Pork Fried Rice

I need to come up with better names for these dishes. I’m pretty much the least creative person on the planet and I’m pretty straight forward, and I think those lovely traits of mine are reflected well in my post naming. Oh well. I’ll work on that.

This has been a busy week for me. I had a lot of work to do (end of the month joys) and I had a few doctors appointments to cram in there as well. Throw in as many night workouts as I have been able to fit in, and cooking has taken a back seat this week. That means getting home at around 7:30 or 8 every night and throwing together a meal of whatever the hell is in my fridge and eating around 9 pm. Every night. Weekend, where are you? Continue reading

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My Newfound Love for Coconut Oil

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No, this isn’t a post about oil pulling. I haven’t tried that yet and I’m not entirely sure I’ll be jumping on that bandwagon.

There is no denying it: coconut oil is one of the hottest trends right now. I’ve actually been using it for over 2 years for cooking, but I have recently starting taking full advantages of its other uses as well.

For years coconut oil got a bad rap for being so high in saturated fats. If you still think coconut oil is bad for you, do some research. It doesn’t belong in the same category as margarine or shortening for a number of reasons. Most importantly, coconut oil is made from medium chain triglycerides. These are shorter fat chains and are put to better use by your body, rather than just storing it away as fat. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: I am not a nutritionist. I am not a scientist. I simply read, do my research and then use what works for me. If you disagree with anything I’m saying here, feel free to comment and let me know why. But please, don’t do so without letting me know where you got your information! I love to learn new things and I am wrong from time to time. Let me in on your secrets, kind of how I am letting you in on mine!

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Bacon Bison Burgers

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I am constantly complaining about how there are not enough places in Annapolis for paleo people to eat. Well, on Friday night I returned to one that I haven’t been to in over a year and I am happy to say that it was just as good this time as it was the last time I ate there.

I went out for my moms birthday with my sister and a few of my aunts to Level in downtown Annapolis and I left dinner very satisfied. Level is an awesome restaurant that is huge on sourcing their food from local, sustainable resources whenever possible. It is a “small plates” type of restaurant, so we ordered about 8 plates for all of us to share. Continue reading

St. Paddy’s Day and Maryland Blue Crabs

Hello there! I know you probably thought that I completely abandoned my blog and gave up on cooking, but you were wrong. I was on a little mini-vacation for my second favorite holiday: St. Patrick’s Day. I went down to Ocean City, MD for four days with a group of friends. We have done this trip for 3 years now and I absolutely love it. However, I have to admit: my body is screaming “you are not 23 anymore!” Continue reading

Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

Yesterday the weather here was 68 and sunny. Then it got windy. Then it got a little rainy. Then the sun came back out. Then the winds and rain really came, and our power went out for the first time. While I was in the middle of cooking dinner. I’m talking pork loin raw in the oven, frozen butternut squash soup sitting on the stove. Everything in our house is electric, including the stove. That means panic basically set in for me. What will we eat for dinner? How will I make TJ’s lunch for tomorrow? And then I began kicking myself for talking so much shit about meal prep, because it would have been really handy in this situation. Continue reading

Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

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Holy crap you guys, I am tired. The difference between how I feel on days after I work out versus days when I can’t work out because of work or doctors appointments is seriously noticeable. Waking up is especially hard for some reason. It isn’t even that I’m sore (thank goodness). It’s just a groggy feeling. But I also sleep hard as a rock on the nights when I actually get to work out. I don’t mind it because it means that I worked my body hard and really deserved the sleep I got, but still.

Once upon a time I worked out pretty much every day, only taking Sunday’s off. I had a pretty solid routine: wake up, go for a run with my roommate before work, go to work til 6, go straight to the 7 o’clock class at my gym (sorry, I refuse to call it a box), go home, shower, eat dinner, bed. Repeat. That feels like an eternity ago to me now. Continue reading

Teriyaki Meatza

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If you’ve ever looked for a completely paleo-friendly pizza recipe, you have to have come across meatza. Meatza is exactly what it sounds like – pizza made with meat as the crust. I have made this about 4,000 different ways now, but I think this one is my favorite. I’m not usually a huge fan of mixing salty and sweets, but the pineapple is just the perfect hint of sweet for me.

Some of the ingredients are going to be a little more complicated than I usually include- don’t freak out. I will include their non-paleo counterparts if you are in a pinch (or don’t care).

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Spaghetti Squash Pesto “Pasta”

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I am one of those weird people who don’t usually hate Monday’s as much as the rest of the world seems to. I don’t particularly enjoy waking up for work any day of the week, Friday included. Today, however, I feel differently. This Monday sucks. I think it’s because of the whole daylight savings thing. I have exactly zero motivation to do anything. Including cook. Luckily, I have a ton of super quick recipes for days just like today. Unfortunately, there is no such “super quick fix” for working. Continue reading

Bacon Jalapeno Chicken Burgers

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So, I had every intention of posting this recipe on Friday. As usual, life got in the way. I had product launches to attend for work all day Friday. That ended with me and a few co-workers going to another bar that one of my co-workers is a rep for. Before 5 pm. Luckily I had to drive home, so I took it way easy. Some of my co-workers were not so lucky. And then I went out to dinner with my boyfriends family, and by the time we got home there was nothing I wanted more than my bed. Continue reading

Mémère Soup

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Obviously, I do not have a picture for this recipe. Mainly because no picture of how this soup looks will ever make it look edible. It’s green/brownish depending on what vegetables you use and overall not super appetizing looking. But I promise that it is delicious.

So I decided to do a little throwback picture to my mom, sister and I deadlifting in the pouring rain. This picture is probably close to two years old, way back when we first started Crossfit, but I think it’s awesome. And since this soup recipe came from my mom’s mom (my mémère), I thought a family lifting picture was appropriate. Continue reading