a healthy fridge.

Monday, February 6, 2012


a healthy fridge is filled with INGREDIENTS, not meals.

you know, things that actually expire. real food. pecorino romano. parsley. carrots. mushrooms. fage yogurt. eggs. kefir. almond milk.

think about it. if your fridge/freezer is stocked with meals that are already meals, then you had no control whatsoever as to what went into that dish during the cooking PROCESS. the perfect definition of processed food.

chances are, you could have made it better and healthier all by yourself.

more on making menus and finding time tomorrow.....

photo by the fabulous kate miss.

33 comments:

magda said...

I totally agree with you; it's about ingredients, not meals. But, even though tzatziki is healthy, it is not an ingredient. It's a Greek salad/spread/dip.

rebecca said...

magda-
ha! fixed. i had tzatziki on the brain.

Petra said...

I couldn't have said it better. and preparing your own food adds so much to the experience of eating (and living!!!)

teresa said...

Love your definition of processed food. Sums it up!

Kim said...

Our fridge looks like yours due to our CSA membership - it's overflowing with greens, but our time is limited to do anything with them. Can't wait for your tips!

rebecca said...

kim-
i don't know what i'm waiting on. i gotta do the CSA thing asap.

Hannah Murray said...

So true so true. But the question in my mind is-- who am I to spend $6 on organic blueberries when some people can't afford a meal today at all? I'm struggling with that. And asking the same question incidentally on my blog. Especially now that i am feeding my Baby Lulu (6 months) and don't want to fill her with toxins!
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Greetings from Texas! said...

Amen woman! =)

rebecca said...

hannah-
good point. it's frustrating to pay top dollar for a fruit/veg that's being grown the way it should be grown in the first place.

leavesofgrass said...

finding the time - that is a key issue for me. as a student, I'm struggling with finding easy, quick, cheap, and healthy recipes since money and time are limited, and I'd love to be as healthy as I can. I'm looking forward to seeing/trying your recipes. (Yesterday I made quinoa out of a bag, which actually isn't that bad, but I need to stop generally relying LeanCuisines!!)

la domestique said...

Amen, sister! I've started to dedicate the shelf of the fridge that's at eye level to seasonal ingredients that look gorgeous and inspire me to cook- like citrus. Every time I open the fridge door, bowls full of oranges, grapefruit, meyer lemons, and other citrus are smiling at me.

Lauren Knight said...

Yes! Yes, yes, yes.

Lonely Wife Project said...

I can't tell you how many times my husband looks in the fridge and complains that we have nothing to eat. I could make 10 different healthy dishes from the ingredients in our fridge. I'm trying to change his ways.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

this is definitely my fridge--we get a CSA box of produce every week and i try to only keep staples (rice, cous cous, etc) in the house just because they're cheaper and i'm poor!
it is fantastic in theory and a lot of times i love to stop working in the evening and cook a big frittata or stirfry or burritos or whatever, except for weeks like this when i'm really busy and i end up eating an apple for dinner because i don't have time to cook. whoops!

Chessa! said...

Yep...pretty much.

I always have to have a million things bc these days I'm like a short order cook for my baby. But I make three things every single week that I put away so we can pull out for a fast meal. A huge pot of vegetable and chicken soup (THE WORKS: carrots, squash, spinach, yuca, potatoes), a whole chicken roasted and marinara. The soup gets mushed for the baby and if I blend she drinks it right from her sippy or through a straw, the chicken goes with everything and the marinara is her personal favorite dip. Maybe you'll post a recipe for hummus on here bc honestly, she can eat her weight in it on a weekly basis and i'm thinking I want to start making it myself.

Jennifer Rod said...

I love that first line. Now to put it into practice.

Chessa! said...

oh and yes about the annoying part about paying too much for "organic"...they should call it "normal" bc you're right...we should be getting it like that in the first place. the other crap shouldn't even be on the menu.

rebecca said...

wwanw-
staples in the house makes all the difference. good tip!

chessa-
i'd love to post a hummus recipe if i didn't hate it so much. lucia would have to be my taste tester.

Ashley said...

I love you for saying this just as I've always wanted to!

Jess said...

I love this! We have been trying to eat "Fresher" and eat more vegetables. We actually enjoy cooking our own meals... so our new goal is not to waste so much food (ie eat more leftovers!)

Rebeka said...

I completely agree! I love fresh, whole foods. So amazing.

But I have to confess: I always keep one or two Trader Joe's frozen meals in my freezer. Sometimes law school demands them.

Lauren said...

Well, tonight was leftovers but generally we eat meals from ingredients around here too. Have you read "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" by Kathleen Flinn? She wrote "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," and KCCS is all about learning how to cook from ingredients. It's been really inspiring with some great recipes.

rebecca said...

lauren-
others have recommended kccs to me as well but i haven't made the time to read it yet. thanks for the nudge.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Completely agreed. You know, the most processed thing I have in my fridge is almond milk? After that, butter. I think that's a pretty good way to be.

Kayla Poole said...

agreed on all counts.

lindsey clare said...

Agree, agree, agree. (Even though I have no idea what fage yoghurt is.) It's common sense to me.

I'm wondering if you've read "In Defense of Food"? If not, I think you'd like it!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

John and I went shopping last night and I was amazed that even at our ritzy, overpriced SF market, we were one of the few shoppers with FOOD in our basket. AMEN.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Oh I agree %100 with this post! Fresh ingredients are always the way to go

SreeBindu said...

The Next healthiest place would be the Stomach :P

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Chessa! said...

hate hummus?! I'm going to make believe I didn't read that ;) but seriously...you hate hummus?

Kimia Kline said...

i love that quote, "a healthy fridge is filled with ingredients, not meals!" so so true. and something i always strive for and never seen to quite attain :)

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Love this! It's so true!!!

kitchu said...

so weird i'm seeing this after leaving that other comment about Forks Over Knives.

i have got to change my whole life.

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