The most common reasons people seem to forfeit eating a nutritious dinner include:
• Too lazy to cook
• Not organized enough and then got too busy
•A well deserved cheat night out with booze!
•Just don't care enough to cook a healthy meal (I wanted pasta and bread more than something healthy)
This was definitely the case when I asked the 8 am class yesterday morning what they ate for dinner the night before. Now I'm certainly not trying to guilt trip our athletes for a less than stellar dinner choice, and I'm definitely all for allowing yourself some cheat meals; however, if it's a trend in your life—if more often than not you don't eat a good dinner—then it might be time to consider why you frequently make that choice, and how to fix it.
Jesse admitted he had peanut butter on toast the night before (this appears to fall into the "too lazy to cook" category), while Ki got stuck in a lecture and ended up eating half a cricket bar and an apple for dinner (likely this falls into the lack of organization and planning category). Again, this isn't a guilt trip, but if pb on toast and cricket bars are happening for dinner more often than not, then consider a new approach.
Food prepping sounds daunting, but once you get into it, you'll realize what an effective use of your time it actually is.
Here's what I did on Wednesday (while Jesse was downing a toast for dinner):
Organic turkeys left from Easter were on sale for 95 cents a pound, so naturally I bought a 12-lb. bird and roasted it in my oven on a casual Wednesday morning. It literally took five minutes to clean him off, season him and throw him into the oven. Then I went and coached the 11 a.m. class (Not sure what the rule is about leaving your oven on when you're not at home, but what can I say? I'm a risk taker sometimes)...
I know what you're thinking: "Turkey is the most boring meat on the face of the planet! How are you going to get through all that turkey??"
With a little creativity and effort, it doesn't need to be. In just 2 hours or so of kitchen-time, I created three different turkey meals:
1. Turkey salad:
First, I cut some turkey off the bone and turned it into a turkey salad that can be eaten cold (about 4 lunches ish). In it, I added some bacon, homemade mayonaise (egg yolks, olive oil, coconut oil, dijon mustard, lime juice, salt and pepper), as well as crisp celery, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and green olives.
2. Turkey and wild rice soup:
After I took the meat off the bird, I boiled the carcass and made turkey and wild rice soup (sauteed onions, garlic, paresely and celery, added broth from turkey and tons of turkey that then slow cooked into the evening, as well as wild rice, slow cooked red cabbage that had been going in my slow cooker for four hours, and salt and pepper). I now have probably 20 portions of turkey and wild rice soup, most of which I froze.
3. Turkey and Chorizo concoction:
Yes, turkey can get bland and boring on its own, but a little sausage spices it up nicely. This concoction (which I have about 6 to 8 meals of and is also freezable) also has yams (not yet added in the picture) and slow-cooked red cabbage, for a perfectly balanced meal of protein, carbs and fat.
So basically 32 meals in about 3 hours of my time... Easy, peazy, breazy, and better than pb on toast!