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Paleo Eats: 10/19/11

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The morning I start my night shifts is a flurry of activity and today was no exception.

While Fitbomb walked Big-O to school, I threw the ingredients for pork pot roast into the slow cooker. This time, I sauteed a chopped onion and four leeks…

…with a squirt of tomato paste.

I deglazed the pan with vermouth and chicken broth before transferring the alliums to the slow cooker liner. I added carrots, two chopped yams (in place of celery), fish sauce, salt, pepper, and diced tomatoes before nestling in the seasoned pork roast.

Once I’d programmed it to cook all day, I made myself a simple breakfast of leftover roasted veggies and Applegate Farm organic roast beef.

I drove Lil-O to school and then I headed to the dentist where he promptly found and filled my first cavity. That’s the kind of surprise I don’t like.

At lunchtime, I fried a package of 4505 Meats’s maple breakfast sausages and ate a couple on a bed of arugula, shredded carrots, and tomatoes. 

Since half my mouth was numb, I had to be very careful when I was chewing — but I still ended up biting my cheek. I reserved the rest of the cooked links to bring to work. Remember? Always make extra protein.

To make things easier for myself when I woke up from my nap, I also sauteed some sweet peppers and onions for dinner.

Afterwards, I drove to the neighborhood drop-off site for Marin Sun Farms’s CSA to get my monthly egg and meat delivery.

When I woke up in the evening, I was in a mad rush to get dinner on the table ‘cause I had to be out of the house by 6:00 p.m. For dinner, I nuked the peppers and onions, sauteed two bunches of turnip greens with bacon and shallots…

…shredded the pork roast…

…and adjusted the sauce with Red Boat fish sauce and coconut aminos.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I scarfed my dinner before zooming to my writing class AND work. Man, I’ll be so glad when this workweek is over ‘cause I’ll have three weeks of PTO again. It’s been way too long…

Paleo Eats: 10/11/11

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Tonight at the hospital, I was back to my old peckish self. For my meals at work, I chowed on a grass fed PaleoKit and leftover farmer’s pie. Did you notice, I didn’t say I was hangry? Now that I eat like a cavegirl, I rarely get ker-azy famished like I used to pre-Paleo. My hulk modes are few and far between! (Stop nodding in agreement, Fitbomb!) 

When I got home in the morning, I grabbed an aged 4505 Meats's grass fed flank steak from the fridge…

…sprinkled it with seasoning salt from Spice Hound

 …and dunked it in the SousVide Supreme to cook for 32 hours at 134 F. 

I checked on the Kalua Pig that was simmering in the slow cooker and went to bed excited that I had the next two dinners in the bag. Well, at least one was… (Wocka wocka wocka!)

In the evening, I woke up a little later than usual (yippee!) and started making dinner. My time in the kitchen was nice and relaxed because the slow cooker Kalua pig and braised cabbage just needed a little fiddling before I brought them to the table.

Since I like at least two vegetable side dishes to serve with dinner, I roasted a tray of sliced delicata squash…

… in the toaster oven.

When the squash was soft and and caramelized…

…I shredded the Kalua Pig

…and reheated the braised cabbage in the microwave.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I slooooooowly worked my way through the WOD Annie before I drove to work. Only two more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 10/9/11

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More Paleo-friendly eats coming your way!

I wasn’t really hungry in the middle of the night, so I didn’t eat anything while I was on the clock. Totally out of character, huh? When I got home, I made up for lost chow by inhaling leftover broiled herb-stuffed sardines, coconut flakes, cashews, and 100% cacao dark chocolate. With my belly full, I went to bed and slept the day away.

In the evening, I woke up and started making tonight and tomorrow night’s dinners. For tomorrow’s dinner, I seasoned a pork shoulder roast for Kalua pig and assembled a tray of braised cabbage

…that I threw into the oven for a couple hours.

Hubby will be placing the seasoned pork in the slow cooker as soon as he wakes up the next morning (4:20 a.m.!) and it’ll cook for 14 hours since it’s only a three-pound roast. I’m so excited that I can sleep in a little longer tomorrow!

After I finished prepping tomorrow’s supper, I quickly worked on getting tonight’s dinner on the table.

I roasted a tray of chopped Romanesco broccoli…

…carrots, and parsnips in the toaster oven…

…sauteed mushrooms and shallots….

…and fried up a package of my favorite 4505 Meats' sausage: MERGUEZ!

Here’s my dinner plate (with chopped tomatoes, too!):

I LOVE LOVE LOVE 4505 Meats’ merguez sausage! Soooooo yummy PLUS they’re gluten & sugar-free!

