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Fridge Voyeur is a virtual visit into the chill zone of the Spoon Crew — our team, our friends, and some of your favorite wellness gurus. We may eat a lot of plants, but you better believe there’s a whole lot of variety, and a bit of naughty, going on behind closed doors. We know you want a peek ;).

This week, we’re peeking into the fridge of mom and speech language pathologist, Kelly Bandas.

Splendid Spoon: Hey Kelly! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Kelly Bandas: Hey, hey! I’m Kelly, a mom of three boys (one of whom is about to join our family from the Philippines 🙌🏼) and native New Englander, living just outside of Nashville, TN. When I’m not hard-core mom-ing, I spend my time finishing up my first book, writing my blog, and working with little ones as a speech language pathologist. I am also a long-time vegetarian who is a total sucker for a good veggie & grain bowl that I can share on Instagram.

SS: What are the 5 kitchen staples you can’t live without?
KB: Ezekiel bread/english muffins give me life every morning, almond milk for smoothies, our 30+ year old cast iron skillet, so many avocados because I’m a millennial and that’s what I do, annnnnd at least three different types of greens.

SS: What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge?
KB: Oh my gosh — at the moment it’s probably a Typhoid vaccine I have to take before we go to the Philippines in a month or so. Just hanging out in there with our bread and eggs. But food wise, I would have to go with eggs from our backyard chickens (although I suppose I’d call those more “unique” than weird.)

SS: How do you make sure to keep up the good food habits you began in January as the year progresses?
KB: I am all about setting realistic goals for myself, so I don’t “fall off the wagon.” I eat exclusively whole foods with no added sugar through lunchtime and then enjoy a dinner with my family that is maybe a little less… health focused. It’s all about balance.

SS: What’s your fave sweet and what’s your fave savory?
KB: I am so excited to answer this question because I love food so much. My favorite savory is a box of Mary’s Gone Crackers. Any flavor. I eat them like they’re about to be discontinued. And my favorite sweet would probably have to be cheesecake, with a thick graham cracker crust.

SS: If you were one thing in your fridge, what would it be?
KB: The leftovers. I am a huge fan of making something our family can eat and enjoy several times over; especially things like soups and chilis, that seem to taste even better the next day!

SS: What food do you turn to when you want something comforting or nostalgic? Although we eat to keep our bodies strong and healthy, food also connects us to our past, to friends, and to different times in our lives.
KB: Comfort food to me is a hot bowl of delicious cauliflower or potato soup and a fancy-schmancy tomato and avocado grilled cheese sandwich, for dipping purposes.

Be sure to check out Kelly’s adoption blog, Ooh Bother, and catch her laughing at her own jokes while chasing her 2 (soon to be 3!) boys on her Instagram, @kelly_bandas.