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Breakfast Casserole

This is quick, easy, and delicious! (That’s what she said).  It takes a bit of prep and then I cut it into 6 big pieces and its breakfast for a week.  And it has all the tasty breakfast foods in one dish.

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Ingredient List:
3 big sweet potatoes
a bag of frozen peppers and onions
big bag of fresh spinach
1 package of bacon
1 lb of breakfast ground sausage
12 eggs

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Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into chunks and steam them until the are cooked.  While those are steaming cook your sausage in a pan.  Chop up the bacon and then cook it after you take the sausage out.  Keep all the fat in the pan.

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Then cook the spinach down in the fat from the meat.

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Cook the peppers and onions in the same pan after you remove the spinach.  Then start layering in the pan.  Potatoes on the bottom.  Cover them up with the sausage then the bacon.  Take your cooked spinach and add it on top.  Then add the peppers and onions.  Next, take your dozen eggs and beat them in a bowl and pour over the top.

Bake the whole thing in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Let it cool a little and cut it into 6ths (or 8ths whatever floats your boat).  Grab a fork and enjoy!

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Meal Planning + baby

I am lucky that Anthony eats pretty much everything.  He goes through spurts where he won’t eat certain things (this week its chicken) but mostly he eats anything and everything.  Thankfully, this makes meal planning pretty easy.  He eats what I eat.  I am back to meal planning consistently as of this week.  Someone does get a little impatient when he is not swiftly being fed (don’t mind the photo bombing cat).image2

For breakfast most days we do eggs and some meat.  Anthony has his at the gym (mostly because it entertains him).  I make him 2 eggs in a little circle and cut it like pizza (triangles) and he happily eats that in his stroller.  I also bring him lots of little snacks (fine motor skills, yo!); things like dried fruit, raisins, and plain chex (gluten free not paleo).  Then he has a bottle.  Can you say piggy?!  I do bacon and eggs and a protein shake when I get home.

Lunches now that it is just the two of us are often left overs from the night before, or sliced deli meat and avocado and fruit, or anything we have on hand.  Seriously, we do TONS of left overs.  When you make a whole meal and its a 10 month old and yourself it rarely gets finished.  This also makes lunch easy peasy.  Little man also loves him some uncured, all natural beef hot dogs.  He INHALES them.  Good kid food, still decent for him.

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Dinners, I typically plan to make 4 different dinners during the week.  On Wednesdays we still do family dinner and have mexican (fajitas, just the meat, veggies, guac, and pico); Anthony usually has a shredded chicken taco and sliced avocado, or he inhales off my plate.  We do left overs on the “non-fresh” nights.  No point in wasting food.  Here is what this week looked like dinner wise.

Sunday: 5 ingredient spaghetti squash pizza from paleomg.com (I added diced chicken for more protein).  This was also lunch most of the week.

Monday: Grilled chicken, cauliflower rice, and steamed veggies.

Tuesday: left overs

Wednesday: family dinner

Thursday: Seared scallops, sweet potato, veggies

Friday: Tilapia, veggies, sweet potatoes

Saturday: BBQ grilled pork loin and veggies

Sunday: more leftovers

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Since, I am trying to get food ready, entertain the baby, and keep the house in show ready condition we are living the simple life.  Going back to the basics is never a bad thing.  And really, Anthony doesn’t mind leftovers at all!  He is also seriously digging seafood these days.  Good news when we get up to Boston the seafood is sooooo much better!

As far as snacks go we do lots of fresh fruit, sometimes veggies, protein shakes (paleo protein, almond milk, frozen fruit), raisins, trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, whatever you please; I make a big bag and we have it all week), sliced avocado, sometimes a paleo treat like cookies or something.  Again, simple is good.  Things that I can throw in little containers is amazing incase we need to vacate the house quickly.

What are your go to meals?  What are the complex ones you love and are worth the time?  Next week I may get a little crazy early in the week but we will see.

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So Fresh Salad

So its that fabulous time of year when everyone has a garden and has vegetables coming out of their ears.  We plant a little garden but seem to be inheriting lots of goodies this year!  We also do a ton of grilling because its quick and easy; and when you live in the south and its 100+ every day you don’t want to light the oven.

We have a bunch of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes that we inherited.  We also had left over grilled chicken that I had pre-sliced in finger grabbing sized pieces (great snack!).  Last night we had no dinner, a baby going through a growth spurt so he lives on my boob, and 2 grumpy adults that were hungry.  We threw this quick and easy salad together.

Here is what you need:

2 cups diced cucumbers
1 cup sliced or diced tomatoes (we used cherry tomatoes and just sliced em’ in half)
2 avacados sliced
2 cups chicken breast diced and cooked
6 table spoons of avocado oil
4 table spoons lemon juice
salt
pepper
italian seasoning

Dice it up, and mix it together.  It was delicious, fresh, quick, and easy!

image1-9The picture is dark because it was my second helping and I took it with my cell while nursing.  You could mix it up with the seasonings anyway you like or add more veggies.

What fresh salads do you like?  How do you use fresh veggies in tasty ways?

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2000 Calories…Whaaaat?!

Thats right people.  Doing some revamping of my life plans here.  Note: life is defined by crossfit and diet.  I’ve got some lofty goals by the time we compete in April again.  Thats right…next competition is already on deck!  April 27th me and 3 of the fabulous men from our gym.  We are team Muff N’ Men!  Don’t hate…its awesome.  Also, scope our team logo!

