Meal Prep

 

Food-Prep-Crockpot-Chicken-Burrito-BowlsI think meal prep is a part of adulting, especially in this day and age. We are always busy… working 40 hours a week,  going to the gym, pretending we actually like things like hot yoga, walking the dog, sleeping, having a “social life” oh yeah, and eating. After a busy day at work the last thing you want to do it cook… especially when you cook for a living. My thing with meal prep is I have no desire to eat the same thing two times in a row let alone for a whole week.  Thanks, but no thanks.

I have recently made a job change. I went from a two hour round trip  commute to ten minutes . That being said I have a little more… a lot more time on my hands. I plan to spend my additional time working on my business, actively going to the gym, and cooking more meals for myself.

Last Friday I went to the supermarket in my quest for meal prep success. I bought this super cute meal prep notebook from Michales the other day, but it’s still in my purse, untouched. $5.00 well spent if you ask me.   I first hit up the healthy organic vegetarian section. That’s where I get a lot of my main staples. I picked up some coconut oil, quinoa, lentils and some canned beans.

I also picked up a few snacks; Boom, Chick, Pop Cheddar popcorn may be one of my favorites, and its good for you, and it doesn’t even taste healthy or fake. Another favorite snack of mine are hippeas they are chickpea puffs, the BBQ flavor is a must try. I’ve noticed that not all shops sells them, and they are very inconsistent as to when they are on the shelves and when they are not.

I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years now, and I haven’t craved bacon once. I don’t miss it at all, although the other day I so badly craved  a BLT.  I was on the hunt for veggie bacon, I looked up and down the isles for quite some time, and eventually  found it in the produce  isle.  I was skeptical , but put it in the frying pan, spayed  with coconut oil, sprinkled with a little bit of salt and you couldn’t even tell the difference.

One time on a whim I went to stop and shop I was craving ice cream. I picked up a pint of “SO Delicious “soy ice cream, chocolate peanut butter flavor. It was the best ice cream  EVER. Since then I  have been unable to  find it. That being said, I’m on the hunt; I’m willing to try other flavors too, but I can’t fine any.   I settled for “SO Delicious” Non- dairy cool Whip. It’s made from coconut milk, and it lives up to the name “So Delicious” they are one of my favorite non-dairy brands.

If anyone wants to send me fan mail, you now know my favorites 😉

 

After the “healthy isle” I meandered over to the  produce isle. I love cooking with fresh herbs. My herb garden is currently under construction so store bought will have to do for now. Basil is my most beloved herb, sometimes I spring for the little potted basil plants because they are cheaper, but I always end up killing them. ( I really have high hopes for my garden LOL).

I bought scallions, parsley and cilantro. When I got home I trimmed the ends and put them in water. It will help them stay fresher longer. Just remember to change out the water so they don’t get slimy and gross.

I bought some lettuce, cabbage, salad dressing, carrots, avocado, tomato and that’s about it.

I got a few household items and headed for the cash register.

I used to work as a cashier, and I know it can sometimes be a boring job so, I enjoy making small talk with them. As the cashier started  scanning my items she asked me if I was trying a new vegetarian diet. How observant, I didn’t realize people actually paid attention to what they were scanning.  I told her that I have been a vegetarian for three years and she stated asking me lots of questions. She asked me what made me choose that lifestyle, she also  asked what I used as my main sources of protein, and does it help you lose weight. I told her just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you are going to lose weight, you can just eat mac and cheese every day and be a vegetarian. It all depends on how you choose to fuel your body. I advised her that if it is something she is interested in she needs to take multivitamins, and she should do her research first.

$100 dollars later and a lesson on vegetarianism and I’m on  my way home. The first meal I made was sweet potato sushi.

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For some of my weekly meals I did lentils with carrots and caramelized onions. I made quinoa salad,  and three bean salad.  I packed them up into my little to go containers and placed them in the fridge.

I brought one meal  to work for lunch on Monday.for the remainder of the week I had late lunches so, I didn’t really eat the dinners I had prepared.  Rules don’t really apply on the weekends that being said I had burritos one night, and a veggie burger the other.

