Dinner WOD – New PR!

This is a faithful transcription of the conversation Dave and I had in the car last night around 7:30 p.m. after running some essential errands:

Me: Man! I’m starving like Marvin. I wish we had a robot maid that would serve us dinner as soon as we got home.

Dave: Me, too! I was just thinking how sad I am that we can’t eat at Firebowl during our Whole30.

Me: I have some veggies and protein in the fridge. It’ll be OK. In fact… I bet I can make dinner in 10 minutes.

Dave: Sweet! Dinner WOD.

So when we got home, I put my hand on the refrigerator door, and took a deep breath to focus my energy. Dave pulled out his iPhone stopwatch, and he counted down, 3-2-1-GO!

I pulled a container of cooked spaghetti squash from the fridge…

Then the partially-steamed cauliflower…

And a pound of lamb that I’d crumbled and browned – “just in case” – a few days before…

Then I placed two sauté pans on the stove and cranked the heat to medium-high. Each pan got a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil…

When the pans were hot, I threw the cauliflower in the left – and the spaghetti squash plus ground lamb in the right.

Both pans got a sprinkle of garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper…

And the squash-lamb combo enjoyed a bonus shake of Turkish Seasoning…

When the contents of both pans started to show little brown spots and the aroma was wafting through the air, I plated our meals, and yelled, “Time!

My time: 9:54

Dinner was delicious, required only four ingredients plus seasonings, and was packed with nutrition. Plus, it’s pretty hard to beat 10 minutes from fridge to mouth.

I’ve said it before, but it deserves repeating: If you have one protein source and one vegetable in your house, you have dinner. (Last time I said it, it took me 20 minutes. It’s a new dinner PR!)

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  • Joshkie says:


  • Patty says:

    This is how we eat more often than not, but I need to work on my time! 🙂 I'm getting ready to place and order with Penzey's so i'll have to check out that Turkish seasoning.

  • geodesia says:

    Penzey's sent me a sample size of Turkish seasoning for free with my first order. Penzey's is just ONE of the things I'm indebted to you for, Mel!

  • Valerie says:

    WOW! I obviously need to be more prepared and have stuff in the fridge "half-way" there!

  • Pensguys says:

    Funny!!! I love when I'm prepared like that. 😉

  • Christie says:

    I LOVED this post 🙂

    Congrats on the new "PR"! I've got to say – 10 minutes from fridge to mouth is pretty darn impressive!

    I'm forever indebted to you for those awesome spinach muffins – I make them EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND, so there are ALWAYS a few in my fridge 🙂 I make mine w/ ground meat, and they are my "go-to" (usually topped w/ a healthy dab of Guac) when I'm in the exact situation that you just described. Maybe not quite "dinner", but at least SOMETHING to tame the hunger beast in a hurry!

  • Melanie says:

    YES! You ROCK! Even more hilarious to me because the following is what I posted on a blog of some CF friends of mine, also LAST NIGHT, prior to making your chicken recipe (which was pretty frikken awesome, I must say!) – note that I tried CrossFit for the first time a few days ago and can finally walk again.. today.. barely…:

    "Ok.. so *my* WOD was running around to multiple places, getting more ingredients – some beautiful grain fed chicken for tonight and other items.. then coming home, prepping the spice blend that I will use to coat the chicken, brining the chicken (yet to come out of the fridge) and making the dipping sauce.. THEN, pumping out a batch of Paleo Mayo (success this time) and doing yet another 4729523597 dishes.. and then cleaned the bathroom, all before the wife gets home…"

  • Steph H says:

    I love this post too! What a great way to make dinner — takes a bit of being prepared at all times (which is what crossfit is about anyways) but as shown — totally worth it! Score!


  • angela says:

    Only a week ago, I discovered a Penzey's store right here where I live! I was enamored with a store full of spices that I didnt even know existed. Besides Turkish seasonings, are there other Penzey's specialities you can't live without?

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Angela! You're so lucky! I went to the Penzeys in Dallas last year, and it was so much fun! (http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2009/07/its-good-to-have-nose-story-in-photos.html)

    My favorite blends from Penzeys:
    Pizza Seasoning
    Tsardust Memories
    Italian Sausage Seasoning

    Plus their chili powder and curries are wonderful, too. And I only buy my cumin from them — it's ridiculously fresh and pungent.

    Some of the blends include sugar, so if you're being super-strict, that might be a problem for you.

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Almost forgot: ROGAN JOSH! Absolutely get this one. It turns cubes of meat and coconut milk into heaven in a bowl. For real.