Elaine Magee: What's In My Fridge?
'The Recipe Doctor' gives you a guided tour
In the refrigerator door there is an assortment of mineral water
flavors (our beverage du jour), along with orange juice (not from
concentrate), and 2-liter bottles of diet grapefruit soda and diet
Pepsi (caffeine-free). We like to mix the orange juice with the diet
grapefruit soda for a nice change.
Nestled with the soda is a sea of 12-ounce bottles of water. I'm
constantly grabbing them when we're flying out the door to the dance studio
(both of my daughters are on a competitive dance team).
There are other refrigerator-door staples I should mention, like the
no-trans-fat margarine (like Take Control) and whipped butter.
That's right folks; there is butter in the Magee house. I mostly use canola or
olive oil in my cooking, and sometimes turn to less-fat margarine if need be.
But there are those times when butter must be used to pull off a recipe. In
those cases, I use whipped butter, which has less fat per tablespoon, and I use
less of it, too. I love a slice of whole-wheat toast with a little
less-sugar jam, so you can find at least two flavors in my fridge.
Before we venture off to the Northern territory, also known as my freezer,
you might be asking, "where's the beef?" The Magees eat chicken
every week (skinless, of course), and pork occasionally (only the lean
cuts like pork tenderloin), and beef once or twice a week (only
extra-lean cuts and ground sirloin need apply). But I'm picky about my meat,
and I tend to go to a nearby butcher on the day that I will be cooking it. So
on this particular day, there is a bag of freshly caught halibut
literally staring at me (thanks to my husband's fishing buddy) ready to be
grilled or smoked by my BBQ-savvy hubby.
As you open the freezer door, you'll see a bag of ground flax (high
in plant omega-3 fatty acids), bags and bags of frozen fruit, a bag of
shelled edamame, and a carton of light vanilla ice cream. The
frozen fruit and ice cream are there for one reason and one reason only -- the
Magee family loves smoothies! Two frozen patty products are permanent residents
in my freezer, too: Hash Brown Patties (with 0 grams of fat) and
Gardenburgers (vegetarian gourmet whole-grain burgers). The hash browns
are used on Saturday or Sunday mornings and the Gardenburgers are a makeshift
lunch for one on weekdays when I'm working at home.
Well, that completes the Elaine Magee refrigerator tour. Thanks for joining
me today, and please come again!