Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs
Marla Sarris

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs and a Burpee Challenge [video]

On Thanksgiving I taught my little sister’s dog Kix how to do a burpee. Then I challenged him to a dual and we got it all on video! :)

Hannah’s been training Kix for a few months now and boy has he grown since his first photo session. She was showing me all his tricks on Thanksgiving and I decided to put it all together. He caught on quickly with the combination of moves to create a burpee. Then I showed Gail Jean how to lead him through the motions and Kix & I had a little burpee throwdown. But you can see it all for yourself in the video below, thanks to Jeff. :)

This weekend we ate out quite a bit. Two different meals back to back on Thanksgiving day with our families. Dinner out for a friends birthday at DMK Burger on Friday night. Meat, meat and more meat at Q BBQ Saturday night. And we met up with the Paleo Chicago group for meatza at Lou Malnati’s on Sunday night, all of which was excellent. The long weekend was focussed on meat for a reason.

For the next 27 days I’ve decided to focus on a new challenge: Vegetarian Paleo recipes

There’s not many options for vegetarians who want to eat Paleo. When you take out grains, beans and rice you’re left with the essential building blocks of the diet: vegetables. I have family and friends who are vegetarian and if they have any interest in the Paleo lifestyle the options available are pretty much just large portions of veggie side dishes, or getting pretty creative with meat dishes by removing the meat. So I’ve decided to take the next 4 weeks and work on building some Paleo vegetarian recipes. Jeff & I have discussed this project multiple times in the past but I never wanted to give up eating meat. Not that I want to now, but I’m currently at a good point in understanding how foods react with my body that I felt it was a good time to give it a try.

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The problem is I love meat! I started this challenge yesterday and went 24 hours before I cheated.

My first meal was not really an issue. We have big-ass salads for lunch quite often and yesterday I made Spinach-Rocket salad (apparently Arugula salad in Greece is referred to as Rocket salad and you can bet your butt that Rocket will now be replacing Arugula in my vocabulary from this point on). We also had a quarter of an acorn squash topped with an egg over easy and half a pear with almond butter. Overall the meal was a good combination of raw and cooked veggies and a good source of protein with the egg and almond butter.

For this little project I’ve decided to periodically include eggs and fish in my diet as a source of protein, especially since I’m doing regular CrossFit classes now that my Not-A-CrossFit class is over.

Soooo 24 hours into my Paleo Vegetarian challenge and I totally cheated with dinner. I made cauliflower soup for me and had grass-fed beef going in the slow cooker for Jeff. This weekend someone sent me a korean short rib recipe that included pears, scallions and garlic and since I had all the ingredients I decided to give it a try. When the meat finished and I was ready to serve dinner I just had to try the ribs, they smelled so good! Instead of just having a taste I decided to have a full serving and just start over with the challenge today.

First impressions: This’ll be an interesting 27 days. Wish me luck. :)