Friday, October 27, 2017

12 Things You Can Always Find In My Fridge

For some reason, I love to hear about what other runners/endurance athletes eat. Maybe it's to get ideas, maybe it's because I'm bored, maybe it's because I want to improve my own diet. Whatever the case, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what's in my fridge. Although I try new recipes each week, I tend to go back to the same staples. And, with these ingredients, I can pretty much concoct a healthy meal at any time.

This is my actual fridge. Guess what's in the white bowl?

1. Spinach - I buy the huge plastic tub of organic spinach. We eat a lot of it raw, but I also put it in soups, sauté it with some garlic salt, and add it to eggs. My new favorite breakfast is two scrambled eggs with a huge handful of sautéed spinach, topped with some grated white cheddar cheese and hot sauce.

2. Eggs - I cannot live without my eggs. I eat them almost every day. If not for breakfast, then egg salad for lunch or quiche for dinner. So satisfying. I tried to talk Ken into letting me get a chicken coop for the backyard. I don't know why he said no.

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This is an actual chicken coop. Look how fancy they are these days

3. Sharp White Cheddar Cheese - This is what goes on top of my egg concoctions. Or, just in my mouth in huge chunks. The best version of this is Dubliner, found at Costco. Trust me on this.

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4. Olive Garden Signature Italian Dressing - I have never, until now, been able to nail down a salad dressing that I consistently love. This one is simply the best. Yeah, so maybe it's not organic or gluten free or vegan or in the super healthy category, but I DGAF (don't give a f*ck). It's good and it goes on everything. It even has high fructose corn syrup in it (okay, that's gross. I actually didn't know that until I just looked at the ingredient list), but it's still good.

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5. Kalamata Olives - I will eat any kind of olive, my favorite being huge ones stuffed with blue cheese (preferably in a dirty martini), but if I am making my everyday kale salad, I love the salty, earthy taste of the kalamatas.

6. Shaved Mesquite Turkey - So, I know deli meat is not supposedly good for us (shit, another thing I love bites the dust), but I do crave protein, especially after runs and I like to just grab a bit of turkey, It satisfies! I like the shaved version just because I do. Might be a texture thing.

7. Feta Cheese - Maybe it's because I lived in Greece, maybe it's because it's just damn good - but I like feta cheese on all of my salads, in my eggs and I use it in many recipes (like Baked Shrimp with Feta Cheese and Baked Feta with Marinara). I can't find much wrong with it - there is just something about the saltiness and the texture.

8. Wine - Duh. I don't really eat sweets so this is my vice. For example, I asked Ken to stop and get me wine on his way home last night. He came in with SIX large bottles of chardonnay and one small bottle and said, "I hope this gets you through Halloween." He's kidding! Or not. My economical choice is Woodbridge.

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9. Kale - Kale is my go-to salad base. I like how sturdy and full of flavor it is. Yes, sometimes it can be like chewing on a tree trunk, but I enjoy that it has some body and pizzazz. Plus, it's good for you, until someone three years from now tells me it's not. I also like putting it into my soups and sometimes roasting it.

10. Half and Half - My friends laugh at how obsessed I am by putting half and half in my coffee. It is a very serious thing for me and I need a lot of it. I still like the taste of the coffee to shine through, but I just love the creaminess that he half and half lends to my daily cup.

11. Leftovers - I cook from scratch 90% of the time and we always have some kind of leftovers. Leftover are the bomb. I even love leftover soggy salad.

12. Frank's Hot Sauce - I like my food to have a *pop* so I tend to drizzle Frank's on a lot of things from my eggs to my burrito bowls to my ice cream (just kidding, wanted to make sure you are paying attention). It's my fave. And it doesn't even have corn syrup in it!!

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So, there you have it. The ultimate ingredient list for your fridge.

Tell me ONE thing you always have in your fridge. Or, more if you want.

How do you take your coffee? Naked? With half and half? As a colonic?

Contest: Whoever guess what's in the white bowl in my fridge will get a prize. Hint: it's not poop.

PS: As of October 30 no one had guessed what was in the white bowl, so keep trying!



