What’s up guys?! Happy Thursday 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m currently sitting outside in some amazing 80 degree weather, listening to a podcast, sipping on my Kill Cliff and talking to you lovely people! Let’s see, let me give you a little life update. I’ve had a lot of down time at my job which kind of sucks because doing 8 hours of nothing is SUPER boring as it turns out. However, this week I ended up getting some more work to do for my current project so that’s been keeping me busy at my day job. Outside of that, I had some friends visit a few weekends ago which was awesome. One of them I’ve seen multiple times since college and the other one I hadn’t seen just after graduation in 2012. The great thing about that weekend was we were able to pick up right where we left off. That’s how I think you know you’ve found some real friends. It was so great and made me wish we all lived closer together! While we all would have been content sitting around, watching movies and chatting, I made sure we got out and stayed active and checked out some local eats! I really try to make sure that even though I may be in “vacation mode” I’m still staying active and balancing what I’m eating. Luckily, my friends were visiting me so it was a little easier to make sure that happened. Plus it helped having friends who didn’t mind hanging around the garage while I got a quick workout in. I thought about trying to track my macros precisely that weekend but decided that I didn’t want to put that stress on myself while my friends were visiting. I instead focused on keeping my meals balanced. For instance, I knew Saturday night we were getting tacos and margaritas (if you’re in Cleveland you must check out Barrio!) so I was more mindful of what I was eating for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast that day was the easy breakfast plate from Cassy Joy’s AMAZING Fed and Fit cookbook (seriously if you haven’t ordered it yet, what’re you doing?) I even got my friends to try the lemony kale and they both loved it!! It was a perfect weekend!
Besides that I’ve settled into a pretty good schedule. I’ve started coaching more classes in the morning so I’ve started working out more in the mornings as well. I never thought I’d be able to settle into that schedule again but it’s been really great. If I coach 6am, I’ll WOD at 5am or vice versa. It can be tough (4AM alarms are the worst), but I’m usually really happy I got up to do it. Plus it’s been a huge bonus having my nights free to either train again, see some friends, get stuff down around the house or just lounge. I think the biggest thing that’s helped me adjust to this schedule has been being disciplined about my bed time. I think that is hands down one of the biggest differences in my energy levels and health recently. Sometime’s it’s annoying going to sleep at 8PM but because I don’t have to coach at night, I’m able to get stuff done, see Z and maybe even watch some Netflix before calling it a night. Speaking of Netflix, I watching Lemony Snicket and the Series of Unfortunate Events and I loved it! I liked the movie with Jim Carrey when I saw it but I definitely like the Netflix series with Neil Patrick Harris. I also started Better Call Saul which I’m really liking so far. What’re you guys watching?? Leave us a comment here or on Facebook or Instagram and let us know what you’re up to! We love to hear from you guys.
Alright now let’s talk about these meatballs. I came up with this recipe and wasn’t really sure how it’d turn out. Even as they were cooking, I wasn’t convinced they’d turn out good. Well boy was I pleasantly surprised! These sesame meatballs totally surpassed my expectations and now I get to share their yumminess with you! I had these during the week for lunch and every time I bit into them I just couldn’t believe how tasty they were. The sauce is seriously amazing. The great thing about these is how versatile they are. You can pair them with rice (if that’s what you fancy), some roasted veggies, veggie noodles or whatever the heck you want! I think they’d even be good on a gluten free bun! No matter what you choose, these sesame meatballs are sure to satisfy you.
- For meatballs;
- 1# grass fed ground beef
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1.5 tbsp cassave flour
- For Sesame Sauce;
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp red pepper
- green onion, for garnish
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- cilantro, for garnish
- 1. Turn oven to broil and line baking sheet with foil.
- 2.Combine meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
- 3. Split meat mixture into equal shaped meatballs and place on baking sheet.
- 4. Broil meatballs for 6-7 minutes, just enough to brown them.
- 5. Once meatballs are in oven, make sauce and set aside.
- 6. Once meatballs are browned, place is crockpot with sauce and cook on low for 3 hours.
- 7. Enjoy with rice, veggies or whatever you like!