My first Murph and some Paleo chili

Hello!

Happy Monday!

Or so I thought until I went to CrossFit.

And I met Murph.

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Oy.

Murph is a Hero WOD in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue, New York, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

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Apparently, that was his favorite workout.

It seems he had a sense of humor, that Lt. Murphy.

I think I probably would have liked him.

Even though he beat me up this morning.

HOLY. OW.

I broke up the pull-ups (blue banded – no way I was getting through a hundred of those babies without assistance), push-ups and airs squats into groups of 10, 20, and 30, respectively.

It was the only way I could see getting through it all.

Somewhere between 80 – 100 push-ups, I had to drop to my knees.

Left some of my left knee in the box.  Oh well.

Finished in 47:16.

That man was clearly a bad ass.

And I’m proud to have done that butt-kicking workout in his honor.

So, Karen blew in yesterday, dumped a whole lot of rain, and then blew out last night.

Sure was nice of her to stop by and give my driveway the swimming pool I’d been so hoping for.

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She also brought with her a cold front!

Yay, fall temps!

I figured yesterday was going to be nasty and blech so I planned on chili for dinner.

I. LOVE. CHILI.

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Decided to try a new recipe – Paleo chili.

I’m ALWAYS up for trying new things.

And this was worth it!

Found the recipe at www.robbwolf.com and I didn’t change a single thing.

It was delicious!

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And, for those of you who tend to stay away from spicy food, this chili is for YOU!

Of course, if you want spicy, I suggest using some adobe chile pepper or additional cayenne pepper.

Or just pass the hot sauce at the table.

You know what I think really makes this chili?  The coffee. Yep – coffee.

I brewed some Italian Roast for this – figured the depth and robust flavor would really add pizzazz to the chili.

It did!

If you don’t want coffee, you can certainly substitute beef broth.

I suggest sticking with the coffee, though. Trust me!

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Ultimate Paleo Chili
makes 6 servings
2 lbs lean ground beef (good) or grass-fed ground beef (best)
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can tomato pureé
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups coffee (substitute with broth if you prefer)
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning (or substitute with 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt + sprinkle
1 teaspoon pepper + sprinkle
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Avocado, for topping

1. Sauté onions and bell peppers in coconut oil over med-high heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. About 5 minutes.

2. Add beef and garlic and cook until brown. About 7 minutes.

3. Add tomato pureé, tomato sauce, coffee and spices. Bring to a bowl, then reduce heat and simmer 1-2 hours.

4. Top with avocado and gobble it down! Om nom nom!

Question: What’s your favorite, go-to dish during fall and winter?

– jennifer

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4 thoughts on “My first Murph and some Paleo chili

  1. I LOVE Murph! But i’m also a sucker for body weight ;). i tend to break it up into 20 rounds of “Cindy”-so 5 pull ups, 10 push ups and 30 squats. i don’t tend to burn out in it. We do Murph every memorial day-the first year I did it banded, with push ups on knees. THis year, all movements RX’d (10 weeks after having my baby-yikes.) but slow and no vest. Next year i’d like to get around 45 minutes, all movements RX with the vest on! progress!

    • Dude. First of all – Rx 10 weeks after giving birth? Now THAT’S bad ass! Secondly – with a vest?! I bow to your awesomeness!

      I actually enjoyed the WOD. I also appreciate body weight exercises. So simple and effective! My goal is to move toward Rx – especially with the pushups. I really feel like I should be able to do those regular. I actually can’t wait to do it again!

      • I love vests!! I would walk around in a weighted vest 24/7 if I was allowed-I just feel SO bad ass in them. Push ups actually took me awhile to do “right”-I didn’t get the whole keeping my hips straight and core tight until I did then pregnant on bars. You will definitely get RX next time!!

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