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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: 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: 4/30/11

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Today, I ate most of my meals in restaurants. It’s nice to take a break from kitchen duty, but I’m itching to try out some new recipes on my to-do list. Oh, well — they’ll just have to wait!

For breakfast, I made myself a sardine salad (a can o’ sardines mixed with Paleo mayonnaise, Fines Herbes seasoning, salt, pepper, and fresh chives) and downed it with some crudités.

I wanted to load up on omega-3s in anticipation of our grain-fed meat-apalooza at Pampas later in the evening.

After breakfast, I picked up my Full Belly Farm CSA box

…which had a nice variety of veggies this week.

At brunch, we stopped by Joanie’s Café and waited 45 loooong minutes for…an altogether mediocre meal. Hubs and I shared two eggs over medium and seared sausages…

…and a three-egg omelet with bacon, sausage, and avocados.

Our boys, on the other hand, gorged on simple carbs and sugar. Yes — that’s right: I’m ashamed to admit that we let our kids order pancakes and waffles.

Ever since Everyday Paleo arrived in the mail, I’ve done a decent job of keeping the kiddies on the Paleo straight-and-narrow. All week, they ate the Paleo meals that I made — albeit sometimes reluctantly. And at breakfast this morning, we stuffed them to the gills with scrambled eggs, bacon, and strawberries. So at brunch, I figured they’d be too full to eat much more, and allowed them to pick what they wanted from the menu.

Big mistake. All they wanted were carbs, carbs, and more carbs.

They were ECSTATIC upon arrival of the gluten and refined sugar…

…and kept eating and eating and eating and eating…

…until we dragged them out of the restaurant.

About an hour later, Lil-O threw a colossal, five-alarm temper tantrum. Then, in the car, he conked out as we drove to my parent’s house.

This was not normal. Lil-O may be a stubborn bugger, but he’s usually even-keeled and well-rested. Was today’s meltdown and sudden narcolepsy the result of a massive sugar crash? No doubt about it. Sometimes, even committed Paleo mommies need a reminder of the importance of sugar-avoidance.

In the afternoon, I snacked on a Tanka Bar, a few mac nuts, some coconut flakes, and a couple tablespoons of coconut butter.

For dinner, we marched into Pampas with the charter members of the Five Tribe and Coach Tim (plus everyone’s spouses) and polished off plate after plate of meat, meat, and more meat. Unlike our last meal here, I actually visited the salad bar and nibbled on a few bites of vegetables…

…along with the mountains of meat.

That’s it for my eats!

Paleo Eats: 4/16/11

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I totally agree with the peppy boys of Erasure — I love Saturdays. When I’m off work, it’s fun spending a leisurely day with my boys and noshing on good eats.

I was disappointed with my thwarted attempts at making a breakfast burrito for dinner last night so I made myself one this morning.

It was really yummy topped with homemade guacamole and Primavera roasted tomato salsa with chipotle. If you live in the San Francisco bay area, you should really seek out this salsa – it makes EVERYTHING taste better!

After breakfast, I picked up my vegetable CSA box from Full Belly Farm

…and then we went to an Easter egg hunt at Big-O’s kung fu studio.

For lunch, we stopped by Mayfield Bakery and Café. Fitbomb and I shared a plate of soft scrambled eggs with roasted spring vegetables and asparagus nage…

…Mayfield chicken salad with Bloomsdale spinach and bacon lardons…

…and a side of bacon.

Although the chow was tasty today, Mayfield is not on our regular brunch rotation because the food and service can be totally hit or miss. We can’t wait over 30 minutes for our food when we’ve got ticking time bombs in tow.

After lunch, I started preparing dinner since we were hosting old friends for supper. To make sure I wouldn’t be too frazzled when the guests arrived, I made a lot of dishes that could be reheated later or served at room temperature.

Wanna see?

I whipped up a batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

…and roasted a slew of veggies: a tray of zucchini slices, baby artichokes

baby carrots

…and portobello mushrooms.

