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Paleo Eats: 6/16/11 (Fifth Day In Kauai)

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When we woke up this morning, we retuned to Ono Family Restaurant but this time we brought the whole gang. I mean the place IS called Ono FAMILY Restaurant so it just felt right to come with our motley crew.

For breakfast, hubby and I split two omelets: one filled with bacon and avocado…

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…and the other stuffed with spinach and mushroom.

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Again, we subbed out the starches with fruit or steamed vegetables.

After moseying around Koloa Town and Poipu in the morning, we retuned home and repurposed a bunch of leftovers into a tasty lunch.

My sister transformed the sweet potato hash into a delicious frittata and I plated a slice along with tomato and green bean salad, roasted broccoli and garlic, and half a chicken apple sausage.

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At snacktime, I cut off a hunk of frozen coconut milk…

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…and ate it like a popsicle along with some macadamia nuts and dark chocolate.

Wow! This treat was a really yummy indulgence. I’m gonna scope out the Asian grocery stores in the Bay Area to see if they carry this item in the freezer section. The only ingredients are coconut and water and you don’t have to worry about BPA!

For dinner, my chef sister whipped up some macadamia nut oil mayonnaise by just eyeballing the measurements…

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…and crafted her own version of a simple crab salad.

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She served the salad with a zesty cole slaw…

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and sliced avocado sprinkled with sea salt.

My minor contribution to dinner was roasted Alii mushrooms tossed with Aloha Spice Company’s Pele Fire Hawaiian seasoning salt.

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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After watching my sister finesse her way in the kitchen all week, I realized that I have a shitload to bone up on. She’s an amazing chef with an impeccable palate and mad skillz. I’ve been prodding her to use her super powers for good (Paleo personal chef!) instead of evil (vegetarian/vegan recipe developer) and I think I’m making some headway. Trust me – if any one in the Los Angeles area needs a badass caterer or personal chef, my sis is absolutely amazing. I miss living in the same city as her and mooching her onolicious food…

Paleo Eats: 4/29/11

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Today I didn’t do any creative cooking — I just got grub on the table as quickly as possible. It was just one of those days…

For breakfast, I nuked a slice of leftover frittata and topped it with some sliced avocado. I ate it with a big ass pile of leftover nuked frozen green beans.

After my class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I ate my post workout meal: steamed chestnuts and sous vide chicken breast.

At lunchtime, I nuked some leftover slow cooker pork pot roast and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

…and ate some leftover bacon-y deviled egg filling with sliced cucumbers and bell peppers.

I gotta get this recipe from my sister — it’s awesome.

You’d think I’d be stuffed after eating my lunch but I still ate some mac nuts and coconut flakes to make sure I was ker-azy full.

At dinnertime, I pulled out some pork and wild boar sausages I picked up at the Mountain View Farmers’ market and fried them up.

To accompany the swine-y logs, I stir-fried some chard and spinach with sliced shallots in ghee…

…and roasted some cremini mushrooms tossed with Sunny Paris seasoning and avocado oil in the toaster oven.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Good night!

Paleo Eats: 4/26/11

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More Paleo-friendly eats coming right up…

My first meal at work was yummy leftovers from Easter dinner: pork and rabbit sausage, saddle loin roast, slow-cooked cavolo nero, and roasted curried cauliflower

I also ate a small container of coconut flakes.

The last thing I ate at work was some emergency protein (ground pork, ground beef, broccoli slaw, and Turkish seasoning) and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

When I got home, I accompanied Big-O to school and volunteered at library day. I went home, ate some coconut butter, and crashed.

I woke up at 5:00 p.m.and nuked some leftover slow cooker pork pot roast

roasted broccoli and bacon

…sauteed shiitake and trumpet mushrooms with bacon…

…and baked a frittata with emergency protein and diced cherry tomatoes in my toaster oven.

Another Paleo Vegas buffet dinner:

After dinner, I practiced some deadlifts and did the WOD I missed today at CrossFit Palo Alto. Then, I ate ½ a baked yam, roast beef deli slices, and went to work.

Yay! It’s finally my last night of work!

Paleo Eats: 4/15/11

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Yay! It’s finally Friday!

For breakfast, I ate some leftover garbage frittata and roasted curried cauliflower.

Then, I headed over to CrossFit Palo Alto and had a kickass time at the women’s class. For my post-workout meal, I ate half a sous vide chicken breast with some baked sweet potatoes.

