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Paleo Eats: 9/5/11

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Happy Labor Day!

Is there a better way to start the day than devouring a face made out of fat and protein?

Nope!

I didn’t eat this breakfast and neither did the kids so that only leaves a certain middle-aged caveman lawyer. Any guesses?

Here’s my not-as-adorable breakfast: scrambled eggs, leftover roast veggies, cherry tomatoes, and half a 4505 Meats bacon-studded hotdog.

As soon as I’d gobbled my breakfast, the kids started nagging me to bake some Primal Palate Chocolate Chip cookies to bring to Dr. HA’s barbecue. It’s hard to believe that the last time our household made these cookies, I was unable to try them because I was on the Whole30. Thank goodness I ain’t doing that this month!

Big-O is super excited about the upcoming release of Bill & Hayley's new cookbook, Make It Paleo, because I’ve assured him it contains LOTS of recipes for Paleo treats and cheats. My older son is totally into the candy cigarettes and big, glossy cookbooks filled with beautiful food porn. I guess the apple don’t fall far from the tree!

We brought the cookies to the party ‘cause there is no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks we’re keeping four dozen cookies at our house. I finally tried a cookie, and it was, “Goooo-oood!” as Lil-O likes to sing/shout. 

The whole family had a fantastic time at C & H’s place, as usual. There was great conversation punctuated with guffaws…

…delicious, Paleo-friendly grub…

…and Lil-O was able to frolic with his ladylove.

We so didn’t want to leave, which is always the case when we hang with C & H, but we finally did because we were meeting my glam fashion-exec cousin and her hubby for dinner at Anatolian Kitchen.

At the restaurant, Fitbomb and I split a combo grill platter…

…and a whole roasted sea bass.

A tasty way to end a fantastic holiday weekend!

Paleo Eats: 5/13/11

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I may be coming down with a cold (oh noes!) so this post will be short and sweet. Making Kleenex-wrapped booger wontons with Lil-O and going balls to the wall in today’s WOD at CrossFit Palo Alto may have a little something to do with it.

For breakfast, I ate leftover Damn Fine chicken along with cauliflower and carrot puree and nuked sugar snap peas.

I also had a tablespoon of coconut butter for good measure.

After my CrossFit class, I ate my usual post workout meal: baked yam and Applegate Farms organic roast beef.

At lunchtime, I brought some takeout from Anatolian Kitchen to my buddy H’s house. We shared a combo grill plate (it’s definitely enough meat for two people to share)…

…and she ladled us bowls of her delicious curried cream of carrot soup. I’m gonna steal her recipe and post it soon.

In the afternoon, I snacked on lots of coconut flakes and a packet of spicy grass fed jerky chews.

For dinner, I threw a packet of Grimaud Farms duck confit into the SousVide Supreme and roasted some carrots in the toaster oven. About 35 minutes later, both were ready to eat so I seared the duck legs in some duck fat…

…and sautéed some spinach and shallots in the “dirty” pan.

I drizzled some balsamic vinegar on the carrots and spinach and called it a day.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I love the new splatter screen I bought! Normally, my stovetop looks like an oil slick after I fry stuff but tonight there was nary a drop. Plus, it can go straight in the dishwasher. Win-win!

Paleo Eats: 5/4/11

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Argh. I went back to work tonight. Wanna see what I ate up until I headed into the hospital?

This morning was another sunny day in the neighborhood. I love this weather – unless I’m trying to sleep during the day. Curse you, sun!

For breakfast, I finished the last “spicy” chipotle chicken sausage and ate it with a fried egg and nuked frozen broccoli.

At lunchtime, I went to Anatolian Kitchen with my parents and Lil-O and I ordered a combination kebab platter sans rice.

I was only able to finish half of my plate and packed the rest to take to work tonight. I’m actually trying to be more mindful of my portions and only eat until I’m full. It’s tough to do when you inhale your food. I need to slooooooooow down. Er, coconut flakes and macadamia nuts don’t count.

Before going to bed in the afternoon, I iced a couple of grass fed steaks that I sous vided in the morning. Now, I have a bunch of pre-cooked steaks in the freezer that I can reheat during my workweek.

When I woke up in the evening, I started making dinner. I reheated the Bo Kho in a pot on the stove…

…broiled two bunches of asparagus that I finished with a drizzle of lemon juice…

…blitzed a batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

…and microwave-steamed some super cute baby squash…

…that I tossed with butter and Fox Point seasoning.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I packed all my crap for work and drove to work. Another night another dollar…

Paleo Eats: 3/31/11

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I had a busy, busy day and I’m still a little wonky from lack of sleep so this post will be short and sweet.

For breakfast, I fried up two eggs in butter and sprinkled on Fines Herbes seasoning. I ate them with leftover roasted butternut squash, roasted curried cauliflower, and nuked frozen broccoli.

 

After attending Little-O’s gym class and grocery shopping at Whole Paycheck, I came home and whipped up a dozen mini frittata muffins with the “emergency protein” from last night.

This time, I placed the silicone baking cups in a muffin tin but I don’t like how all of the muffins have dents.

