Lunch

Sunday 140921

For time:
10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 2 Handstand push ups (parallette)
2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 Squat clean, 185# (125#)

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Delicious Sweet Potato Chili

The crock pot has to be one of the top gadgets that mankind has come up with (right up there with the automobile and the internet, if you ask me). It takes minimal effort to prepare and cook delicious and healthy meals. Like this Sweet Potato Chili from Born Fitness – quick to prepare, simple and delicious. All you really need is a bit of foresight to get things rocking. 

Check out the original recipe by clicking here.

NOTE: I modified the recipe slightly for convenience and personal preference. Check it out:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 2 diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 or 2 packets of chili seasoning
  • Optional: avocado

DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop up all the vegetables. (Boring but necessary)
  2. Place everything in a slow cooker.
  3. Add in two 14.5 ounce cans of water (use the can from the beans). Use less water if you like a thicker chili.
  4. Cook on high for 6 hours.
  5. Go be productive and look forward to a bowl of delicious chili when you get home.
  6. If you want, slice up some avocado and place on top.
  7. Eat and be satisfied.

Pro-tip: If you eliminate the beans and tomato sauce, this is a Paleo meal!

Wednesday 140716

“Isabel”
30 Snatches, 135#/95#

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Chicken Enchilada Bake

Chicken Enchilada Bake

Recipe from Juli Bauer at PaleOMG.com (click here for the original)

Zoned by our very own Robyn Kunick-Bosch

Ingredients

  • coconut or olive oil spray, for greasing baking dish
  • 1 pound cooked, shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken) (16PRO)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can El Pato enchilada sauce (3CHO)
  • 490g (~¾ cup) of 505 jarred or any canned diced green chiles (2.5CHO)
  • 357.5g (~2-3) orange bell peppers, seeded and diced (or any color you like)(2.5CHO)
  • 97g (~⅔cup) red onion, diced (1CHO)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • cilantro, to garnish
  • goat cheese, to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, add shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, green chiles, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, oregano, and salt and pepper. (feel free to be generous with the salt) and mix well.
  3. Then add eggs and mix well to incorporate.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check at 1 hour to see if eggs have completely cooked through and cook extra 15 minutes, if needed.
  6. Let rest for 5 minutes then garnish with goat cheese (optional) and cilantro.

Total Zone Blocks 18 PRO, 9 CHO

Weigh out entire dish when done cooking minus the weight of the dish and divide by 18 to tell you how much 1 PRO/0.5CHO weighs.

Throw a little sliced avocado or guacamole on top to balance out the fats.

 

Wednesday 140514

“Michael”

Three rounds for time:

Run 800m
50 Hip extensions
50 Sit-ups

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 Wednesday 140514

Welcome baby Jacob Matthew!  Whole family is doing great.

There is some good news for you PM WOD fanatics.  Starting May 20th, we will be adding a 5:30pm and 6:30pm WODs to the schedule.  This will be a trial run only on Tuesday PMs as we start.  All classes will still be 60 mins in length, with the same great coaching and attention you are used to at Verve.  The classes at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, and 6:30pm will be capped at smaller sizes, however this will add 2 additional WOD times during our high capacity evening times so everyone can get their WOD on.   Sign up on MBO as always.

Well the Lean & Mean Nutrition Challenge is in full swing, don’t lose your steam!  Summertime is just around the corner and that means Water World!!!   Along those lines, Robyn found a recipe from Paleo OMG and was kind enough to “Zoneify” it for all of us.  Thanks Robyn!

Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
    (or chicken thighs if you prefer)

  • 2 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
    (get BIG ones – or 3 smaller)

  • 18 artichoke heart quarters (I used jarred marinated artichokes that were in olive oil for more flavor- rinsed before chopping)

  • 5 + ⅓ teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil

  • 4-5 tablespoons vegetable broth

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ cup fresh parsley

  • ½ cup fresh basil

  • juice of 2 lemons

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • ~5 cups of spinach (I used the small container from sprouts)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 405 degrees (not 450, stop questioning me)

  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until squash gives when you poke the outside of it.

