Sunday, December 6, 2015
Yes, it's true - a baby is on the way. Ger and Cassie are getting Mikko a human. Won't it be strong and beautiful and smart? Well, the odds are good on that. I'lll be praying for all those things and more. I'll keep you posted, either here or on feedinggersasser.com, where I'm putting most of my new posts. Click here to read all about it: READ MORE - BABY DUE IN JULY
Monday, November 2, 2015
So, since I'm a left handed gal in cast since Sept 24, I haven't been posting much on here. I hope to get this waterproof cast off on Nov 10 if the X rays look good. Then I'll get a brace and start working on the wrist rehab. (been working the thumb already)
Needless to say, eating has been a challenge - I can't cook with just my non dominant hand, I can hardly get food INTO my mouth with my right hand...and what else? I bought a new dishwasher and it's sat in my kitchen floor for an entire week now. (If anyone out there is trying to think of a job that is needed, this might be a great idea...)
But, tonight Jack, Isaac, I am going to Ger and Cassie's house. They made chili. Jess is bringing grilled cheese sandwiches. How nice is that? I'm looking forward to it.
Don't you love the shirts in the photo? Kim saw them and just had to get them for Ger and Cassie. The SASS is STRONG with them, for sure! I can't wait to see them in these matching shirts.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Chicken Paprikash is a traditional Hungarian dish that uses Paprika as a main ingredient in the cooking of chicken thighs until extremely tender and flavorful. I took the old family recipe and changed it up, using Paleo ingredients and Smoked Paprika and everything compliments the other ingredients to the point of perfection.
Smoked paprika has a deeper color and a more intense flavor than normal paprika. it's filled with vitamin C and carotenoids and we all know the long list of benefits to our health that come with that, right?
So, try this easy and efficient recipe for your health and strength in your meal prep plan this week. Chicken thighs are also economical, even when they're organic.
Here's the recipe: Paleo Chicken Pepper Paprikash
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Skillet meals can be fast and healthy. This one is faster than most because of some healthy precooked apple chicken sausage. We all need recipes where we can prep some paleo fuel and get on with our lives. (I bet your to-do list is as long as mine)
So, when you plan your meal prep sessions, this recipe is extra-fast - you'll be filling up your containers in no time.
This photo shows the recipe with added leftover Kicked Up Carrots. Check out the recipe here: READ MORE
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Figs. Have you read about the nutritional powerhouse that figs provide? Did you know that you can substitute figs in any recipe that has dates 1:1? The more figs are researched, the more health benefits are found and since they've been around for over 5,000 years, I think it's time you gave them some attention.
People who are new to figs sometimes find the fresh ones...weird. All those different textures and the seeds and sometimes just the look of them stop some people in their tracks.
Even the dried figs have a consistency that some find hard to love.
What's the answer to this? Throw them in the Vitamix and sweeten up a JouleFuel smoothie. It's seriously good stuff! click here for the recipe: Berry Blend JouleFuel Smoothie
Monday, September 7, 2015
We were all craving corn and hadn't had any yet this season. I wanted to find the healthiest corn possible in this area; not an easy task, but farmer's markets and the Wild Ramp would be the best bets. Since we try to eat Paleo most of the time, and healthy all the time, I wanted this corn to be as special as I could make it so, of course, I wrapped it in bacon. Lots of bacon. Because that stuff will shrink.
Everyone wanted more corn than I had. That's a good sign of a great recipe, right? Hopefully this will convince you to make this easy recipe. The photo on the recipe shows them cooked and they are awesomely beautiful.
Seriously. Click here for the recipe: READ MORE
Sunday, September 6, 2015
This amazing round steak recipe gives you the most delicious and tender way to easily prepare round steak. It can be made strict Paleo if you leave out the quinoa.
But, let's talk about quinoa. It's not a grain. It's a seed, technically, from the goosefoot plant.
So, it is gluten-free and better for you than grains. Most people process quinoa effectively. It's not like we eat it often, but now and then we enjoy it. There's only a cup of red quinoa in this crock pot recipe and it's a wonderful addition to your paleo diet now and then unless you are a STRICT Paleo person.
I like to load my crock pot the night before and place the insert into the fridge.
