I feel bloated. What the fudge. I haven’t even had any fudge as of late. Maybe it’s because I had a smoothie yesterday. Why does fruit make me bloat. Damn you fruit, damn you to hell.

All I want is the sweet potato tots from Sonic. Damn commercial, damn you to hell.

Speaking of tots, I need to back off some of those. I have multiple vacations planned for this summer, almost all include swimsuits. New swimsuits. So I’d appreciate it if they fit. So I’ve made a plan. Ever since I stopped competing and became more social, my life has included more delicious food and alcoholic beverages, aka fun times. Which I’m totally cool with. BUT, before I try to pull plastic wrap like bottoms over my tush, I need to tighten it up a bit. Raise and poke. Who doesn’t want a bum that pokes out. That sounds weird.

Anywho, my plan includes more GHD sit ups, more running, less sugar in the form of naughty treats AND fruit, and only drinking once a week and eating one cheat meal a week. I feel like those two things will go hand-in-hand. But being antisocial just ain’t gonna work for me, so hopefully the plan works. Since I started this plan on Monday, I’ve already had fruit. In smoothie form. Damnit. But the man in my life makes really good ones. AND I’ve had some sugar in honey form. Damnit. But I gotta taste my 2nd cookbook meals that I’m creating. Stupid blog, you make me bloat. Wow, look at me making excuses for myself. Get your sh*t together JB, you disappoint me.

I can say one thing, I am super excited for my cheat day on Saturday. I don’t really consider the things I eat cheats, but since starting this plan, they feel more naughty. Like this Saturday. It’s my friend Kam’s birthday, so we are starting off with a CrossFit workout, then we are going to go run Red Rocks, then have bloody mary’s to celebrate our health. Makes so much sense. Either way, we are doing everything we love in one day: working out, playing outside, drinking fun drinks, eating delicious food, and hanging out with cool people. AND THEN, it’s my friend Beth’s birthday that night. Oh hells yeah. Looks like I’m going to have lots to talk about next week in my blog.

What’s your plan to fit into your ittybittyteenyweenyyellowpolkadotbikini?

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Cherry and Apple Giant Stuffed Pork Chops

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  • Yield: 3 1x


  • 3 bone-in, thick cut pork chops
  • 1 sweet potato or yam, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup red cherries, seeded and cut in half (I used frozen sine they are not in season)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons bacon fat
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 405 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place cut side down onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake sweet potato for 20-25 minutes until completely soft. Once you pull the sweet potatoes out, turn oven down to 375 degrees. Let sweet potatoes cool, then remove the sweet potato from the skin and mash with a fork in the a bowl.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat, then toss 2 garlic cloves. Once garlic becomes fragrant, add in the apple and onion.
  5. When onion becomes translucent, add in halved cherries, apples, along with the mashed sweet potato, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground cloves, and a bit of salt and pepper. Mix well until you have a big mess of goodness. Place goodness in a separate bowl and keep skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops, then take a knife to cut the meat side of the pork chop, trying to create a pocket. Imagine you are cutting a pita pocket to stuff it with goodness, same thing with the pork chop. Use your knife to dig as deep as you can in the middle of the pork chop, making sure not to cut fully through it.
  7. Stuff each pork chop with the sweet potato mash.
  8. Add 2 more tablespoons of bacon fat to the pan, then add the pork chops (making sure not to crowd the pan).
  9. Sear pork chops on both sides for 4-5 minutes, turning them carefully so all the goodness doesn’t fall out.
  10. After the pork chops are seared on both sides, place directly in the oven and baking for 6-8 minutes, until completely cooked through.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Eat up buttercup.

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  1. Jen says:

    I made this tonight and loved it! I have to say that I suck at this whole stuffed genre. When I’m supposed to make a pocket in steak, chicken or pork, I just end up making holes… Oh well, it still tastes good in the end. I had twice as much stuffing as needed, but who cares!

    One random pet peeve just for the sake of ranting: Seriously people, If you don’t make it, don’t rate it. I know Juli’s recipes rock, and I know they look good, but when I look through to see what people have done to change it or question about it, I don’t want to read, “looks great 5 stars.” I know I’m a brat, but I feel better now letting it out. grrr

  2. Megan says:

    I just came across this and made it! It’s delicious. I happen to live in a place where pork is hard to come by, so I only had thin slices of pork. I ended up just putting the heavenly mixture on top and baking it. Happiness achieved. I can’t wait to be back in America so I can get some coconut flour, almond flour, etc and make some of your yummy treats!

  3. Jim says:

    This was beyond good, but I overcooked mine. Did I misunderstand the sear – I cooked 4-5 minutes each side (8-10 total) , but should it have been a total of 4-5 minutes (2 each side)? Even overcooked they were good enough to make it into the recipe box.

    1. juli says:

      it really depends on the thickness. the chops i had were really thick, but it all depends how thick they are. a little less time for yours probably would have been good

  4. Kimberly says:

    Your recipes add so much joy into my life – I can’t even tell you!!! I’ve been on a candida cleanse for like 4 months now annnnd my doctor says that I may just need to eat this way for the rest of my life — so, that means I’ve gotta find a way to make food fun and tasty. I can’t thank you enough!

    You should check out the following site about candida. It may help your bloating: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html

  5. Emily says:

    This is literally the most delicious pork recipe I have ever tried in my life. So glad I discovered your blog on my recent switch to paleo!

  6. Jennifer says:

    You are RIDICULOUS! Haha! Thank you SO much for your delicious recipes.. We made this pork recipe tonite and my boyfriend can’t help but dive in for seconds 🙂 A new fave for us!