Monthly Archives: February 2014

It has been a while…..whoops.

It has been a whole week since we have posted last. I don’t really know if this week has been any more busy than any other week, but Joelle and I felt like we didn’t have time to blog at all. Joelle has felt a little bit under the weather this week. I am thinking she has the standard cold. It hasn’t become a full blown cold but she has been battling some headaches, small sore throat and a runny nose. Call me crazy but I think her Paleo diet has something to do with her not getting a full blown cold. She was kind of mad because she has made it a full year without being sick. I am still going strong but I don’t want to jinx it. Both Joelle and I have talked before about how we used to get sick more frequently before Paleo and both of us agree that eating Paleo has made the difference. We very rarely get sick anymore. It is because we are putting the right fuel in our body for it to work and providing it with all the nutrients it needs to stay strong. I don’t know if I posted about this story yet but it is a good example of what a change in diet can do for you. So…Anyone that knows me knows that I have terrible allergies. I went for 4 years of allergy shots when I was younger. They barely even helped me. I used to get the worst stuffed noses. I was waking up in the middle of the night to blow my nose, some nights I could barely breath because my nose was so stuffed. Throughout the day I would be sneezing constantly. Joelle was at me for the longest time about how my oatmeal was the  cause of my terrible allergies (Oatmeal was the last grain I eliminated from my diet), to me though this was not an easy thing to do.  I used to love my oatmeal for breakfast. I used to do oatmeal on the stove top and then add peanut butter and cinnamon to it (sounds pretty damn good huh!). Finally I gave into Joelle’s advice and gave up my oatmeal.  We saw a lot of things for butternut squash purees. I would still get the same flavor I was used to but there would be no grain. So I switched to baked and then mashed butternut squash with cinnamon, coconut milk and pecans. Ever since this switch all of my allergy problems are gone. For 24 years of my life I dealt with these terrible allergies and you are telling me all I had to do was eliminate grain from my diet and my allergy problems would vanish. It truly has been amazing how my diet has relieved something I thought I would never get rid of.

Lets get to the main reason we are here, to talk about food. So Joelle and I are still going strong on this Paleo diet. It has become an easier process with this whole Paleo thing. Our food prep is down to a science and we are buying the exact amount of food we need each week. We have been doing very well at the grocery stores lately. Especially Wal-Mart, we have been ad matching there. As always, every meal from week to week is coming directly out of our kitchen.

Alright to the food. On Thursday night Joelle made buffalo chicken spaghetti (squash). We have made this recipe before we started the new year. It is very simple but very good. Here is the link to the recipe:

http://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-pasta/

Along with the buffalo chicken pasta we made our standard stir fry of greens (kale, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, zucchini) . In preparation for the weekend on Thursday night, I grilled up some chicken and salmon. On Friday night Joelle and I got home from the gym and just did the salmon I had grilled the other night with veggies. We kept it simple and to the point on Friday night because we are both usually pretty hungry on Fridays coming home from the gym. On Saturday night we really did the same thing. We did chicken that was grilled from Thursday night along with greens and our favorite carrot fries that we always make. We did have a couple of parsnips so I added those in the with carrots. It was another simple night because we had to eat quick before going to a house warming party for one of Joelle’s co-workers. I guess I should mention that Joelle did have a glass of red wine at the party. I don’t want to feel like I am telling on her but I am not mad about it. I don’t mind that she has a glass of red wine every once in a while. I mean technically they could of made wine back in the paleolithic era. It could be something worse but I do have to say her glass of red wine did look very delicious. For today we are doing a new recipe. This week at the store we got boneless beef short rib that was on sale for 3.99 a pound. With the beef short rib we are making a yellow curry dish. I found this recipe on nom nom paleo. Joelle and I decide our special dinners by what kind of meat is on sale that week at the store. It just so happen that this week the succulent beef short rib was on sale (this made me very excited). We decided on that and then I started doing some research for recipes. Joelle and I have not had curry in a while so this sounded like the perfect recipe. Joelle and I used to make a lot of red curry but have never made a yellow curry. Here is a link to the recipe if you want to try it:

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/7118904494/slow-cooker-thai-yellow-curry-with-grass-fed-beef

I will post some pictures later on our dinner and what it looked like.

What a paleo food weekend!

Hey everyone sorry Joelle and I haven’t blogged lately. We have just been really busy. So with that, I am going to give you a weekend roundup in one “BIG” blog.

