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Oh the crock pot. You are like a little round chef that makes my evenings so delightful. There is nothing like coming home to a house full of delicious smells and you didn’t have to cook a thing! Tonight, in an effort to brighten up the most dreadful Seattle March, I am embracing the Caribbean caveman inside.

What’s for Dinner:

Caribbean Caveman Jerked Pork Loin and Pineapple Salsa

Serves 4, 8 Hours on Low











What you need:

Jerk Seasoning (3 Tbls or make your own)

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2  teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbls Coconut Oil

2-3 lb Pork Loin

1/2 cup Water

Pineapple Salsa:

1/2 Fresh Pineapple (cut into bite sized cubes)

1 Green Pepper (chopped)

1/2 Onion (chopped)

2 Jalapanos (chopped, remove the seeds for less heat)

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Salt and Pepper

How it’s done:

Melt down your coconut oil and mix in the jerk seasoning. Slather your pork loin with the spices and oil, place in slow cooker on low.

Cut up pineapple and veg into bite size pieces. Squeeze lemon juice over and mix well. Lightly season with a dash of salt and pepper. Mix well and store in air tight container. Let the flavors mingle until the pork is done.

About 8 hours later, pull out pork and let rest for 5 minutes. Pull apart, plate and top with salsa. Enjoy!


Well I have successfully completed day one of the new job. I have to say, I am very excited about all of it. The only down side is the 40 minute commute after getting out at 6pm… To say I have been spoiled the last few months would be an understatement. Working seasonal jobs afford you months off at a time. Months filled with cooking and hulu. Now, returning to the work force to take on a “real job” means adjustments must be made. No more 5:30 dinner, no more 4pm crossfit, no more 9pm bed time…eek.

I do believe there is a solution though, the crockpot aka: slow cooker. The answer to my prayers ( kind of like the burning bush, only it’s a crockpot afire). Here’s to hoping mine never literally catches flame. My vision, dinner waiting for me when I walk in the door after hitting the gym post work. Before I get to ahead of myself, let’s review the past two days…

What was for dinner:

Lemon Pepper Salmon, Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potato

Serves 2, ~20 Minutes, Oven 400/Broil











What you need:

2 Wild Caught Salmon Filets (thawed and rised)

1 Tbls Lemon Pepper (more or less depending on your taste)

1/2 Head Broccoli (cut into large florets)

2 Tbls Ghee (melted)

Salt and Pepper

1-2 Sweet Potatoes (depending on size)

How it was done:

Start by getting your oven heated to 400F, prep your broccoli and melt your ghee. In a shallow roasting pan, toss the broccoli with the ghee and lightly season with salt and pepper. Pop that in the hot box for 15-20 minutes, or until just tender and nicely caramelized on the tips. While that is going, fold up a large piece of foil so it is double thick and make a little edge that stands up all the way around. (this is going to make clean up a cinch!) Lay out your thawed and rinsed salmon, pat it dry and sprinkle on the lemon pepper.

Set that to the side and prep your potatoes. Wash them up good, poke a few holes with a knife or fork, wrap in a paper towel and wrap that in a little plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes and leave them in until ready to plate. At the same time, turn your oven to broil and pop the salmon on the top rack. Broil for 6-8 minutes, but make sure to watch it closely. Once the white fat in the salmon starts to show, it is done. Don’t over cook it! Let the salmon rest a minute, plate your potato and broccoli. Enjoy!

Tonight was the final onramp session for me and the boyfriend. Finally we are able to join the rest of the crew sweating and lifting heaving things in the big boys/girls room. 🙂 Today was also the last day at my current job. Sort of a bittersweet end for new beginnings you could say. Onramp was awesome. The first time lifting with a real bar (vs the wooden stick). The boyfriend kicked the WOD in the butt with a 4:46 time, all but the last 9 unbroken. I chipped my way through with a 7:23 time, finishing my last 9 with air squats instead of burpees. I did however, get my fill of puppy kisses, as Stella found my chap-stick particularly enjoyable during warmup. Crossfit puppies make everything better 🙂

WOD: Onramp #3

Gen Warm up
Burgener x2
Air Squats
Back squats 45#
Front Squat 45#

WOD: 7:23
Burpee/air squat 9 😦

What’s For Dinner:

Salad, Sauerkraut and Sausage

Serves 4, ~40 Minutes















What you need:

The Salad:



Green Pepper


Black Olives

EVOO and Vinegar of choice

The Sauerkraut and Sausage:

1 Tbls Coconut oil

1 Onion (chopped)

5 Pork Sausage Links

1/2 bag Sauerkraut

1 cup Chicken Stock

1/4 c Vinegar

Salt and Pepper

1 tsp Caraway Seed

*Adding a diced apple is a great way to sweeten things up. I opted to forgo it this time, but man is it tasty! Just throw it in with the sausage to caramelize some of the natural sugars.

