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Paleo Wine, Wine Disaster, Quote of the Summer, Bad Eating, Life Lessons & Ginger Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Happy Friday!!!  I like to call it Fun Friday. Or Freshy Friday. Or even Fabulous Friday?  I love Fridays. My favorite part of Friday’s is heading to Crossfit. The Friday vibe is always extra positive and happy. Ok…lets get right to the important part of the blog. The Paleo Wine!  Yup…you all want to be all healthy, but you also love your cocktails and wine, right?  I knew it. Trust me. I did (or d0), too. Back in my senior year of college, my husband (Scott) and I took a wine tasting class. We were both graduating from the business school at UNH and it was a class for full business credits!  Yup. I couldn’t believe it either. It’s a real thing. We had class on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We’d get shit-faced in class, then head right out for the evening. Lol!  Oh god…if I ever did that now, I’d be death. Seriously. So, I don’t drink nearly as much as I used to. I actually hate how I feel the next day even when I’ve only had a little. So, when I saw and read about this Paleo Wine, I just had to try it.  Dry Farm Wines have low alcohol, are sugar and carb free, have low sulfites and are mycotoxin mold free!  So basically, it shouldn’t make you feel like poop while drinking or the next day.

So…here’s how it went down.  Last weekend, we celebrated our last hurrah on Cape Cod.  We had our signature dinner…lobsters!…or lobstah 😉  We brought down two wines…one white and one red.  I’ve always loved red and never was a white fan until Scott introduced me to Sancerre.  Now THAT is a yummy white.  Very crisp and citrusy.  We tried the white first while we were prepping for dinner and that’s exactly what this one tasted like!  I loved it from the first sip.  SOLD on that one!

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The second one we tried was the red.  Now…we are used to having a wine fridge at home, so even our reds are chilled to the right temp.  It was hot in the house, so I have to say, already it was a bit too warm for me.  I didn’t LOVE the first sip, but as I drank it more and more, I actually loved it.  I did still wish it was a bit colder, but it was still good.  Very light tasting, which I personally like in a red.  Another thumbs up!

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After the red, I had another glass of the white.  Yes…I had 3 glasses of wine.  I can’t even tell you the last time I had 3 glasses.  Because when I do, I literally would just fall asleep.  Then I’d feel like crap the next day.  Hours later after dinner you know what?  I was FINE!  Still wide awake and feeling great.  I had a bit of a buzz when I was drinking it, but nothing crazy.  AND I wasn’t stuffy!  I always get stuffy when I drink wine.  Not with these.  Then was the real test.  The next morning I woke up like I had had nothing to drink.  No headache.  No groggyness.  I felt good!  YAY!  I do still want to try the others before I can say I’ll always feel good.  But, so far so good!  Of course, now I’m doing a 10 day challenge with no alcohol, so the rest will have to wait.

Now for the wine disaster part 🙁  We got home from the cape and our wine fridge went nutty and froze all of our wine!!!!  I wanted to cry.  NOT MY PALEO WINE!  And all the rest of the bottles we had in there.  We did do research and it sounded like they would be ok.  We took them out to thaw.  Fixed the fridge and they are back in.  I’m hoping they didn’t all go bad.  I guess we will see as we open them.  We did contemplate just starting to drink…LOL!  That would’ve been A LOT of wine.

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Ok…enough with the wine.  But before I move on to more serious stuff, since we were talking about summer, we were on the way home from the Cape, and my family and I were reminiscing about the summer.  Scott says to the kids and I, “I’ve got the quote of the summer!”.  We all said, “Ok, what is it?”.  Then he says, “Excuse me, maam?  My son has a pubic hair in his coleslaw.”  We were dying!  Yes…that ACTUALLY happened.  One of the grossest things that has ever happened, by the way.  I won’t name the restaurant, but come on..really?  HOW?  How does that happen?  It was legit.  There was a pubic hair in Kyle’s coleslaw.  And the manager saw it and was horrified.  She said, “Yes…I did see it.  And it was a pubic hair.”  And now I can never eat coleslaw at a restaurant again.

Ok…now we can move on to more serious stuff.  Food.  So, Labor Day came.  And my family decided to head out to dinner.  And I was not a good girl.  I was an OK girl, but not a good one.  I ate mostly gluten free, but I also dabbled in some gluten and LOTS of dairy.  I also had “A” cocktail…it wasn’t Paleo…LOL.  It all tasted AMAZING!  But I paid for it.  Tuesday came and I woke up and felt like crap.  I had a food hangover and could barely get out of bed to get the kids ready for school.  I sucked at the gym.  I was stressed, moody and anxious.  Not a good feeling when you’ve got a boat load of stuff to do!  Wednesday came and still felt like crap.  And Wednesday’s workout was even worse.  I said at the end that I wanted to pretend like it never even happened.  But….there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  Tuesday I started my 10 day shred.  I’m already feeling so much better!  It may take days for me to detox off one meal, but I knew it was coming.  I was prepared for it.  I still don’t love the feeling, but I made the choice to eat some treats, so I have to just be at peace with it an move on…knowing each day will be better.  I also know I can have that one meal and get right back on track.  That’s what it’s all about.  Knowing your limits, knowing the consequences and moving on.

