The amazing people of CF NYC teamed up to tell the story of my accident and how Crossfit has made a major impact on my recovery. The very talented Mead Jackson (check her photography/videography out and then follow her on Instagram) and Steve Gardner (he is found here, and on insta too!) told my story in such a meaningful way that it brought me (and my mum) to tears. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. This is a story I keep very close to my heart, and the talented creatives who filmed this video made me feel so comfortable bravely sharing my experience with the world. You can watch the video on the CF NYC website. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Now many of you know that food and cooking has been as pivotal in my recovery as physical fitness has been. To highlight this other important aspect of recovery and wellness, Mead came over to get some footage of me cooking. I made up the recipe on the spot during the filming with what I could get my hands on at the Fort Greene Farmers Market that very morning. It may have been a hodgepodge, super quick lunch but it did not disappoint! So without further ado I give you not only the awesome video, but this really awesome, really simple vegan soup recipe! Enjoy 🙂
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Black rice is the thing right now. Everyone seems to be talking about it in one form or another. Just check out this NPR article by biologist Jeremy Cherfas titled How ‘Forbidden’ Black Rice Flourished For Millennia. The anthocyanins or pigments that colors (and dyes your wooden spoons purple) black rice has been touted to have anti-inflammatory benefits, and be great for heart health. Black rice also contains amino acids like Tryptophan, the one that puts you into your Thanksgiving turkey coma. As well as vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and folic acid. But beyond its abundance of health merits it also tastes great. So enjoy that fast, flavorful, nutrient packed meal that is flexible enough for both vegans and carnivores. Continue reading “Black Rice Burrito Skillet”
I have mentioned again and again that life has been active for us these past number of weeks, resulting in an upswing of baking and cooking to calm my buzzing mind. Work has been especially busy in the most wonderfully, engaging, dynamic way. However, one of my amazing, spectacular colleagues is not only in the midst of our normal 9-5 routine but happened to also be smack in middle of hell week (the week preceding a show opening) for a musical she is producing. There isn’t much I can do to share her load. However, the one thing I know how to do well is prepare food, and I have learned from experience that cookies quell a whole myriad of woes. So with her in mind I began to adapt the traditional coconut macaroons to concoct this truly paleo, gluten-free version. Now for the most part my food is not the least bit Pinterest worthy. I focus more on the use of simple, whole foods rather than my photog and photoshop skills. So needless to say I was a touch excited when these gems turned out to be perfectly pretty little domes. These treats not only taste good but they look great too. Culinary win! Continue reading “Paleo Coconut Macaroons”
Simple, one pot dinners are my jam. When we get home from the gym every night we are ravenous, and after we feast neither Jameson nor I have much ambition to tackle a lengthy clean up. So I am always looking to create flavorful meals that adhere to our dietary preferences, and can be accomplished quickly and painlessly. This soup meets all our lofty, stringent criteria. Also, if you are like me and don’t eat meat you can skip the chicken all together- it will still be spectacular. Or if you reside in a household (like ours) with a mix of herbivores and carnivores, simply cook the chicken in a pan on the side and stir into the soup when you add in your avocado. This is the perfectly effortless meal that is flexible enough to meet everyone’s needs. Continue reading “Paleo Chicken, Lime and Avocado Soup”
It is the last weekend of the Crossfit Open and thus the last Crossfit NYC comp team gift exchange. The entire team has been unreal these past five weeks, so they have each earn their treats each week. This week Jay drew one of our all time favourite people, Sofia. I decided to play around with my protein bar recipe to see if I could make a copy cat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bar at home (and subsequently fuel my problematic addition to these bars). Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Quest Style) Protein Bars”
Last week I made Quest-Style Protein Bars for the Crossfit NYC open WOD secret Santa. This week Jameson drew our lovely, sweet fellow west-coaster, Kaylin. Again Jameson was away in the midwest most of the week traversing state lines so I pitched in to help prep her gift. I wanted to make her a treat to reward all the hard work she has put in during these grueling work outs, while still being mindful of overall healthiness. I played around with my traditional cookie recipe to create this completely flour-less cookie that is as healthy as a cookie can be. Better yet, you only need five ingredients to whip them up, and you only mess up one bowl in the process. Thus prep and clean up is moderately effortless. Happy Saturday! Continue reading “Flourless (almost Paleo-ish) Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies”
It has been awhile since I brought you a new recipe. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. We have actually had countless dinner parties in the intervening time between food centric posts. My culinary silence is merely due to the fact our life has been bananas, and I haven’t had the moments to sit down and pen out the meals we have concocted. So I figured I should rectify the situation promptly and bring you a new, simple, no bake treat to enjoy!
