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Broccoli: Making it exciting…

Vegetables. How do you prepare them, various ways, and keep them interesting? Let alone do it at 8:30 at night, after you’ve run classes all night at the gym, and still need to cook dinner for yourself and/or family members? What if your kids don’t like all that ‘fancy’ stuff on vegetables?

Here’s what I did tonight:

Broccoli “salad”

3 heads of broccoli (not the big huge ones from the grocery store, but regular sized stalks that will yield about 2 1/2-3 1/2 cups of florets raw)

1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced

1 cup grape tomatoes

1 tbsp fresh diced basil

1/2 cup pecans

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1. Steam your broccoli for about 5-10 min, depending on how crunchy you like it.

2. Place all other ingredients in a big bowl.

3. Remove broccoli from pan and cut off florets, add the stalks diced too, if you want those. Set aside the broccoli that your kids will eat, if they’re not into adding things to veggies and dressings.

4. Add remaining broccoli to the bowl of other ingredients and toss well. Voila!

5. Any broccoli you set aside for your kids can just be topped with butter, or add your favorite seasoning to it, as simple as salt and pepper.

This literally took less than 10 min to throw together off the top of my head, while we were waiting for steaks to cook tonight, and Wayne even said it was delicious, which is high praise!

Some suggestions I can give for how to make veggies not just more appealing, but more appetizing are to add things you may have just lying around the kitchen or in the pantry. Fresh herbs or spices, green onions diced up, oil and vinegar mixtures, nuts, or maybe just some ground black pepper. These vegetables are the sides that will fill you up, replace the empty carbs in your life and provide you with vital nutrients. Yes, sometimes they will not be extremely appealing, just get through it and eat, then move on. Other times, we have friends over or want to impress the spouse with our gourmet skills and we need to step it up a notch. Play around with sauces you can make out of pureed veggies, butter, olive oil, coconut oil and spices and see what you come up with.

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  1. combatcrossfit

    Thursday
    Sarah
    Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs w/ 1 stalk gr onions diced, 2 slices nitrate free bacon, ; 1 1/2 cups water melon
    snack: kind bar macadamia coconut
    lunch: grapes, soppressata (4 slices?), 1 cup raw milk, banana
    post-workout: protein shake w/ raw milk, 1 cup homemade applesauce
    dinner: buffalo sirloin, broccoli salad (1 1/2 cups)
    2 bites chocolate gelato (I cheated a little, there was a small amount of sugar in this)

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  2. Friday:

    – breakfast: shake/smoothie
    – snack: trail mix
    – lunch: grilled chicken breast (olive oil, salt, pepper) and roasted zucchini with olive oil and vinegar
    – snack: trail mix
    – dinner: sirloin steak, sweet potato, salad
    – snack: almond butter

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  3. combatcrossfit

    Friday
    Sarah
    breakfast: mashed banana with almond butter, kind macadamia coconut bar; raw milk
    lunch: broccoli salad (leftover), 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 cup homemade applesauce, 1/2 banana
    snack: trail mix
    dinner: (we cheated because it was Gabe’s going away party at BWW) 6-7 medium hot wings, a couple nacho chips with veggies, 3 mango long-island iced teas

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  4. combatcrossfit

    Saturday
    Sarah
    ok this was a bad day for me, paleo-wise because we had a couple of cheats due to plans and promises we made to the little man.
    Breakfast-shake
    snack- trail mix
    LUnch- chips and salsa at Margarita’s, 2 beef corn tacos
    dinner- burger, guac, tomato, then had some chocolate ice cream cake, about 5 bites I would say (I know, really bad)

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  5. Saturday – Pat:

    – breakfast: shake
    – snack: trail mix and buffalo jerky
    – lunch/post-wod: sirloin steak, roasted carrots, applesauce
    – snack: trail mix
    – dinner: rib-eye with broccoli and salad (wanted oil/vinegar but the restaurant wouldn’t do it! – settled for Italian dressing)

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  6. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

    Rise n Shine Eggs – Breakfast Recipe

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  7. So I am A few days behind cause I always suck at posting! Ryan and i started on Friday but Am just going to start posting from today!
    Kelly:
    Breakfast banana 1 cup of apple juice
    Lunch ate with my parents at 54th street and had a cajun grilled chicken breast with stemed veggies and a baked potato.
    Dinner: Paleo chili with a side salad
    sweets to top off the evening two fruit stripes and 4 dove dark chocolate and almond candies
    Mid day snack 1 brawt and a slice of cheese

    this is day number three with no soda! that is a huge accomplishment for me all by itself!