Starting with Friday. Joelle and I had our usual daily breakfast, snack and lunch as it was a workday. By the way, Valentine’s Day is the worst day to have school on. The kids at school for me that day were bonkers! I think they ate a little too much Valentine’s Day candy. So by the time I got to the end of the school day I was so relieved. I even called Joelle on the way to the gym trying to explain to her how crazy my day was. She was being a good ear to talk to and just letting me get everything out before I went into a big training day at the gym. It turned out to be a really good training session at the gym because I PR’d my backsquat by 15#. I then coached the 6 o’clock class at the gym and then went home for the night. Don’t forget about Joelle, she was chopping away in the kitchen on Friday doing all our food prep. Thank you babe, you truly are the best. Doing food prep by yourself is not a fun task. When we both got home from the gym we went right to dinner mode. We kept it simple and just did salmon and veggies. All we did was put a rub on the salmon fillets and grilled them 4 minutes each side on high heat. We did our usual stir fry of veggies and greens. We kept it simple because we knew on Saturday that we were going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day at Chama Gaucha (Brazilian Steakhouse).

Saturday morning was our usual routine but Joelle was up a little earlier due to the dogs that we were dog sitting. They were up and wanting to go out. After they came in from being outside they though it was play time and got a little loud. Joelle and I had breakfast and coffee together. We then both went to the gym. I coached, she worked out. After the class I got to workout. When I got home from the gym we had our usual lunch together. We both did a big salad with mushrooms, peppers (for me), tomato, avocado, olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and chicken. Now it was time to get ready for dinner at Chama Gaucha.

Joelle and I got dressed up, take a look.

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Here is a picture of Joelle’s plate at dinner. She had a combination of arugula, asparagus, couple slices of prosciutto, green bean salad, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, broccoli and artichokes. In the background you can see here meat plate with some top sirloin, bottom sirloin and I think her arm is blocking her choice of lamb chops.

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This was my veggie plate. Just a complete mess of every vegetable available at the salad bar. I got a huge handful of arugula, splashed a little olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette on it, went for some yellow, red, and orange peppers, grabbed some broccoli, a bunch of artichokes, mushrooms, green bean salad, sun dried tomatoes and of course some slices of prosciutto.

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Here is a picture of my meat plate, this was not all that I ate. This is just the top sirloin, bottom sirloin and two pork chops. I also got leg of lamb, beef rib, filet wrapped in bacon.

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Both of us ate a good amount but we did scale back from our first time going there. The first time going there Joelle and I were so uncomfortable on the way home because we were so full. This time going home we were actually able to hold a conversation and jam to some group love (yes, we put in the group love cd (that joelle got me) and cranked up the volume and were screaming and singing). Yes we do this quite frequently when we go out for a date night.

For Sunday Joelle had to work all day. She was up at 5:45 and yes I got up with her so we can have our breakfast and coffee together. I told her I would earlier in the week just so we can have some more time together on the weekend. After Joelle left for work I got to work around the house. First things first, I went into the basement for about an hour and a half and did mobility and a 15 minute recovery row. After that, then I really got to work around the house.

I grilled our chicken for the week. Yep, we use that much chicken during the week. It is kind of a lot.

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After that I made lunch for Joelle and I for us to have up at her work. Yep, I also told Joelle earlier in the week I would bring up coffee and lunch for us on Sunday just so we can have some more time together. I packed up our salads brought two coconut waters and stopped and got two coffees from Starbucks for us. Here is a tangent on the Starbucks part of the day. Of course I get stuck behind the car that is ordering up a shit ton of Starbucks. Each women got something from the bakery and both ordered venti iced mocha drinks with whip cream and caramel on top. They pretty much just got a mid afternoon dessert. I can’t stand those people at a Starbucks because I am just there to get black coffee. I keep the line moving. Joelle and I had a great lunch together. We were both starving and we smashed our salads. We drank our coffees and chatted for bit. Then I went home and started preparing our dinner. Joelle and I kind of usualyl do a nice dinner on Sundays and we try to do something that we normally wouldn’t do otherwise because we have some time. Also, I wanted to keep the Valentine’s Day weekend theme going and make Joelle a nice home made meal, since this is what we normally do on Valentine’s Day. Another tangent here. Joelle and I both feel like on Valentine’s Day more people stay at home and cook a nice dinner for each other. We usually do that, but since we haven’t been on a dinner date in a long time we decided to do the opposite. All we practically do is spend our time in the kitchen. Tonight’s menu was calling for a braised beef stew from Nom Nom Paleo, along with the brussel sprout recipe that Joelle posted about on Friday night, our favorite sliced carrots and our regular stir fry of greens.

