Injury update, weekend happenings, and some stuff in my kitchen!

Hello!

I’d totally say Happy Tuesday but I’m not feeling it today.

A 4am unplanned wake-up call is my reason.

Rain drops.

On my face.

And my bed.

Roof leaked. Water came through ceiling fan. Ceiling fan was on. Water flung errrwhere…..

Mass towel casualties.

In case you wondered, yes, there was a Hellacious rain storm last night!

Lots of flooding in the area. Thankfully, all we dealt with was a little water through the roof. No flooding in our house.

Took me 2 hours to get to work today, though. #goodtimes #notreally

But, that is not what I came to tell you about today!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled Tasty Tuesday to bring you 3 things!

1. An injury update!

2. Some weekend happenings!

3. A short view of what went down in my kitchen on Sunday (since I missed posting it yesterday)!

First up, my foot.

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Followed up with the orthopedist yesterday.

It’s definitely a stress fracture and it’s healing! You could see cloudiness (calcium deposits) over the 2nd metatarsal and that’s a good thing!

But, I’m still in the boot. 😦

Okay, I should clarify – she suggested I wear the boot for another week, just to give my foot a little more unhindered healing time.

But, if I take it easy, I don’t have to wear the boot.

Yeah, I’ve never really been one to “take it easy” so…..

But, it’s just a week.

No running or jumping or any type of impact activity for at least 3-4 weeks but I had expected that.

So, one more week in the boot and then, I can wear a pair of shoes! And a pair of pants!!

Seriously, it’s been all skirts and shorts (on the weekends) this whole time.

And the same stinkin’ brown shoe. *sigh*

Annnndddd, moving on….

Weekend things!

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I got a hair (or two) cut!!

So simple and easy!

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We were lucky enough to be able to attend the christening ceremony of the USS John Warner, SSN-785 on Saturday.

This was, by far, one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

And the hottest. OMG, it was like 100 degrees on Saturday!!!

And, it was outside (obviously) and not under cover.

But, it was totally worth it and I would do it again in a New York minute! 🙂

Sunday cooking!

I did a small amount of food prep on Sunday.

Hey, it’s football season! It’s hard to food prep when your booty is planted in front of the television. 🙂

Anyway, I made some chocolate chip avocado banana bread.

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Om. Nom. Nom.

I loosely followed this recipe – chocolate chip banana bread.

I subbed a whole avocado for the stick of butter (admittedly, probably should have only used half an avocado but I wasn’t paying attention. No matter cuz the bread is amazeballs!), nonfat plain greek yogurt for the sour cream, and chocolate chips for the cinnamon chips.

Holy. Yum.

Then, I threw down some of the best curry I’ve ever had.

You definitely need to head over to Erin’s blog to check out her recipe.

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I also made some chili in the crockpot but neglected to take a picture.

Hey, with that curry ready to be gobbled, can you blame me?

Anyway, I used this recipe – Paleo Crockpot Chili – but used a pound of ground pork and a pound of ground turkey instead of the beef.  If you make the recipe as listed, it has terrific flavor but not a lot of spice.  If you want spicy chili, you definitely need to up the ingredients with the heat factor.

That said, you didn’t hear me complaining eating it over a sweet tater and topped with avocado yesterday for lunch.

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Talk to me: Do you like your chili spicy or mild? What’s the most annoying thing to ever wake you up? Banana bread – yay or nay?

– jennifer

Jen’s Quick & Easy Paleo Beef Chili

Hello!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Wine Wednesday programming for …. a recipe!

I’m in my final week of marathon taper and, out of the blue, I’m pretty sure I’m trying to get sick.

I felt like I got run over by a truck yesterday.

Tired, feverish, sneezy, achy – blech!

Well, with Flying Pig coming up on Sunday (EEEP!), I definitely don’t want to be sick.

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So, I actively engaged my sickness in a battle!

I drank some tea

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I put on my sweat pants  after work and enjoyed some cat cuddles

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Molly is my lap cat. 🙂

and I made some spicy beef chili to help chase the ick out of my system!

I’m feeling a whole lot better today, but I’m still being cautious and loading up on Emergen-C and making sure I’m well hydrated.

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You know you’re really well hydrated when you want to move your desk into the restroom. #justsayin

I decided on chili instead of chicken soup because 1. I had farmer’s market ground beef defrosted, 2. I didn’t have any chicken defrosted, and 3. I wanted chili.

I just kinda threw some things into a pot, simmered it for about 15-20 minutes, and dinner was born!

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Jen’s Quick and Easy Paleo Beef Chili

2-3 tablespoons fat of your choice (coconut oil, bacon fat, etc – I used bacon fat because, duh, bacon makes everything better)
1/2 cup chopped onion (or more if you really like onion)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound grass-fed beef or bison
3 chipotles in adobo, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 box chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

1. Heat bacon fat in large pot or dutch oven. Saute onion and green pepper until vegetables have softened. Add garlic; saute 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add beef to pot and brown, breaking up with wooden spoon. Once meat is almost brown, add chopped chipotles, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt and pepper and continue to cook.

2. Once meat is browned and your kitchen smells amazeballs, add tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low (I set mine at 3) and simmer for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings (add crushed red pepper here, if desired) and simmer for another 10 minutes.

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3. Serve it up and NOM it down.

Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of my beautifully plated chili last night. I was hungry. Don’t judge me.

But, you’re in luck, I packed leftovers for lunch and had some over a sweet tater!

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YUM!!!

Have no fear, Wine Wednesday will return as scheduled next week. 🙂

Talk to me: How do you battle an oncoming cold? What’s your favorite comfort food dish when you’re sick?

– jennifer

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