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Paleo Eats: 7/17/11

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Another day of Paleo eats…

The first meal I ate at work was some leftover slow cooker roast chicken and nuked frozen green beans.

As a snack, I munched on some kale chips and a handful of Bing cherries.

For my last meal at work, I chowed on leftover slow cooker Thai yellow goat curry and braised cabbage.

After work, I went with the family to my favorite farmers’ market and bought some berries…

…peaches/nectarines…

…blueberries…

…and Bing cherries (last of the season!).

Wanna see how excited my kids are to eat free samples?

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Don’t fret! I didn’t just stock up on fructose. I also bought a ton of veggies…

…a nice fillet of wild king salmon…

…and a TON of pork, beef, and goat from my favorite pastured meat stand.

In case you’re wondering, I still get a monthly box o’ meat from the Marin Sun Farms CSA but I needed a little extra protein to get me through until my Wednesday delivery. Really.

Before catching some shuteye, I attempted and FAILED to secure reservations to the French Laundry in September. My super powers are waning…

When I woke up in the evening, I skinned, divided, and seasoned the salmon fillet and dunked the vacuum-sealed packets in the Sous Vide Supreme.

Next, I prepped the ingredients for slow cooker pork pot roast that we’d be eating the following evening.

While I was cooking, I noshed on some yummy roasted rosemary almonds that Fitbomb made while I was sleeping. Yep, he’s pretty terrific.

Once I stored my mise-en-place for the pork pot roast in the fridge, I finished up with dinner by plating the sous vide salmon with sauteed spinach and minced garlic, leftover roasted portobello mushrooms, homemade guacamole, and cherry tomatoes.

Dinner preparation was a breeze thanks to my hubby (who whipped up the guacamole) and my SousVide Supreme.  

After dinner, I ran over to Phil’z Coffee and picked up a mug of Ambrosia Coffee of the Gods with heavy cream. My sleep this workweek has been terrible so I seriously needed a pick-me-up before heading to work.

Thankfully, I only have three more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 7/16/11

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Let’s just cut to the chase and see what I ate today!

My first meal at work was some leftover slow cooker roast chicken and stir-fried veggies.  

At 4:00 a.m., I ate a snack of coconut flakes and a Primal Pac.

The last bite I ate at work was leftover Asian cauliflower fried rice topped with sautéed spinach and emergency protein

It was kinda like a Paleo donburi.

When I got home, I fried some eggs and homemade bacon for my boys…

…while I snacked on some coconut flakes and kale chips from The Health Foodie.

After a round of hugs and kisses, I went to bed.

When I woke up, I dunked a packet of Grimaud Farms duck confit legs into the Sous Vide Supreme to make cheater crispy duck confit legs, washed some greens…

…chopped some cherry tomatoes…

and roasted some Portobello mushrooms.

Then, I fried up the duck legs…

…and placed them on top of a salad with greens, cherry tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, and roasted portobello mushrooms.

Before leaving for work, I did more double-unders practice (every day until August!), some kettlebell swings, and a few burpees. I’m slowly inching towards my hump day…

Paleo Eats: 7/15/11

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I’m back in the groove of things – sleeping during the day and working while everyone else is tucked in bed.

I ate my first meal at work at around 3:00 a.m. when I gobbled some deli roast beef, roasted bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. I ate everything drizzled with Aubergine dip

At the end of my nightshift, I ate some leftover emergency protein, grilled Portobello mushroom, and grilled summer squash.

When I got home, I assembled the ingredients for slow cooker Thai yellow curry and substituted bone-in goat stew meat for the protein.

As I mentioned before, I’m crushing hard on Full of Life Farm’s goat meat so I’m trying all the different cuts before I take the plunge and buy a whole goat.

Then, I prepared a platter of braised cabbage

…gave my mom directions for when to stick it in the oven, and went to sleep.

When I woke up in the evening, the house was filled with the delicious aroma of curry stew.

I checked the stew for seasoning and dumped in a bag of frozen mixed veggies.

To accompany the stew, I sautéed some spinach and minced garlic…

…and removed the pan of the world’s best braised cabbage from the oven.

My final step of meal preparation (which was pretty minimal tonight) was to chop up some basil, mint, and cilantro…

…and sprinkle it on top of the curry.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I practiced double-unders, did some burpees around the house, and packed my meals for work. Two down, five more workshifts to go!

Paleo Eats: 7/14/11

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I’m back at work so I’ll be nocturnal for the next seven nights.

My first bite to eat was at 2:30 a.m. when I chowed on some grass fed roast beef slices, carrots and Aubergine dip, a handful of cherries, and a couple tablespoons of coconut butter. I’ve recently started waiting to eat until I actually felt hungry, instead of eating at set times. I’ve found that I don’t need to graze all day and when my tummy finally does start growling, I don’t hulk out like I used to pre-Paleo.

