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!

Paleo Eats: 9/1/11 (& A Peek At Paleo Comfort Foods!)

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As I type this blog post, I’m already nodding off (I’m so, so sleepy…) so I’ll keep this one short and sweet like yesterday’s…

This morning, while getting the kids ready for school, I gobbled up half a piece of leftover sous vide short rib…

green beans, and a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter. I spent the morning helping out at Lil-O’s preschool — the kiddies are so cute! — so I didn’t get a chance to eat until I got home at 1:00 p.m. 

For lunch, I grabbed some green chicken and Asian cauliflower fried rice from the fridge. Hooray for leftovers!

Afterwards, I threw together a batch of Turkish slider burgers and stuck the seasoned mutton and beef in the fridge before picking up Big-O from school. I haven’t decided if we’ll serve them this weekend or just freeze ‘em for later.

The rest of the day was spent driving the kids to wushu class and and rushing back home to host a playdate. By late afternoon, I was TOTALLY beat. 

But then the mailman came — and he was bearing gifts! I was super stoked to find an advance copy of Julie and Charles Mayfield’s new cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods!

I tore through the packaging, desperate to get my grubby hands on this tome. Why? Because after hanging out, dining, and chatting about food with this lovely couple at AHS, I knew I’d met two kindred spirits. Let me tell you, they KNOW their food and have impeccable palates. And they’re pretty hilarious, too!

Their new cookbook’s a beauty and I immediately thumbed through it to find something I could make for dinner. 

Yeehaw!

I had all the ingredients to make Charles’ and Jules’ creamed spinach…

…so I whipped that up as a tasty side dish to accompany my reheated sous vide short ribs.

Yep — I ate the same protein for both breakfast and dinner, but who says no to sous vide short ribs? Not this tired mommy.

The creamed spinach was yummerific and SUPER EASY! I’m literally going to study Paleo Comfort Foods tonight and put Post-Its on all the recipes I’m gonna try. Good eats await!

p.s. Paleo Comfort Foods officially drops on September 12th but pre-order it now!

Paleo Eats: 8/29/11 

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People of Earth: How are you?

For my one and only meal at work, I ate some cucumber, bell peppers, and organic roast beef slices topped with Aubergine dip. I also chowed on spicy kraut and a couple squares of dark chocolate.

When I got home, I blended the marinade for my sister’s phenomenal green chicken

…and tossed it along with a bunch of drumsticks. 

I’ve gotta say I’m stoked that this marinade rescued my Vitamix from our appliance graveyard in the garage. Since I no longer make daily sugar bombs a.k.a. smoothies for me and the kids, my muy expensive blender was accumulating spider webs…

After I stuck the chicken in the fridge, Lil-O and I walked Big-O to school.

Before hitting the sack, I fried and ate a leftover square of porktastic meatloaf

…and finished my reading assignment for Melicious’s book club.

When I woke up in the evening, I roasted the chicken drumsticks in the oven…

…for 40 minutes set at 375 F on convection roast…

…and stir-fried a batch of Asian cauliflower fried rice with bacon and eggs.

 Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I practiced some assisted pistols in the garage and rowed 1K before leaving for work. Just a couple more nights of work left!

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!

Paleo Eats: 7/20/11

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Last night of work for the week! And my flip-day (the tortuous Wednesday when I switch from being a vampire to full-time mommy). I guess I gotta take the good with the bad…

Because I nursed a thermos of Philtered Soul with heavy cream at the beginning of my shift, I wasn’t hungry for a few hours. At around 2:00 a.m., I ate a grass fed Paleo Kit, a small container of roasted bell peppers, and 1/4 cup of homemade guacamole. This mishmash of snacks kept me full until I left work.

At home, I chilled with my boys and chowed on a small bowl of emergency protein over sauteed spinach and Asian cauliflower fried rice.

I went to bed for a few hours with the intent that I’d get enough rest to perk me up, but not so much that I wouldn’t be able to sleep in the evening. Trust me, it’s a slippery slope.

When I finally dragged myself out of bed in the early afternoon, I went with the kids to get a treat at Fraiche yogurt. I had my usual whole fat Greek yogurt topped with strawberries and toasted coconut and the boys ate the frozen stuff. (Yep, we occasionally eat dairy and we follow these guidelines.)

We drove across town to pick up my first drop-off of raw Jersey milk from the Real Food (Bay Area) CSA

…and my monthly meat bonanza from the Marin Sun Farms CSA. In addition to my regular order, I purchased 5 dozen eggs…

…a bunch of bones…

…skirt steaks, and ox tails. My little freezer in the garage is filled to the brim with meat and frozen Hawaiian Sun coconut milk. Life is good.

You know what made my day even better? The mailman delivered a stash of spicy Grass Fed Jerky Chews I ordered a few nights ago!

Yay!

At dinner time, I was pooped so I roasted some portobello mushrooms the lazy way

…peeled and microwaved some summer squash spaghetti

…and reheated leftover slow cooker Thai yellow goat curry.

Here’s my dinner bowl:

After dinner, I practiced double-unders but my sleep deprivation made those 120 seconds VERY painful. I’m going to bed. Good night!

Paleo Eats: 7/11/11

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I love leftovers so much I could marry them.

Since I had a bunch of leftovers from my Sunday cooking marathon, my meals today were a breeze to put together.

For breakfast, I reheated a sous vide slider burger, prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata muffin, portobello mushrooms with garlic and lemon, and grilled zucchini.

After dropping Big-O off at camp, Lil-O and I went to Costco to load up on supplies. I’ve gushed about my love for Costco in the past, but it’s because I intevitably find something new and interesting on every visit. Besides the items I always purchase (e.g. avocados, cremini mushrooms, Grimaud Farms duck confit, pre-washed organic spinach, and Mauna Loa macadamia nuts), I also bought a package of individually quick frozen Wild Alaskan halibut filets and portobello mushrooms today. I also spied some Skillet Bacon Spread in the refrigerator that I’m contemplating buying on a future Costco run. It looks like a kick-ass, eff-off, occasional indulgence.

When we got home, I dunked a frozen halibut fillet straight from the bag right into the Sous Vide Supreme (set at 132 F) for 45 minutes.

Before I chowed down, I seared the halibut in hot bacon grease, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and topped the fish with homemade guacamole and cherry tomatoes.

In the afternoon, I ate a nectarine, coconut flakes, and macadamia nuts.

For dinner, I sauteed some baby spinach with minced garlic in melted bacon grease and reheated some grilled green chicken and roasted curried cauliflower in the microwave.

I love it when dinner takes only ten minutes to make!