The next morning, I'll see the post-it note on the coffee pot that reminds me to take it out of the fridge and plug it in and set it. It is the perfect way to have a great meal ready when I get home from work, and no matter how stressful the day might try to be, I know I'm going to fuel up my people with a healthy dinner.
Check out the recipe here: READ MORE
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I'm sitting in the Oakland airport waiting to fly home and catching up on recipe posts. We've had such a great time and got to spend a lot of time with Ger! It was great that Cassie was here at the same time, too! The San Francisco Fire won their match against the LA Reign and move on to the playoffs on Sept 16. Ger and the Fire will play the Phoenix Rise again in Anaheim.
We especially enjoyed our dinner last night at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club. It's nowhere near water but the food was so perfect that it didn't matter at all. I had tender sea bass, Jack and Ger had the halibut and roasted beets, and Isaac had lobster mac n cheese. All of this was after oysters on the half-shell. We finished up with one creme brûlée for the 4 of us to share.
Now, it's time to get back to business, right? This new Spaghetti Squash Baby Kale Chicken Marinara is a perfect blend of clean ingredients that will fuel you up for all your many successes. For the recipe, CLICK HERE.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I am sitting here at the Treehouse in Sunol and I finally have time to blog this recipe. It's so beautiful here. I'm in the Redwood cabin section of the house, all cozy, and the views out all the windows are relaxing and green. The weather is perfect. If you even get a chance to be out this way, this place is a great rental. Richard seems to have thought of everything you could possibly need for a perfect stay.
AND the San Francisco Fire won their match yesterday against the LA Reign. We love watching our team live and yesterday was no exception! The Fire brought the win with finesse and strength and the crowd was #FiredUp!
What else is great? Ger and Cassie will be texting soon about when they can get together with me, Isaac, and Jack. Who knows what we'll do today? We've ridden the bart to a Giants game, eaten sushi, eaten a fabulous breakfast at Denica's (video on Instagram @feedinggersasser), checked out the Firehaus, and had a sleepover.
Anyway, enjoy your family. Make these bars. Have an adventure. Find the recipe HERE.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
This is from the feedinggersasser Instagram account yesterday:
JouleFuel reached out to me and Ger and Cassie and we checked them out and found them to be a very clean product. Then they graciously sent us some JouleFuel to try out. The insert says "A nutritional drink derived from whole food sources infused with vitamins and minerals intended to give the body what it needs to sustain energy."
This stuff comes in handy. Click here for some of my Smoothie recipes using JouleFuel. Read more here
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Do you get too busy with all the things you need to do that you let meal prep and healthy meal choices fall by the wayside? Then, do you notice that your energy levels or your patience are dropping off?
I'm a teacher. This time of year is when my school district has been in session a couple of weeks and I am already feeling the stress of the "list" getting longer and longer. I didn't eat great this week. I certainly didn't get to Crossfit Countdown enough. It's Saturday and I'm about to go back to ONE of my classrooms and work.
I'm also going to prep better for the upcoming week and stop beating myself up about it all. This Chunky Summer Slaw is one of the easy things I can do this weekend. You should try it. Find the recipe here
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Last night was our first Tuesday night Family Dinner with Ger gone. (He's in his second season with the San Francisco Fire and is training hard with his incredible team.) We had Roasted Lemon Shrimp with Sweet Potatoes and a zucchini/quinoa/cabbage/bonebroth skillet recipe that I haven't posted yet. I did notice that I didn't have the roasted zucchini recipe with sriracha lime sea salt SO I putting that one up now. Salttraders.com is where I get all my favorite sea salt and this one has been added to our favorites list. Salt Traders does not sponsor me - I just love the deep and wonderful flavors their smoked sea salt brings to great food.
I hope you try this Sriracha Lime Zucchini dish. Roasting only takes a few minutes. Here's the recipe:
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I love to have soup made. It's good for days. It's nutritious and filling, and you have one-bowl clean-up for each person eating. It lends itself well to meal prep and you can tweak it so many different ways. This soup has bone broth, ground bison, and many vegetables that pack a powerful antioxidant punch, like cabbage and onion.
|This organic cabbage was much bigger than my head!|
So, check out the recipe for Paleo Bison Vegetable Soup and live a big, healthy, happy life!
