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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: 1/1/12 (Whole30 Day 1)

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Happy New Year!

Today’s the first day of my Whole30 and to celebrate, I’m giving away one of my favorite appliances. Click here for the deets.

While everyone around the globe was getting sloshed, I was at the hospital making sure all the drunks that ended up in the ED got their IV hydration bags. I really can’t complain about being at work because I get holiday pay and everybody is in a festive mood.

For lunch, I packed a LunchBots with leftover slow roasted lamb sirloin and crudités…

…and a heaping spoonful of coconut butter.

When I got home in the morning, I ate some leftover Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs with roasted butternut squash and stir-fried kale.

For dessert, I gobbled up a small nuked yam.

After going Paleo, yams taste like marshmallows to me. Don’t scoff. My kids might agree with you, but mommy’s always right. 

We were having K and R over for dinner tonight, so I did some prep-work before heading to bed. 

First, I marinated some Damn Fine Chicken thighs and put them in the fridge. Then, I threw the ingredients for cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree into a dutch oven…

…and simmered everything until the veggies were soft.

For this Whole30-compliant variation, I used a ton of ghee instead of butter. I also subbed out onions and replaced them with leeks.

After I pureed the vegetables, I put the orange mash in the fridge.

In the evening, I roasted the Damn Fine Chicken

…sauteed a large pile of baby kale in garlic ghee with shallots, coconut aminos, and Red Boat fish sauce

…and reheated the cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree.

K also pan-fried some homemade Whole-30 compliant pork belly confit.

Now this is how you get a repeat invite to my house for dinner!

Here’s my dinner plate:

Day 1 down, only 29 more to go!

Paleo Eats: 12/31/11

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This year seemed interminable at times — 2011 was a bumpy roller coaster ride for the Nombomb family and I’m happy to be getting off. 

My eats on New Year’s Eve were Whole30-compliant, even though I don’t officially start my month of clean chow until tomorrow. 

While I was at work, I ate a slice of leftover frittata with sauteed spinach and shiitake mushrooms.

When I got home in the morning, I filled a couple of curry flavored Pure Wraps with leftover Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs, sliced cucumber, and julienned carrots. 

The crunch and flavor combination of these wraps reminded me of eating fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. Oh, how I miss going to Vung Tau

For supper, I roasted the chicken wings I’d tossed last night with magic powder (a.k.a. porcini seasoning salt)…

baked a tray of Portobello mushrooms in the toaster oven (finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil)…

…and sauteed some greens beans with onions and shiitake mushrooms.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I packed my food for work and made sure everything fit the new Whole30 guidelines

I’m ready to greet 2012 with open arms…

Paleo Eats: 12/30/11

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In anticipation of starting my second Whole30 this Sunday, I’ve already begun eating clean to make the transition easier. There won’t be a last minute dark chocolate and mac nut binge because, well, I did that a few days ago and I don’t have those items in my pantry anymore. I, Nom Nom Paleo, do solemnly swear to savor all my meals in 2012 and not be a mindless muncher.

Wanna see what I scarfed down on the penultimate day of 2011?

During my second night at work, I ate some leftover burger bites with sauteed spinach, onions, and shiitake mushrooms…

…and some baby carrots dipped in MeeNut Butter

At home, I sliced some leftover slow-roasted lamb sirloin, topped it with spicy salsa, and rolled it up in a Whole30-approved Pure Wrap.

It was the perfect snack before hitting the sack.

When I woke up in the evening, the house was filled with the intoxicating smell of smoky swine because Fitbomb had roasted a tray of Brussels Sprouts and bacon.

This is one of the few veggie dishes that Lil-O will consume willingly.

For our main dish, I sauteed some leftover beef shanks (from the homemade pressure cooker phở broth) with peppers and onions and tucked them in Pure Wraps.

After dinner, I seasoned a big batch of chicken wings with magic powder (homemade porcini seasoning salt)…

…and stored them in the fridge for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Is everyone gearing up for their 21-Day Sugar Detox, Whole30, or personalized clean-eating challenge? I don’t have all my meals planned in advance — unlike Bill and Hayley or the folks at The Foodee — but my fridge and freezer are filled with high quality protein and veggies. My everyday meals won’t be that different next month because I’m just cutting out dark chocolate, dairy, and (excessive) nuts. I’ve already completed a Whole30 before, so I know what to expect and how to navigate dicey dining situations. Plus, this time around I’m allowed to cook with ghee. Whee!

Ghee Picture

I received a sampler pack of organic, grass fed, spiced ghee from Whole30-approved Pure Indian Foods last month and I’m gonna slather them on everything. Word.

Paleo Eats: 12/29/11

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My first night back at the hospital flew by. After being on vacation for three weeks, it was comforting returning to my regular routine and catching up with my buddies at work. Something tells me I won’t have the same warm fuzzies at the end of my seven-night stretch.

For my first meal at work, I slurped up a bowl of leftover homemade phở.

I need to buy more crosscut shanks and marrow bones pronto to make another batch. If you can’t wait for my pressure cooker recipe, here’s a great slow cooker version from Steamy Kitchen. Trust me, my uber-meaty version is worth the wait and it’s QUICK.

Right before I left work, I ate a slice of frittata (made with leftover curried ground lamb and cabbage) and sautéed spinach and shiitake mushrooms.

When I got home in the morning, I was bushed. I was still kinda hungry, so I ate way too many mac nuts before heading to bed. 

