Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Project Simplify Hot Spot #4

Hot Spot #4 was the pantry and refrigerator. On top of that Tsh challenged us to take a good long look at what and how we eat.

For over a year, my family was on a pretty good diet of organic, natural and raw products. I cooked from scratch almost every night. I was very, very proud of this fact. Of course, it was predicated by the fact that when Little Man was about 6 weeks old, we discovered that he was not only allergic to dairy, but also to soy. As I was his sole source of food, that meant I couldn't eat dairy or soy either. Interestingly enough, it was the SOY allergy that really made us have to cut out a lot of foods. Sadly the food industry puts soy in a lot of foods where it doesn't necessarily belong. In an effort to be able to eat ANYTHING, we started shopping religiously at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and our local farmers markets.  And I had to start cooking, something I didn't really do prior to this (not that I was incapable, I just chose not to).

Then Little Man grew out of his allergy (and weaned!), Diesel's company cut him back to part time at about 75% of his hourly rate and I went back to work full time after more than year at 1/2 and 3/4 time. Oh and Diesel decided to go back to school. As we got busier, the paychecks got smaller and Little Man's diet opened up more, the pre-packaged convenience foods crept back into our lives & our pantry. I thought I was still doing pretty well about making healthy and earth-friendly choices, photographing my pantry and refrigerator was very eye opening.

I'm mortified at the amount of Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, Pop Tarts and soda that we own.

Starting with this weekend's trip to the grocers, I'm getting back on the wagon. I'm going to work very hard to make eating QUALITY foods that are good for our bodies and good for the planet fit within our budget. It will be difficult, but I think we can do it!

Oh and I've started listening to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on my commute.

Anywho... to get to the before and after of it all... here is my pantry and fridge:





REFRIGERATOR AFTER: (Diesel just opened it and announced "it is so bright and clean!")
Little Man will be happy to know that we're having cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow, because they're on the verge of expiration!

I was happy to discover THIS little gem waiting to reward me for my hard work:

mmm... Choklad Mork!

Oh and I call this shelf in our fridge the "yes, in fact we ARE Asian" shelf :


  1. Wow! You did practically the whole kitchen! I just got home from a Winco/ Costco run and am excited to restock with healthy food. Thanks for the running advice. I downloaded the couchto5K thing and I love it.

  2. I tackled the dish cupboards this summer, so with the exception of the pots and pans cabinet, which I have yet to find a good organizational solution for, my kitchen is actually quite organized. The food seems to be the quickest thing to get away from me in terms of keeping organized (and keeping healthy!)
    Glad you like the program! It is really awesome and you'll feel super accomplished at the end. I highly recommend signing up for a 5k in 9-11 weeks just as a way to keep you plugging along! :)

  3. You are going to love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It inspired me to eat more real foods when I read it last May. I even made my own cheese after reading this book.
    Great job on the kitchen and good luck!

  4. I'm already totally enthralled with it! In fact, it has directly impacted my April food goals (post forthcoming). Don't know that I'll be making my own cheese any time soon, but I'm definitely hoping to get to work on our little 10x10 plot at the community garden! :)

  5. Loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Also enjoyed The $64 Dollar Tomato can't remember author. As we redo the diets and habits, your blog is helping me to declutter too. We did the whole garage this weekend and now it is on to the kid's clothing...ugh.

  6. I'm glad I'm helping! I'll have to check out the $64 Tomato, though I think I'm starting to develop food guilt as a result of the information I'm learning! :)


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