Country Style Pork Ribs

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Those ribs are as good as they look.  Totally tender and warm and yummy.  This recipe is similar to the beef tips.  I thought I would mix it up a bit.  I don’t usually eat a ton of pork like this because I haven’t really known what to do with it.  Oh man, now I do.

Still crazy here in my world.  I’m a creature of habit and a person with a schedule.  The whole holiday season throws me off.  That’s ok.  My hubby is home more and my workout buddies are finding all kinds of excuses to drink mimosas.  Yeah, I need to stop that.  Bottled orange juice is not exactly Paleo.  I suppose it would be weird to take Cabernet to drink after a run though.

Speaking of the holiday season.  That means the year is coming to an end.  Duh.  Everyone is all a buzz about goals.  As you know, I hit my goal of 1000 miles this year.  I am so not motivated to set another goal!  I’ve had mileage goals for probably the last four years and they are pressure.  I’m thinking I’m going to rebel and just run.  I also want to do a little more cross training. (Secretly, that’s what makes the difference come swimsuit season.)  I do, however, REALLY want to hit a sub 2:00 half marathon.  Oops.  I think I just said that out loud on the internet.  What about you?  Goals?

Well, I have a baby crying, one with mulch in his pants, one digging for snacks, clothes to fold, presents to wrap and volunteer time at church.  I guess I better get out of the blog world and take care of biz-ness!  See ya!

Paleo Country Style Pork Ribs
Super tender and savory country style pork ribs.
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Ingredients
  1. 11/2 lbs. country style pork ribs (or one package)
  2. 2 large onions sliced
  3. 1 apple cored and sliced
  4. 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  5. 2 tbsp. grass-fed butter
  6. 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  7. 1 can of free range chicken stock (or about 11/2 cups)
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and avocado oil in dutch oven or oven safe pot.
  2. Over medium to low heat cook onions and apples for about 45 minutes stirring often. Careful not to burn them but you want it brown and caramelized.
  3. While apples and onions are finishing season pork ribs with salt and pepper and coat with almond flour.
  4. When apples and onions are done remove and sear pork ribs on all sides.
  5. While pan is hot add chicken broth to deglaze pan and scrape to remove bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add apples and onions back to pot, cover and bake in a 300 degree oven for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  7. Check occasionally and add liquid if needed.
Notes
  1. Pears can be substituted for the apples.
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Apple and Spice Meatballs

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 Hey folks!  These apple and spice meatballs have been a joke around this house.  I had a hard time getting them right!  No worries though.  I work hard for you making sure this stuff tastes good.  So, the hubby has been eating a lot of meatballs.  Finally, I present to you the finished product.  They are yummy.  Spicy and comforting.  I think they would make a good meatloaf as well.  Throw some tomato sauce on top, bake it and let me know how it turns out.

I had a super busy weekend which is the way I like it.  My kids went to Moms for the weekend (yay!) so I crammed as much grownup activity in as possible. 

First, the Dallas Marathon is this coming weekend.  Almost all of us are running in it so we have a taper week.  That means you cool it a little and let the legs rest.  I’m doing the half marathon so by cooling it a little we ran 13 miles.  It was supposed to be 12 but I was running my mouth and missed a turn.  We finished the run with mimosas.  Nothing like running and drinking before 8am to get your blood flowing!

SummerandMattXmasPartyThen I spent the day with the hubby Christmas shopping, and Christmas partying.  Man!  I had another mimosa at lunch.  Bad Summer!  (I’ll be reminded of those drinks during our 10 mile speed work session tomorrow.)  Hubbies’ office Christmas party was Saturday night.  It was fun to put on something besides sporty spice clothes.

Then Sunday night we had our annual Pavement Pounders Christmas party.  Can I say again how much I love my little running family?  They are a crazy bunch.  We got together for food and a gift exchange.  Really, we got together for food I think.

PPXmasPartyHere’s the thing.  All weekend I was a good little Paleo girl.  Besides the two mimosas I had it totally under control.  Omelets for breakfast.  Meat and veggies at the restaurants.  No dessert at the party.  Go me huh? Nope.  Those dang running buddies ruined it all!  Sunday night we had enough food to feed 70 people.  I am not exaggerating!  I took Paleo dishes but I stuffed my face with all of the other stuff.  Bad.  One “cheat” meal won’t kill me but if I can be honest I am kicking myself for eating THAT much in one sitting.  Dang hungry runners.  Don’t let their size fool you!  

