This post is part of a regular feature I have creatively titled, “Things that are awesome” Wednesday.
In this weekly post, I am going to share something that struck me as awesome during the past week. It may be a great recipe, a cool event, a favorite blog, a special moment or whatever else scores a 10 on the awesome-meter.
And if you have something awesome to share, I’d love to hear about it! Post to comments or e-mail me and let me know.
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You open the refrigerator. Tidy containers of varying sizes stand proudly before you. Some containers hold servings of veggies and meat, pre-packed for easy mid-week meals. Others store massive doses of nutrient-rich delights, like chopped broccoli or mashed rutabaga.
On the lower shelves lie a few additional pounds of meat and fish, wrapped neatly in brown butcher paper. Thick mason jars hold homemade condiments – sugar-free ketchup, fresh mayonnaise and creamy almond butter sauce. The crisper drawer overflows with kale, chard and fennel.
Your fridge is full. And it’s awesome.
A full fridge makes me feel overwhelming fortunate. I’m grateful I have easy access to this food. I feel rich with health.
I have a few friends that prefer to shop as they go. They can’t stand the pressure of a full fridge. What if they are invited to dinner? What if they want to order Chinese food? What if they need to jet to Paris? A full fridge may hold them back.
It’s true. And there’s an element of commitment – and a bit of danger — in a well-stocked refrigerator. There’s a lot of food in a full fridge. Can you eat it all before it goes bad? Can you see it through? In this world of uncertainty and risk, you are making a statement. I WILL eat good healthy food for the next week.
A well-stocked refrigerator is a work of art. I like to keep mine color-blocked (and color-blocking is chic these days, in case you don’t follow such things). I admit I have been known to rearrange the fridge a few times after a good day of cooking, staging it to show off its assets and highlight my options. And I may occasionally open the door a few times just to admire the abundance. I can’t help myself. It makes me happy. It’s awesome.