How to do it:

Melt your coconut oil in cast iron skillet or dutch oven over med heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Place sausage links in pan and allow to brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Pour in chicken stock a bit at a time and scrape up all the tasty brown bits from the bottom. Add your sauerkraut, vinegar and seasonings. Turn down to med/low and simmer until sausage reaches internal temp of 160F. You can leave them whole, or slice on a bias. Either way, enjoy!

Since the ground beef from last night’s dinner took a back seat to steak, in tonight’s dinner  it had to be the star. The weather being unseasonably cold today said one thing to me, spaghetti. I come from an Italian family and even spent some time living in Italy after college. So abandoning my noodle laden roots is a little like calling the Pope’s hat gaudy, you just don’t do it. (My grandmother will never understand…) Fret not, tasty substitutions can be made with the addition of squash. I generally stick to one squash when making a “pasta” dish, but I found my fridge a couple zucchini shy of a full meal. Luckily there is always a spaghetti squash kicking around my cupboard. Born out of necessity, I give you Spaghetti Squash take Deux.

What’s for Dinner:

Spaghetti Squash Deux

Serves 4, ~40 Minutes











What you need:

The Sauce:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 Onion (chopped)

4 cloves Garlic (minced)

2 cans Diced Tomatoes (no salt added)

2 Tbls Tomato Paste

1 cup Mushrooms (chopped)

1 cup Black Olives

2 Tbls EVOO

1 sprig Rosemary and Oregano (chopped)

1 dash Cinnamon

Salt and Pepper


The Squash:

2 small Zucchini

1 Spaghetti Squash

How it’s done:

First, get your spaghetti squash cleaned and in the oven. Follow the directions here for all the details. Next get your sauce started. Heat the EVOO over medium in a sauce pan, add onion and saute until translucent. Add your garlic and reduce heat. Once your garlic starts to brown, add both cans of tomatoes with juice and paste, cover and simmer over med/low for 10 minutes.

While you sauce is simmering, brown your beef in a cast iron skillet. Add mushrooms half way through and finish cooking until meat is brown. Remove your sauce from the stove and blend with immersion blender to add a little body. (Be careful! The sauce is hot and the blender can splatter, use a flexible cutting mat or lid to protect yourself.) Pour your sauce in with your meat, add olives, herbs, and seasoning and turn down to low.

Prep your noodles as explained here. Rinse the pot, fill with water and bring to a boil. Cook zucchini for 2 minutes, drain and rise if you aren’t plating right away. Pull out your spaghetti squash, pull with fork and plate. Add zucchini and sauce, enjoy!

Today I had pulled a brick of Organic Prairie Grass Fed Ground Beef out of the freezer, but spent the day at work thinking: “Man, I really want a steak.”  This week has been all about the birds. Turkey meatloaf, chicken soup, turkey sausage…where’s the beef?!? Though the ground beef stuffed pepper I had originally planned promised to be delicious, some nights just call for a steak.

After leaving work and cramming in a little bargain shopping  for new work clothes, (The trifecta! Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshals!) we got a large chunk of the grocery shopping complete. Oh yeah, Saturday night at the grocery store, we know how to have fun! 🙂 In the cart tonight: fresh pineapple, apples, and bananas, amongst the usual veg; Lara bars; a really lovely and huge pork loin that will be cut into 3; and a big ol’ package of beautiful ribeye steaks. So much for all that space I freed up in the freezer with the soup…

What’s for Dinner:

Ribeye Steak, Roasted Asparagus,and Sweet Potato

Serves 2, >20 Minutes











What you need:

2 Ribeye Steaks (I like to buy the thin cut)

Salt and Pepper

1/2 bunch Asparagus

3 cloves Garlic (minced)

Oil of choice

Salt and Pepper

1 Sweet Potato











How to do it:

If you haven’t invested in cast iron cook wear yet, just do it! You won’t be disappointed. Personally I own two main pieces, a large skillet and a smaller grill pan. If I were cooking for more than two, I would want a bigger grill pan, but that is not the case right now 🙂

Anyway, get your grill or grill pan nice and hot and heat your oven to 400F. Season your meat (always good to let it reach room temp before cooking, it makes it juicier in the long run) and set aside. Trim up the asparagus and toss with your oil and garlic, season with a little salt and pepper, lay it out in a dish or pan and get that in the oven.This is going to take the longest of the 3 dishes, about 15 minutes.

