Paleo Eats: 11/12/11 (Departing Maui) & 11/13/11

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Our ohana reluctantly packed our stuff and flew off the island yesterday afternoon.

*sniffle* 

As is our annual tradition, we stopped for brunch at Mala Ocean Tavern before heading to the airport.

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We like to torture ourselves with the tasty food and gorgeous table-side ocean view so we’ll pencil in a return trip next year.

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I ordered the Great Start Breakfast with a couple of eggs over easy, lamb sausages, hash browns, and fruit instead of the bread.

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We also shared some Brussels sprouts (which, admittedly, was splashed with soy sauce)…

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…and a pineapple bowl.

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It makes me tear up to see the shot below of us enjoying our last meal on Maui. You can’t see it, but I now have a booger snail trail on my sleeve.

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Since our flight wasn’t leaving for a few hours, we stopped by the Maui Swap Meet and shopped for some knick-knacks and “trinklets.” Isn’t that the best made-up word ever? I learned it from T and I’m gonna try to incorporate it into my daily lexicon.

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WARNING! The stand that sells coconut candy must be avoided at all costs because these toasty, crunchy, and sweet treats are my kryptonite. 

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After wandering the aisles for an hour, we bid farewell to D,T, and the Triple-A’s…

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…and went to the Whole Foods to pick up food for our flight. Little did we know that we’d have the opportunity to scarf down a free Thanksgiving dinner. The samples at the store were insane. People were lining up to get plates of roast turkey, roast goose, and all the trimmings. Plus, there were other non-Turkey-Day-related freebies, too!

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We munched on the complimentary Paleo-friendly fare and, out of guilt, purchased a pound of seasoned ground beef from the burrito bar, a package of pre-sliced crudities, and raw coconut slices.

The super slow security lines at Kahului airport were infuriating, as usual, but luckily my sugar levels were stable and I didn’t hulk out. I finally relaxed when our butts were in our seats and the boys had in-flight entertainment in their hands.

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On the flight, I ate some beef and veggies along with some nuked Okinawan purple sweet potato (you must add water to the dish when microwaving these dense spuds). I also snacked on coconut slices, dark chocolate, and macadamia nuts. I may not have blogged about it, but I totally overindulged in all three of these items all week. Really. Every. Day. I gotta take a small break from them starting…now.

We didn’t get home until close to midnight so we all hit the sack as soon as we got home.

This morning, I was super stoked to find a few non-rotten avocados and half a dozen eggs in the fridge. Fitbomb and I transformed these humble ingredients into plain egg omelets topped with guacamole in less than 10 minutes.

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After breakfast, we piled into the car to drive to the East Bay to celebrate Fitbomb’s granny’s 91st birthday.

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There was a buffet of various meats and carb-y sides for lunch and I picked out a bunch of meat and veggies for my meal. 

Since my fridge was now empty of eggs and avocados, we stopped by a Whole Foods on our way home.

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There was no free Turkey Day meal at this location. I may have made us shop here — even though the Double-O’s were tired — just to double-check. Man, Maui really is paradise and I’m a selfish mommy.

For dinner, I dunked a packet of duck confit legs into the SousVide Supreme

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…fried some cauliflower fried rice

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…and roasted some sliced and peeled Delicata squash in the toaster oven.

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When the veggies were finished, I crisped the duck legs in a cast iron skillet and dinner was ready.

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Time for some zzz’s!

Paleo Eats: 8/3/11

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Yippee! It’s my last night of work! I’m thismuch closer to heading down to the Ancestral Health Symposium in L.A.!

Because I drank a large thermos of Philz Coffee with heavy cream at the beginning of my shift (ooh, baby, it’s been too long!), I wasn’t hungry at work and didn’t feel like eating my packed meals.

On my way home, I drove to Whole Foods to stock up on Paleo goodies for our car ride down to AHS. I was gloating to myself that I was able to fast at work (heavy cream notwithstanding), but then my hunger snuck up on me, hitting me like a ton of bricks. I suddenly wanted to gnaw my arm off. Let me tell you, it took nerves of steel just to make it to the cash register before devouring everything in my shopping cart.

