it was pretty much all the same things I can get at whole foods. Plus it seemed the prices were more expensive than whole foods so that 5%/10% members discount didn’t do much. Oh well at least I tried. My whole foods is also known as “Harry’s Farmers Market” so it has a little more to offer and they focus on local produce, breads, meats, etc.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 12, 2010 at 5:37 am

I always feel the need to clean out my pantry and fridge as well. Luckily, it is really easy since my husband is a human garbage disposal.

Lauren April 12, 2010 at 6:14 am

Sounds like a fun and crazy night! :)

I need to work on my “clean-out” habits. I always realize how much food I have but somehow that doesn’t stop me from spending way too much money on fun new things! :( I just need to stay away from the organic section when I don’t need anything from there.

Have a great week girl!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 12, 2010 at 6:46 am

Your spiced lentils look awesome! I’m such a lentil freak, and I haven’t had any in ages. Major withdrawals (yes, it is totally possible to have lentil withdrawals ;) )

Hope you had a lovely weekend girly!

Maya April 12, 2010 at 6:47 am

Project cleanout sounds like a good way to get creative! I don’t think I’ve seen Brick Lane the movie, but the book is very good!

Mellissa April 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

Hangovers are no fun! Our travel plans this year are a few Chicago trips, Madison in the fall, and Spain and Portugal over Thanksgiving.

Danielle April 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

Good for you for making the most of your resources… and for surviving the Sunday hangover. I was right there with ya, although I’m thinking that if carrot cake were to have made an appearance in my night, I would’ve felt a heck of a lot better yesterday ;). Travel plans for the year are rather loosely planned, so I don’t want to get my hopes up quite yet. Have a great week darling!

Kacy April 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

Damn hangovers, who invented those anyway? They’re cruel.

Your lentil/bulgar dish looks divine. Reminds me that I have some leftovers of a lentil dish in the fridge that I totally forgot about. I need to eat it!

Highlight: Getting to catch up with an old friend Saturday. Having a relaxing weekend and finally getting a good night’s sleep.
Lowlight: Not running my 10K on Sunday due to crappy month-long sickness.

Have a good Monday love!

Angharad April 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

Sounds like a fun project. I don’t think danno the manno would let me get away with it though…he is precious and would cry without fresh cheerios.

Oh before I forget: lime and habenero salsa = TJs!! It’s delish.

Highlight of my weekend: wholefoods salad bar for the first time in a year or so and pizza+wine that very night. food success!

Lowlight: spending any amount of time in the mall of america is generally a lowlight even if many great purchases are made, know what i mean?!

Travel plans: austin in october and crossing fingers for chicago in august for lollapalooza! then there is a distant possibility i will make it to the caribbean to see my parents before the year is out! woopa.

Kailey (SnackFace) April 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

Oh honey, you better practice being good at being hungover before you come visit. It will be three nights out, so it’s best that you prepare :D

Imaginary plans aside, I am so happy you went out and had a blast! I’m also very intrigued by your project cleanout. I may need to do something similar…

Highlight del weekend: Going out with Muffin and my prospect on Saturday and everyone loving everyone. Dream come true.
Lowlight del weekend: It ended.

Travel plans: hoping San Fran and who knows what city I’ll end up in after graduation! Speaking of, I SOOOOO need to apply for jobbies.

Gah.

Anyway, I love and miss you and we need mayj catch-up action. xoxoxoxoo

samantha April 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

going to the grocery store when hungover is my worst nightmare…the aromas! the people! the decisions! i always just want to lie on the floor in fetal position.

travel plans are a weekend in the vineyard, VEGAS BABY YEAH with my college roommates, and a trip back to my hometown (ny) to see my family/friends. woop woop.

Evan Thomas April 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

I definitely need to partake in project clean out. I have so much candy alone, and every time I finish a bar I get another.Fail. I need to spend less. I love how healthy you shop even on a budget. Most people would turn to quick, easy, cheap calories then but you’re rocking the nutrish!

Kelsey April 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

oh i love ‘project cleanout’ .. i mentioned something similar on my blog post yesterday. its such a good idea and i agree is a fun challenge. xo

Therese April 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

Leaving for the Florida Keys TOMORROW!!!!! I can’t freakin wait. Although we kind of decided to start our “vacation” on Saturday. As in allowing ourselves to skirt responsibility and drink way too much beer. Ah well!

Erica D April 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Highlight: Playing rugby in glorious 73 degree sun. We’ve had a very cold winter in Colorado, and I’ve played some frigid games!

Travel: I’m working at the summer camp I went to as a kid up in the Rocky Mountains, aka the best place on earth. Before that, I’m going on a 10-day visit to a Benedictine Catholic monastery in North Dakota (I’ve never been, so why not?) and after camp is over, I’m studying abroad in Amman, Jordan for the fall semester! Then finally returning home to Connecticut in December. Ah, travel!!