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Making soup is a wonderfully easy way to provide meals that increase nutrition and strength but you have to make sure you get lots of protein sources along with all those vegetables. When you feed athletes (and hey, we're all athletes, right?) you need lots of protein.
If you go for a vegetable based soup, you'll need to have meat on the side but high-protein soups are awesome one-dish meals that help us all keep up with our busy lives.
This delicious Andouille Sausage makes a great protein source for this soup. Check out the recipe: Read more
Sunday, August 2, 2015
The star of the dinner was Paleo Lemon Basil Steamed Salmon. Check out the recipe here: READ MORE
It paired well with Buttered Sweet Potatoes with Molasses, Paleo Broccoli Salad, and Hemp Seed Crusted Avocado.
After all of that, we didn't need dessert. We didn't even cut the watermelon. We talked about our health and wellness. laughed a lot, and played a card game.
What side dishes do you like to have with salmon? If there are leftovers, this salmon looks great in the middle of a salad, so go big when you pick out a slab of salmon and you will have two dinners ready and only one easy cooking session. If you have any food plan or prep questions, go to the ABOUT and look me up on social media or leave a question in the comments on the recipes here.
Friday, July 31, 2015
You need to eat nuts, but not too many nuts. It's easy to eat too many since they are so good. This new Paleo Cherry Crunch recipe blends several different nuts in with big dried cherries for their anti-infammatory properties, along with unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, coconut oil, and a little honey. I think you will love this one. Read the recipe here
Thursday, July 30, 2015
If you are afraid to try a meal prep session maybe you should invite a friend over and do it together. You have four hands instead of two for all the chopping and stirring. You can split all the food between the two of you. You can learn from each other and have a great time doing it. The time will fly by.
Paleo diet meal plans for Crossfit athletes or any other types of athletes can be a great way to increase your good food choices. Planning ahead is not that hard. It's food, not rocket science, so relax and have some fun with meal prep! Click here for 5 Tips for a Successful Meal Prep Session
Monday, July 27, 2015
This very simple recipe is one you can find many uses for. These avocado slices rolled in hemp seeds will compliment and increase the nutritional value of so many meals. Have you Googled the benefits of hemp seeds? No wonder they list it as a superfood. Maybe you already throw it into your smoothies - that's what mine was for.
You see, my sister gave me a birthday present that was themed (I love when she does that!) for Things for Your Vitamix Smoothies. There were cups and rounded lids and colorful straws. There were hemp seeds and figs, and all manner of other wonderful ingredients.
These hemp seeds aren't just for smoothies now! They look beautiful along the edges of avocado slices, don't they?
Hemp seeds boast a perfect balance of essential amino acids for good health, tons of protein, and boost the immune system. That's worth checking out this simple recipe, right?
Read more here for the simple recipe.
Also, you can check out 13 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado here - 13 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado
Pork Chop perfection - that sounds like something you want to accomplish in the kitchen, right? This recipe gives you that. The broiler makes it quick and easy and the sauce is easy and keeps the pork chops moist and tender. This is a great meal prep recipe. Just make some Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and some Paleo Roasted Broccoli (or Cauliflower) and then portion everything out into containers. Maybe share with a friend! Here's the Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce Pork Chops Recipe Revisit: Read more
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Wash those beet greens. Throw in some other greens if you like, like spinach or kale. Add a little bacon grease and you'll have a side dish that's packed full of vitamin A, K, C. calcium, and a little iron. These dark, leafy beet greens are great for your health. They can also be juiced or thrown into soup stock. So, don't throw them away. Check out this great paleo diet recipe for Wilted Beet Greens: Read more
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Goji berries can seem hard and not worth eating to some people but they are such an antioxidant-filled superfood that you should work on finding ways to put them into your meal plans. They are dried and chewy and a little sweet with an herb aftertaste.
You could make up a batch of Goji Berry Breakfast Bars and bag them up as part of your Crossfit diet meal plan when you do a prep day. They are good for breakfast or a snack on the go.
