Smoky Lime Fajitas with Poblano Guacamole

Happy Monday folks!  Today is another day off from work for me — geez ya’ll probably think I never work.  On the contrary, I feel like I am there too much!  Going to make the most of this day — I need to get my butt up and workout.  I have been very very bad about it lately.  I don’t know the cause, or if it’s just my body’s way of saying I need a break but working out has not been at the top of my list lately.  The guilt is really starting to set in.  It’s normal to go through phases though…that’s just being human.  Speaking of being human: here’s an opportunity to talk a little bit about the kinds of workouts I do.

I do not run.  Hardly ever.  Sometimes Jason and I will go on a 2 mile run or so, but that is more so for fun or just because the weather is nice and we feel like it.  As far as body composition goals are concerned we focus more on weight lifting.  Call us cave people if you will, but we truly believe that mimicking the movements of our ancestors will bring tremendous health benefits that strenuous running just won’t do.  When we do run, it is usually in conjunction with other movements and if it is not quick sprints then we run distances of around 400 or 800 meters at a time.   An average workout may consist of starting with a 400 meter run to warm up and then doing several rounds of weight lifting and/or plyometrics (which are powerful quick movements such as box-jumps) and then maybe an 800 meter run to finish it out.  We do not just run for miles and miles and miles.  Why would you do this?  It is exhausting!  Now that’s not to say that I don’t understand that running can be fun.  Ever heard of a runner’s high?  It does exist, and I have felt it before.  For runners it just feels natural to run forever and it’s something they truly enjoy.  I get that, and in no way am I trying to say that you shouldn’t do it.  If that’s for you, then great.  However, if you have weight loss goals that you are trying to meet or if you’re main concern is overall health and not weight loss then I would suggest doing some more weighted movements.  For those of you women out there that thing weight lifting is only for men, you’re wrong!  I hear women say all the time that they don’t want to lift weights because they don’t want to be “big.”  So, what you’re saying is that you want to be really slender and small…you know, like all the girls on TV and you want to look tiny like girls are supposed to look?  Well let me tell you, girls are not supposed to look small.   Smaller than men?…well yeah.  But we have muscles too, and we can be strong too…BUT women do not have close to the amount of testosterone needed to build massive muscles like men do.  If you are a woman and you lift weights you will get stronger, and you will get leaner.  You will lose weight, and you will have a body that is deemed as “fit” not small and tiny.  I guess it’s up to you.  Endless miles of running and hours of treadmill time won’t get you anywhere.  Man, I am pumped now!  I think that’s just what I needed!  I’m going to workout here in a bit, and this is what I am going to do:

  • Warm up with 100 jump rope skips & an 800 meter jog
  • 4 Rounds of:  5 deadlifts, 5 push presses, 5 Kettlebell Swings (all with max weight)
  • Finish off with a 400 meter run

Sounds easy huh!?  Well, with max weight it will be a good workout.  That workout will likely take me about 20 minutes or so.  That’s an average amount of time I give to a workout.  I do not workout for hours, rarely.  I do anywhere from 20-45 minutes (depending on the workout) around 4 days a week.  That can be done, even with busy schedules.

Last night Jason and I put our new grill to use again.  We had fajitas again, but good news: we didn’t get sick this time!  I did a different marinade, one of my favorites, on the fajitas.  I also made a new guacamole that was absolutely amazing!!

Try this marinade on your next cut of meat — I have used it on steaks, chicken, and now fajitas.  It is one of my favorites, and I am sure you’ll love it too.

 

Ingredients for Marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 c. EV olive oil

Whisk all ingredients together and let your meat sit for at least an hour or two.  I let my fajitas sit for about 8 hours, while I was at work.

 

We made fajita “tacos” again with our meat — the other day we topped them with sliced avocado, but I was in a guacamole kind of mood.  I made this awesome guacamole that is still super simple to make, but just a bit more special than the typical one I make.  Since we had the grill going – I figured, why not throw a pepper on the grill for some added flavor?  So I put a poblano pepper on the grill until it was charred and it made a huge difference in the overall taste.  Next time I am going to put the guacamole on the grill as well…didn’t think to do it last night, but I am sure that would make it even more amazing!

 

Ingredients for Poblano Guacamole

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 medium radish or a handful of little ones, chopped

 

Process

  1. Start by charring your poblano pepper.  You can do this several ways:  If you have a gas stove you can simply hold the pepper with tongs over the open flame.  If you have an electric stove you can place the pepper right under your broiler for a few minutes per side until it is blackened.  Or, if you have the grill going you can grill it on each side for about 3 minutes.  Once your pepper is ready, put it in a bowl and cover it with Saran wrap to steam it while you chop your vegetables up.  This will help loosen the skin so you can peel it off before you dice it up!
  2. Zest and juice your lime in a medium-sized bowl.  Add avocado to lime juice and mash it up with a fork.
  3. Add spices, and all other chopped ingredients.  Enjoy your heart out!!

We spooned this new guacamole on top of our fajita meat, and then sprinkled some raw goat cheese for a nice little splurge!  Great flavors!  We had some Poblano Guacamole as well as some fajitas leftover from last night, so guess what’s for breakfast!?  Throw some fried eggs on top of those fajitas and BAM, there ya go!

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