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Paleo Curry Chicken Wraps

Need something for dinner in a hurry? Just say chicken curry!

This is easy and fast to make. I wanted to try something new by using my curry spice and this turned out great. Jessa announced to us tonight that she has a new favorite dish. The whole family loved these paleo curry chicken wraps.

 Paleo Curry Chicken Wraps

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 10 minutes

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (sliced)

2 table spoons of chili powder

1 table spoon of curry

1/2 table spoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of italian seasoning

a dash of crushed red pepper (more or less depending on how hot you like it)

salt and pepper to taste

2 table spoons of coconut oil

1 head of butter lettuce

diced tomatoes

3 green onions chopped

1 avocado sliced

Empty chili powder, curry, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper and salt and pepper in a large zip lock bag. Toss in the chicken, close bag, and coat chicken by shaking.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil and cook chicken strips in the skillet. Cook about 10 minutes, turning chicken until it is white all the way through.

Serve on lettuce leaves with tomatoes, onions and avocados.

Yum. Yum.

Let me know what you think.

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Ten Things I Learned: #3 Even the Lone Ranger Had Tonto

Even The Lone Ranger Had Tonto

 

We live in a world where making it “on your own” is rewarded, even glorified. But when it comes to making huge life changes, going it alone is hard, if not near impossible. Everyone needs support, shoot, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Looking back over the past year, I can’t even begin to imagine how I would have done it alone. If I was left to face it all by myself, I’m not sure I would have stuck with it to be honest.

Family Support

Without the support of Julie and the kids I would have been nearly impossible to complete the Whole 30 or stick with a Paleo diet. They not only did it with me, but were encouraging along the way. Sure, they weren’t always excited about our limited food choices, but they never lost sight of the big picture and didn’t complain much. If you’re going to make a drastic diet change like I did, you’ve got to get those closest to you behind the vision. [Read more...]

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Kicking Off 2013 – Whole 30 Style

Today we’re taking a break from the “10 Things I Learned” series to give you an update on how 2012 ended and how we are moving forward in 2013.

In 2012 we have had some highs…

Jeff & Julie Highs

And we have had some lows…

Jeff and Julie Lows

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a roller coaster where our nutrition and work out schedule was concerned.

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Ten Things I Learned – #10 You Can Do Anything For 30 Days

You Can Do Anything For 30 Days

Back in January when I started the Crazy Idea I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did know that the hardest part would not be the exercise. Sure, that would present its own challenges, but I knew what to expect – sore muscles and all. No, the biggest challenge would be the Whole 30 that Ed wanted us to do. 30 days of fruit, vegetables and meat. 30 days of no sugar, no bread, no squirt cheese and no deep fryer.

Here’s the video of the kitchen clean out Ed did.

Working out was just something new to add to the routine. But the Whole 30 was different. It required some major lifestyle changes and it effected the whole family. And it was more than just eating different food. It challenged me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

There were times I wasn’t sure I could, or that I even wanted to finish it, like this day. [Read more...]

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Red Cabbage Chicken Salad Recipe

Since Jeff started this crazy idea you have been telling us you love it when I post recipes. So here is a great paleo red cabbage chicken salad recipe that is really filling, and when paired with some fresh fruit makes a great lunch or dinner.

Grandma is a big cabbage fan and she loved this. It is healthy, easy and yummy goodness. The food processor is your friend for this dish! When I prepared this I made a little extra because the leftovers are an easy lunch for the next day.

Here’s what goes in it:

  • 1 head of red cabbage cut for salad
  • 1 diced pink lady apple
  • 1 handful of organic raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 cup of chopped grilled chicken (for convenience I used Kirkland’s Grilled Chicken Breast Strips from Costco)
  • 4 table spoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 table spoons of balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

You can serve this right after you make it or refrigerate it until chilled.

 

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14,000 Reasons This Idea Was Crazy

This weekend I experienced 14,000 reasons this idea was crazy!

Robert, Bekah, Julie and I as we start the Mt. Bierstadt climb

This past weekend Julie talked me into joining her and Bekah as they climbed Mt. Bierstadt, one of Colorado’s 14ers (there are 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 ft above sea level). Julie had climbed Pikes Peak last month and apparently got hooked. She had been planning this trek with Bekah for a couple of weeks. I on the other hand had no intention of joining them. But one day, toward the end of last week, I expressed my concern about them going it alone and all of a sudden I was part of the expedition. And once I was signed up, Bekah’s husband Robert was the next victim. [Read more...]

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Back To School Paleo Style

This time of year is always challenging. On top of all the clothes shopping and supply buying, going back to school Paleo style presents it’s own unique pitfalls.

Since Jeff had his Crazy Idea and we changed our whole lives last January, one thing that has been remained constant is our dedication to eating healthier as a family.

Right now I would say we eat paleo 95% of the time. Even more this month, since Jeff is doing a 2nd Whole 30 and I am trying my best to support him.

As we approached back to school with our kids, we needed to have a plan. Here are some tips we have come up with to keep your family on track as the busy fall days begin.

1. Plan your meals, plan your meals, plan your meals. This time of year is easy to throw your hands up and say, lets get McDonald’s or pizza tonight. If you plan your meals, hopefully you’ll resist this tempation. For us this week it looked like this….

I cut up all of my veggies for a roast I was fixing in the crock pot this week. I also thawed out all of my meat for the week, and physically wrote down what we were having for dinner each evening. [Read more...]

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Beef, It’s What’s is for Dinner on this Whole 30!

This week I fixed this fantastic recipe for a steak cilantro lime marinade for the family. Jeff found it on Chow Stalker. We fell in love with it.

I did make a few modifications you should note.

I used a tri-tip rather than a flank steak, and I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 degrees for 90 minutes. Yum yum.

I served it with grilled zucchinis (just brush with olive oil and Italian seasoning and put on the grill) and…

sweet potato fries that I made by shaking them in this mix in a ziplock bag:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of cumin (OK maybe I sometimes use more)
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt

I have tried many different versions of sweet potatoes fries from various paleo web sites and cook books. This one I came up with myself through trial and error. It is by far my favorite.

Here is a picture before they went in the oven.

I cooked the sweet potato fries at 450 degrees for 1 hour (turning them over once 1/2 through). If they weren’t cooking in the stove, with the steak I am sure they would not have taken this long.

So that is just some of the food we have been eating on this Whole 30.

Aren’t you jealous?

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Crazy Idea 6 Month Update

I really can’t believe it has been six months since we started this crazy idea. Some days it feels like it was just last week and some days it seems like it was so long ago. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m feeling better than I have in years. I can’t believe the difference in my energy level and how my body has changed (photos below). I’m still working out 4 days a week at Ed’s Gym – though some weeks it has only been 2 days due to travel and conferences and such.

As for our diet, we’ve stayed pretty much with a Paleo style diet – though we have added in a few cheats such as an occasional Nutella snack or corn based product.  We are still eating insane amounts of fruits and eggs and after six months show no signs of getting tired of those.  [Read more...]

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The Craziness Continues – An Update on Jeff’s Crazy Idea

Hi everyone! Just a quick video update as we approach the four month marker for my crazy idea. Check out the video to find out about the 120 day update, our Paleo diet, my frustation with hitting a plateau, running adjustments, another Whole 30, and what to expect in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by Jeff’s Crazy Idea today. I would love for you to share your thoughts and any updates on your crazy idea in the comments below.