Refrigerator Look Book

I’ve been coming down hard off my vacation high since returning from Phoenix on Wednesday. I just got the chance to upload my gorgeous pictures last night.

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I am really surprised just how much I loved it in Arizona. No worries! I will sharing many more pictures and raving about it very soon!

In the meantime – since I restocked my fridge this week, I thought I would share my “Refridgerator Look Book.” I subscribe to a newsletter called Well and Good NYC, and they do feature in their Monday emails with various health and wellness celebrities.

My half size refrigerator in NYC:

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It looks organized but there is a ton of stuff hiding and shoved in there back behind the organization. Since, I was restocking there are a lot of staples that are basically always in my fridge.

Top Shelf:

  • So Delicious Coconut Creamer
  • Silk Unsweetened Almond (staple – as of this year I usually make my own, but I prefer Silk if I don’t)
  • Flavored seltzer water – (staple) polar as the best flavors! pina colada, georgia peach, mint moijito
  • Liquid egg whites (staple)
  • Brita water
  • lint dark chocolate truffles (behind the water filter)
  • Growler of KOMBUCHA – (staple!) it looks like beer, but the bar around the corner from me has Brooklyn Kombucha on tap. I get this filled every few weeks

Second Shelf (back left to right):

  • Container of dried dates (staple – great natural sweetener)
  • farmer’s market blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (staple)
  • tempeh (I buy one soy product either tempeh or tofu every grocery trip)
  • TJ’s roasted garlic chicken sausage ( I switch up chicken sausage and field roast seitan sausages)
  • white nectarines
  • figs
  • the yogurt corner – (staples! combination of flavored and plain greek yogurt and full fat farm fresh)
  • farmer’s market eggs behind the figs

Third Shelf (left to right):

  • large container of washed farmer’s market veggies (radish, carrots, zucchini squash, kirby cucumbers)
  • TJ’s whole wheat wraps
  • half an avocado in the tupperware
  • sliced cremini mushrooms
  • hummus (staple)
  • corn on the cob
  • Tin Mustard - artisan, local
  • goat cheese
  • heirloom, cherry tomatoes
  • fresh salsa
  • cut and bake mocha
  • in the back are my flours and such: peanut, spelt, garbanzo, white corn grits, coconut flakes (they all get moldy in NYC if I don’t refrigerate them)

The crisper drawer:

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  • 2-3 types of greens: today baby spinach and arugula (staple)
  • apples (staple)
  • onions (staple)
  • grapefruit
  • more yogurt
  • fresh basil in the bag
  • farmer’s market sprouts (under the greens)

The door:

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  • Anarchy in a Jar blackberry lavender jam – artisan, local
  • minced garlic (staple – i’m too lazy to chop in myself sorry)
  • green curry paste
  • soy sauce
  • TJ’s spicy peanut dressing
  • a lot of different hot sauces (staple – naturally)
  • more kombucha – local, artisan cherry blossom flavor!
  • vitamins/probiotics (staple)
  • Smoked Apple BBQ sauce from an upstate farm near Syracuse
  • cookie dough butter from Miss Smart
  • lemon juice
  • butternut squash mustardo
  • dijon mustard
  • ketchup

Missing usual suspects:

  • pickles – usually locally made Sour Puss or Brooklyn Brine are my favorite
  • low fat cottage cheese
  • More spreads – it is very rare to only have one hummus or spread in my fridge. It is usually a competition between the yogurt and the spreads

Typing that up I can’t believe I have all that in there – and that doesn’t even include the freezer, cupboard, snack box. Crazy…

So I mentioned I pretty much always have a container of dried dates in the fridge. I use dates often as an all natural, no sugar added sweetener option.

My friend Heather from Better with Veggies started an awesome thing called Meatless Monday A-Z.

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I’ve been really eager to join in on the fun. She has picked great feature ingredients already like artichokes, beets, and caper berries. This week it is dates. And ironically the scientific name of dates is Phoenix dactylifera, hehe ITS A SIGN!!

More health benefits of dates:

  • high fiber – good for digestion (great for me!)
  • good source of b vitamins
  • helpful for weight gain (another great for me!)
  • high in iron and potassium (great for sports nutrition

Because I was traveling, I did not get the chance to come up with any new recipes. But fortunately for me two of my favorite recipes include dates already!

First, cashew cookie bar – kind of like a larabar – 3 ingredients – but better. bb hates larabars – he loved these.

Homemade Cashew Cookie Bar (original post)

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These bars are 3 ingredients (1 optional)  and take 5 minutes to make. Not to mention much cheaper and the size of the bar is customizable. All you need is a small food processor.

Time – 5 minutes

Yield – 2 bars ( can easily increase recipe, but this was an experiment for me)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup scant, unpacked whole raw cashews (my measuring cup was barely reaching full – so not an entire 1/4 cup)
  • 2 large dates – chopped
  • sprinkle of unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients and blend into a paste
  2. Form into balls, bars, hearts, etc
  3. Store in freezer/refrigerator

The calories and size are about that of a mini larabar. I store mine in the plastic wrap in the freezer and let them thaw a bit before enjoying.

Next up – my favorite easy recipe!

Homemade Nut Milk – Plain and Vanilla Cardamom Cashew (original post)

Vanilla Cardamom Cashew Nut Milk

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight in the refrigerator
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1-2 pitted,soaked date (I soaked it right with the cashews)
  • couple drops of vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

Directions:

  1. Combine everything in blender/food processor (I use the Ninja) and blend for 1 -2 minutes
  2. Strain pulp if desired using thin wire strainer or nut milk bag
  3. Place in bottle and store in fridge. Use within 5-7 days.

Both these recipes are super easy, quick, and cheaper than their store bought counterparts. Enjoy!

Do you use dates?? They are also fabulous stuffed with sunflower butter and frozen. Great for a little energy boost.

How does your fridge look compared to mine? A lot of the same staples??

 

 

Comments

  1. how pretty you are! look at those mountains too! your fridge looks like mine, love that creamer too.

    • The mountains were really gorgeous. I was seriously in awe. Almost crashed the car several times trying to see everything.

  2. Our fridges could almost be twins! I’m totally jealous of that cherry blossom kombucha. I’m going to have to try for a cherry flavor in my next home brew.

  3. Seems like we are all dates + nutbutter fools – and I love it! :) My fridge doesn’t look as full as yours. :)

    • My fridge is usually fuller because I have a grocery store addiction! I’ve actually broken the crisper drawer twice! But this is also a half size fridge in NYC

  4. I have really wanted to make my own nut milk….I’ll have to go ahead and add that to the list of “things I need to do at some point that I might never get around to eve though they are easy and I have all of the ingredients already.”

    Shame about those things. :)

    My pantry is INSANE. There is one shelf for my roommate…and six for me.

    • Yes! Same for me – i feel like my poor roommate can’t go shopping.

      I tend to buy the ingredients to make stuff and then also purchase it already made….such a bad habit.

  5. I subscribe to that same newsletter. I love fridge pics!

    • Me too! They are my favorite articles on the site. I get fridge envy all the time though – the appliance itself (bc my fridge sucks) and what is inside.

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