My Kitchen Essentials Part II – What’s In My Fridge?

It’s already been well over a year now since I went paleo, so I figured it was about time I updated this page to reflect the new content of my fridge. Really, I was astonished at how much it has changed!

Dairy used to be the first and most popular food category in my fridge as it was also my main source of protein. It’s now gone practically non-existent. You won’t find any dairy product listed on here, as I now only consume them very occasionally and therefore consider them the exception.

As for meat, well, it barely even made an appearance on the previous version of this page… whereas it now holds prime spot! People change, I guess!

Without further ado, I give you what you’d be very much likely to find on any given day, were you to open my fridge…

My Paleo Fridge | thehealthyfoodie.com

FRESH VEGGIES

I eat tons of veggies every single day so I always keep a great variety on hand. Of course I try and shop according to what’s in season, but it can be kind of hard to find anything local around here in the dead of winter.

These are the veggies that you could most certainly find in my fridge at any given time, regardless of the season…

  • Avocados (I can NEVER be without those!)
  • Bell Peppers (Red, Orange and Yellow are my faves!)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (the wonder veggie, I often keep more than one)
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers (English and Lebanese)
  • Green Onions
  • Leafy greens
  • Lemons / Limes
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Spinach (I go through one full pound every week)
  • Tomatoes / Cherry Tomatoes
  • Turnip
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Zucchinis

Squeaky Clean Coleslaw | www.thehealthyfoodie.com

Cabbage, turnips and carrots are being put to good use, here! 

FRESH FRUITS

Now fruits, I don’t consume so much of. Since I don’t see them as being a crucial part of my daily diet, I can afford to buy local and in season, for the most part.

I really wish I could have raspberries or strawberries or ground cherries in my fridge at any given time, but sadly, these are only available during the beautiful days of summer. And that is the only time of the year where you’ll catch me eating fruit in its natural state.

Off season, I’ll buy fruit when needed, mostly to use as sweeteners or ingredients as part of a recipe.

When in season

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Ground Cherries
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Litchi
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Year round / when needed

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Coconuts
  • Grapefruit
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple

Broccoli Apple and Almond Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I sometimes like to add a little bit of fruit to salads. Apples were an especially glorious addition in this Broccoli Almond & Apple Salad. 

MEAT / FISH / PROTEIN

Most red meat, aka beef, pork and lamb I procure by the carcass from [not so] local farmers, so this I usually keep it in my chest freezer and take a couple of things out to thaw once or twice a week. If you look at the picture on top of this page, you’ll see this big stainless steel bowl. That’s the meat I took out to thaw.

Other than that, I always keep a fairly LARGE amount of eggs, i.e. 2 to 4 dozens. I wish there was a local farmer nearby that I could purchase fresh eggs from, but sadly, there is none so I have to settle for the “Free Run” eggs that are available at my local health store. To this day, it still bugs me that my eggs would be marked with a pink stamp. I’m almost considering raising my own hens! If it wasn’t for winter, I totally would…

Of course, I also consume fish, especially salmon, and seafood. My fish I tend to purchase fresh, the very day I want to eat it or the day before at the earliest. Seafood, i.e mostly shrimp and scallops, I usually by frozen and keep in the bottom freezer of my fridge.

I also do chicken from time to time, and I mostly buy the organic, farm raised from COSTCO or from my local health food store.

In short, this is pretty much what goes on in this household in terms of protein:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish, mostly salmon
  • Raw shrimp
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Scallops

Cedar Plank Salmon | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 I also happen to keep pre-soaked Cedar Planks in my freezer so I can whip up some of this amazing Cedar Plank Salmon at only a few minutes notice…

 

CONDIMENTS

You will never see me use ketchup or store-bought mayonnaise, prepared mustard or much “prepared anything”, for that matter. These are the few ingredients that I keep on hand to make my own sauces, dressings and vinaigrette, or to simply add flavor to a dish.

  • Paleo Mayo
  • Dijon Mustard (read your labels carefully when purchasing!)
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Olives (many, many different kinds and varieties) 
  • Capers
  • Salted Herbs (this is a really awesome product which, sadly, appears to only be available in Québec. You could very well make your own though, if you were so inclined. I can guarantee that you would not regret it!)
  • Fermented Garlic Flowers (Another product that only seems to be available here. I just love it. It doesn’t leave garlic on your breath at all! If you can’t get your hands on it, of course, you can always use garlic cloves instead)
  • Sriracha (I use Sky Valley by Organicville)
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Fish Sauce (I really wish I could get my hands on Red Boat)
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Sauerkraut (although I treat that mostly as a side dish!)
  • Pickles

SWEETENERS

Like I always say, you will never see me use refined sugar, except when making Kombucha, and still, I’m really not comfortable with the idea. I need to start working on finding an alternative.