Guess what came in the mail while I was sleeping?

A lovely bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil from Kasandrinos imports…

…and a jar of addictive nuttiness from Mee!

Go like Mee Eat Paleo’s facebook page right now. If she gets more than 1000 likes by the end of the year, she’s gonna give away a 16-ounce Firebreather jar to a lucky fan!

I was also thrilled to find my paperback version of Melicious’s Well-Fed on my doorstep. 

Sometimes the best packages come after X-mas.

When I finally pried myself away from the nut butter, I fried up a bunch of Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs

roasted a tray of butternut squash

…and stir-fried some kale and onions in the leftover duck fat.

Here’s my dinner plate:

We had lots of extra duck legs left over, but that’s all part of the master plan for my upcoming Whole30. To be in charge, you gotta cook large, my friends.

One of the main reasons I’m doing another Whole30 starting January 1st is because I need to stop mindlessly grazing on snacks all day. My clothes have been feeling extra snug, so I vow to pay special attention to my hunger cues and eat clean next month. Can I really go without mac nuts and dark chocolate for a month? We’ll see…

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: 10/23/11

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My nightshift tonight was pretty similar to the ones preceding it — busy, busy, busy. I’m not kvetching because I like when the work is constant. Before I know it, the sun’s up and it’s time to go home. While I was at work, I ate a small Primal Pac, a piece of Pralus 100% cacao, and leftover cheater crispy sous vide duck confit with veggies.

On my way home from the hospital, I stopped by the Mountain View Farmers’ market to pick up more produce plus a big box of pastured chickens from Full of Life Farm.

Once I got home, I stashed all the food in the fridge and freezer, kissed the boys goodnight, and slept the day away. Sadly, I missed Big-O’s wushu performance and the boy’s grain-free bread baking project. 

Looks good, huh? Buy Julie and Charles Mayfield’s cookbook to get the recipe! 

At 5:00 p.m., I crawled out of bed and scarfed down a piece of homemade bread to get me going. We were eating leftover slow cooker pork pot roast for dinner so all I had to make were the side dishes.

I popped a tray of San Marzano tomatoes in the toaster oven

…and fried a batch of Pizzeria Delfina’s spicy cauliflower.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I wrapped up the bread and popped it in the freezer. It was very tasty but I need to save it for a Paleo-friendly stuffing recipe I’m trying out next week. Luckily, the pressure’s off for making a Thanksgiving feast post ‘cause Bill and Hayley have one in the works. Phew!

Only three more nights until my PTO starts!

Paleo Eats: 10/22/11

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Another night shift, another buckeroo…

While I was at the hospital, I ate some Applegate Farms organic roast beef with veggies and Aubergine dip (in a LunchBots Pico container)…

…and leftover 4505 Meats maple breakfast sausage, curried cauliflower, and sauteed bell peppers.

On my way home from work, I went to the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ market and stocked up on veggies, fruit, and spice blends from Spice Hound.

I was really excited to find Brussels sprouts still on the stem…

…cause I’m gonna roast them off with bacon later this week. Salty swine makes everything taste better.

Since the sprouts made me crave cured pig parts, I made myself a ham hock salad with arugula and cherry tomatoes before going to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, I made softcore albacore with the super fresh fillet from Siren SeaSA

…and served the steaks with sauteed spinach and a heirloom tomato salad.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After we tucked the boys in bed, I exercised in the garage before going to work. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can get through this work week…

Paleo Eats: 10/21/11

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It was another busy night at the hospital and I ran around non-stop until the end of my shift. I didn’t have time to eat my packed meal but I managed to scarf down a packet of spicy Grass Fed Jerky Chews and a small Primal Pac amidst the craziness.

When I got home, I reheated some slow cooker pork pot roast and ate it on top of a savory coconut pancake.

After taking Big-O to school, I filled and heated my SousVide Supreme to 132 F and went to bed.

In the evening, I dunked some pre-cooked grass fed sirloin tip steaks and a couple packets of frozen Cascadian Farm winter squash puree in the water oven…

roasted a head of escarole in the oven…

…and sauteed mushrooms with Tabil seasoning in butter.

Then, I fished the packets out of the SousVide Supreme, mixed the warmed winter squash puree with seasoning salt and butter….

…and torched and sliced the steaks before calling everyone to the table.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I practiced some ring dips before heading out in the night. Only five more shifts ‘til I’m on vacation! 

Paleo Eats: 10/20/11

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Since I’m working the graveyard shift, I chowed on a small Primal Pac and leftover maple breakfast sausages and veggies while it was pitch black outside.

When I came home in the morning, I fried a scrambled egg in butter and ate a bunch of fat (coconut flakes, handful of almonds, and a small square of 100% cacao Pralus). I filled and heated my SousVide Supreme and hit the sheets.

At 5:00 p.m., I hauled my ass out of bed and started making dinner. I was serving cheater crispy sous vide duck confit legs so I dunked two packets into the water oven and began preparing the veggies sides. 

I made a super simple heirloom tomato salad

roasted curried cauliflower (purple and romanesco) in the toaster oven…

…and roasted kabocha squash sprinkled with Spice Hound seasoned sea salt.

When the sides were finished, I melted some duck fat in the cast iron skillet and crisped up the duck.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I packed my meals for work and drove my lazy butt to work. Only six more nights until vacation!