Starting Brazilian Jiujitsu as a Woman

While women and men are definitely equal, we are different, and nothing can bring that home more than a combat sport like Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ). That doesn’t mean women in the sport can’t kick butt, we can and we do, but especially when starting out, men have an advantage in weight and muscle. The result…

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The Rewards of Fitness are More than Just Physical

Dieting is not fun, or easy, neither is starting to exercise. Between cravings, sore muscles, lack of energy, and other problems, it would be easy to just give up. What makes it harder is the most commonly talked about rewards is a toned body and smaller clothes size. While looking fit definitely is rewarding some…

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Blueberry Lemon Pie

Kick up your blueberry pies a notch with some added lemon. The lemon in this recipe gives this pie a delicious crisp tartness that takes it to the next level. Use my Foolproof Flaky Pie Crust recipe and you have a dessert that will knock your socks off. We love it so much that Patrick…

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Foolproof Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

Good pie crust is a delectable delight of moist flakiness. Bad pie crust is dense and dry. Unfortunately, it is very easy to mess up and end up with the later. Because of the finicky nature of pie crust, many just throw in the towel and opt for a pre-made version. This recipe will teach…

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Fast and Easy Stir Fry

Pressed for time? Want to serve your family a healthy meal in about 20 minutes? This is your ticket. Not only is it fast and easy, it’s also very cheap and nutritious. Recipe Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tablespoon coconut or olive oil one onion sliced 3 cloves garlic finely chopped one bag of coleslaw vegetables…

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Asian Markets: The Promise Land of Backpacking Food

In making backpacking meals the hardest part can be finding the dried ingredients, especially for more exotic meals. I often dry my own ingredients but sometimes it’s nice to just pick them up the store. This is where Asian supermarkets are the place to go. In America, with our long history of not only refrigeration,…

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Cuban Picadillo

Picadillo is a staple meal in Cuban, and many other Latin-American, households. Starting with a sofrito, a sauteed mix of onion, garlic, and bell peppers, the base of almost all Cuban meals, ground beef is added and cooked into a delicious tomato-based meal to be served over rice. The delicious meal is a favorite for…

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Spinach Fried Eggs

Looking for a way to get more veggies in your diet? Start the day with a serving of spinach to go along with your eggs. Cooked this way the spinach gets a crispy texture like a chip. It takes only a minute longer than making regular fried eggs but bumps up the nutrients, while adding…

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Thai Peanut Chicken

Recipe: Serves 2 Ingredients: 1/2 cup dehydrated chicken 1/4 cup dried spinach flakes 1/4 cup dried shredded carrots 2 tablespoons dried scallions or garlic chives 2 teaspoons dried cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts 1/4 cup peanut butter powder 1 tablespoon soy sauce powder 1 teaspoons garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon sugar 1…

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Carnitas

Mouth-watering, tender, shredded pork, paired with creamy avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime, all wrapped in a hot flour tortilla, eating carnitas is not merely sustenance but an experience. By far one of our favorite meals in this house. We aim to enjoy it every week. Recipe Makes 4 generous portions Ingredients:…

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