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Paleo Eats: 8/16/11 

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I’ve got two more nights of work before I’ve got a week off again…

For my first meal at work, I ate the last of the smoked turkey thigh (big sigh) with some roasted bell peppers, fried Padron peppers, and cherry tomatoes. I also ate a small container of coconut butter because I love that stuff.

Midway through my nightshift, I snacked on a nectarine and a small bowl of defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk. Man, what a yummy and filling treat! In fact, I stayed full until the morning and went home before eating my last packed meal.

Once I got home, I plunked some veggies and the pre-seasoned chicken in the slow cooker liner and placed it in the fridge. I wrote down instructions for my mother-in-law to plop the pre-seasoned chicken into the slow cooker later this afternoon so it would be ready when I woke up in the evening.

By this time I was hangry, so I scarfed down a slice of leftover frittata.

I picked up Big-O from his overnight stay and he was SUPER DUPER bummed to leave his buddy’s house. Apparently, the two of them were bouncing off the walls until late. Too bad I was sleeping the day away and didn’t have to deal with the aftermath until later…

When I woke up in the evening, I was delighted to find TWO parcels pour moi that were delivered in the mail! Fitbomb and I were generously gifted a bunch of super-cute Paleo-themed shirts from Kyle over at Family Living Simple AND a big box o’meat courtesy of U.S. Wellness Meats! Thank you! Thank you!

My week off will be spent sporting my cool new shirts, sharing meat sticks with Big-O…

…and sous viding the short ribs…

…beef tongue…

…and beef cheeks!

The presents coupled with the fact that I only had one more night of work, made it the best night EVAH!

(You want some meat, too? Enter to win $100 of free meat from U.S. Wellness by clicking on this link.)

Let’s dial it back down a notch and get back to dinner…

Since the slow cooker roast chicken was already finished cooking…

…all I had to do was blend the gravy…

…roast a tray of portobello mushrooms

…and stir fry a head of cabbage and sliced onion that I topped with cherry tomatoes.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, I practiced some jerks and assisted pistols in the garage before heading in to work for the last time this week. Finally!

Paleo Eats: 8/15/11

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Yay! It’s already more than halfway through my work week!

For my first meal at work, I ate some leftovers from The Patty Shack: a mini slider burger (sans bun), roasted Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and wilt-y salad greens. I also ate a nectarine for dessert.

About an hour before I left work, I chowed on leftover smoked turkey thigh (c/o my brother-in-law) over roasted bell peppers, shredded carrots, and jicama.

When I got home, I chilled with my boys and packed Big-O’s belongings for his first sleep over. Eeeeeek! My big boy is growing up way too fast!

Then, I popped my vitamins and went to sleep.

When I woke up in the evening, I dunked the pre-cooked oxtail packets in the SousVide Supreme and quickly got Big-O ready for his slumber party. I swear, as soon as his friend’s mom came to pick him up, he dashed out the door without so much as an adios. I insisted he give me a hug and a kiss, even if it made him look uncool. I told him if his buddy gave him grief he could totally just blame it on his needy mommy. Sigh.

For dinner, I roasted a tray of curried cauliflower

…sauteed some zucchini and shallots in coconut oil…

…and topped the sauteed courgettes with a handful of cherry tomatoes.

The word courgette is so much sexier than squash or zucchini, no? If you don’t believe me check out this recipe from the horny blokes at Modern Paleo Warfare.

Then, I seared off the sous vide oxtails in melted coconut oil…

…and made a quick sauce by combining sauteed mushrooms, onions, the defatted braising liquid, tomato paste, and Red Boat fish sauce

 Here’s my dinner plate:

Sous vide is the BEST and EASIEST way to “braise” oxtails or any tough, cheap cut o’ meat. I’ll post the recipe soon…

After dinner, I had time for some extra food preparation so I seasoned a pastured chicken with Sunny Paris seasoning, salt, and pepper that I stored in the fridge…

…and whipped up a frittata with leftover emergency protein and frozen broccoli.

I still had time to run to Philz Coffee to fill up my thermos, do a little exercise in our garage gym, pack my meals, and shower before heading to work. Dude, having only one kid in the house makes a HUGE difference. 

Only two more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 8/12/11

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I was wide awake on my second night of work, thanks to my large mug of Philz Coffee.

The caffeine coupled with heavy cream kept my satiated until halfway through my night shift. I ate a weird hodgepodge container of leftover roasted chicken layered with marinated roasted bell peppers, Aubergine dip, deli roast beef, and sauerkraut. It was ugly as sin so I didn’t take a picture but the combination was weirdly satisfying. I felt like I was eating a savory Paleo parfait.

Right before I got the heck outta dodge, I ate some leftover cheater crispy duck confit leg, cauliflower mash, and sautéed spinach.

At home, I hung out with my boys until I was too tired to keep my head upright. Then, I went to bed and slept the day away until I was woken up by Li’l-O in the evening.

For dinner, I threw together the ingredients for Surf and Turf Lettuce Tacos and fried up a big batch of Padron peppers in coconut oil…

…that I finished off with a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel and lemon juice.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, Fitbomb and I read stories to the Double O’s before tucking them in bed. I didn’t have a lot of time to exercise so I grabbed my jump rope and practiced some double-unders outside. Then, I came into the garage, did a few assisted pistols, and rowed on the erg. I exercised for a total of 20 minutes and was sweating like a mofo.