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Speaking of challenges…you know last week when I said I wanted to shut work down early and turn off my phone early?  Nope…didn’t happen this week.  I’ve been up late working every night and on my phone until probably 11pm or later.  I’ve slept horrible because of that and that probably contributed to my bad gym days, too.  So….maybe next week???  We will see.

One more thing before I get to the recipe.  I like to get deep sometimes.  I’m sorry, but I do.  And when things happen in my life and I learn lessons from them, I like to share.  Why?  Because I think we all need to be reminded that sometimes that life isn’t always going to go the way you want it to go.  So, I had this situation come up recently where I had to make a very important decision.  And this decision was sooooo hard!  It was eating me up and consuming so much of my time and energy.  Then I remembered.  Wait…I’ve been in this type of situation before.  One where I just wasn’t feeling good.  Making decisions about something should be easy.  Ask yourself…how does this situation make you feel?  Does it make you feel comfortable and happy?  Or does it  make you feel uncomfortable and maybe possibly angry?  In some cases, you feel great about something and then at the blink of an eye it can change. A situation can arrive where you say “whoa…wait a minute now. This is no longer giving me a good feeling”. It’s OK to walk away from a situation you no longer feel comfortable in. Does it come with consequences?  Of course it does!  But is staying in an uncomfortable situation worth it?  Well, it depends.  The last time I found myself in this predicament, I walked away…never looked back.  And I felt good, so I knew I made the right decision.  But, this time, I just couldn’t do it.  Although I wanted to, it didn’t feel right. Everything happens for a reason one way or another. We may not know what the reason is right away, but there is ALWAYS a reason. People come in and out of lives for a reason. If they leave or you need to leave them, it doesn’t mean they are bad people. It just means you or that situation with them was not meant to be. Sometimes people even leave and then come back and things are better than before.  I’ve been there, too.  This can apply to your personal life, work life, or just your daily acquaintances.

I’ve always applied this rule to eating too. Eat intuitively. When you eat “that”, how does it make you feel?  If it makes you feel bad, then you either don’t eat it or you make a “choice”  to eat it and deal with the consequences. Just like my story above about my bad Labor Day eating.  Well, the same applies for life. Live intuitively. Pay attention to how things make you feel. Do things that make you happy and if something makes you feel uncomfortable, either walk away or make a choice to stay in that situation. What you choose may be different depending. Is it worth it?  Or is it not?  The decision can be a tough one for sure. Making that choice may eat up so much of time. But, I think we all know….going with your gut is usually the right choice.

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Alright!  Enough deep talk.  The recipe!  So, I’ve been loving Mahi Mahi lately.  And also Halibut.  I actually love the frozen Mahi Mahi from Trader Joes.  I can buy a bunch and have them on hand in the freezer.  I knew I wanted to use the Fennel this week I got in my CSA.  I also had fresh apples and carrots from my CSA, so it just seemed natural to put them together with a simple dressing.  And the Mahi Mahi came out amazing!  With a coconut crust, pan-fried and then topped with a orange sauce? OH YUM!  Try it and tell me how you like it!  I’ll be making it again.  I do have to get better about writing down the recipe as I cook…LOL!  Especially cook times.  But, I think I got this one 🙂

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!  And hey…is there something you want me to write about in a blog?  Just comment below and let me know!  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Ginger Coconut Mahi Mahi w/an Orange Ginger Sauce on top of Grilled Fennel, Carrot & Apple Slaw
Ginger Coconut Mahi Mahi w/an Orange Ginger Sauce on top of Grilled Fennel, Carrot & Apple Slaw
Course Dinner
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
Orange Sauce
Mahi Mahi
Slaw
Course Dinner
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
Orange Sauce
Mahi Mahi
Slaw
Ginger Coconut Mahi Mahi w/an Orange Ginger Sauce on top of Grilled Fennel, Carrot & Apple Slaw
Instructions
Slaw
  1. First prepare the slaw so it can sit and marinate for bit.
  2. Cut the fennel bulb(s) in half length-wise so the bottom of the bulb is still in tact.
  3. Brush 2 tbsp of the olive oil on the front and back of the fennel and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Grill on an outdoor grill or grill pan over medium high heat for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. You will want to grill until the fennel is soft.
  5. Remove from the grill and cool slightly.
  6. Thinly slice the fennel and place into a medium size bowl with the carrots and apple. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil, cider vinegar, and parsley. Mix and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Orange Sauce
  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a medium sauce pan and mix well.
  2. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower to medium low heat. Let boil for about 10 minutes, until the sauce slightly thickens.
  3. Remove from the heat and blend in a blender or magic bullet until smooth.
  4. Set aside.
Mahi Mahi
  1. While the sauce is boiling, prepare the fish.
  2. Grab three bowls. In the first bowl, add the flour, salt and ginger. In the second bowl, add the beaten eggs. And in the third bowl, add the shredded coconut.
  3. Take each filet. First dip in the flour to lightly coat. Then, dip into the egg, and finally coat in the coconut.
  4. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add mahi mahi filets. Cook for about 5 minutes each side (this may vary slightly depending on the thickness of your filets). Depending on your stove, you may need to lower the heat so you don't burn the coconut.
  6. Remove from the pan once fully cooked.
  7. To plate, add some slaw to the plate. Top with mahi mahi, then top the filets with the sauce.
  8. Enjoy!
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