Wilderness CrossFit and Paleo Campfire Cooking

by Dr. Julia Carlson, DC

May 22nd, 2013 / in Blog, Nutrition, Paleo / no comments



Rainy Lake

Tomorrow morning my husband and I are leaving for Rainy Lake, MN – up on the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada.  I am super psyched and scared to death at the same time.  We will be sleeping in a tent in Army style, complete with pre-Gore-Tex age mummy sleeping bags, Under Armor and lots of layers.  It is supposed to be 28 degrees over night on Thursday/Friday!  It takes 45 minutes to get to the island we will be camping on by boat.  Erika rigged up some kettlebells from her instructor and a jump rope, so we WILL be attending CrossFit classes and making them up as we go.  Can’t wait to eat my Paleo S’mores!  (If those paleo marshmallows last that long!)

The good thing is – I will be prepared nutritionally!

What is going to make me feel cavewoman-like is the cooking over the fire pit and the general lack of modern conveniences like a Ninja and a coffee grinder.  Oh, and a KitchenAid mixer.  Gosh, I could NOT LIVE without that thing!

Thursday evening we are having burgers.  Last fall, my husband got quite a few deer when hunting, and we mix that venison with pork and BACON.  Yep.  40% ground venison, 40% ground pork and 20% ground BACON.  This mixture makes the best burger EVER.

Friday is either a fish fry if we get enough fish – hoping we do – we will coat in a gluten free cracker and fry in a pan in GEN-U-INE lard.  Yum.

Saturday night is baby back ribs over the open fire with a Jamaican jerk rub, coleslaw with garlic aoli and beans I made.  It’s hard to make cowboy beans Paleo…as in beans are not Paleo, but everything else pretty much is!

Sunday night we are having ribeye on the open fire with Sriracha broccolette and salad with a simple vinaigrette.

Mornings will be eggs and toast for the most part with TONS of BACON.  Snacks include meat sticks and smoked salmon, veggies, fruit and the stuff I mentioned in my post about what Paleo goodies I am bringing.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend – and thank a veteran for your freedom!

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