Sometimes you just need some bread.. and artichoke pasta. :)

Every now and then, a few days go by that paleo is sooooo hard.  And so is Crossfit.  These two occasions usually coincide and it happens about once a month, TMI, I know… and I’m sorry.

Two nights ago was the height of my anti-paleo phase.  I had a bad day and was not about to cook anything, especially anything paleo.  So, we went out, we went to Panini Grill.  I was quickly reminded why I cook at home.  Dean’s chicken skewers were raw, and we had the worst service ever.  My panini however, was amazing.  So amazing that I ate the whole thing.  Ten minutes later I was practically curled up in a ball in pain.

Sadly the next night, I was still not interested in paleo but I knew what would happen if I ate something like a panini again, plus I don’t think I could talk Dean into that two nights in a row.  I had been wanting to make a recipe that I found on paleomg a few weeks ago.  It was an artichoke pesto with chicken and spaghetti squash.  It was THE. MOST. AMAZING. MEAL. that I’ve ever made.  It was so creamy and tasted so fatttening but it was just artichoke!!!  It was just what I needed.  Well, that and the paleo bread.

I’ve made a few paleo breads and this one is my favorite one.  Throw some butter on it while it’s warm and it’s like heaven.  I have to stop myself from eating it all night.

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The recipe and a picture of the paleo bread are below.  I wish I could take credit for either of these but unfortunately I can not.  So credit goes to paleomg and my friend TJ from Orange Coast Crossfit!

http://paleomg.com/artichoke-lemon-pesto-chicken-pasta/

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Project Champlain- and cilantro pesto chicken!!!

Project Champlain

Dean and I purchased our first home together a couple of months ago.  It has been the best purchase of my entire life and sooooo much work!  I anticipated living in construction for a month or so, we are going on 3 months and there is no end in sight!  Luckily we are no longer sleeping on a mattress on the floor or eating dinner with a wheelbarrow as our dining table!!!

There is saw dust everywhere, random paint samples on the walls, enough trash on the side of our yard to fill up about 5 dumpsters and tools EVERYWHERE.

Here are the projects that we decided to take on (and some pictures of what we’ve done so far)!!!

  • Install hardwood flooring- complete!

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  • Expand closet in master bedroom- 99% complete!

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  • Paint-   We still have the office, both bathrooms and the kitchen to complete

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  • Baseboards- in progress
  • New doors/ door casings- in progress

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  • Crown molding- in progress
  • Fireplace refacing- not even started yet!!!

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Luckily I have the most handy dandy dad in the world and he is helping us out tremendously!!!!  He comes over once or twice a week and works while Dean and I are at work to work on the house, spends the night and gets up the next morning to work on the house more!  We are so lucky to have him helping us out!!

Over the weekend he told me that he would be over on Monday night.  He told me that I better have a good dinner ready for him and it better not involve cauliflower!!!!  😉

So, Dad got chicken cooked in cilantro pesto with some steamed veggies that were leftover from my bridal shower!  I added a tortilla for him too!  He didn’t look too excited watching me cook it but he loved it!!!

Cilantro pesto

In your food processor, combine-

  • A bunch or two of cilantro
  • Handful of toasted almonds
  • 3-4 crushed garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of Chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper

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I sauteed the chicken in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.  Once the chicken was cooked through and browned, I added in the cilantro pesto and cooked it together for a few minutes!  I served it with some fresh avocados that Dad brought over from his tree!  They were extra creamy and so much better than the ones at the grocery store.

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Dad also told me he can’t wait for my next blog entry-  HI DAD!!!!  🙂

Paleo confessions

No, I’m not going to confess all the champagne and cheesecake I had this weekend… it was my bridal shower this weekend, give me a break.  🙂

I consume 3 things on a DAILY basis that are not paleo.

1. Pre-workout drink.  It wakes me up before Crossfit, gives me more energy to lift heavier and faster, and it’s a lot quicker for me to get ready in the mornings than coffee.