For those of you who haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet, it is the Crossit Open right now. Every Saturday the Comp team at CF NYC does their open workout publicly so spectators can come ogle at their impressive skills (and cuteness). The team has been doing a secret santa for each other each week. Before the weekend they draw names and each team member gets or makes something small for the person they drew. This week Jay got our badass friend Kate, and since he was away all week I tackled prepping her gift. I have an out of control addiction to Quest bars which my wallet feels in spades. I have been seeing homemade versions Pinterest and figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at them. Unfortunately, the first couple recipes I tried didn’t quite work out- probably because protein power can be variable and finicky. I wound up augmenting and combining a bunch of the recipes, and also looking at the ingredients list on Quest Bars (where I learned I can pronounce only a fraction of them) to create these pretty awesome bars. The result were Quest-like protein bars that are not only Paleo but also comprised of ingredients that I can pronounce. Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars”
Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but luckily we Canadians live in America so we still have American Thanksgiving to look forward to. This recipe for Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey is my go-to for any meal intended to feed the masses. We hosted Canadian Thanksgiving a few weeks back where this dish was the main attraction. Next week, we will be cooking another bird for friends who remain in the city for American Thanksgiving, where again this recipe will take center stage. This non-traditional approach to prepping a turkey leaves you with a moist, succulent and flavorful meat that is always a hit. So be prepared to hide any remnants you want to keep for leftovers during your feast otherwise you may be disappointed to find nothing left once your guests depart. This thanksgiving we hope you enjoy your turkey, but most important savor those you share it with. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey”
I love the suburbs (not that this is news to any of you). To take our uncool points to the next level, not only do I love suburbs but I adore small, university towns because I really, really, really like school. We Jordan’s make a point to stop at iconic college campuses wherever we go (even if it requires three extra tolls and an hour and a half detour on our Trans American road trip). So on Tuesday when Jay had a site visit to Connecticut I couldn’t stop myself from tagging along for the night to explore the picturesque Yale campus. With it’s cherry blossoms, crooked streets and ancient architecture it was nothing short of adorable. Add to our adventure that we stopped in Darien, CT, which easily could be described as the loveliest small town in America, and I would say it was a trip worth making.
Before we set out I had two meetings and a class to attend, which left little time to cook dinner. So in light of our pending getaway I kept dinner simple with this delicious, warm salad. Besides a little chopping of the cauliflower, radishes and avocado, the hands on time is minimal. So enjoy this fast, light spring dinner because this gem is not your traditional, mild mannered spinach salad.
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Clearly I am on a culinary roll this week. It is shocking what can be accomplished when I am facing of a daunting level of work, and thus in desperate need of a creative outlet. Today’s soup comes to you as an extra show of love for Jameson who has been so supportive and patient in the midst of all the crazy. Even taking the time to walk me around the Upper West side until 10:30pm last night as I breathed in the fresh air, cleared my head and tried to let go of the day. In the meal planning process I often tend to favor my dietary preferences, and rarely cook him anything with animal protein. So on days when I am feeling extra thankful for the emotional, physical and mental resource he is for me day in and day out, I tend to plan meals that have him in mind. What makes this soup extra special is that the chef can opt the meat in or out (or add it just to the carnivorous bowls at the end like we do), thus making it the perfect flex meal for differing palates and culinary restrictions. Meat or meatless you will still get ample protein from the black beans and the flavor isn’t hindered in either version. This is a substantial, hearty meal, so enjoy. Continue reading “Spicy Fajita Soup”