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Paleo Eats: 1/9/12 (Whole30 Day 9)

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Day 9 on the Whole30 coming right atcha!

This morning, I had a date with Helen at my CrossFit Palo Alto womens’ class so I inhaled half an Asian-style Scotch egg (from Well Fed), a black espresso…

…and a shot glass of coconut cream before heading out.

I always know the workout ahead of time because my nutjob husband goes to the 5:00 a.m. class and I extract a report from him as soon as he returns. I have ways of making him talk. Mwahahaha.

Before I left the house, I popped the duck legs I marinated a couple of days ago into the oven to slow roast for 2.5 hours.

When I came home from the box, I gobbled up two spicy tuna cakes and a small Clementine tangerine.

I checked in on the duck legs…

…and the skin was crispy on the outside and the meat was moist and tender.

I can’t wait to eat these later this week.

Afterwards, Fitbomb and I spent the rest of the morning at a meeting with a couple folks about our side project. I’ll likely be announcing it within the next few weeks. We’re hopeful it’ll be ready by the time we head to Austin for the PaleoFX Ancestral Momentum -Theory to Practice Symposium.

At lunchtime, I ate several slices of leftover slow roasted Dukka crusted leg of lamb and roasted Brussels sprouts.

In the afternoon, I whipped together a Waldorf Tuna Salad from Melicious’s Well Fed

…and made a blood orange vinaigrette…

…that I drizzled on a big bowl of raw kale leaves. Raw kale holds up like a champ when dressed ahead of time. In fact, it tastes even better if you eat it later.

Big-O had a late wushu class and when we got home at dark o’clock I was happy that I’d made food earlier. Dinner was on the table pronto because I just piled the kale salad in a bowl and topped it with the tuna salad.

My last bite for the night was another shot glass filled with the remaining coconut cream in the fridge.

Since I’m starting another night shift work week on Wednesday and need some pre-made grub, I threw together a Cheater Brisket, Kale, and Root Vegetable Stew that I popped in the slow cooker to cook overnight.

I’m looking forward to waking up to the comforting smell of beef stew in the morning.

Paleo Eats: 1/7/12 (Whole30 Day 7)

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Happy Saturday!

When I woke up in the morning, I ate a bowl of leftover Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew and roasted vegetables…

…and a hard boiled egg topped with Pele’s Fire Sea Salt.

Fitbomb and I were spending the morning at Lil-O’s preschool to participate in one of the mandatory maintenance days. Before we left, I sauteed some leeks and onions…

…with salt, pepper, and a dollop of tomato paste…

…dumped them in the slow cooker, and plopped a seasoned pastured chicken from Full of Life Farm on top.

By the time we returned home at noon, the Slow Cooker Roast Chicken was ready to eat for lunch. After a morning spent raking leaves, hauling trash, and spiffing up the school, we were famished. Luckily, I didn’t have to cook anything new to accompany the chicken…

…and gravy…

…because we had lots of leftovers: pressure cooker braised spicy kale…

…Asian-style Scotch eggs…

…and cauliflower puree.

I know this lunch seems like a lot of food but my parents and Aunt Doris were dining with us as well.

After lunch, Big-O helped me marinate some duck legs that I’ll be slow-roasting on Monday…

…and I also seasoned a lamb leg roast with salt, pepper, and homemade Dukka seasoning.

The rest of the afternoon was spent chasing the kids at the park and catching some rays. 

For dinner, I slow-roasted the lamb (250 F for about 2 hours or until the internal temp reached 125F)…

…and sauteed rapini and onions with red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Here’s my dinner plate:

As an aperitif, I downed a shot glass of coconut cream

My cooking didn’t stop there — I made a batch of spicy tuna cakes…

…whisked a batch of Paleo mayonnaise

…and marinated several pounds of Magic Chicken Drummettes with Magic Powder.

One week down, and a little more than three to go!

Paleo Eats: 1/4/12 (Whole30 Day 4)

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I know I’d posted last month that I wouldn’t blog on my flip day (the day I finish a 7-night stretch of work), but just for the Whole30, I’m forgoing sleep just so I can show you every little morsel I eat. You’re welcome.

On my last night at work, I ate some leftover Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs; cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree; sautéed baby kale, and roasted portobello mushrooms.

When I got home in the morning, I rolled a curry-flavored Pure Wraps around leftover Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew and micro greens.

After polishing it off, I also downed a heaping spoonful of coconut butter.

Despite wanting to pass out, I managed to season a few short ribs from 4505 Meats with Magic Powder…

…and vacuum-seal them…

…before dunking them in the SousVide Supreme.

