Look at the beautiful inside of this fridge. Does your fridge look like this? I know mine doesn’t because last week my fridge BROKE DOWN! Yes, my baby just gave up. As a food blogger and dietitian, my fridge is an important part of my life. I always knew this but took it for granted. I must say no more. Not having a fridge for a week has opened my eyes to the challenges of healthy eating when you don’t have your basic necessities met.

When the fridge broke down I straddled the fence between being chill and worried about my situation. This happened days before me going away to the BlogHer conference. I thought to myself “I’m a self-proclaimed minimalist! It won’t be that bad.” Then I came back from my trip and the fridge still wasn’t in. By this point, I was tired of eating out for all my meals. Now that my new fridge is finally here and I’m able to cook a nice home cooked meal I figure I should probably share my lessons learned from this experience.

Lesson 1: Non-perishable Foods
Instead of eating out for all my meals I definitely could have put more effort into making meals at home. For example, I could have made peanut butter sandwiches, used canned tuna, etc. I honestly have no excuse besides the fact that I was lazy and thought that I was a big baller shot caller. Since becoming a Dietitian my taste buds have changed and my exposure to foods have broadened. This at times can make me a bit of a food snob. I’m better able to taste the quality of foods. I’ve become sensitive to the taste of salt and can be picky about the texture of certain foods. But sometimes you (and by you I really mean I) need to get off my high horse and eat what’s available.

Here are some non-perishable foods that you could have stocked at home in case of emergencies like this one:

canned vegetables
canned beans
peanut butter
canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken
canned soups
herbs and spices

I also could have bought fresh foods at small servings (ie. one fish filet or 3/4 lb of shrimp, etc). For example, one fresh tomato to make a sauce to have with pasta. Another thing I could have done was taken advantage of having family and friends nearby. I could have had dinner at my bf’s mom’s house or my neighbors. I could have gotten a small cooler to store simple things (like my lunch for the next day, a bottle of water, etc).

Lesson 2: No matter how bad you think you got it, most likely someone else has it worst than you.
This no fridge having situation was an inconvenience for me. But I recognize that there are plenty of people that don’t have optimal living conditions. This experience made me remember that there are plenty of people living in shelters or don’t have access to a fridge and are not able to make a hearty healthy meal. They rely on soup kitchens, food banks, and the generosity of others just to be fed.

In the spirit of paying my blessings forward, I wanted to share some information about Food Bank. The Food Bank is an organization that works towards ending hunger. I’ve worked with them before in the past and there are plenty of ways to get involved with them. You can donate, volunteer or become an advocate for them. Click here for more information.

Lesson 3: Don’t Go Fridge Shopping Without A Plan.
My landlord let me tag along when they went fridge shopping. I didn’t realize how pricey fridges can be. I’m talking about $3000+ for an ultra fancy fridge. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in convenience and spend a lot of extra money for it. I don’t know if I can ever be okay with spending $3,000 on a fridge. To me, that’s a Euro-trip!

Have you ever dealt with your fridge breaking down? What kind of meals can you make with non-perishable foods? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,


2 thoughts on “Lessons Learned From A Broken Fridge…”

  1. Ugh, Marsha, that must have been so challenging and you’re right about all of these points (having a stocked pantry, being realistic about the inconvenience of a situation).

    I have a teeny-tiny fridge–like, dorm-room-sized–and we’ve been through two blackouts, so I think I kinda understand what you must’ve gone through. But it’s true that we RDs/foodies really rely on our kitchen essentials, the fridge being one of them.

    Glad you’re back in action now and I hope you had a great trip and experience at BlogHer!

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