Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #2

Item– I have now gone more than a week without sugar. I may be homicidal. Or PMS-ing. They’re kind of the same right?

Item– I’m heading home this weekend for some much needed time with some girlfriends. I’m looking forward to food, wine, laughter and tears. And more wine.

Item– I ordered a swimsuit last week that should be here any day now and I’m actually excited about it.

Item– I’ve started looking into adult swim classes to improve my stroke as recommended by Sara at Loving on the Run. Next round of classes start in Early January so for now I’ll be taking advantage of the open swim times.

Item– I have started searching for Sprint (mini) triathlons after reading blog posts like these from Beth at Shut Up and Run. She’s a freakin’ Ironman! Or Ironwoman, I’m not sure what the politically correct title would be in this situation. If you’re not reading SUAR you should be.  She talks about farts, crapping yourself on a run and peeing down your leg … I found her blog when I Googled “Why do I need to poop when I run.  I have a serious Girl Crush on Beth.

Now on to Trail Tuesdays with Jan at Sprouts n Squats

I have been reading Grain Brain and wanted to try the recipe for Short Ribs located at the back of the book but didn’t have any beef ribs in the freezer. I did however have plenty of lamb ribs (perks of having a shepherd husband) so I modified a few of the ingredients in the recipe to compliment the lamb.



Succulent Lamb Ribs

  • 4 medium yellow onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic (I added more)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs lamb short ribs
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bottle red wine (I used a Merlot/Cabernet blend)
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary (I didn’t have fresh but would have preferred it)

Coarsely chop onion, carrots and celery. Mince garlic. Set this aside. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt and pepper then dredge the ribs in it. Heat olive oil (or coconut oil) in a large dutch oven, brown the ribs and set aside. Add onions and garlic to the pot and saute until translucent. Add carrots and celery, cooking until slightly softened. Stir in tomato paste and return ribs to the pot. Add wine and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn heat down to a simmer and cook on stove top for 2 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Add Balsamic vinegar and rosemary and simmer another 30 minutes.

I served this with Cauliflower “couscous” and shredded brussel sprouts sauteed with bacon, cashews and lime zest. The “gravy” from the red wine was amazing and if I wasn’t reading Grain Brain I would have loved to sop it up with some crusty sourdough bread.

The recipe was more than enough for the three of us and when I make it again I will be cutting the recipe in half leaving a half bottle of wine for me to drink while it’s cooking away on the stove. Bonus!


Have you read Grain Brain? Wheat Belly? What are your thoughts?

Would you tackle an Ironman if you had the opportunity? What type of races are on your “bucket list” for 2014?

Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

10 Thoughts on “Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #2

  1. Congrats on the one week without sugar!! I am homocidal, but its definitely the PMS reason :) Have fun with your girlies this weekend!! I wanna see the swimsuit. It’s snowing here so, I need some kind of summer reminder :)

    • Oh the sugar cravings are crazy, if I thought there was sugar in our dog treats I would probably eat them.

      I most definitely will not be modeling the suit but I can post the photo and link for you. 😀

      Our weather fella was calling for snow here too but so far it hasn’t come about, Little is very disappointed but I’m hoping it holds off a bit longer for my drive this weekend.

  2. Wow, I can’t imagine using a whole bottle of wine to cook a meal!
    Cassi recently posted…Slim in 6 for the Holidays Challenge – Week 1My Profile

    • I know, crazy huh? A whole bottle but it was way more than we needed for the three of us so next time I’m halving the recipe and it will leave the second half of the bottle for me to drink. 😉

  3. I would love to do a couple of marathons next year.
    Caroline Thomas recently posted…2013 Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Race Recap #wilsonbridgehalfMy Profile

  4. A WEEK without sugar?! That is very admirable! There is no way I could do that lol.

    Have fun with your friends! Not much better than girl time with wine. 😉

    For my 2014 running bucket list I have my first full marathon scheduled. EEK! So excited but so nervous.
    Shelley recently posted…Weekend Getaway And A Couple Long RunsMy Profile

  5. Wow well done on going a week without sugar that is just incredible, hats off to you!!

    Those ribs look and sound just as tasty as you had described.

    Thanks for participating in another week of Trial Tuesdays <3
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted…Happy Blogiversary Becky – #ONWturns1My Profile

    • I caved on the sugar the day after posting this with the cookies :) Thanks for hosting it Jan, it’s just the boost I need to try something new.

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