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Canned Food Challenge: Day 1

Mar 8, 2010

Looks like Margaret's idea isn't original (thanks for the link, Stefanie!).  But whatever -- game on!!!

I feel that Margaret has an edge on me already.  Since we moved in together two and half years ago, she has been the queen of taking leftovers to work for lunch and scrounging in the fridge to find something for dinner.  I, on the other hand, get bored easily and go buy new things every few days.  Plus, I hate leftovers.  Leftovers the very next day are okay, but for days in a row...oh gosh, I just gagged.  Last night I ate leftover meatloaf that I made last week, and when I went to bed I fully expected to wake up in the middle of the night dying of food poisoning.  After thinking about it for a while I was kind of hoping it would actually happen so I could call in sick to work.  Alas, I was fine. 

So what are we eating today?  I got a report from Margaret this morning:

Breakfast: granola crumbs (the last of the box, since I didn't buy anymore) and yogurt, two pieces of toast with almond butter and bananas on top, and half a grapefruit, and coffee.  [No my roommate is not a piggie, she is training for a marathon and ran NINE MILES yesterday.  NINE.  To all of you DC runner people that probably seems like nothing, but I personally think it's wackadoodle.]

Lunch: Leftover brown rice from Nancy [a friend whose apartment we had dinner at Friday night] (with a little of the chicken sauce...I ate all the chicken and veggies), leftover noodles, leftover asparagus and shrimp and kimchi. :)  [Margaret is on a kimchi kick.  I used to like kimchi until I was forced to eat Korean food for a year and a half and ate one too many strange smelling things to tolerate it anymore.  She inserted the smiley face because she knows reading about eating kimchi is turning my stomach right now.]

Dinner: PIZZA at Andrew's!!!  [A group of our friends gets together for dinner every Monday night, but I have a friend in town and am eating dinner with him, so I won't be eating pizza.  This is actually quite tragic because we all know how much I love pizza!]

Margaret's day of food is a lot better than mine.  As aforementioned, I'm not great with leftovers and not that creative with food in general.  Today I brought leftover oatmeal with bananas and apples (although I would have MUCH rather had McDonald's $1.99 oatmeal with raisins and apples, but I'll survive).  For lunch I made a peanut butter and honey sandwich and a pear, and for dinner I'll go crazy.  I'm thinking Tabaq, but we haven't decided on a restaurant yet.  It's directly across the street from my building and I am obsessed with their stuffed grape leaves!

Later Margaret wondered if we are allowed to buy coffee.  I think only in emergency situations...which begs the question, are we allowed to buy McDonald's 99-cent butterscotch sundaes?

UPDATE: Panic has set in.  I feel like I am dieting which makes me want to eat everything in sight.  Went to CVS earlier and was greeted by "UTZ: Quality Foods."  Suddenly Utz is the most appealing food item on the earth, but I'm not allowed to buy it!  Just ate a "fun size" (what's fun about that?) bag of Cheez-Its, but I only have two more and they have to last me two more weeks!!!  Am going to die of starvation/insanity.

UPDATE 2: Cheez-Its are sitting in my stomach like a rock. I usually only eat half a fun size bag, but I freaked out and ate the whole thing.  May never eat Cheez-Its again.


  1. Good luck with the pantry challenge! I try to do this every once in a while because I freeze so much stuff, haha.

  2. Your eating habits sound like mine, lol. The challenge sounds pretty hard to do. Much luck to you!!

  3. I don't think I could clean out my fridge. I'm with you. I would go crazy! But, I do love leftovers, but it depends on what it is. There are some foods I could eat everyday, and if I have enough leftovers, I will. I think it's tricky cleaning out your fridge when you have to go to work. Often times I get most excited about my lunch! Would hate to be disappointed by the boring lunch I had to bring in. But stick with it! In the end, I think you'll be proud you did.

  4. It's going to be tempting to not eat all the sweets that we have sitting out.....avoid sweets, go for the field peas instead! (that's why I'm cutting up massive amounts of carrots...ahh!)

  5. missed out on white pizza with tomato, basil, and CRAB!

  6. What the heck is leftover Oatmeal? You don't save cooked oatmeal! Yick!