Deep Freeze

by Sarah on September 28, 2011 · 15 comments

On Monday, I told y’all that we had cleaned out the freezer this weekend, resulting in a whole heck of a lot of vegetables at my culinarily creative disposal.
Using what I had unearthed (including frozen pulled pork), I was able to put together an incredibly astonishing-in-its-deliciousness Carolina BBQ Stew.

And I’ve been eating it ever since.In fact, I’ve been eating freezer finds for the past week or so (even before the deep clean). So, my lovely little Smarties, the theme of this week’s What I Ate Wednesday potluck post* is simple:
*Held, as always, by the illustrious Jenn, whom I’m sure we’re all secretly (or not so secretly) jealous of for having the insight and wherewithal to organize this.
First up? Tackling some of those veggies! Turns out I had half a bag of sugar snap peas, which I immediately* steamed…
*immediately [adverb]: the next day…and doused with my new obsession: Spike Seasoning.^
^So obsessed that this will very well one day earn its own WIAW post.
It claims no MSG…but I just don’t know…
I actually like to eat these steamed, previously frozen ‘snaps’ cold. [But what DON'T I like to eat cold?*]
*I sense another upcoming theme here…
Packing them in my lunch, along with yet MORE of my Carolina BBQ Stew and a slice of bread (also rescued from the freezer).[It's a sign of a single girl that you eat the same soup for more meals than you might like to admit, just because there is SO MUCH...and that you can keep a loaf of bread mailed to you five months ago this long without finishing it...]In addition to vegetables, I found an assortment of veggie burgers to use as I pleased. The vegan Boca Burgers made their way into another spontaneous veggie-and-canned-tomato saute.As for one of the Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger?
After a quick batch of Sweet Potato Straw…I mixed the crumbled burger in, along with some (yes, frozen) peas. A generous sprinkling of smoked paprika (loving that lately), and I was good to go! [If by go...you mean eat.]Even Mr. “I’ve never eaten Pirate’s Booty until today, but I’ll spend 8 hours on my day off making veal stock.”* got in on the deep freeze clean-out. Although we didn’t touch the veal stock (or the chicken, vegetable, and I believe beef, stocks that also reside in the fridge) some thawed grouper ended up being the base for a spontaneous kind-of-Italian (?) fish pasta.
*”And will then point out that it takes only one hour of ‘hands-on’ time to make, not the full eight.”
Where there’s vegetables…well, there’s probably fruit, too, right?And guess what? Frozen fruit really ain’t that bad when used correctly.*
*Whatever “correctly” means…I don’t even know why I said that.To be honest, I ate a lot of the peaches and mango just as they were, once thawed.However, some ended up as a mini fruit salad (along with apples, figs, and frozen berries)……that I packed with the breakfast I felt I didn’t have time to eat before work.^
^And yet had time to photograph? Riiiiiiight….All that delicious cereal mix (including a mess of things, including Central Market Maple Morning Crunch, Graham Bumpers, leftover Cinnamon Toast Crunch impersonater from my White Chocolate Cinna-mini Crunch, and Barbara’s Blueberry Burst Shredded Minis) needed for perfection…was a splash of “peanut butter” kefir.*
*Why yes, Tianna, I DID solely buy that because it was on dairy clearance.

Mmmm….yeah, that was yummy.
[And proves that peanut butter really does go with everything!]

It wasn’t the first time I’d used the PB2 to help flavor my breakfast.
It’s quite tasty mixed in with almond milk, too.Topped of with frozen peaches and diced apple…
…and wait…Hold up! Was that….????
Why yes. Yes it was.
When cleaning out the freezer there is NO reason why desserts shouldn’t be involved too!

Especially for breakfast. ;)

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mindrunningwild September 28, 2011 at 3:32 am

I love lifeway kefer!! I love the plain tart kind. Just perfect. and you're so right, everything DOES go with peanut butter. There isn't a single thing I won't eat it on. Try it with tuna, don't knock it till you try it! I cleaned out everything before I came abroad and now I'm starting fresh!! woo. cereal mix. I love it.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean September 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

mmmm….morning star black bean burgers…why are you just so darn good?!

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atastelife September 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

It's amazing what I find in the freezer some days…

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love how you spruced up your cereal! I never would have thought to add frozen peaches or kefir to it. Love the creativity!

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Sarah Snacks September 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

Love this! Sometimes these clean out the fridge/freezer/pantry meals are the BEST!

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Lindsay September 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

Your food always looks amazing. I'm impressed by your creative skills at creating stuff. PB2. It is a good mix in with certain things. Although Central Market (N lamar) has been out of it forever and has only had the chocolate. So I've just been buying more PB&Co. So I guess its not really a loss haha.

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Lauren September 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

Woah! You have some seriously good lookin' eats :)

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Carolyn@LivingOriental September 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Mmmm BBQ stew sounds delicious!

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Hilary September 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Mmmm…I heart PB2…but mixed with almond milk on cereal? Genious! I'm also a big fan of random meals designed to use up the thing's in one's fridge/freezer/cupboard.

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homemadeadventure September 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Love how you used the veggie burgers! I have some in my freezer that need some new life…

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Katie September 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I drive my parents crazy because I prefer to eat stir-frys cold (particularly sugar snap/snow peas and/or water chestnuts)

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kalie September 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I wanna be you!

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Meri September 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I use frozen veggies all of the time, almost every day, but it took me awhile to figure out frozen fruit. I like it best in smoothie/ soft serve type snacks or in oatmeal or pancakes where it will be melted. Other than that, I have issues with it.

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spinachandskittles.com September 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I've never had kefir…is that weird? Oh and p.s., I really can spell cue. I had just updated my netflix queue….yeah.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 29, 2011 at 2:59 am

Awesome! I'm eating lots of gelato in Italy… cheers to freezer food!

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