- I always have coffee creamer. I can’t stand black coffee, or even just milk and honey or anything “healthier” like that… I have to have International Delight French Vanilla. No other. 🙂
- We always keep almond milk in stock for Zeek. We don’t give him much milk, but since he stopped nursing a few months ago, he still likes to have milk first thing in the morning. Almond milk is a great alternative and this kind, Field Day Natural, is the only one I have seen without the carcinogen Carrageenan in it. They sell it at Lifesource here in Salem.
- We use Odwalla juices for Zeek occasionally (a few times a week) to mix about 1/4 cup in a sippy cup full of water as a special treat or when we want him to drink more water because he hasn’t had enough in the day. Mostly the kid gets water to drink. If juice, it’s a little bit of Odwalla or Naked juice mixed mostly with water.
- The Organics box is beef broth (or chicken). I use beef broth often to bake different meats in or slow roast them in the crock pot. Same goes for the tomato soup – I don’t use it as often, but I will use it to add to the beef broth for cooking or I’ll mix it with carrots or broccoli (or something similar, instead of water) when making Zeek’s food.
- We often put salsa on Zeek’s fried eggs in the morning to give it a little more flavor for him. He loves eggs with salsa! 🙂
- Lemon Juice (I use this in cooking frequently!)
- Variety of Dressing for Salads – keep salads interesting by changing up the flavor!
- Rice Vinegar (I dribble this over cucumber slices – YUM!)
- Tarter Sauce (Fish isn’t complete without tarter sauce! ;))
- Mustard – Skyler loves to have mustard with his sausages that he eats for dinner if I’m gone or takes for lunches at work.
- Tahini (because my husband makes a mean hummus and I’m addicted)
- Sour Cream (I always seem to be using sour cream in recipes. No it’s not Paleo. But neither are the desserts that usually result from using this. ;))
- Heavy Whipping Cream (I use this for a few different things, but especially for making 2-ingredient ice cream – which tastes amazing btw and I feel much better about than eating store ice cream!)
- Vanilla Yogurt (often my “dessert” is yogurt, fruit and granola. I’m a sucker for
- Parmesan cheese (used in my beloved Parmesan/Panko Chicken recipe!)
- Minced Garlic – I use this in just about EVERYTHING. Seriously. I love me some garlic. 🙂
- Spring water. Yep, actually from a spring. About 2-3 times a year, Skyler makes the 2 hour drive to this natural spring (on the way to Cannon Beach) and fills up about ten 7-gallon containers of water. We store them in the garage and refill this pitcher to keep in the fridge. The point is to avoid our gross tap-water. And the excessive flouride in our water. (Which I know is controversial. What don’t we do that’s controversial?! ;))
- We buy lots and lots of eggs. Cage free. We were buying them from a guy Skyler works with, but over the last year with nursing school, Skyler hasn’t worked much and it’s not frequently enough to rely on his co-worker to supply our egg needs! 🙂 So, we just make sure they’re cage free eggs. Hard boiled eggs are a great snack for Skyler to take to work or school, or for Zeek when he wants to nibble on something.
- Bacon. We love our bacon. We eat either bacon or sausage 2-3 times a week with our breakfasts. We make sure it’s minimally processed and nitrate/nitrite free.
- Applesauce. Boy LOVES applesauce. I’m going to be canning (lots and lots) of applesauce this fall to *hopefully* hold this boy over for a year, till I am able to can again! 😉
- Left over foods of his in the back. Beet “pancakes” in one of them. Recipe coming soon!
- Cup of olives. He loves his olives – green and black! His new favorite thing is to put them on his finger and suck them off. 🙂 Taught by daddy, of course.
- Plums that I canned
- Pineapple tidbits
- Zucchini (from my dad’s garden)
- My canned peaches (in the back)
- Spinach goes fast at our house, so I always get 2 bags.
- I also got the collard greens mix bag because I am in the process of making several more bags of pureed food for Zeek and always add greens to things like his melon and broccoli puree’s.
- Kale is awesome to always have on hand to whip up a quick batch of kale chips to snack on when you get the munchies. 🙂
- Spring Mix greens. Good for salads, as a bed for meat entrees, etc.
- Green onions, yellow onions, red onions – I love to have a variety of onions on hand to give any entree some flavor.
- Green, Red, Yellow Peppers – Also love to have these on hand for the same reason. Adding peppers to different meals adds great color and flavor (and vitamins and antioxidants!) 🙂
- Tomatillo’s – I have a serious addiction to guacamole. One day, some Latino’s were stuffing a TON of tomatillo’s in a bag at the grocery store and I stopped and asked them what they were going to do with all of them. “Guacamole!” they said. And they had my attention. They gave me their recipe and I’m officially hooked. I always have these guys in my fridge. 🙂 I’m sure there’s plenty more to do with them too, but I’m so content with my guac that I haven’t ventured out any further!
- Cilantro – Did I mention I love guacamole? This is used in that. But I also use it several other recipes so I always have cilantro on hand! Adds AMAZING flavor!
- Avocado’s – We always have tons of avocado’s on hand. Guacamole, as a side for lunch or dinner, or with our eggs in the morning. So versatile, so good. 🙂
- Lime’s – I always keep a few limes on hand also, because recipe’s that I try out always seem to call for lime wedges or juice!
- Oranges, grapefruit, cherries, apples – like I said, we like to have a variety of fruits/veggies on hand so we can mix it up and keep it interesting. 🙂
And there you have it! That’s what our fridge looks like after a usual shopping trip. I love how colorful and pretty it looks when I open it up and look in.
One comment we always get when people come over is “wow, your fridge is packed full!” Yes. Yes, most often it is. When you eat a diet of fruits, veggies, meats and eggs, your fridge is always far more full than your pantry cupboard, because you’re relying on fresh foods not packaged foods.
I’d rather my fridge be stuffed full than my pantry cupboard! I have minimal “extra” space in our cupboards as is anyway. One whole cupboard is devoted to our nuts/seeds, dried fruits and teas. Most of the other cupboards are dishes. I’m currently in the process of transforming our hallway closet into more of a canned food pantry. Skyler just canned 55 pints of tuna a couple weeks ago and it was just the “push” I needed to reorganize this closet and clear it out. I’ve also been doing some of my own canning and will be storing our peaches, jam, plums and soon to be green beans, tomatoes, apple sauce, apple butter… and whatever else my heart desires. 😉
Looking forward to getting our closets cleaned out and organized better! One closet at a time… haha! Just gotta keep plugging away. 🙂