Accidental Strip Steak

Last night, after grocery store hopping from Trader Joes to Ralph’s to finally Whole Foods, our sought after meat got lost in the mix.  From the recipe directed skirt steak, to thinking it was flank steak, to purchasing strip steak, we ended up with the wrong meat!

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I’m not one usually for red meat, but I’d eat strip steak everyday.  At $22.99/lb go figure it was good!  With a high price tag, we opted for 1/2 pound of strip steak, and 1 pound of flank steak.  We couldn’t find any good looking bib lettuce, so we went with rainbow chard and ended up making the tacos more like wraps.  Overall, it was delicious and I am so excited to make some more recipes from Practical Paleo!

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Rendition from Practical Paleo Haley’s Skirt Steak Tacos
INGREDIENTS
Juice and zest of one lime
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 lb strip steak
1 lb flank steak
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 bunch of rainbow chard
2 dozen cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the chard leaves from the stems and rinse them off.  Set them aside to dry.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the lime juice, zest, paprika and red chili flakes.  Place the steaks in the bowl and massage the seasonings into it.  Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Pan sear over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side (depending on how you prefer your “doneness”).
  4. Set the cooked steak aside to rest for 10 minutes.  Then slice against the grain into small strips.
  5. Serve the steak, tomatoes, and avocados in your lettuce wraps.

Plank A Day – One Week Challenge

There are a couple things I’ve been meaning to do on a daily basis:

1.  Take my heart rate first thing in the morning.  My trainer suggested I do this as a way to gauge my training.  Your heart rate will decrease if your workouts are effective.  But if you notice a spike in increase, this could be a sign that your training has plateaued.  This has been difficult because I’ve a. either been too tired to remember or b. my alarm surprises me and increases my heart rate.

2. Start a plank challenge.  Self-explanatory.  Summer is coming soon and I’ve been slacking/too lazy to do any type of core work aside from training.  This is difficult because a. I never seem to remember or b. keep putting it off.  However, planking is one of the easiest exercises to perform because you need absolutely no equipment.  You could pretty much do it anywhere!

So I’ve decided to start a 7-day challenge, and work on repeating from there.  One week seems palatable and easy to remember.  Plus I enjoy challenges that force me to be accountable.

The challenge:  Hold a plank, once a day, for as long as you can.  Chart your time, and try to hold it for longer the next day.  Repeat for 7 days*.

*Set a goal that you would like to achieve within a week.  The more you plank, the stronger your core will get, and the easier it will be to hold this position.

Today I started by holding to Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack (3:30).  Ultimately, I would like to hold for Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors (8:15).

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Baa Baa: Day Twenty-Six

I was due in for a long run this week since I ended up not running any extra mileage after Sunday’s race.  By the time my mom finished I was cold (wet sweat) and nothing sounded better than a nap.

Tonight I was originally I was going to try the Lululemon running club, but I kind of forgot about that by the time I was off work.  I seriously thought about how nice it would be to just go home and relax, but I’m already taking it easy tomorrow (morning yoga) and Friday (resting/babysitting).  So  I went out with the intention of running around 6 or 7 miles.  By the time I got to around 2.5, I decided I might as well go for 9.  Seems logical right?  Haha.  As I hit the 3 mile mark, I thought, just as well do 10.  So out 5 miles and back, I finished up just before it started getting dark.  I love these daylight savings days!

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After my run I patrolled Whole Foods for something new to eat.  I’m just getting bored and lazy with my usuals.  So I picked up some lamb sausage, even though I wasn’t sure if I’d  like it.  My few but previous experiences with lamb have been negative. 1. braised lamb in SF with my then-boyfriend and his 94-year-old great aunt –the whole situation reminded me of convalescent food. And 2. lamb skewers at a hookah bar in Jacksonville, FL. –not the most ideal eating establishment.

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The lamb sausage was different but good!  It tasted very robust and meaty, but not a whole lot like beef.  I also roasted some red and golden beets and some rainbow carrots — all outside of my veggie norms.  Of course I still paired everything with an egg omelet smeared with coconut butter (that tonight, tasted kind of like a donut).

Now early to bed, early to rise!

Read More!

One of my goals for 2013 has been to read more books.  However, lately I’ve gotten overly excited about reading that I start several books at a time because I’m too impatient to finish one before starting the next!  Here are a few sitting on my bookshelf either in progress or ready to read.

What’s on your reading list?  Have you read any of the books below?readmore

one. Chi Marathon by Danny and Katherine Dreyer  l  two.. Running With The Mind Of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham  l  three… Running With The Kenyans by Adharanand Finn  l  four…. Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD  l  five….. Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

Six Spring Workout Things

Spring has sprung!  So here are some items on my spring wish list for both running and yoga.  With warmer weather but still cooler mornings, your training and practice will be covered by these Spring Workout Things.springworkoutthingsone – Yogitoes MAYA rSkidless Towel l two – Funky Yoga Tank (similar here; available at some CorePower Yoga locations) l three – Spring Green Nalgene l four – Nike Daybreak Women’s Running Hat l five – Lululemon Run: Stash & Dash Pullover l six – Lululemon Flow And Go Tank II