I’m gonna let these meaty bones hot tub it for 48 hours at 140°F.

When I woke up in the early afternoon, I chilled out with the Double-Os. Both of my boys are sick, and hacking up all sorts of gooey grossness. The only time we left the house was to pick up our ”Mystery Box” from Mariquita Farm.

I can’t wait for Mariquita’s CSA season to resume in March ‘cause these intermittent, optional deliveries are way too infrequent. I want to follow Dallas and Melissa’s guidelines for eating seasonally, but sometimes it’s too damned cold to venture to the farmers’ market on a frigid Sunday morning.

Because I hauled home a huge bag of fresh vegetables, I knew I had to cook off a ton of old produce. 

I roasted a tray of kabocha squash

…broccoli…

…and Brussels sprouts dusted with homemade Dukka.

Thank you, Melicious, for inspiring me to turn into a Veg-O-Matic instead of a pumpkin this evening. Her kickass Whole30-approved cookbook, Well Fed, has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter this month. Go git yer own RIGHT NOW by clicking here.

For dinner, I fried up a batch of Burger Bites seasoned with Magic Powder…

…and a garbage stir-fry with the other wilty veggies in the fridge.

Now, I must catch some zzzz’s. Good night, paleosphere.

Paleo Eats: 1/2/12 (Whole30 Day 2)

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Ready to see how I implemented Dallas and Melissa’s edicts on my second day on the Whole30?

During my graveyard shift, I ate a slice of leftover frittata, a burger bite, roasted portobello mushrooms, and sauteed baby kale.

Since I have a bunch of leftover proteins and veggies, I’ve assembled a slew of ready-to-eat, grab-and-go lunchboxes in the fridge. The trick will be to continue this practice during my week off from work.

When I got home in the morning, I inhaled some leftover Magic Wings and raw vegetables topped with homemade Pyro Powder.

(By the way, don’t bother searching for Pyro Powder, Magic Mushroom Powder, or Magic Wings in my Recipe Index — they’re not there, but you’ll get them soon enough. Patience, my friends.)

I also ate a spoonful of coconut butter just ‘cause I wanted to.

Once I was full, I chopped some mushrooms and onions…

…and pulsed a head of cauliflower in the food processor.

The plan was to make Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice in the evening, and I wanted to minimize my cooking time. I need my beauty sleep, yo!

In the evening, I dragged myself out of bed and straggled to the kitchen. I set up my mise en place using the ingredients I’d prepped and stuck in the fridge, and quickly threw together the faux fried rice. For extra protein, I tossed in some scrambled eggs and leftover Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs.

I also reheated some pressure cooker Welsh beef stew that I’d made last week and stored in the freezer. (Don’t waste your time — the stew ain’t in the Recipe Index either.)

Dinner: Done.

Before I left for work, I tossed the ingredients for Cheater Pork Stew into the slow cooker and set it to cook all night. 

This will be our dinner for tomorrow night.

See? That wasn’t so hard, right?

Don’t forget — you have until Tuesday, 1/3/11, at 11:59 p.m. to enter my contest to win a slow cooker!

Paleo Eats: 12/28/11

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I started my nightshifts tonight, but I still squeezed in a full day of activities, cooking, and a two and a half hour nap in the late afternoon.

In the morning, I ate a scrambled egg…

…topped with a dollop of guacamole…

…and I headed to CrossFit Palo Alto for the women’s class. We worked on overhead squats and I was reminded how much I SUCK at them. I need to practice them at home way more often. Along with snatches, cleans, push presses, push ups, double unders, pull ups, wall balls…

After class, I gulped down a few slices of Applegate Farms organic roast beef and a nuked yam before accompanying Big-O to his appointment.

At noon, my cousin and her husband came over and I served steaming bowls of homemade phở with brisket, eye of round, kelp noodles, and all the garnishes.

The pressure cooker is a fantastic and speedy way to get a full-bodied, beefy broth in your belly. In fact, it may be the only way I cook bone broth from now on. And, no, I’m not afraid of it exploding on me.

Before hitting the sack, I slow-roasted a small lamb sirloin roast seasoned with homemade magic powder (porcini seasoning salt)…

…which I stored as emergency protein in the fridge. I need to arm myself with a big stash of ready-to-eat meats since I’m starting the Whole30 on January 1st.

When I woke up in the evening, I fried up a batch of grass fed beef sliders…

…and stir-fried a pan of shiitake, onions, and spinach for dinner.

I still had leftover curried ground lamb and cabbage emergency protein so I turned it into a frittata for my work meals.

Then, I packed my lunch and dragged my sorry ass to work.