Say whaaaaaaaa? That recipe title is excessively long. But totally worth every word.

I’m really into these burgers right now. And if you haven’t tried Steve’s Original Paleo Chef’s Sauces and Dressing, you HAVE to. They’re freaking awesome. Remember when I made Peach BBQ Meatloaf with Steve’s Peach BBQ sauce. Well that recipe was good, but this is WAY better. I want to put this Maple Mustard dressing on everything. EVERYTHING.

Ok, so remember the other day when I told you all about why I stopped competing in CrossFit? Well, I definitely haven’t changed my mind. If anything, I don’t want to compete even more so at this point because I’m trying to find the time to create my second cookbook. Even with the daily sh*t I get from Jake, I still do not feel the need to compete. He’s a dummy.

Anywho, I am finding somethings’ hard to face. Like the fact that I’m so much weaker. And the fact that I have no where near the same capacity as I did before. And the fact that I get my ass stomped in workouts. Or even the look of disappointment from others. It’s frustrating. It really is. When you work so hard for something for so long and then it all goes away in such a short time, it’s pretty upsetting. But it’s the choice I made, and I’m living with it.

And I’ve come to find out that I am happier with my smaller self. And let’s make something clear, I’m about 145+/- pounds at 5’7″ so I’m not bone thin by any means. But since I’ve stopped training 2-3 times a day and stopped lifting so heavy, I’ve actually lost weight and feel much more comfortable in my own skin. It just comes to show how immensely different each body is. Especially when it comes to women. I have so many friends who are incredibly lean and jacked because of CrossFit, while other bodies, such as my own tend to increase in size with increasing the weight and intensity of workouts. Stupid bodies. Why can’t there be one answer for every one?

The biggest thing that I miss about competing and training to compete though, is the personal achievements that I made on a regular basis. These small things were huge for me. Whether it was because my muscle ups went well or because I snatched almost my body weight; those were the small feats that created happiness within myself. Those small feats created the feeling of self worth, self accomplishment. But now, since I will no longer hit those personal records or beat someone in a workout like I did before, I have to find happiness and accomplishment in other places. Happiness outside the gym. Happiness in other sorts of feats. Such as creating a delicious meal. Or making my friends happy with the food I prepared for them. Or coming out with my second cookbook.

Sorry I’m being so emotional. If you’ve ever met me in person, you know I wear my feelings on my sleeve. Who am I kidding, if you’ve read my blog for more than 2 posts, you know that I’m an emotional mess. So thanks for listening.

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Maple Mustard Short Rib Bacon Burgers
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Serves: 7

For the short ribs
  • 4 pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • 1.5 cups Paleo Chef Mpale Mustard Sauce
  • ½ cup broth (chicken, vegetable, beef – whatever you can find without sugar)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
For the burgers
  • 1.5 pounds Grass Fed Ground Beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 7-8 pieces of bacon
  • extra Paleo Chef Maple Mustard Sauce to top burgers

  1. Place short ribs in the crockpot. Add broth to the crockpot.
  2. Top short ribs with the maple mustard sauce. Then with garlic cloves and salt and pepper.
  3. Place on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. When the short ribs are done cooking, preheat oven to 405 degrees and place bacon on a baking sheet. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
  5. Once short ribs are done cooking, use a fork to shred the ribs in a separate bowl, removing some of the excess fat.
  6. Then add the ingredients for the burgers into the bowl: ground beef, yellow onion, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  7. For the ingredients into burger sized patties.
  8. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add your burgers to the pan, making sure not to crowd the pan. I did my burgers in two batches to make sure not to crowd it. Cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes.
  9. Once bacon is done cooking and burgers are done as well, top bacon on the burgers and pour on a bit of the maple mustard sauce.
  10. Eat up. Add some greens to it, so it’s healthier for you. Greens are healthy. Duh.

Makes 7 burgers


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