At lunchtime, we picked up takeout from Lahmacun Pizzeria – Mediterranean Grill and brought it to my parents’ house. I ordered the mixed grill plate (chicken, lamb, and adana kebabs) and asked for extra salad in place of the rice.

It’s a generous serving of meats – too bad they overcooked everything and the salad was wilty. Blargh.

After lunch, I tucked Lil-O into bed and I started preparing some sous vide chicken thighs for tomorrow’s dinner (we’re having folks over again). I deboned the thighs, seasoned them with Sunny Paris seasoning, salt, and pepper, and vacuum sealed the chicken with a pat of butter per thigh.

I dunked them into the SousVide Supreme (set at 150 F) for a couple hours.

Since I had a bunch of leftover chicken thigh bones, I decided to make some bone broth. I threw the chicken bones along with a chopped onion, sliced carrot, bay leaf, and some smoked pork neck bones into a pot…

…and filled with enough water to cover the contents.

I added a generous pinch of salt and simmered the broth for a couple hours.

For an afternoon snack, I ate a can of sardines and some sauerkraut.

I thought this would keep my mind off of macadamia nuts and coconut flakes — but I was wrong. I cracked out on nuts and flakes all afternoon.

At dinnertime, my plan was to make grain-free breakfast burritos with duck egg “tortillas” and yesterday’s emergency protein as the filling. Unfortunately, the duck egg crepes stuck to my cast iron skillet and were too damn rubbery so I had to abort my plans. I’ve tried duck eggs a variety of ways…

…and I’m thisclose to declaring that I HATE them. The texture and flavor are icky. I’m gonna make these burritos again but I’ll use chicken eggs and a non-stick skillet next time.

My plan B dinner was a bowl of leftover braised red cabbage and emergency protein topped with a big dollop of homemade guacamole.

I made this tasty guacamole by following Michael Ruhlman’s recipe. Go visit his site — it’s a treasure trove of food knowledge. You’ll learn a ton about cooking and there’s lots of beautiful food photography shot by his talented wife, Donna. Heck, the man co-authors cookbooks with Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert ALONG with writing his own definitive cooking tomes. Respect.

Here’s my dinner bowl:

After dinner, I strained my bone broth and stored it in the fridge.

I’m thinking of using it to make a soup with greens and Italian sausage sometime soon.

Time to get some sleep! 

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.)

Paleo Eats: 4/8/11

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Yay! It’s Friday!

Here’s the grub I noshed on today:

For breakfast, Big-O helped me make a frittata….  

…that was filled with sautéed onions, leftover roasted asparagus, shredded carrots, mushrooms, Fines Herbes seasoning, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

After my class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I ate a post-workout meal that consisted of half a sous vide chicken breast and some baked yams and sweet potatoes.

A couple hours later, Little-O and I met my friend for lunch at Baklava, a relatively new Turkish restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. We shared a plate of Karides Sote (sauteed prawns with garlic, chopped tomatoes and parsley, in a light tomato sauce) to start…

…and I also ordered a lamb shish kebab and arugula salad.

Overall, it was good but it ain’t in my top tier of kebab places.

After lunch, I roasted some beets

…and plopped a couple vacuum-sealed packets of seasoned and brined pork butt in the SousVide Supreme.

I put them in at 2:00 p.m., so we’ll be eating yummy carnitas for dinner on Saturday. Can’t wait!

At dinnertime, I prepared two veggie side dishes: sautéed mushrooms in butter with Fox Point seasoning and shallots and sautéed spinach with butter and shallots. I served them with some leftover garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes and a slice of pork and spinach meatloaf.

Here’s dinner:

The meatloaf reheats well in the microwave — the bacon crisps up and the meatloaf stays moist. This recipe is a keeper!

Paleo Eats: 4/6/11

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Another day of Paleo eats coming right up!

For breakfast, hubs and I split a frittata made with leftover roasted Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, Fines Herbes seasoning, and coconut cream. I also ate some roasted bell peppers, macadamia nuts, coconut butter, and coconut flakes.

Yes, I ate all that.

To stop myself from mindlessly eating all morning, I took Little-O to the park. He spent 90 minutes chasing his two buddies all over the place and I practiced pull-ups and knees to elbows. I looked fricking ridiculous but I didn’t care.

For lunch, I heated up some leftover beef shank and cabbage stew (which actually tasted better the second go around) and served it with some greens topped with watermelon radishes and roasted bell peppers.

