Podcasts I’ve Been Enjoying

Podcasts

At work I spend a good chunk of my day staring at a computer. And as much as I enjoy listening to music, sometimes I need something else to keep me awake at 6:30am. Enter, the podcast. Just in case there is anyone out there that has no idea what a podcast is (Mom I’m talking to you), they are short audio shows, almost always available for free. Nowadays just about anyone can record and share podcasts, which means you have tons to choose from. In the past, I would either stream or download them from iTunes. But at my current office, I ran into a problem. I’m not allowed …

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Beef and Lentil Stew

Beef and Lentil Stew Recipe

Can you tell I’ve been on a stew kick recently? It’s totally because of the weather. This one I made on a whim two weeks ago. I purchased stew meat at the grocery store and so wasn’t in the mood for another crockpot recipe. So I opened my cupboard to see what I could throw together. What I got was an incredibly hearty meal that lasted all week.  As I’ve mentioned before, lentils aren’t paleo. But after a few years of eating this way, I’ve realized that my body digests lentils without issue. They still have phytic acid but since I don’t eat lentils every day (plus I make sure to …

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WIAW – Avoiding Temptation

Meal prep

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Remember how a few posts back I mentioned that I needed to start bringing my own food to work so I would avoid the temptations of the cafeteria? Well I’m finally doing it. The trick for me is to prepare the next day’s meal at the same time as cooking dinner. For example on Monday, I scrambled spinach and three egg whites on the back burner, while cooking our dinner of burgers and sautéed brussels sprouts. I just put the eggs into a take-away container and reheated it when I got to work the next morning. Right now, I still use plastic containers but I’ve …

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Sausage and Veggie Stew

Sausage and vegetable stew

It’s definitely Fall in Chicago. The leaves are turning brown, there is a cold wind coming off the lake and every (well almost every) girl has a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte in her hand. Fall for me means wearing jeans tucked into boots, adding a scarf to every outfit and cooking soups/stews. In case you just started reading my blog this year, here are a few other soup/stew recipes I posted last year: Zucchini and Tomato Soup Root Vegetable Potage Pumpkin Sausage Soup Mashed Eggplant and Sausage Chicken and Avocado Soup Lentil Soup Broccoli Soup Today I have one more stew recipe. I’m calling it a stew although technically it might need …

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Motivational Monday – How to Stay Motivated

Switch:How to Change When Change is Hard

It’s Motivational Monday. Posted on a Monday not a Tuesday. See I’m getting better. Today we are going to continue our conversation about how to stay motivated. I blogged a few weeks ago how I’ve discovered that my motivation for eating healthy and exercising tends to go up and down. And I’m guessing since I keep seeing images like this one on Pinterest, it happens to others as well. Well guys this week I’m promising myself it’s time to get back to step 1. I’m going to exercise. I’m going to get healthy. And I’m going to do it consistently without stopping. But this time I’m going to do it …

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How to Cook Pork Belly – Roasting

Pork Belly

Two posts in one week? I know, crazy. But when I went grocery shopping on Monday I discovered a hidden gem in the meat aisle. Sitting by itself was a slab of pork belly for $4. Without knowing how to cook it, I decided to grab it anyway and find out. Tuesday I spent hours searching online for how to cook pork belly. And it looks like everyone has a different idea. A quick google search says everything from grilling, to roasting, to broiling. Some people say cook it high first and then low; others say the opposite. In the end I decided to go with the instructions Mel gives on …

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What I Ate Wednesday – Ireland

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Hello friends. Sorry I disappeared for a week after I just promised I would be blogging more. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I was in Ireland. My high school best friend got married in a small town called Dingle last Friday (her husband is Irish), so Jake and I got on a plane to Dublin on my birthday (September 21st) and then drove all around the country for a week. Amazing. So for today’s blog post, I thought a What I Ate Wednesday – Irish Edition would be appropriate. First up, a traditional “Full Irish Breakfast.” Although after a week in Ireland, we learned that …

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Crockpot Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Red Gold Tomatoes

It’s recipe time! Although to be fair, this isn’t my recipe at all. Last week I got a surprise care package from Red Gold Tomatoes. They sent me six cans of their tomatoes, a cute apron and a cute wood spoon that says “Official Red Gold Blogger.” Not going to lie, I feel super special. Thanks guys! Along with the tomatoes they also sent me six crockpot recipes for me to share with my blog readers. And I thought, why not? Crockpot recipes for everyone! In addition, they wanted me to let you guys know that starting today they will be hosting a crockpot giveaway on their Facebook page. Their “Red …

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Motivational Monday (on a Tuesday…)

Motivation Graph

Hello! Yes, I know. It’s been well over a month since I’ve posted. Don’t worry, nothing bad happened. I wasn’t even particularly busy. I could have found the time to blog….if I had felt like blogging. The thing is I didn’t feel like blogging. I tried to force it for a while, but once I realized that I was posting just to post (even if the quality wasn’t that great), I stopped. The good news is during this time I did a lot of thinking. Mostly about motivation. Motivation to blog, motivation to eat healthy (and gluten/dairy free), motivation to workout, etc. Let me know if this sounds familiar: 1. …

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Found a Cool Paleo Facebook Page

Daily Facebook

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Jake and I headed to Michigan to visit his family and celebrate the marriage of two close friends. Fun times were had. But today I’m posting because I wanted to share with you guys a Facebook page that I recently discovered. Daily Paleo Freebies posts a link to a free Paleo ebook every single day. This was the post on Saturday. As you can see they always include a direct link to the Amazon page to download the ebook with a link to buy a Kindle just in case you don’t already own one. This Facebook idea is awesome. Sure, not all of the …

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