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Paleo Eats: 9/22/11

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Work tonight was busy, busy, busy! Luckily, the torrential shitstorm meant my nightshift went by lickety-split.

For my meal at work, I ate half a leftover sous vide chicken breast, sauteed peppers, and roasted cauliflower. To chase it all down, I consumed a small container of slushy Hawaiian Sun frozen coconut milk.

When I finally got home, I was famished so I fried a couple scrambled eggs in butter and ate them with some leftover sous vide Cowboy chop.

After I dropped Lil-O off at preschool, I came home and found an awesome birthday parcel from Matt & Stacy of Paleo Parents on my doorstep!

Yes, we all know sugar is bad for you but a worthwhile F-off cheat once in a blue moon keeps this mama sane. Plus, they’re from world-famous Georgetown Cupcake

Look at how purty these gluten-free lava fudge cuppycakes are!

I resisted temptation and willed myself to sleep (with a little assist from my trusty friend, Ambien).

When I woke up in the evening, I started making dinner. We were celebrating my pop’s birthday with a simple dinner of fried sausages and salad. These weren’t any old sausages — they were delicious Paleo-friendly meat sticks from 4505 Meats!

I fried up a package of apple breakfast sausage….

…and lamb merguez (my favorite!).

Then, I thinly sliced an onion and sauteed them in the pan drippings…

 …until they were soft and caramelized.

To accompany the sausages and onions, I tossed a salad with greens, tomatoes, avocados, and carrots. I seasoned the salad with coarse salt and pepper and dressed it with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, we sang happy birthday to Gong Gong and chowed on the cupcakes!

The lava cakes were soooooo yummy! My pancreas is relieved that we are thousands of miles away from that bakeshop! Big hugs and thanks to Matt, Stacy, Cole, Finian, and Wesley!

After everyone went to sleep, I made myself a tiny espresso with a splash of cream and drove to work. 

Paleo Eats: 9/14/11

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Yay! It was my last night of work and my flip day! 

(This post is gonna be short and sweet because I’m blogging while watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN2. It’s fun playing “Where’s Fitbomb?” so I wanna get off my laptop ASAP.)

On my last night at the hospital, I chowed on Applegate Farms organic roast beef, avocado, and marinated roasted bell peppers

When I came home in the morning, I gulped down a sauteed Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage and leftover garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.

I went to bed for a couple hours and when I awoke,  I went into full-time mommy mode. After shuttling the kiddies around town, we came home at dinnertime.

I was tired and cranky so I was relieved that I had leftovers available in the fridge. For dinner, I fried some 4505 Meats’ bacon-filled hotdogs, sliced a couple heirloom tomatoes, and nuked leftover Asian cauliflower fried rice.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Good night! 

Paleo Eats: 9/13/11

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Every nightshift is blending into the next…

Luckily, I see the light at the end of my seven-night stretch!

For my meals at work, I chowed on some leftover frittata, sauteed shrimp with onions and cherry tomatoes, and roasted broccoli and cauliflower.

When I got home from work, I quickly seasoned some pork chops with Volcano Grind seasoning

…vacuum-sealed and stored them in the fridge…

…and then I took the Double-O’s to school.

I came home, filled and preheated the SousVide Supreme to 134 F, gave my mom instructions to dump in the pork chop packets mid-afternoon, and hit the hay.

When I woke up in the evening, I stir-fried a batch of Asian cauliflower fried rice with leftover Kalua pig, bell peppers, carrots, shredded spigarello, and herbs…

…and charred the sous vide pork chops with my kitchen torch.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I practiced some snatch balances in the garage and hurled a medicine ball against the wall before heading to work.

Just one more night to go!

Paleo Eats: 9/12/11

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Here’s a peek into today’s grub…

During my nightshift, I ate twice at work. My first meal was a few slices of Applegate Farms organic roast beef, leftover roasted broccoli and bacon, and some homemade coconut butter.

I ate my last meal right as the sun came up: leftover roasted cauliflower, sous vide black cod fillet, and some cherry tomatoes.

After work, I accompanied Lil-O to his dentist appointment (no cavities!) before I came home and slept the day away.

I woke up in the evening and started making dinner. I didn’t have too much to do because my mom, who’s a fabulous cook, had brought over some Paleo Lion’s head

…and we had some leftover non-Paleo Chinese spareribs gifted by Fitbomb's uncle.

