Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Refrigerator

Yes, I'm still alive! Not blogging, but working, single parenting, dating, selling my house, and now moving to a new house. If life gets any busier I'm going to have to clone myself.

Today I cleaned out my refrigerator and did a grocery store run (I was out of town this weekend and missed the farmer's market). It's looking so pretty, kid-friendly, and well-stocked I thought I would take a picture.

Apples, watermelon slices and veggie sticks (jicama, baby carrots, and celery) are ready to grab and snack on, along with coconut yogurts, applesauce cups, and dried apricots. My son is a big fan of the new So Delicious Coconut Milk; it's all he drinks at home nowadays. The chocolate soymilk boxes are for his morning snack at summer school.

A big bowl of salad is behind the veggie sticks, and right now I'm cooking brown rice and edamame to add to this easy-grab snack fridge.

45 comments:

Kimberly said...

Looks perfect! Where did you get the container that stores your veggie sticks?

tanita davis said...

Hey, glad you're alive! Edamame is the PERFECT addition to all your grab-and-go summer foods - what a lovely looking fridge.

Fiona said...

I want my fridge to look like yours..whereever did you get your veggie container on the bottom shelf...It looks really handy!!

Fiona

Jennifershmoo said...

It's from Bed Bath and Beyond. I got it a couple summers ago to encourage veggies as a quick snack during the summer. In fact I talked about it way back when in this blog post:

http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/2008/06/summer-veg-out-part-iii-easy-eaten.html

:-)

Fiona said...

Thanks Jennifer!!

I just put one on my wishlist..I maybe actually get two for fruits and veggies as I want to keep them all prepped and on hand for snacking:)

Fiona

jill said...

i've missed you. glad to hear you're just busy with life!

Harriet said...

I've missed you too, but even so, your blog has inspired me and changed the way I and my family eat. Thank you!

Goobygirl said...

I found it on amazon for cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000NIFAKY/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1278381636&sr=8-1&condition=new

Mommy Taylor said...

i just happened to take a peek and noticed that the magic loaf studio is back in action! yaaaaaay! thank you, thank you!

Lilian said...

I'm glad you're back!! And it looks like you're really busy. The first thing I noticed about that photo was the container. Which reminds me I need to buy it and use it for summer snacks for the boys! I hope you blog again once in a while.

Oh, and about that coconut milk, it's amazingly DELICIOUS, too bad we (a family of four) really cannot afford it at over $4 a carton. :-(

Christie said...

OOoh, I see you have many of the same delicious goodies in your fridge as I have in mine: Watermelon, apricots, coconut Water and So Delicious coconut milk yogurt! And is that Vega hiding behind the PJ? How long do you think your fridge will stay so organized? I think mine would look like that for exactly 5 minutes.

kimnixon said...

Awesome fridge!!

Jill said...

I am glad that you are back to blogging! It sounds like you have been busy. I hope everything is ok with you. Awesome fridge!

Jennifershmoo said...

It's not Vega, it's hemp protein powder. And the watermelon and most of the veggies were gone by dinnertime!

Anya said...

Where do you get those salad-fixings containers that are on your bottom shelf?

Kerry said...

If you are trying to not use plastic bags, try baby food jars! I love organizing my pantry in mason jars, and storing the oatmeal mixes in baby food jars goes right with the theme. This makes it so my kids can grab a jar, add the right amount of water, and be good to go on their own. Its a great, healthy snack

April said...

So glad to hear you are back, and happily weathering your life transitions. Hope to read more from you soon :)

Kelsey said...

Welcome back!
easy grab snack fridges are the best :)

Yarrow said...

Yum! And it's so well organized. I am envious. Blessings.

Yarrow said...

So imspired by this post yesterday that today I ceaned out my fridge and am now on the way to stock up on all the lovelies. Thanks fo rthe inspiration. Blessings.

Shannon said...

I second the comment about using glass jars instead of plastic. Last year I got rid of all the plastic food containers and replaced them with glass. Plastic leaches into food which is very unhealthy, and so it should never come into contact with food. Unfortunately that is the way so much of our foods comes to us, though! :(

Melanie said...

