Having just returned from 2 weeks away on vacation (which was amazing btw), we came home to an empty fridge. As I mentioned on FB yesterday, this can be a good thing, giving me the opportunity to reorganize – not just to maximize my space, but to also make sure that my fridge is only stocked with healthy choices.
I have an awful habit of going for convenience foods, especially for lunch when I don’t have a lot of time to figure out what I’m going to make. My goal was to make sure that my fridge was ready for me to grab and go.
Today for lunch, I opened the fridge and in front of me was a variety of easy, convenient choices for my daughter and I (my son is at day-camp so I packed his lunch last night). I just hope I can keep this up!!
The first thing that rocks is the abundance of chopped veggies, ready to eat! Yellow & Orange Peppers, broccoli & cauliflower, carrots, celery… plus a box of cherry tomatoes and spinach… strawberries, apples, oranges… – not pictured is a bowl of grapes on the kitchen island, plus avocados, bananas, tomatoes, onions and garlic which are all in the pantry.
Lots of eggs, 1 entire carton I hard boiled, cooled and then put back in the container so they are ready to eat. The chicken and ground turkey – although not organic as I had to just grab what I could at the store – will be season & cooked later today so there is meat available for quick meals for the next couple of days. I will also be making a batch of hummus this evening for an easy dip/spread as needed. My chickpeas are soaking as we speak.
Ignore the bottle of champagne in the back…
It took me about 2 hours to do all the cleaning & chopping but now I have loads of choices for the next week for when I’m looking for something quick. It even passed the test when my husband came down last night for a little snack and instead of staring at the fridge and then saying “I’m going to the store” and grabbing a bag of chips, he grabbed an assortment of veggies and fruit. I didn’t say word for fear that I would remind him that the corner store was still open. LOL 😉 Inside I was smiling.
What do you do to avoid the “convenience” of bad choices?
Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can turn this weekly prepping into a ritual.