Sunday was jam-packed with cooking and good eats. Wanna take a peek?
As soon as I woke up in the morning, I dunked the two seasoned 4505 Meats Cowboy chops into the Sous Vide Supreme to soak for 8 hours.
I made breakfast for the family and chowed down on a fried spicy cilantro chicken sausage, sauteed spinach, and a chopped heirloom tomato.
After breakfast, the Double-O’s and I set to work making Paleo Comfort Foods’ poached pears.
Big-O has been bugging me non-stop to make this recipe (even though he’s never eaten poached pears) ever since we received the cookbook in the mail.
He’s one persistent bugger.
After we finished storing the poached pears in the fridge, I reached in the pantry for a new jar of coconut butter only to find I was out. WTF? Luckily, I remembered Melicious has an awesome recipe for homemade coconut butter on her blog, so I blitzed a batch in my Vitamix.
I will never buy a jar again.
For lunch, I fried up a slew of mini Turkish slider burgers and roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon for the family.
After lunch, I started preparing food for the small dinner party we were hosting in the evening.
I roasted a bunch of beets…
…Portobello mushrooms, and bell peppers. Roasted veggies are the perfect side dish for a party because you can make them ahead of time and serve them at room temperature.
I also chopped some fruit for a salad…
…and sliced carrots and jicama for a crudite platter that I served with Aubergine and Chimichurri dips.
When our guests arrived (Fitbomb’s cousin, his lovely wife, and adorable girls), I put out the crudites & dip, roasted cashews, 4505 Meats chicharrones, fruit salad, and Yogavive apple chips for everyone to munch on before dinner.
To accompany the cold apps, I fried up some 4505 Meats pork and apple breakfast sausages.
After our guests were noshing on the starters, I sent Fitbomb to the gas grill with a package of 4505 Meats’ bacon-studded hotdogs…
…”regular” Applegate Farms organic hotdogs (for the kiddies), the sous vided Cowboy chop (I stored the other one in the freezer), and some sliced eggplant.
When he was done grilling the dogs….
…eggplant, and steak, he brought them inside and I plated the grilled veggies…
…and evened out the char on the steak with my kitchen torch.
I sliced up the steak and brought all the eats to the dining table.
Here’s my dinner plate:
Afterwards, the kids split the chilled poached pears for dessert. They LOVED the pears! Yay! Another winner of a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods!
Psst! If you’re wondering what to bring over to a Paleo pal as a hostess gift, the one we received tonight is hard to top!
D & T generously gifted us with a basket overflowing with organic veggies, eggs, and honey — all of it sourced locally from J.E. Perry Farms. Seriously?! SO AWESOME!