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It’s a Mexican Fiesta!

CJM March 25, 2011 Dinner, Eating Paleo No Comments

Competition season is here. Which is also temptation season for me. I was driving to the gym the other day and saw a my first Robin this year, hooray, Spring is finally here!! The sky is bluer, the air is crisper and the trees are blooming. We can open the garage doors at the gym and run our fair share of 400′s. These are all great things that come along with Spring. However, there are a few things that aren’t so great…for keeping up with Paleo that is. Happy hours on patios, BBQs and beer, March Madness, dining out because it is just so nice outside…all of these things bring along hardships for the life we call Paleo.

We have sluffed off our Winter skin and started to come slowly out of hibernation, which means one thing, and one thing only…It’s Party Time. Now, I love to party and hang out with friends, but being the one out of the group who brings their own food to a BBQ, or forgoes the copious amounts of beer consumption is hard. Most of my friends are definitely sick of hearing about Crossfit and probably roll their eyes when I turn something down at a BBQ or leave the bun off the burger. So Spring is an interesting time to say the least.

So what is a fun loving gal supposed to do? Relax and find a nice balance that’s what. If you are BBQ-ing, bring a nice paleo side and stick with the meat. Try to stay away from the chips although that is a definitely testament to your willpower…good luck. At happy hour try to drink a glass of wine or hard liquor with a squeeze of lime and stay away from the beer.  And above all, remember, this is a lifestyle, not a jail sentence. What is the point of working out this hard, eating this clean, if you don’t get a day to relax, forget about Paleo and Crossfit and have fun with the people who love you? Isn’t that what life is about?

Enough about me…what about a recipe!!

Lately I have been on somewhat of a Mexican kick. I feel like there are so many great recipes that have the elements of Hispanic dishes while still staying completely Paleo. Plus they are super easy! One lately in particular that I has been a go to for me is called Mexican Pulled Chicken. The first time I made this dish I made the chicken and then stuff it in some peppers, the second time I just made the chicken and then ate it with some avocado all week. So, there are many ways to change it up and keep it fresh! And the absolutely best part about this dish, you throw everything in a slow cooker and forget about it for hours until it is ready to enjoy!! Oh BTW, I found this recipe online and now I can’t find the website I took it from, so if this is yours email me so I can link your website here!

Mexican Pull Chicken

3-4 Chicken Breasts

2 Jalapenos

1 can of diced tomatoes (I used the kind with a few green chilies in it for a little extra spice)

1/4 cup minced onions

1/4 cup chopped green peppers

1 tsp salt

2 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp ground cumin

Next Steps:

I used my food processor to dice up the jalapenos and the onions. Then put whole chicken breasts and all ingredients including the entire can of diced tomatoes, juice and all into the crock pot and stir. If the chicken isn’t totally covered add a little water. This will all cook down into a nice sauce. Set on low for 6-8 hours and forget about it until dinner!

When you are ready to eat (at least 4 hours in) shred the chicken using two forks until it is all pulled apart.

Now you are ready to enjoy! If you want you can also stuff inside a few peppers, drizzle with salsa and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the pepper is soft.

There you have it. Stay healthy, stay active and enjoy SPRING!

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