The Clean Out the Fridge Scramble

A few months ago I had a driver arrive at my site and ask where the woman in charge was.  When I told him I was the man in charge the driver responded, “Usually there is a women in charge, are you sure you know what you are doing?”

I found the incident rather humorous.  I’m a VSC, the South Salt Lake Volunteer Area Coordinator (VAC) and yes, I’m one of the ever growing number of men who want to help their families and communities get access to quality fresh produce.  While the stereotypical VSC and Bountiful Basket participant may still be a hardworking mom and housewife, we are actually a very diverse group.

So when Sally mentioned the new blog I thought I’d start posting some of my manly perspectives on produce and this awesome co-op.

My father and grandfather were both excellent cooks and taught me the value of being able to cook for myself.  While my wife is an awesome cook,and handles most of the meals in our house, for which I am very grateful, there are a few things I love to do with the produce I get.

I’ve had an early pick up site for months now.  My Saturdays usually start before 5:00 AM and so I tend to go to my site without breakfast. After unloading the truck and running a site I come home tired, hungry, and with a box full of fresh produce.  My first task is usually to rustle myself up some breakfast.

I love eggs and I love peppers and so my favorite Bountiful Baskets breakfast is what I affectionately refer to as the “Clean Out the Fridge Scramble”.  It goes something like this:

The Clean Out the Fridge Scramble


  • Peppers (assorted in the intensity that you prefer)
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • Spinach (optional)
  • Tomato (optional)
  • Lunch Meat (optional)
  • Other Veggies (optional)
  • Cheese (optional)


  1. I find all the peppers we have left over from mexi-packs, previous baskets and this week's basket. On an ideal week this includes a poblano pepper, jalepeno, and red or green bell pepper. I dice all the peppers. I like hot food so I leave the seeds in the jalepeno but you can reduce the heat by seeding it.
  2. Diced onion, I prefer red but yellow, white, or bulb works.
  3. I saute the peppers and onions with some olive oil in a skillet until the onion gets transparent and the peppers are soft.
  4. Then I add eggs, a cup of egg beaters or 3 regular eggs and scramble it all up.
  5. If I have spinach I'll chop some up and add to the mixture.
  6. Usually I also chop a tomato and add it.
  7. If I have any lunch meat, left over ham or turkey I'll often dice it up and throw it in too.
  8. I've been known to grab other veggies I have and throw them in as well. Hence the name.
  9. Once the eggs are nearly cooked I'll throw on some sliced or grated cheddar (the sharper the better). I like my cheese really gooey so I'll throw a couple teaspoons of water in and cover the skillet. Steaming the cheese helps it melt better.

Once it is all cooked and ready it goes onto a plate.  I’ll then try and enjoy it before I have to take a call from one of my VSCs.  Usually they win :-).



  1. Bryan,
    Thanks for sharing. We will be having a clean out the fridge scramble tomorrow!

  2. THANK YOU for this amazing blog! I am addicted and starting to make changes in our household. Thanks for sharing!

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