Here is the link for the beef stew: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2727452571/oven-braised-beef-stew-with-carrot-parsnip-an

Here is a picture of the lardons I made to put in the brussel sprouts.

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Here is a picture of the carrots dusted in cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper and covered in coconut oil.

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We used 4.5 lbs of chuck roast cut into 2 inch cubes.

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Recipe calls for shallot, leeks, parsnips, carrots, celery, can of diced tomatoes, beef broth and apple cider vinegar. The best part about making a stew is you don’t need to chop everything up. You just rough chop it in big pieces.

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A picture of the stew about 3 hours into cooking.

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Final product of brussel spouts.

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Final product of the beef stew.

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Here is my veggie plate from dinner. You think I have enough greens.

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Oh and here is a little pic from today. I didn’t have school today so I prepped my snacks, lunches and dinners for the next three nights. Call me crazy but my next three days are non stop. I am up at 5am and not home until 930. I won’t get into all of what occurs during those hours. Doing this prep makes my week a lot smoother and a little more time to relax at the end of the night.

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Life Changing Brussel Sprouts

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

I received this lovely heart for breakfast yesterday morning:
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Zach is great, isn’t he?! 🙂

So, this post is going to change your view on brussel sprouts, forever! Zach and I love brussel sprouts already, not only for their bitter cabbaggy taste, but they are a superfood that has plenty of vitamins and natural cancer fighting agents. The other night, we wanted to spruce up our boring sautéed sprouts with the recipe from the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook. It is called Cavolini Al Forno… no idea what that means, but I don’t care because it was fantastic.

There are a few things that go into it, so it took a little more time than your average sautéed veggies. First, I hard boiled eggs on the stove top and crisp up prosciutto in the oven.

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While that was going, I made the olive oil mixture that goes on at the end. It included olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced shallots and salt and pepper. I whisked that together and set aside.

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I threw the brussel sprouts and melted ghee in the oven at 375 (our oven sucks, so I had to crank it up a little more) for 30 minutes and took them out after they got a little crispy on the outside.

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After those were out of the oven, I added the olive oil mixture to the brussel sprouts and topped it with the crispy prosciutto and crumbled hard boil eggs. I feel like it wasn’t that many ingredients that went into it, but the taste was amazing!

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If you don’t like brussel sprouts, or have never tried them, I think this would be a great recipe to start with. I promise you will like these!

 

Tonight Zach and I are celebrating valentine’s day and treating ourselves to not cooking and going to a Brazilian Steakhouse called Chama Gaucha. This place is great because it is really easy to eat paleo. The last time we went was for Zach’s birthday and we overindulged causing us to get the meat sweats (haha). Hopefully, tonight we can keep it under control and enjoy a nice dinner out (for once)

Night Off!!

It is Thursday and Joelle and I are very happy. I’m sure for most of you, just like us, Monday through Thursday is a blur! Joelle and I are on the go constantly and the worst part is that we are separate when going through the beginning of our week. We barely see each other except for when I get home at 9:30pm from the gym and by then we are both so exhausted that we just want to go to bed. With that said, we always look forward to Thursday nights. Joelle has the “day off”. I put that in quotations because honestly there is never a day off. Joelle’s days has included getting up at 7a.m., eating her usual paleo breakfast, got laundry started (Thursday’s are our laundry days), made our lunches for tomorrow, put some chicken in a marinade, pulled salmon and grassfed beef out of the freezer to thaw for dinner, she is going to the gym at 9am for class, she then has a dentist appointment, after that she will be knocking out our grocery shopping for the week (Wal-Mart, Aldi) and by that time she will make her way home. By that time I should be home as well from the gym. For me I have a quick day at the gym. Thursdays are an active recovery day. I do a lot of mobility work, a warmup and work on some skills. After that I am home free and spending time with Joelle for the rest of the night. I told Joelle for tonight that I will cook dinner. She will get to sit back and relax. The salmon and grassfed beef that she pulled out earlier will be our options for dinner tonight. We will be sticking to the basics tonight with our sides. Our usual stir fry of greens along with some mashed sweet potato for me. For our protein tonight I am thinking stuffed burgers (sun dried tomato, onion, and mushroom) on the grill topped with some bacon, avocado and homemade sriracha. I will grill the salmon as well just in case Joelle wants something else. Today will be the first decent weather day that we have had in a while, so you know I will be out there grilling.
As far as our 365 day paleo adventure is concerned, it has been a huge success. Not only are Joelle and I hugely benefiting from it, but I feel like we have helped some other people out as well. I have had a few friends contact me and let me know that our blog has inspired them to start going Paleo. At our gym we have been able to help some other Paleo goers with new recipes to try. The best part of this whole experience is mentally and physically, this is the best we have both ever felt. I have told Joelle this before, I feel like we have an 8 cylinder engine and since the new year we are running on all 8 cylinders, all the time. We are so much more productive with our daily lives, we communicate better,we are more organized and truly appreciate all things that come to us. Honestly, I feel like we are still getting the normal highs and lows of everyday life but the lows don’t seem so low because our diet has prepared us to handle the challenges of life mentally and physically. Some may say that it would be crazy to think that diet can have that big of an impact on your life but don’t trash talk it until you have actually been there and experienced it for yourself. Food is fuel, and if your brain is running on the best fuel out there everyday then you will be functioning at your highest capability. I wish everyone could experience how we have been feeling but it is unfortunate there are many people out there who will never get to feel this and they will continue to refuse to change there ways just because they simply don’t want to change. Here is my last thing to say for today, if you are still contemplating whether or not you want to try Paleo, STOP THINKING! JUST DO IT!