Big-O eagerly assisted me in my kitchen adventures by drizzling on avocado oil and seasoning the veggies with salt and pepper.

When my roasted veggie platter was finished…

…I fried the sous vide chicken thighs that I had prepared yesterday…

…nuked the garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

… and broiled a tray of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears.

Here’s our dinner spread… 

…and my dinner plate:

As a reward for slaving in the kitchen, I treated myself to 1/3 of a bar of Guittard Nocturne 91% cacao. Oh, how I’ve missed you, dark chocolate!

Dining Out Paleo: Cotogna (San Francisco, CA)

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There are tons of restaurants on my wish list but I was able to cross off another one tonight when we dined at Cotogna.

When I was still eating pasta tasting menus a couple years ago, we had a fantastic meal at Quince, the fancier restaurant owned by Michael and Lindsay Tusk. I’ve been pining to eat at Cotogna for months because it’s a casual (i.e. more kid-friendly) dining spot that features an incredible wood-burning grill and rotisserie. However, the true tipping point for me was this glowing review by Brian Boitano. WWBBD is my mantra.

(Sadly, there was no Brian Boitano sighting tonight but I did spy chef extraordinaire Charles Phan dining in the corner.)  

Armed with iPads, we came here for an early dinner with the kids.

I’m not gonna lie, we ordered a margherita pizza for the kids…

…but Fitbomb and I ordered more Paleo-friendly fare.

We started out with yellowtail crudo with espelette pepper & lime…

…and “Coppa di testa” (a.k.a. head cheese) with citrus salad.

Both items came with unannounced grains (tiny croutons on the crudo and a couple slices of toasted bread with the head cheese) but we just ate around them.

For our entrees, we shared spit roasted pork loin with fennel and chili…

…and rabbit leg and confit with artichokes and olives.

To accompany the meats, we ordered a plate of sautéed spinach and Calabrian chili…

…and roasted sunchokes with cipollini onions.

The pork was PHENOMENAL – charred and spicy on the exterior and juicy and flavorful on the interior.

The platter came with pea shoots and green peas so we ate the shoots and left the peas on the plate.

The rabbit was also delicious. I know this is a total cliché but it tastes like chicken, only 1000x better. I even gnawed on the bones like a good cavegirl.

Parking is relatively easy (we found some right around the corner) and the service was wonderful and relaxed. I can’t wait to return!

Paleo Eats: 4/11/11

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Today officially marks the beginning of Big-O’s Spring Break and it’s nice not having to rush, rush, rush in the morning. We don’t have any grand travel plans — just train trips to the Big City to meet Fitbomb for dinner and hanging out at the neighborhood park. I hope this week inches by at a snail’s pace.

For today’s breakfast, I nuked the last of the leftover grass fed beef shank and cabbage stew and ate it with leftover broiled asparagus and zucchini.

After hanging out at Big O’s friend’s house for a playdate, we met up with one of my buddies for a picnic in the park. She was kind enough to bring us take-out from Back A Yard a tasty, tasty Carribean restaurant. Truth be told, I told her where to pick up lunch and what she should order. I’m not a demanding bitch, I’m just trying not to be passive aggressive. Don’t you wanna be my friend, too?

I ate a Carribean Cobb Salad with Jerk chicken…

…that potentially had some sort of sugar and crap oil in the marinade but I scarfed it all down ‘cause it’s yummy to my tummy.

My measly contribution to lunch was a strawberry and Asian pear salad.

My afternoon snack was a can of sardines and a pile of leftover roasted peppers.

The macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and coconut butter in the pantry were super tempting but I was able to resist them today.

At suppertime, I made a garbage frittata with all the little ramekins of leftovers I’d been collecting in the fridge. I sautéed some leftover onions and cilantro in butter and added a chopped and seeded tomato.

Then, I threw in leftover emergency protein, sautéed mushrooms, and spinach. I whipped up 4 jumbo eggs with some salt, pepper, and a dollop of Greek yogurt and dumped it in. I popped the skillet in the toaster oven and fifteen minutes later, the frittata was cooked through with a golden crust.