I read your blog from the very beginning. At the time, I was homeschooling my daughter and looked forward to reading your daily posts.
Great to see a new one now and then!
Much luck with your busy-ness!

Vegbooks.org said...

Wow, you're so organized! I aspire for my fridge to look like yours.

Liora said...

How does your freezer look like? (My freezer looks like a mess, and I want to see if its even possible to have an organized freezer. )

Jennifershmoo said...

I'm at work right now, but I included a picture of my freezer in this post on making smoothies:

http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/2008/07/summer-veg-out-part-iv-smoothies.html

It still looks pretty much the same, except one bin now holds frozen chopped spinach to add to the smoothies. I have a bigger freezer downstairs to hold more bulk packages of frozen fruits and veggies, all my flours and grains, etc.

Liora said...

oooo..I want your fridge/freezer!

The law of entropy says that something else in your house must be a mess- guess its not your freezer.. I am envious!

Whenever I try to organize my stuff, they just get back to being messy within a couple of days.

Maybe you should go into the organizing business. :)

Jennifershmoo said...

"The law of entropy says that something else in your house must be a mess"

...that would be my yard!

Liora said...

No colorful containers for the yard, ha? ;-)

The only reason why my yard is not messy is because I don't have one.. :)

veganf said...

Glad to see you hanging in there! Your fridge is so spiffy...you've motivated me to go give mine a good cleaning.

Michelle Galo said...

It's great to see you back! I only discovered your blog recently while you were away, but in the meantime I've been digging into your cookbooks, which are wonderful.

I love your fridge, and I long for the day when I will have a giant freezer. And a good blender. Oh, the things I will freeze and blend.

Jenn said...

where can i find the coconut milk?

Jennifershmoo said...

In my area they carry it at Fred Meyers and Highlands, the local health food store.

Helen said...

Now I'm inspired to do the same! There's nothing better than a clean, organized, well-stocked fridge, is there?

Piegirl said...

Thanks for the post! I recently started making smoothies again and remembered your previous post on smoothies, tried to find it but to no avail. I am interested in getting the storage bins for my frozen fruit. Can you provide a bit more info re: those, make, etc. Trying to find them online but not sure what terms to use for search. Thanks!

Jennifershmoo said...

I got them at a local restaurant supply store -- they are the same kind used in restaurants. I'm not sure what they are called.

Piegirl said...

Thanks, Jennifer. I'll check out the ones in our area.

thecatinthetree said...

Looks yummy, aside from all the plastic! I always debate precutting my veggies, since a lot of nutrients get lost that way? I understand it being more convenient for the kiddos though!

The Little Foodie said...

Wow, I love that fridge. Mine has way too many sauces. You don't have any!
I want to try that coconut milk. I've never seen it in the stores here.

Goodlife Dubai said...

I was inspired by the veggie storage, too -- but it's polycarbonate, which isn't one of the 'safe' plastics. Glass storage containers would be a better choice! I'm off to the store to get some now.

Sandy said...

single parenting sucks :-( did it for 6 years. good luck with the move - it's hard work. wish my fridge was as organised as yours!

Of Ambles and Strolls said...

Very nice! Love your blog!!! :)

Of Ambles and Strolls said...

Love your blog! Keep up the work.. very informative and neatly presented!

makinglifesimpleagain said...

I am completely jealous of your fridge! LOVE the idea of the pre-sliced veggies. I always read about jicama, but have never tried it with my boys. We will have to get some!

Jennifer said...

Hi! Just found your blog after someone's comment on facebook. Your fridge looks amazing! But, I felt compelled, I hope not offensively so, to share that you might want to re-think your pineapple juice container. I could be wrong here, but I have always been told, and many many food cans will also state, to NOT put them into the fridge to store them; to remove the food into a different container to refrigerate. Since your choices are all obviously very thoughtful and you have taken great care, I decided to share and maybe you can check the can to see if it indicates anything or do some research of your own about it.
All the best...

Jennifershmoo said...

The pineapple juice was actually not opened yet -- I was prechilling it. Once I open a can like that I always pour any leftover juice into another container to store in the fridge.