yummy potato soup

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

I didn’t use to like soup. Not any kind. It was something about the texture. But now, there’s nothing better than soup on a cold Colorado day! Not sure what changed but I do like thicker soups better.

There’s a lot to like about soup. It is easy to make and sticks with the slow cooker theme I have been going with lately!This is a sweet potato soup. We know how great sweet potatoes are for you! Here’s what you need to pick up:

  • 3 lbs roughly chopped sweet potatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

One of the things I like the most about a slow cooker is that there is little to nothing that has to be done while the food is cooking. You just add all the ingredients and let it be. And the cleaning is almost non-existent. What do you have? A non-stick ceramic pot and a chopper? That’s nothing compared to the mountain of pots and pans that other recipes require.

But back to the recipe! You mix all the chopped vegetables in the ceramic pot, except for the coconut milk. Season everything according to your preferences and set the slow cooker on low for 6 hours, or on high for just 4 hours. You can put it overnight if … Read the rest

crock pot pulled pork

Super Simple Pulled Pork Salad

Often runners fall for common misconceptions, or more often, over simplifications about nutritional approaches. Avoiding pork is one of those issues. You’ve probably heard that pork increases your cholesterol, makes you fat, and you should generally stay away from it. That is not entirely accurate. I will not deny the fact that pork contains a lot of fat, more than any other kind of meat, but that doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate it into your diet in a healthy manner.

Adopting a Paleo diet taught me that you could eat almost anything. The secret lies in the cooking. As long as you know how to cook a certain something correctly, then you should be okay. That is why I wanted to show you that you can eat pork, as long as you know how.

I picked this one up from one of my house cleaning clients during my summer job. The client came home while we were cleaning whipped this one up. It smelled amazing and was right up my alley. From her home to your! The client wasn’t following a Paleo diet but that recipe still qualifies. It’s called pulled pork salad, and it tastes heavenly. You will feel satiated without eating too much and getting bloated. At the same time, your energy levels will go up, and you will have more stamina than ever. Running will come easy after you fueled up on this meal. I do advise … Read the rest

crock pot makes for easy clean up

Slow Cooker Chicken

When I started running, I knew that I had to change my diet as well. I was busy with school for my job, school for myself and extra side cleaning jobs so the last thing I had time for was cooking! That’s why I love crock pot recipes. Through in during your morning routine and when you get home you have a full meal ready to do. One of my favorites is called Queso Chicken Chili, but in fact, there is no cheese involved. Also, you need to have a slow cooker to make it.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 minced bell peppers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsb ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

The advantage of a slow cooker is that there aren’t many steps to follow. Even if there is a longer list of ingrediants. This recipe is no exception. First, you mix the chicken breast with garlic, salsa, water, cumin, chili powder, and onion, and

First, you mix the chicken breast with garlic, salsa, water, cumin, chili powder, and onion, and then you season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper according to your taste. Put everything in the ceramic pot and set the slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. If … Read the rest

easy clean up skirt steak

Skirt Steaks With Fresh Mango Salsa

I don’t talk about it much but I used to be overweight. That’s part of what got me into running in the first place. I was looking for a way to drop weight and stay healthy. And while I won’t every say that running is a not a key part of that, nutrition is actually the bigger factor.  Without proper nutrition, you won’t be able to reach your goals whether that means running or dropping fat. That’s why, for the next few posts, I’d like to share some of my best Paleo recipes. I love this recipe because skirt steaks are cheap and easy to find at most grocery stores. The other great thing about this recipe is that the clean up is super easy.

Here’s what you need for the steak:

  • 2,5 pounds skirt steaks
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • lime zest from one lime
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

And for the salsa:

  • 3 diced mangoes
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, also
  • diced jalapeno pepper
  • seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

A lot of this you may already have on hand but if you don’t, I recommend buying a bunch at once and making some bigger batches.

Here’s how to make it:
1. First, you have to preheat the grill to high. One of the mistakes you can make is to place the … Read the rest

Simple Paleo Smoothie!

Hello everyone! As you know, between running and coaching, teaching and cleaning houses I am pretty busy! I try to do as much meal prep as possible in order to save time but I also love to make simple meals. What could be more simple than a smoothie?

And while a lot of Paleo folks overlook the smoothie option there isn’t anything not Paleo about a smoothie. After all, it’s more about the foods than the preparation. I have a believe an ambitious Paleo person was ingenious enough to make a smoothie!

Smoothies are great because it allows you to have a high concentration of all the good stuff quickly. You can also incorporate ingredients that you might not otherwise eat (raw eggs for example!) and cover up any undesirable taste with antioxidants!

First we need a base. I usually like to use either water or coconut milk. If I’m trying to drop weight or not training as hard as usual I will go with water. If I want to make sure I’m fully fueled I go with coconut milk.

  1. Start with 2 cups of coconut milk or water.
  2. Throw in a good helping of whatever fruits you like. You want something with a strong taste! I like to use lemon as one my fruits for this reason.
  3. Three raw eggs. As long as your source of eggs is not a factory farm raw eggs shouldn’t be a problem.
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