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  8. combatcrossfit

    Sunday
    Sarah
    I did much better today
    Breakfast/pre-workout: mashed banana and almond butter
    post workout: trail mix
    lunch: 2 buffalo hot dogs (these were actually more like brats, but still delicious) about 1 med sweet potato worth of slices, with butter and pepper; 8 oz raw milk
    snack: went to Red Mango for some Paleo-ish fro yo, sweetened only with stevia
    Dinner: buffalo and veggie soup with steamed fresh gr. beans and butter sauce
    I’m torn on the whole Red Mango place. Its’ not 100% paleo, but I think we could put it in the category of mostly paleo; if you need to eat something sweet, they’ve got a good selection of fresh fruit topping and there’s not loads of sugar in the fro yo; it definitely does not taste like regular frozen yogurt, but its not bad either

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    • Sarah
      Can we sweeten with stevia? I do not really understand what it is?

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      • combatcrossfit

        Yes, stevia is technically considered an all natural sweetener. Its not great, but really I think in terms of adding sugar and/or calories its probably better than using honey all the time

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  9. Sunday – Pat:

    – breakfast: eggs, bacon, blueberries
    – snack: almond butter
    – lunch: ground bison, sauteed zucchini
    – snack: trail mix
    – dinner: chicken breast, bacon, sweet potato with butter

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  10. combatcrossfit

    Monday
    Sarah
    Breakfast
    Kind bar, macadamia coconut, 1pkt honey almond butter
    Snack: trail mix
    Lunch: omelet with scrambled eggs and gr. onions, 2 slices nitrate free bacon
    Snack: trail mix
    post-wod: raw milk with protein powder, kind bar almond coconut
    Dinner: buffalo patty, sliced zucchini and onion sauteed in chipotle olive oil, steamed broccoli with butter, raw milk

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  11. Kelly
    Monday
    Breakfast Fruit smoothie – strawberries, banana , keifer, a little bit of milk
    Snack banana
    Lunch More paleo chili leftovers small side salad with mango olive oil dressing 1 strawberry fruit stripes
    Snack apple, slice of ham cause i was starving before working out!
    Dinner 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger (bunless of course) 1med sweet potatoes fries. steamed veggie mix with carrots broccoli cauliflower.

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  12. Monday – Pat

    – breakfast: shake
    – snack: trail mix
    – lunch: strip steak with carrots
    – snack: trail mix and apple
    – dinner: ground bison, green beans with butter and bacon

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  13. Nathan
    Monday
    – Breakfast: Smoothie(coconut milk, orange, banana, strawberries) and two hard boiled eggs.
    – Snack: Trail Mix
    – Lunch: Ground Beef and Venison (w/Onion, Garlic, and Green Pepper) with a side of California blend vegetables and one hard boiled egg.
    – Snack: Apple
    – Dinner/Post WOD: Paleo Sloppy Joe (Ground Beef with the Paleo Zesty BBQ) and a whole milk protein shake.

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  14. Tuesday – Pat

    – breakfast: eggs, bacon, banana
    – second breakfast: protein smoothie
    – snack: trail mix
    – lunch: chicken breast, bacon, salad (with oil/vinegar)
    – snack: trail mix
    – dinner: sirloin, bacon, broccoli

    I had to be at work at 4:00 this morning, so I needed another true “meal” during the 8 hours between breakfast and lunch.

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  15. Tuesday
    Breakfast banana glass of apple juice, 2 eggs and hashbrowns
    Lunch leftovers pork chop steamed veggies, honeydew and cantelope
    Snack trail mix
    pre workout snack 2 scambled eggs with a little bit of sausage mixed in
    Dinner chicken chipolte bowl

    tomorrow night should be an interesting dinner cause we are doing a menu tasting for our wedding!

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  16. Nathan
    Tuesday
    Breakfast: Smoothie(coconut milk, orange, banana, strawberries, blueberries) and two hard boiled eggs.
    Snack: Trail Mix
    Lunch: Left over Paleo Sloppy Joe with a side of California blend vegetables and one hard boiled egg.
    Snack: Apple
    Dinner/Post WOD: Grilled Chicken with lime juice and a sweet potato with cinnamon. Also had a whole milk protein shake.

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