Bloody Mary Chilli (don't say her name 10 times in the mirror!)

In my pre-teens years, my friends and I would freak ourselves out saying Bloody Mary into the mirror 10 times. She never appeared, thankfully, but the thought still terrifies me. 

In my 20's I preferred the vodka-laced version. But these days I adore a Bloody Mary spice blend from a local vendor at our local Green Market. His name is Driss, and his company is Hadaya Spice. You can find him in PBG on Sundays. Tell him I say "Hi!"

This recipe is super simple. In fact, I'm just going to list the ingredients and the steps in between pics of the process. 

Feel free to use your own favorite chilli recipe and just add the spice mix. I love serving it inside a halved bell pepper with a green salad on the side.

 

{Ingredients}

  • 1 lb Grass-fed Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Pastured Pork Sausage
  • 1 Lb Pasture-raised Ground Turkey
  • 3 Slices of Nitrate-free Pastured Bacon
  • 1 28 oz BPA-free container of Diced or Crushed Tomatoes 
  • 1/2-1 Cup of Bone Broth
  • 1 Packet of Bloody Mary Seasoning (from Hadaya spice)

{Tools}

  • Dutch oven or I love to use an Instant Pot, pressure cooker

Sad Side note: My beloved Instant Pot was destroyed in my worst kitchen fail to date. Note to self:  When your child asks to help you cook and you are juggling 10 things, it's ok to say "Not now!"

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Back to the {Recipe}...

1. Chop whatever veggies you enjoy in your chilli. For me, this time I chose shallots and garlic. 2. Dice up the 3 uncooked bacon slices.

1. Chop whatever veggies you enjoy in your chilli. For me, this time I chose shallots and garlic.

2. Dice up the 3 uncooked bacon slices.

3. Saute Bacon bits in your pot until slightly crisp. 4. Add veggies and saute until translucent.

3. Saute Bacon bits in your pot until slightly crisp.

4. Add veggies and saute until translucent.

5. Add the meat and brown slightly in the pot. 6. The fun part! Season it up. Add the whole pack of Bloody Mary and a few generous pinches of salt. 7. Add the tomatoes and bone broth. 8. Set the Instant Pot on Manual for 20 minutes. If you are using a regular pot, bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer until the flavors meld, 45-60 min. 9. Once cooked, I like to stir in about 1-2 T of molasses to add a little smoky sweetness.

5. Add the meat and brown slightly in the pot.

6. The fun part! Season it up. Add the whole pack of Bloody Mary and a few generous pinches of salt.

7. Add the tomatoes and bone broth.

8. Set the Instant Pot on Manual for 20 minutes. If you are using a regular pot, bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer until the flavors meld, 45-60 min.

9. Once cooked, I like to stir in about 1-2 T of molasses to add a little smoky sweetness.

10. I like to use a potato masher to break up the meat chunks.

10. I like to use a potato masher to break up the meat chunks.

Voila! This is a great idea for Halloween night. If you are hosting a group serve in some red bell pepper halves to make it look extra red and bloody!

Bon Appetit!

Btw, I have found F[r] Metabolism and Tabata classes to save me from myself when the sugar-monster inside is awakened by this holiday. Incinerate that extra sugar by getting your redefined booty to classes and training!

 

Cashew Chicken Casserole

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This dish checks all of F[r]'s food rule boxes..

  • Veggie-packed
  • Protein-forward
  • Flavored up with healthy fats + gut-healing broth
  • Spiced up with a mix from one of our favorite local vendors.

In the Lavin household, this nourishing dinner makes THE BEST Lunch Leftovers.

I've adapted this recipe from Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Cookbook. If you are a cookbook lover, I highly recommend adding it to your library!

Bon Appetit!


Step 1: Gather

[Supplies: Food processor, Blender, Large Casserole dish, Large frying pan, Quality Knife]

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lbs Cooked Pastured Chicken (e.g. whole rotisserie, boiled, roasted, grilled, pressure cooked, etc.)
  • 1 Head of Org. Broccoli
  • 1 Head of Org. Cauliflower
  • 6-8 Cremini Mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 Shallot 
  • 1/2 or Whole Sweet Onion (adjust amount based on flavor preference)
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2-3 cups of Raw Cashews
  • 1-2 Cups Broth (preferably homemade bone broth or high quality brand like this one.)
  • Apple Maple Rub Spice Mix (from Hadaya Spice at the Gardens Green Market) or favorite poultry blend.
  • 1/2-1 Lemon
  • Sea salt and Pepper (for seasoning in stages)

Step 2: Prep (This recipe is super-easy when you prep in stages ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze the ingredients. Then all you'll have to do is make the sauce and assemble!)

