FOOD TUESDAY: Clean Out Your Fridge & Pantry
This week at MommaJam is all about getting rid of stuff you don’t need, getting organized and loving life.
Take a look at your pantry.
Is it over flowing with tons of leftover holiday snacks? Clean it out.
Make a list of all the things you should pack in your kids’ lunches, pack for your own lunch, give to kids coming over for playdates (if your house is like mine, the boys eat everything in site).
Toss anything moldy and gross. Align cans and jars, so you can actually see items and think about what to cook right now without going to the store. (Novel concept, but Americans throw out approximately 40 percent of their groceries each year). Rather than stressing about what’s for dinner, come up with something yummy and creative with ingredients you already have.
Once your pantry is cleaned up, work on the fridge. Get rid of old, floppy stuff. Compost as much as you can, freeze what needs to be stored for later use, and eat up what’s teetering on the edge of expiration. Don’t waste it. Turn all those random raw ingredients and leftovers into meals this week.
After the fridge is semi-empty, give it a clean with a refreshing non-toxic mix of water and baking soda. Using a cotton cloth, gently rub out dried up spills, brown gunk from rotten lettuce, and spilled Ketchup.
You’ll feel better once you clean up the kitchen and can “see” what’s for dinner. I bet, it’s something delicious.