Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry

 ShrimpStirFry1It’s summertime finally!  Ain’t nobody got time to be standing around in the kitchen slaving away at dinner.  This recipe happened because we spent a little too long playing outside so I had to throw together something quick.  I had shrimp thawed so here you have it.  The bearded husband totally loved it.  I loved the fact that I can eat a healthy stir fry without being bloated from all of the sodium.  And then there’s kale.  When I eat kale I feel like I’m really following the rules or being some kind of superhero or something.  Know what I mean?  Of course this would be delicious on white rice but I’m steering clear of that right now so we ate it with a side of sweet potatoes.  Eat it with whatever you want.  It’s your dinner. 

Well, folks, I’m still not running because of my little injury.  Remember how Monday I was all positive and getting stronger and feeling great?  Yeah, that kind of took a turn Tuesday.  I. Want. To. Run.  I sort of had a full on pity party, I’m going to sulk the whole day, just leave me be to feel sorry for myself kind of day on Tuesday.  I’m such a woman!  Whatever, leave me alone alright.  Today is Thursday and I’m feeling much better.  Thanks for asking.  I remind myself that I don’t really have a race coming up and it’s kind of a downtime anyway in the running season.  Really, if I have to be off now is the best time.  This is my pep talk…like it?

The silver lining is I get to spend more time at F3 (remember, my gym that’s a sort of a mix of Crossfit and other stuff.)  Well, and all I have is a strained hamstring,  I know other people are much worse off but come on!  Let me whine!  Anyway, today was kind of tough over at the ole gym.  My pull-ups were not near as pretty as they were the other day.  That’s ok.  I was still glad to be there and glad I got my tail out of bed.  One super cool part of the morning was my crazy strong pregnant friend was able to PR on her deadlift.  She is such a beast!  Deadlifting with that belly sticking out.  Man!  Cool! 

HSPUCollageThe WOD (workout of the day) today was:

Reps
Strength:
-Front Squat, 4x@75%, 2x@85%, 1+x@95%
-Deadlifts, Work up to 1rm  

WOD
12 Min AMRAP: (as many reps as possible)
-5 HSPU (Hand stand push up)
-5 Goblet Squat, 70/53#
-5 Pullups

 It was a good workout.  I’ll feel it later I’m sure.

NOLARegistration2016So on to big news!!  I registered for the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon again!!  Yay I’m so excited!  I’m so stinking proud of myself for finishing that race but since then in the back of my mind I’ve wanted a rematch.  I have thought and thought and thought about where I want my second marathon to be.  I kept thinking I needed to go somewhere different, but my mind keeps coming back to this city and this race.  Yep, I’ll get my rematch.  A handful of my buddies are coming along as well.  I can’t wait for training to start!  You can’t wait to hear all about it again huh?  Yeah, I thought so.

Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry
A veggie and shrimp stir fry with a quick and easy Paleo sauce.
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For the sauce
  1. 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  2. 1 tbsp. honey
  3. 1 tbsp. dried chives
  4. 1 tbsp. milled flax seed
  5. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tsp. Frank's Red Hot sauce
  9. 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  10. For the Stir Fry
  11. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  12. 1 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
  13. 1/2 white onion, sliced
  14. 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  15. 2 cups broccoli florets
  16. 2 cups fresh green beans
  17. 2 handfuls of chopped kale
  18. 12 oz. of peeled and deveined shrimp
  19. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Make sure to make the sauce first. The flax seed needs time to thicken the liquid before cooking.
  2. Once ingredients are whisked together set sauce to the side and begin stir fry.
  3. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp. of the butter and the oil in the pan.
  4. Add the sliced onions and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to sweat.
  5. Next add the broccoli, green beans and kale.
  6. Stir frequently, as to not burn the onions. If the pan becomes dry add the other tablespoon of butter.
  7. Continue stirring the vegetables frequently until they are tender. About 10 minutes.
  8. Next add the shrimp on top of the vegetables and salt them.
  9. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and stir.
  10. Continue to stir until the shrimp are done. About 3 minutes. Careful not to overcook the shrimp.
  11. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped walnuts.
Notes
  1. Any vegetables can be used in this recipe. It is a good recipe to clean out your produce drawer.
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Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce

 

BBQSauce1Hi folks!  I hope your day is as wonderful as mine.  Well, mine just started but I have high hopes for it anyway.  I said on Facebook last week that I was going to come up with some BBQ sauce to go with the bearded husbands delicious brisket and man did I.  It’s yummy.  On this Paleo challenge, that I am still participating in, I cannot have any type of “Paleo sugar” meaning honey or natural sweeteners, which means most of the BBQ sauce recipes were out.   This one is sweetened with fresh pineapple.  It did the trick.  It’s good.  And, it only takes about half an hour or so to make.  Maybe it would be even better if it simmered for hours or something but ain’t nobody got time for that.

This week has been a little different than most.  I have this dang sore knee that I’m having a hard time shaking.  It’s not terrible but I have a half marathon coming up on May 30th so I’m trying not to make it terrible.  Instead of running like a crazy fool I’ve been heading over to Crossfit, or F3 as we’ve been calling it.  (Remember? My gym changed.)  Oh man, I’m sore!  I’m not used to lifting weights so often!  It’s been fun though.  The cool thing is, I have pretty much the same friendship and camaraderie there as I do running so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.  Well, a lot of the buddies overlap but you get my point.  I’m not getting out of bed to workout at ass-o-clock (as my friend Kristen says) in the morning if I’m not having fun.

Speaking of fun, tonight F3 (Crossfit) is having an event where the girls get to come, do a fun workout, and drink wine.  I’m so excited!  I love girls nights!  We get together, act dumb and talk about super inappropriate stuff usually.  I mean, does it get any better??  The only part that stinks is I have 16 miles planned for tomorrow so I’m definitely limited in the wine department.  Ha!  The thought of running 16 miles fueled by too many glasses of wine.  Yeah no…  Everyone quick, say a little prayer that my knee cooperates for 16 miles.  I love running with my friends and I don’t want to have to cry uncle and limp my sorry self home.  Thanks!

PopsicleNow on to my real life.  We got a little sun yesterday and a little teaser that summer is coming!  Even though preschool is almost out and I’m going to have my kids under my feet 24/7 for three months (GASP!) I’m looking forward to summer.  Swimming, vacation, camping, sweating, sleeping late, the whole nine yards.  To mark the warmer weather the offspring and I made these yummy popsicles.  They were coconut milk, strawberries, pineapple and honey.  They loved them!  I couldn’t have them because of the honey but it’s not like they would share anyway…little vultures. 

What kind of popsicles do you guys make?  We had fun with it! 

 

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce
A Paleo BBQ sauce only sweetened with fresh pineapple.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 onion chopped
  2. 2 garlic cloves minced
  3. 1/3 cup of pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp. avocado oil (or fat of your choice)
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 4 oz. tomato paste
  7. 1/4 cup beef broth
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper each
  10. 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  11. 1 tsp. liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped pineapple.
  3. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent and pineapple starts to cook. As you cook the pineapple it adds flavor so don't rush this step.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or so and let the flavors incorporate.
  6. Next use an immersion blender or transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Return back to sauce pan to simmer.
  8. If sauce is too think add water and stir until desired consistency.
  9. Serve warm.
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