Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Feeding time at the zoo

In the midst of all the excitement and upheaval of the last six weeks, you know what has really suffered around here?


Since I got back from NZ especially, as I've been clawing my way back on top of things (trying, anyway), "dinner" has included a lot of eggs, grilled cheese, some take-out, and my favorites - "scavenger hunt" and "every man for himself." It got so bad, I found myself wishing I could scoop some kid chow out of a plastic bin like I do for the dog.

If you don't already know this about me, I don't really enjoy cooking. It's such a time sink! As I say, I am a food assembler:

meal = lean protein + veggies + healthy fat

I eat for fuel and to not be hungry. 

Things get pretty chaotic here after 3 pm wrapping up work and driving kids around. Dinner time has been a mess. This past weekend I vowed to do a better job of planning and making dinner so I pulled out The Feed Zone by Biju Thomas that I'd gotten a few months ago (but hadn't actually used yet). I love this book!!

The description says:
"The Feed Zone Cookbook offers 160 athlete-friendly recipes that are simple, delicious, and easy to prepare. When Dr. Allen Lim left the lab to work with pro cyclists, he found a peloton weary of food. For years the sport's elite athletes had been underperforming on bland fare and processed bars and gels. Science held few easy answers for nutrition in the real world, where hungry athletes must buy ingredients; make meals; and enjoy eating before, during, and after each workout, day after day."
Monday I made Chicken Tikka Masala and Tuesday it was Pasta with Smoked Salmon. We're talking 7 ingredients and 4 steps for the salmon, and 6 ingredients and 2 steps for the chicken. I can do that! The stuff was yummy, healthy, easy, wholesome, and enjoyed by all members of this picky household.

This book is pretty awesome and it has inspired me to get my act together and actually make reasonable dinners again. Or at least reduce the number of "every man for himself" nights.