Let’s face it: When you routinely work 16 hours a day in front of a computer, one of the greatest challenges is maintaining a healthy diet. On Monday morning you resolve to do better this week, but as the deadlines pile on and the time begins to disappear, your willpower quickly erodes and you’ll grab whatever you can quickly to keep moving. If you’re lucky it’s Chinese or Thai provided by your office assistant, and if you’re not so lucky, it’s a bowl of cereal and Oreo’s (I’ve been there myself…I’m not judging). And if you truly want to eat healthy either at the office cafeteria or by ordering out yourself, it’s going to cost you a second mortgage.
But what if you could start creating a workflow for your daily meals no different than your creative workflows? In this episode I chat with returning guest Allison Schaaf, the creator of Prep Dish. In episode 66 Allison and I talked about the basic fundamentals of bulk meal preparation, and in this episode we do an even deeper dive into how you can really optimize your process for creating a week’s worth of food in just a few hours every weekend.
Topics of Conversation:
- How Allison came to create Prep Dish
- Batching your cooking to save time and maximize efficiency
- Taking away the intimidation factor of cooking as a beginner
- Wading through the crowded marketplace of cooking services
- Allison’s tips for developing a cooking workflow
- How switching from plastic to glass food storage can make your food taste better
- Where to start if you’ve never cooked before
- Viewing cooking as meditative instead of a chore
- Using recipes to develop your ability to improvise with your food
- How to get your kids to eat healthier
- Allison’s journey from personal chef to online entrepreneur
- Defeating the overwhelming task of starting an online business
Chef Allison Schaaf, MS, RD, LD (Twitter: @prepdish) is a food, nutrition & culinary expert and founder of Prep Dish, a subscription-based gluten-free and paleo meal plan service. Allison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, a Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, and became a Registered Dietitian at New England Medical Center. When she isn’t cooking, Allison fully embraces life as an Austinite. She is an avid yogi and enjoys hiking, standup paddle boarding and regular walks around Lady Bird Lake. Allison is also an avid traveler and draws culinary inspiration from each trip; recent adventures include Africa, Japan and South America, Spain and frequent trips to Colorado, California and her home state of Kansas