When I finally got home, I quickly inhaled some leftover crispy cheater duck confit, sautéed spinach, and roasted spiced mushrooms.

I was beyond famished, so I also slammed down a couple of tablespoons of coconut butter and half a bar of dark chocolate. Clearly, intermittent fasting doesn’t agree with me. (I think it hates me, actually.)

Once I stuffed my belly, I played with my small fries before taking a short nap on my “flip day.” I woke up in the early afternoon, bid my in-laws adieu, and went into full-time mommy mode.

For dinner, I was too beat to make anything so I reheated a container of leftovers: Asian cauliflower fried rice and sous vide flank steak.

Before going to bed, I assembled our Paleo eats for our road trip and wrapped little gifts for the boys. To assuage our guilt for leaving them at my parents for a few days, Fitbomb and I are giving Big-O and Lil-O tiny gifts to open every night we’re gone. That way, when they rip open their last present they’ll know we’ll be home the next day. 

Time to hit the sack!

Paleo Eats: 5/20/11

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I’m knee-deep in my workweek so I just have to slog through six more nights.

My first meal at work was some leftover duck confit, winter squash puree, and braised cabbage.

The skin on the duck wasn’t crispy anymore but it was still tasty.

At snack time, I ate a bag of grass fed jerky chews. I know this might sound weird, but because they’re thinly sliced and dry, the chews almost taste like beef chips. Mmmm…beef chips. This tiny bag of protein kept me full until the end of my shift.

The last thing I ate before leaving work was some leftover slow cooker roast chicken, Asian cauliflower fried rice, and roasted broccoli and bacon.

On my way home from work, I stopped at Whole Paycheck to buy a roast chicken for $5.

Every Friday, one item in the store is marked down to a ke-razy low price for the day. Normally, it’s for something lame like cookies or cake so I was psyched that it was a meaty deal today. I swear, the old frugal Chinese woman in me was velly happy with my purchase.

When I got home, I snacked on some Paleo People granola I won from one of Paleo Magazine’s twitter contests. I love winning contests! BTW — subscribe to this magazine if you haven’t already. We gotta support our Paleo peeps!

My kiddos opened up the apple crisp and cacao nut varieties for breakfast so I nibbled samples of both. The texture is a little softer than I expected but the flavors were yummy with just the right amount of sweetness. We all agreed that cacao nut was our favorite flavor.

Then, I hit the sack.

For dinner, I decided to transform some sweet Italian sausage I purchased from Marin Sun Farms (sausage was this month’s CSA deal) into meatballs. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the ingredients weren’t exactly Paleo — they contained sugar and soybean oil. 

Oh well. I couldn’t waste them so I went ahead and cooked up a platter of  semi-homemade spaghetti and meatballs with zucchini noodles.

To accompany the main course, I roasted curried cauliflower

…and sautéed spinach and minced garlic.

After dinner, I did my own homemade WOD and NOT the one assigned in the class I missed today. Post workout, I ate some chestnuts and Applegate Farms organic roast beef before heading in to work.

Ta Ta! (That’s Lil-O’s new sign-off that he learned from Scooby-Doo.)

Air Travel With Kids Is Sucky

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It sure is nice to be home again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Maui and spending time with my family but air travel with kids is the pits.  There is nothing worse than leaving paradise – except the messed up experience of being herded through airport security and then the agriculture checkpoint with two cranky kids and a ton of carry-on luggage.  It’s like having Gilbert Gottfried scream in your face, “HA! HA! VACATION IS OVER!”

To gird ourselves for our long flight, we stopped at the Whole Paycheck to pick up some take out to eat on the plane.  

We got a pound of carnitas:

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Mmmm mmmm mmmm.  Very tasty and well-seasoned.  It did taste more like kahlua pig than carnitas, though.

A medium container of roasted squash (winter and summer) with sage:

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This dish was way too heavy on the sage and oil.  I wouldn’t order it again.

A small container of curried broccoli salad:

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The salad was tasty but not really Paleo because it has canola oil based mayo and sugar in the ingredients.

Despite the squash snafu, this was a nice meal for the plane ride home.  Since the Whole Paycheck is near the airport, we’re definitely going to stock up here the next time we arrive in Maui and pick up to-go goodies when we depart.