2.  Protein shake.  It’s loaded with protein, it’s a quick way for me to get protein right after working out and it tastes pretty damn good!!!  If I don’t take my protein shake right after I work out, it will be about 2 hours before I get anything in my stomach after working out, and you don’t want to encounter me when I am that hungry.

3.  Coffee creamer.  Guilt pleasure.. I have no excuse.  I’ll be in the kitchen at work (where people know how I eat), having a conversation about paleo, while pouring my coffee creamer into my coffee.  I’ve been called out on it more than once.  It’s almost embarrassing, but I still use it every day.  :/

I wanted to put that out there more of a disclaimer before this next paragraph.  I am in no way perfect, I don’t follow paleo 100% but I try to use my head about it.  I don’t eat something bad for me and try to justify it.  I “like” a lot of Crossfits on facebook, I like to see the different WODs, the set up of the boxes, maybe I have friends that go there, or maybe I’ve visited or thought about visiting that box.  The other day I saw a local box post about a “24 day Advocare challenge”.  I looked up advocare and saw that it’s basically a TON of supplements, appetite suppressants and meal replacements… MEAL REPLACEMENTS????  REALLY????  If you are hungry, then you should EAT!!!  And eat real food!!!  No need to suppress your appetite or replace a meal with a shake!  I was extremely shocked to see a Crossfit box promoting this.  Seems like a gimic and not quite in line with what I understand from Crossfit/paleo.  I’m sure it works, I’m sure you can lose weight, but does it really fall in line with Crossfit and paleo?  Is that really healthy????  I don’t feel like this is something that a Crossfit box should be promoting or selling. The box that posted this “challenge” is one that is close to my house and if my situation ever changes and I’m not able to go to OCCF, this one would be an option for me.  It’s not anymore.

Here is a blog I read when researching Advocare.  http://whole9life.com/2010/08/supplements/

Salmon burgers!

Salmon burgers… yum!!!!

I always see frozen salmon burgers in the grocery store and think they look disgusting.  Someone that I follow on instagram posted one the other day and it looked sooooo good, I also knew it couldn’t have been frozen so I started doing some research.  This was my first attempt at salmon burgers and I’m happy to say that it was successful

Dean and I buy a huge slab of salmon from Costco and come home and cut it up into filets and freeze them individually.  There is always that piece at the end that nobody really wants, it’s thin and ugly.  We used that portion of the salmon to make the burgers and we were left with quite a few beautiful filets to freeze for a later time!

Salmon Burgers:

Toast a handful of pinenuts, and grind it up in a food processor.

Grind up salmon in your food processor until it looks like ground beef.

Mix up the salmon, pine nuts  lemon, siracha, salt, pepper and garlic and form into patties.  Cook in coconut oil until thoroughly cooked.

I served with a simple cauliflower rice and topped with a mushed up avocado.  To make the cauliflower rice, put through your food processor using the shredding attachment (yes I know I use my food processor a lot).  You can also just pulse it or chop by hand- I like the shredding method best.  Put how much cauliflower you plan to eat into a microwave safe container, sprinkle with salt pepper and garlic and microwave for 2-3 minutes   You can add a little butter to this to add some extra flavor as well!

Simple, easy and delicious!

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To all the boys grunting and yelling in the gym

To all the boys grunting and yelling in the gym:

I’m sorry I called you a douchebag.  I really am.  I yell in the gym now too.  I make the ugliest faces and I cuss.  I throw the weights on the ground and I take my shirt off half way through the workouts.  If the me from a year ago saw me in the gym today, I would hate me.  But I get it now.  So, my sincerest apologies go out to all the boys working hard in the gym that I put into the douchebag category.

