Clean Out The Crisper Two-In-One: Episode 1; Stir Fry!

So, I know that most of my dear friends that follow me on my food adventures are also fellow HEALTH NERDS!! Nerds unite!! 😉 So there is one thing I am guessing us health nerds have in common; a problem that is not that big of a deal to non-nerds, but is to us. That issue is this; getting toward the end of a busy week, and having the fact gnawing at your brain that you have beautiful veggies in your fridge about to go bad. Few things hurt me as bad as losing veggies to the trash can!!  Pure tragedy in my book.

With much anxiety, I found myself in that situation recently.  But I discovered a wonderful solution.  One prep, two meals, many days of eating!!  I like to call it my Clean Out The Crisper Two-In-One.

Now, the nature of this post is going to be much less “exact” than most of mine because, frankly, the recipe is going to depend on what you have in your fridge that is on the verge of death, haha!  But I will share the concept with you, and show you what I used!

Clean Out The Crisper Stir Fry!


  • 1/4 Head Red Cabbage, Sliced
  • 2 Sm Onions, Sliced into chunks
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Julienned
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper, Julienned
  • 1/2 lb or so Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 3-4 Handfuls Baby Carrots
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Marinade of Choice, divide (I used olive oil, coconut aminos, sesame oil, pepper flakes, etc…)


And here’s how you do it!

  1. Whisk together your marinade.  Cube chicken , put in a Ziploc baggie (I seriously believe that the secret to healthy eating is Ziploc baggies, baha!) and pour marinade over chicken, reserving a couple of Tablespoons to add as a sauce later.  Marinade for a few hours, up to 24.
  2. Prep all your veggies, and divide them into half.  You are using half for this recipe and half for one that I will show you soon.  One prep, two meals, days of eating, remember?!  🙂
  3. Melt some coconut oil in a wok and dump in your chicken.  Cook until mostly done all the way through.  Set aside.
  4. Dump all your veggies and stir, cooking until tender crisp.  Add chicken in and stir until combined.
  5. Drizzle reserved marinade over whole dish, stir, and continue cooking for a few minutes until everything is done!  You don’t want your veggies to be too mushy!

Yay!  Be watching later this recipe for the other super easy recipe I made with the same ingredients!


Prep your veggies!  I used the full amount of cabbage in this recipe, but the rest I divided in half for both recipes.

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Melt coconut oil in a wok and add your marinated chicken.  Stirring occasionally, cook until chicken is just about done.  Set aside for later.

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Add prepped veggies to same skillet and cook, stirring, until tender-crisp.

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Aren’t they pretty?!

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I LOVE VEGGIES!  Okay.  Here is a sneak peak at my two pots of meals cooking at the same time, quick and easy!

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Yum-o!  Now add your chicken back in, stir, drizzle with reserved marinade, and cook until everything is done!  Not too crispy, not too mushy…just heavenly goodness!

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Plop on top of some steamy hot quinoa or cauliflower rice (recipe coming soon!) and enjoy!!  Or save for tomorrow to take to work for lunch!  I made all my coworkers hungry when I warmed this up there! 😉

Tips for Healthy Eating!!

Just a quick little post to share an idea I had with you.  I don’t know why I hadn’t done this before, because already these two little steps have helped us immensely.  As you well know, I love eating healthy.  I love COOKING healthy.  But being a dance teacher, a Postal worker, a food blogger, a wife, and an assistant manager trying to make my store better…causes a person to be quite busy.  Busy isn’t bad, especially when you are busy with good things.  But busy and healthy are very hard to harmonize.  Can I get an amen?!  Well it just got easier, because of these little preparations that only took a few minutes!!  Let me show you 🙂

First off…breakfast.  I am SO bad about skipping breakfast, but I know it is so important!  It provides energy for my day and keeps me full so I don’t get hungry and eat something naughty.  But I am so bad at getting up that 10 extra minutes to prep.  Cause I like sleep.  And stay up too late.  So if I get anything it is a banana on the way out the door.  Which does not keep me going very long.  And I am not the only one that struggles with that in the Rodgers house hold.  Mr. Rodgers used to make gorgeous omelets every day.  But he has been doing so much at the church and working so hard, he hasn’t had time either!  So I decided that something MUST be done.  So.  Here is what was done.  😉

Photo (6)Welcome to my breakfast box!!!  Here I have pre prepped everything you could need for omelets, breakfast skillets, whatever…  I was going to get fresh basil, but they were out…so I decided to get something that lasts longer.  Basil and cilantro go bad so fast!!!  So I got basil and cilantro paste.  It can be whisked right into the eggs or stirred into the filling…whatever you desire.  And then I got a couple boxes of little snack baggies and went a-chopping.  Here are some ideas of things that I used for our pre-prepped breakfast box.  🙂

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  • Diced Bell Pepper
  • Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Minced Red Onion
  • Sliced Green Onion
  • Chopped Spinach (I thawed some frozen stuff, cause I have a billion bags of it)
  • Minced Garlic
  • Cubed Sharp Cheddar Cheese

What would you chop up for your breakfasts?!


Alright one more idea.  Snacks.  I don’t think people realize the importance of snacks in healthy eating.  If you get too hungry, you are going to crumble.  You need small amounts of satisfying “goodies” to get you through the day, especially between meals.  Keeps your eyes on the prize.  But when you are in a rush, you either forget your snacks…or just grab a whole bag of whatever snack you want and end up eating way too much of it….and spending more money than you should and eating more calories than you need.  So…right when you get home from the grocery store…grab those snack baggies again, and make one of these!!!

Photo (7)A snack box!!!!

Now, obviously, you need to make sure the snacks you are getting are actually healthy.  We have roasted almonds, raisins (debatable, but are a better way to fill a sweet tooth), and multigrain crackers.  Pre portion your goodies so when you are running out the door, you can grab a baggie or two and so when you are a few hours away from lunch, you can bust in to one of these and be less tempted by the calorie filled, chemical filled convenience foods around you!!!

Photo (8)Ready to go!!!  I hope these little tips help!!