Hopefully you already read our pantry post, and are now ready to learn what to keep on hand in your fridge and freezer! This list is much shorter, but full of good advice (or at least we hope so!)

Fridge:

  • Fresh Fruit
    • Remember to buy what is in season for the best nutrition and bang for your buck!
  • Fresh Vegetables, including herbs
    • Carrots and celery (along with onion) make a great foundation to a lot of recipes, so definitely keep those veggies on hand. They also are great for snacking! Keep some hummus in your fridge too for a healthy dip.
    • Just like fruit, buy what is in season.
    • Think about color and variety. Dark greens, red/orange choices, and cruciferous veggies are all-stars.
    • Always have leafy greens available for salads.
  • Natural nut butter
    • Usually purchased at room temp, but stored in the fridge. To keep the oil from separating, stir the nut butter before refrigerating, and try keeping it upside down. All varieties are healthy-choose your favorite!
  • Condiments-fruit preserves, mustards (was also listed for the pantry)
    • Great flavor enhancers and additions to vinaigrettes.
  • Natural Cheese
    • Makes easy sandwiches, quesadillas, and of course an important¬†ingredient for many Italian dishes.
  • Milk or Milk Sub
    • We discussed milk and milk alternatives in a previous blog-choose what is right for you!
  • Eggs
    • Essential for baking and also great for quick meals.
  • Yogurt and/or Kefir
    • Get all the probiotics you need without a supplement! Love kefir in smoothies.

Freezer:

  • Corn and/or Whole Wheat Tortillas
    • Easy to pull day of to make tacos, quesadillas, or enchiladas.
  • Whole Grain Bread
    • Makes sandwiches an easy option when limited on time.
  • Frozen Veggies
    • Fresh vegetables sometimes spoil before people actually get to cooking them, so frozen are a good option. A frozen veggie selection helps assure you can have veggies available for all your meals!
  • Frozen Berries
    • These nutrient powerhouses are in season in the US in the summer, but buying frozen allows you to enjoy them year round without spending too crazy of an amount. Great to throw in smoothies or to make a quick compote.
  • Flour
    • Flour was listed on our pantry list, but I actually store it in the freezer to avoid weevil infestation.
  • Salmon and other Fish
    • The best option for getting those omega 3s. Not only is it healthy, but it makes for a quick weeknight dinner. Fish cooks fast! Look for wild caught.

Just as we stated with the pantry list, this list is just a suggestion, and you have to figure out what works best for you! Look next for a post about how to create meals with your now well stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer :)

To YOUR Taste!

Chef V