With heavy heart, I tell everyone that Terry and I are getting older. Yes, it's true. And with those added years have come a few too many pounds. So we decided that we needed to make a change in our eating. We've tried this a few times, but the problem we always come back to is first, we have Tess in the house, who is quite possibly the worst eater ever. I mean, someone that can, quite literally, eat the same thing for lunch every day for going on 7 years, you know will have a problem with new foods. Secondly, we are inherently lazy about making food. We just don't want to spend a lot of time each day putting together a clean meal.
And then I found something on Pinterest that I was totally blown away by! A refrigerator salad bar! It was like the light bulb came on. I wish I had saved the original link but I must have just looked at it and not pinned it, because it isn't on my boards. Oops! Well, random person out there that came up with this idea originally, I love it. And I thank you for the bottom of my heart. You are the best.
So basically, the idea is that you would have at the ready all the items that you would put into a salad all ready to go, so you can just throw it together and eat. I've done that in the past, but the problem I ran into was spending the time to do it, cutting up way too much so that it spoils before we use it, and our biggest problem was that the lettuce would go bad before we used it all. So this lady had this great idea to only cut up one weeks worth of stuff, and put it all in one basket.
This is my salad bar. Everything that is meant for your salad is in that blue basket. When we are ready to eat, we just pull it out, and away we go!
Things that we use a lot of get a bigger container, such as diced ham, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries. Things we don't use much of are in small containers, such as olives, cukes, peppers, beans. Peppers give me heart burn, so I don't eat them, and Terry hates beans so he doesn't eat those, but with just small containers, we can still have them in the basket without the fear of them going to waste before they are eaten. There are six large and six small containers.
Now, for sure it takes up a lot of room in the refrigerator. But it is so much easier to just pull that one basket out, then to try and juggle all the containers, or forget that you have something else to use, that it is worth giving up that one shelf. It also contains the spread of leftovers on the bottom shelf, so we think about and use them more effectively also.
I also found this great tip for lettuce:
These are half gallon mason jars. The blog I read said just cut your lettuce up, than put it in a jar and seal it and then turn it upside down and it will keep the lettuce fresher longer! This lettuce is 10 days old since the day I cut it, and it had been in my fridge for awhile before that. There is also spinach in there. Spinach does not stay fresh long, but we are having great success with this! One jar of lettuce lasts us for about 4-5 days.
Sadly, this has not inspired Tess to eat anything other than her nasty Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches.... You can only do what you can do. ;)