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Paleo Eats: 10/26/11

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I’m super duper pooped since it’s my flip day — the day I transition from zombie back to human — and my synapses are firing super sloooooowly.

During my last night at work, I popped open another LunchBots Pico container filled with softcore albacore, spicy cauliflower, and oven-roasted tomatoes

…and chowed on leftover cheater crispy sous vide duck confit legs and sauteed bell peppers.

I took a short nap in the morning and chugged a decaf espresso when I awoke. Why decaf? I was hoping to trick my brain into thinking I ingested caffeine but I guess I’m too smart for my own good. Or it didn’t work because it’s effing decaf.

After shuttling the Double-O’s around town, I came home and heated up leftovers for dinner: sous vide grass fed sirloin steak tips (I gotta remember to cook these for at least 24 hours — they’re too chewy after eight), winter squash puree, and roasted escarole.

Fitbomb came home early from work so I was able to zoom over to my food writing class at Stanford. I’ve learned so much from my instructor, Tori Ritchie, and the other students in my class. I bet I’d get more out of it if I wasn’t so zonked every other Wednesday. C’est la vie.

Time to crash! Good night, folks!

Paleo Eats: 9/28/11

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It’s my last work shift of the week! Woohoo!

Just like the last six nights, the hospital was filled to capacity, which meant I was working non-stop ‘til the clock struck 8:00 a.m. Luckily, I managed to find enough time to eat everything I packed, including a grass fed PaleoKit, coconut flakes, and a container crammed full of leftover Kalua Pig and braised cabbage

When I came home in the morning, I took a nap for a few hours before transitioning into full-time mommy mode for the week. Unlike one of my typical flip days, I slept a little longer than usual and gulped down an espresso with cream when I got up. 

I was a little apprehensive about getting too much sleep and filling myself with stimulants, but I knew I had a long day ahead. For the next eight weeks, I’m taking a course taught by Tori Ritchie about food writing for mainstream media and blogs. Sitting in a classroom on Wednesday evenings immediately after getting off a 7-night stretch of overnight hospital work is gonna be a challenge. I’m sure I’ll be a total zombie, but the sleep deprivation will be worth it.

Before tonight’s class, I spent the afternoon shuttling the kids to activities before coming home to make dinner. I pan-fried a batch of Turkish slider burgers that had defrosted in yesterday’s meatastrophe

…and served them on a bed of nuked green beans.

After dinner, I sped over to my class and spent three hours learning how to properly structure a recipe. Lemme tell you: There’s a ton I’ve been doing wrong all these months! HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STAND THE SHEER CRAPPINESS OF THIS BLOG?

Even though I was super sleepy, the hours sped by and I left my class super-duper inspired. I can’t believe I’m enjoying school — let alone a writing class. It’s so damn ironic because my recurring panic nightmare since childhood is being in English class and being told to write an impromptu essay. 

Good night!

Paleo Eats: 9/14/11

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Yay! It was my last night of work and my flip day! 

(This post is gonna be short and sweet because I’m blogging while watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN2. It’s fun playing “Where’s Fitbomb?” so I wanna get off my laptop ASAP.)

On my last night at the hospital, I chowed on Applegate Farms organic roast beef, avocado, and marinated roasted bell peppers

When I came home in the morning, I gulped down a sauteed Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage and leftover garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.

I went to bed for a couple hours and when I awoke,  I went into full-time mommy mode. After shuttling the kiddies around town, we came home at dinnertime.

I was tired and cranky so I was relieved that I had leftovers available in the fridge. For dinner, I fried some 4505 Meats’ bacon-filled hotdogs, sliced a couple heirloom tomatoes, and nuked leftover Asian cauliflower fried rice.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Good night! 

Paleo Eats: 8/31/11

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Hooray! It’s finally my last night of work and flip day! 

That means I’m dead tired and this post will be short and sweet. 

I only ate one meal at work: my leftovers from The Patty Shack…  

…followed by some coconut butter and a dark chocolate square.

When I got home, we walked Big-O to school and then I took a short nap for a couple hours in the morning. After I got up in the early afternoon, I accompanied my MIL to an oncology appointment and came home after 5 p.m. to hang with the Double-O’s.

By dinnertime, I just wanted a meal on the table FAST.  I seared spicy cilantro chicken sausages, stir-fried spigarello and bacon, and plated up leftover marinated roasted bell peppers.

Here’s my dinner plate:

For dessert, I polished off the rest of the dark chocolate in the house because I NEED to go cold turkey tomorrow and, er, that’s how I make sure I start with a clean slate. Let’s see how long my abstinence lasts. I certainly would not bet the farm on me.

Good night!

Paleo Eats: 8/17/11

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It was my last night at work (GOOD!)… and also my flip day, which means having to shift from being nocturnal to diurnal (BAD!). Every other Wednesday, The Facts of Life theme song gets lodged in my head.

For my first meal at the hospital, I downed a coconut PaleoKit and a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter. The fat and protein kept me full until 6:00 a.m., at which time I ate some leftover sous vide oxtail and roasted curried cauliflower.

Upon arriving home from work, my boys and I danced around our entryway in celebration of the end of my workweek. (These dance parties aren’t uncommon in our house.)

Given that it was my flip day and I was taking only a short nap in the morning, I got to work on some meal preparation. The main item on my checklist was to season and vacuum seal the grass fed beef tongue and cheeks from U.S. Wellness Meats

…and dunk them in the SousVide Supreme.

Over the next two-to-three days, these meats will magically transform in my trusty water oven from tough and chewy to meltingly tender.

After I drowned my meat, I went to bed with my iPad2 in hand and started reading Nora Gedgaudas’s Primal Body, Primal Mind — it’s required reading for Melicious’s book club! But after a few pages, I had to conk out for a few hours.

I woke up in the early afternoon and dropped Lil-O at his gym class while I picked up my monthly meat CSA box

…and an extra five dozen eggs.

After picking up a ½ hog this weekend and receiving a lovely meat-filled package from U.S. Wellness Meats yesterday, we’re definitely in protein-surplus territory. Too much of a good thing? NEVER.

In the evening, I prepared a batch of sous vide Turkish slider burgers

…and stuck it in the freezer.

I’ll vacuum seal and cook the patties on Friday to serve alongside the braised tongue and cheeks. We’re hosting a dinner party that night, but thanks to the SousVide Supreme, the only thing I’ll have left to do is prepare the veggie sides!

For tonight’s dinner, I sautéed some Swiss chard with sliced onions and Aleppo pepper and served it with leftover roasted Portobello mushrooms and slow cooker roast chicken.

I gotta catch some zzzz’s. Good night, peeps! Don’t forget to sign up for the $100 U.S. Wellness Meats gift certificate giveaway!