We totally scored at our local Sprouts this weekend: organic, grass-fed ground beef for $5.99/lb. I bought eight packages! Along with happy chicken, ground lamb, and a hunk of beef for stewing.
Then after a truly glorious two-hour nap yesterday afternoon, I shuffled to the kitchen – grumpy and grumbling – to prep food for the week. I really enjoy playing with flavors in the kitchen, but working the assembly line of meat and vegetable prep can bring me down. In my noggin, it officially signifies the shutting down of the weekend and the cranking up of Monday, man.
So like all things I dread, I decided to make it a WOD. Could I do all my prep in one hour? Dave and I started the clock, and I started rattling some pots and pans.
With the weather so mild, the oven made the kitchen pretty warm. After my first round in front of the stove, I stripped down to a tank top and opened the windows. I felt like this:
But I persevered, bouncing back and forth from the stove – where I had TWO pans going at once – to the grill outside the kitchen door. My iPod cranked out cooking-appropriate tunes (Hello, Social Distortion and The Clash!), and a timer went off at 5-minute intervals so I wouldn’t burn anything.
Sunday Cooking WOD
For time, 60-minute cutoff:
Steam a head of bok choy
Steam a head of Swiss chard
Roast a large spaghetti squash
Roast sweet potatoes
Grate cauliflower for fouscous
Grill 2.5 lbs. chicken
Grill 1lb. chicken sausage
Make rogan josh with ground lamb
Sauté 2 lbs. ground beef
Hardboil 1 dozen eggs
Prep 1.5 lbs. Moroccan pork chops
My time: 61:00 – dang! Just past the cutoff!
Cleanup time: 5:00
Not too shabby! For anyone who thinks they don’t have to time to prep for clean eating, I call bullsh*t. One hour of chopping, steaming, and grilling netted us enough raw materials to build meals for at least four days.
It wasn’t really all that much fun, but every WOD in the gym isn’t a PR-inducing, love-fest either. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta get it done.
And the grilled chicken, spaghetti squash, and Swiss chard I ate for breakfast and lunch today (with Tsardust Memories)? Delish!
**A loving shout-out to my teammate Dave for giving me an assist by cleaning 2 lbs. of fresh green beans and cutting up a gorgeous pineapple for tonight’s dessert.
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