Paleo Eats: 4/20/11

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Work resumed tonight and I didn’t perform a Snoopy happy dance. Oh well. Time to bring home the bacon, or in my case, the ½ hog.

For breakfast, I made a frittata with leftover emergency protein, nuked frozen broccoli, Sunny Paris seasoning, and a dollop of full-fat Greek yogurt. I ate half of it with some sliced avocado and Primavera salsa.

I made a big pot of garbage soup with the homemade stock I made a few days ago and threw in some leeks, green garlic, carrots, parsley root, zucchini, canned tomatoes, and chard.

For lunch, I ladled myself a bowl…

…and ate it along with an Applegate Farms organic chicken apple sausage, sauerkraut, and my sister’s homemade mustard.

After lunch I plopped a chicken in the slow cooker

…and then I picked up my monthly meat CSA box

…and the extra four dozen eggs I ordered.

I foresee some frittatas in my future…

After a two hour nap, I woke up and took Big-O to his T-ball game. I came home and took the roast chicken out of the slow cooker

…pureed the sauce…

…broiled some asparagus drizzled with balsamic vinegar…

…prepared a large bowl of winter squash puree

…and sautéed some mushrooms in butter with Fox Point seasoning.

No special meals for the boys tonight!

Yes, eagle eyes, that is a zombie sippy cup at the table.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After tucking the kids in bed, I packed all my crap for work and set off for the hospital. Yippee! Can you sense the forced enthusiasm? Very perceptive, you are.

Paleo Eats: 2/16/11

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In the past 24 hours, I’ve slept only two hours. It’s normal for me to be sleep-deprived every other Wednesday (the day I flip back to being diurnal), but today was worse than usual. I had a post-shift meeting to attend — and then Big-O had a medical emergency this morning (he’s fine now, by the way), so I ended up staying at the hospital for fifteen hours straight (10 hours of work + 1-hour meeting + 4 hours in the ED) instead of my regular ten. It therefore goes without saying that this post will be short and sweet. Well, maybe a bit sour, too, due to lack of sleep.

At work (pre-medical drama), I ate a ton of packed grub. First up was a box of leftover sous vide pork chops wrapped in bacon, nuked frozen green beans, and sautéed baby chard with shiitake mushrooms and bacon.

As a snack, I threw down some berries with chilled coconut milk

…and a handful of macadamia nuts and coconut flakes.

My last meal at work was a container of Asian ground beef and cauliflower fried “rice.”

After the ordeal in the ED was over, I groggily drove home with Big-O. I was starving, so I devoured some melted coconut butter and macadamia nuts before knocking out for an all-too-brief two-hour nap.

When I woke up, I hopped in the car to go pick up my monthly meat CSA box. I recently upgraded to Marin Sun Farm’s package #2, so we now receive seventeen pounds of meat per month, which is kind of awesome. I filled up our new chest freezer with four T-bone steaks, two stewing hens, a boneless pork shoulder roast, pork spare ribs, three pounds of ground beef, a pound each of ground pork and lamb, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Now I just have to remember to defrost the meat in time for dinner…

Since I was tired and both of my kids were couch-ridden due to illness, we all just vegged out and stared at Scooby-Doo on the TV until my hubby came home from work. I’m telling you, watching the Mystery Inc. gang can be soul healing.

Dinner was super-quick and easy. I sautéed some tatsoi rabe in ghee with some chicken broth…

…and served it with Italian sausage and a fried egg (sprinkled with Fines Herbes).

Good night!

World Series Mini Party: Yay Giants!

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Fitbomb is a huge Giants fan.  Me, not so much.  But I love having friends over for dinner, so Game 2 of the World Series was the perfect excuse to have a mid-week get-together.  Plus, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I HAD to order the 4505 Meat’s World Series DELUX CSA pack.  Wanna see what came in it?

See the chicharrones on top?  Sadly, there’s a whole mess of non-Paleo goodies underneath, including  Acme hotdog buns, spicy peanut cracker jacks, a box of chocolate pretzels and cream cheese brownies, homemade fritos…

Here’s everything laid out:

I’m glad I got the DELUX pack because the regular World Series CSA pack (sans sausages) really was just a snack box without much in the way of Paleo-friendly eats.  

Since I gotta have some greens with my meal, I supplemented the meaty treats with three veggie sides.  I sous vided some carrots (butter, salt, and pepper in the SousVide Supreme set at 185 F for 35 minutes) and seasoned them with Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar. I also roasted off some romanesco broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and when I plated the dish, I added a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.  For my last veggie side, I made marinated roasted bell peppers.  Yes, the same ones I make all the time. 

Here’s my dinner plate:

How were the meats?  The brisket was tasty but the portion that came in the cooler was extremely skimpy. I could have finished it all myself as a light snack.  I enjoyed the chicken ’n beer brat but I would’ve liked it to have a little more snap.  I was not a big fan of the Gigante dog.  The flavoring was fine but the texture was a little too mushy for me.  What can I say? I like my sausage meat firm.  Ewwww.  Gross.