Yesterday I RX’d Grace for the first time.  I could barely move my right shoulder this morning and I have about 17 bruises on my chest but I did it.  The last time that I did Grace, I used 75# and it took me 5:02.  This time I did it at 95# and it took me a good 9 minutes.  I don’t even care that I was the last one to finish (by a long shot), I’m just happy that I did it.  🙂

Chicken rosemary and prosciutto

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Tonight for dinner I made chicken thighs stuffed with rosemary and wrapped in prosciutto with cauliflower disguised as mashed potatoes.  😉

I marinated the chicken thighs in white wine (nothing fancy), olive oil, rosemary, garlic and lemon for about 30 minuntes.  When I was ready, I took the chicken thighs out, rolled them up with a sprig of rosemary inside, wrapped it in prosciutto and stuck it together with a toothpick.  Baked for 40 mintues and they were ready to go!

I was pretty convinced that I was going to prefer to wrap the chicken in bacon instead of prosciutto but the prosciutto was actually really good!!!  I am definitely making this again!

I made mashed cauliflower with it.  Dean calls cauliflower broccoli’s ugly twin but I think of cauliflower is more like a chameleon… you can seriously turn it into anything!

I steam the cauliflower in a standard veggie steamer with garlic salt and pepper for about 20 minutes, then I throw it into the food processor with the garlic and a lil butter!

So on Saturday morning I went back to the box to attempt the open wod 13.1 again.  I knew was I was getting myself into and I knew what I had to do.  I felt a bit slower than Thursday but my technique was better and I hardly failed on any of my reps!  My final score was 123 and I’m so much happier with what I did!  I felt a little sluggish but I am positive that it’s due to the wine, cheese, bread and pasta that was consumed on Friday night!

Crossfit Games Open 13.1

This morning was my first Crossfit Games Open workout.  The anxiety that I felt yesterday waiting for the workout to be released is almost comical.  I refreshed the Crossfit Games website every 10 seconds at 5pm to make sure I got it right away and didn’t miss anything.  Honestly all I wanted was a workout that I didn’t have to modify anything.  I can’t do muscle ups or double unders but mostly anything else I can deal with… well anything but burpees.  I hate burpees, but who doesn’t?!

Here is the workout (The men’s weight is on the left, women’s weight is on the right)…

Open Workout 13.1
17 minute AMRAP of:
40 Burpees
30 Snatch, 75 / 45 lbs
30 Burpees
30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs
20 Burpees
30 Snatch, 165 / 100 lbs
10 burpees
Max rep Snatch, 210 / 120 lbs

Seeing as how I’ve only snatched 75# twice in my life, and both times were on Monday I was just hoping to get through 5 of them for a total score of 105.

We partnered up in class and went in two heats so that we could judge each other and my friend Carrie went before me.  Her PR on Monday was 80# as well.  I watched her fly through the burpees and snatches, she got them up one after another and made it look so easy.  She got through all of the 75# snatches and had time to complete the next set of 20 burpees with 5 seconds to spare, for a total score of 150!  I thought, ok maybe I can do this… maybe I can get higher than 105.

Then it was my turn.  I hate burpees- did I mention that?  40 burpees, at one time?  That blows.  The 45# snatches were not too bad- then it’s back to more burpees… I was doing them pretty slow at this point.  I got to the 75# snatches with about 10 minutes left on the clock.  I can do 30 snatches in 10 minutes right?  NOPE!  I tried about 5-10 times and couldn’t get it over my head.  I was SO frustrated and thought, ok I’m not even going to hit my 105 goal.  Carrie was cheering me on and Joe came over and told me to PULL harder.  I did.  And I got it!  After that I think I only failed on one or two after that, I got through 14 of them before the time was up.

Am I happy I beat my goal?  Of course… but my goal was too low.  I could have done better.  I should have done better.  If I hadn’t wasted so much time in the beginning not pulling hard enough, I might have gotten 5-10 more in.

I know my scores aren’t going to compare to half the girls out there competing around the world but there is something about doing something like this that makes you push yourself beyond what you would do on a normal day.

OCCF is doing the open wod again on Saturday.  I have a really busy day and I’m afraid it’s going to be an all day event and I won’t have time.  BUT I really want to beat my score.  I’m realizing now that I should have made time on the next 5 Saturdays for re-dos.

Here are some pics of my 13.1 workout!

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If I had known this was a “take your shirt off kind of day” I would have worn my pink sports bra.  Ugh.