I decided to round out our Vegas-style food spread, with a platter of roasted broccoli and cauliflower…

…and sauteed shrimp with onions and cherry tomatoes.

Here’s my eclectic, hodge-podge, mishmash dinner plate:

After dinner, we shooed the kids to bed and I went to the garage to do some exercise. Then, I packed my stuff for work and took off for the hospital.

Only two more nights of work!

Paleo Eats: 9/9/11

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Another night spent burning the midnight oil…

I nursed a large thermos of Philz Coffee with heavy cream at the beginning of my shift so I didn’t get hungry until close to 5:00 a.m. For my only meal at work, I chowed on leftover Damn Fine Chicken, braised cabbage, and stir-fried spigarello and bacon.

When I got home, I was greeted with hugs from my boys and the intoxicating smell of slow cooked Kalua pig. Surely, one of my top 10 favorite ways to end the day.

Fitbomb transformed Big-O into his Mini-Me before I walked him to school…

…because Big-O had another Picture Day today!

When I returned home, I peeked in on the Kalua Pig in the slow cooker and added another 8 hours to the cooking time. The smell of porky goodness made me hungry so I ate another meal: a fried Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage and heirloom tomato salad.

Then, I went to bed until dinner.

When I woke up at 5:00 p.m, the Kalua Pig was finally finished cooking!

To accompany the swine, I roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon

…mashed a bowl of guacamole

…washed some butter lettuce leaves…

…charred some sweet peppers…

…chopped a few heirloom tomatoes…

…and sauteed some ‘shrooms.

Then, I plated the pig

…and gathered the family to the dinner table to make their own lettuce tacos.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I prepared a batch of marinated roasted bell peppers and then attempted to take a quick catnap before work. No such luck.

Oh well. Just five more nights…

Paleo Eats: 8/26/11 

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Although I started my nightshift with a large mug of Philz coffee with heavy cream, I still got hungry around 1:00 a.m. and promptly gobbled up some leftover emergency protein and mixed veggies.

Halfway through my shift, I slurped up a small cup of defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk. Man, if you live close to a store that stocks it – go buy it NOW. It truly is the best tasting coconut milk around!

Right before I left work, I ate my last meal while on the clock: leftover slow roasted pork butt, stir-fried spigarello and bacon, and roasted spiced mini Portobello mushrooms.

As soon as I got home, we walked Big-O to school. Okay, we raced to school because: 1.) we were late and 2.) Big-O wanted to show his friends and teachers his new Vibrams.

After our morning sprint, I preheated and filled the SousVide Supreme and gave my mom directions to dunk the goat loin chop packets into the water oven in the afternoon. Then, I curled up with my iPad and put a small dent in my reading assignment (pages 1-100 in Nora Gedgaudas’s Primal Body, Primal Mind for Melicious’s book club) before passing out.

When I woke up in the evening, I broiled a tray of summer squash

…and topped them with cherry tomatoes…

…and balsamic vinegar…

…and stir-fried baby spinach, onions, and bacon.

Once the veggie sides were done, I removed the goat loin chops from the water bath…

…and torched them.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I did a little exercise in our garage gym before heading to work. Only five more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 8/25/11

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Back at work for the first of seven graveyard shifts…

I was hungry after midnight, so I ate a grass fed PaleoKit, a small container of sauerkraut, and some defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk.

At the end of my shift, I ate a box of leftover emergency protein and nuked frozen mixed vegetables.

I went home and ate some coconut products and a wee bit of dark chocolate before I drove to Lil-O’s school for another nursery school orientation. I kept my eyes open but I can’t promise I wasn’t snoozing.

When I finally came home, I filled and preheated the water oven to 134 F and dunked in the pork chop packets so they’d cook while I slept. Then, I stumbled to the bed and conked out.

When I woke up in the evening, I stir-fried some spigarello with bacon and onions…

…and roasted a tray of spiced mini portobello mushrooms in the oven.

Once the veggies were finished, I seared the pork chops in some ghee in the cast iron skillet and finished browning the edges with the kitchen torch.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I ran to Philz Coffee to fill up my thermos and, upon my return, practiced some things I suck at need to improve on: wall balls, push-ups, pistols, and double-unders. I can assure you I wasn’t grinning through this workout — it hurts like hell to be bonked in the head by a 10-pound medicine ball over and over again. I’m convinced my neck is now even shorter than normal.

Then, I packed my meals for work and set off for the hospital again.