Happy Tuesday to ya. You know what makes my Tuesdays great? This sweet lady named Pam that I get to train on Tuesdays (and Fridays) at CFEC, that’s what. I just love her. She loves to dance, like me. On Friday afternoons she knows I’m the only one in the gym when she gets there, so she usually comes in dancing. We’re doing crossover symmetry, and she’s dancing. In between sets, she’s dancing. Pam isn’t young. I won’t give away her age on here, even though I think she looks way younger than she is. Until about six weeks ago, She also hadn’t been in the gym in awhile. She’s fun. And she’s hilarious. But the reason I really love Pam is because she hustles, and she never has any excuses. She just goes for it. And she’s doing CrossFit, y’all. Everything is modified to fit her needs/limitations. But she’s doing everything from riding the assault bike, to hollow holds, to squats, to presses, to burpees.

Today Pam had a new, SLEEVELESS workout top on. I wish I would have snapped a pic of her. But here she is from about a month ago. She looks a little different now — enough to make people notice and tell her how good she looks. I love ya, Pam!!

 

Pam sent me this video last week, and I love it. It’s from a gym in Boiling Springs, SC, which is an hour from here. So, that’s pretty cool, too. 

 

Moving on. 

Look. Two Recipes in 3 days. Who am I? I told y’all. Watch out. I’m about to blow you up with new recipes and workouts. Some will be my own. But I feel like I’ve almost already told you everything I know. So, most will be originals from some of my friends. But I’ll make them first, of course. 

This one was first inspired by the fresh basil sitting in my fridge, given to me by my friend, Alison Hanna. Basil smells so good to me. It makes me want pizza. Margherita Pizza to be exact. (Which I just found out is spelled with an “H” in there). It also makes me want margaritas. I could almost always do one of those too. But I don’t. And if I did, it wouldn’t be one of those sugary, sweet tart tasting ones from El Jimador, or any other Mexican place like that. Although I do love those places. It would be with that Patrón Platinum, fresh lime juice, and some agave in it. Sorry, I get carried away. Obviously. 

Anyway, I wanted an easy crockpot recipe, with basil, as well as something that didn’t involve cauliflower. Praise the Lord for no cauli, right? I also wanted to make sure Daniel and I had dinner when we get home from the gym tonight, so CrockPot is always a good way to go. So, this is what I came up with: 

 

 

Easy CrockPot Turkey Basil Stew

 

Makes 2.5 servings. My crockpot had plenty of room to double this recipe though, so I recommend doing that so you’ll have leftovers. (If you’re following Zone, this makes enough for 2.5- 3 block meals. Check out the notes at bottom of recipe for breakdown). 

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours (in crockpot, on low)

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Ground Turkey (We always get some while we’re at Trader Joe’s – no added ingredients and it’s pretty cheap)

  • 3 “smedium” – (that’s small – medium) sweet potatoes – chopped and diced into medium pieces.  – (I ended up going with way less than in the picture).

  • 1/2 yellow onion – diced.

  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic – minced.

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil – tear leaves off of stems. (If you don’t have fresh basil, 2 tbsp of dried basil is fine, I guess.. but you’re only shorting yourself).

  • pepper – to taste.

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in crockpot, except for basil. Make sure everything is diced/cut/minced. Don’t mix ingredients. Just allow to sit there peacefully.

  • Cook on low for 4 hours. 

  • When done cooking, add basil leaves. These should be very small pieces, torn off of the stems. 

  • Mix ingredients together in crockpot. Sweet potatoes will be very soft. They’re going to get mushy, but try to mix around them. Don’t mash them completely. 

  • Mix up ingredients in crockpot. Potatoes will be very soft, and that’s ok. It makes this recipe better. BUT try not to mash them up too much while mixing up ingredients. Don’t you do it. 

  • Let sit for an additional 10 minutes. 

  • Eat it up.

Notes: This makes enough for 2.5 (Zone- 3 block) servings. Protein = 3 oz cooked ground turkey. Carbs= 2.5 blocks sweet potatoes, .5 blocks tomatoes + onion. Fat = 3 tbsp avocado. As always, let me know if you have questions. And remember to eat more if you’re still hungry. 

Also, feel free to sub out ground turkey with ground beef if you have some good, quality meat. 

 Main Ingredients

Main Ingredients

 What I ended up not using from main ingredients....That happens sometimes. Also, you can tell I hate peeling sweet potatoes

What I ended up not using from main ingredients….That happens sometimes. Also, you can tell I hate peeling sweet potatoes

 Ingredients (sans basil) in the crockpot

Ingredients (sans basil) in the crockpot

 Add basil at end of cooking.

Add basil at end of cooking.

 1 serving

1 serving