This happens to me all the time. I look in the fridge and think to myself, 'Oh man, I REALLY need to go grocery shopping, but I don't have time to tonight, and I'm too HUNGRY!" The produce is starting to run out, and it seems like there's nothing in the fridge...how on earth do I make myself a dinner?? But instead of resorting to eating out or making a frozen meal, I get creative.
This dinner was 100% made up of "fridge stragglers". The piece of salmon was literally all I had left for protein. The bok choy was leftover from the Thai peanut dish the other night, and the half of an avocado was in my fridge from the other day. I saw the other half of my breakfast grapefruit in there too and thought, citrus goes well with salmon, and decided to give it a try!
I wanted to stray from anything too similar to the earlier night's Thai-style dish so I went with bold, zippy flavors instead. Everything was simple, quick and tasted great together.
For the salmon, I smeared about a tablespoon of whole grain mustard on it and then baked for 15 minutes at 350F, broiling for the last minute or so to get a nice crust to form. The bok choy I kept easy by sauteing it in EVOO with garlic, and the star of the dish was 1/2 an avocado and the segments from 1/4 of a grapefruit. That's it! Separate, these items don't look like much, but together it made for a delicious meal. The slightly sweet tang of the grapefruit worked well with the creamy avocado and together it balanced out the punch of the mustard. With the earthy crunch of the bok choy on the side, the dish was complete.
Of course there's a "don't forget" in here somewhere, and it's not that you have to learn to think outside of the box (though, that is a good tip). My don't forget for tonight is, if you buy healthy food, you'll eat healthy food! Keep yourself stocked with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats and proteins and you'll use it! Re-think what you're putting into your shopping cart each week and be more mindful of your choices and you will be less likely to go for the preservative and sodium packed frozen box, because you won't have it in your freezer in the first place!