Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Whole30 Day 5 and Okra Beef Stew Recipe

I was a bad blogger today. I promised to document my Whole30 and I forgot to take any pictures until dinner. I ate plenty, though, so I will just describe it to you!

Our day started with our final Elements class at Clark Floyd CrossFit. I ate a small bowl of blueberries, cantaloupe and coconut milk before our workout. I haven't talked too much about my introduction to CrossFit yet, but I hope to start posting about it more often. We had a pretty tough workout so I snacked on a banana with almond butter right after we left. Breakfast #2 was leftover Zesty Italian Brunch Bake from yesterday. I am really trying to cook more recipes that will leave leftovers because I love waking up and knowing breakfast is already good to go.

Lunch was at my desk and consisted of leftover chicken stir fry from yesterday and a small side salad. As per usual, I just mixed it all together and made one giant salad.

My afternoon snack was snap peas, salsa and a few slices of Applegate Farms turkey. I feel like I don't even know who this girl is that eats vegetables as a snack, but I like her!

For dinner we finished off the Okra Beef Stew from Sunday (see below for recipe). I made a side salad of romaine, cucumber, onion, almonds, olives and cantaloupe. We were lucky to have dinner already prepared because we had to rush right back out the door for volleyball.

After the game, we settled in to watch True Blood! True Blood is my favorite show, equally as favored as Mad Men. Those are the only two shows that I just hate to miss (except for CBS Sunday Morning, of course). Oh, a recent new addition is Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition! Have you seen it? I am obsessed with it. I really like, Chris, the trainer and I like the format of the show. Some of these people drop half their body weight in a year, but I feel like they do it in a healthy way. I never liked The Biggest Loser because I felt like they weren't setting the contestants up with the proper tools to continue their healthy lifestyles at home. But on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition the contestants spend the majority of the year in their own homes, they still go to work and they have to find a way to make healthy eating and fitness work in their everyday lives.

That was a bit of a departure, what I really meant to say was that I had a small bowl of chopped apples, cashews, chopped figs and coconut milk while I watched True Blood. The end.

Okra Beef Stew
Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours, 15 minutes

2 cups chopped okra
1 lb beef stew meat, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce (any kind you have on hand)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped

Add all ingredients other than sun dried tomatoes to a crock pot. Stir well.
Cook on low heat for 7 hours.
Divide stew between bowls and top each with sun dried tomatoes.