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You Are The Biggest Variable In Your Diet

I have often said that folks trying to gain weight often over-report their caloric intake, while those trying to lose weight often under-report their caloric intake. It turns out that there is a mountain of evidence and studies to support this, which I have linked at the end of this post. Multiple studies have shown that when all things are accounted for when it comes to a good meal plan or diet, that folks who claim “no diet works for me / I’ve tried everything and nothing works!” are often under-reporting how many calories they’re eating, sometimes to an incredible degree.

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Beefcake Recipe

Alright team, after many requests, I finally have time write up my recipe for beefcake. I call it beefcake because it looks like a beef version of sheet cake, but I probably didn’t need to explain that. However, let me explain why I started cooking some of my dishes this way for my weekly meal prep:

  • It is the easiest way to get even doneness for 6lbs of meat when in the oven.
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    How To Save Money On Your Weekly Meat Purchase

    Alright, team, I wanted to write a few quick words on some ways you can save on your weekly meat purchases. If you’re someone that uses ground meat for most of your recipes, this will be doubly useful for you. It is basically a “duh, we know that” post, but someone may find it useful.

    This week, I needed 15lbs of meat for my meals for the week.

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    Your New Favorite Crispy Chicken Thighs Recipe

    Winner winner, eat this chicken for dinner. Enjoy your new favorite crispy chicken recipe with some mashed potatoes, and gravy made from the leftover drippings in the pan.

    Ingredients:
    8 chicken thighs
    2tbsp canola oil
    salt & pepper to taste
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    For gravy (optional) 2tbsp all-purpose flour 2 cups whole milk

     

    Directions

    Begin by preheating over to 425F.

    Liberally season both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

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    Sous Vide Vanilla Rice Pudding Recipe

    This recipe couldn’t be easier, or more satisfying when finished. Set it up in the mid-afternoon and it will be ready for dessert after dinner with no additional effort.

     

    Ingredients:

    2 cups whole milk
    10oz heavy cream
    ½ cup arborio rice
    ½ cup white sugar
    1tsp cinnamon
    1tsp pumpkin spice
    1.5tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
    1/2tsp kosher salt


    Directions

    Set sous vide machine to 180F (82C).

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    Spicy Cajun Cream Sauce Recipe

    This spicy Cajun-inspired sauce is great for meats, pasta, or for bread-dipping. In the photo above, you see a roasted beef tenderloin, cut into cubes, and served in the sauce with a toasted baguette as an appetizer course. This sauce is inspired by the Tenderloin Diablo dish from my favorite steakhouse: El Gaucho.

    Ingredients:

    2tbsp canola oil
    1.5tsp onion powder
    1tsp garlic powder
    1tsp beef bouillon
    1 cup white wine
    2tbsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
    1tbsp paprika
    2tbsp tomato paste
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
    2tbsp fresh parsley (optional for garnishing)


    Directions

    In large sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering.

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    Salt-Baked Potato Recipe

     

    For the fluffiest baked potato innards and a tasty crust that pairs well with red meat, these baked potatoes are a dinner winner.

    Ingredients:

    -Russet potatoes
    -4 eggs (egg white only)
    -1 cup salt
    -¼ cup black pepper


    Directions

    Begin by preheating oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil.

    Using however many baked potatoes you desire, run each under hot water and scrub to remove dirt, and pierce each potato 6-7 times with a fork.

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    Want a Thick Upper Back? Change Your Training

    When people think of building a big back, they probably think of deadlifts. While that isn’t inherently wrong, there are some nuances present that tend to get overlooked. This article will help to illuminate those nuances in order to get you a thick and juicy upper back, or what I like to call, the Mantle.

    I feel comfortable talking from a position of experience when it comes to building an upper back: when I started lifting, my jacket size was 42 Long.

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    Problematic Athletes Make You A Better Coach

    Dream clients: they pop up only when the planets are aligned, the oceanic magma vents are opened up just right, and the Arctic penguins have a successful mating season. You probably know the kind I speak of: they show up, don’t complain, do the work, track their lifts and macros, etc. Some coaches call them robots because they go through their sessions like clockwork.

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    Macro-Friendly Breakfast Casserole

    Another day, another recipe. This time, I’m bringing you a spin one of my favorite recipes that my mom used to make for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas: sausage breakfast casserole.

    I am swapping our her bread pieces for hash browns, swapping the pork sausage for turkey sausage, and of course, swapping the 1lb of cheese for cheddar cheese powder from Hoosier Hill Farms.