Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cranberry-Braised Short Ribs from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Ever since I found Mickey Trescott's Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, I've been mesmerized by the picture of the Cranberry-Braised Short Ribs.  I felt like the time was right to make this dish as cranberries are in season, I had some beautiful grass-fed short ribs from Tendergrass Farms, and I'd just received some Fatworks Tallow to review.  With quality ingredients like this, it would give this recipe its best chance in my kitchen.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott

As you'll recall, before I dove into reviewing recipes from Well Fed 2, I had the pleasure of receiving a review copy of Tammy Credicott's Make Ahead Paleo.  This summary book review post is long over due, but you'll be rewarded for the wait as I've made one other recipe to add to my review that I've not posted yet.

Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan

After receiving a review copy of Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2, I've spent the past few weeks cooking through a few of the recipes.  While sending me a review copy of a cookbook will guarantee that I'll dedicate some time and attention to the book, it certainly doesn't guarantee a good review.  I picked some challenging recipes to put this book to The Paleo Review test.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Efficient Exercise Week 27 & 28

It's a busy time of the year for a variety of reasons, and sadly, it's impacted my training schedule.  In week 27, I only had a one on one workout and no group workout and in week 28, only a group workout and no one on one workout.  I figured I'd merge the two weeks for a full workout post.  

Week 27 One On One Workout:  And one to grow on. 

This week was the week of my birthday.  Matt had actually wanted to workout on my birthday, but I had plans.  When I came into the gym, he asks me how old I'd be.  I foolishly told him.  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai from the Paleo Mom

While looking for recipes that fit within my N=1 Autoimmune Paleo experiment, I came across The Paleo Mom's recipe for Chicken Pad Thai.  I've only made one other paleo Pad Thai recipe and it is a labor of love to make time-wise.  Worth it, but not a weeknight dish for me.  Could Paleo Mom's recipe give me the pad thai flavors I love, but in a weeknight dinner timeframe?  I gathered my ingredients and got to work.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Casablanca Carrots from Well Fed 2

When I decided to make the Pan Fried Sardines from Well Fed 2, I noted that Melissa suggested a few recipes as sides.  The Casablanca Carrots were suggested and so they went on to my list.  Not only did the picture in the book look appetizing but I know that I usually have carrots on hand in my fridge.

I gathered my ingredients, and got started by peeling and chopping the carrots.  

Pan Fried Sardines from Well Fed 2

If you follow the blog, you know how much I like quick and easy meals.  I also like the idea of nutrient dense ingredients like sardines.  While looking through Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2, the Pan Fried Sardines went on my list of recipes to review.  Little did I know what a paleo cliffhanger I had signed up for.  

I gathered my ingredients and got to work. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Efficient Exercise Week 26

One on One Recap:  All that?  Again?

For the past few weeks, it seems my one on one workouts have had 2 or three mini-circuits of 2-3 exercises.  Not today.  We got started and kept going.  Whenever you think you know what's going to go on in a workout, things change.  That's the Efficient Exercise way.  The workout started with the 360 push pull and chest fly.  After that, the ARx pulldown.  I hit a new max in my 5 reps on this exercise.  

Next up, a different variation on one of my favorites, a push up position plank.  Instead of planking on my forearms, Matthew asked me to basically get into the top position of a push up.  Paying attention to keep my arms under my chest .  He had me hold this for 45 seconds.  After that, he had me do lunge cable flies.  He set the weight pin at 50 pounds.  For 10 repetitions he had me press my hands into a foam brick.  After the first ten repetitions, I went back into the push up position plank.  And then, switching legs, I had 10 more repetitions of flies, but this time without the foam brick.  Are your arms tired yet?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Efficient Exercise Week 25

One on One Recap:  AMRAP

The holidays are upon us and schedules are getting tight.  Matthew and I met up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for my one on one workout.  He knows how to prepare me for a meal. 

He set out some dumbbells, a mat and the white board.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Salad from Well Fed 2

I love buffalo wings.  I've tried a few paleo wing recipes, but what if you could get that flavor with a healthy portion of vegetables as well?  What a great meal that could be.  Enter Melissa Joulwan's Buffalo Chicken Salad from Well Fed 2.  

I gathered my ingredients and got to work.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs from Well Fed 2

I would be remiss if I didn't try out at least one recipe from Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2's "Burgers, Balls & Bangers" section.  As it was getting close to Thanksgiving and I'm still too chicken to cook the turkey in my deep freeze, the Turkey and Cranberry recipe seemed like a good choice.  

I gathered my ingredients, turned my oven on to pre-heat and got to work.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Efficient Exercise: Week 24

One on One Recap:  "Rest"

You know the workout is going to be good when it starts with tabata squats.  Matthew had me do 8 rounds 20 seconds squatting and 10 seconds of "rest" where you hold the squat at the bottom. Ouch. Matthew and I have a much different definition of rest.  This always feels like time has slowed down.   I've been trying to make a better effort at doing some spin biking in the morning and I had done 45 minutes that morning.  I'm sure that factored into the discomfort I had to fight through those 4 minutes. After I was warmed up, the workout began.  

The first circuit started with 20 repetitions of the ab roller.  This felt easy after the squats.