  3. Use a spoon to remove the excess seeds then a fork to thread the strings from the squash. To make spaghetti, duh.

  4. But while the squash is baking, make the pesto and chicken.

  5. Place a large pan over medium-high heat, add a splash of fat and 1 minced garlic clove. As soon as the garlic becomes fragrant, add the halved artichokes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let cook until slightly browned and tender on all sides.

  6. Once artichokes are browned, add them to a food processor along with the walnuts, olive oil, vegetable broth, and second garlic clove. Puree until smooth.

  7. Then add the parsley, basil, lemon, and salt and pepper. Puree once more until smooth. Taste and add more lemon and salt and pepper to your preference.

  8. Once pesto is done pureeing, add the chicken to the same pan that you sautéed the artichokes in.

  9. Cook chicken over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.

  10. Once chicken is cooked through, add in about ¼ of a cup of the pesto to the chicken along with the spinach, in the pan and mix well to coat. Cover and let cook for 2-4 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

  11. Then add the threads of spaghetti squash to the pan (or a large mixing bowl if you need more room). Mix spaghetti squash, pesto, and chicken all together.

  12. Serve with some fresh basil on top.

Zone Servings: ¾ cup = 1P, 0.75C, 1F
2 ¼ cups = 3P. 2.25C, 3F 

 Wednesday 140514

Kale spring salad

This recipe brings the heartiness of kale together with the tanginess of Dijon mustard and flavorful veggies.  This will be a great salad for lunch or dinner for the upcoming spring.

Ingredients:
4 cups of baby kale  2C
2.5 cups of sliced cucumber  1C
1 ¼ cup of chopped bell pepper  1C
150grams of sliced radish  Freebie
4 Tbs of red wine vinegar  Freebie
2 Tbs of Dijon mustard  Freebie
1 Tbs of olive oil  12F
12 oz of rotisserie chicken  12P

Preparation:

Shred the rotisserie chicken and set aside the rest of the meat for meals later in the week.  In a large bowl combine all of the vegies and chicken.  In a small bowl mix together the vinegar, mustard and olive oil until all have emulsified into a dressing. Pour dressing over the veggies and chicken and shake until all of the mixture is coated in the dressing.  3cups = 3P, 1C, 3F.  Top off your Carbs with a tasty blood orange on the side.

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No Potato! Potato Salad!

 

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3 block lunch on the go, delish!

Ingredients:
2 heads cauliflower
3 cups diced celery
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
1 20oz jar dill pickles (NO sugar)
13 eggs
black pepper, paprika, 2 tbsp fresh dill (or dried)
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
yellow mustard

Preparation:
Start by boiling your eggs. Place 11 eggs in a pot with cool water so that they are all submerged. Bring water to boil without lid. When it comes to a boil remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 12-15 minutes and then place eggs in cold water. Then, rinse cauliflower and cut off ends. Steam florets for 10-15 minutes until soft but not too soft! Place steamed cauliflower in large bowl and allow to cool (I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes). While it’s cooling dice your celery, onion, and pickles. Peel eggs and chop them as well. When cauliflower has cooled chop into small pieces. In a LARGE bowl, mix all chopped ingredients together. Now it’s time to make your mayo!

Mayo:
In a blender, add:

2 raw eggs
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard
pinch of sea salt
dash of paprika

Start the blender on a low setting and leave on. Measure ½ cup of olive oil. SLOWLY add in tiny amounts of the oil. For example, pour in a tiny amount every minute. This will help the mayo to become fluffy. Although because there is less oil in this recipe than others it will still be pretty runny. When it’s done, stir it into the cauliflower mixture. Add dill, pepper, more paprika, and any other spices you might desire (I added cayenne). And voila!! No potato, potato salad.
ZONE EXCHANGE:
1 cup salad= 1P 0.5C 2F

Meal idea (3 block): Use 2 cups salad (2p 1c 4f). Add 1 oz diced rotisserie chicken(1p), 1 cup cherry tomatoes(0.5C), and serve on a bed of greens (freebie!). Add 1 block fruit of choice. Note: Don’t worry about the 1 extra block of fat!

Chicken Veggie Salad with Avocado Herb Dressing

This recipe was adapted from www.multiplydelicious.com, adapted to zone quantities by Robyn!  Cold or hot, it’s yummy and already zoned–YES!

Chicken Veggie Salad Ingredients:
1 pound chicken shredded (easiest way is to crockpot some chicken breasts/tenders)
7 slices bacon (save 1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp bacon fat for dressing)

2 bags broccoli slaw
1.5 cups yellow onion, diced
4 cups zucchini, diced
1.5 cups cherry tomato – halved
2 bell peppers (red, orange, or yellow are the best)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Herb Dressing Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons of avocado
⅓ cup fresh parsley
⅓ cup fresh basil
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp bacon fat
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
Juice of 1 Lemon
Juice of 1 Lime
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon sea salt – optional

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Chicken & Veggies

Instructions:
1. Cook bacon- either fry or broil then cut up, and save some of the grease
2. In large pot over medium heat saute broccoli slaw, onion, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes for about 10 min. You will be able to tell when the veggies are cooked enough to your liking. Add garlic, herbs and seasonings, let sit while you make the dressing.
3. Add chopped bacon and chicken to mix, stir well.
4. For dressing; add all ingredients to a small food processor and blend away.
5. Add dressing to chicken veggie mix and stir really well

This makes quite a large batch, so yummy you will be able to enjoy it all week!
⅔ cup = 1P, 0.5 CHO, 1F
2 cups = 3P, 1.5 CHO, 3F

Kids Love Cabbage Slaw

Thanks to Robyn, this “Kids Love Cabbage Slaw” recipe is from the Everyday Paleo Cookbook, altered some to fit zone quantities.  I know it says kids, but who doesn’t love a good slaw?!  This is a great veggie side dish to make and throw in some easy protein for a wonderfully delicious, zone meal.

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Kids (and their small hands) love cabbage slaw.

Ingredients:

4 cups purple cabbage, diced
2 cucumbers, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
3/4 cup sweet onion, diced
1 cup green mango, finely diced
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Black pepper to taste

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a medium salad bowl, mix well and serve.  Or stick in the fridge to enjoy all week.  1 cup = 1C, 1F.  Combine some easy grilled chicken for your P, for example 3oz chicken, along with 3 cups slaw = 3P, 3C, 3F.  Perfect, precise, and hormonally happy for your body! 

 

Easy chicken mix up

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Yummy, Easy, Paleo, Zone!

Four reasons why I love the Zone! 

4oz of grilled chicken (4P)
2 handfuls of chopped romaine (negligible C)  
1 Orange pepper, chopped (.5C)
1/2 Cup of tomato, diced (1C)
1/2 Cup baby carrots, chopped (.5C)
2 TBSP dried cranberries (1.35C)
1.3 tspn Olive oil (4F)
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (.6C)  

Exchange is 4P, 4C, 4F, this is why the zone is so easy, you get so much yummy food! Enjoy!

Have some amazing food today on the grill and celebrate our independence. We are so grateful to all of those who have dedicated their lives to continuing to protect our independence.  Our love and our gratitude, sincerely!  

Caveman Cafeteria Hunter/Gatherer Menu

Caveman Cafeteria Food Truck
by Mieszka

Their menu is broken into 3 sections: Hunter, Gatherer, and Cheat Day. (By the way, if Saturday is your cheat day, try some of their bacon chocolate chip cookies. I am mildly addicted.) I only dissected their Hunter/Gatherer menus, and Chef Dave was kind enough to let me interrogate him about his menu so I wouldn’t have to dissect and weigh everything at home. He is a very cool and laid back guy, so feel free to request modifications on fats and oils!  

Hunter Menu:

Bistro Steak: Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef, Organic Mushrooms and Marrow Sauce
(5P, ¼ C, 18F)

  • 5 oz of beef
  • 4 oz of mushrooms
  • 2 T Organic butter (As prepared, but you can substitute EVOO on request. This is still 18 blocks of Fat. Ask them to use less fat, they are more than happy to cut it down)
  • Marrow sauce- No flour or sugar in their sauce!

