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Queso and Nachos

I was massively craving Nachos the other night and decided to challenge myself and see if I could make a healthy version of my favorite queso.  Gotta say I was surprised at how flavorful and colorful this recipe turned out.

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Chili powder

Onion

Cayenne

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

Tomatoes

Ground Beef

Mozzarella Cheese

Blue Corn Chips

Cooking Instructions

Start browning the meat in a pan.  While the meat is cooking dice up half the white onion, garlic cloves, and tomatoes.  When the meat is mostly brown make a whole in the middle and pour in the onions and tomatoes.

 

Spices: 2 Tablespoons Chili powder, 1 tablespoon Cumin, 1 tablespoon cayenne (optional), 2 tablespoons of diced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.

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Once the meat is fully cooked mix stir in all the spices.  Mix thoroughly to make sure the vegetables and spices are covering the meat evenly.

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Spread blue corn chips, spoon the meat mixture on top of the chips, and slice mozzarella cheese all over the top.

Italian Variation

If you want to make your nachos more adventurous you can add the flavors of an Italian pizza. Add pepperoni, marinara sauce, and banana peppers.

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Escrima Training Videos

Ironside Medieval Combat teaches both armored sword fighting and unarmored sword fighting.  We cover multiple different styles from Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), to fully armored steel fighting, to escrima (a form of Filipino sword and stick fighting).  We teach all these styles to give the full experience and range of skills a medieval knight would have.  A knight might not always have time to get into his armor when the enemy is at the gate.

On our Ironside YouTube channelwe have created a couple of playlists dedicated to escrima training.  As you watch these videos picture how effective and devastating these techniques would be if they had swords in their hands instead of training sticks.

Stockton Multi Style Escrima Training Videos

Our first playlist are training videos all dedicated to Stockton Multi Style Escrima.  These videos were filmed and organized by Ironside Instructor Master Nelson Pinto.  There are 9 videos in this playlist.  If you would like to learn more about Stockton Multi Style Escrim please visit their webpage – https://www.stocktonmultistyle.com/

 

Escrima to Sword and Shield

Our second featured playlist are videos translating Filipino sword fighting to medieval sword and shield techniques.  There are a lot of resources for Longsword with well developed curriculums and teaching methods. There isn’t nearly as much resources for learning and mastering sword and shield. Escrima has a unique history. It is a living fighting style that evolved from medieval sword fighting. We are taking the modern style and reverse engineering it to find new and better ways to fight with a sword and shield. Our goal was to address two issues. The first what do these techniques look like when a right handed fighter faces a left handed fighter. This problem occurs often in medieval sword fighting communities. The second how will these techniques work with longer sword and shield. There are 5 videos in this playlist.

 

Online Training Opportunities

Online ClassesI love sharing all of my tips and training philosophies with the world.  If you love watching them and learning from them consider sharing that love.  I have created several Patreon Tiers dedicated to the different fighting styles taught at Ironside Medieval Combat. These classes are broken down by topic to give you the most savings possible allowing you to focus only on the skills you are most interested in.  It also helps support Ironside Medieval Combat so we can continue to get more training equipment, further our curriculum, and get a better location. Click on the link below and become a subscriber!

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Be Sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

Omelets and the 3 States of Matter

I’m no Gordan Ramsey with advanced skills in cooking.  I’m more like his 3rd cousin twice removed who has a vague idea of where the kitchen is located and can name the basic food groups.  What I do have working for me is my incredibly picky palate, if the food tastes gross I’m not eating it; and an obsession with making things as efficient as possible.  Using those two concepts as my guiding principles I have come up with a tasty omelet recipe and a fun approach to cooking it, the scientific way.

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Eggs in their raw form take on the shape of whatever container you keep them in.  Eggs also act as a bonding agent in cooking.  They are literally the glue of the cooking world.  Don’t believe me try making a batch of cookies without eggs.  The dough tastes delicious and the cookies come out looking like a hot mess.  Anyhow back to making a quick and easy omelet.  If eggs are your base and the “glue” an omelet is just about any ingredient you want to be mixed together with eggs, kinda like cement. For my omelet, I added bacon and cheese. Mix it all up and microwave for 2 minutes

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Solid

When you microwave eggs they take on the shape of your container as they cook.  If you are cooking them in a standard size bowl they are perfectly shaped for a slice of bread.  You can easily scoop the entire mixture out of the bowl and place it on toast or an English muffin for the perfect breakfast sandwich.

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Gas

Do I really need to explain what happens after you get a delicious breakfast???  Uncomfortable stare….just kidding.  The gas is the delicious steam coming off the omelet.  Then the entire house will smell like breakfast, a great way to motivate your sleepy heads to get up and greet the day.

