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Paleo Eats: 1/30/11

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Tonight should’ve been less hectic than the previous night, but we were slammed at work yet again. As a result, I didn’t get around to eating until 2:30 a.m.

For “lunch,” I ate a salad with mixed greens, sous vide Tabil-seasoned chicken breast, avocados, shredded carrots, red bell peppers, cucumbers, and slivered almonds.

At snack time, I ate some crudités with Aubergine dip…

…coconut flakes, a hard-boiled egg, and sauerkraut. (Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.)

My final meal of the day was a box of leftover kelp noodles.

Since my workweek has been so crappy, I decided to treat myself to a square of Valrhona 85% dark chocolate and macadamia nuts.

It was so effing good. Because I’m clearly an addict, I’m gonna have to impose the same rule I’ve laid down for the kids and limit my dark chocolate intake to “S” days (i.e. Saturdays and Sundays).

When I got home, I persuaded the entire family to pile into the car and drive to the Mountain View Farmers’ Market to pick up more veggies and meat. The sky looked ominous…

..but I was hopeful that we would escape the rain.

Boy, was I wrong. We got totally drenched.

BUT: I did manage to buy a variety of veggies, a wild King Salmon filet, pork butt roast, pork chops, and beef shanks. Thank you, hubby, for indulging me.

After I got home, I changed out of my wet scrubs, filled and preheated my SousVide Supreme to 125 F (I was gonna make some sous vide salmon when I got up), froze two small containers filled with extra virgin olive oil (for the sous vide salmon), gulped down my vitamins, and conked out.

When I woke up, I split my salmon filet in two and seasoned them with Tabil, Kosher salt, and pepper. I vacuum sealed each one with a frozen blob of extra virgin olive oil…

…and dunked the packets in the preheated SousVide Supreme for 20 minutes.

I knew I wouldn’t have a ton of time to prepare Monday’s dinner so I decided to make some braised cabbage ahead of time. The Savoy cabbage I picked up at the farmers’ market was as big as my head, so I lopped off a wedge before chopping it up and sautéing it with grass fed butter (I missed you, KerryGold!), sliced shallots, and a splash of chicken broth.

I also nuked some green beans and seasoned them with (more!) butter, Kosher salt, and pepper.

Man oh man, it sure is nice to ingest butter again now that the Whole30 program is over. I know you strict Paleo eaters out there are cringing, but let’s face it: Butter makes everything taste better!

Here’s my dinner plate:

I really like the taste and texture of sous vide salmon cooked at 125F. I contemplated brining the fish so there wouldn’t be as much white albumin coagulated on the surface, but since it’s just cosmetic, I’ll most likely continue to skip this step. Nom Nom Paleo’s all about the lazy, remember?

After dinner, I took the braised cabbage out of the oven, packed my meals for work, and cranked out a quick WOD (running, thrusters, box jumps). Then, it was off to work to bring home the bacon (which I can eat again!).

Local Spotlight: Mountain View Farmers’ Market

I’m really lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I can choose among four incredible farmers’ markets within a 20-mile radius on any given Sunday. Still, the one I return to time and time again is the Mountain View Farmers’ Market.

This market is HUGE and the quality, variety, and value are fantastic. Some people complain that it ought to have more hot food vendors (like at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers’ Market or the California Avenue Farmers’ Market in Palo Alto), but I come here for the meat and veggies, not a sweet crepe filled with fresh fruit and topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. On second thought, maybe I avoid those markets to fight temptation.

My new favorite stand at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market is the Full of Life Farm stall, which is stocked with meat, meat and more meat. Full of Life’s beef is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished; its pork is pasture-raised and free-roaming; its free-range chickens and turkeys are raised on grass and clover; and its goats are free-foraging and roaming. Locavores may be a little miffed that the meat is from the farmer’s family farm all the way up in Oregon, but on the whole, I don’t have a problem with it. Everything sold here is super-tasty and Paleo-approved. As stated on Full of Life’s website, the farm’s mission is:

to produce the healthiest, most nutritious food available anywhere for those who are concerned about the food they eat and how it is raised.

Hey! That’s sounds like me! (BTW, I finally ordered a new chest freezer just to accommodate all the tasty animal parts I’m buying.)

Here are some of my other favorite stands at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market:

  • Heirloom Organic Gardens: Farmer Grant has the freshest and most diverse selection of greens and root veggies in the market.
  • Pampero Ranch: Tasty beefalo and pasture-raised chicken!
  • Mission Fresh Fish: Super-fresh fish and seafood — it’s hard to pass this stand without stocking up.
  • Kika’s Farms: Hands-down the BEST strawberries at the market.
  • Far West Fungi: Awesome selection of mushrooms — both exotic and pedestrian varieties.
  • Happy Boy Farm: Great melons, squash, and salad greens. 
  • High Ground Organics: I already get their produce in my CSA box, but I always stop by this stand to top off with more veggies.
  • Borba Farms: awesome organic vegetables — the best haricots verts, summer squash, and bell peppers.

I know I’m missing a bunch of shout-out-worthy stands. Bay Area peeps: Help me out — what are your favorite stands?