If you don't have time for that just soak some goji berries in hot water and then put this Chicken Goji Pear Salad together. Here's the recipe: Read more
If you don't have a dutch oven, you may want to borrow one just for this recipe. The aromas in your house will convince you to go buy one, and maybe to cook Feeding Ger Sasser recipes more often, too. Paleo chicken recipes like this one are a mainstay to your weekly meal prep. This chicken is tender and so flavorful. Fuel up. It's all about the food. Check out the Stout Chicken in a Dutch Oven recipe here: Read more
The best Paleo side dishes, like this Sautéed Red Cabbage and Vegetables, should be easy, delicious, and pack a big nutritional punch. Versatility is also a great way to liven up your meal plan. Check out how this colorful Feeding Ger Sasser recipe completely fits the bill. Read more
Friday, July 24, 2015
Ger and Cassie's first year wedding anniversary is days away. When I think back to that day there are so many awesome memories filled with love and family and friends. This photo shows me and all my kids AND my mom. She is having a bad spell of gout right now and it just makes me think about how important your food intake actually is. (I hate it when she is hurting)
If we ALL only had the discipline that Ger has we'd all be healthier and stronger. So, here's another Recipe Revisit of orange roughy in almond flour that will keep you healthy, taste great, and not take much time to make. Fish Fillets with Almond Meal and Coconut Oil: Read more
This Oyster Mushroom Blend is a skillet full of so many nutrients and it has a great time-saving trick. Do you see that container of Kale Salad? It has kale, carrots, and purple cabbage. Sure, you could eat it as a salad but you can also COOK it in this skillet recipe and you don't have to wash and chop all those things up. When you tell me you need quick and easy ideas, I've got your back. So, get some more mushrooms into your life, throw in a diced pepper, and check out this great paleo recipe for busy crossfit athletes right here: Read more
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Last night 45 great humans gathered at the Ironton Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the GRID match between the San Francisco Fire and the Phoenix Rise on NBC Sports. It was fun to watch Ger Sasser, #36, watch the match, and to eat so many wings! #grid #firedup
I've got 2 more Tuesday night Family dinners to plan and prep before his second season with the Fire. We'd had Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops last week and I was texting with Ger to see if he had any requests. His answer was "don't eat enough fishes" so I suggested crab legs or a big slab of salmon. Use the search box here if you want to see all the salmon recipes at once. And, check out this easy way to prepare crab legs at home because we are all athletes and we don't eat enough fish. Lemongrass Crab Legs
Four different kinds of potatoes, when roasted, give you more nutrients and an interesting flavor profile. This recipe also gives you an easy way to have a side dish that's just perfect for putting into containers alongside a protein when you are doing some meal prep for your busy week. Read more
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I like cooked radishes much better than thrown in a salad. Once I started throwing them into stir-fry or just sautéing them in butter I kept reading about how trendy this was. I hope you give them a try, whether you like them or not. Peeling them gives you less of that peppery bite. So does cooking them. You might be surprised just how good they can be!
Nutritionally, they are a powerhouse in the cruciferous family and carry all those cancer-protection nutrients. Seriously, check them out. Buttered Radishes Red Pepper and Kale: Read more
A couple of my favorite athlete/beasts are coming over for dinner tonight and I've got an awesome Crossfit diet meal planned. We're having Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal, Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops, and a big skillet full of red cabbage and apples from the farmer's market this morning. We all know about the cancer-preventative wonders of cabbage, right? Red cabbage goes one step further with its added nutritional benefits so sauté up this great side dish for your health. Read more
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ger and Cassie - aren't they just the cutest? Their 1-year wedding anniversary is August 2 and he heads out for the second season with the San Francisco Fire team on August 9. This means I have three Tuesday Family night dinners before that. This Tuesday will be a sort of a surf and turf, since I just picked up some grass fed rump roast at Whole Foods and I'll also have Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops. Have you made them? They are so awesome. Check them out here: Read more
Thursday, July 16, 2015
What if you ate all the fresh vegetables in your kitchen? You still need a side dish ASAP. Do you have a can of pumpkin? Some bacon? Coconut flour? You're good to go. This recipe really comes in handy. Read more
This recipe revisit from Feb 9, 2013 is for when you get tired of making turkey burgers plain. We know you are busy and turkey burgers are fast and easy but they don't always have to be just heated up the same old way. This is an easy way to sauce them up. Give it a try!