  1. White bowl...hmmm...bread dough?

  2. I'm thinking some kind of leftover...rice? Or soup?

  3. Macaroni and Cheese :)

  4. My staples: Fontina cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. Almond rice crackers (I'm a sucker for how salty and crunchy they are) and Kalamati olives.

    A protein shake for breakfast and lunch, with cheese/crackers/olives for dinner. A perfect food day.

  5. Oh, and dark roast coffee in my Starbucks Verismo coffee maker with half and half, calories be damned.

  6. Hm, large bowl, loosely covered....I guess bread dough. Meanwhile, my fridge always has half and half, for the same reason you mentioned. My coffee just isn't the same without it!

  7. Love half and half in my coffee. I drink my coffee black during the week, but reward myself on the weekends with half and half. So good.

    My son LIVES for Frank's sauce. We go through a bottle so quickly that he must just drink it from the bottle. If we run out of Frank's, it is a MAJOR CRISIS.

  8. Spicy Pickles & La Croix...everything else is just what I'm feeling like that week. I also had NO IDEA the OG sold their salad dressing!

  9. I'm guessing cookie dough. Staples in my fridge are eggs, Greek yogurt flips, goat and/or feta cheese and vanilla coffee creamer

  10. Swiss cheese , kale, spinach, chard ( always greens) eggs, cottage cheese,and wine!

  11. Always in the fridge. Hmmm. We have quite a varied diet, so the only constants are condiments.

    When I was a teenager I hung around with a truck driving uncle. At the time I wasn't allowed to drink black coffee as it would 'stunt my growth' so my parents stirred in milk and sugar. My uncle didn't hold with such nonsense. As I was starting to add it to my first cup of coffee away from home, he told me that if I wasn't man enough to drink it black, I wasn't old enough to drink it at all. So I drink it black as it comes, where ever it comes. Just not Starbucks. That is not actually coffee.

    White bowl. If Sam were still living at home, I'd say a mid-afternoon snack. Maybe a treat for Heidi?

  12. Six large bottles of Chardonnay... that was my husband’s birthday present to me! Clos du Bois is my choice. Also economical! Spinach, eggs, cheese, turkey, creamer...yes, yes, yes, yes, yes

  13. i live alone and eat the same things all the time, so my fridge looks the same. every. week. but i don't mind! yogurt, PB, my week of salads for lunches, eggs, and cool whip. my vice :)
    coffee creamer: always one of those flavored coffee mate ones that are full of crap. but i find them delightful.
    in the bowl: chili!

  14. I love kale. If you massage it, it breaks down the leaves so it doesn't feel like you're eating a tree. I think there are left-over eggs in the white bowl.

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  16. Your two links for what you put feta in are not live (and I love feta, so I want to know what those recipes are)! In the bowl: leftover salad with OG salad dressing on it :)

    1. Ahhhh thanks for pointing that out!! I meant to put them in and totally forgot. They should be there now. These are both ones I make regularly. The baked feta with marinara I serve as an appetizer with fresh bread.

  17. I love that salad dressing too! Coffee is not coffee without milk. When you asked what was in the white bowl my first thought given that it was your blog was wine.

    1. Hah!! Well I don't usually keep wine in bowls...but in a pinch, maybe! But that's not it.

  18. I always have feta cheese in my fridge.
    I like heavy cream in my coffee.

    Shredded cheese in the white bowl?

  19. Is there leftover salad in the white bowl?

  20. Eggs are always in my fridge and usually apples.

    I'll go with leftover spaghetti in the bowl!

  21. I’m guessing hummus.

  22. I always have skim milk in my fridge, for my coffee. I also have straight, unsweetened cranberry juice in my fridge, because someone recently showed me how tart and delicious a splash of it makes a glass of plain tap water.

    The white bowl is filled with eggs for making quiche or breakfast.

  23. Clos Du Bodis Chardonnay ALWAYS in my fridge! Coffee needs creamer and Splenda. Creamer flavor depends on the day. Anything from Reese's PB to White Chocolate Raspberry.

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