After dinner, I put on a special pair of knee highs…

…and kicked up into my first ever handstand.

These socks are magical, yo!

Then, I headed to the hospital for yet another shift. Just three more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 10/8/11

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While my readers in North America were sleeping, I worked like a busy bee at the hospital and chowed on organic deli chicken with crudites, a large square of Pralus 100% cacao, and leftover farmer’s pie.

When I got home from work, I played with the boys before going to bed. I’m sad that I slept through Big-O’s graduation to a green belt in wushu…

…an egg-y brunch…

…and lots of other fun shenanigans. It definitely sucks to work every other weekend.

When I woke up in the evening, I stuffed and broiled the fresh sardines that Fitbomb picked up in our weekly Siren SeaSA haul….

…pan-seared a tray of Padron peppers from Mariquita Farm

…and choppped up a few heirloom tomatoes.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The broiled herb-stuffed sardines were so easy to make and yummy to boot!

Not only did we fill up on omega-3’s, but we also got a nice dose of calcium from eating all the bones!

Then, like groundhog’s day, I packed my crap and headed to work again!

Paleo Eats: 10/7/11

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My night shift wasn’t too hectic tonight because my work-husband/co-worker is back from his hedonistic Octoberfest vacation in Germany. Since I like to nag, I chided him for guzzling and ingesting tons of alcohol and gluten. I could tell he was simply thrilled to be back.

For my chow at work, I ate leftover sous vide pork chop and frozen broccoli, a small container of coconut milk, a green chicken thigh, and tomato salad.

When I returned home from work, I finished making the filling for Farmer’s Pie (check out this post to see the whole process)…

…despite being repeatedly harassed by a certain four-eyed spider.

After I stored the casserole filling in the refrigerator, I slept the afternoon away.

When I woke up in the evening, I layered the mashed cauliflower on top of the farmer’s pie and popped it in the oven.

I was too lazy to make a complicated side dish so I chopped up a few heirloom tomatoes and called it a day.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After supper, we tucked the Double-O’s in bed before Fitbomb and I tag-teamed the erg in the garage. Rowing ain’t my favorite but it enables me to squeeze in a quick workout when I’m short on time.

Then, it was off to work yet again! Only five more nights to go! 

Paleo Eats: 10/6/11

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After learning how to potentially make money off this blog at my food writing class, I drove to my real job to burn the midnight oil.

Since I hadn’t eaten dinner, I scarfed down the meal I had packed from home mid-shift: sous vide goat loin chops, carrot & parsnip puree, and stir-fried spigarello and bacon.

I was still a little peckish when I finished, so I also polished off a grass fed PaleoKit.

When I returned from work in the morning, I blitzed my sister’s green marinade in the Vitamix

…and poured it over a big bag of chicken thighs.

I stuck the chicken in the fridge to marinate until dinner time and I hit the sack.

When I woke up in the evening, I roasted the thighs in the oven…

roasted kabocha squash wedges in the toaster oven

…and made a quick tomato and basil salad.

While I was waiting for everything to finish cooking, I steamed a large purple cauliflower…

…and blitzed a colorful batch of Paleo Comfort Foods’ mashed cauliflower

…that I stored in the fridge. I’ll be frosting it on top of the Farmer’s Pie I make for tomorrow’s dinner. Can’t wait!

Once the the kabocha and chicken were finished roasting…

…dinner was served.

After dinner, I did some exercise in the garage and drove to work. Yep, duty calls…

Paleo Eats: 9/28/11

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It’s my last work shift of the week! Woohoo!

Just like the last six nights, the hospital was filled to capacity, which meant I was working non-stop ‘til the clock struck 8:00 a.m. Luckily, I managed to find enough time to eat everything I packed, including a grass fed PaleoKit, coconut flakes, and a container crammed full of leftover Kalua Pig and braised cabbage

When I came home in the morning, I took a nap for a few hours before transitioning into full-time mommy mode for the week. Unlike one of my typical flip days, I slept a little longer than usual and gulped down an espresso with cream when I got up. 

I was a little apprehensive about getting too much sleep and filling myself with stimulants, but I knew I had a long day ahead. For the next eight weeks, I’m taking a course taught by Tori Ritchie about food writing for mainstream media and blogs. Sitting in a classroom on Wednesday evenings immediately after getting off a 7-night stretch of overnight hospital work is gonna be a challenge. I’m sure I’ll be a total zombie, but the sleep deprivation will be worth it.

Before tonight’s class, I spent the afternoon shuttling the kids to activities before coming home to make dinner. I pan-fried a batch of Turkish slider burgers that had defrosted in yesterday’s meatastrophe

…and served them on a bed of nuked green beans.

