A good run and paleo tilapia “tacos”.

Wow, what a busy week/weekend!  I arrived home from Irvine, CA late Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend working a track meet, catching up on errands, getting stuff ready for the BIG move, driving to my mom’s on the Cape to pick up furniture, and squeezing in a 9 mile run around Southie this morning. 

And thank god for that run; I needed it! 

The entire run was a struggle and I wanted to quit sooo many times (seriously, I looked at my Garmin almost every minute and debated whether I should continue running or give up… ) but I kept with it and finished with an overall 8:20/minute pace. I don’t feel 100% ready for my half marathon next Sunday but I feel good knowing I completed 9 miles today!

Sunday Dinner

While I was driving back from the Cape, Mike prepared a tasty, healthy paleo dish for tonight’s dinner….  what a good guy, right?  This dinner was so light and delicious!!  It’ll def be a “go-to” dinner for us. 🙂

Paleo Tilapia “Tacos”

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tilapia
  • 3 peppers, roasted (we used 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow pepper)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • guacamole
  • Boston lettuce

1) Marinate the tilapia with fresh lemon and lime juice and chopped cilantro for an hour or so.  Grill over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side.

2)  While the fish is grilling, chop the roasted peppers and combine in a bowl with lime and lemon juice.

3) Once the tilapia is cooked, chop it up and add it to a couple of pieces of lettuces.  Top with the pepper mix, guacamole and roll into a taco or eat as a salad.  Enjoy!

Hmm so I guess this doesn’t look like a taco at all?  But I didn’t know what else to call it 😉

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How was your weekend?

What was your Sunday dinner? 🙂

 

Is this paleo?

I was finally able to complete a long run this afternoon!  It’s been over 2 weeks since my last 10 miler so this run was much-needed.  My plan was to run around 12 miles but I ended up stopping at 11 1/2 since my knees and hip were killing me.  It was hard (mentally) stopping before the 12 mile mark but I know from experience running through the pain is not worth it!  My knees didn’t start hurting until mile 10 so thankfully most of my run felt awesoooome. 🙂

Dinner

Let’s talk about last night’s dinner since it was a good & flavorful one. On the menu: paleo coconut crusted cod, roasted brussel sprouts & baked sweet potatoes. 

To prepare the paleo Coconut Crusted Cod, simply:

  • Pour some coconut milk in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine unsweetened coconut flakes with some coconut flour (I bought baking coconut flakes by mistake so please ignore the picture below… )
  • Dip the cod fillets in the coconut milk bowl and then into the bowl with coconut flakes and flour.
  • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the cod to the warm pan. Pan fry for about 5 minutes on each side or until the fish is golden brown. Enjoy!

The fish doesn’t look so tasty in this iPhone pic’ but trust me, the hints of coconut made it sooo friggen delicious!  

Btw, this meal would probably taste even better if you use tilapia since thinner fish are easier to pan fry. Usually you want the fish to be about 1 inch thick or else it breaks apart such as my dinner above…

Is this meal really paleo?

It took a while for me to figure out which foods are paleo and which are not. Since I’ve been eating a paleo{ish} diet (off and on) for over a year now, I’m finally able to pick out foods at the grocery store without having to double-check everything online. Obviously wild caught fish is paleo and the brussel sprouts are paleo but what about sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes are one of the foods that we all know are healthy but we question whether they’re paleo or not. Well folks, they are paleo.  Boo yah!  I wanna point out that white potatoes are not paleo but really who eats white potatoes anymore?

Here’s a great cheat sheet in case you’re interested in the paleo lifestyle:

Super bowl app’s & an amazing 2 miler.

Wow, what a great game last night, right?  Actually, I didn’t really pay too much attention to the game.  The Pat’s weren’t playing so I more into the half time show (I’m obsessed with Beyonce) and the commercials than the actual game.

And I was into the food!

Mike and I went to our friend’s house for the game and brought a couple appetizer’s with us….   buffalo roasted cauliflower and bacon wrapped sweet potato wedges.  We’ve made the bacon wrapped sweet potato wedges for last years Super Bowl and they were a hug hit (obviously anything with bacon is awesoooome) but the buffalo cauliflower was just as big of a hit this year.  (OK, so my iPhone pictures don’t do these app’s justice but trust me, you’ll love them!)

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Franks Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • salt
  • blue cheese dressing
  • toothpicks

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Toss cauliflower florets in a bowl with the EVOO and sprinkle some salt on top.  Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for about 25-30 minutes, turning once about halfway through.

3) Pour the hot sauce and melted butter in a large bowl and add the roasted cauliflower.  Mix together and enjoy with blue cheese dressing.

We ate the cauliflower with toothpicks and used this delicious yogurt blue cheese dressing as the dip So good!

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 package of bacon
  • toothpicks

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into wedges.

3) Wrap a piece of bacon around the wedge and secure it with a toothpick.

4) Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, turning once about halfway through.  Remove from the oven and let cool before serving!

 Mmm mmmm!

Other foods for the night included a cheese & cracker platter, chips, home-made turkey chili (which was so yummy!  I’ll get the recipe soon and share it with you guys), and some wine and beer. 😀

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Btw, did you see the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on ESPN?  If so, did you watch Mary Cain run the 2 mile?!?  OMG, she’s amazing!  She’s only 16 years old and she demolished the high school record for the 2 mile, finishing in 9:38.68!!!  And she was so chill about it during her interview.  I can’t even imagine being that fast at her age!

PS this meet took place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston which is where I work track meets as a part-time job!  Too bad I wasn’t working the New Balance Meet…   maybe they’ll need me next year? 😀

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What’d you make for the Super Bowl?  PLEASE SHARE!

 Are you working out today?  What are you doing??