Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing

For Friendsgiving on Sunday, I gave Slesh the very important responsibility of bringing the stuffing.  Would you not agree that stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner?  I mean, I kind of eat turkey all the time.  In deli form, in roasted form, in ground form, substituted for beef, whatever.  It’s kind of old news.  But it’s not every day that I get to stuff my face with the awesomeness of stuffing.
When Slesh told me she was going to try her hand at a primal version of stuffing, I was all like “oh sure, no problem!” but inside I got NERVOUS.  How hypocritical of me, right?  Here I am, always trying to influence you guys to get creative and try to make healthier concoctions of things.  But there are just always those things, like apple blondies with brown sugar frosting, that shouldn’t be healthified.
And until Sunday, I thought that good ole stuffing was one of them.
I was wrong, folks, I was wrong.

Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing

Slesh’s version of the recipe below was inspired by one she saw on PaleOMG

Ingredients
  • 1.5 lb ground Italian pork sausage
  • 4 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 portabella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil, throw diced sweet potatoes on it, sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, then set aside.
  2. While those cook, pull out a large skillet, place it under medium-high heat and place chopped bacon in it to begin to cook down. When some of the fat has seeped out and bacon has begun to cook, add your chopped apples, celery, and onions.
  3. When onions begin to become translucent, add ground pork and mushrooms and your white wine vinegar.  Let that cook down until pork is almost completely cooked through.  You will be placing it in the oven so you want it pretty close to done.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once the sausage is all done, add mixture to a bowl to cool.  Now beat your eggs, add to your sausage mixture, and add your chicken broth, along with your sweet potatoes, nuts, and dried cranberries.  Mix well.
  5. You can now either use a 9×13 baking dish to place your stuffing in OR place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Either way will work.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until everything is a bit browned.

YUM.  Thank you, Slesh, for changing my mind about this.  Typically I steer clear from bacon and sausage (I really just don’t like them, especially sausage), but I do like chicken and pork sausage and thought this was delicious.  Definitely a lower carb option, primal style, for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Or maybe even year round.

Would you ever consider making this for Thanksgiving in lieu of regular stuffing?  What food do you look forward to the most for Thanksgiving dinner?

Two A Day Tuesday time!  I have a funny playlist ready to go for tonight.  At least I think it’s funny.  We’ll see how many crickets are in the crowd later though.  Have a great night!

Monday Night at the Gym

Goooood morning.

Last night I was pumped and ready to get my cardio on, especially after too much food at Friends-giving on Sunday.  I had grand plans to do some Best Body Bootcamp climbing intervals on the elliptical, but when I got to the gym around 5pm I decided I just didn’t feel like “machining it.”  Ashley’s Cardio Cutz class sounded much more fun and would work well with the timing of my night:

5:00-5:30
Hang signs for Thanksgiving schedule, review feedback forms from suggestion box, gather instructor certifications.

For those wondering about the Thanksgiving schedule:

5:30-6:15
Ashley’s Cutz class, YAY.  I used 4 pound weights which I hadn’t done in a LONG time, and my arms were definitely feeling it!  For those unfamiliar with Cardio Cutz, it’s a Corpbasics class that is very high rep.  You really should never grab weights higher than four pounds, which maybe seems very light but I promise you by the end of a Cutz class your arms will certainly feel it even if just squeezing your fists the entire time without weights.  I was bummed I had to cut out of Cutz slightly early, but glad I finally could make this class for once.

6:15-6:30
Set up for Dynamax bootcamp, quick snack, choose playlist

6:30-7:00
30 minute check in meeting

7:00-8:00
Subbed Monique’s Dynamax class!  These folks worked SO HARD.  I love, love, LOVED teaching them.  Especially since I used a bunch of sweet moves from the Dynamax workshop I took at Boston Mania.  I was pumped to try the new exercises on a real class!!

Disclaimer:  I did not create some of the exercises below, nor did I come up with this entire class format on my own.  I also am not sure I am truly using the “official” names for some of the moves I did.  The material below is a combination of new formats I learned in Boston Mania, the results of some online searches today, and a little creativity on my behalf to put it all together.  For more on Dynamax, please click over to their website as well as their YouTube channel!  I want to make sure they get full credit for the things I post about them.

In this workout, anything noted with the word partner is obviously done with a partner, but it’s important to note that each partner takes a turn being the trainer versus the trainee.   Since my gym only has six Dynamax balls, anything noted with a slash (/) meant that one person was doing a move with the ball while the other was doing the other move on a mat.  Finally, anything listed by itself was done twice — the partners just alternated who used the ball for the move versus who did not.  That was kind of mean of me with squat jumps, pushups, and burpees all in a row… for  45 seconds with the ball, and 45 seconds without.

If you are interested in this kind of class, the Y offers it as part of our specialty group programming, and Monique is a fabulous instructor!!  The class is on Mondays from 7-8pm, and while we are halfway through the session we are offering the rest of the session classes at a pro-rated rate.  It’s pretty much the closest thing you will get to personal training without actually paying for personal training.  I’m subbing for Monique again next week, so if you want more information let me know.  I can get you the deets.

My core is already sore.  Sore core!  Let’s just say I have another new fitness obsession.

Have you tried Dynamax before?  Thoughts?

Have a terrific Tuesday!!  My night tonight is not a regimented as last night’s, but it IS Two A Day Tuesday.  Get excitedddd.