Yesterday afternoon Matt and I spent a few hours shopping and preparing our food for the week. It took us about 5 hours to do everything...and it occurred to me that this is how convenience foods got their name and reputation.
The first task was making a meal plan for the week. Once we had that we made a shopping list and headed out.
We are lucky that our local Fred Meyer had about 80% of what was on our list. For the rest we had to make a visit to our local organic food coop. This took us about 2 hours to get all our grocery shopping done. About twice as long as it usually takes but part of that was our unfamiliarity with some of the ingredients so it took us some time to scour shelves for what we needed. I think once we get in the swing of things shopping will be a much quicker process.
Then it was back home to unpack and start the meal prep.
Let me tell you there was a LOT of chopping.
I prebaked all the root vegetables and cut and sauté a lot of the other vegetables. We left some veges raw and just cut them for snacks during the week.
Matt prepared all the meat and sauces. He made meatballs, BBQ'ed chicken breasts and processed some chicken to be made into chicken patties.
And then everything was put in the fridge ready to go. This is what my fridge looked like on Sunday night....Not a piece of chocolate in sight.