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The moral of this blog post is no matter how diligent I am with food prep, and how excited I am to make all of these tasty meals, and how many of my favorite foods I buy, at the end of the week they will still be in the black containers sitting in my fridge ready for the trash.

But hey I tried. Meal prepping is not for me. I like to make food based on what I want in the moment, and I don’t like re heating food. Call me spoiled.

My next meal prep adventure will the at the end of the month.  I will be trying purple carrot a vegetarian meal delivery service. Stay tuned!

 

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Life Event

Life Event

Hello readers! I have some exciting news for you. After months of hard work and failed attempts I have finally landed my commercial kitchen. I am actually meeting with the town hall health inspector later today to go over my next steps. Every day I am one step closer to making my dreams a reality.

I typed up my proposal stapled my business card to it and started going door to door. OLD SCHOOL.  To my surprise I got a call back; they asked me to come in and pitch the idea, and I would get to take a peek at the kitchen and make sure it was up to my standards.

Please keep in mind that in the midst of it all I still have a fulltime and par time job. I came home late from an event. At 11:0pm the day before my big meeting, I started typing up my business plan. Talk about waiting until the last minute. But in my defense I’m a busy lady!

The day of the meeting I went to print two copies; one for the gentleman I would be meeting with and the other for myself in case he wanted to go over it (always be prepared).

About 95% of the document had printed, and the rest of the pages were blank. I ran out of ink… business admin 101 ink is expensive but always have a backup! I didn’t have enough time to run to the store, go home and print documents and then leave the house again, so I began gathering old ink cartridges hoping that I could salvage a few drops for my last few pages.  Of course, I got the job done!

The meeting was quite quick, but the kitchen was in better shape than I had imagined so that was a plus.

The gentleman didn’t ask to view my portfolio and we didn’t even go over my business plan, but I left it with him anyway. He said he would pitch the idea to the board members, and that he would be in touch.

One week later after a particularly trying day I got the best news! I IGOT MY KITCHEN!!!!  AND … he loved my business plan!

Hard work pays off kids; don’t give up.

Getting The Job, That Wasn’t My Dream Job

With much hard work and some summer classes I became eligible to graduate early. I figured I would get a leg up on my competition; the swarm of college students all fighting for the same thing… a job. With the hope of paying off those dreadful high interest loans.

I started the job hunt in early October. Daily I was scoping out the Boston Chef website as well as may other job hunter outlets. My resume was up to date; my cover letters were tweaked to make sure each hiring manager knew why I should be their next employee. I would check my e-mail daily, no hourly, lets be real, I hit the refresh button every five minutes in the hopes of getting a response. My impatience was getting the best of me, and I was losing hope quickly. I started thinking to myself, maybe I should get an office job. in the end an office job would probably have a much higher starting salary, but without a doubt I would be sacrificing my happiness for a paycheck.

About a month and a half later I started getting a flood of email responses from people saying that they either wanted to set up interviews or stages with me, or both! I was excited, and overly confident that every interview I had would go well, and that I would win them over.

My dream job out of college I thought I would be making at least $20.00 an hour. I figured with the experience I have I would at least be an assistant pastry chef, and that I would be able to offer someone some of my creative ideas.

My interviews quickly knocked me down a few pegs. Even the best jobs which I loved would only offer $10.00 an hour starting out.  At that rate, I would be better off working at McDonalds as a kitchen manager. Needless to say I was not very happy, but I didn’t want to give up.  I have two degrees. An associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts, and a bachelor’s degree in culinary management , I am not an expert yet, but  still know my worth.

With the help of my amazing chefs at school I was given yet another interview with an alumni from my school. The job seemed promising, and they offered me a little bit more money, so I accepted.

My first day on the job was 9am on New Year’s Day.  As the new girl I have been subjected to chopping large quantities of lettuce as well as other vegetables for salads 8+ hours a day, and as of right now, I don’t know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

the moral of this story is don’t chase paychecks, chase dreams because when you find work that you love you will never truly work a day in your live. We are way too young to be miserable!