See that girl bottom row smack in the middle?  That’s Sarah.  She’s kind of our leader.  She started the Pavement Pounder group and tries her best to keep us organized.  She also has a great blog, how my world runs, and is my sort of blog mentor.  Go check her page out!  You can blame her if I’m doing this all wrong…just kidding guys…

Apple and Spice Meatballs
Beef meatballs with a sweet and spicy kick.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs. ground beef
  2. 1/2 apple diced small (skin included)
  3. 1/2 onion diced small
  4. whole jalapeno minced (seeds removed if you want it less spicy)
  5. 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  6. 11/2 tsp. salt and pepper each
  7. 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  8. 2 tbsp. ground flax seed
  9. 1 egg
  10. 4 tbsp. tomato sauce
  11. 1 tbsp. avocado oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Use your hands to mix ingredients well.
  2. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Form into one inch balls.
  4. Add meatballs to heated skillet one by one making sure not to overcrowd the pan. You will have to cook in batches.
  5. Depending on your stovetop you may need to adjust the heat. If the outside is cooking too fast turn heat down.
  6. Cook meatballs on all sides until done. They can be finished in oven if desired.
Notes
  1. Eat the meatballs alone or top with your favorite Paleo topping. We actually used the tomato sauce left in the can. That alone was great.
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Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

 

BeetAppleSalad2Man, I am in a mood today.  You know how I told you I was sick last week?  Well, it struck again.  I felt it coming on.  Yesterday I wanted to sit around all day drinking coffee and watching TV.  I didn’t do that but it would have been nice.  Right?  Well, today when my alarm went off at 3:30am I knew I should have stayed in bed.  You know as well as I do, I am one of those stubborn runners.  I got up, got dressed (not well enough because I was cold) and set out for 8 miles.  We had a new girl coming!  I really wanted to meet her!  I’m sure she thought I was a crazy person or just a wuss because I refused to run a hill on the route and I cut the run short at 5 miles.  I basically told them the hell with this, I’m going home.

I DO NOT get up at 3:30am to do a PART of my workout.  Instead of being in our fun little group selfie I took this sad/pissy face selfie in the car.  SadFaceOkay, okay enough feeling sorry for myself.  I got the boys to school, went for a delicious almond butter smoothie and headed to the doc to get two shots and a Z-pack.  I appreciate all of the natural remedy suggestions but I’m over this.  My 18 mile run this weekend will be a good one dang it!TheBarSmoothie

Now, back to happy Summer!  I get to go shopping tonight for a Christmas dress for the hubbies company party.  Yay!  One night a year I get to change out of my sports bra and wear something sexy for the hubby.  Too much information to share?  Oh well, I’m in a mood remember?  I’m still excited to try on dresses.  Maybe I’ll even take pictures for a sneak peak!  Maybe…

So on to the recipe at hand.  If you haven’t tried beets or think you don’t like them, try this.  They are so good roasted.  My kids devour them.  One day I actually ate 7 beets in one sitting because I could not get enough.  This is also super easy but looks fancy enough if you are trying to impress a dinner guest.  And hey, it is a plate of super foods!  You can’t go wrong!

Are you as whiney as me when you are sick?

Let me know what you think of the recipe.

 

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 red beets
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 large apple cored
  4. 1 tbsp. butter
  5. Feta (optional)
For the Dressing
  1. 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. honey
  4. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets and remove stem and root.
  3. Coat beets with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered for about 45 minutes until tender.
  5. When beets have cooled you can easily remove the rest of the skin with a knife. Slice beets about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. While beets are cooking, slice cored apple into same thickness.
  7. Heat butter over medium heat in a skillet.
  8. Cook apples in butter until slightly browned and tender.
  9. In the meantime whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  10. When beets and apples have cooled, layer them over a spring mix salad and top with dressing.
  11. Sprinkle feta on top if using.
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