Chomp On THIS…

10 Feb

This blog post is dedicated to my girl Shannon Wright who, though allergic to wheat and gluten, continues to eat wheat products because…? Yes, I just put her on blast.

Not to get all preachy but… NUTRITION: It’s kind of a big deal.  Really, though, who doesn’t want to look good nekkid?  Here’s my unsolicited opinion: If you want to makeover your outsides, a good place to start is by making over your insides. I’m not trying to be philosophical.  I mean literally make-over the inside of your refrigerator.

Last month when I gave up whole grains (gasp!) and legumes (double gasp!), I needed to fill the rest of my meal with more vegetables. (And this is the part where I lose the Epic Meal Time crew.) Up until that point most vegetables ended up as science experiment gone awry in the bottom of my refrigerator.  (A secret that I keep from my grandma who grew up during The Depression.)

So, I made a system for an organized refrigerator that has made all the difference.  I went to Target and stocked up some containers. Then I just got chop happy and started prepping all my veggies.  SERIOUSLY?  Why didn’t I think to do this sooner?!

Any extra veggies that don’t fit in the tubs, go into the now-dubbed “surplus bins” at the bottom of my fridge:

 

I also buy 3-4 leafy green lettuces at once (spinach, escarole, butter lettuce, arugula, red leaf lettuce, or green leaf lettuce.) So, now when it’s time for lunch, I bust out my Super Salad Buffet options to make one of these Big Ass Salads and all I have to add is some protein like hard boiled eggs or leftover chicken.  And when it’s time for dinner, I just reach in, grab a few tubs, pop open the lid, and add some veggies to sautee or roast or steam as a side dish.

Eventually, I’d like to replace these veggies with in-season vegetables from a Community Supported Agriculture co-op. But for now I will do what I can. Because, oh, this is too easy NOT to do.

(Can someone help me step down off this soap box?)

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13 Responses to “Chomp On THIS…”

  1. Jenn G February 10, 2011 at 13:00 #

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…except for the plastic containers.

    Perhaps belated Santa needs to send some http://www.amazon.com/Snapware-Glasslock-Tempered-Storage-Containers/dp/B0029U57RA

    Miss you, we must catch up!

    • jessicamacho February 10, 2011 at 13:13 #

      Jenn! Oh, yes, I myself cringed at the plastic containers but I had to make some nutritional changes FAST. Thanks for the link! I’m looking into it!

  2. McGrok February 10, 2011 at 13:40 #

    Very nice work! I go more for collard greens and kale and the like for my greens, but eat plenty of salads…I maybe cheat and eat a little pasta once or twice a year, but have been strict paleo for a while now, and it feels great.

    I am picking up pounds upon pounds of grassfed beef, as well as pork, duck, rabbit, etc this Saturday…all from local farms!

    • jessicamacho February 11, 2011 at 21:13 #

      McGrok! Thanks! I’m acquiring a taste for more collard greens. Just picked up some kale and other leafies yesterday, actually! I’m slowing working up to going completely local – I’ll be hitting you up for duck and rabbit recipes soon, I’m sure!

  3. Cera Hardin February 10, 2011 at 15:22 #

    OMG! I love it! I think that by separating all the different veggies into their own containers, less “green gas” is mixed up with the other veggies thereby lessening spoilage for the slower gas emitting veggies. Does that make sense? Check out Smart & Final for other types of containers too. I like the idea and I might just do my refrigerator makeover too! Looks Yummy!

    • jessicamacho February 11, 2011 at 21:09 #

      I think “green gases” are something different but I TOTALLY get your point. 🙂 The prep and storage seem to be keeping my veggies fresh even longer. Yeah, I would never mix my cauliflower with my tomatoes – you’re right, it would spoil quicker. Plus, that whole double dipping thing never thrilled me. Make over your fridge – I want to see pics!!!

  4. walkerhollyjo February 10, 2011 at 16:57 #

    Jess, Tell me about fruit. I’m on a mission to make over my lunch. My fridge looks like this but it’s fruit. Is that bad? I also haven’t given up Coke zero yet, but I have started putting water into my constant stream of Coke.

    • jessicamacho February 11, 2011 at 21:25 #

      Hi, Holly! Glad to hear you’re adding water to the mix! I agree with McGrok here – though sugar is a hard habit to kick, it does really bad stuff to the bod. I’ve decreased my consumption of fruits as it is still a sugar. It’s a natural form of sugar, no doubt, but a sugar nonetheless. I’m not demonizing fruits; i’m just saying fruits is best consumed in small portions. Thanks for commenting on my blog – it’s always great to hear what you are up to.

  5. madfattergirl February 10, 2011 at 17:39 #

    Those salads looked great — wish I could eat one — soon! 🙂 is paleo a particular diet?

    • jessicamacho February 11, 2011 at 21:06 #

      After seeing those salads I’m convinced salads are very UNboring! Yeah, Paleo is a diet… I use the term loosely since it’s more of a lifestyle. It’s been working really well for me. If you’re interested, check out Robb Wolf’s oh-so-simple explanations: http://robbwolf.com/faq/

  6. McGrok February 10, 2011 at 18:30 #

    @walkerhollyjo sounds like a sugar addiction. Can be tough to kick. Those cokes should go first. They are really bad for you. Fruits are very heavy in sugar. I would recommend 2-3 pieces tops for starters, but do what you can do. Just in the back of your mind understand that the cokes, sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, will add fat to your body. So will too much fruit. Sugar is sugar no matter how you get the compound. It elicits an insulin reaction that begs your body to store fat. It can be tough to cut back for some people. Keep working on it 😉

  7. JP Toto February 22, 2011 at 15:18 #

    Nicely done! Great pics, too. Isn’t CFL like a stone’s throw from Greensgrow? I LOVE that place. There are much closer CSAs near me but I come down to Greensgrow for classes, plants, and stuff.

    • jessicamacho February 23, 2011 at 14:31 #

      Thanks for the heads up on Greensgrow, JP!! We have a Farmer’s Market here at The Piazza on Saturdays but I’ll have to check out Greensgrow sometime. I had no idea it was SO close.

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