Interesting start to our Monday

This morning, Zach woke me up at about 6am, informing me that we didn’t have any running water. He woke me in a calm, gentle way, but I was in panic. I was all of the sudden soooo thirsty, haha jk. I thought our pipes burst because of the freezing cold temps, but it turned out that the water main broke right outside of our house. The fire hydrant was spraying out water. It looked like we had a lake in front of our drive way. The water actually ran all the way down the block and froze instantly, causing a bit of a mess.

Luckily, Zach had put water in the kettle last night, so we had water for our coffee (… Can you tell we love coffee?) Unluckily for me, I was planning on taking a shower in the morning and had to pack a bag and shower at work. It didn’t really affect our paleo cooking, because we prepped the night before, but it could have if it would have been out for longer than a day. It could have seriously affected our hygiene as well..

So thankful the water is back on!

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At the crack of dawn..oh and I hate winter

Paleo Donuts? What?

Hello! It’s Sunday and Zach and I finally had a relaxing day where we didn’t have much going on.

We woke up and decided we should use our one paleo dessert for the month. We landed upon Paleomg’s Chocolate Coffee Donuts. It was a really good choice, I will say, but with our small food processor, we did it in 2 batches. The batter included: bananas, dates, eggs, coconut flour, baking powder and soda, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. We put those in a donut pan and baked for about 20 minutes. After they cooled, we topped them with dark chocolate that was mixed with coffee grounds and sea salt was sprinkled on the top. That with a cup of coffee was a perfect combo for a Sunday morning.

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After indulging on our donuts, we decided to head down to my parents house to visit. They had requested that we bring our cookbooks so we could make them something paleo for lunch. They already had some frozen shrimp, so we decided on shrimp tacos with a guacamole topping. We ate them with lettuce cups. Our sides included carrots and broccoli. My mom and step dad both agreed they could totally eat paleo if it tasted that good all of the time.

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It looks like it will be another busy week for Zach and I. The Crossfit open is coming up, so Zach has been doing some extra training at the gym. My work schedule will be a little more normal this week, so hopefully we will have some new updates this week with different recipes and pictures to include. We have all of our food prepped and we are ready to rock out another paleo week.

Keep calm and eat paleo friends! 🙂

Pork and Bowling

It feels good to blog again. It has been a busy week for Joelle and I. We are back to our normal routine this weekend. We had the pleasure of having our friends Sam and Scott over. They go to our same Crossfit box. Like us Sam and Scott eat paleo. It is so much easier to prepare food for people who eat just like us . On the menu tonight was, our favorite thinly sliced carrots from WellFed that are baked in coconut oil, cumin, cinammon, salt and pepper. We also made sauteed neopolitan broccoli from Mario Batali cookbook. From Paleo OMG we made her pork chop recipe that has a onion, apple, shredded sweet potato and orange chutney. We served it first with a orange citrus vinaigrette spring mix salad. All of us sat down to a nice dinner and stuffed our paleo faces! After we cleaned up we then went to play the leisure sport of bowling. We went to the local bowling alley and played a couple of games. Our last game just consisted of different trick shots (between the legs, no fingers, opposite arm, etc.)

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