I’m gonna just place them on a lined baking sheet next time.

For lunch, I ate three mini frittata muffins along with braised escarole and shallots.

I also gobbled up a couple slices of deli roast beef and a handful of baby carrots.

After lunch, I went with my mother-in-law to a couple more oncology appointments and on our way home I picked up my vegetable CSA box from Mariquita Farm.

By the time we got home, it was time to take Big-O to his first official T-ball game (the last two were rained out). Before dashing out the door, I seasoned six pork chops (my half hog came with a plethora of chops) with salt and pepper, vacuum sealed them, and dropped them in the SousVide Supreme (set at 135 F).

Although I had grand plans of making sous vide pork chops for dinner, we ended up getting take out from Anatolian Kitchen.

 

After dinner, I iced the sous vide pork chops and stored a couple in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Also, I ate a shitload of coconut flakes for no good reason.

That’s it for tonight. Good night!


Paleo Eats: 3/20/11

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When I woke up this morning it was raining hard and the wind was howling – love it! I know most people prefer sunny weather but gloomy, stormy weather makes me smile. On the weeks when I’m working the graveyard shift, it lulls me to sleep in the middle of the day. On my days off, I love being “trapped” inside and just chilling out with the family. Thing get complicated when we have places to go. Like today. Then the rain can be a bitch.

For breakfast, I made myself a red cabbage slaw topped with leftover sous vide flank steak.

This was a big-ass mofo salad and it kept me full until lunchtime.

After breakfast, the family took a trip to Whole Paycheck where we stocked up on essentials for the week. My kids LOVE pushing the mini shopping carts around the store. I HATE herding them around the store and apologizing to all the patrons getting clipped in the Achilles tendon.

For lunch, we stopped by Anantolian Kitchen again. I really dig this spot for kebabs. It can get busy during weekday lunches, but on a rainy Sunday, it was easy to get a table at noon. I guess most people wanna gobble French toast and waffles for brunch instead of tasty meat sticks. Lucky for us.

Hubs and I split the combo grill plate (chicken, lamb, doner kebab, and salad)…

…and the Adana kebab (marinated ground lamb & beef with a salad). Both dishes were ordered sans rice.

This spot may be my new favorite Paleo-friendly spot in Palo Alto…

While Little-O took a nap, I took Big-O to a birthday party at a bounce house. It was a pandemonium, but at least he burned off a lot of energy!

When we got home at 5:30 p.m., I started prepping dinner. I was tired and didn’t want to make anything too complicated so I heated up some pre-cooked duck confit legs (I bought ‘em at the farmers’ market) in the toaster oven (15 minutes at 375 F).

To finish the duck, I charred them with my kitchen torch to get the skin all crispity-crunchity.

I tossed some asparagus spears in the rendered duck fat with some salt and pepper…

…and broiled them in the toaster oven until tender.

I finished off the dish with a spritz of lemon juice. Trust me: Always keep some lemons in the fridge.

I also nuked a packet of winter squash puree that I mixed with butter, salt, and pepper…

…and sautéed a pan full of spinach in butter with sliced shallots, dried chilis, and lemon juice.

I’m happy to report that dinner was on the table in about 35 minutes.

And as a special treat, I ate half a bar of dark chocolate:

Paleo Eats: 3/4/11

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This morning, I knew I’d have to load up on food ‘cause I needed some tasty fuel to power me through my morning class at CrossFit Palo Alto. As a result, I fried up a three-egg scramble with nuked frozen broccoli and some canned fire-roasted tomatoes for breakfast. For whatever reason, I never feel like eggs are enough protein (!) so I also chowed on a few slices of organic roast beef deli meat.

The WOD only lasted 10 minutes (and 5 minutes of it was rest time) but I was wiped when I finished. I felt like my heart was gonna explode out of my chest after the first 30 seconds of kettlebell swings!

When I came home, I drank a bowl of garbage soup and ate a handful of macadamia nuts.

Little-O and I met up with my good friend, H, for lunch at Anatolian Kitchen. This place is a yummy new Turkish restaurant off of California Avenue in Palo Alto. I ordered the combination plate sans rice and it came piled with doner kebab, chicken shish kebab, lamb shish kebab, and a nice salad.

I was really happy with the quality and quantity and can’t wait to come back to try some other items. (CrossFit Palo Alto peeps — this place is only a few blocks away so stop by after your workout to chow on meaty goodness!)

For snack, I ate a crapload of macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and coconut butter but I still had room for a small cup of  coconut milk topped with strawberries.

In the evening, I prepared a batch of curried grass fed beef with shallots, mushrooms, and chard.

I’m gonna use this filling for mini frittata muffins I’m baking tomorrow morning to take to the Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop at Mad Dawg Fitness. I can’t wait to meet and learn from the Paleo nutrition mavens in person!

For dinner, I fried up some lamb burgers…

…sautéed mushrooms with onions in butter…

…and broiled some avocado oil tossed asparagus.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I’m gonna catch some zzzz’s so I can be a good listener tomorrow.