Fridge Friday

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Fridge Friday – wherein I embarrassingly show you what is in my fridge and talk about what is right with it and what is wrong. This is from a couple of days ago and it actually still looks pretty similar. Hopefully some day it won’t be embarrassing. 🙂 That’s my goal.

We recently started using The Six O’Clock Scramble; a website that sends out a weekly menu and grocery list. You can go with what they choose or create your own menu. We just need more meal ideas and it’s handy to have the grocery list created for us. My sister-in-law recommended it and Mamasource.com had a coupon for 1/2 off a 6 month membership, so we’re giving it a try. We still have the ingredients for one of the recipes and they probably need to be tossed. That would be the broccoli and spinach (we ate some of it but now it’s rotting).

The top shelf holds a pan of protein bars that are delicious; I’ll share that recipe eventually. There are also a couple of containers of nasty cottage cheese, baby pickles, margarine, ground flax seed, and various containers of leftovers. In the drawer is mostly cheese – shredded varieties, Laughing Cow, a wedge of gorgonzola. The middle shelf has the broccoli that I don’t know if it’s still good, cut up zucchini leftover from a meal and eggs. The foil has pizza in it for us to take to work the following day for lunch. The bottom shelf is where we keep the drinks – there’s always orange juice, Dairy Ease, water, maybe some regular milk, beer, and apple juice, although you’ll see we’re out of apple juice at the moment. You may have noticed a bowl of brown stuff – that’s coffee grounds. Something was smelly in there a few days ago (I cleaned some old tomatoes out) and I read somewhere that coffee grounds can help eliminate smells. We had some pumpkin coffee up in a cupboard from a year ago (the coffee wasn’t that great so we didn’t drink it much) and I used that. Worked great!

The bottom drawers have apples, baby carrots, lemons and the nasty spinach. The door has the condiments and the wine. We need to get groceries and don’t have much to make a good meal. There’s chicken breasts in the freezer that we just keep forgetting to thaw, but in these posts I’m going to try to keep to the fridge and not venture into the freezer and pantry too much.

Now onto the goals. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. We do pretty well eating fruits; we all love grapes, apples and bananas. I have a new-found love for dried mango – YUM! Most of the fresh veggies we partake in are carrots, so there’s a lot of room for improvement and I can tell the Scramble recipes are going to help; otherwise most of our veggies are frozen or canned and mostly peas, green beans, and corn. I am not a fan of onions or peppers, but last week I chose a recipe with them and actually ate it and liked it!

One thing we do pretty well is taking lunch to work, usually leftovers from the night before. It saves money and is usually healthier than the options we both have near work. I do so love the egg, bacon and cheese sandwich from Which Wich?, though! Another goal I have is not letting the leftovers go bad. That’s probably going to be the hardest thing with making new meals; we don’t know if we like them and if we don’t, we probably won’t eat the leftovers. I would like to be able to freeze food but that is something I have had little success doing. I must be using the wrong containers because everything gets freezer burn.

Anyone have any freezing tips? What’s the best thing about what is in your fridge right now? The worst? Spill it.

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2 responses »

  1. Have you seen StillTasty.com? You can plug in whatever food you have and it will give you shelf life and tell you how (or if) you can freeze it.

    We’ve been chopping and storing a lot of veggies this summer while the prices are low (hello $.69 Red bell peppers!) but I know we’ll blow though it before winter really hits since we don’t have a deep freeze. 😦

    Our fridge is pretty empty since I haven’t been to the store yet after the last week and a half but there’s a bowl of something in there … I’m afraid to take it out. Looks like it might have teeth 😉

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