Sunday, February 24, 2013

Avocado Salad

This salad makes a great side, covered dish to bring to a party or just a tasty little snack. I even ate it for breakfast one morning. You can be really creative here and add whatever you like--if you do so, I would love to hear what you came up with!

Avocado Salad
3 avocados, cut into chunks
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup spinach
2 gloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4-6
1. Place avocado chunks, bacon, and tomato in a large mixing bowl and toss.

2. Add in spinach, tossing to combine.

3. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, paprika, garlic and salt and pepper.

4. Pour mixture over avocado mixture and gently stir until juice and seasonings are evenly distributed.

5. Chill until ready to serve.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Paleo Fabulous Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to everyone for finishing the challenge!

Remember, the prizes are awarded for the top overall team and male/female individuals. As I mentioned before the challenge, scores were not the only factor that went into deciding the winners. Total transformation, goals achieved, as well as the goals themselves factored into the final standings.

Lastly, thank you ALL for making this what I felt was a huge success that exceeded all of my wildest expectations! Now, without further ado...

Top Team: Neandergals! Sabrina, Angela, Lori, Sara from Crossfit Steadfast in Savannah, GA!

Top Male: F. Scott Bauer from Crossfit Beaumont!
*Top Female: Christina Greenway from Crossfit Bridge City!

Runners up were Girls Gone RX from Crossfit Bridge City. Team Tyrannosaurus Flex from Crossfit Steadfast was the top male team, finishing 3rd overall.

*Since all of the individual females DQ'd, I looked into the 2nd place team and selected who I felt did best, based on the same factors above.
I will e-mail the winners for shipping information for the prizes, as well as to ask for permission to use any/all before and after photos for the blog and Facebook page. Also, I'll be making special posts to recognize those who made especially great accomplishments.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fiery (Love) Stuffed Peppers

4-6 bell peppers, assorted colors, cut in half lengthwise
2 lbs ground meat
1 onion, diced
2 Tbs. cumin
1/2 Tbs. hot paprika
1 1/2 cup salsa
     -1 large can whole tomatoes
     -1 jalapeno
     -3/4 cup cilantro
     -2 Tbs. lemon pepper
     -2 Tbs. garlic salt

Putting the spicy back in Valentines Day

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Cut the tops off the peppers and set aside (save for later), then cut peppers in half lengthwise and place in a large pot of boiling water. Boil about 5 mins or until peppers start to soften.

3. In a large skillet, add meat, cumin, and paprika. Cook on medium heat.

4. Dice the pepper tops and add to the meat along with the onion.

5. Using a food processor or blender, blend can of whole tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lemon pepper and garlic salt. Mix until desired consistency.

6. Pour 1 1/2 cup of salsa into the skillet with the ground meat and stir.

7. Place peppers in a large baking dish and fill them with the meat mixture, bake for 30 mins. Top with a little salsa, avocado and cilantro and serve.

Serves 4-6

*I used ground pork, but beef, buffalo or whatever you have should do just fine.
**I used half a jalapeno for the salsa but feel free to use the whole thing if you want it extra spicy.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Good Ol" Chili

I have two all-time favorite chili recipes: One being my Grandpa's, and the other is PaleOMG's sweet potato chili. Both are pretty drastically different, but delicious nonetheless. This time of the year I'm always inspired to make something rich and hearty.

My grandpa only made his chili a couple of times a year and I can remember it being so hearty and comforting. Unfortunately, he never wrote down the recipe because there really wasn't one; he threw in everything he could find and cooked it all day long. Besides steaks on the grill, it's the only thing I really remember him cooking so it was always a special treat. He's been gone 7 years now and I miss him every day. He assumed more of a parent role in my life instead of a just a grandparent and I am eternally gratefully for that. He was gentle and stern at the same time. I knew never to test my limits but I also knew he would always take care of me. When I decided to make this chili I knew it would make me feel closer to him.

I made my own version of chili, drawing inspiration from my Grandpa and PaleOMG's Smoky Bacon Chili recipe.

Winter Chili

3-4 lb brisket, cubed
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into one-inch pieces
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Serves 6-8

1. Add 1 tablespoon of bacon fat (or fat of choice) to a Dutch oven and heat on low.

2. Place chunks of brisket into the Dutch oven and brown on each side.

3. Cover the meat with the oregano, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, cloves, thyme and cayenne pepper. Stir the meat so that it is evenly coated with the spices.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, diced bell pepper and bay leaves.

5. Toss in the sweet potatoes, stirring so that they are coated in the juices. Cover with lid and let simmer for about 1-2 hours, stirring frequently.

6. When potatoes are soft but not mushy, it's ready to be served.

* This is one of those dishes that you can allow to cook down all day on a lazy Sunday, or turn up the heat and cook it in an hour or less. I think the longer the better.

** I made this in the crockpot the second time I did it and it was just as good. Just brown the meat first then throw everything in. Cook for 6 or so hours and boom it's done.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Paleo Challenge Prizes

Team Prizes:
2 rolls of RockTape (per team member)
1 bag of "The Soak" Rapid Muscle Recovery (per team member)
1 case of AMRAP Refuel Bars
1 year subscription to PaleoLiving magazine
2 cases of Amy & Brian Coconut water
1 bottle of Paleo Powder (per teammate)
1 bag Cacao powder (per teammate)
1 bag of Primal Pacs (per teammate)

Individual Prizes:
"Make it Paleo" cookbook
2 rolls of RockTape
1 Bag of "The Soak" Rapid Muscle Recovery
1 Year subscription to PaleoLiving magazine
1 bottle of Paleo Powder
1 bag Cacao powder
$25 Top Line Foods gift card
2 Primal Pacs

Some items will be shipped separately.

AND... As a little reward to my Paleo Fabulous challengers, if you'll direct your attention to my blog roll to the right, over there, that way, and click on the link to

If you order anything, and enter the promo code PALEOFABULOUS2013, you'll get a 15% discount on any of their products!

Also, everyone will also receive a 3 month subscription to Paleo Living Magazine (the link will be emailed to you)

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