Normally on Fridays, I do a Fit Foodie Friday post, but this Friday is special! Not only will I include a couple recipes (scroll to the bottom-ish, just past Tommy and I), but it is also my “spotlight day” in the “Grow Your Blog Hop” that Runaway Bridal Planner organized! Thank you to her for the awesome experience, by the way!
So I suppose I should start with a little introduction!
Fortunately, I just happen to have the perfect thing:
At the beginning of this year, I decided to take my dream of helping as many people as possible with a tv show about fitness, nutrition, sustainability, beauty, and personal development into my own hands by making my own YouTube channel (shameless self-promotion, I know! haha). It’s still limping along with better love on my facebook page, but I believe that consistency is key, and if one of the two views on the YouTube videos makes someone laugh or makes their day easier, then it was worth my time!
For fun, I like reading, personal development, fitness, nutrition and cooking, hanging out with my friends and cat, and playing dress up (as either a makeup artist or model), and helping people achieve their goals to lead healthy and fulfilling lives as a Beachbody coach, and for “work”, I live by the adage that “if you love your job, you never work a day in your life” or whatever that cliche statement is. Basically, I live the dream by changing lives and playing dress up for a living!
I just moved to California from Milwaukee with my amazing boyfriend (Tommy) and adorable cat (Refugio), so this will be my first Winter in a non-cold place, as well as first Thanksgiving away from my family! I ALSO just was named President of the Palo Alto chapter of Femfessionals, which I am really excited about! I also have an event coming up at PrAna in Palo Alto, if you’re local to the area and want to say “hi!”
I think that mainly covers the Cliff’s Notes summary of who I am and what I like to do! If you want random answers to questions, check this out, or go to my About Me for a slightly more formal version of a biography!
Now, on to what the regulars on my blog are looking for: Fit Foodie Friday!
I follow the “Primal Blueprint” loosely for fitness and nutrition, so most of the recipes I post follow the Primal/Paleo/JERF food guidelines! This week, I have two recipes!
Wild Boar Overstuffed Peppers, and Primal Pumpkin Pie!
Ever since my second date with Tommy, where I ordered chicken fettuccine Alfredo and didn’t take a to-go box when he was in his 6th year of PT school (poor grad student), and still have yet to live it down (almost six years later), I have tried to earn the crown of “never wasting food,” (they have a crown for that?) to make up for it!
So, when he and I were the only people who DROVE home from the week in the beach house, we inherited a lot of groceries, and I felt obligated to use them!
And no – there wasn’t leftover wild boar. But we are picky about our meat (we prefer ethically/sustainably pasture raised/grass fed when we can), and this was what I found in the “grass fed” section at the grocery store closest to our house:
So I got creative and went to the game section, and bought a pound of wild boar!
You’ll also need an onion, two zucchini, several ripe tomatoes (I think there were about five small tomatoes left), two green peppers, some spinach (a couple handfulls of whatever is going bad first in a big salad box) some garlic, salt, thyme (not Old Tyme Pasture Raised Grass-fed beef, just the seasoning “thyme”).
Chop the onion and start sauteeing it in olive oil. Do the same with the zucchini, after the onion is starting to become transparent. Add the wild boar and keep stirring until it has browned. In the meantime, add the tomatoes and smash them in – they are kinda doubling as tomato sauce! While this is all simmering, wash and cut your peppers in half lengthwise, and place in a glass cooking dish. When the boar is brown, pour mixture into the peppers (the cups shall overfloweth) and then cook the whole thing about 20 minutes on 425 (or in a NuWave on high) and then your delicious dinner is served!
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Who wants some dessert?
I felt like making something nice for Tommy, who has been a real sweetheart lately, and has been working and studying a lot (he is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in a residency program right now). He really loves pumpkin anything, and I am not a fan, so most Autumns, I don’t make anything pumpkin-y. I looked up this recipe for a Primal Pumpkin Pie and decided to modify it (because I felt like it should have pumpkin in it, amiright?)!
But I didn’t remove the skins on the sweet potatoes (because we are rugged) and added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, about a tablespoon of honey, a can of organic pumpkin, and drizzled some melted Mighty Nut Pumpkin Peanut Butter on top (because we happened to have it and it seemed like a good idea)! Tommy said it isn’t as sweet as most desserts (his co-workers probably wouldn’t appreciate it), but since he is used to paleo/primal/no sugar added desserts that he liked it. He gave it a 7.4 out of 9.2! (I gave him the parameters and he went with it)!
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I hope you liked the little intro to who I am, as well as what we have been eating this week!
What’s your favorite Fall/Winter dessert? What else would you like to see me Primal-ify? Any questions for me, since for many of you, this is your introduction to me?
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