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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Find something that works and then stick with it!

I would suspect people reading this blog might conclude 2 things:
  1. This guy has an obsession with food.
  2. He cooks the same things in the same ways over and over.
To which I would respond:
  1. Obsession is a strong word.  Let's just say that I recognize how  important what I eat is to my overall health and I love great tasting food and I spend a lot of time bringing Healthy Food and Great Taste together.
  2. Kinda.... but not exactly.  Here's the thing.  One of the biggest issues from people I have heard over the last few years regarding their problem with healthy eating is that....
They don't have TIME!

Well - my cooking methods takes care of that..... 
  • 5 minutes to heat a cast iron skillet - while the skillet is heating, you prep the veggies, the protein and the "base" (salad or other raw veggies or other prep'd food that serves as a foundation for the meal).
  • 3 - 5 minutes to cook the veggies
  • 3 - 5 minutes to cook the protein and meld the favors
  • 3 - 5 minutes to assemble the base, veggies, protein and any garnishes or toppings.
So..... a 20 minute meal.  

If you don't have 20 minutes to prepare a healthy meal, then you need to re-prioritize your schedule.

So, let's apply the above info to the following  meal with a little variation:
  • Prep'd veggies:  Eggplant, Jalapeno Pepper, Green and Red Bell Pepper, Sweet Onion, Yellow Squash
  • The last of a 96% lean ground beef - veggie mix that I prep'd several days ago.

"Hard" veggies in for 3 - 5.

"Soft" veggies and meat in for 3 - 5.

While the meat and veggies are getting cozy, reduce heat and prep a 3-egg, soy sauce, balsamic, Sriracha mix with a sprinkle of S and P and a splash of half and half.

Add to the meat and veggie mix....

Stir in well....

Cut off the heat and cover for 5 minutes.

Garnish with kalamata olives, fresh tomato and side with a Cabernet.

20 minutes with enough left over for the next meal.

See how easy and fast that is!

And the best part is that it tastes great and is packed with protein and good carbs!

Want a fast 2-minute pre-workout or "gotta go now" meal.

Buy one of the $6.99 roasted chickens from your local grocery.

Grab 3 oz of chicken breast, salt and pepper and heat for 30 seconds, add a diced tomato, 1/2 an already baked sweet potato and an avocado.

Mix, Eat and then Go Kick the Shit out of the Day!

In Santa Fe, it's easy to want to be outside all the time!

Heard Zach Wylde on "That Metal Show" on VH1 and have been listening to Black Label Society ever since.

Batch of 99% lean ground turkey breast prep'd with a wet mix of egg, soy sauce, balsamic, sriracha and mustard, seasoned with S and P and Garam Masala, Hot Madras Curry Powder, Turmeric, Cumin and Allspice.

Another batch of bright and beautiful veggies.

Same skillet technique as above.

This time with a king size bed of Arugula with some tomato and carrot sticks with a drizzle of EVOO, balsamic, S and P.

And a helping of turkey and veggies on top.

This is my approach to Paleo cooking and eating.

It works for me.

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