UPDATE: Saving and Raising Lives: An Interview with Lt. Jaclyn Cuevas Trosper

gluten free biscuits and gravyGluten Free Vegan “Sausage” Gravy, By Jaclyn Trosper

Prep Time: 10 min; Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 oz soyrizo (soy chorizo)
  • 2 oz soy tempeh crumbled
  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups plain vegan milk (I used plain almond)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro to taste

Instructions: In a greased saucepan cook onions until clear and slightly browning. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add soyrizo and finely crumbled tempeh. Cook until warm. Add brown rice flour and cornstarch and continue to stir. After another two minutes add milk and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and stir continuously. The mixture will begin to thicken. Bring to a simmer, add cilantro and serve warm over warm gluten free biscuits.

Wayne: That’s sounds really good, I am going to have to try it.

CrossfitWayne: You also are quite the athlete competing in triathalons and ultra running. How do you stay in shape while in Afghanistan?

Lt. Trosper:  Before coming to Kandahar I was a serious swim/bike/run junkie.  I never felt like I had time for much more.  I would make time for some Corepower yoga… but that was about it.  Weight lifting rarely happened.  That being said I’ve done some CrossFit type workouts in my life and truly love them.  I am clearly a big fan of pain in the form of workouts so I didn’t shy away from the pain.  I knew that Kandahar had a great CrossFit box.  I think I literally went there my first morning on KAF.  I fell in love at first pull up.  CrossFit allows me to keep my endurance as much as possible in this dustbowl, but it also has made me strong… really strong.  My body seems made for these types of workouts and as I learn the moves and become more proficient I’m seeing great results.  I still run a bit and spin here and there.  But mostly you can find me in the CrossFit box.  I’m hoping to get my Level I certification before leaving Afghanistan and bringing the skills and knowledge I’ve gained here back with me to my triathlon life.

2 thoughts on “UPDATE: Saving and Raising Lives: An Interview with Lt. Jaclyn Cuevas Trosper”

  1. What a great article and I’m so glad Jaclyn was highlighted here.

    There are so many aspects to this article that I find particularly interesting. One being that I’m currently engrossed in the story the Kite Runner which really illuminates the culture of Afghanistan. I also have two nieces who are studying to be nurses and a nephew in the process of applying to go Navy which was my father’s career.

    I also have members of my family who were triathletes YEARS ago when most people didn’t know know what they were…and a daughter who is a Celiac and therefore can’t eat gluten.

    I can understand why she would have a blog “Identity Undecided” because there are so many different facets of her life that she could focus on, so why not touch on them all? 🙂

    As there are so many common connections/interests I’ll definitely be checking out her blog and following her on Pinterest.

    The fact that P-Town produced such a wonderful person who does our community proud is just icing on the cake!

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