I got a peaceful easy feeling (and an easy supper idea!)

by lydia on June 6, 2010

I had a wonderful day today! Sunday’s can be so peaceful, they just have their own easy breezy feeling about them. At least lately they have felt that way to me!

One of the highlights of my day (now don’t laugh please), was doing a brief kettlebell bursting workout after my pilates workout. I started using a kettlebell about a month ago, and I just love it. Actually, I marvel over this wonderful creation, simply marvel. I first have to say,  I have never enjoyed doing lunges or squats. Never! I happen to know they serve a great purpose and are a highly recommended form of strengthening exercise. Still, knowing this does not encourage me to take part in them. However, thanks to the kettlebells, I now actually enjoy squats and lunges. They somehow take the focus off of the torture and make it fun! Not to mention they add an additional benefit to your core muscles, making your exercise time more effective. I am a fan! Truly!!

Tonight I whipped up dinner out of  random items in my fridge. I had some pork loin, probably about a pound and a quarter or so. I decided I would do stir fry, since I was in the mood for something quick and simple. I gathered broccoli, zucchini, the last of the scraggly scallions, about 4, and a handful of fat baby bella mushrooms. I cut the pork up into small pieces and marinated it in a dish with about a half a cup of gluten free tamari, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of honey, 2 minced cloves of garlic, about 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger, and maybe a third cup of chicken stock. I marinated this for about an hour. For the veggies I cut them up, the broccoli in small pieces the zucchini I sliced into quarters lengthwise and then cut into small slices, I half and sliced the mushrooms and sliced up the scallions. I also minced 2 more garlic cloves, and grated a nice sized hunk of ginger, about 1 1/2 inches all around. Finally, I realized that I personally would be happy with just the meat and veggies, but the kids might want more than that. So I roasted up some red potatoes with lard, salt and pepper as well.

While the potatoes were happily roasting away, I heated a chef’s pan on high and added a large dollop of lard. One by one I added the veggies, first the broccoli for 2 minutes, then the mushrooms for 1 minute, then added the zucchini for a minute, then finally added the scallions and ginger and garlic. Stirring it will after each addition. A few times I added a bit more lard to the pan. I also whisked together equal amounts of soy sauce and chicken stock, with about a tablespoon of arrowroot  powder and added that to the veggies at the end. I put them in a covered dish so I could use the same pan to stir fry the pork. Again I heated the lard in the pan, then added the pieces of meat to the pan, stir fried for a few minutes until they were no longer pink and added the marinade over top. For some reason I was compelled to top this all with toasted sesame seeds, but instead the cashews leaped out at me. So I toasted some cashews briefly in the toaster oven. And whallah, a very random thrown together meal that my kids actually thanked me for, all on their own with no prodding from me whatsoever. Caleb, my oldest, raved over and over and over about how good it was. Seriously!
That said, I thought perhaps I’d share this dish with you all in case one day you may decide to try something like it. Super simple, super tasty and super fast!! 


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Phil June 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

Nice Eagles song…you know funny you mention kettlebells. Bit beyond me yet, but I watched a Sean and Steve Cotter video on them and thought that's exactly the sort of weight-bearing exercise I would like to do…powerful,coordinated full body movements…my brain's skitting around so I only could take in some of the food stuff, but it sounds lovely.

lydia June 8, 2010 at 12:36 am

Ha, yeah I like that song!! ;)I don't think kettlebells are beyond you – you can get any weight you can think of and I only do like 10 minute burst workouts with them. I really love them!! Really!!! Like, really really!!! As for the recipe, I realize it's not written down the best way – I was just explaining how I made it and I guess perhaps a recipe format may be more helpful!!

Phil June 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Ha, but I want to use some heavier ones for a bit more muscle mass, Lyds, doing cleans, jerks, snatches…and I don't think I better start that until I feel fine! Hey, did you see that exercise video with Steve Cotter that Sean put up at undergroundwellness on Youtube? The recent one? I love those "tea cup" exercises. That'll do my shoulders much good.

lydia June 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I'll have to check out the video – I haven't watched a video in awhile, I guess I am due ;)Still can't do a full on real push-up…………..DOH!!

Phil June 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I expect you'll get there, lol 😉 Maybe try doing some dumbbell presses laid on your back or a bench. Use kettlebells even? See if that helps.Yes, I do do pushups sometimes…kettlebells would be intense. Need to be fresh for power work. Can't wait to get better and get doing stuff like that. Want this body an athletic 185-195 maybe!

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