Early this morning, Lil-O woke me up with a start when he started wailing outside our bedroom door that he had to go to the bathroom RIGHT NOW. When I bolted out of bed to meet him in the bathroom, I slipped in his puddle of pee in the hallway and banged my ankle into the step stool.
Man, did I need my espresso aujourd’hui.
After I brewed myself some java, I ate some leftover sous vide pork tenderloin, roasted tomatoes, broccoli and bacon, and mashed cauliflower.
My sister was in town for a few days so I met her for lunch at Tootsie’s, where I ate a short rib sandwich sans bun with a side salad.
At dinnertime, we tag-teamed cooking duties. It’s so much fun being in the kitchen with my sister ‘cause:
- She’s got mad chef skillz and I learn a ton by observing and peppering her with questions.
- I never do the heavy lifting because she always makes the main course.
- Without fail, she makes us a big batch of whatever she’s cooking so we end up with lots of yummy leftovers.
Tonight, my sister made a delicious Thai green curry with chicken thighs, red peppers, and butternut squash using a tasty green curry paste by Pa-Siam.
Definitely try to find this brand if you can — it’s fantastic and the ingredients (if they’re listed accurately) are Paleo-friendly.
Meanwhile, I oven-roasted a tray of San Marzano tomatoes (300F for 2 hours)…
…pulsed orange, purple, and white mini cauliflowers in my Cuisinart…
…and stir-fried a tri-colored Asian cauliflower fried rice with bacon, eggs, and mushrooms.
Here’s my dinner plate:
I’m so sad my sister is driving back home tomorrow. Boo.
Today was long and tiring but I’m going to bed with a smile on my face because my eats were yummy and I had a fun playdate at the park with my kiddies.
Here’s a quick recap of my grub today:
I was going to my second CrossFit class in the morning so I wanted to make sure I had some fuel in my belly before I started. For breakfast, I fried up a spinach and feta chicken sausage and ate it with some carrot sticks, sliced bell pepper, and leftover broiled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
After my class, I traded places with my hubby who had accompanied my mother-in-law to her oncology appointment(s). We finally finished at 1:30 p.m. and I was hangry! (Coach Trish, that’s for you!) Because all the food at the hospital is disgusting and unhealthy, we wandered over to Tootsie’s where I ordered a Tootsie’s burger sans bun and asked for a side salad in place of the shoestring potatoes.
Tootsie’s is a super cute and delicious Italian cafe located behind the Stanford Barn. When I come here, I order the spinach salad or I get one of the sandwiches without the bun. This place has tons of super-tempting baked goods and freshly fried zeppole so if you don’t think you can resist them, stay away. That way the lines will be shorter for me…
At home, I read books with Big O until Lil-O woke up from his nap. Since the weather was unseasonably warm and I was trapped in a doctor’s office all morning, I really wanted to play outside with the kids. We all walked to the park and horsed around in the sun until 5:00 p.m. When I returned home, I made some Asian cauliflower fried rice and nuked the remains of the overnight oven-braised pork roast.
Here’s my dinner plate:
I’m pooped from a whole week of full-time mommy duty. Good night.
Dining Out Paleo: Tootsie’s (Palo Alto, CA)
I’ve wanted to try this place for a while because it gets all sorts of love on Yelp and the menu always makes me want to cheat on my Paleo diet by sneaking in some grains. Today, we finally stopped here for lunch. While everyone else munched on Tootsie’s delicious sandwiches, I ordered the Spinacio salad (baby spinach mixed with sautéed cremini mushrooms, peas, and seared chicken, topped with ricotta salata and balsamic dressing). It was good, but not as great as the slow-cooked short ribs I nabbed from the filling of my mom’s sandwich. Now that was yummy, tender, and delicious! Next time, I’m gonna order that sandwich sans bun with some greens on the side.
[UPDATED: The slow-cooked short rib sandwich sans bun turned out to be AWESOME!]