Paleo Sauced Turkey Burgers: Read more
... you are going to be glad you made this. Ger Sasser flies out to the San Francisco Fire team on August 9th. That leaves me three Tuesday night family dinners before then and THIS dessert is coming up next. (It's Paleo Ginger Peach Cobbler)
Check out this Recipe Revisit from July, 2013 to see why. Read more
These paleo macaroons with fresh lemon juice are easy to mix up and pop into the oven. Then you have time to throw something into the skillet for dinner, or make a big salad. Meal prep can be so easy if you just plan ahead. If you need a little one-on-one meal prep coaching and motivation, reach out to me on social media - my contacts are on the "ABOUT" page. Also, check out these lemon macaroons Read more
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Gluten-free, no sugar, and easy? This paleo cake is the way to go for breakfast, snack, or a guilt-free dessert. It also does well in containers for meal prep. Read more
When you meal prep, try something different now and then. You don't want to get stuck in a rut and get bored. Mushrooms are worth finding a favorite. Many mushrooms in your athlete diet meal plan will give you many different nutrients and keep your immune system running in high gear. So, check out Paleo Shiitake Mushrooms. Read more
This Recipe Revisit from July 28, 2012 is about pan-frying fish in macadamia nut oil, which has good fats, antioxidants, and a great flavor. The recipe is called Ger's Talapia, but if you want to substitute any other fish, please go for it. We aren't big tilapia fans anymore after reading about it being a bottom-feeder and that there are other, cleaner fish to eat. Read more
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
You just really should make these. They are so flavorful. I love eggs, don't you? I've been asking people lately if they could just eat one food for the rest of their lives, what would they choose? Bacon? Eggs? Tomatoes? It's a tough question but making this recipe is the right choice. Read more
Almonds with a light coating of cocoa and honey, slowly roasted in your oven, cooled off and broken up into chunks... can you just imagine that scent in your kitchen? Can you imagine grabbing a bag of them as you hurry out the door? Planning is key and this Recipe Revisit from July, 2012 is so easy!
This macaroon recipe is worth the trouble, and it's no trouble at all. We all need a treat now and then. This one has no sugar, just a little honey and a few dark chocolate chips, if you want. It has no preservatives, of course, just healthy nutrients. You'll want to eat them warm and gooey. Here's the Recipe Revisit from July 29, 2012 - Read more
Monday, July 13, 2015
You can eat a great salad at Fat Patty's but when you make it at home, you know exactly the quality of every ingredient. That can make a big difference when it comes to making choices for your health and sports performance. Take a look at the July 31, 2012 Recipe Revisit. Cobb Salad
I've been throwing beet greens away, or composting them for years, but no more! (Sorry, bunnies...) Now they are a great part of getting some green nutrients into us and not wasting them. Click here to see how easy this is with a little bacon grease. Read more
Check out this recipe if you are looking for a one-dish way to put a great dinner on the table. Organic chicken breasts under marinara sauce sit atop a delicious concoction of spinach, mushrooms, spaghetti squash and ricotta cheese. Get your grocery list ready and click here for the recipe - Read more
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I hope you are giving fresh cherries the attention that they deserve. I've read that cherries:
1. Ease pain (like from arthritis, gout, and WEIGHT-LIFTING)
2. Are full of vitamins
3. Lower blood pressure
4. Fight cancer
5. help you SLEEP
Here's what I did:
I measured 2 cups of pitted fresh cherries and 2 cups dried wild blueberries and put them into a 8 x 8 square baking dish.
In a bowl, I stirred up the following ingredients with a fork:
1/3 cup local honey (if you use raw honey, you might want to warm it a bit so it will mix better)
2/3 cup unblanched almond flour (but blanched would be fine)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 cup organic coconut milk from a can
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
I put this mixture on top of the fruit.
In a small glass dish I melted 4 TBSP pasture butter (Kerry Gold, from grass fed cows) and then poured it over the top of the cobbler. See?
I put it into a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. Oh. My. Goodness.