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Paleo Eats: 2/12/12

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Yay! There’s no better way to spend a weekend night than working in the hospital. Is it that obvious that I’m working on my positive thinking?

While I was burning the midnight oil, I chowed on leftover tandoori chicken, sauteed broccolini and ‘shrooms, and garlic cauliflower mashed fauxtatoes.

For dessert, I ate an ounce of dark chocolate and savored every bite. 

When I came home in the morning, I dunked the pre-seasoned grass fed chuck roast into the SousVide Supreme (160F for 24-36 hours)…

…and put a pot of meaty pressure cooker bone broth on the stove.

As I babysat the pressure cooker, I tossed a can of tuna with Paleo mayonnaise. I wrapped up the tuna salad and leftover roasted bell peppers in a curry flavored Pure Wrap and gobbled it up

Before I headed to bed, I kissed the boys goodnight as they played with their Legos.

When I woke up in the evening, we all headed to Paradise Kabab House for dinner.

As a family, we split a the roasted eggplant appetizer…

…pickled vegetables (torshie)…

…a bunch of meaty sticks (lamb koobideh, chicken thighs, and lamb cubes), and salad. 

I love when I don’t have to cook dinner!

After we tucked the kids in bed, I practiced deadlifts in my Nom Nom Paleo socks. (Just so you know, a limited number of my knee highs are going on sale tomorrow morning starting at 6:00 a.m.)

I’ve only got two more nights of work! Woohoo!

Paleo Eats: 1/13/12 (Whole30 Day 13)

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It’s my second night at work and although I’d rather be snug like a bug in my cozy bed, I really don’t have anything to complain about. 

While I was burning the midnight oil, I chowed on some emergency protein (ground pork, onions, spinach, and Magic Powder) with frozen broccoli…

…and some defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk.

When I came home in the morning, I filled and preheated the SousVide Supreme to 140°F before making myself some nosh. I defrosted some frozen shrimp under running water, tossed them with homemade Tabil and salt, and seared the shellfish in ghee.

I piled the shrimp on top of a bowl of leftover kale salad…

…squeezed on some lemon…

…and gobbled it up.

I also ate some coconut butter before heading to bed.

At dinnertime, I dunked the last pre-cooked sous vide short rib and a couple packets of frozen winter squash puree into the preheated water oven

I also reheated the slow roasted duck legs from the other day…

roasted some portobello mushrooms in the toaster oven…

…and stir-fried spinach and shallots with Pure Indian Foods Garlic Ghee.

Before clanging the dinner bell, I swirled the warm squash puree with a tablespoon of Pure Indian Foods Niter Kibbeh ghee

…and charred the short rib with my torch.

Here’s my dinner plate:

BTW — guess what came in the mail today? So. Damn. Excited.

(Yes, they are indeed custom Nom Nom Paleo socks made by Gumball Poodle.)

Paleo Eats: 1/12/12 (Whole30 Day 12)

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The Whole30 is easier for me to follow when I’m at work. I think it’s ‘cause I have to eat what I pack and there’s no way to stray in the middle of the night. In contrast, when I’m at home, I just munch my way through the pantry.

While I was passing pills at work, I ate some baby carrots, Persian cucumbers, hard-boiled eggs dusted with homemade Pyro powder, and homemade guacamole.

By the way, If you’re curious about the groovy new container, it’s a LunchBots Trio. (Thanks, Jackie!)

Near the end of my shift, I ate a small container of defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk and a few slices of Applegate Farms organic roast beef.

When I got home in the morning, I checked in on my boys…

…and the slow cooker roast pork.

Since I was still hungry, I ate a small bowl of leftover slow cooker brisket and kale stew and baby chard.

I added some extra cooking time for the pork and went to bed.

At dinnertime, I used the pressure cooker to quickly braise some spicy kale (8 minutes on high pressure)…

…and simmer a speedy batch of cauliflower, parsnip, and carrot puree (6 minutes on high pressure).

I shredded the pork…

…and dinner was ready.

Here’s my dinner plate:

My lean pork leg roast came out a bit too dry after simmering for hours in the slow cooker. Argh. I’m gonna stick with butt and shoulder roasts from here on out. 

Ciao for now!

Paleo Eats: 1/3/12 (Whole30 Day 3)

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I’m truckin’ along on my Whole30 and I gotta tell you: It’s a lot easier the second time around. I’ve felt great from the start, and the meal planning has been pretty painless. I guess I can abstain from dark chocolate and mac nuts if I really want to — which will only happen about once a year. (Mac nuts are allowed on the Whole30 but I’m abstaining because I mindlessly inhale them.)

As I was dealing drugs in the middle of the night, I gulped down some leftover Magic Wings with sautéed green beans and shiitake mushrooms…

…assorted raw veggies, and a heaping spoonful of coconut butter.

When I got home, I helped get the kids ready for school and checked on the slow cooker cheater pork stew.

It was fall-off-the-bone tender — exactly how I like it.

Since the stew was ready-to-eat, I transferred it to a storage container and put it in the fridge.

I was still hungry so I gnawed on a cold Damn Fine Chicken thigh…

…and ate half a nuked yam before stumbling to bed.

In the evening, after I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, I broiled asparagus tossed with ghee

nuked zucchini “spaghetti”

…and reheated the pork stew.

Here’s my dinner plate:

By the way, who says kids don’t dig Whole30-compliant food? (Granted, this one also happily eats fat, juicy worms…)

I did one of the beginner workouts from EPLifeFit.com in the garage (somehow, I managed to snap my Buddy Lee jumprope in half while doing double-unders — weird!), and then packed my stuff for work for the last time this week. Yay!

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!