One of the biggest obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle change is “we have nothing in the house” syndrome.
It’s amazing how I manage to spend all my damn money on food for all these people, and yet we still have nothing in the house! Our cupboards are jammed full and messy, and everywhere I turn I feel like we’re one box of cereal away from being on an episode of Hoarders, but still- we have nothing in the house!
I smell bullshit.
The best antidote for “I have nothing in the house” syndrome is to have an amazing basics pantry stacked to the tits with simple basic shit you can combine to make pretty much anything.
Orzo Greek Salad
When I made this salad, I was in a position of having “nothing to eat” ( in brackets because this is more a state of mind than a reality) and wanted to figure out something that would be quick and easy. We had some orzo in the cupboard as part of our just-the-basics pantry experiment, and I figured that trying to make this into a quick and easy salad would also use up some of the prepped veggies that we had in the fridge.
Speaking of pantry basics, having oil, lemon/lime juice and seasonings or spice blends mean that you will never be lacking a homemade dressing. We have completely quit buying store bought dressings because a.) they are expensive and full of things we don’t recognize and b.) they expire quickly which is a huge waste of money.
If I’m gonna waste my money, I want it to be wasted on gin and artisan breads- not on sacrificing a jar of expired Ranch to the sink gods.
This turned out really great, and I easily had all the ingredients on hand. I almost always have tomatoes, onion and bell peppers prepped because of the versatility of these items. I had cucumbers because I had just been making some homemade Tsatziki (I used this great recipe).
As you will notice, I didn’t use Feta cheese, which is traditionally part of Greek Salad. This is because this is something I rarely ever have in my house. If there is one thing I want this y’all to know, it’s how fucking simple it can be to eat healthy by using the shit you already have.
We frugal folks have to stick together!
However if you have the cheese, or think it’s blasphemy to make it without, or even if you just want the cheese then by all means add it! And if you make this, please let us know how it went in the comments!