Good morning, all. So, today I wanted to give you a little introduction to my fridge, so you can see what I am working with. I have seen some bloggers out there do this, and I think its a great idea for readers to get a glimpse into your essentials!
As you can see, my fridge is not the most organized one in the world, but it has all the essentials.I like to keep a good stock of fruits and veggies, a few cheeses (I buy string cheese because they are great for portion controlled snacks and usually nicer cheese for the week). My bf doesn’t eat cows milk or cheese, so I have to be careful with how much I buy- or it will go to waste! We drink rice or almond milk at home (top shelf).
This week, I also went to Sahadi’s, an amazing Middle Eastern store nearby that has tons of nuts, beans, cheese, and spreads, and picked up some Labne (a kind of thick yogurt spread for pitas, etc). That’s sitting on the top shelf. I am also happily well stocked with butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, tofu (uncooked and TJ baked tofu), the fish I made for dinner last night, and lots of produce. I also love Ezekial bread and the TJ’s whole wheat flax wraps I have (middle shelf).
I have also recently changed my grocery shop routine, because we moved to a different neighborhood in Brooklyn. I used to shop at the Park Slope Food Coop, a member run cooperative with amazing food, mostly local and organic, at great prices. We lived about 15 blocks away and would set aside an evening every 10 days to wheel our giant cart down there, fill it up with food, and walk home. (We don’t have a car). We also had to work about 3 hours every 4 weeks- which I didn’t really mind. It was more of the shlep that bothered me and the fact that I would buy so many groceries at once that I couldn’t plan out any meals, and a lot of great produce would go to waste.
So now we live a good bus ride away from the Coop and very close to a Trader Joe’s. We decided to make the switch because this year is so hectic, I don’t have time for a 3 hour shopping adventure every week and a 3 hour work shift every 4 weeks. Frankly, I am really enjoying getting groceries when I need them every 4-5 days and making smaller trips! I think TJ has, overall, environmentally friendly choices (thought they don’t need to wrap everything in plastic!) and good prices. But I will miss the amazing bulk spices, nuts, and delicious cheeses from the Coop. Oh well.
I am also trying to look for farmers markets on the weekends (and there are plenty here) where I can buy locally grown produce- so that I am not buying it all at TJ.
OK, back to the fridge. Here are the condiments… I should probably go through these!
I love mostly all sauces… ketchup, different kinds of mustard, BBQ sauce, mayo, jam, almond butter, peanut butter, etc. I love olives, pickles, and peppers. There is also a delicious bar of dark chocolate on the to shelf. I have a little bit of chocolate after dinner most days.
And onto the freezer:
Whoops- that’s not organized!
I love frozen whole wheat waffles for breakfast. We also bought a lot of Amy’s organic at the Coop- it was so cheap there compared to other stores. I love her burritos. Haven’t tried the pizzas- they’ve been sitting in there for a while!
Alright, hope you enjoyed the tour. Catch you guys later!