What I Ate Wednesday

The title of this post is a little misleading. I didn't eat all this today, or any other Wednesday, but I have had all these food items in the last week.  Along with my food review, here's a little peak into what's been happening in my world recently;
1.  I have realized I am not 23 anymore and cannot recover from exercise or drinking the way I used to.  Tracy, I love you, but that pub crawl on Saturday just killed me (or it could have been the grilled cheese I ate, gasp!).
2.  Along the lines of #1, I had the unfortunate experience of doing Open workout 13.3 twice in one week!  I don't talk about Crossfit much here but this week I feel like I must, it really brought back my competitiveness.  On Tuesday we did what was 12.4 as our daily workout.  And then bam! it was announced it was also 13.3.  Sad face.  My legs barely recovered by Saturday to give it another go.  The second go around was not as good and I threw down my jump rope in disgust at the end of the 12 minutes.
3.  Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Thanks Jillian Michaels.  My friend Suzanne, who I'm pretty sure will read this, texted this to me yesterday after she lovingly called me "Suzie Sandbagger" for not quite doing as much weight in a workout as I could  have.  It was funny because it was the second time this week I had heard this saying.  Another friend who is starting her Crossfit journey in April, said the same thing when she told me she was sick of her current exercise routine and wanted something new.  I have decided this is my new approach to my workouts, go faster, do more, don't worry about what the pain might be like.  I realize that's what I should have been doing all along, but I was not comfortable being uncomfortable.
4.  PaleoFx is this weekend, and as awesome as it would be to go, that's not in the cards.  So I am having a mini meeting of the paleo minds, I am travelling to Park City, UT to visit my friend/paleoite/crossfit extraordinaire, Shannon.  Both our husbands are away, so I couldn't think of a better time to visit!  If you haven't checked out her site, you totally should, Primal Peak.

On to the food!

Mustard Greens Salad
1 bunch Mustard greens (or Kale), chopped
1/2 White onion, sliced thin
Juice of 1 Blood orange
2 Tbls Rice wine vinegar
2-4 Tbls olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1/3 cup Dried cranberries
2 handfuls Pine nuts, toasted

In the bottom of a large bowl, combine blood orange juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Whisk to combine.  Add onions to dressing and allow to marinate for a few minutes (this takes away the raw onion bite).  Add mustard greens, cranberries and pine nuts, toss to coat.  Eat!

Maple Chipotle Burgers
1 lb Grass-fed ground beef
1 Chipotle pepper
1 Tbls Adobo sauce
2 Tbls Maple syrup
2 Tbls Dijon mustard
Spash of chicken stock
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Cumin
Salt & Pepper

In a blender, combine all ingredients EXCEPT for beef.  Blend until smooth.  Add a little more chicken stock if you need more liquid.  Add mixture to ground beef and mix with your hands.  Form into patties (4).  Preheat grill pan over medium high heat.  Grill burgers for 3-4 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
Top with cheese if that's your thing.  Enjoy!

Sesame Chicken with Maple Mustard
1 1/2 lbs Chicken tenders
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Sesame seeds, ground
1 Tbls Italian seasoning
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbls Maple syrup
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 450.  Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet for baking.  This allows air to flow all around the tenders and make both sides crunchy at the same time.
In a small bowl whisk eggs, season with salt and pepper.  In another small bowl, combine sesame seeds and italian seasoning.  Coat chicken tenders with egg mixture and then with sesame seed mixture.  Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
While chicken cooks, in yet another small bowl, combine mustard and maple syrup, season with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken in mustard or drizzle over chicken on top of mixed greens!

Something I Didn't Make
Hail Merry Chocolate Almond Miracle Tart
Check this company out and search for it on your next trip to Whole Foods.  I found this in the refrigerated section next to the hot bar in my local store.  I have had their macaroons before, but I wasn't a fan.  This tart though? A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Oh, you want to see what I eat when I'm really hungry and just need to get food into my stomach?  Boring!