To help on my quest to get healthy and eat a diet devoid of grains, I invested in a new cookbook last week. I bought Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan. She also authors the blog The Clothes Make the Girl.
Though the recipes in Well Fed look fabulous, my favorite part of the cookbook was the section explaining how to structure your cooking, so that you are not spending all day every day in the kitchen. Joulwan suggests doing a weekly “Cook-Up,” where you pre-cook most of your food for the week. Brilliant!
Since I’m always stretched for time during the week, I thought I’d give the weekly cook-up a shot. So yesterday I pumped up the praise music and got to work in the kitchen. I chopped, steamed, sauteed, grilled, and mixed. I cooked for hours.
I missed my nap (especially bad on the day we set the clocks ahead).
My feet were killing me.
I was bone tired.
But in the end I prepared enough food to make the rest of my week a piece of cake! I cut up tons of fresh veggies for snacks. I tried my hand at homemade mayo and made a spicy sunflower seed sauce for some asian cuisine later this week. Or maybe I’ll use it for dip with my veggies. Who knows?
I made a beef stew that we’ll eat in in a couple of days, and my husband grilled enough chicken to make several salads and main dishes. I also browned some ground beef and onions to use in a dish later this week.
I pre-steamed some brussels sprouts and cabbage. I baked a spaghetti squash and riced some cauliflower for quick side dishes. We won’t be lacking in veggies, that’s for sure!
So what’s on the menu this week? Most recipes are from Well Fed .
Monday: Pad Thai
Tuesday: Cinnamon Beef Stew with Mashed Cauliflower and Roasted Carrots
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Salad
Thursday: Ground Beef, Jicama Fries, and some other veggie
Friday: Grilled Chicken & whatever veggies I have left.
Saturday: Steak on the BBQ!
Sunday: Leftovers, to make room for my next cooking adventure.
Hopefully all of this pre-cooking will work out well for me. One thing is for sure: There will be no “oh my goodness, what’s for dinner, honey can you run out for fast food” moments at my house this week!
What’s on your menu?