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Paleo Eats: 8/14/11

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Hello, hello!

For my meals at work tonight, I packed foods that could be scarfed down cold at my desk.

My first container was filled with leftover fried Padron peppers, deli roast beef, sauerkraut, olives, baby carrots, and jicama.

I also polished off a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter.

As a mid-shift snack, I ate a package of chipotle SeaSnax roasted seaweed. The spiciness of these crispy treats really creeps up on you – I like it!

Things got pretty hectic at work so I didn’t end up eating the last meal I packed for work. Instead, I came home and fried a couple scrambled eggs and a chicken apple sausage and ate my breakfast-for-dinner with a chopped tomato.

Then, it was time to pick up another half hog from the Full of Life Farm at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market. Woo hoo! Has it really been less than 5 months since we picked up our first hundred pounds of swine?

Besides our pork treasure trove…

…I also stocked up on grass fed ground beef, tomatoes, greens, stone fruit, and berries. 

I stored all my Paleo goodies in the fridge and freezer and stumbled to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, we jetted down the 101 to Redwood City to grab some burgers and veggies at The Patty Shack with Lawyerhands, Oldskoolboarder, and their adorable kids.

The Double O’s LOVE hanging with D & I…

…but Lil-O is TOTALLY head-over-heels, puppy-dog crushing on I. 

  

I’ll be so psyched when she’s my daughter-in-law! That village matchmaker sure knows her stuff…

After stuffing my belly with a bun-less juicy Midnight Burger and greens…

…we came home and put the boys to bed.

 I finally removed the oxtails from the SousVide Supreme (after 72 hours) and dunked them in an ice bath. 

Then, I practiced some assisted pistols and rowed 1K on our erg in the garage. Shoot. How can rowing kick my booty so hard?

After I packed my food and stored the oxtails in fridge, I drove to work. Only three more nights of work!

Paleo Eats: 5/1/11

Here’s a quick recap of my eats & kitchen adventures today:

The kids spent the night at my parents and instead of sleeping in, I decided to attack Melissa Joulwan’s Birthday WOD. She’s such a beast. Who else creates her own birthday WOD that includes — among plenty of other things — 43 burpees? If it was my birthday, I’d take the day off. Happy Birthday, Melicious!

Breakfast/Post workout meal: Sous vide chicken breast and baked yam.

After breakfast, hubs and I ventured over to the Mountain View Farmers’ Market and leisurely perused the different stands. I love my kids, but shopping with them is like herding feral cats. It was nice to get a chance to just stroll.

Lunch: A combination plate of koobideh and joojeh (chicken thigh) at Chelokababi. I subbed out the rice with a salad. Gossiping and chowing on grilled meat sticks with girlfriends makes this cavegirl very happy.

Meal prep for the upcoming week: I sous vided a couple of grass fed rib eye steaks that I stuck in the freezer and I prepared a pot of Paleo Bo Kho (Vietnamese stew with beef brisket, tomato, star anise, and lemongrass). I’ll post that recipe shortly — along with details about the Red Boat fish sauce giveaway. The Red Boat made the stew taste YUMMERIFIC. 

Dinner: I threw together another batch of simple crab salad and broiled some asparagus in the toaster oven. I added chopped cucumbers and sliced avocado to our plates, so dinner was essentially a big bowl of deconstructed California roll — with only the good (read: Paleo) parts.

Buenas noches!

Paleo Eats: 3/27/11

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I had a busy 24 hours: I went to work, picked up veggies and half a hog at the farmers’ market, slept, hosted my glam fashion exec cousin and her charming hubby for dinner, did a short stint of exercise in the garage, and I went back to work again. That’s it, folks. I’m signing off.

What?

You want pictures and more details? So damn demanding…

While I was at work, I ate some sous vide chicken breast topped with Aubergine dip along with some nuked frozen green beans and a baked sweet potato.

My last meal at work was leftover pork pot roast, reheated frozen green beans, and roasted butternut squash.

When I got home from work, I seasoned and vacuum-sealed two honking T-bone steaks that I was going to sous vide for dinner later.

I also unpacked two cases of coconut flakes that we received from Amazon.

Stop looking at me like that! I’m not a crazy coconut horder!

Then, the family piled into the car and drove to the Mountain View Farmers’ market to pick up more veggies and 100 pounds of pork. Yes, I pick up two different vegetable CSA boxes every week but we go through greens fast.

At home, I unloaded our four boxes of swine…

…and transferred the porky treasures into our chest freezer in the garage.

It’s literally filled to the tippy-top with meat.

I preheated my SousVide Supreme to 130 F and gave instructions to dear hubby to plop in the steaks at 4:00 p.m. (2 hour soaking time). Then, I downed a can of sardines…

…and hit the sack.

When I woke up in the evening, I ran to the kitchen and started preparing dinner. I reheated some curried cream of broccoli soup that I’d stored in my freezer a few weeks back…

…broiled a batch of asparagus tossed in bacon grease that I finished with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar…

…prepared some mushroom gravy with a splash of heavy cream…

…and whipped up a batch of cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree.

After I torched the steaks, I plated our dinner:

Once the kiddies were put to bed and our guests left, I packed my meals for work, cobbled together a short homemade WOD, and then I sped off to work. Only three more nights of work!

First Farmers’ Market Trip Post Whole9 Workshop

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After attending yesterday’s Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop, I was inspired to be more mindful of my purchases at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market this morning.

The number one take-home message Dallas and Melissa emphasized above all else was that you should try to buy the best quality animal protein you can afford. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Following their advice, I bought some short ribs from Full of Life Farm

…and a Wild King Salmon fillet from Mission Fresh Fish.

Since I won’t be eating the salmon until tomorrow night, I kept the fillet on a bowl of ice in the fridge.

The second point that the Hartwigs stressed was to eat tons and tons of veggies. Vegetables are a far superior carbohydrate source when compared with grains because they’re much more nutrient dense and contain gobs more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. Plus, vegetables have lots of antioxidants and their alkaline nature may help prevent inflammation.

As a result, I went to the Heirloom Organic Gardens stand and bought two big bags of Bordeaux spinach…

…two bunches of broccoli greens…

…and a couple bunches of scallions.

At the stand across the way, I bought a bag of heirloom Italian broccoli rabe…

…and some carbohydrate dense veggies (Kabocha squash, carrots, and parsnips) for post-work out meals.

I bought a little fruit at the market but far less than in the past. I brought home a few Fuji apples…

…and three baskets of strawberries.

I always store my strawberries in a single layer in tightly-sealed, paper towel-lined storage containers ‘cause that way they can last for ~ 10 days.

Pre-Paleo, my farmers’ market haul used to be 70% fruit and 30% vegetables. Nowadays, the ratio is reversed. Dallas and Melissa reminded me that fruits shouldn’t replace vegetables on my plate. Mainly because fruit has lots of fructose and isn’t as nutrient dense as vegetables. For example, the highest ANDI score for a fruit is 212 (strawberries) vs. 1000 for kale. Sheeit.

See? I’m already practicing what I learned!