Next, wash up your sweet potato, poke a few holes and stick it in the microwave for about 6 minutes. I wrap mine in a paper towel and a little plastic wrap, I find it keeps the skin from turning to leather. Just leave it in the mirco after the time is up, it will keep it warm and finish cooking without adding additional heat.

Now depending on the thickness of your steak and how done you like it, (we eat ours on the rare side) you will want to toss it on the grill pan for about 2-3 minutes a side. My thin cut Ribeyes were cooked to our likings (120F)  in about 4 minutes. Pull them off and let them rest for a few minutes before cutting. Plate your asparagus and cut your potato in half. Enjoy!

Continuing down the road of comfort food, today seems like a great day for a big bowl of chicken soup. Lately my freezer has become the catch-all of food on death row. Currently it is so full that the thought of putting one more item in sends me into a Tetris induced coma. Luckily, tonight’s dinner is almost completely from the freezer. See, I am a budget shopper and stocker. I love the idea of having my fridge full of all things delicious, but cost often out weights desire. So when the local grocer has natural whole chickens on sale for 78 cents a pound, I can go a little overboard. A girl can’t argue at that price! A couple chickens and I have enough pieces for 4-6 meals and 4 quarts of stock!

What’s for Dinner:

Chicken Cashew Soup

Serves 4, ~1 Hour











What you need:

2 lbs Chicken (I went with a breast and a couple thighs I had stashed in the freezer)

3 Shallots (chopped)

4 Cloves Garlic (minced)

3 Carrots (chopped)

1 cup Sweet Potato (chopped)

3/4 cup Cashew or Almond Butter

1 package Frozen Spinach (fresh would be lovely here, but use what you have! Thawed and squeezed.)

6 cups Chicken Stock (liberated from the deep freeze)

1 Tbls Coconut Oil

Pepper and Salt

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Cashews (chopped for garnish)

How to do it:

A dutch oven is the ideal vessel for this, but a large heavy bottom pot will work just fine. Start by adding your oil and getting the pot hot over med heat. Season up your bird with a little pepper and salt and put it skin side down in the pan. Let this brown up (don’t move it!) for a couple of minutes on each side. Now add your shallots, and garlic. Saute your duo until the shallots just begin to turn translucent and you can smell all the shallot. Pour about a cup of stock in and deglaze your pan, making sure to scape up all those tasty brown bits. Add the rest of the stock and bring to a simmer, turn down to med/low and let it all cook covered until the chicken is done (about 20 minutes). Once your chicken is done (it will be falling off the bone) remove it from the pot and add your sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and cashew/almond butter. Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and return to the soup, season with nutmeg and salt/pepper to taste. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Once your potatoes are soft, you’re ready to eat. I find the longer I let this go on the stove, the tastier it becomes. Garnish with a few chopped cashews and Enjoy!

There are some days that you just need comfort food. A warm plate or bowl of something that makes you feel better from the inside out. Honestly, I really wanted a chocolate cake with fudge frosting, the kind that you get on your birthday at Bill Knapp’s (does that place still exist?). But that is not even remotely paleo, and I have decided the food band-aids must end…cowboy up cupcake. Anyway, second best thing, Meatloaf. Meatloaf, mashed “potatoes” and some steamed broccoli. My local grocery has a great sale  this week on all natural ground turkey, so turkey loaf, you are what’s for dinner.

I have to admit, on first consideration I was not all that gung-ho for anything but my mom’s traditional version. Beef slathered in ketchup, filled with breadcrumbs and just glowing the aura of so many childhood memories. How can a turkey begin to compare? So I consulted the experts at The Food Lover’s Primal Palate and the rest is history.

What’s For Dinner:

Tur-ific Meatloaf

Serves 4+, About  1.5 Hours, Oven 375F











What you need:

2 lbs Ground turkey

1 Egg

3/4 cup Onion (chopped small)

3/4 cup Green Pepper (chopped small)

2 Tbls Aminos

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Pepper

1 tsp Salt

A little melted coconut oil for greasing your pan

*the original recipe calls for only 1/2 cup onion and green pepper and the addition of 1/2 c celery, I hate celery so I didn’t put it in and increased the others to make up.


How to do it:

Heat your oven to 375F and put your meat in a big bowl. Gently beat your egg and add it to your meat along with onion, green pepper, aminos and seasoning. Mix it all up so everything is well incorporated. I imagine that if you have children, this could be a fun recipe to make with them. Grease your loaf pan with the melted coconut oil and place the meat mixture in, making sure to level it out  so it all cooks evenly. Cook that loaf for an hour or until the internal temp reads 160F. Remove from oven and let it stand for about 10 minutes.

I served it up with a little mashed cauliflower and steamed broccoli, but this would go great with just about anything on the side. Thank you Food Lover’s for yet another amazing recipe!