Most of my sweeteners I keep in the pantry, but these two have to be kept in the fridge.

  • Fresh Ginger (Helps create an illusion of sweetness, as well as add a little bit of zing to dishes)
  • Date Paste (To add sweetness to my baked goods, date paste has become a big favorite of mine. I use it in pretty much all of my recipes now.)

Date Paste| by Sonia! The Healthy FoodieDate Paste. My ultimate mostest favoritest all natural sweetener! 

And there you have it; that pretty much sums it up! I really hope you enjoyed it and that it inspired you to stock up your fridge with delicious and healthy food.

‘Cuz remember… if you fill your fridge with nothing but healthy food, you will eat healthy food!

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Comments

    • says

      Well, I don’t blame you at all! Can you tell by looking at my fridge that only my son and I live in that house? And I keep giving him hell for taking up too much space with all his “junk”… ;) Produce does require a lot of space! :)

    • says

      LOL! More often than not, you can find a whole cake in my fridge… although they do get covered, usually! It just lost its cover for the picture, it looked prettier that way!

      Do you think I have a baking addiction problem? ;)

  1. says

    Sonia, first that salmon photo is perfection! I could stare at it for hours and it makes me want salmon RIGHT NOW and it’s only 10am! Second thanks for sharing all of this, I’ve never heard of fermented garlic flowers or salted herbs but I’m going to look into finding them or making them because it sounds awesome! No wonder you are so healthy – as always you are an inspiration!

    • says

      Oh my, thank you so much Mellissa, what an amazingly nice thing to say!

      Seriously, I fail to understand why these products aren’t available worldwide. I simply couldn’t live without them! I recently gave some salted herbs to my friend who lives in the States and I think I created a new addiction for him. Now he wants me to ship some over! ;)

      And thank you so much for thinking of me as an inspiration, for you inspire me too, a lot more than you can possibly imagine! So thank YOU for inspiring me too! :)

  2. says

    Wow, that is some good looking fridge, I might need to go grocery shopping today. You have a great variety and such freshness. Love it!

    • says

      LOL! Too funny Kelly! Actually, my fridge was kind of full on that picture… I like to keep it a little less cluttered. But sometimes, I get carried away when I shop for produce and buy several examples of the same product when clearly, only one would suffice… Like a kid in a candy store, I tell you! :)

  3. says

    Great post Sonia! Crazy how fascinated we are by someone else’s fridge. Aren’t we strange beings. I love that you have a rocket/arugula drawer and a spinach drawer in the fridge! I do wish our fridge could ever be this full. Because by the time produce arrives way up here it is about 5 days old and on its last leg (if not already expired) its just not possible. I miss that big time.

    Question.. why do you not drink dairy milk? I’ve always thought it was because you avoided dairy but of course, you use yogurt and cheese plenty throughout your recipes! I’m intrigued..

    • says

      Ha! The answer to that is quite simple, Christina! Cow’s milk would be one of the few things that I plain don’t like. I never really was big on it and now that I have options, I certainly won’t force myself to drink it. I dunno, there’s something about the taste and texture I never liked. Especially taste. Call me weird… ;)

      • says

        Oh good – so pleased its personal taste not because you consider it ‘bad’… :D So refreshing to follow a healthy food blogger who doesn’t shun dairy. We were super blessed in NZ to have totally ‘free range’ cows eating mostly lush green grass and, in winter, hay (and supplements I suppose). I don’t know if its because of NZ cows diet, but the milk is definitely nicer and doesn’t need near as many additives (ie carageenan!!) as I’ve found in milk/cream/yogurt here. Not saying NZ is superior, just appreciating that all milk isn’t equal!

  4. says

    Oh my. Sonia, it’s full of vegetables! I for one am shocked. Absolutely shocked. ;) Kidding, kidding! It’s wonderful. My husband would like to move in with you now. I write that as I’m eating 700 grams of cooked spinach because we ran out of other veggies… but we’ll fix that problem tomorrow! I love how organized it is. Very nice post!

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