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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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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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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