Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World

Lately I've been addicted to Jon and Kate Plus 8, the adorable, realistic and hilarious show of parents raising 8 kids (6 of which are under 4 years old). It's amusing and intriguing to see what it takes to maintain sanity and be practical, flexible and still enjoy life with all the ups and downs of toddlers.
 
Right now, I only cook for two, so it's not exactly a massive ordeal.  But being a manic foodie, I love all things delicious, organic and healthy. Since I work full time, figuring out how to cook fresh dinners was hard. How do you get korean bbq steaks marinated and ready to fire 30 minutes before dinner? How do you get roasted garlicky chicken wings on the table in 25 minutes?  
 
My tricks: head to WholeFoods once every 7 - 10 days and pick up all the meat and veggies for prep. Whether it be: lamb chops, spareribs, rib eye steaks, chicken drums. Once I get home, everything gets cleaned and placed in individual zip lock bags and the marinades go in. Then I mark each bag with its contents and pop them in the freezer. Every day before I head out to work, I set the timer on the rice cooker and pull a bag from the freezer and let it defrost and marinate all day.  When I get home, it's just a matter of tossing together a salad, reheating a pot of soup and roasting a set of balsamic honey pork chops or steaming ginger and scallion chicken legs. Voila, dinner's ready.
 
So of course when I saw this book (coming out in July 2008, available for preorder now), I just couldn't help but wonder, what kinds of tips and funny stories does Betsey Block have in store for us. Can't wait to see. Get a glimpse inside. Available at Amazon.com.
 
What are your fast tricks to great meals? Email me or leave a comment.
 
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