Ahhhh…there’s nothing like waking up to the smell of pork slowly braising in your oven.
However, that same smell also made me bolt out of bed because it reminded me that I had a ton of stuff to do before our guests came over to watch the Super Bowl.
Shortly after I awoke, I assembled the ingredients to roast portobello mushroom caps.
I recruited Big-O to help me season and make the packets…
…before I sealed them up and popped them in the oven.
After 35 minutes in a 400 F oven, the ‘shrooms were done and I sliced them up and put them in a Tupperware to plate later with the rest of my roasted veggies.
While the mushrooms were roasting, I chopped up a bunch of raw vegetables for a crudite platter and I threw together a quick breakfast salad with organic greens and leftover rotisserie chicken.
Once the mushrooms were out of the oven, I prepared a tray of delicata squash that I roasted for 30 minutes at 400 F.
The last thing I did before lunchtime was assemble prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears and stick the trays in the fridge.
I didn’t want to mess up the kitchen even more by fixing lunch, so our family stopped by The Counter to scarf down some grub. I got myself another burger in a bowl of greens with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, sliced avocado, roasted bell peppers, hard boiled egg, and cucumbers.
When I came home, I finished cooking and plating all the dishes for our party. The party food wasn’t 100% Paleo because although I believe that this is the best way to eat, I don’t want to impose my views on my guests who don’t feel the same way. That’s just being an a-hole host.
For full disclosure, these are the non-Paleo items I served:
- chips and salsa (these came free with my $30 purchase at Sigona’s)
- salumi and cheese platter with crackers
- my mom’s homemade spareribs (they’re delicious but there’s quite a bit of sugar in them)
- Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream cookies and cream ice cream pie (Don’t hate! This pie was for a 5-year old celebrating her birthday at our house.)
The Paleo-friendly items: (~75% of the food)
Assorted nuts and coconut flakes…
…raw veggies with Aubergine dip and homemade ranch dressing made with full fat Greek yogurt…
…roasted vegetables drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar…
…broiled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar…
…overnight oven-braised shredded pork tacos served with salsa and homemade guacamole…
…and fresh berries for dessert.
Our Super Bowl party was a big success: lots of fun, laughter, and good eats! Wait, who won again? Oh yeah, the team with the Paleo quarterback!