If you want to increase the carb blocks, order a side of kale or veggies!

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Shortribs and kale

Short Ribs: Grass-Fed Beef Short Ribs, Organic Kale Sautéed in Coconut Oil  
(5P, ½ C, 9F)
• 5-6oz cooked meat
• 1 cup kale
• 1 T coconut oil (again, you can ask them to reduce the fat for better block portions)

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Wagyu Beef Sliders

Sliders: Three Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef Sliders served on a bed of Coconut Kale with Organic Seasonal Mushrooms and Demi-Glaze.
(6P, 1/4C, 5F)
• 3 x 2oz sliders
• 1/2 cup cooked Kale
• 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
• 1/2 oz sauteed mushroom

Mushrooms N’ Bacon: Organic Mushrooms, Berkshire Bacon, and fresh herbs with Demi-Glaze
(1P, 1/4C) (Ask them to mix it with a side of kale for an awesome meal: (1P, 3/4C, 9F)
• 3 slices bacon chopped
• 4oz mushroom

Sausage and Peppers (no bun)
(4P, 1/4C)
•4 oz Ground pork sausage
•4 oz Peppers and onions
•4 oz Marinara (no sugar added!)

Zucchini salad
(1/2C, 9F)
•1 cup zucchini
•1 T EVOO
•1tsp Capers
•1tsp lemon juice

 Side of Bacon (or add to any dish)
(1P)
• 3 slices chopped bacon
Gatherer Menu:

Roasted Veggies: Organic, Seasonal, Colorado Vegetables
(approx. 1/2 C)
• 1 cup veggies

Coconut Kale: Organic Kale
(1/2 C, 9F)
• 1 cup cooked Kale
• 1 T coconut oil

 

Vegetables with Bacon and Grilled Chicken

We love it when you share some of your favorite go-to paleo/zone recipes or your own fabulous creations with us, because then we can share it with everyone!  Keeping a commitment to your health and nutrition mean discipline, but it doesn’t always have to mean the same ol’ food day in and day out.  Sure, we are creatures of habit, but we always love a new nom nom meal to munch on and ignite the taste buds!

Have you blocked out an awesome paleo meal that you are proud to show the world?  Send it to us at info@crossfitverve.com with a picture, so we can try it out and share it with the rest of the community.  Thanks to Robyn for this week’s yummy goodness below!

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Vegetable and Bacon Chicken

Vegetables with Bacon and Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 7 strips bacon
  • 18 oz grilled chicken (I used tenders and just grilled them seasoned with Peruvian Chili Lime from Savory Spice Shop)
  • 1 TBSP + 1/3 tsp bacon grease, or any oil
  • 2/3 cup onion – diced
  • 27 oz. Brussels sprouts – halved or quartered depending on size
  • 24 spears of asparagus – cut into thirds or fourths
  • 3 cups chopped or sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Fire up the grill and get the chicken cooking.
  • Cut up bacon into ½ to 1 inch size pieces and fried it up in a pan on medium high, save the grease if you want to use it for your fats
  • When the bacon is crispy, scoop out and put on paper towel lined plate, and don’t forget to save the fat. Set bacon aside
  • Using the bacon fat or oil of your choice in a larger pot add oil, onion, and mushrooms; add a little salt and pepper if you like; sauté for about 2 min on medium
  • Mean while check the chicken – when fully cooked pull of grill and allow to cool a little before dicing it up.
  • Add Brussels sprouts; sauté for about 5 min on medium
  • Add asparagus and broth, bring to a bubble (I increased temp to med-high to get bubble rolling quickly), cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Drain extra broth from pot, add bacon and diced chicken, throw in a little more Peruvian Chili Lime Seasoning, let flavors meld for about 5 min and ENJOY!

Recipe make 12 cups with 20P, 10C, 10F
Serving size: 2/3 cup = 1P, 0.5C, 0.5F

Enjoy with a side of fruit or more veggies.  Add some sliced or chopped nuts on top to balance out the blocks.