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My goals before this:
1. Have my front squat and back squat over my body weight.
2. Shoot for a deadlift of 300lbs (current 1 rep PR is 275).
3. Drop more inches and hopefully about 10lbs replaced by muscle (yeah, yeah not about the numbers…)
4. Get a string of pull-ups and learn to kip properly.
5. double unders….consistently.
6. Eat more and keep it paleo (aka no being a cheater).

The things I am currently doing to get here….I have started the hatch squat program as of today.  It may kill me based on my current jell-o legs.  Also, stick to my 3 on 1 off rotation and add in running and rowing on some days.  Continue with pull-up progression work.  Don’t worry its confusing; I’ve made a calendar since my week now runs on 8 days not 7.  workout schedule  You see that February is done.  3 days on 1 day off.  Every time it is a day 1 I run (a mile don’t worry nothing crazy…maybe some sprints if I am feeling sassy); every time it is day 3 row intervals, distance, whatever just row.  I am thinking day 2 will be for skill work (HSPU, doubles, etc.).  Then you see two days a week of pull up progression and 2 different days of hatch squat program.  Holla if you’ve got questions about this madness I can de-code.   Yes, I am still WODing on all non-rest days, generally lifting and doing skill work as scheduled at my gym, RX as much as I can, and attempting to super rx lots more stuff (24″ box jumps, #20 wall balls, etc.).

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I am upping my calories to 2000 a day on days that I workout since I will be there lots!  I am planning for 1600 on rest days.  People this is hard and a metric crap ton of food.  I sit here writing to you at almost 10pm thinking…I need 300 more calories and it may kill me.  Wanna know what I’m eating every day?  Scope myfitnesspal and I am screwthescale1.  Let me give you todays run down:

Pre gym: black coffee (I’d die without it!)
Breakfast: protein and 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 2 eggs
Snack: 1 cup of strawberries
Lunch: 6oz of chicken tenders cooked with almond flour dipped in 3 tbs of paleo bbq sauce I made
Snack: apple pie lara bar
Post lift: 1 scoop protein and kill cliff (dunno what this is…recovery drink thats the bomb!  Mix with chocolate protein and tastes like creamsicle
Dinner: 8oz of pork, 3 tbs bbq sauce, 1 sweet potato cut into fries and baked, 1.5 cups of veggies

Seriously….300 more calories.  I am thinking a smoothie (protein, almond milk, fruit maybe?).  I am also working hard to keep a 40/30/30% balance.  That is 40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carbs.  This should drop some weight and let me preform my best.  Eat big…lift big…right?!  That’s what I hear.

Ok, off to locate 300 calories, pack breakfast for me, lunch for hubs and I, and relax!  What are your current goals?  How do you eat good, clean, food and lots of it?  Share what you got!

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash

Things I learned today:

  1. Cleaning gutters that have not been cleaned in 2+ years is disgusting.  It smells like someone crapped themselves, climbed up there, and died covered in their own feces.
  2. Naps are the devil.  I accidentally took one today and now it is 11:20 pm and I am WIRED!  As are the pets who I woke up and they were on top of me.
  3. A little spaghetti squash goes a long way.  There is no need to make 3 of them.
  4. I like double awesome kill cliff much better then the old stuff.  (Kill cliff = paleo(ish) energy/recovery drink).
  5. If you don’t eat spaghetti squash you are doing something wrong!
  6. Cooking and baking creates a lot of dishes and I need to learn to tone it down.  Especially when I start said cooking and baking at 10pm.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way I’ve got a recipe that is thebomb.com for you!  If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash yet you need to get on it.  I am very thankful that we have amazing friends with amazing gardens.  It also helps that it rains in NC every 5 minutes this season so their gardens are a bit out of control and people keep dumping delicious fresh veggies on us.  Doesn’t get more paleo then that!

Recipe disclaimer: I never used to cook.  Hubs is Italian.  I generally cook like an old Italian lady now.  This means “measuring” doesn’t happen much.  I just kind of dump and go by taste.  Ill ball park for you but don’t hold me to it here.

Ingredients:

spaghetti squash (I used 3…it would feed a family of 4-6 easy!)

1lb of shrimp (more or less depending on what tickles your fancy)

Olive oil

4(ish) lemons

4-7 garlic cloves

salt & pepper to taste

 

First thing is first cook the spaghetti squash.  Cut those bad boys in half and scoop out the seeds.  I cook mine in the microwave because I am too impatient to wait for the oven to heat up and wait for them to cook.  Put them in a microwave safe container skins up (aka where you scooped the seeds out face down) and put in about 1-2″ of water.  Nuke those bad boys for 15-20 minutes (when the skin is squishy they are done).  I had to do this 3 times because I used 3 squash and my microwave isn’t for giants.

While all that is going down heat up a pan and put some olive oil in it (I probably used 1/3-1/2 cup), mince and put in the garlic cloves and heat up.  Make sure you are stirring this constantly or the garlic will burn and that would suck.  When that is warm squeeze in the juice from the lemons (you may want to do this in a different dish and then pour in to avoid seeds getting in; they are sneaky devils).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  This is when I start sticking my fingers in to taste it and get the flavor I want.  Like more garlic? Put more in!  Want a bit more of a lemon kick?  Squeeze in some more!  You catch my drift!

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Then toss in the shrimp and let them cook.  This doesn’t take long (3-5 minutes).  They will turn pink.  Make sure you take the tails off and devine them if you didn’t buy them that way.  When all of this has gone down your spaghetti squash should be done.  Take a fork and scrape the insides.  It will string out like spaghetti.  Put it in with the shrimp combo, toss together, and enjoy!

It was delish.  Sorry the pictures aren’t better.  I had to use my phone because I let the battery die in my SLR.

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