Today I went for a trail run. It went pretty great…at first. And the drive wasn’t even all that bad to get there. I went to Conestee Park, and parked right off the good ole’ Swamp Rabbit Trail, where they say it’s impossible to get lost. Daniel usually wouldn’t let me go hiking alone. But I told him that this wasn’t hiking. It was trail running (actually slogging is what I’m calling it because it’s a slow jog. Get it? Slogging). He gave me his pocket knife so I’d have some sort of self defense, told me to drink water and bring snacks. Well, it was pretty great for the actual intended slow jog. However, there were so many trails, so for me, it was a little confusing because I tried to explore some of each one. But that’s part of why I went – to show myself that I could do this without getting lost. I even marked my entrance back onto the SRT with my tank top ( I felt very street smart doing this). When I got back there, I knew I was pretty close to my car. 

I planned on an easy 5 miles- full of wildflowers, semi dried up ponds, and short trails. However, my cute little trek turned into me getting lost. Dangit. I finally found my way to the baseball fields – one of the main entrances, which is where I should have parked. 

Long story, short, the 5 miles turned into an almost 9 mile hike, with the last several miles going down Mauldin Road – with no sidewalk for me to run on, big hills, feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere, and weeds up to my knees. I mean, pretty much straight out of Man vs Wild. I knew I should have dropped a pin in my phone at the entrance where I started. Not smart Alison. I somewhat mapped my way back to my car – but it was a long way, and nothing looked familiar. My phone was about to die, and I almost got desperate enough to walk up into a fire station and tell them that I was lost and I didn’t know how to get back to my car. I would totally trust a fireman (or woman) to help me out, but I kept going, and props to Siri for somewhat coming through. I got back to my car with less than 10% battery left on my phone. 

So, this is why Daniel doesn’t allow me to go on on outdoor adventures in the woods by myself – even if it is just to Greenville.

 

Speaking of Daniel, he made this freakin’ amazing curry a couple weeks ago, and I wasn’t going to eat any of it because I’m not a huge curry fan. Unfortunate, I know. But then I tried this curry, and it’s really not all that curry-ish, but it’s still good if you’re into the whole Thai Spice thing. I love it. I snapped it, and had several people ask about it, so here ya go 🙂

 

Paleo Chicken Curry

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients: (don’t be intimidated by all of ’em)

  • 2 tsp butter – we use Kerrygold.

  • 1 clove garlic – finely chopped or minced.

  • Thai Curry Paste – Thai Kitchen is fine.

  • 1 – 15 oz can Coconut Milk (Dan prefers full fat from TJ’s. I’m indifferent. The kind we happened to have tonight was light). 

  • 2 tbsp Red Boat Fish Sauce – buy from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or off of Amazon. We love it because it’s only 2 ingredients – anchovy and sea salt.

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Aminos – buy from Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, or off Amazon. We love it because it’s soy free.

  • 1/2 tsp corriander

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • 1 green bell pepper – chopped, pull seeds out.

  • 1 small tomato- chopped. 

  • Handful cilantro – chopped.

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 2 bags cauli rice or 4 cups (from Trader Joe’s, or click here to find out how to make your own. And as always, you can do reg white rice, BUT it wouldn’t be paleo, and you would need to be careful how much you eat of it, yo. 

  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts – chopped (about 4 cups – If you’re not feeling chicken, that’s cool. You can change up your meat if you want. We just wanted chicken). 

 

Instructions:

  • Lightly coat pot with butter and garlic. Turn stove on low heat.

  • While butter and garlic are soaking in pan, cut up veggies

  • Once garlic browns, add coconut milk.

  • Add curry paste, and mix up well. “You really gotta bust it up.” – Dan.

  • Add Red Boat fish Sauce, Coconut Aminos, Corriander, and Curry Powder.

  • Once paste is liquified, add veggies (green pepper, tomato, cilantro, spinach)

  • Let sauce simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.  

  • Make sure cauli rice is cooked and set aside.

  • Make sure grilled chicken is cooked, chopped and set aside.

  • Optional (but realllllly good): add about 1 tbsp cubed avocado. 

  • For best results, eat right away. In bowl, first add about 1 cup of cauli rice, 1 cup chopped chicken, and top with sauce. 

Notes: If you prefer a different meat, cool. Feel free to add other veggies as well, such as onion and jalapeno. 

This is Zone friendly – just watch the amount of coconut milk you’re consuming based on how many blocks you’re able to have.

P – Chicken (or other choice of meat)

C – Cauli Rice, Veggies.

F- Coconut Milk, Avocado(optional)