I also roasted a tray of Brussels sprouts with bacon

…and nuked the leftover fajita vegetables.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The garbage frittata was really yummy. I was dubious at first because the filling looked like cat food but it ended up being delicious. Note to self: keep every last scrap of leftovers. Yes, I’ve accepted that I’m turning into my mother.

Paleo Eats: 4/10/11

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I detest the Bangles’ song, Manic Monday, but I do agree that Sunday is my fun day. I apologize in advance if that shitty song gets stuck in your head all day.

Before leaving the house, I nuked the last piece of Porktastic Spinach and Mushroom Meatloaf and ate it with some leftover roasted peppers.

Coincidentally, my meatloaf recipe is the meal of the day over at The Foodee Project!

We met up with Fit Daffy at the Mountain View Farmers’ market where I picked up my free asparagus

…eggs, fruit, and veggies.

I’m not a girl who appreciates flowers (I’d rather get a box o’ bacon) but these Gerbera daisies sure are purty.

For lunch, we drove to the East Bay to hang out with Fitbomb’s family. We brought over un-Paleo dim sum take-out from Koi Garden to appease the elders and a couple kebab platters from Pamir restaurant for hubs and myself. Fitbomb and I both hate dim sum but it’s hard to pass up a few slices of roasted suckling pig.

Here’s my lunch plate:

At dinnertime, I stir-fried some fajita vegetables (bell peppers, cremini mushrooms, onions, garlic, Arizona Dreaming, salt, and pepper)…

…and finished it with a squeeze of lime juice.

I also made some emergency protein with grass fed ground beef sautéed with onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes…

…and Chili Con Carne seasoning.

I plated both stir-fries along with a handful of salad greens, pickled turnips, and homemade guacamole.

(If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting about my snacks, it’s because I’m secretly ashamed about the ridiculous amounts of coconut and macadamia nuts I’ve been gorging on. I’m gonna lay off both for a couple week and let’s hope I don’t go cuckoo for coco and nuts.)

Paleo Eats: 4/7/11

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Is it the weekend yet? I love being on PTO, but it’s tough being a full-time mommy, day in and day out. (Cue Artie Lange derisively saying, “WAAAAAH!”)

Alright, enough bitching. Here’s what I ate today:

For breakfast, I ate half a Fox Point seasoned sous vide chicken breast, roasted red bell peppers, sautéed Italian heirloom broccoli, and a dollop of Aubergine dip.

Before taking Little-O to his gym class, I baked a tray of sweet potatoes and yams.

For lunch, I reheated leftover beef shank and cabbage stew, grabbed a baked yam, and roasted baby artichokes.

In the afternoon, I brined some cubed pork butt according to my fairy godmother’s recipe

…and I whipped up another batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.

Then we dashed out the door to get to Big-O’s doctor appointment and T-ball game. I had grand plans to cook after T-ball, but by the time the game was over, we were famished. The four of us ended up at The Counter, where I ordered a burger in a bowl.

On our way home, I picked up my CSA box from Mariquita Farm. We now have veggies coming out of our ears.

Gotta catch some zzzz’s. Bonne nuit!

Dining Out Paleo(ish): Station 1 Restaurant (Woodside, CA)

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Spoiler: I ate grains and sugar last night and I liked it. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own risk.

Last night, a large group of us gathered at Station 1 Restaurant and ate a fantastic, cheat-worthy meal.

I’ve wanted to eat here since I first read that Zack Freitas, the former chef de cuisine at Commis, was opening a restaurant on the peninsula. My dream came true when my fairy godmother, R, secured a coveted Saturday night reservation and invited hubs and I to join her friends and fellow CFPA members for dinner.

As my hubby has blogged before, on rare occasions, we’ll eat some sugar and/or grains. It’s not usually worth it to go off the rails, but when the food is amazing — and yesterday’s dinner certainly fit the bill — I’m there.