  • Dice onions + shallots and mince garlic
  • Pulse in the food processor:
    • Broccoli + Cauliflower + Chicken + Mushrooms

Step 3: Cook

  • Boil water (a few cups) and submerge Cashews for 20-30 min, then drain. 
  • While cashews are soaking...
  • Preheat oven to 375 deg. Fahrenheit
  • Grease casserole dish with favorite cooking fat (Grass-fed Ghee or Butter, Palm Shortening, Coconut Oil, or our fave, rendered Bacon Fat)
  • Saute Onions, Shallots and Garlic in 1 Tbsp of cooking fat and 1-2 Tbsp of spices (see above list)- 3-5 min
  • Add "riced" Broccoli and Cauliflower and cook until slightly soft- 8-10 min
  • While veggies are softening...
  • Blend Cashews, Broth, Lemon juice and 3-4 Tbsp of Spice Mix to make sauce (taste and add sea salt as needed.)
  • Mix shredded chicken into the frying pan and pour the entire mixture into casserole dish
  • Pour in sauce, stir and bake, covered, for 20-25 minutes, then broil uncovered for 1-2 minutes

Tasty tips:

1. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top for a cheesy crust or skip to spare some calories. 

2. We LOVE Sriratcha sauce and highly recommend turning up the metabolism-boosting heat with your favorite hot sauce drizzled on top.


Don't forget F[r]'s 3 Step Process to rebuild your metabolism and acheive #ResultsWithLastingPower.

Re•NOURISH

(with satisfying meals + less snacks) 

+

Re•V UP

(your fat-burning engine by working out DAILY)

+

Re•PAIR

(tightness or pain with fascia massages and self-fascia care)

 To get the most MOJO from your time moving, you know where to go for the BEST workouts in town!

 

So I can eat chips and still fit in my jeans...

Hi F[r]iends!

One of the biggest fat loss pitfalls we witness is a disconnect from a personal fitness purpose. And I'm not talking the destination bikini body or the ever-elusive pound loss goal. Most of us are well-connected with our desire to look less FLAB and more FAB.

I'm talking about the smaller goals that help us get to the gym or outside moving each day.

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"So I can eat chips and still fit in my jeans!"

Yep, that came straight from the mouth of one of our most faithful F[r]iends. This girl juggles a full time job, two small kids, sports, school functions and still manages to sweat her booty off 4-5 times a week at F[r]. (For those of you who are trying to guess, she has a snarky sense of humor and her pretty face flashes a signature scowl at the sight of my crazy barre protocols or Orion's latest burpee variation.)

What makes her stay the course? Are her stressors different than ours?

Nope.

She has a clear sense of purpose. Most importantly, SHE defined it. Reasons, however small, drive the process and keep you going. As much as we want to get to the result, our success is determined by how well we engage in and embrace the process.

The F[r] Team wants you to succeed (sometimes more than you want it yourself!) 

If we could, we would tackle every barrier that gets in your way; but then there would be no learning or lasting change. We deliver the time-efficient tools and facilitate the process.

Remember: it's not the trendy new workout, magic superfood, or diet craze that transforms your life, it is the faith and sense of purpose within YOU!

#reasonstoredefine

Besides the big "WHY", we need to connect with the little things, besides

So I can show STRESS who is the boss of my life! And my kids can witness through the window what their Mama is really made of!

So I can show STRESS who is the boss of my life! And my kids can witness through the window what their Mama is really made of!

To create the happy, healthy LIFE my family DESERVES!

To create the happy, healthy LIFE my family DESERVES!

Because working out alone just isn't the same as sweating with F[r]iends!

Because working out alone just isn't the same as sweating with F[r]iends!

Because I need to be reminded of what my body is capable of!

Because I need to be reminded of what my body is capable of!

I want to prove that age is just a number!

I want to prove that age is just a number!

What's your REASON?

My new favorite "F" word...

My new favorite "F" word...

My new favorite F word is Fascia! Fascia is web-like system of connective tissue that runs throughout our bodies. Fascial pathways provide a messaging system to the brain about what's going on in the body.

There is a fix for your fascia problems. And the best part is you can do it yourself! Yes, with a little learning and dedication you can restore healthy fascia, smooth lumps and bumps and get your own body out of pain!