In the afternoon, I assembled a bacon-topped spinach and pork meatloaf and stored it in the fridge.

When we came back from Big-O’s kung fu class at 5:00 p.m., I popped the meatloaf into the oven and folded some laundry.

While the meatloaf was resting…

…I sautéed some Italian heirloom broccoli with shallots and butter.

Here’s my dinner plate:

That’s it for tonight!

Paleo Eats: 3/3/11

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It sure is nice to be awake when the sun is out!

For breakfast this morning, I ate a box of leftover roasted broccoli and slow cooker pork shoulder roast.

I can’t wait to get my 1/2 hog from Full of Life Farm so I can cook up some more swiney goodness!

For lunch, I ate a box of leftover koobideh, wilted radicchio, roasted broccoli, and roasted bell peppers

…and drank a bowl of garbage soup.

After Big-O’s dentist appointment, we celebrated his lack of cavities by getting some yogurt at Fraiche Yogurt. Pre-Paleo, I could never resist their Valrhona chocolate frozen yogurt but now I’m content to indulge in their full-fat, organic, unsweetened Greek yogurt topped with strawberries and toasted coconut.

For dinner, I successfully converted an America’s Test Kitchen recipe for crab cakes into Paleo krabby patties

…and served them on a bed of greens with roasted red bell peppers and lemon wedges.

Since I’m homebound this week, just assume that I’ll be snacking on coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, and coconut butter throughout the day. They’re my kryptonite.

Paleo Eats: 2/22/11

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Today I did almost no cooking but I was able to chow on Paleo grub because of good planning. Yes, I AM patting myself on the back.

This morning, about an hour before my CrossFit class, I ate two leftover mini frittata muffins.

I stuck them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they were warm and yummy. It sure is nice finding a new use for my cupcake tins now that I no longer make cupcakes.

After my class, I scarfed down a bunch of macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and trail mix. As if that wasn’t enough, I also ate a glassful of  coconut milk and blueberries. Before picking up Big-O from school, I sous vided a couple chicken breasts (140 F for 2 hours) and seasoned and vacuum-sealed some big-ass grass fed T-bone steaks (that I’ll sous vide tomorrow).

For lunch, we headed to the Counter and I ordered yet another burger in a bowl.

I couldn’t help shaking my head when I overheard the woman at the next table order a veggie burger in a bowl with the “lowest fat dressing on the menu.” Wake up, people!

When we got home, I tucked Little-O in for a nap and then I went to the hospital to check on my mother-in-law. She underwent a mastectomy this morning and is recovering well. We’re looking forward to taking her home tomorrow morning.

At dinnertime, I threw together a hodgepodge of leftovers and our meal was ready in five minutes. My plate was piled with crab salad on butter lettuce leaves; curried cream of broccoli soup; seasoned ground pork; and roasted curried cauliflower, Portobello mushrooms, and asparagus.

Yes, it does look like we stopped by a Vegas buffet.

Paleo Eats: 2/20/11

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Today I did very little cooking because I was a tad burned out from yesterday. Cooking is a little bit like exercising; if you go balls out, you need a rest day once in while to recuperate.

For breakfast, I heated up some leftover seasoned ground pork and curry roasted cauliflower

…and curried broccoli soup with some nuked bacon pieces.

We had an appointment in the East Bay this morning, so we had lunch at Pamir Restaurant in Dublin. It’s a cozy Afghan restaurant located in the same complex as the super popular Koi Garden Restaurant. There’s no way in hell we were gonna eat at Koi Garden because we hate dim sum.

My hubby and I split an order of sabzee (spinach simmered with onions and spices)…

…lamb kabobs…

…and combination kabobs (beef and chicken).

When we ordered the kabobs, we asked for no rice. Although everything was tasty, our platters weren’t super-filling, because the amount of meat and accompanying salad were small. Next time, we’ll just have to order a third platter to split. If we ever get dragged to Koi Garden by my in-laws, we might have to grab take-out from here on our way home (since we’ll just pretend to eat at lunch).

At dinnertime, I wasn’t in the mood to make anything complicated. I had a bag of baby lancinato kale in the crisper…

…so I stir-fried the leafy greens in bacon grease and shallots.

I also roasted Portobello mushrooms that I seasoned with fines herbes, salt, and pepper.

I served the sides with some leftover rotisserie chicken.

In anticipation of my upcoming workweek, I’ve planned a busy day of cooking tomorrow. Wish me luck!