Welp, I survived the first Kettlebell 101 class last night. My first impression is that I'm going to like the class, and that it's going to benefit my legs, core and behind more than anything. We started with a mile run around the track and some dynamic stretching (shout-out to Mike Cerimele at Velocity Sports Performance in Allentown as he's who I think of every time I hear those words) before learning a handful of basic kettlebell drills as well as some core exercises. We did two short circuits, around three minutes each, and before I knew it, the class was ending with stretching.
Today, the snow continues to fall on Alberta, and the only thing on my mind is warm comfort food. So I'm digging up a recipe from when we first moved here: Hearty Bison Stew. Why bison you might ask? Well here in Alberta, bison is fresh and plentiful. In fact, the bison that I used in this stew was fresh from Thundering Ground Bison Ranch, just 40km southwest of Edmonton. TGBR is at our market every Saturday so it's very convenient to purchase fresh, high quality meat. Also, bison is extremely nutritional. Bison is low in fat, high in protein, and has a greater concentration of iron, zinc and essential fatty acids than other meats. I encourage you to give it a try sometime!
To make the stew, I started with bison stewing meat and a small bit of olive oil over medium high heat. I would imagine peanut oil would also work well here.
As the bison was cooking through, I added a chopped onion and sea salt and pepper to taste.
Next came some beef broth and flour to thicken. I used Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Flour.
Then some chopped carrots and small potatoes - all from the market, for me - were added. No rhyme or reason with the amount, just whatever looks good to you! Let the ingredients simmer together on low heat. I tend to think my stew is just right before the carrots get mushy.
Please excuse the appearance of the 'final product' below. Like I said before, this was right after we arrived in Edmonton and we didn't have any belongings, hence the paper plates & plastic cups!
To make this a well-rounded meal, I would add a simple salad of mixed greens dressed lightly in olive oil and lemon juice on the side. You can't beat the 'stick to your bones' goodness of the stew!
With my grocery shopping done, it's time to keep plugging away at some to-do's until we head to the bike shop for spin class tonight. That's if these two don't steal me away to cuddle first.
What are your favorite warm, comfort foods? Any recipes to share?