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Paleo Eats: 9/23/12

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Graveyard shifts at the hospital are always unpredictable. Normally, the variety keeps things interesting, but every single night this week, I’ve been stomping out fires for ten hours straight. This old pill pusher’s tired. Calgon, take me away!

I knew I was in for another hectic shift, so I purposely packed food that I could eat straight from the fridge. But it wasn’t until daybreak that I finally had a moment to scarf down leftovers from my dad’s birthday dinner. 

I was ragged when I came home, and wanted nothing more than to conk out. But duty called; the meat in my defrost bowl demanded attention. Damned needy protein. 

I quickly seasoned a Porterhouse steak, lamb leg roast, and brisket with Magic Mushroom Powder before shrink-wrapping them in vacuum-sealed packages.

Don’t have Magic Mushroom Powder? No worries — just use your favorite all-purpose seasoning salts or spice blends. As long as you’ve got a reliable flavor booster in your kitchen arsenal, you’ll always end up with something you want to eat. It’s no fun eating blah food, right?

Once the water in my SousVide Supreme reached 130°F, I dunked in the meat.

Each packet will finish cooking at different times, so for easy removal, I made sure I stacked them so that the quickest-cooking are on top. As Lil-O likes to say: “I used my brain, because I have one. The zombies haven’t eaten it yet.”

Although snoozing’s preferable to cooking, the 10 minutes I spent on meat prep were well worth it. I now have plenty of emergency protein ready to sear off at a moment’s notice.

Less than seven hours later, I crawled out of bed to prepare dinner. I was itching to roast vegetables in my new countertop toaster oven

…but it was too shiny and pretty to soil just yet. 

Instead, I cooked our whole meal in my trusty cast-iron skillet and griddle. Clean-up would be a snap; at the end of the meal, I just had to scrub ‘em with hot water. (Alternatively, I could just leave the dirty pans on the stove. You know, to add to the seasoning. Yeeeeah…that’s the ticket.)

I dusted a pound of pristine black gill rock fish fillets from Siren SeaSA with Magic Mushroom Powder (deja vu all over again!)…

…and pan-fried them in butter.

My kids aren’t big fans of fish, so I pulled the sous vide porterhouse steak out of the water oven and seared it on the griddle.

(The Double-Os ate half the steak for dinner. The rest was packed in their lunchboxes for school.)

Once the proteins were finished cooking, I stir-fried onions, broccoli, and shiitake mushrooms in butter.

The addition of bone broth and Red Boat Fish Sauce elevated this simple stir-fry into something that even our family’s pickiest eater (hello, Lil-O) devoured.

Before digging into dinner, I sliced a few cherry tomatoes…

…and piled them on my plate.

Part of me wishes my kids liked fish, but the other part of me is secretly happy there was more for me and my hubby.

Paleo Eats: 1/28/12 (Whole30 Day 28)

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Just two more days on the Whole30! I’m tired of making all of my meals and I can’t wait to go out to eat again. There, I said it.

While I was at the hospital, I ate some leftover sous vide pork belly, cocoa-toasted cauliflower, and sauteed baby kale.

When I got home, I gobbled up a sous vide chicken breast dusted with homemade Pyro Powder and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Then, I seasoned a grass fed beef bottom roast with homemade Magic Mushroom Powder, stored it in the fridge to marinate for a day, and hung out with my boys until I couldn’t prop my eyelids open anymore.

At dinnertime, I whipped up some Paleo mayonnaise with my immersion blender

…making sure to drizzle in some water whenever the mayo got too thick. Yes, that’s the trick to keep your mayo from breaking.

Fitbomb had picked up our Siren SeaSA haul in the morning and I was delighted that it contained a whole Dungeness crab AND a black cod fillet.

I broke down the crab and extracted the meat…

…tossed a simple crab salad

…sliced some veggies…

…and rolled up some crab and avocado temaki.

I LOVE the uber-fresh seafood from Siren SeaSA.

Thanks, Anna!

Paleo Eats: 10/15/11

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I knew that with such a busy day of eats yesterday, I wouldn’t have time to document everything before the clock struck midnight.

