What A Man With Rippling Muscles Taught Me…


It’s way past time to update my November 30 Day Challenge which was to cook my family ten new meals.

I wrote up my attempt at the first three recipes and this is my final roundup.

Searching for, shopping and cooking ten new dishes turned out to be quite a feat, for me at least, the reluctant chef. But I managed it.

With some help from a man with rippling muscles.

With zero days to spare.

I made some meals that were simply fantastic.

And some that were good.

And a couple that won’t be gracing our dinner table again.

Carrot & Spinach Tagliatelle

Below are the results:

Thumbs Down:

1. Chickpea and Spinach Curry. I liked it, no-one else did.

2. Carrot & Walnut Tagliatelle. The trash liked that one. A lot.

Thumbs Up:

3. Mexican Bean Casserole. Easy, peasy. Love it.

4. Turkey Shepherds Pie. We are big on minced turkey in our house. Which is good. Because it’s dirt cheap.

5. Mexican Lasagne*  The name of this dish had my kids howling -‘How can a lasagne be Mexican?’ To which I had no good answer. Bit too spicy for the family – I made my own taco seasoning and sauce which was probably a mistake because I was rather proud of myself for making it and scattered it willy-nilly. But with less chilli, it’s a keeper. (Perhaps we should call it Willy-Nilly Chilli.)

6. Baked Scallops With Mushrooms. As long as I lighten up on the heavy cream.

7. Cheddar, Beef and Potato Casserole

8. Roasted Veggies with Cheese** Feta worked well for me, not so well for the kids who preferred cheddar cheese and vegetables they recognized. Perfect dish for me – so, so easy.

Garlic Prawns With Quinoa Spaghetti And Broccoli

Garlic Prawns

Thumbs Way Up:

9. Garlic Prawns. Easy. Simple. Perfect.

And the pièce de résistance as taught to me by the man with the muscles, Mark Sisson, over at primal site,  Marks Daily Apple

10. Beef Burgundy!!!!

Beef Burgundy Ingredients


Quite simply the best stew/casserole (what’s the diff?) in the history of the universe! The leftovers were yummier than the original.

I don’t own a slow cooker or a crockpot (are those different or the same thing? I have no clue) but I can imagine this recipe would work well in one of those. I just cooked in a casserole dish in the oven. It was divine!

Beef Burgundy

Yummy Beef Burgundy

So there we have it, all ten recipes including four vegetarian dishes complete. Ta-da!

And phew.

My December Thirty Day Challenge is underway. Which is pretty good as we are already halfway through it.

Because of the craziness of the holiday season, I haven’t given myself too hard a task as I am a big believer in rest and low stress.

Lots of it.

I’m also mindful that the hedonistic haul of the holiday season can derail all my healthful habits.

So my task during this month is to complete my daily fifteen minutes of T-Tapp exercise and hold myself accountable over on Twitter.

* Thanks to Eilidh MacKenzie whose recipe came to me via educational consultant and blogging buddy, Mary Ulrich.

** Thanks to internet marketing and business strategist, Cathy Presland for this recipe.

What’s your plan for the holidays? Do you set yourself limits? Or do you let it all hang out? Let me know in the comments!

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Natalie December 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

Don’t own a crock pot?? (Yes, that’s the same thing as a slow cooker.) Oh my goodness, you could take your warrior woman to a whole new level with a crock pot. I couldn’t do without mine — especially eating primal! Thanks for the recipe ideas. I can’t wait to try Mark’s beef burgundy!
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Alison Golden December 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

I know, I need to get one, huh? That dish is really fab. Let me know if you try it. 🙂


Sonya Sigler December 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

You should try a version of the WIlly Nilly CHili in the CHili Cook-Off next year! I also have a crock pot if you want to try it out!


Glynis Jolly
December 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

The baked scallops with mushrooms sounds wonderful to me. Does it really need the heavy cream?

I’m hardly doing anything this year for the holidays. Being at that center wiped me out. I have made some pudding though.
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Alison Golden December 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Hi Glynis:

Someone suggested using yogurt instead of the cream. I used heavy cream when the recipe called for light because that’s all I had. I did find it a bit heavy. Very rich and creamy.


Natalie December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Mark Sission would say not to worry about the heavy cream.
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Alison Golden December 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Yeah, he would. For those of us not used to it though, it was very rich. Heavy cream can take some working up to on occasion. And on others, not. 😉


Alison Golden December 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Now there’s a thought, Sonja! 🙂


Mary E. Ulrich
December 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

Beef Burgandy it is. As soon as I can shovel the snow out of the drive way. Humm. Would muscle man be available?
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Alison Golden December 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

LOL, Mary! He hangs out in So. Cal so I expect not. Be careful out there…


December 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

What a challenge!

Slow cooker/crock pot…I would think they are the same thing.

If you loved the Beef Burgundy, then you’ll probably like…
Stew Meat w/egg noodle pasta. My whole family likes this one and it’s not too spicy and easy peasy. Cook the meat. Add your favorite seasoning, and throw in the cooked pasta. Stir it up really good to get the flavoring on the pasta;-)))

So that was the condensed recipe!

After reading your post I now know what to try & not try!
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Alison Golden December 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Yeah, don’t try the tagliatelle. Not sure why I even linked to the recipe. 😉


Galit Breen
December 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

LOVE this idea, round-up and lol to what the trash loved! And um-Alison? We have to talk about a few things: 1. You NEED a crock-pot. Like NEED! and 2. Let’s revisit GLEE, shall we?! 🙂 Love this- great job, as always!


Alison Golden December 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

OK, OK. A Glee revisit. And a crockpot. Too late for this Christmas but my birthday’s in Feb. 🙂


insanity January 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Regular fitness workouts make your body flexible, firm, lean, and strong. They help to ward off obesity and the health hazards that stem from obesity. In addition, your metabolism works more efficiently and you feel healthier.


Alison Golden February 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Indeed. 🙂


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