Shrimp Tapenade Topped Spaghetti Squash
Marla Sarris

Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp Tapenade

What’s on your plate? I’ve got a new dose of Paleo Porn to whet your appetite and a quick not-a-CrossFit class update.

Last week Friday was the half way mark for my two month not-a-CrossFit class and yesterday we did a deadlift workout that I thought would be fun to share. We’ve been using dumb bells all along and a few weeks ago on October 5th we did a similar workout where I maxed out in weight with two 45lb dumb bells.

Yesterday we did 8 rounds of 5 rep deadlifts. I started with two 25lb dumb bells and gradually worked my way up, jumping up in weight either by 5 or 10 pounds each round. On the last round I maxed out with the 75lb dumb bells and finished all 5 reps. That’s a 150 pound deadlift! I just realized while typing that out that that’s 15lbs more than I weigh!!

Did I mention that the 75lb dumb bells are ginormous? The 65 pounders had a thicker handle that I could barely get my hands around and the heavier they got, the more they would slip out of my hands. With the last 2-3 rounds I had Tim, Jason and Dan spotting me so I didn’t drop them on my toes.

Everyone increased their max weight since that October 5th workout so that was pretty cool to see.

After that we did:

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  • 10 Toes to rings
  • 100m run
  • 1 perfect wall walk
  • 20 seconds rest
  • Rinse and repeat for a 15 minute AMRAP.

This workout really killed my shoulders and arms. By the last round I could barely squeak out the toes to rings, which just made me mad and want to work harder. I was happy to hear a Disturbed song come on at the last minute mark because it gave me that little extra push I needed to finish strong.

After class I went to the post office to mail an extremely light package and I could barely open the door to walk inside. That, to me, is the sign of a good workout.

But enough about my not-a-CrossFit class, let’s get to the food.

With the leftover tapenade I had sitting and staring at me in the fridge, just waiting for me to use it on something, I decided to incorporate it into our dinner. I baked a spaghetti squash, made some fresh tomato sauce, sautéed some large shrimp for some added protein and decided to top the shrimp with the tapenade. Even though Jeff couldn’t stand the smell of the olives, I think the shrimp and tapenade paired well together.

I’ve got one more idea that I’ll be sharing soon for how I plan to use up the rest of my tapenade. How have you served tapenade?

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