At Station 1, you cobble together your own 3 course prix-fixe menu for $54. A cheese plate comes automatically, so you just have to pick a starter, entree, and a dessert. Yep, it was out of my hands: I was forced to order a dessert.

Wanna see what I ate?

Our amuse bouche was a tiny bowl of carrot soup seasoned with mace and topped with cocoa nibs, minced carrot greens, and blood oranges.

For my appetizer, I ordered razor clams served with roasted beets, thinly sliced watermelon radishes, beet puree, clam sauce, black trumpet mushrooms, and a quenelle of cream cheese.

My main dish was sliced leg of lamb served with parsley root puree, roasted parsley root, fig puree, sautéed chard, and parsley greens.

Hubs ordered the Wagyu bavette steak that came with black garlic puree, hen of the woods mushrooms, and miner’s lettuce. He also subbed out the baby Yukon potatoes for some sautéed chard (not so much because he wanted to be a Paleo badass; he just prefers chard to potatoes).

WARNING! Here’s where dinner veers wildly away from being Paleo-compliant…

After our entrees, we received an intermezzo of house-made Meyer lemon and tangelo soda in a tiny shot glass. So not Paleo, but so damn tasty.

Then, we shared a large cheese platter with artisan cheeses, house-made black pepper crackers, currants, and honey.

For dessert, I picked the lavender custard with blueberries and meringue…

…and hubs ordered the banana toffee cake with pecan ice cream, butter wafer, and toasted black walnuts.

Neither dessert sounded great on paper but once I tasted them, I couldn’t stop eating. Damn sugar addiction!

As a final send-off, we were each given a tiny chocolate cookie sandwich filled with maple cream. 

Yes, I ate everything and loved it. My faves were the razor clams and the Wagyu bavette. Although I didn’t polish off all my dessert nor did I eat the complimentary flatbread or crackers, I certainly ate a fair amount of sugar and flour. How did I feel after my meal? Maybe just a little bloated but not too bad over all.

The food, cozy ambience, and attentive service at Station 1 were fantastic but the best part of dinner was laughing and sharing with our party. Even though many of us in the group were meeting for the first time, we had no qualms discussing topics as varied as failure analysis, workplace porn, and incontinence. While our group was hooting and hollering (yes, we were THAT group), I saw diners at neighboring tables literally blanch at our loud banter about poo, piss, and porn.  

Even if the food had sucked, the evening would’ve been a winner because the company was so much fun. Being the food snob that I am, I rarely — if ever —say that. Take that as a compliment, fellow diners!

Paleo Eats: 4/2/11

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I did absolutely no cooking today and I loved it!

That doesn’t mean there weren’t a bunch of food-related activities on the calendar, though. When I woke up, I picked up my paltry veggie CSA box from Full Belly Farm.

Once I got home, I reheated some leftover spiced grilled meats and sauteed veggies from Anatolian Kitchen for breakfast.

Next, we spent a couple hours at the Little League Opening Day festivites before making a quick Costco run. You can never have enough canisters of macadamia nuts. But it’s not like I’m going to eat ‘em right away; they’re going in our emergency disaster kit. Uh, yeah…that’s it.

For lunch, we met some friends at Sprout Cafe, where I downed a Cobb Salad with extra chicken and egg (hold the cheese and dressing).

Since we’re having a late dinner, I needed a snack to tide me over. I chowed on some leftover cauliflower and carrot puree, sauteed Italian heirloom broccoli, a semi-homemade meatball

…and a tablespoon of Coconut Manna.

I gotta say this ain’t as good as Artisana’s coconut butter. When it’s melted, Coconut Manna is too runny and has a gritty texture. Did I still eat it? Of course.

Tonight, we’re heading off to Station 1 in Woodside. Man, it’s been waaaaaaaaay too long since we’ve gone out to dinner without the kids. I’ll report back on our meal tomorrow ‘cause we’ll be getting home late, and I know I’ll want to crash. I suspect I’ll stray from eating strictly Paleo — but I don’t give care ‘cause it’ll be worth it (hopefully!).