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Paleo Eats: 9/3/11

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Yay! I love being off of work on a holiday weekend! There are some years where my luck’s terrible and my work weekends coincide with every bleeping holiday. I think that happens again in 2013…

I left the house before eating breakfast, so I was peckish when I returned home after running errands. I threw together my nosh in about five minutes: organic roast beef slices with a tomato and avocado salad.

At lunchtime, we decided to pack a Paleo picnic and devour it al fresco at Big-O’s elementary school. We packed lunch boxes for the boys filled with scrambled eggs (Lil-O) or grass fed hot dogs (Big-O) plus veggies and fruit.

Fitbomb and I shared leftover fried chicken & veggies

…plus a salad.

Man, how I’ve missed fried chicken — especially cold, leftover fried chicken. Totally a keeper recipe.

We spent all afternoon at the school scrambling around on the play structure, climbing (and getting stuck in) trees, scaling walls (hubby), owling, and jumping on anything and everything. MovNat has totally changed how we play with our kids for the better.

When we got home, I seasoned and vacuum sealed two large dino chops from 4505 Meats

…and stored them in the fridge. I’m sous viding them tomorrow for Sunday’s dinner.

After I stored away these grass fed beauties, we all piled in the car to drive to dinner at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino (read my review here) with our parents and kids before heading home to conk out…

Paleo Eats: 8/21/11 (& MovNat Fundamentals)

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I spent my entire Sunday rolling around on the grass, crawling on all fours…

…climbing up poles (despite my daddy’s efforts to keep me off the pole)…

…swinging on the top bar of a swing set (albeit with assistance),

…jumping on picnic tables, and hurling heavy rocks.

Grrrrr!

I wish this was a typical Sunday in the ‘burbs, but it was actually an awesome one-day session of MovNat in Palo Alto led by  Clifton Harski. Although I usually deny that I smile while exercising, I KNOW I was beaming and laughing the whole day today with Fitbomb and our gaggle of barefoot/Vibram-clad MovNat-ers. 

I’m not gonna write a lengthy post because it won’t do Clif and the MovNat session any justice. Instead, please read the awesome ones already written by Dr. B G and Dr. Emily Deans (because I totally concur with their eloquent reviews) and also check out Worker Bee’s and Fitbomb’s detailed summaries of our MovNat experience here in Palo Alto. I HIGHLY recommend you seek out a MovNat session in your area because you’ll re-learn how to move the way you were born to move AND you’ll appreciate the importance of play again.

PLUS, if you’re lucky, Clifton will teach the 8-hour class shirtless.

I know it’s nice to see glistening pecs and abs instead of meat and veggies for a change, but since this blog is all about the Paleo nosh, let’s get back on track, shall we?

Before heading out to Mitchell Park for the MovNat session, I put the seasoned pork roast in the oven to cook while we were out (SCANDALOUS!)…

…washed and prepped two heads of cauliflower for curried cauliflower, packed a cooler for lunch, and threw together breakfast salads for hubby and me with leftover Turkish slider burgers.

At our lunch break, I took out our cooler and we split some hard-boiled eggs, nuked yams, a package of Applegate Farms organic roast beef, crudities and Aubergine dip, and a PaleoKrunch bar.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the sun and when it was over, I went home with tons of great ideas on how to incorporate MovNat into our family’s everyday lives. The kids and I will be crawling all over the place, picking up heavy stuff, and jumping on EVERYTHING.

After the session, we invited Clifton, Nick, and Badier over to our place for dinner.

The pork roast was tender and juicy when we got home…

…so I increased the oven temperature and swapped it out with  a tray of curried cauliflower

…and made a tomato salad with basil chiffonade, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel, and freshly ground pepper.

Hubby also helped out by making a yummy watermelon salad with fresh mint and lime juice…

…and his delicious guacamole.

By this time, the cauliflower was finished roasting so I plated the florets with a splash of lemon juice and a pile of minced cilantro.

I shredded the pork…

..washed some butter lettuce…

…and dinner was ready.

I laid everything out so people could make their own roast pork-filled lettuce wrapped tacos. 

Here’s my dinner plate:

Oh, one more thing… 

…take a looky here at this incriminating photo of a certain Lazy Caveman taking a sip of (gasp!) milk! (To be fair, it’s raw, grass-fed, full-fat Jersey milk from a local farm. And it came from our fridge. And I think he felt peer-pressured after the dairy-lovin’ Clifton downed an entire glass.)

Eat your heart out, Pedro!