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Grilled Clams with Chorizo by Michael Symon

steam clams and sausageingredients
  • 2 pounds Little Neck or Cherrystone Clams (cleaned)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil (for drizzling)
  • 1/2 pound Dried or Smoked Chorizo (slice into 1/4″ thick pieces)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Jalapeno (sliced)
  • 4 Garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 12 ounces White Wine
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Parsley Leaves (roughly chopped)
  • good crusty Bread (for grilling)

Instructions:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. ( the oven for 500 degrees)

Lay out 4 large pieces of foil, doubled up. On each piece of foil, place 1/2 pound Clams, some sliced Chorizo, Tomatoes, some Jalapeno (more or less to taste,) a clove’s worth of Garlic, 3 ounces White Wine, 1/2 tablespoon Butter and a good drizzle of Olive Oil. Season well with Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Seal the packages by bringing up all 4 corners then crimping and sealing together

Place all of the packets on the grill with the lid down for 8-10 minutes, or until all of the Clams have opened. Drizzle your Bread with Olive Oil and place it on the grill until it’s heavily marked then set aside. Tear open the packets and serve with the grilled Bread!

No Gym Needed

rock climbingClimb a Rock Wall

You may not be covering much ground horizontally, but scaling a vertical surface takes plenty of energy: Ascending can burn about 118 calories in 10 minutes. You’ll also earn you a toned butt and sexy, sculpted legs. It may look like it’s all arms, but the real secret to success is finding good foot holds and pushing yourself upward with your lower body.

Crockpot Beer Chicken

crockpot beer chicken2lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast(or thighs)
1 bottle or can of your favorite beer
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder or 3 cloves of minced
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp black pepperInstructions
Place all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours
Feel free to change out the spices and herbs and use whatever you like!

I found using a dark beer like Guinness it has strong flavor and using a lighter beer you get a good flavor without a really beer taste..so use what you like!

Cooking Tip: Browning the chicken first will lock in MORE flavor!

Recipe courtesy of: The Journey to Lose and so Much to Gain with Rebecca

No Gym Needed

burpeeMix Stairs and Burpees

If you’ve only got 10 minutes, keeping your heart rate up throughout is important, says Kristen Stehly, a personal trainer and fitness blogger at StuftMama.com. But that doesn’t mean you need to do the same thing at the same intensity the whole time. “Intervals work better at blasting calories than steady-state exercise,” she says. And one of her favorite quickie workouts requires nothing but a set of stairs: Run them at full speed, then do five burpees at the top, then run back down and repeat as many times as you can.

Fitness tip: if you don’t have stairs do High Knees for 10s and then do 5 burpees