800 Grams a Day Produce Challenge!

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My favorite ladies’ fitness and health page is doing a super fun challenge for the month of September. 800 grams of produce a day. This one is especially exciting to me because I love to see produce do a hostile takeover of the plate. I have an energy addiction! LOL!

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Jen’s Avocado Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs. They’re the perfect appetizer, a fabulous breakfast, the best thing you can find in the fridge post-workout, cheap party fare, darn delicious, and they’re flippin’ cute! I could write poems to those little guys all day!

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Jen’s Turkey and Oatmeal Meatloaf Muffins

Oatmeal and egg make a lovely meatloaf binder and are especially nice if you’re trying to avoid a carb crash! Don’t let the healthier profile fool you, they’re delicious! This makes 12 and if you have any leftover, they make a great found breakfast. It’s always better to find breakfast than make it! Continue reading “Jen’s Turkey and Oatmeal Meatloaf Muffins”

Jen’s Steak Salad for 4 Fine Peeps

I was in the mood for a lovely hearty steak salad. Hope you love it, too!


Jen’s Steak Salad for 4 Fine Peeps

16-24 oz steak – Depends on how hungry your tribe is
Salt and Pepper
Season as early as you can to let the flavor penetrate the meat. Morning of is great. The night before is better. And two nights before is best. It’ll rest in the fridge, uncovered. Set on the counter an hour before you’re cooking it to let it come to room temp so it’ll cook more evenly.

Bacon – 1-2 slices per person, optional
Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in a cold oven. Turn it to 400 degrees F, and set the timer for 20 minutes. Check it, and let it continue on its journey til it meets your strongly held conviction of the perfect bacon doneness level. Drain on paper towel.

1 red onion
1/2 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
Pinch of salt
Saute until softened and picking up a little color.

Grill the steaks or give them a stove top cast iron sear in butter and olive oil, turning often to desired doneness. Mine’s an internal temp 118 degrees F. Rest. Slice.

Spring Mix
Vinaigrette (Whisk 2 parts red wine vinegar (or whatever you have!), 3 parts olive oil, a squeeze of dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and grating of pepper)
Toss and divide between 4 plates.

Top with:
Avocado (1/4 – 1/2 per person)
Bacon (optional)
Blue cheese (optional)

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My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why, the long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.

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20 magnetic spice tins

12″ x 24″ magnetic base

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. Full tang just means that the blade runs the full length of the knife. The blade and handle aren’t two separate components, so there’s no breaking point. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black

Shin splints suck and I love CrossFit!

Shin splints! I was running 9 1/2 miles a day and loving it! Then shin splints. Shin splints are the worst. I needed to deal with them so they didn’t become a stress reaction or stress fracture. I’m on a lady fitness site, and asked what people did to heal them. Foam rolling, deep squats to deal with a muscle imbalance, stretching, and compression socks. To my surprise, icing was really controversial and people felt passionate about their positions.

Okay, I ordered compression socks, foam rollers, and started going after deep squats and stretches like nobody’s business. I’d worked for a few years on that running endurance, and didn’t want to give that up. I decided to give CrossFit a try. Holy workout, Batman! You’re a sweaty mess and done in less than an hour. It’s totally scalable to every fitness level, so it’s custom order-type challenging, and a novice and a gymrat can work out side-by-side. Perfect. To my shock, my husband quit with his nautilus-type gym and started joining me. And then the kids showed up. Too neat.

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Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon with Jicama-Mango Salsa recipe and cookbook review: Buck Naked Kitchen

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91ygk6vkKFLBuck Naked Kitchen is a fabulous book of healthy fare, frequently following Whole30 guidelines, or easy to modify to fit. Her recipes are delicious, creative, interesting, nutritious, and many are cozy or decadent. Perfect! I want to share her recipe for Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon with Jicama-Mango Salsa with you. It is amazing!! After the recipe, I’ll tell you all about the other dishes I tried in the book. Continue reading “Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon with Jicama-Mango Salsa recipe and cookbook review: Buck Naked Kitchen”

You wish you could run and be okay with it, but you hate it? You can!!!

hippopotamusDo you remember that Sandra Boynton book, But Not the Hippopotamus? The giraffe and squirrel dance in a whirl, but not the hippopotamus. The dog and the pig have fun doing the jig, but not the hippopotamus. The animals keep doing all kinds of stuff, but the hippo is never included. Finally at the end, she joins in the fun, but YES the hippopotamus! Everyone cheers. Then you turn to the last page. But not the armadillo. We were like, “Include yourself, little armadillo!” Continue reading “You wish you could run and be okay with it, but you hate it? You can!!!”

Does everyone know how to break down a full packer brisket? I can help!

I’m noticing that the easy cuts of meat like burgers and chicken are sold out during the quarantine. But some of the very yummiest are still there! I needed a brisket flat to make a Jewish braised brisket, but only whole packer briskets are available. I thought I’d do a photo sequence of how to break a brisket down, bbq style into point and flat, in case that might help somebody. Nothing is wasted. And this is enough meat to feed you for days. Continue reading “Does everyone know how to break down a full packer brisket? I can help!”

Resolutions for foodies! Texas Brisket Chili recipe (Instant Pot or slow cooker) and cookbook review: The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass

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I found a resolution book for foodies! First and foremost, everything in The Defined Dish is delicious! This fabulous book filled with very tempting and nutritious fare also happens to be healthy and easy. Nothing tastes like you’re behaving. But this paired up with a little running helped me shed a dress size. Yay! Energy addicts will love it because it’s all feel-good food. Perfect! We LOVE this book and everything we’ve made in it!

It’s Whole30 endorsed, but the dishes aren’t all Whole30. You can make modifications if you’re strict, or not so strict. 😉

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Pork Chili Verde recipe and cookbook review: Whole30 Friends & Family

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You love get-togethers and delicious food, but you don’t want to eat a bunch of tomorrow’s regrets? I’ve got you! If you love the line of Whole30 books, you are going to adore Whole30 Friends & Family! It’s a book filled with Whole30 party food, and it covers everything from parties with kids, game night food, and grown-ups only fare. Everything we’ve tried has been delicious, and it’s at the easier end of the entertaining spectrum, so you can focus on friends, family, and delicious food. Great book! She has a light hand with salt, so I salted to taste.

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