Mediterranean Venison Meatballs

I love game meats. I also love Mediterranean flavors, so I threw this together for dinner along with cauliflower rice and spinach and some shredded beets I had in the fridge (eat your veggies!!!)


1 lb ground venison or any ground meat your prefer

1 egg

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1 T cumin

1 T coriander 

1/2 t cinnamon 

1 t granulated garlic

1 t granulated onion

1/2 t cayenne pepper

1 t salt

Few grinds of black pepper

Add all ingredient in a bowl. 

Mix with your hands until combined

Roll into 1 oz balls

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes until 180 degrees 

Cauliflower Rice

Shred 1 head of cauliflower or buy a prechopped package at the store 

1 onion, sliced

1 oz sherry vinegar 

1 lemon, juiced

1 T dry parsley

Spread the cauliflower evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until caramelized 

Meanwhile, sautéed the onion in 1 T olive oil until caramelized, stirring often. 

Deglaze with sherry and lemon juice. 

Stir in parsley and roasted caulicauliflower 

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Quinoa with Fresh Veggies

Before my ride this evening, I prepped dinner so when we were finished and famished we wouldn’t just pick up dirty fast food on the way home.

Earlier in the afternoon, I put 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs into the crockpot with Cajun seasoning, salt, and a couple cups of water. Cooked on low for about 6 hours.

I put 2 cups of quinoa and 3 1/2 cups of water into the rice cooker, turned it on right before we left

I prepped the vegetables before leaving so all I had to do was toss everything together and serve. 

I  hit up the farmers market over the weekend and scored some beautiful tomatoes and peppers

4 cups of quinoa, cooked

1 red onion, diced

2 bell pepper, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups of spinach, chopped

2 tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup fresh parsley, leaves chopped

Pinch of salt

I sautéed the onion and pepper until caramelized, then stirred the garlic in before removing from the heat. I placed them in a bowl and chilled in the fridge until dinner.

Once ready for dinner I tossed everything together and topped with the chicken

This recipe makes several servings and holds well for a few days so you can enjoy multiple times. 
Tonight was a beautiful night for a ride, I hope you were able to enjoy it as well!


Apple Granola Yogurt

This is my Autumnal take on yogurt, berries, and granola

This is an easy snack to throw together then go for a quick run and core workout while its baking. When you return, the house will smell amazing and your snack will be ready!

4 apples, peeled and sliced

1 T Pumpkin  Pie Spice

1 Cup oats

2 T maple syrup

2 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl, toss apples with pumpkin pie spice

Pour apples into a pie pan or glass baking dish, I used an 8×6 glass dish

In the same bowl, combine the oats, syrup and oil. 

Spread on top of the apples

Bake in oven for about 1 hour, until the apples are bubbly in the bottom of the dish

Serve with plain Greek yogurt.

You can cover and keep in the refrigerator for a week. I used about 1/2 cup as a serving


Motivation: Let’s Do This!

After a long hiatus, I am back!

Work and Ironman training wore me down this year. My diet went south, I gained weight, work hours doubled. Basically, every excuse in the book.

I have left my job and career as a professional chef. I realized that my passion is not for feeding the masses but creating healthy, easy recipes. And the outdoors.

Bruce and I did finish Ironman Chattanooga. Together. An amazing experience! 

Please stay tuned for weekly recipes!


Blogging is Tough

Life is busy. I honestly have not been cooking much because we have been busy and not really training much, yay off season! Our work moved offices a few weeks ago, and my kitchen is still awaiting permits approval, which means I’m not even cooking at work!

Bruce and I hosted our annual holiday party last Friday in OUR newly remodeled kitchen. It was great fun and gives me a chance to make some yummy, surprisingly healthy, foods.



I promise to do better in the new year!
Try to not eat ALL the cookies this month.
Happy Holidays!