Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pork Salad a la gourd

The candyman caveman makes everything he bakes satisfying and delicious.
Talk about your childhood wishes --
You can even eat the dishes!

Pork Salad a la gourd
Okay, you probably won't eat the shell of the spaghetti squash.  But I thought it was pretty fun and clever to eat my lunch this way!  Bachelor's should like it too -- only a fork to wash. ;)

There was a bit of leftover spaghetti squash in the fridge, so I fluffed up the remaining strands and piled spinach and pork on top and warmed it up.  After a topping of guacamole and a lime wedge, it was ready to devour.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Green Ice Cream

Well, folks, here we are at the end of the 60 Day Challenge.  My grand plans to post often during the challenge got a bit swallowed up in being engaged.  *sheepish shrug*

Instead of making actual recipes, I've been very fond of shredding whatever veggies I have on hand and stir-frying them with spicy sausage or shrimp or chicken or pork.  I throw on whatever spices sound good to me (I usually sniff them before I sprinkle them, to make sure they're what I'm in the mood for).

A little over a month ago, Superman built me my own Poor Man's Crossfit gym.  I now have a pull up bar, rings, three stacking boxes for jumps, a 40 lb. sandbag, and paralettes.  I've done several workouts at home with my new equipment.  It's great!  I pull the car out of the garage, do my WOD, put the car back, and get on with my day.  True, I don't have a bar and weights for heavy lifting, but we're working on a solution for that.  In the meantime, I still have the rec center -- I just don't go as often.  All three of my WODs so far this week have been in my garage gym:

20 min AMRAP
5 pull ups
10  push ups
15 squats

I got 12 rounds.  Those push ups kill me.

Tabata Double Unders.  Let's just say tabata + jumprope + sneakers + Ms. Julie = frustration.  I got 22 on my first round, and not even close to half that on every subsequent round.  I kept stepping/tripping on the silly rope.  *shaking fist*

5 rounds
6 Handstand push-ups
12 pull-ups
24 sandbag lunges

16 minutes.  And my legs were very shaky afterward.

And this morning's wod:

15-1, 14-2, 13-3...1-15
box jumps 12"
DB swings 30#

Yes, I know that's a small box and a light weight for DB swings.  Holding the 20# dumb bells criss-crossed for swings smashes my fingers, and I had to play the piano today, so I was protecting myself.  And the smaller box?  Well, we all know why I'd be skittish about box jumps.  So I determined to push for speed.  I was hoping I'd get sub 10 mins.  I finished in 13:30.  Not bad, but I could have worked harder.  It's hard when you're working out alone.

And now, for a very healthy dessert.  Yes, healthy.  I'm not kidding.

I tested this out as a smoothie a couple weeks ago, and decided it would work well as an ice cream.  I wish I had a better name for it, but it's just not coming to me.

Green Ice Cream
1 can coconut milk
3 bananas
2 eggs
3 cups fresh spinach
1 can pineapple
juice of one lime

Puree everything in a large blender until smooth and no flecks of spinach remain.  Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions. 

I need to make this again because one, it's delicious, and two, I need a more appetizing photo.  With perhaps a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.  But look at this!  You've got your protein, your fruit, your veggies and your vitamin C!  Bingo!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Coconut Daiquiri Cheesecake

As you can imagine, I've been a bit distracted this week since my birthday.  I keep meaning to get back to the blog, but then I find myself looking at wedding rings and thinking about guest lists and organizing the house for the move... there's a lot to do in the next few months.

With only one week left in our 60-Day Challenge, I'm realizing how sustainable this nutrition plan is as a lifestyle.  I hardly even think about it anymore.  I enjoy (usually) the challenge of finding something healthy to eat within the Paleo framework, even incorporating comfort food flavors and textures (another tasty chocolate recipe is on its way). 

As promised, here is the recipe for my birthday cheesecake.  Four out of five taste-testers agreed it should be named Coconut Daiquiri Cheesecake.  I don't remember what the fifth tester suggested.  It doesn't matter; it's my recipe, and my birthday dessert, and I get to decide what to call it!  (I'm trying on a bit of Bridezilla for size...I don't think it's working for me. :)  )

Coconut Daiquiri Cheesecake
Step one:
Chocolate Almond Crust
2 cups almonds, toasted (pop them in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes, let cool)
1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted (stir in a hot dry frying pan until nicely golden)
1 square unsweetened chocolate
8 pitted dates

Whir ingredients in a food processor until they are the consistency of a crumb crust.  Press into the bottom of a springform pan.

Step two:
Cashew Cream Filling
3 cups of Cashews (soaked for 1 hour)
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup lime juice (fresh)
3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Pour into nut crust.  Place in freezer during following step.

Step three:
Coconut Daiquiri Topping
1 can coconut milk (refrigerated for thickness)
the juice from 1 - 2 limes
1/4 c. honey

Whisk ingredients together, carefully pour and spread over the cashew filling.  Return pan to freezer, cover with a plate.  Freeze at least three hours.  Pull pan from freezer about 15 minutes or so before serving, so it won't be too firm to slice.