Avoiding catastrophe

It seems that my refrigerator did a strip-tease during the weekend, and I wasn’t even there to witness the show.Instead, all I got was a bare naked fridge to return to after a long weekend away from home.

So, what’s a girl to do?

More specifically, what is a time-pressed, poor college girl to do?

First step: Throw together a hodgepodge breakfast.

Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with water. Mixed with leftover German’s chocolate cake frosting and a bit of PB.

Second step: Throw together an even more hodgepodge lunch to take to school.

Consumed: Flat Out wrap with peanut butter, sugar-free apple butter, 3 prunes and banana chips. Some steamed edamame beans sprinkled with sea salt. An orange that was stolen from my hotel this weekend.

Third Step: Once done with a solid day of classes, make a strategic run by the store.

Fourth Step: Carefully load up on groceries that hit a balance between stomach satisfaction and wallet satisfaction. Those bright, yellow “sale stickers” are almost as sweet as the dark chocolate chips that also made their way into my cart…

Fifth Step: Head straight home to put all perishable items up. But, this doesn’t require speeding. I actually encourage sitting back, relaxing and even putting your feet up.

Sixth Step: Creep out drivers of other cars by taking goofy pictures while waiting at stop lights. That way, the drivers will be so concerned with your state of mental health, they will allow you to move ahead, thus ensuring proper refrigerating of grocery items.

Seventh Step: After putting all goods away, use up any miscellaneous leftovers. For example, I had a random sweet potato hanging out on my counter that was just begging to be used.

Sweet Potato Oven Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • ~ 1 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Scrub off and then thinly slice (about 1/8 inch thickness) sweet potato.
  • Toss potato slices with olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Spread out on cooling rack placed atop a cookie sheet. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Flip and then cook for another 10 minutes, or until chips reach desired crispness.

The thing is, my roommates were apparently also going through the same steps (give or take a “foot resting” or “car driver freaking out”), because the previously naked fridge seemed to be dressed for a wintertime blizzard. Oh, well.

That just meant that I had to clean a few extra things out of the freezer, such as some Hodgson Mill Insta-Bake Mix.

The thing is, I didn’t feel like making any of the box-suggested recipes. Instead, I just threw together the mix, water, baking soda, lemon juice and honey, tossed it in a 450 degree oven and hoped for the best.

Although the “experiment” turned out basically identical to an over-sized biscuit, it was still delicious. But, just to ensure that, I drizzled it with a little bit more honey.

Eighth Step: Throw together another, albeit slightly more balanced, hodgepodge dinner to take to the newsroom.

Consumed: Fresh strawberries, peanut butter puffins, a few mixed nuts, crasins and banana chips that were later topped with a Greek vanilla yogurt. Rounded out with some chocolate-flavored rice crisps.

Ninth (and most important) Step: Take a moment to relax with a couple of cuties.

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, then chances are you’ve avoided major kitchen catastrophe… At least that refrigerator decides to pull another strip tease.

 

 


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