Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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These Are My Confessions…

Not trying to break into Usher song here, my bad.

1. I haven’t been eating paleo or totally gluten free (some halloween candy is sneaky as hell! Gluten in chocolate- WHAT?! Why are you ruining my life?)

2. My world recently has been revolving around chocolate, chocolate, and sugar

3. When I feel crappy I don’t have the energy to cook and I crave junk food thus I eat only junk food (because all the energy it requires is opening the bag and stuffing it in my face) and when I eat junk food I feel like crap. Are you seeing a pattern here? A vicious circle that is VERY hard to break?

4. I feel like crap today. I need a day off. I need it to be winter break.

5. I’m having a break down. I need it to be winter break. Yes, I know I already said that but Lyme sucks sometimes and today it sucks. Actually, this week it sucks, but especially today. You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you put your shirt on backwards, then just get straight back into bed and watch TV for 4 hours.

6. Moral of the story: avoid ticks at all costs. They are stupid.


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Single-Serving Paleo Chocolate Mug Brownie (nut-free)

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Here is my geniusness shinning through! And my terrible photo skills.

I’ve designed a single-serving brownie that is super easy to make in a mug+microwave and is completely paleo with no nuts! YAY.

I was inspired by this recipe so if you are craving some chocolate, want a brownie, or need dessert here is an easy, healthier alternative then making that whole batch and then eating it all in one sitting…. I know I’m not the only one who does that.

Ingredients:

1 tbs. plus 2 tsp. cocoa powder

1 tbs. coconut flour

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp pure vanilla

1 tbs. applesauce

2 tsp. honey (or sweetner of choice)

3 tbs. milk (whatever type you like to use)

1 egg

Chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all your dry ingredients together very well in a mug or small bowl, then add in your wet ingredients. Combine everything well, add in chocolate chips if desired. Zap in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Top with almond butter (or other nut/seed butter of choice) and/or chopped banana. Hits the spot. Super moist, too!

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Super Easy Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

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I know that I shouldn’t be allowed to take pictures of my food. Get over it.

These taste good. So make them. And eat them.

Ingredients:

1 green cabbage

1 lbs. ground buffalo

1/2-3/4 head cauliflower

1 small yellow onion

1 tbs. paprika

salt and pepper to taste

3 cloves are garlic finely chopped

2 cups tomato sauce

Pull out your crockpot!

Cut up your cauliflower and put in food processor- pulse until finely broken up (like rice). Chop your onion and throw it in the processor for a couple pulses.

Mix your meat with the spices, garlic, 1-1.5 cups tomato sauce, and cauliflower-onion mixture in a bowl.

Peel 8-12 leaves off your cabbage (this can be hard, it’s okay if they rip or you end up with half of leaves, it will still work!).

Bring some water to a boil and blanch your cabbage leaves (dunk one in for a second until it gets soft).

Take on leaf at a time and plop a big spoonful of your meat mixture in the middle. Roll up your cabbage leaves so they hold the meat in then place in your crockpot. Continue with all leaves. Pour remaining sauce over top.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Variations? You can really make these however you want! Super easy, just choose your filling and spices or veggies that you like 🙂

I know I promised this post was going to be genius… Well, I decided to post-pone that one for later this weekend. So you get this instead.


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Onion, Mushroom, and Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Burgers

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Oh yeah, doesn’t that look good? You better say yes. Because that is the answer. Yes, YES, Victoria, it looks so yummy with all the deliciousness bursting out of the side of that burger… just can’t contain itself.

Sometimes I’m kinda genius. I wouldn’t necessarily say these are genius, but they come pretty close. My next post is actually genius. You’ll see. Just wait.

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Okay so on to the actual recipe…

Ingredients:

1 lbs. ground turkey (or whatever meat you want to use will work)

1 tbs. paprika

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

pepper

1 small yellow onion, chopped (like strips but small ones)

~1 cup mushrooms chopped

2 roasted red peppers

1 tbs. balsamic vinegar

1 tbs. apple cider vinegar

olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Heat up oil in a skillet. Chop up your onions and add to the oil to start cookin’. Chop up your roasted red peppers and mushrooms then add to the skillet, too. Add your vinegars and let everything cook down until onions are translucent. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

While your veggies were cooking you should have been mixing your burger meat with all those spices I mentioned and forming 4 balls of equal size (unless you want unequally sized burgers… you know, so you can give that one family member who isn’t your favorite the small one. Haha, they lose out since YOU cooked dinner!)

Take one ball and flatten it out pretty flat (not super thin so it’s tearing, we’ll get there). Take a BIG scoop of your “stuffing” and plop it in the middle of your flat meat thing…….. Okay, anyway, yeah do that then fold up the edges (circles don’t have edges, I know) to meet in the middle on top of the stuffing blob. Take the ball in your hand to kinda close everything up so basically you have this ball of meat with good stuff inside of it. This gets messy and sometimes the meat tears, just do your best!

Place the ball on a baking sheet and flatten a bit so it looks more like a burger. Repeat with the rest of your meat balls (haha). Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until meat is done (DON’T overcook… will be dry and gross).

