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Paleo Options At Our Toddler’s Birthday Party

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Although I had prepared a Cobb Salad bar at my older son’s birthday party, I was too pooped to cook for my younger son’s party. For nibbles, I put out some fruit platters, a cheese and charcuterie platter, and a bunch of carbs. I’m sorry, but we didn’t want to alienate our guests. 

For the main event, I ordered a bunch of Mexican food from Mi Pueblo Food Center: carne asada, carnitas, and rotisserie chicken, Mexican rice, refried beans, salsa verde, guacamole, regular salsa, and tortillas. For those of us who wanted to go Paleo, I also put out a large bowl of salad greens with shredded purple cabbage and carrots.

Here’s my salad platter with all three meats, salsa, and guacamole:

Everyone had a great time and was well-fed. Mission accomplished.

X-mas With the In-Laws

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Tonight, we went to another potluck buffet bonanza at Fitbomb’s parents’ place. My contribution to the dinner was a platter of roasted cauliflower seasoned with Tabil.

I tossed the florets in macadamia nut oil, Tabil, salt, and pepper prior to roasting.

Here’s my paper plate piled with veggies and roast meats:

That’s a piece of vein-y turkey on top, not worm-infested meat.

An Atypically Busy Saturday Chez Nom Nom Paleo

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This Saturday has been muy busy. Normally, we laze around in our pajamas until we have to leave the house for brunch.  But today, we had plans: kickboxing class for me, kung fu class for the kindergartner, brunch, last minute shopping for said kindergartner’s birthday party tomorrow, drop kindergartner off at his friend’s birthday party (I know — kids have a ton of birthday parties), pick up non-Paleo imperial rolls for Fitbomb’s family’s dinner party, drive out to said family party, return home, tuck the kids into bed, and clean and decorate the house for the birthday shindig we’re throwing tomorrow. Crap!

Thankfully, my cooking plans were set. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was sous vide some chicken breasts (140 F for at least 1 hour and 40 minutes) for the older rugrat’s birthday party.

Tomorrow, I’ll just reheat the chicken breasts (along with some flank steaks that I already cooked sous vide) in the SousVide Supreme, and Fitbomb will sear them off on the grill.

After our kindergartner’s kung fu class, we stopped by one of our usual brunch spots, Rick’s Café. I ordered steak and eggs and subbed in a salad for the potatoes and bagel.

Fitbomb had his usual Cobb Salad.

Both were fine – I love that the friendly folks at Rick’s are very accommodating when we substitute out carbs and they don’t charge us a nuisance fee.

Tonight, after picking up our son from his buddy’s birthday party, we set off for Fitbomb’s parents house for another family birthday dinner. We were celebrating our kids’ AND my father-in-law’s birthdays. Can you tell that December is a really busy month for us? That’s why I need another 3 weeks off from work!

Again, we had another huge, eclectic potluck. There were lots of carbs (which I avoided), meats, and some veggies. Fitbomb’s uncle is a retired restaurant chef and he made some delicious meaty entrees including homemade Peking Duck…

…Chinese spareribs…

…roast pork…

…and stir-fried Dungeness crab.

Someone also brought a tub of KFC and a box of Costco pizza — per special request of Fitbomb’s granny. Seriously.

Here’s my dinner plate of meat and veggies:

Since returning home, we’ve been furiously trying to make our house festive and party-ready before we fall asleep. Then, it’s an early morning of food prep before the deluge of screaming kids arrives at lunchtime. I can’t wait.

Dinner with the Extended Family

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Fitbomb’s grandmother turns 90(!) this month so we went to her birthday bash tonight. Thankfully, our family gatherings are huge food bonanza buffets so there’s always lots of meats and veggies to pile on our plates.  

Yes, we brought over some cupcakes to the festivities but I’m like a drug dealer — I push it but I don’t eat it.  

I’d love to report that Fitbomb’s granny is a low carb adherent and that’s the reason for her longevity but, alas, that’s not the case.  But just imagine how long she would live if she ate Paleo…