Long time, no post.
It’s been a busy few months. For one, I lost a job, then I got two jobs– a part-time at-home job and a night shift job. The 6pm to 2:30am shift! So I haven’t had much time to do any blogging– or really any cooking at all.
Instead of blogging, I spent most of my free time on Buzzfeed, where I recently saw their Clean Eating Challenge, 2 weeks of cooking all your meals and eating no processed foods. After so many months of not making anything from scratch, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to revitalize my cooking-fu.
Starting Sunday, I will be following the meals posted to Buzzfeed’s site almost to the letter. (I don’t have chia seeds. So sue me.) I’ll also be blogging about it, just for kicks.
Today, Saturday, was grocery shopping day. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in the produce section. I bought just about every leafy green they had, kale, spinach, collards, arugula, even Napa cabbage. I got real friendly with the produce section. We got to know one another in ways we never had before. It was a special moment.
According to the grocery list from Buzzfeed, I bought only whole food products and no packaged or processed anything, which means a couple of things: primarily, my grocery bill was astronomical– much higher than I’ve ever paid for a regular week’s groceries– and also I am going to have to wake up before noon for the first time in several months.
That may not sound difficult to you, but try staying up until 4 or 5am every day for a few months, and it won’t be so easy to get up while it still morning-time. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m not really too sure I can do it. Honestly, I’m not very good at sticking to a routine. Ask anyone.
So today, I packaged up salmon and ground turkey in freezer bags labeled with dates. I packed ingredients for smoothies and put them in individual bags– for the next 2 weeks. It’s unlikely that I have ever done anything so far in advance in my life. I cleared space in the fridge for the massive amount of fruits and vegetables that I purchased. God forbid we need to put anything else in there. It’s never going to fit.
Tomorrow, I will have to actually cook things. We shall see how that goes…