The Curious Case of the Full Fridge

Before I launch into this post, I just wanted to tell you how surprised I was that you all guessed that I was Rose in the comments of this post!  In actuality, we decided that Sara is Rose.  I was a CLEAR Sophia.  Look, I’m sarcastic, I carry my purse on my elbow and I’m short. REAL short.  Sophia all the way.

Glad I got that off my saggy, lace-adorned chest.

Now I can move on.

This past weekend, after wrapping up the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers and stuffing my bloated self back into pants with an actual zipper, I decided that a trip to the grocery store would be just the ticket for my Sunday afternoon.

Sunday. After Thanksgiving. And 45 minutes before the Bears kicked off.

Sometimes I wonder if my college education was for naught.

Apparently the throngs of people at Trader Joe’s inspired me to play my own humble version of Supermarket Sweep.  I found myself ditching my cart at the endcap and then running (I wish I was exaggerating) through the aisles, frantically grabbing as many items at a time as physically possible.

At the register, I forgot that the rest of the store wasn’t in on the game and jokingly told the bagger, “Bag faster!”.  Again, I wish I was exaggerating.  I’m lucky my eggs didn’t mysteriously end up at the bottom of the bag.

One long wait to get out of the TJ’s parking garage and a quick drive home, I unloaded all $60 worth of groceries and promptly forgot how to feed myself.

There were chicken sausages.  There were 5 varieties of vegetables.  There were the aforementioned eggs.  And I could not think of a SINGLE thing to make for dinner.

Does this happen to anyone else?  Is this my sad little version of “a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear”?

I’m pretty sure I ate TJ’s spinach+sour cream dip and chips for dinner Sunday night.

Thankfully, my full fridge daze passed and I managed to use my groceries to actually cook an above average dinner on Monday.

Kale and Chicken Sausage Stir Fry
serves 2

2 chicken sausages (I used a jalapeno flavored variety), or hot dogs
1 medium baking potato
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 t oil
2 cups roughly chopped kale
salt+pepper
1/8 t garlic powder
3 T water
2-3 T sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1 T sriracha or hot sauce of choice

1. Slice both the sausages and potato in halve lengthwise, and then slice sausages into 1/2 inch pieces and potato into 1/4 inch pieces.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add potato and onion and saute until they begin to soften.


3. Add sausage and continue to cook until they begin to brown.
4. Add kale on top of stir fry, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and water.  Cover (I used aluminum foil because my skillet doesn’t have a lid) and steam for 5-7 minutes.
5. Once kale and potatoes have become tender to your liking, remove cover and make sure all water has evaporated.
6. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and sriracha and mix well.


7. Remove stir fry from heat and stir in the sour cream mixture.

And then I ate.  And didn’t feel so worthless about publicly shaming myself at the grocery store. Or eating 1/2 a container of spinach dip.

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14 thoughts on “The Curious Case of the Full Fridge

  1. It’s kind of like my situation with the freezer. I have it PACKED with things to make. Yet I feel the need to go buy even more food and still can’t figure out what to make.

    I’m on operation pantry/freezer slimdown. It’ll probably last another day…

  2. I always have that problem too. All dressed up and nowhere to go…
    And I think people just say Rose because really, anyone else is susceptible to be taken as an insult. We all know Blanche = super manly, and obviously there’s the slut… Sophia was always my fave tho, so I take that back. Totally Sophia.

  3. I may or may not have been obsessed with Supermarket Sweep in my tween years. Clearly my food obsession is deep-rooted. That being said, I am awful with scheming up creative things to do with a fridge full of food. Sometimes a full fridge is more anxiety-inducing for me than an empty one…But I’m glad to see you powered through and whipped up that tasty kale and chicken sausage dish!

  4. Oh. My. God. I totally forgot about Supermarket Sweep! I used to LOVE that show!

    I feel your pain here, I always have the hardest time cooking when the fridge is full. I have a problem making decisions when faced with too many options, so I usually default to whatever is easiest (like you, chips and dip!)

  5. I used to be the queen of doing that. Now I have to take recipes with me to the store or I know I’ll be eating shredded cheese out of the bag for dinner.

  6. Haha – ooooh how I hate Sunday shopping but do it weekly. I wish I was as good as you at making meals on the fly. I always stick to my list. I can tell you Sunday what I’ll be having for dinner on Friday. Yeah – I’m that OCD. If I weren’t the hubs and I would be suffering through nothing but crackers n’ jam or something by Wednesday.

  7. i know this conundrum all too well! i have so much stuff in my kitchen and yet…when i want to eat something, nothing seems to come together. i think there’s a website (cook think ?) in which you enter what ingredients you have on hand and then it gives you a list or recipes to make.

  8. lol I love your stories so much.
    I stare into my fridge all the time trying to come up with SOMETHING to eat. For some reason, when there are more options its harder to come up with any ideas. Thats usually when I just eat a potato for dinner. Its happened more times than I care to admit.

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