I just love long weekends, they are the best. Saturday I kept busy with Sasha and hiking, Sunday I tackled my longest run to date and went and saw Ellie Goulding (she was amazing BTW), and today I became the paleo version of Martha Stewart. Before any eating went on I hopped on the scale because it is Monday and I chose today to be the weekly weigh in day for my 2013 “get hs skinny” goal. Well great news, although I have been eating chocolate on a daily basis I lost another 1.9 lbs this week, which brings the total of the year to 4.5 lbs in 3 weeks, fine by me! After seeing I was victorious I celebrated by creating a giant (healthy) breakfast feast.
Breakfast was made up of: 3oz top sirloin, 1 over easy egg, 1/3 large avocado, 3 strips of homemade bacon, and some sweet potato “hash”. The bacon was a gift from the boy’s boss and was delicious, a little salty for my taste but once I paired it up with everything else in one forkful it was perfect! The hash is just grated sweet potato and onion cooked with a little butter and salt and papper.
Once I got home I got to work on getting some pork into the slow cooker for pulled pork and decided to start crafting my own paleo friendly barbecue sauce. To say the kitchen turned into a bit of a mess would be an understatement…
My computer was safely on the stove as I wrote down everything I put into the barbecue sauce in hopes that it turned out delicious so I could share it. Well it was a success. I am beyond happy with this barbecue and excited for the pork to do its thing in the crock so I can make myself some lettuce wrapped pulled pork sliders! I will have to wait until tomorrow though because I didn’t get the pork on until 4pm today and it need to go for abouter 10 hours.
Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
½ cup water
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon paprika
3 tablespoon wild flower honey
2 tablespoon good maple syrup
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3 tablespoons salsa
½ tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon texas pete hot sauce
1 cup beef broth
*optional – 1 tsp chili powder
Sounds scary I know but chances are you have all of this in your house already! As the recipe title suggests this little gem is sweet and spicy. Whisk all of the ingredients together and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and stir / cook for 20 – 30 minutes. Do not get cranky if you don’t love the taste before it cooks, it becomes amazing, I promise. The reason I put optional for the chili powder is because I am just not a huge chili powder fan, I used it and decided to omit it from the recipe when I make it again but once the sauce cooked there really wasn’t anything I wanted to change, so use the chili powder if you want to or not, it will be great either way!
In other news I have decided that I do not want to run 4 half marathons this year. I am going to do the half in March, I want to do a TRAIL half marathon in June, ANDDDD I am tentatively saying that I want to find a full marathon for the fall. I told myself I would never want to do a full marathon but after the 10 miler last weekend and the 11 miles yesterday I really do not think that I will have an issue, with the right training(!!!), finishing a marathon. Plus the trail running yesterday was a ton of fun, which is why I want to do a trail race this summer! I did a quick search of September marathons in the DC metro area but haven’t found one yet. The hunt is still on!
Q: What is the most challenging race you have ever done? Was it mentally or physically challenging?
Q: Did you cook anything good the weekend??