Greetings friends. Whether you are doing the BTB45 or you have personally adopted a paleo lifestyle, one of the biggest things we hear from folks is: "I have no time to cook!"
While I could argue with you that instead of watching the latest So You Think You Can Dance or Bachelor episode, that your time could be better spent in the kitchen, I'll indulge the "I have no time to cook" group somewhat.
Perhaps it's actually that you don't like to cook...and that is a-okay. Here are a few things that might help you in the BTB45 and your paleo path:
- Buy Premade Paleo. Chef Richard Bradford is a local CrossFitter, and has jumped onto this paleo wagon. He gave me some sample meals to try back in the fall and they were delish. You can view his upcoming menus here and he's running a special for paleo challenge participants around Atlanta: 2 weeks of meals for $140.
- Get a crock pot (or slow cooker) and use it! Here's how easy it is: take a whole chicken, and any assortment of veggies (celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms), ****take the chicken out of the package it was in, rinse it, and remove the inner stuff**** toss it all in the pot, season with any seasonings you like, turn the pot on low, come home from work that night to a delicious, fully cooked chicken and veggies. No liquid needed. It is that easy. You can do the same with pulled pork (seriously!), chili, or a whole host of "dump some stuff in a crock pot and come home to deliciousness."
- When you DO decide/find time/spend a little time in the kitchen, always, always, ALWAYS make extra. Cooking burgers? Don't just make 1...make 4, or double it to 8. Leftover burgers are a lifesaver! Grilled veggies? Grill up some more!
- Use the EGG! Lots of BTBers have Big Green Eggs. We do, Jeff & Melissa do, Smugs and Kmugs do, the Gecsys do...we've had many a time where we toss on a nice pork butt on the BGE around 6pm the night before...then maybe at 6am, maybe at 12 noon....we pull that off for some delicious pulled pork. YUM.
We know it can be hard to carve out some time in the kitchen, which is when things like some already made meals from Chef Richard, or having your leftovers, come in handy. We know it's hard. We worked 2 full time jobs, ran the Vinings gym, wrote a book, all last year...and still managed to find some time to cook. You just have to be smart about it.
For more meal ideas, check out these links:
Meals 4 the Week
Another tip: if you know you're going to be going out to eat, but will be limited on food/time to cook tomorrow, why not order that larger steak, or something that you know you'll eat half of, then have the leftovers tomorrow? Fajitas (minus the rice/beans/cheese/tortillas) make awesome leftovers. So go ahead and get that bigger portion, knowing you will be taking some home for breakfast or lunch tomorrow!
What things have helped those of you who have done paleo before? Yep, I'm calling people out...Nick G, Anna L, Kristin G, Kathryn R, Andy S...how did you find time to cook, or what were your saving graces?