THE PERFECT BURGER (PALEOMG)

Serves: 3 (Recipe from PALEOMG)

IngredientsFor the burgers:

1 pound (455 grams) ground beef
¼ medium red onion, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
salt and pepper, to taste
For the shoestring parsnip fries:
2 medium parsnips, peeled
½ cup (100 grams) coconut oil, melted
Garnish with:
sliced red onions
¾ cup (180 mL) Avocado Mousse (this will be released in our cookbook) – For now mashed avocado will be just as good!
romaine hearts
shoestring parsnip fries (from above)
Instructions
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the burgers without overworking the meat.
Divide meat into 3 equal portions and form into ½-inch (12-mm)-thick patties. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each burger. Set aside.
Using a spiral slicer or julienne slicer, cut the parsnips into strings.
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, and preheat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Once grill is hot, place the burgers on the grill and close the lid. Cook 6 minutes.
While the burgers are cooking, add the coconut oil to the saucepan. Test the oil by placing one parsnip shoestring in the oil to ensure the oil bubbles. Add the parsnips to the oil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown. When the parsnips finish cooking, place them on a paper towel−lined plate to drain.
Flip the burgers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, or until desired doneness. Remove the burgers from grill and let rest for 5 to 7 minutes.
To assemble the burgers, place each on a bed of lettuce and top with sliced red onions, ¼ cup (60 mL) avocado mousse, and parsnip fries.

TOUGH MUDDER 2014

This past weekend a team of us from Loudhouse CRUSHED TOUGH MUDDER CENTRAL TEXAS .  I thought I’d take a few minutes to share how truly awesome it was.

For me, this was my second Tough Mudder, and I must say I was less prepared physically for this one than the last. However, was reinforced for me is the fact that Crossfit is great  for preparing you for events like this, even with no specific run training.  Our biggest issue was a couple of us, including me, were cramping pretty bad at about the halfway point so we ended up walking quite a bit.

Below are some pics of the event and I can say with 100% certainty that everyone came away saying they had a great time and would do it again.  TEAM LOUDHOUSE!

PALEO-ISH

Paleo…ish

This past weekend we had a visitor from another box show up to WOD with us.  He was in for the weekend visiting family.  I always love to hear everyone’s Crossfit story so I asked how long he’d been doing Crossfit and how he liked it.  He told me that he’d been at CrossFit Silverback for about 8 months and that he had lost 65lbs.   Of course, I told him that was awesome.  Then I said… So, how’s your nutrition? To which he replied “paleo…ish”.  Which I thought was a great response.

If you guys know me at all, you’ve probably heard me talk about nutrition.  Nutrition is my passion, I have struggled my entire life to overcome obesity and related issues that were a direct result of poor nutrition while growing up.  You also know that I eat and recommend that everyone eat a paleo diet. Over the years I have been, at times, very dogmatic in my approach.  (This is the ONLY thing that works, and you are just being ridiculous if you don’t eat this way) Also, for years I have prayed that God would help me to find balance; balance to overcome my food demons.  What I have learned and what I still try to implement daily is an approach to nutrition that is flexible enough to “eat and be merry” and yet still reach my overall goals of health and fitness.

Enter paleo…ish.  I love this term because it is truly how I feel we should approach nutrition.  The approach…. Eat well most of the time, treat yourself occasionally and just enjoy life.  Don’t beat yourself up over that piece of cake, but don’t make it a daily habit either.

I have several friends that work at a local Mexican restaurant and they know that I love to come in on the weekends and enjoy some Mexican food and a margarita or a good beer but, then I go back to my normal diet after that meal.  I don’t make it an everyday thing, I make it an every now and then thing and I eat very clean the rest of the time.

Treats are awesome, enjoy them but, they should not make up the bulk of what you eat.

Need some help with your nutrition? Shoot me an email JASON@LOUDHOUSECROSSFIT.COM or message me on Facebook.