At the tail end of my nightshift, I reheated leftovers from dinner: slow cooker roast chicken and roasted cauliflower and broccoli with bacon.

When I came home, I vacuum-sealed a bunch of goat loin chops that I had seasoned with Tabil, salt, and pepper. I filled and set the SousVide Supreme to 130 F and gave my mom instructions to dunk in the goat packets at 4:00 p.m. 

Then, I got a visit from my coco fairy who dropped off twelve(!) packets of Hawaiian Sun frozen coconut milk. A coco fairy is much cooler than a tooth fairy — I would MUCH rather get this delicious gift than a quarter. I was almost too giddy to fall asleep…

For dinner, I seared the goat loin chops with my kitchen torch

…and fried a batch of Asian cauliflower fried rice

Here’s my dinner plate:

After the kids were tucked in bed, I ran to Phil’z Coffee and got a Tantalizing Turkish blend with heavy cream in my own (reasonably-sized) mug. I love Anesthesia to the Upside but it’s got so much caffeine in it that I kinda go bonkers.

When I got home, I did my daily double-unders homework, practiced some front squats, and zoomed to work.

Paleo Eats: 7/6/11

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Wanna know what I ate on my last night of work for the week?

My first meal consisted of a hodgepodge of snack items: 1/4 pound of roast beef, sliced English cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and store-bought spicy guacamole.

When my stomach started grumbling at 3:00 a.m., I gobbled up a heaping tablespoon of coconut butter. Maybe I got a rogue batch but the coconut butter was tasting more like oil than coconut flesh — which is kind of the opposite of how I like it. Rawr!

For my last meal at work, I reheated some leftover Thai yellow curry with grass fed beef brisket and roasted cauliflower.

After I got home from dropping Big-O off at summer camp, I went to bed and napped for three hours. (Flip day alert!)

I woke up in the early afternoon and snacked on a grass fed Paleo kit and a handful of coconut flakes.

At dinnertime, I was intent on making a hearty salad with leftover sous vide chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, baked bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and greens. That’s quite a mouthful. Let’s just call it a Cobb salad, shall we?

I chopped the veggies, sliced the chicken, boiled a bunch of eggs, and blanched and baked The Bacon King’s homemade bacon (made with pastured pork belly).

Woooowee this bacon was tasty! Even Lil-O, the uber-picky, ovo-lacto-carb-fiend gobbled it right up!

Now, back to dinner…

I tossed everything on a salad plate and dinner was served:

Here’s a tip of the day: Store your ripe avocados in the fridge — they’ll last longer.

Good night!

Paleo Eats: 7/5/11

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I know you guys are just here for the food porn so I’ll cut right to the chase. I’m easy like that…

My first meal at work was a plate of leftover zucchini spaghetti and cheater meatballs with Rao’s marinara sauce

….followed by a handful of coconut flakes.

I was hungry a couple hours later so I snacked on a Primal Pac.

For my last meal at work, I ate a leftover sous vide burger topped with a dollop of guacamole along with some sliced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

On my way home from work, I made a pit stop at the Milk Pail to pick up some veggies and raw Jersey milk for the kiddies. I like coming here early in the morning because it’s not swarming with people and I can take my time combing the bins and aisles for unusual items. Midday, this place is a madhouse and patrons are pushing and shoving each other to get at the cheap produce.

When I got home, I treated myself to half a bar of Guittard Nocturne 91% and went to sleep.

For dinner, I made a giant frittata with grass fed ground beef, leftover sweet potato chips, frozen chopped spinach, cherry tomatoes, coconut milk, shallots, and garlic…

…and roasted two bunches of asparagus tossed with melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper. I finished off the dish by drizzling on some aged balsamic vinegar.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner I practiced double-unders and did some push presses. I wore my new weightlifting shoes which made me feel more stable when I was doing the lifts. Cute AND functional!

Then, I left for work for the LAST time this week! Yee haw!

Paleo Eats: 7/3/11

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Yay! I’m finally more than halfway through my workweek!

My first meal at the hospital was a hearty portion of leftover emergency protein with Asian cauliflower fried rice, roasted spiced mushrooms, and nuked green beans

….plus a handful of coconut flakes.

Right before I left work, I ate a bunch of carrots dipped in Thai “no peanut” sauce and a quarter pound of roast beef.

I stopped by the Mountain View Farmers’ market on my way home and picked up veggies, fruit, and my new favorite meat — pastured goat.

When I got home, I threw all my purchases in the fridge and freezer and hopped right into bed. We were heading to a meat-a-palooza at K and R's house in the evening so I seriously had to catch my zzzz's. If I'm inhaling large quantities of smoked meats, my head's gotta be in the game.

At 5:00 p.m., I jumped out of bed and hustled the family to the meat fest.

As soon as we got to the party, my boys immediately bonded with I and D on the couch…

…and the adults gathered outside for grub and libations.