Take out and stuff your face with these stuffed burgers! Oh, I served some garlic sauted kale with them- excellent choice on my part. And/or sweet potato fries:).

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cutting that bad boy open…. good stuff!

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look at all that yumminess pouring out!

Enjoy 🙂


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Well, I’m back in Colorado after a short but well needed trip to DC. I went home to see my LLMD and got a few days in with family and friends.

I’ll start with the travels, then with the doctors visit. The highlights included hitting up an AWESOME burger joint with my mom. They had gluten free buns and yummy sweet potato fries. I had been seriously craving a burger and sweet potato fries so it really hit the spot.

The next day I started a new medication and felt extremely nauseous so I spent most of the day relaxing in bed before heading out to dinner with one of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in over 6 months! We went out for a yummy dinner (I had mahi mahi over cauliflower and potato gratin with green beans- love heading back to the east coat for some fresh fish!) then headed over to another restaurant that has a great roof top bar for drinks. It was so nice just to catch up and spend the evening outside- it is still humid and warm in DC!

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I got a chance to see this lovely princess! That’s pepper, the laziest dog ever but she’s mine so I love her.

The thing I miss most about the east coast is fall. Fall is my favorite season and it was great to see all the beautiful leaves changing colors! I can’t get enough, I hate how short fall is in Colorado. Sorry, I didn’t get a great picture.

So onto the doctor. It went well. Apparently my babesia is what is causing the symptoms I’m having so she gave me some new supplements and anitibiotics to work on killing that bad boy. I have a phone consult in a week to see how I’m feeling and if I’m still having those symptoms she’s adding in another antibiotic and upping the dosage. She told me I need to stop toughing things out and call if I’m not feeling well. I’m so used to just dealing with pain and discomfort and toughing things out that I don’t call unless I feel like I’m dying. Something to work on…

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Is it sad that not everything I’m taking is pictured? Yes, I am the oldest person ever, I have TWO giant pill boxes. How else am I supposed to keep track of everything?!

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One for supplements, one for all the antibiotics. I literally have a whole cupboard JUST for my pills. Plus I took over part of the counter for drops and things that need to be taken mid-day away from other pills.

I also live out of plastic containers and drink out of my plastic Nalgene constantly (I am in college!). You all already know, and I do too, how bad plastic is for you, but I got called out on for using all of that. Time to switch over! It is messing with my estrogen levels, can exacerbate symptoms, and is all around bad… yeah, yeah, yeah. Got home and ordered an aluminum water bottle ASAP :).

I flew in last night and it was nice to get back to my apartment, settle in, and see this lovely one…

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That’s Einstein. My roommate and I are taking care of him for a while. He’s hilarious! My roomie gave him an old stuffed animal from an ex-boyfriend… He’s completely torn it up :).

I’ll have a couple new recipes for you later this week!


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I’m not a big smoothie fan. I drink one and then about 5 seconds later I’m still hungry. They do nothing for me.

But for some reason the other morning I was in the mood for a pumpkin smoothie of some sort (don’t worry, I proceeded to eat “real” food after ;)) so I came up with this. Nothing super original but heres a recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin (I used Libby’s canned, don’t use pumpkin pie!)

1/2 cup coconut cream (the thick stuff at the top of the coconut milk can)

1/2 cup milk of your choice (or water, may need more depending on how thick or thin you like your smoothie)

1 small banana

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice mix together some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger, a splash of ground cloves if you have it)

Mix everything together in a blender. Add more liquid if you desire or more spice. Taste test it then pour into a cup and drink upppp.


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Simple Crock Pot Spiced Pork Roast with Onion and Cauliflower

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I’m sitting here trying to study for my exercise physiology test… let me tell you something, it’s not working.

I both love and HATE this class. I want to learn all this information for a million different reasons- to apply to my clients (I am personal trainer after all!), because I want a career in the fitness/health field, because it’s my major… I think you get the idea. But, this class is really really really really hard! My professor is one of the hardest. He is british and hilarious but I think he’s one of those guys who is just so smart he has a hard time brining it down to our level. He’s terrible at connecting everything together in class, so it basically just feels like he’s talking about 10 different things and switching around between them but not connecting the dots. AHH! Normally I put effort in and get A’s, this class I have to put extra effort in just to get a C! I’ll be happy if I end up with a C at the end of the semester… :/

Well anyway, onto another crock pot pork recipe 🙂

Ingredients:

1 lbs. pork roast

1 tbs. paprika

1/2-1 tsp. chili powder (more if you like spice)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2-1 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. rosemary

1 head of cauliflower

2 onions

Cut up your cauliflower into big chunks (or break into the different floret’s) and cut up your onion into strips or chunks.

Mix all the spices together.

Place half your cauliflower and onion in the crock pot then add your pork. Sprinkle the mixed spices over  your pork and a little on the veggies. Save a tiny bit of spices!

Put the rest of the veggies in and sprinkle the remaining spice mix over top of everything.

Set crock pot to low for 6-8 hours or until pork is done. It should fall apart nicely and shred.

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