It wasn’t until today — with the kids at their grandparents’ house — that I had time to compile a CliffsNotes version of yesterday’s eats:

As you may recall, we threw a post-cancer-treatment party for Fitbomb's mom at our house. In the morning, while the hubs did some last minute cleaning, I cooked us breakfast: scrambled eggs, 4505 Meats’s maple breakfast sausage, nuked frozen broccoli, and sliced tomatoes.

Shortly after breakfast, Fitbomb picked up a bag of oysters at our Siren SeaSA pick-up spot and a few dozen gluten-free cupcakes at Kara’s Cupcakes.

I stayed home with the kids and watched in awe as the talented crew from Joshua Charles Catering prepped the food…

…and set up the tables outside.

The guests arrived around noon and the noshing commenced shortly thereafter.

We all dined outside under sunny, clear skies and toasted to my mother-in-law’s good health. (Click here for more about our Paleo party!)

After the last of our guests left in the late afternoon, Fitbomb and I decompressed before hauling our oysters to Dr. HA’s house. A group of us were dining in the city sans children(!), so we decided to convene early to slurp down some oysters before carpooling together. 

None of us had ever shucked an oyster before, so I channeled Lady Macbeth and forced Fitbomb to be the bivalve mass murderer, arming him with only a dull knife

We gulped down the sweet and slippery mollusks after spritzing them with some fresh lemon juice.

Then, we piled into a car and drove up to San Francisco for a fun and relaxing dinner at Locavore.

After a long day spent with family, friends, and fantastic food, we came home late and exhausted but so damn content. 

Broiled Herb-Stuffed Sardines

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Fresh sardines aren’t for the faint of heart. They come whole - with eyes, fins, and tails intact. Plus, you’ve gotta eviscerate them before you cook ‘em.  And when you do eat them, you’ve got to contend with tons of tiny bones. The flesh is firm and has a strong, pronounced briney flavor. It ain’t chicken, folks. But without a doubt, I LOVE them!

They’re sustainable, delicious, easy to prepare, super healthy, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and low in toxins. There are lots of great resources that teach you how to tackle these little fishies. Definitely check out this post and this one to discover the different ways to prepare them. If you see fresh sardines at your fishmonger, snatch them up pronto! 

Follow the jump to see how I made them!

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Paleo Eats: 10/8/11

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While my readers in North America were sleeping, I worked like a busy bee at the hospital and chowed on organic deli chicken with crudites, a large square of Pralus 100% cacao, and leftover farmer’s pie.

When I got home from work, I played with the boys before going to bed. I’m sad that I slept through Big-O’s graduation to a green belt in wushu…

…an egg-y brunch…

…and lots of other fun shenanigans. It definitely sucks to work every other weekend.

When I woke up in the evening, I stuffed and broiled the fresh sardines that Fitbomb picked up in our weekly Siren SeaSA haul….

…pan-seared a tray of Padron peppers from Mariquita Farm

…and choppped up a few heirloom tomatoes.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The broiled herb-stuffed sardines were so easy to make and yummy to boot!

Not only did we fill up on omega-3’s, but we also got a nice dose of calcium from eating all the bones!

Then, like groundhog’s day, I packed my crap and headed to work again!

Paleo Eats: 10/1/11

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It’s the first of October and I was super-excited about starting another Whole30 (or at the very least, a Whole15) — this time with Coach Triebo. I’ve done it before, so no sweat, right? 

I didn’t really eat breakfast this morning because I was running errands. I stopped by the Los Altos Rancho Farmers’ Market and bought some veggies and fruit before picking up my weekly haul (fresh albacore!) from our sustainable seafood CSA, Siren SeaSA.

If you live in the Bay Area, you MUST subscribe! There is no fresher, tastier, or sustainable seafood source in the area. Do it! I command you! Pretty please? I want it to stay in business and flourish for entirely selfish reasons.