After dinner, I sped over to my class and spent three hours learning how to properly structure a recipe. Lemme tell you: There’s a ton I’ve been doing wrong all these months! HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STAND THE SHEER CRAPPINESS OF THIS BLOG?

Even though I was super sleepy, the hours sped by and I left my class super-duper inspired. I can’t believe I’m enjoying school — let alone a writing class. It’s so damn ironic because my recurring panic nightmare since childhood is being in English class and being told to write an impromptu essay. 

Good night!

Paleo Eats: 9/25/11

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My nightshifts have been super busy this week and tonight was no exception. I fasted during my 10-hour shift because I wasn’t super hungry and I didn’t really have time to eat. 

When I came home, I ate a slice of leftover frittata along with a tomato and avocado salad.

As a special treat, I savored some dark chocolate and coconut flakes before heading to bed. I wish I slept right away, but instead, I stayed up waaaaaaay past my bedtime watching True Blood on the iPad. I’m totally on Team Eric.

When I woke up in the evening, I groggily threw together a quick dinner. Damn you, HBO GO!

I roasted a tray of curried cauliflower in the toaster oven…

…sauteed sliced bell peppers and onions…

…and stir-fried a batch of Madras curry seasoned emergency protein with ground mutton and beef.

Here’s my dinner plate:

We ended up with enough leftovers to pack three boxed lunches! 

After we tucked the Double-O’s in bed for the night, I plopped a pork picnic roast seasoned with Alaea Red Hawaiian coarse sea salt into my new slow cooker

…and exercised in the garage gym. I’m excited to chow on Kalua Pig for dinner tomorrow night!

Then, I gathered up my belongings, chugged a homemade espresso, and drove to the hospital. I’m more than halfway through my work week!

Paleo Eats: 9/24/11

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Man, oh man, it’s been BUSY at the hospital! Wash your hands and take your vitamin D everyone!

I barely had time to eat my packed lunch (a leftover 4505 Meats apple breakfast sausage and sauteed cabbage) before getting the heck out of dodge.

When I got home, I made up for lost chow by eating leftover kabobs, collards and bacon

…gobs of coconut flakes, and a frozen PaleoKrunch bar. Yes, I ate all of it. I had a testy exchange with an arrogant vascular surgery resident before I came home (I won by the way) so I stuffed my face ‘cause I was HANGRY.

While I slept the day away, Fitbomb picked up our Siren SeaSA haul for the week (two pounds of live mussels)…

…and took the Double-O’s to The Spirit Store to pick out Halloween costumes.

Um, can you tell Lil-O is kind of obsessed with Ninjago?

Dinner was super easy tonight because Mr. Mom also assembled my mise en place before I dragged myself out of bed.

He prepped some taters for baked sweet potato fries

…and cleaned the mussels. 

All I had to do was toss the yams with coconut oil and stick them in the oven…

…assemble a quick salad…

…and cook a pot of Thai steamed mussels.

After we tucked the boys in bed, I actually went back to bed for a quick catnap before heading to work. 

Only four more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 9/23/11

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I had another busy night at the hospital so here’s my public service announcement for the day:

Git yer flu shots, people!

Once the kiddies return to school and infect each other, you can bet there’s contagious snot all over the place.

Let’s return to our regular programming, shall we?

For my meals at work, I ate some deli turkey meat, a salad topped with leftover kabobs, and a coconut PaleoKit.

On my way home from work, I stopped by Whole Paycheck to restock on groceries and take advantage of the Friday One Day Sale on packaged deli meat (Buy 2, get 1 free!). Who’s got two thumbs and loves to save money? This gal!

O.K., who am I kidding? I’m a spendthrift but I like to pretend that I learned something from my frugal Chinese parents. 

When I got home, I settled my grumbling stomach with the last of the leftover sous vide Cowboy chop before heading to bed.

At 5:00 p.m., I woke up, drove Big-O to his best bud’s house for a sleepover, and came home to make dinner. Meal prep was super simple tonight because I was serving leftover curried goat shanks that I’d defrosted in the fridge.

While the stew was reheating, I threw a tray of curried cauliflower into the toaster oven, and stir-fried a batch of quick greens and bacon with K’s homemade bacon…

…and sliced collards.

Presto change-o!

After I plated the greens and bacon, I removed the roasted cauliflower from the toaster oven and drizzled on lime juice and a shower of minced cilantro.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, we tucked Lil-O in bed and reassured him that his big brother would be returning in the morning. Then, I did some exercise in our home gym, gathered my crap for work, and headed out into the night.