Maura April 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I feel your pain…I was hungover for the first time in AGES on Saturday. It was good times though so I can deal. I’m planning a vaca to Nantucket soon with my girlfriends. Hopefully we can go sometime in July. :)

runnerforever April 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Isn’t it funny how cereal is always good no matter what condition you are in haha.
No travel plans yet unfortunately. :-(

Diana April 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

YAY!!!! Come visit me in the UK!!!!!! I really want to see your sparkling face, drooling over a puddle of Bangers and Mash! Until that magical moment I will be on project “find Holly the Englishman of her dreams.” Piece-o-cake, right?!?!

LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Lisa April 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm

ahhh cleanouts are so good! it is fun grocery shopping after you are done, but dang, those grocery bills always scare me :)

Kate April 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

hangovers suck! some times a big ol bowl of cereal is so satisfying tho.

i too am going thru a clean out phase. i get annoyed by little bits of random food. it makes me that much more creative!

Katie April 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Whenever I have clean out weeks, they always include rice or beans and the veggies I find at the bottom of my produce drawer.

Highlight of the weekend: a fabulous run on Saturday
Lowlight: staying up to late on a Sunday night
Travel plans: all centered around friend’s weddings.

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Ummmmm, if you’re going to be in San Francisco in July….we need to meet-up if your traveling schedule allows it.

I’m already impressed with your cooking creativity demonstrated with project clean-out! Your new project has reminded me that I have a ton of pantry items to use up before the big move. The frugal Franny in me needs to use up every last speck of flour and canned tuna before bouncing outta this joint!

Sounds like your hangover was a minor price to pay for an awesome evening out with friends. Hope you’re feeling back to your normal self again!

BroccoliHut April 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I need to do a project cleanout too–my cupboards are a tad too full of stuff that I’ve been neglecting for far too long.
Highlight of this past weekend? Making homemade mozzarella. Lowlight? Watching only part of Up–I want to watch the ending!

Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin April 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Yay for a cleanout! I usually fail when I try to do that. I go to the grocery store and just can’t control myself. Looks like you’re doing a good job making some delicious things with what you have though!

You have lots of super fun trips coming up! I am going out-of-country for the first time ever to visit a friend in Switzerland. Should be a good time – the bank account isn’t happy but oh well!

Ally (Sweet & Savory) April 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

We also do project cleanout at our house every few months. We also do freezer challenges and try to use up whatever is lingering in the freezer!

Susan April 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

hahaha, I’m sorry, but I had to laugh at that cereal shot for the hungover breakfast! Beer is the worst for hangovers too, I always feel SO gross after :\

Highlight of weekend = bring my puppy home (13-year-old puppy, they don’t grow up!)
Lowlight of the weekend = getting a cold. Boo.

I’m traveling to Banff with YOU!!! I was just thinking today that I MUST buy cowboy boots while in Calgary. I’ve always wanted a pair and Alberta is sort of the cowboy country of Canada ;) I’m also planning on going to Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit, lots of trips to Ottawa and Quebec City to see my sisters, and I’m already beginning the planning stages for going to Scotland. Not to visit, but to LIVE. (in 2011)

kate April 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I think I need a project clean out!

elise April 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

i need to do project clean out. im DEF joining you in this one. helllooooo, im moving in a month, so WHY am i still restocking like im storing up for the next winter 2010? stoop.

its been SO long since i have had a hangover, i really dont miss it. that said, a night of beer sounds awesome. i think i may have a few in my near future. hello, job resignation :)

the fact that you make to-do lists while hungover makes me KNOW we are destined to be besties. and SF in july!?!?!?! dudeeeee, you and i MUST MUST MUST meet up, ok? i have my bachelorette party in the early part of the month but after that i hope our paths will overlap.

Michelle April 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Project clean out is DEFINITELy what i’m signed up for right now. Thanks to the fact that i’m moving to another city in 2 months, I have to freakin’ eat all the junk i’ve accumulated in my pantry…in other words…TOO MANY CARBS….ahhhhh. And beans. hahahah

Your summer is packed isn’t it!??!? I’m going to Hong Kong for 2 months to visit home/family and then straight back to CHicago …and finally my new home Boston.

P.s. Your protein pancakes are so freakin’ fluffy i’m JEALOUS. My pancakes always end up flat!!! Even if they come from a mix!!!!! Shhhhhh….

Jessica Lee April 19, 2010 at 1:54 am

I’m on a different project clean out of my own. I’m moving in a month so I am not allowing myself to buy any kind of groceries aside from fresh fruits and veggies and yogurt. I am trying to eat all the canned/jarred/bagged/frozen stuff I have!

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