Salad Remix…yaaaah!

Happy Monday y’all!  I hope that this post finds you in good spirits 🙂

I’m going to keep it short, sweet, and simple today.  The hubs is heading out of town for a few days so I have lots to prepare in advance of his departure. 

The recipe I am going to share with you follows with the theme of my post…short and simple.  It is actually one I created on my own that remixes a classic and throws in a bit of a more recent favorite.

Spinach and Prosciutto Salad

1 Slice of Applegate Farms Prosciutto
2.5 oz ground beef
12g sunflower seeds
5g Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

I have been eating a lot of salads lately…like seriously a lot.  For the past 4 weeks, I’ve had a salad for lunch every day and there have been plenty of times that I have had salads for other meals as well.  It stands to reason that one can only have so many salads before growing tired of them.  In order to prevent this from happening, I have been trying to get creative with what I put on my salad greens.  I have been taking the approach that any main course meal item can EASILY be turned into a salad just by putting in on a bed of greens :). Fact. 

This week, I switched my salad protein as well as my salad green just to break the “same old boring” salad routine.  I chose to go with spinach as the base, and a combination of ground beef and pork as the protein.  In fact, I actually just used some of the leftover bacon meatloaf as my “ground beef”.  I totally have to confess that this was on accident though.  I got so wrapped up with cooking yesterday I forgot to prep my salad protein, but now that I discovered this I will be cooking up some ground beef using the same exact seasonings as in the meatloaf. 


One note on the proteins…prosciutto can be a big no-no when you are working on cleaning up your diet.  That being said, I have found that the Applegate farms brand is actually very clean.  The only three ingredients are pork, salt, and pepper.  The animals used for making their products are humanely raised and slaughtered, which makes me happy knowing that my food is coming from happy animals.   

This kind of brings up another topic – I used to be vegetarian before finding paleo (and while we are at it, I do NOT by any means consider myself paleo pure – my diet is more real foods based but certainly not 100% paleo).  Going from vegetarian to paleo is kind of a big transition, to say the least.  But one day it hit me that eating real food was really important to me, as a vegetarian it was very hard to get the recommended protein without having to have some kind of processed protein, generally in the form of soy.  Around the same time I had found CrossFit and was introduced to this “new” style of eating.  After switching to a more paleo diet, I found that I felt better, I slept better, I didn’t have problems with my sinuses, I had more energy, and I was just overall more alert.  Since making that transition, I have refined what works best for my body.  It is by no means a completed process but I enjoy the experimentation part.  Especially experimenting with new recipes 🙂

Eating animals is something I have come to terms with so long as I know that the animal had a healthy and happy life.  I guess I could describe it as almost spiritual (here I go with the hippie stuff again)…I think of it in terms of how the Native Americans viewed the meat they killed to feed the tribe.   I know that an animal’s life was sacrificed so that I could live my life and for that I am thankful.  I pay my respects to the life of that animal and I am grateful for what it provided for my family and I.

So much for being short :).  Try the salad, you can thank me later.


It’s here!

It’s finally Sunday!! I can officially say that for the first time in my life. Well, I take that back. Sundays aren’t bad, it just means that its back to the grind tomorrow.

Sundays are usually kind of hectic around here. It’s last minute cleaning/laundry day, hair cut day, the hubs’ wanna be sleep-in day, and meal prep day. There is a lot going on for such a short time period. Not that Sundays are shorter than any other day of the week but it kind of seems like it. Speaking of, wouldn’t that be weird if everyday was a different length?

Well, I guess I’ve kept you all in suspense long enough! It’s time for the weekly meal plan :). Oh man, is it a good one. You know what I have noticed over the past two weeks…there are actually a lot of things I have noticed but, I digress. I have noticed that the more excited I am about my meal plan, the more likely I am to stick to it. I have found some really great sources that I have been taking advantage of when compiling these menus. The recipes are wonderful, they are quick, and they are REAL. I seriously have had very little desire to go out and eat lately because I know that none of the food that I would get at a restaurant would taste as good or be as satisfying as what I would make at home. Plus, cooking at home is tons of fun! So throw on some tunes, grab some pots and pans, and practice your galactic dance-off moves while you get your food ready for the week! I swear it will be the most enjoyable cooking experience you’ve ever had.20130303-081835.jpg
I generally like to stick to the same approach with the mid-week lunches being the same for convenience. I threw in a couple of homemade snack items this week as well. I have heard rave reviews about the morning glory muffins over at paleomg’s website, so I went with those this week. Thank you, Court, I’ll let you know how they turn out 🙂

I also tried out her apple cinnamon muffin recipe for the hubs…
…and her avocado pudding recipe…
…both of which have been amazing!

So go out and try those 🙂

Okay so, one last recipe I have to share with you. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve really been diggin’ Juli’s blog. Seriously, can’t get enough…I even have some recipes in mind to try out next week. I mean they are all just so good and so easy to make. Anyway, point of my rant…I tried her recipe for bacon meatloaf last night…not only did it taste amazing BUT it was super easy to make and made enough to last a few days (all positives in my book). In the interest of full transparency, we even made the BBQ sauce. Best BBQ sauce I’ve ever made.

Check these bad boys out…you can find the recipe here

Sorry the image is kind of sucky, it was night time and the lighting was bad…here was the full dinner plate 🙂

Hope you all have a fabulous week that involves good food and lots of CrossFit 🙂