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Paleo Eats: 11/28/11

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More of my chow — coming right up!

In the morning, I whipped up some omelets filled with leftover 4505 Meats lamb merguez sausage and nuked frozen broccoli, and I topped each of them with a dollop of homemade guacamole.  

Have I mentioned the importance of a good pair of kitchen shears? I use them for everything — quickly dicing veggies (e.g. the nuked frozen broccoli), deboning chicken, chopping herbs, menacing people — the list goes on and on. Go buy a pair!

I hung out all morning with Lil-O…

…and in between games of Candyland (during which he CHEATED repeatedly), I worked on a new recipe for Paleo chawanmushi (savory Japanese egg custard) filled with chicken, shrimp, and shiitake mushrooms. 

Of course, I had to sample a cup to make sure I got the seasoning right.

Afterwards, I reheated a bowl of leftover butternut soup (made by Fitbomb's cousin, Lil-D) and mixed in a big hunk of tender sous vide beef cheeks and minced herbs.

Since I had a ton of leftovers in the fridge, I decided to make just one veggie side dish for dinner.

I grabbed my jar of homemade lard from the fridge…

…and roasted a tray of lard-tossed broccoli in the toaster oven. 

I plated the baby trees — Lil-O will only eat them if he’s pretending to be a giant gnashing on puny human vegetation — along with a couple of pan-seared slices of 4505 Meats Turducken Junior and half a duck sausage.

By the way, I know that some of you have been asking for the recipes for some of my recent creations. You may be wondering if I’m holding back hoarding them…and you’re sorta right. We’re hard at work on a cool little project involving those recipes, and the wait will be worth it…hopefully. In the meantime, you still have a ton of other to choose from on my recipe index, so keep cooking!

And remember: Patience.

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: 10/16/11 & 10/17/11

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The highlight reel of my last two days of eats prominently features different ways I repurposed the leftovers from our catered party on Saturday. Every meal was different and I didn’t feel like I was eating the same thing over and over again. 

For yesterday’s breakfast, Fitbomb fried us each yummy omelets stuffed with smoked ham hocks and roasted kale. He even garnished the plate with arugula and steamed carrots — so fancy!

We ate brunch at Anatolian Kitchen

…but by dinnertime, we were craving more leftovers.

Our supper was on the table in just a couple minutes since all I had to do was plate the roasted pork and veggies.

This morning, I followed Mark Bittman’s recipe for baked eggs and tossed leftover veggies and  meat into well-buttered ramekins…

…cracked an egg in each, sprinkled on salt and pepper…

…baked them in the toaster oven for 12 minutes at 375 F…

…and promptly devoured them when they cool enough not to burn off the roof of my mouth. Yech. I hate it when that happens.

I had very little time to prepare lunch so I was happy to scarf down a bowl of leftover roast beef and veggies.

At dinnertime, we had a fun night out at The Counter with Dr. HA and our kids. Yes, I had a burger in a bowl and it looked just like all the others I’ve ever order.

It’s my one-year blogaversary tomorrow so I want to celebrate by getting some sleep. Keep your eyes peeled on my blog ‘cause I’ll be announcing the first of five(!) weekly giveaways to thank y’all for reading!

Paleo Eats: 10/13/11

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I was up and at ‘em early because I had a full slate of activities ahead of me.  Before zipping out the door, our family spun around the kitchen like Ninjagos as we packed lunches and scarfed breakfast.

Wanna see what I ate?

I nuked leftover sous vide flank steak, winter squash puree, roasted curried cauliflower, sauteed spinach, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Nosh in 2 minutes flat.

I can’t stress enough how EVERYONE should cook big batches of whatever they’re making. Whether you’re cooking for 1 or 6, you’ll still clean the same dang pot at the end of the night. Make it worth the elbow grease.

I spent the morning hanging at Lil-O’s co-op preschool before stopping at Trader Joe’s to buy party supplies. We’re hosting a get-together on Saturday to celebrate the completion of my mother-in-law’s cancer treatments. Although the Paleo-friendly buffet will be catered by Joshua Charles Catering, I still needed to purchase libations and decorations. F- you, cancer!

When I came home, I reheated another box of leftovers (slow cooker Kalua pig and braised cabbage) and ate it with chopped cherry tomatoes.

At dinnertime, I cooked a one-skillet meal because we’re experiencing the last throes of Indian summer and I wanted to keep the house cool.  Or I’m just lazy.

I grabbed a package of 4505 Meats's maple breakfast sausage…

…and tossed a chopped salad while the links sizzled in the pan.

Here’s my dinner plate:

If you’re looking for Paleo-friendly breakfast links, these juicy sausages are worth the cost of shipping. 4505 Meats’s merguez is still my favorite, but these savory, sweet, and slightly spicy pork wieners run a close second. 

Heh heh. I typed the word wiener. 

And, on that classy note, I bid you good night.

Paleo Eats: 9/29/11

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I woke up kinda groggy because I stayed up late reading my assigned chapters in Will Work For Food. Who knew homework could be fun?

To power me through a busy day, I broke my fast with a homemade espresso coupled with a bowl of emergency protein over nuked frozen broccoli.

I spent the morning playing with the kids in Lil-O’s preschool class before coming home to chow on leftover slow cooker beef shank stew, sauteed escarole, and broccoli.

Why frozen broccoli two meals in a row? It’s not because I’m trying to add more cruciferous veggies to my diet — I just need to clear room in my freezer. My gal, Fit Daffy, and I are splitting another case of Hawaiian Sun frozen coconut milk so I gotta chisel some space in my cramped icebox to fit this precious cargo. I need my chest freezer fixed PRONTO!

By dinnertime, I was pretty pooped but eats were quick to come by because the fridge was filled with leftovers. For supper, I reheated leftover Kalua Pig and braised cabbage and chopped up a few dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes.

See? Leftovers are the new fast food!