When I got home, I gnawed on a few slices of Heidi’s fresh roasted organic turkey breast. Um, I kind of hate this brand. Yes, it’s Whole30 compliant because it only contains turkey breast but that’s why it’s dry and tasteless. Blech. 

For lunch, I fried up a batch of green sliders and served them with reheated Rao’s marinara sauce.

See? I was Whole30 compliant up until this point…but then the mailman rang the doorbell and delivered a case of premium dark chocolates from Chocosphere.

Chocosphere is amazing and incredibly dangerous for a chocophile like myself. They stock super, high-quality chocolate from all over the world — and they’ve got tons of choices in the 90-100% cacao range.

At this point, I kinda had to ditch the Whole30. Sorry, Trish! I like dark chocolate too much. (And bacon.)

Yes, this is a shitload of chocolate but I’m doing research, damn it! I’m going to host an official taste test soon, but in the meantime, I sampled bites from the Michel Cluizel 99%, Domori 100%, and Pralus 100% bars. My fave, so far, is the Domori 100% cacao — so smooth and satisfying.

When my chocolate binge was over, I made us leave the house so I could get far away from all the tempting cacao. We spent the afternoon playing at the park and Big-O finally attempted — and mastered — riding a two-wheeler! Yay!

After working out a recipe on some scratch paper, I decided to wrap some marinated albacore in bacon and broil it up. I’m calling it Hardcore Albacore, mostly because it rhymes.

While the fish ‘n pig sizzled in the oven…

…I sauteed some spinach and onions in bacon grease…

…and made a quick heirloom tomato salad.

Dinner was on the table in less than 30 minutes!

That’s it for tonight!

Sous Vide Black Cod Fillets

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True confession: cooking seafood always stressed me out in the past. Maybe it’s ‘cause proteins from the sea are extremely perishable and seem to overcook in an instant. Plus, have you seen the price of high quality seafood lately?! Marone!

For many moons, my tame kitchen adventures involving fruits de mer only revolved around salmon and shrimp…but not anymore!

Armed with a SousVide Supreme and the conviction that I gotta get more healthy omega-3’s in my belly, I jumped in the deep end and joined a seafood CSA. I’m excited and a tad nervous that we’re getting a weekly delivery from Siren SeaSA — a sustainably-harvested local seafood CSA in the San Francisco Bay Area — but I’m ready for a challenge!

For my first delivery, I received two be-YOO-tiful black cod fillets.

Wanna see how I sous vided them?

Follow the jump for the recipe!

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Paleo Eats: 9/10/11

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It’s Friday night (or waaaaay early on Saturday morning) and I had nothing going on except for work, work, work. How come everyone else is drinking and driving and/or falling off horses? If everyone else stayed home and caught up on sleep, I’d have a nice, quiet shift at the hospital. Some people are so damn self-centered.

Er…I guess that includes me.

My first meal at work was close to the end of my shift: leftover emergency protein and veggies.

When I got off work, the family and I went to the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market to stock up on stone fruit, veggies…

…and spices.

I spent some time grilling Tammy, the friendly and spice-obsessed owner of Spice Hound, about her latest and greatest blends and exotic salts.

Stay tuned…there may be a spicy giveaway in the near future!

After our trip to the market, I bid the boys adieu before heading to bed.

Apparently, I missed out on a fun trip to San Francisco filled with spooks…

…train rides…

…and sleeping demons.

They even brought me a present!

As an additional treat, Fitbomb fed the boys dinner and let me sleep in until close to 7:00 p.m.

For dinner, I made a quick frittata

…filled with chard…

…sliced Walla Walla  onions…

…and leftover emergency protein.

I sprinkled on some Aleppo peppers…

…before finishing the egg pie under the broiler.

Here my dinner plate:

I had intended to sous vide the black cod fillets from Siren SeaSA for dinner but I didn’t have enough time. Don’t fret! I stored them in a bowl of ice in the fridge for tomorrow’s dinner.

Then, I packed my stuff for work and went to the garage to practice for Fight Gone Bad 6. Yes, that means I spent some time in the garage getting bonked in the head with a heavy medicine ball. Over and over and over again. Ouch.

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