Saturday, February 15, 2014

I've found that by the time dinner rolls around, between not sleeping at night and all day nurse-a-thons, I am exhausted, nursing or both, and it is difficult to get dinner cooked before bedtime. We manage, but there has been an awful lot of Trader Joe's hotdogs and stops off at Chipotle.

Last week, I picked up a cookbook called Well Fed from the library and it may very well change my life. The first chapter of the book goes into why we should eat a Paleo style diet, but we've already been at this (off and on) for two years, so we're already there. It is the second chapter that is really working for me though.

The Author, Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Make the Girl, talks about "Hot Plates" and Cooking WOD's (Workout of the Day). Basically, she takes an hour or two and preps her veggies and meats for the week, then she pulls them from the fridge and builds plates throughout the week.

This weekend, we are going to be attempting our first Cooking WOD. It should feed our family of four for five days Sunday through Thursday. It looks something like this:

3lb Ground Beef , browned, Make chili w/ half and put the other half in the fridge.
4lb Chicken thighs in grill pan, for salads, stir fries etc.
3lb Pork shoulder, slow cooked, for salads and hot plates
1lb oven bacon, reserve the fat
1 doz hard boiled eggs

Cooked Veg
2lb of Broccoli, steam sauteed
1 Cabbage, shredded, steam sauteed 
2 lb of Carrots, steam sauteed
4 Mixed bell peppers, steam sauteed
2 Sweet Onions, steam sauteed
1/2 Celery Heart, steam sauteed

Raw veg
2 onions, chopped
2lb Baby Carrots
1/2 Celery Heart, diced
4 heads of romaine
1/2 lb mushrooms 
2 cukes
2 tomatoes
1 bunch spinach or kale

1Sunshine Sauce – Well Fed pg 45  
1  Tahini Dressing – Well Fed 2, Page 74

I let Ryleigh choose a meal as well, and she picked  pan-grilled Salmon for lunch one day and tuna salad on celery another.  

It sounds awesome, but can we get it done? I think that if the husband and I work at it, it is definitely an attainable goal! Wish us luck <3

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