This has been one heck of a week… and it’s only Wednesday! They say time flies when you’re having fun, but I really think time just flies when you’re getting old! haha I can say that now, I’m in my 30s. <wink>
I workout at a gym that’s right next to a Trader Joe’s, which makes life so much easier. I try and stock up on all the necessities in the beginning of the week, but when I forget something, or prefer to buy it fresh daily, like meat, eggs, and refrigerated veggies, I just pop over after I get my fitness fix. This routine seemed to be working just fine, but I reintroduced myself to the grill on Sunday, and boy am I happy I did!
I’m so lucky I have amazing friends, and that these amazing friends own bbq grills! Since I moved from Vegas (and the equipped backyards of my two companions in competition, Stacey and Noy), I haven’t been able to bbq my chicken, fish, and asparagus for the week. I didn’t know anybody in Los Angeles that I felt comfortable asking if I could set up camp each Sunday, selfishly cooking scrumptious morsels for a party of one! I mean I would offer to cook extra, but most people prefer their chicken with marinades and their asparagus with salt and oil… things that I just don’t get down with these days.
So when I heard Miriam (my sister from another mister), had a bbq grill and was happy to accommodate my weekly regimen, I jumped on the opportunity. After my bday fun, I headed over to her house. Six chicken breasts, 4 haddock filets, and nearly 3 lbs of asparagus later, I was packing up and heading home. Total cook time (after pre-heating the grill) was around 35 minutes, and thanks to pans, aluminum foil, and freezer-sized ziplock bags, packing was only about 2 minutes more.
During this beast of a week, in which I feel like the proverbial chicken, the ease and convenience of being able to grab my clean, already-prepared food, quickly weighing, heating, and eating, has totally saved me from countless hours in the kitchen or at Trader Joe’s! I actually feel like I have more time to sit and savor my meals, since I’m not having to cook them in the same break. It has been heavenly.
Tomorrow I leave for my first pro show in New Orleans. I hear there is a Whole Foods right behind my hotel, and my awesome coach has worked it out with them to cook any food we need to buy during the week! I can’t tell you what a saving grace that is! I will head over for one more grilling session tonight (because I prefer the smokey flavor of bbq to that of roasted or baked chicken and asparagus) and individually pack my meals for the flight and my first night in Nola, but you better believe by Friday I’ll be knocking on Whole Food’s grilling department for some fresh salmon and sweet potato!