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Surf and Turf Lettuce Tacos

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I love lettuce tacos ‘cause you can fill them with whatever you have on hand. You meal can be as complicated or simple as you damn well please. Plus, you get to eat with your hands AND you don’t have to wash any utensils. I hate doing the dishes.

Don’t get caught up trying to gather the exact ingredients I used. Just fill your lettuce cup with whatever you’ve got in your fridge. I do insist that you make Fitbomb’s awesome guacamole as a topper – that’s non-negotiable.

Diane Sanfillipo, Paleo nutritionist extraordinaire over at Balanced Bites, has an excellent post on 15 drool-worthy lettuce wraps. Go take a gander and get inspired!

Here’s what I gathered to feed 4-6 people:

Here’s how I assembled the tacos:

I fried up the surf…

…and turf.

While the protein was cooking, I prepped the veggies… 

…and guacamole. 

When I was finished, everone piled on their own toppings and dinner was served!

Paleo Eats: 4/14/11

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Without further delay, here’s what I stuck in my piehole today:

For breakfast, I ate half a sous vide chicken breast topped with mushroom gravy along with winter squash puree and roasted curried cauliflower.

I also ate a heaping tablespoon of coconut butter.

I vacuum sealed two frozen chicken breasts sprinkled with Fox Point seasoning along with some butter.

Then, I dumped them in the SousVide Supreme for 3 hours. My mother-in-law packed these breasts to take home with her after her oncology appointment in the afternoon.

At lunchtime, I took out a bunch of agretti


…and sautéed it with some minced garlic in butter. Although I’ve gotten numerous bunches in my CSA box, this is the first time I’ve ever cooked it. I’ve always let it languish in my crisper until I had no choice but to throw it out (like celery root). I’m glad I finally tried it because it’s pretty tasty – crunchy, salty, and tangy all at the same time.

I ate the agretti with a slice of leftover garbage frittata…

…along with a ton of coconut flakes.

For my afternoon snack, I ate some beef jerky from Holding Ranch

…and some more coconut flakes.

Then, the kids and I ran to the neighborhood pick-up site to get our Mariquita Farms CSA box.

When dinnertime rolled around, I made some braised red cabbage

…and another batch of emergency protein (ground pork, ground grass fed beef, green garlic, leeks, shredded carrots, Swiss chard, and Chili Con Carne seasoning).

Here’s my dinner plate:

Even though I was full, I still ate a huge helping of coconut flakes. Fine. I’ll finally admit that I’m a cuckoo coconut addict. Argh.

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.)

Emergency Protein (a.k.a. Garbage Stir-Fry)

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The whole idea behind emergency protein is that I want to cook some protein and veggies really quickly so it gets in my rumbling belly FAST. Plus, I want to make sure I make a big batch so I have leftovers.

Hands-down, the quickest way to cook meat is to stir-fry it. Everything should be cut small so your dish is finished lickey-split. Similar to my Garbage Soup, this “recipe” makes use of whatever protein and wilting veggies are in the fridge or freezer. I don’t have any set measurements, and I rarely make this dish the same way more than once. I taste constantly while I’m cooking and I stop seasoning when it tastes right. 

All variations normally include:

  • Quick cooking veggies (e.g. pre-washed baby spinach, leftover sautéed chard, frozen broccoli, shredded carrots, broccoli slaw, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite cooking fat (e.g. lard, coconut oil, ghee, etc.)
  • ½-1 cup of onions, leeks, or shallots cut into small dice
  • 1 pound of ground or thinly sliced meat
  • 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite seasoning or coconut aminos
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Here’s an example of how I prepared a batch of emergency protein today:

I quickly chopped up my veggies…

…and melted 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. I tossed in some sliced green garlic and diced shallots and stir-fried until they were tender. 

I added the mushrooms…

…and shredded carrots (i.e. vegetables that take longer to cook) along with some salt and pepper to taste. 

Next, I tossed in some thinly sliced chicken breast  along with a few healthy shakes of Turkish seasoning, salt, and pepper. 

When the chicken was cooked through, I tossed in some pre-washed spinach leaves… 

..and turned off the heat when the spinach was wilted.

It’s that easy. 

Paleo Eats: 3/30/11

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I thought my last night of work would never get here…

Are you curious to see what meals I packed in my expansive reusable cloth grocery bag? Don’t kid yourself. It’s all about the porn.

FOOD porn, you pervert.

The first meal I ate at work was some leftover pork pot roastcauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree; and nuked frozen green beans. Yep, it’s the same thing I ate the night before.

Right before I left work, I ate a box of leftover Asian cauliflower fried rice, roasted chicken and caramelized shallots, and frozen broccoli.

Instead of going home, I stayed at the hospital for six more hours to accompany my mother-in-law to her oncology appointments. The entire time we were in the infusion treatment area, she kept fretting about my lack of sleep. Um, I’m totally fine. She’s the one with CANCER and receiving toxic, high-dose chemotherapy drugs pumped into her veins. Hell, I was excited to have the time to chill out and catch up on Twitter and Facebook. Fitbomb’s mom is truly amazing and I’m lucky to have such a wonderful woman in my life.

While I was hanging out next to my MIL, I ate a small container of macadamia nuts and coconut flakes.

When we finally got home, I ate a can of sardines and scarfed down a small cup of coconut cream. After an hour nap, I dragged myself out of bed to make dinner.

For our supper, I roasted a tray of butternut squash (tossed with avocado oil, Sunny Paris seasoning, Fines Herbes seasoning, Kosher salt, and pepper) in the oven…

…prepared a tray of roasted curried cauliflower in the toaster oven…

…and fried up a batch of “emergency protein” (stir-fried grass fed ground beef with diced calcot onions, kale, Sunny Paris seasoning, coconut aminos, and sherry vinegar).

Here’s my dinner plate:

Time to hit the sack!