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Paleo Eats: 5/25/11

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Last night of work! I was beginning to think it would never come…

For my first meal of the shift, I downed some leftover spigarello and shredded carrot stir-fry mixed with roasted chicken. 

Later, I ate a package of spicy grass fed jerky chews.

And for my last meal at work, I had some leftover braised thai green curry and green beans.

After my shift ended, I had two hours to kill at the hospital before I had to meet my mother-in-law for her oncology appointment. I dragged myself to my car, reclined the seat and tried to conk out for a nap, but no luck. My paranoia kept me awake; I kept imagining that passers-by would think I was: (1) a homeless person who lived in her car; (2) dead; or (3) both. Plus, the sun was too damn bright. It needs a dimmer switch, I tell you.

At the oncology appointment, the docs and I FINALLY convinced my MIL that she needs to consume more meat to keep her blood counts and energy levels high. I’d like to think it was my super-persuasive arguments and powers of logic — but in reality, I think I guilted her into it because I broke down crying out of sheer exhaustion and frustration. Classy, I know.

Never underestimate the power of a grown woman’s sobs.

After the appointment, I drove home and ate a small Primal Pac before diving headfirst into bed for a short catnap.

When I woke up, I groggily made myself a couple of chicken lettuce tacos with leftover roast chicken tossed with Primavera salsa and topped with store-bought guacamole.

Then, I spent the rest of the afternoon shuttling the kids between kung fu practice and the final T-ball game of the season.

I was too tired to make dinner in the evening, so hubby picked up take-out at Anatolian Kitchen.

We split an order of babaganoush…

…and a mixed combo grill (extra veggies, no rice).

I can’t wait for the day to end. Time to get some sleep! 

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: 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: 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!