Spring Clean your fridge and come up with strange delicious meals

So everyone’s talking about spring-cleaning; you’ve probably deep cleaned your bedrooms, closets, living room, even your garage.  Given away some clothes for charity and stored your heavy blankets and coats.  But have you spring-cleaned your fridge?
There’s no better place to start spring-cleaning than with your refrigerator. First off, take everything out.  Throw out any expired items, old veggies or fruit.  Scrub every corner of the fridge with baking soda and water

 

You will be left with a few foods that can be put together creatively and come out good.  What we were left with was organic crunchy peanut butter, organic pickles, whole wheat tortillas, organic sugar plum tomatoes, organic tofu, avocados, sourdough bread, organic coconut milk, vanilla extract and hot sauce.
We didn’t really make anything strange; we made our favorite grilled tofu on sourdough sandwiches, snacked on sugar plum tomatoes, pickles, and toasted whole wheat tortillas with avocado and hot sauce.

It was great to use up everything and then head to the store to fill it up again with healthy food.

I kept thinking, I should’ve tried something different, like a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, peanut butter burritos; even an avocado smoothie.

 

So I went ahead and Googled all of these ideas and lo and behold, I found recipes for ALL of them. This just proves that a near-empty fridge leads to great inventions. Go ahead and try these before you consider take out or delivery.

Peanut Butter & Co.’s New York Sandwich Shop has the ‘Pregnant Lady’ in their menu, which is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich.

Here are some of the recipes I found:

Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich
Ingredients:
makes 1 sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread (extra yummy with seeded bread)

3 to 4 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

6 to 8 slices bread and butter pickles

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup.

Directions:
Spread each slice of bread with peanut butter.  Top the peanut butter with pickles.  Drizzle maple syrup over the pickles.  Smash on the other slice of bread, peanut butter side down.  You didn’t really need these directions to make a sandwich…. but this is just the sort of thing we do.

http://joythebaker.com
Peanut Butter and Banana Burrito
Ingredients:
1 flour tortilla
1 -2 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 banana, sliced

Directions:

1 Heat tortilla over open flame of burner, till heated thru and pliable, turning once.

2 Quickly spread peanut butter over 1/2 of tortilla, and top with banana slices.

3 Fold in ends or tortilla, and then roll up!

4 Enjoy!

 

http://www.food.com/

 

Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a large avocado (60g)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk of choice (360g)
  • scant 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch pure stevia, or 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or sugar of choice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 ice cubes, optional

 

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth, then serve. Makes about 2 cups (1-2 servings).

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

 

I found pretty weird combinations like peanut butter and tomato sandwiches, Spaghetti Sandwiches (which we’ve made), French fry and onion ring burgers, bananas topped with ketchup, carrots and ketchup, french fries dipped in dark chocolate,porpcorn and  ice cream peanut butter, popcorn and mustard. potato chip sandwiches, chocolate cake with pinto beans, pancakes and ketchup; you name it.
It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  Open your mind.

Do you have any weird food combinations or things you do with leftovers?