Back at it

I’m sick – or at least I’ve been sick….for a WEEK. I’m finally getting over it – but I didn’t work out for a full 8 days.  My workouts are typically CrossFit and I also practice yoga. Sometimes my husband and I go on hikes, and I occasionally go on a short jog or do a 5k for fun or charity.

I wouldn’t classify myself as an overly active person – but I have found that if I don’t work out at least 3-4 days a week I’m much more cranky and irritable…and the past week I’ve been absolutely on-edge. I think the combination of not feeling 100% and not moving at all have gotten me to a super high-strung place.

I finally went back to CrossFit last night. Although I usually hit the box in the morning, I think I am still in need of a full night of sleep rather than an early workout – so I decided to hit up an evening class.

The WOD was a fun one – 5 rounds of descending time – each round was an AMRAP – meaning the goal is to do as many reps as possible in the time allotted :

5 minutes of wallballs (2 mins of rest)

4 minutes of box-jumps (2 mins of rest)

3 minutes of muscle ups/CTB pull-ups for a scaled option (2 mins of rest)

2 minutes of HSPU/pushups for a scale (2 mins of rest)

1 minute of burpees

Score was total reps – I got 176 – which was easily the lowest score in the box

I was a little disappointed that it was so low, but I quickly got over it. I was not working at 100% or as hard as I could have since I’m still getting over my cold. So I decided to just be happy that I showed up and got in a workout….

And my mood? MUCH better. And I slept amazingly last night.

Back at it, and on the road to recovery.

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Food and Music Pairing

My husband and I got into a bit of a debate on Saturday while I was cooking. He was washing dishes and put some music on. Only problem was that he put on RJD2 – which I like – but is a little techno-y.

I immediately cried – “EW!!” when he turned on the iPod…Not because I don’t like that artist – but because I was making an apple crisp. You see, just like food and wine pairings – I believe that there are food and music pairings. And, if I am cooking, I like the music to compliment the food that I’m preparing.

If I were making chili, or enchiladas, or mole – I’d want to listen to Calexico or Rodrigo y Gabriella. If I make jambalaya or gumbo I want zydeco.

I explained this to Rafe, and he acquiesced. For my an apple crisp – a homey, american, seasonal dish –  he put on some folky/bluegrass – Jerry Douglas.

What is your favorite music/food pairing?

Paleo Jambalaya

Wondering what I made with the chopped veggies from this post?

Well, the vegetables formed the base for a favorite of mine – jambalaya! Now, this was definitely not the first time that I’ve made a jambalaya. My mother-in-law actually grew up in New Orleans so I’ve been blessed with many a traditional New Orleans meal…and access to some tried-and-true family recipes.

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This recipe however, is a bit of a twist on the original – because its Paleo! The rice has been replaced by grated cauliflower. I realize that this may sound weird if you’ve never tried cauliflower ‘rice’ – and I’ll be honest that I don’t love this faux ‘rice’ in every recipe I’ve attempted, but because of all the flavors and spices in this recipe (and the spice of the andouille) – I think its a really good fake-out of the original.

 

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I got the recipe from PaleOMG and the only changes I made were to use shrimp instead of chicken, and to add Old Bay seasoning -its in my MIL’s recipe and I think the flavor just works well with the seafood.

Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I wouldn’t classify myself as paleo – I recently participated in a paleo challenge in my crossfit box the past two months and as a result found some new recipes that I really love. Even if you aren’t paleo – this recipe is a great option for jambalaya on a weeknight because the cauliflower takes a LOT less time to cook than rice.