Maybe I’m interpreting it wrong, but “cleaning out your fridge” sounds less like an unpleasant task of throwing away mysterious food items and more like an opportunity to eat delicious things you totally forgot were there.
However you want to celebrate today (I feel obligated to tell you this: when in doubt, throw it out. My former ServSafe certified heart can’t handle you risking your health on some salsa you’re unsure whether is green from tomatillos or green from mold), there is some interesting ideas about where today’s food holiday originated from. Some think it was because of an ad campaign from Whirlpool Alliance, while others relate it to the time of year. It’s a perfect time for the “out with the old and in with the new” concept as you create space for all those holiday goodies that will be coming in and out over the next month and change.
Today, I reached into the back of my freezer (which is a part of the refrigerator unit, so it, too, needs to be cleaned out today, yeah?) and found a couple Sweet Earth Natural Foods burritos. If you haven’t heard about this very hip company, love burritos, and try and eat as thoughtfully as possible… you’re missing out. Sweet Earth uses (according to their warm website): enlightened food traditions and farm friendly ingredients to hand-craft delicious and nourishing food. Always warm, vibrant and fool of flavor. Every burrito is an intentional blend of plant-based protein, ancient grains, fresh veggies, and beneficial hebs and spices. Worldly and local.”
I had already tried their Kyoto (which features a blend of Japanese adzuki beans, edamame, bok choy, spinach, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms) earlier this year and was really impressed with the flavor profile. Today I’m trying the Curry Tiger burrito. Filled with lentils (maybe it’s a super cliche vegetarian thing of me to admit, but I really dig lentils), curried seitan, red peppers, potatoes, and spiced with turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom, this burrito isn’t joking around either. The flavors and textures are balanced and harmonious – what you would expect high-quality Indian food should taste like. Just, y’know, wrapped up in a tortilla. This burrito further proves to me that it’s not all about the beans, cheese, and salsa!
Happy National “Clean Out Your Fridge” Day!