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New Material added to Online Belly Dancing Class!

There is something truly beautiful and graceful watching a master martial artist perform.  We each find our connection to martial arts in a different way.  For me training in sword dancing is how I develop my grace and movement for martial arts.  I love the freedom of dancing, spinning my sword in ever increasing complex patterns.  With that in mind I have some new tricks to share.

Simple Sword Toss

This is a preview of s simple front facing sword toss.  You are transferring the sword from one hand to the next and spinning the sword one complete rotation before catching it.

4 Combo Trick

This is a preview of a 4 combination trick.  The four combinations are a figure 8, reverse figure 8, Finger flip, and side toss.  This trick looks really cool with and advancing or retreating step.

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img_0519If you like these techniques and would like to learn how be sure to check out my online classes for the full break down of these techniques and more.  These techniques are under the Belly Dancing Tier.  Find your inner warrior in this one of a kind class that integrates a mixture of belly dancing and martial arts.  Our classes focus on the dance of ancient cultures and influenced by tribal rhythms and beats.  This dance series will take your dance style to the next level and add a dimension not seen before.  Dancing with a sword is about balance and control.  It is a display of deadly grace and beauty.  In our class the sword becomes an extension of your arm and you’ll learn a variety of ways to wield the dance sword including spins and mock fighting.  Click on the link below and become a subscriber!

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Spaghetti – Low Carbs

Whether you are on a diet, doing the gluten-free thing, or dealing with the grocery store being sold out of pasta have no fear Spaghetti is here!  This recipe is how to make a scrumptious plate of spaghetti using spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  Spaghetti squash has a sweet flavor, so pay attention to the seasonings and tips.  They will help counterbalance the sweetness of the squash and make your finished dish taste more like the traditional plate of spaghetti.

This makes 5 meals.

Ingredients

Spaghetti Squash

olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 lb Ground beef – I use the 93% lean meat

Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce – I like the stuff made with extra garlic

garlic

onions

oregano

Basil

Rosemary

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Cooking instructions:

Spaghetti Squash First

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.  This part is harder than it seems.  Make sure the use a big sharp knife and brace the spaghetti squash well, its round and likes to slip around.  Once you have it cracked apart scoop out the seeds.  Drizzle the inside of the squash with a small amount of olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano.  Stab the outside of the squash a few times with a fork, this is a great stress relief by the way.  Place the spaghetti squash cut side up on a baking sheet.  Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until outside edges are lightly brown.  Remove from the oven and let the squash cool.  Move on to making the sauce and come back to this next part.

Hold the squash in a towel, it’s going to be hot and slippery.  Use a fork and scrape the strands from the side of the squash.  Scoop it out and place it on your plate or in your meal prep containers before adding the sauce.  Scrape as close to the edge as possible and use up all the squash except the outer shell.

I find one squash makes 5 meals.

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Spaghetti Sauce

In a pan add the ground beef and cook until it is brown stirring often to keep from burning it.  Drain the grease if necessary, this is one of the reasons I like cooking with lean meat there isn’t a lot of grease from cooking.  Pour in the jar of spaghetti sauce.  Add salt (just a pinch or two don’t go overboard with this).  Add 5-6 cloves of chopped up fresh garlic or 1-2 tablespoons of garlic from a jar or 1-2 tablespoons of garlic powder.  That may seem like a lot but the garlic with help with the overpowering sweet flavor of the spaghetti squash, also garlic is delicious.  Add half a diced white onion or 1-2 tablespoons of onion powder.  These measurements are really up to you and your taste buds.  You want the sauce to be a little on the bitter/savory side to balance out the sweetness of the spaghetti squash.  Lastly, add a ton of oregano, basil, and rosemary.  I don’t normally measure this I just pour a generous amount, my guess 2-3 tablespoons of each based on how much you like these seasonings.  Experiment and see what works for you.  When it is done serve the sauce on top of the spaghetti squash.  I usually do equal parts sauce to squash.

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Variations:

If you want to change things up and add more veggies to your sauce that is excellent.  Check out Spaghetti Bowl for a different variation on how to make a yummy sauce.

 

Patreon Nutrition

I love sharing all of my recipes, however, keeping the business and page running takes money. If you like the posts and work please consider subscribing to my Patreon account. For $5 a month you will get the full archive of all of my recipes to enjoy. Click below for all of my recipes. They work great for people who are short on time. These meals take 30 minutes or less to cook. Most of these meals are low in carbs and organized for a Macro based diet. They are tasty, cheap, fast to cook, and really great for you.

https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc