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.

Chin to bar and pineapple burgers

Chin to bar- It sounds like I’m talking about pull-ups, doesn’t it? I’m not. I wish I was.

At Crossfit on Monday morning we were going through the burgener warm up progression for snatches before we worked on our 1rm. Well, Joe (my coach) always tells us to make sure that we are quick and to bring our elbows up high and outside. Well, maybe I had too much coffee that morning, or maybe I just wasn’t thinking clearly but I brought my elbows up TOO HIGH and TOO QUICK. For whatever reason, I happened to be biting my lip (must be all the 50 shades of Grey I was reading a few months back). The bar slammed into the bottom of my chin at what felt like 50 miles per hour, forcing me to bite down on my bottom lip. I quickly ran to the bathroom to clean up the blood and VERY CAREFULLY finished my warm up. My lip felt as if was as thick as the bar that did the damage, and entire mouth was throbbing for about 5 minutes afterwards. Luckily the swelling went down pretty quickly and a friend told me that it looked like I had lipstick on my bottom lip.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen blood at CrossFit and I’m sure it won’t be the last. One time I ripped a mole off my chest doing power cleans and front squats. Yes, completely ripped it off. I had no idea. I didn’t feel a thing. I don’t remember what else was involved in the WOD that day but I was walking away from the bar and a fellow Crossfitter pointed out that I was bleeding. I don’t know if any of you have ever ripped a mole off before but it doesn’t stop bleeding for quite some time. I went through a few different bandaids and had a mess to clean up when I was done but you better believe I finished the WOD!!!

Ok back to my lip- it has hurt like a bitch for the past couple of days (finally starting to feel better) and everything that I ate on Monday had a slight blood flavor. Yum.

On a brighter note, I PR’d my snatch by 10 pounds for a new record of 80 pounds! 80 didn’t feel as heavy as I expected but I couldn’t get 85, I’m pretty sure it’s mostly mental but it’s amazing how heavy an extra 5 pounds can feel! I can hear Joe saying, “Get UNDER the bar” in my head as I think about it.

pineapple burger

For dinner last night I made pineapple stuffed burgers with sliced sweet potatoes. I wish I could take credit for the pure genius that is this burger but I can not. I actually took a recipe that I saw on Paleomg.com and adjusted to my liking (I do that a lot). It’s kind of like a Juicy Lucy but with pineapple instead of cheese… and no bun of course. Amazeballs.

A link to the original recipe is below, I used all beef instead of chorizo because I just don’t like chorizo. For whatever reason, paleo recipes never tell you to use salt and pepper… I added salt and pepper to my beef when I mixed it, along with garlic powder. I made 8 patties and then put the pineapple slice in the middle of 2 and turned it into one patty (4 burgers total). I used about a pound of beef and definitely should have used more. Once the burgers were made, I needed to cook them in bacon fat but I didn’t have any SOOOO I cooked a few pieces of bacon and used the grease to cook my burgers. Took me about a total of 15 minutes to cook the burgers thoroughly. Once they were done, I put the bacon strips on top of my burgers along with some guacamole!

original recipe- http://paleomg.com/pineapple-stuffed-chorizo-burgers/

For those of you that are not interested in paleo, please look up the recipe for a Juicy Lucy and sink your teeth into one as soon as physically possible.

#Paleo

Most of my friends know that I eat paleo, but some have no idea what it is.  So, before they get sick of hearing me talk about it (if they’re not already), I’m just going do a quick explanation, most of which I’m pulling from other websites! 🙂

Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.  (wikipedia)

We eat real food – meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, healthy oils, nuts and seeds. We choose foods that were raised, fed and grown naturally, and foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.  This is not a “diet” – we eat as much as we need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. We aim for well-balanced nutrition, so we eat animals and a significant amount of plants.  Eating like this has helped us to look, feel, live and perform our best, and reduces our risk for a variety of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions. (whole30)

Meat, seafood and eggs; vegetables and fruit; and healthy fat sources like coconut, avocado and olive oil are all foods that make you healthier.  Sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes and dairy are all food groups that have significant potential down sides, and may not contribute positively to your health. (whole30)

So in summary- no bread, rice, potatoes, cheese, anything with ingredients that you have to google is a big fat NO.

If you don’t eat by these guidelines now, you are probably feeling pretty sorry for me.  A lot of people talk to me like I’m depriving myself of something or starving myself.  I can assure you I 100% thoroughly enjoy my meals and probably eat double if not more than double the calories of a girl my age on a “diet”.  When I first started Crossfit, the first thing everyone used to say to me is, “You’re not going to get sucked into that paleo diet are you?”  I’d answer “hell no” before they were finished asking the question.  Slowly but surely I did get sucked in.

The first time I tried paleo was a disaster.  I came home from a weekend away to a house full of meats, veggies and oils and more paleo ingredients than I could imagine.  My fiance printed out a paleo shopping list and bought EVERY item on it for me as a surprise.  If I haven’t mentioned it yet- he is AMAZING.  Now, all these foods do you no good if you don’t know what to do with them.  Prior to this paleo attempt, our meals consisted of ground turkey or chicken paired with rice, quinoa, or salad and maybe some veggies on the side.  So I thought, “well this is simple, I will just replace the rice with broccoli and boom paleo is done!”  Yea…. it doesn’t work like that.  After 4 days… 4 miserable, cranky and hungry days… I ate half of a bag of pita chips and half of a block of feta cheese after a bad day at work and I was done with paleo.  After that I continued to make some paleo meals here and there, and I experimented more but I will be honest, I added cheese to almost every paleo meal and/or wrapped it in a tortilla.

Part of the reason that I was so against paleo in the beginning is because I love to cook and I was afraid I would lose that if I went over to the devil paleo side.  Through my experimentation I realized that I can be even more creative when I have a more limited list of ingredients to choose from and I was learning more about cooking than ever.  So in January I decided to commit.  I never did the Whole30 challenge (although I urge everyone else to, haha), and I eat 100% paleo about 80% of the time.  The weekends is when I indulge in my 20% and I am very strict throughout the week.

If you are reading this thinking, but I need carbs from bread or pasta or rice for energy… you’re wrong.  If you are telling me there are nutrients in your whole wheat bread that I can’t get from fresh vegetables, you’re wrong again.  Paleo is not easy, it’s a commitment and it really does take some time to figure out.  But it’s worth it.  It feels so good to know where all your food comes from, to actually know what’s in your food.

It’s not for everyone, but if you are interested you should definitely give it a try!

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Welcome :)

Ummm…. hi there.  So I made a joke a few weeks ago over instagram about how I want to change my career to food blogging…. as silly as it sounded at the time, I started taking it pretty seriously.  Well, not the changing career part because let’s be honest, it’s not gonna pay my bills.  Please go easy on me as I’m no professional blogger.  The only experience that I have with blogging (as embarrassing as this is to say) was with a blog I participated in with a few other girls to share our horror stories from match.com.  It was fun, but it only lasted a few weeks.  I plan on being interested in paleo, crossfit and blogging about my life for a bit longer than match.com.  🙂    On a side note- if you are interested, here is a link to that blog.  http://memoirsofmatch.blogspot.com/  And no, I will absolutely not tell you which one I was.

So, why bacon, barbells and bliss?  Well, my first choice was already taken, “Eat, lift, love”.  I’m still pretty upset about that actually.  I wanted to involve paleo, crossfit and my life, because those my 3 favorite things and I know I have ADD too much to stick to one topic.

Bacon- Everyone that does paleo loves bacon right?  Correct.
I like food… a lot.  I like to cook food, take pictures of my food, eat my food and talk about my food… in that order.  Notice I didn’t say I like to clean up my food.
Here is a picture of the view from my kitchen.
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Barbells-  I have been doing CrossFit for about 9 months at Orange Coast Crossfit, I love it.  I’m not that good at it, but I love it.  Everyone that knows me knows that.  I’ve gotten every comment from I’m too obsessed to I look great.  Whether the comments are positive or negative, they all make me happy because I’m doing something that makes me really happy.  Up until about a month ago, I used to see my fiance after every morning WOD (That’s CrossFit for “Workout of the day”) and the moment I would walk through the door I would say, “Hey babe, guess what I did today at CrossFit?”  I’m positive that it annoyed him but he’s pretty awesome and put up with it.  🙂  I don’t see him after CrossFit anymore, and not everyone on my facebook cares about my snatch PR as much as he does, soooooo I’m gonna tell all of you about it.
This is my box (That’s CrossFit for “gym”)
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Bliss- My life is kind of awesome and I want to share it.
This is my bliss.
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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, a coach or anything along those lines.. and I’m not going to pretend to be.  I’m not here to tell anyone what they should do, but rather to share what I am doing.  🙂

If you don’t like Crossfit, paleo, or me you probably won’t enjoy this blog very much.

Happy reading 🙂