The food was AMAZING! K, the Bacon King, spent days curing and smoking a bunch of delicious pasture-raised meats and it was all finger-lickin’ good.

The menu included slow-smoked pork shoulder…

…barbecued Early Bird Ranch chicken…

…and some of the best ribs I’ve ever eaten.

As a delightful counterpoint to the meaty goodness, HA brought two refreshing bowls of watermelon salad…

…one of which was clearly labelled for the big people.

Here’s a picture of my dinner plate:

The get-together wasn’t a total hedonistic bacchanal. During the intermission between dinner and dessert, Coach Trish held an impromptu Oly lifting seminar.

After dinner, there was a veritable buffet of yummy berry-based desserts. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I indulged in a small portion of K’s homemade vanilla ice cream topped with scads of fresh berries. Definitely worth it.

We reluctantly left the party at half past eight and tucked the kiddies into bed as soon as we got home. I squeezed in five minutes of double-under practice, packed my stuff, and sped off to work. 

BTW — K and R are the coolest party hosts ever. Who else sends you home with homemade bacon as a party favor? 

Paleo Eats: 7/2/11

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I started my night shift buzzing from the excitement of successfully executing a double-under AND downing 20 ounces of java from Phil’z Coffee. Yes, I know that’s too much caffeine for an intermittent coffee drinker like me but the jitters and palpitations are worth it.

A few hours into my night shift, I ate some leftover Thai yellow curry with grass fed beef brisket and roasted cauliflower.

I wasn’t hungry until the end of my shift when I ate a small serving of leftover emergency protein over nuked frozen broccoli.

After I got home, I chilled out with my boys until around 10:00 a.m. when I went to bed.

I woke up an hour earlier than usual ‘cause it was too damn hot and sunny. Summer’s a real bitch for nightshift workers.

I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner (quelle surprise!) so I made a large helping of semi-homemade zucchini spaghetti and meatballs.

I also ate a handful of Bing cherries for dessert.

Afterwards, I did some burpees and practiced double-unders before heading to work. I worked up to SEVEN double-unders (not consecutively) before getting tripped up in the rope. You CAN teach old bitches new tricks!

Paleo Eats: 7/1/11

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It was my second night back at work and I had no problems getting into the groove of eating in the middle of the night again. I guess it’s like riding a bicycle…

My first meal at work was some leftover umami burgers with nuked green beans and roasted spiced ‘shrooms.

A couple hours later when my tummy started grumbling, I snacked on a small container of coconut flakes.

The last thing I ate at work was some roast beef, diced avocado, and cherry tomatoes.

On my drive home from work, I called the Mt. Angel Meat Company to discuss how I wanted to process my Full of Life Farm half hog. Yep, we’re almost all done with the 100 pounds of pork I ordered three months ago. See? I practice what I preach!

When I got home, I played with the kiddies a little bit before heading to bed.

At 5:00 p.m., I woke up and dumped a couple packets of duck confit into the SousVide Supreme, prepared Everyday Paleo’s Thai “No Peanut” sauce

…and chopped some veggies for a Thai-inspired crispy duck and arugula salad.

Then, I seared the reheated duck legs in duck fat and plated up the meat and veggies.

The dressing was great! It was the perfect combination of nutty, creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory. Luckily, I still have about a cup leftover so I’ll drizzle this magical sauce on all sorts of stuff.

After dinner, I literally ran to Phil’z Coffee to get a large mug of Anesthesia to the Upside with heavy cream. I love the taste of their coffee but since it makes me so jittery, I only indulge once every couple weeks.

Before heading to work, I did a little bit of exercise. My CrossFit homework from Coach Trish was to do five minutes of double-under practice every day in the month of July so I broke out my new jump rope and started skipping. I’m not sure if it was the coffee, but I was able to execute a few for the first time ever! No, they weren’t consecutive but I was grinning ear to ear nonetheless. 

Paleo Eats: 6/8/11

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Last night of work! Here’s what I ate throughout my 10-hour nightshift…

My first meal at work was a chicken apple sausage with leftover stir-fried summer squash, baby spinach, and pancetta.

For snack, I ate another grass fed Paleo Kit. Shoot! I already need to order more kits!

The last meal I ate at work was leftover sous vide cowboy chops, garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes, and broiled asparagus.

When I got home, I hugged my boys and went straight to bed. Big-O’s kinder class was having an end-of-the year party at 11:00 a.m. so my flip-day napping schedule was gonna be even shorter than normal. Warning: snarky mommy on the loose!

The party grub was all sorts of carb-y, gluten-y badness. I abstained but my two boys gleefully stuffed their bellies with crap. Oh well. 

Later in the afternoon, I snacked on a can of sardines…

…and some coconut flakes.

At dinnertime, I was wiped out so I picked up some baba ghanoush and a combo grill platter (hold the rice, extra veggies) from Anatolian kitchen.

Here’s my dinner plate: 

Alrighty! It’s time to get some zzzzz’s…