Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The glory of shredded meat

This is not the first time I've voiced my enjoyment of shredded food. In this vein, I have a great, versatile, recipe to pass along that I found on Fast Paleo. I've now tried this recipe with chicken, pork and beef. All delicious. All simple. This is one of those what I would call, base recipes, in that your options are endless. You start with some hot sauce, into which you throw whatever other spices/flavours you like. And because I didn't necessarily have all of the listed ingredients, I adapted from the start.

Warning: Shredding meat is not easy. I think this morning's push jerks were easier on the shoulders than hovering over a hot slow cooker with two forks ripping meat apart. The chicken breasts were easier than the been-in-the-freezer-too-long steaks. But it is definitely worth it.

Been slow on the food pics lately, but I do have this pic  of tonight's oxtail. I wasn't fussy, but Molly-Pop devoured it - three helpings!


Below is (very) approximately what I did with it. With a recipe this simple, measuring really isn't necessary.

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 T dehydrated onion bits
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C Frank's Red Hot Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place frozen chicken breasts into the slow cooker. 
  2. Mix together all remaining ingredients in a bowl. 
  3. Pour sauce over frozen chicken breasts and turn to low. 
  4. Cook for about 5 hours. 
  5. Using two forks or tongs, shred chicken. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why I dig the CrossFit Games

'Tis the eve of my hitting CrossFit Games Open workout 12.4 and I find myself reflecting on why I'm diggin' the CFG. Here's why:
  1. Renewed commitment to training - until recently, my CrossFit life was waning. With a busy day job, a busy toddler, and competing extra-curriculars, my training was starting to suffer. Much like my cold-turkey switch to paleo, I finally had enough suckage and made the change to early morning WODs. I managed to get a good week and a half of consistent 6 a.m. training under my belt before the open began. Whew. The games has been just the ticket to boost this renewal. 
  2. Witnessing the awesome - I love seeing folks achieve great things at the gym and the open is ripe with these achievements. Whether it's that first double-under, PR'ing a lift or getting through all 150 wall ball shots (Lord help me), I love celebrating the big wins of my friends and sweat buddies at CF PEI. Which leads me to...
  3. Boost to gym morale - CrossFit is already a close-knit community, but the games take the community spirit to a new level. I love that people stick around longer to cheer on (yell at) others, that we agonize together over what could be the workout (until it's revealed, which leads to agonizing over what is the workout!), and that although we're all competing for our own score, it feels like a team effort.

CrossFit Games Open 2011 (Amber, Sarah, Mary Lynn)
And so, while I'm no Annie Thorisdottir, I will continue to rock the CFG as best I can despite the 150 (God willing) wall ball shots that await me tomorrow morning. On that note, I better hit the sack.

PS - I now sleep with an eye mask. I'm also diggin' that. Good sleep.