With my meals packed for work, I sped off into the night to tackle another shift at the hospital. Five more nights to go!

Paleo Eats: 8/11/11

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My first night back at work was especially nice because my work husband brought in some homemade chicharrones. Crispy pork skins are nature’s Prozac. Word.

I waited to eat until my stomach started grumbling (~3:00 a.m.), at which time I polished off a small container of deli roast beef, diced avocado, and marinated roasted bell peppers. I also ate a couple pieces of crispy pork skins and a small container of coconut butter.

At the end of my shift, I ate a grass fed PaleoKit and a couple slices of crab, mushroom, and spinach frittata.

When I got back into my kitchen, I seasoned and vacuum-sealed some pork chops with Pele’s Fire Hawaiian seasoning

…and three pounds of grass fed beef oxtails with salt and pepper.

I stuck the packets in the fridge and instructed my mom to dunk the chops in the SousVide Supreme (set at 135 F) later in the afternoon while I slept.

When I woke up in the evening, my chops were already cooked and waiting for me in the water oven…

…so I seared them in a sizzling cast-iron skillet with melted bacon grease and charred the edges with my kitchen torch.

I roasted a tray of spiced cremini mushrooms seasoned with Dukka in the toaster oven…

…and tossed them in a huge mother of a salad with greens, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After supper, I ran to Philz Coffee and filled up a thermos with Ambrosia Coffee of God — my new favorite blend! Before leaving for work, I dunked the oxtails in the SousVide Supreme (they’ll soak for about 3 days) and headed to the garage to practiced double-unders and assisted pistols.

Good bye…for now. (I love Eric the Actor!)

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: 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…

Paleo Eats: 5/6/11

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Night two of seven is never pretty – I’m always a wee bit tired and cranky. What? You want me to stop whining and post my food pix already? Why, you ungrateful sons o’ bitches…

My first meal at work was some leftover Bo Kho, steamed mini squash, and garlic cauliflower puree.

For a snack, I ate a super-small container of coconut flakes and macadamia nuts. Really: It was no bigger than a breadbox.

The last meal I ate at work was some leftover slow cooker lemongrass coconut chicken, roasted Portobello mushrooms, and roasted curried cauliflower.

When I got home, I prepared some sous vide Turkish slider burgers

…stuck them in the freezer…

…and roasted bell peppers for tonight’s dinner before turning in.

At 5:00 p.m., I woke up and dunked the mini burgers into the SousVide Supremestir-fried spigarello and bacon

…microwave-steamed some sugar snap peas (tossed with butter and Penzeys Fox Point seasoning)…

…and marinated the roasted bell peppers.

Once the veggie sides were finished, I fried up the mini sliders in some coconut oil…

…and dinner was served.

After dinner, I did the WOD I missed at CrossFit Palo Alto this morning. Then, I downed a handful of steamed chestnuts and a few slices of deli roast beef before going to work. My FAVORITE way to spend Friday night is to go start my ten-hour overnight shift. And yes, that’s your bullshit meter going off.

Paleo Eats: 4/27/11

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Today was a looooooong day but, luckily, I chowed down healthy fuel to power me through until nightfall. After going Paleo, I’m like the goddamn Energizer bunny — even on my sleep-deprived “flip day.”

At work, my first meal was some leftover slow cooker pork pot roast, broiled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.  

I also chowed down ½ a cup of coconut flakes.

For my last meal at work, I ate some leftover goodies from our Easter dinner: rabbit and pork sausage, long cooked cavolo nero, and roasted curried cauliflower.

After work, I went home to pick up my mother-in-law and we went right back to the hospital for her oncology appointments.

Our nosh at the infusion treatment area was a box of leftover frittata and roasted broccoli and bacon for my mother-in-law…

…and a snack-portion of sous vide chicken breast with sautéed broccoli and shallots pour moi.

I got home in the early afternoon and took a quick catnap for a couple hours.

When I woke up, I threw together a porktastic bacon-topped meatloaf and stuck it in the oven. I nuked some frozen green beans with butter

…and roasted curried cauliflower in the toaster oven…

…to accompany the meaty loaf of goodness.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Time for some shuteye!

Paleo Eats: 4/22/11

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Aren’t you curious to see what I ate today?

For my first meal at work, I ate a big serving of garbage soup filled with leftover slow cooker roast chicken.

Midway through my shift, I ate some strawberries and coconut milk.

I love this combination.

The last meal I ate at work was some leftover pork and grass fed beef mini burgers on top of sautéed spinach and roasted curried cauliflower.

After work, I made a pitstop at the grocery store to pick up ingredients to make simple crab salad for the Paleo potluck at CrossFit Palo Alto tomorrow. Fitbomb will be herding the kids alone this weekend while I sleep so the least I can do is whip up a dish for him to bring to the party. So sad that I’ll have to miss it! 

When I woke up at 5:00 p.m., I dunked some previously cooked sous vide pork chops into the SousVide Supreme to warm up. Then, I made some garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

…nuked some sugar snap peas…

broiled zucchini...

and heated up some leftover gravy (from the slow cooker roast chicken). The final step in dinner prep was torching the pork chops.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I did a quick 1K row and ate some chestnuts immediately afterwards. Then, I hopped in my car and hauled my ass to work.

Paleo Eats: 2/28/11

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More Paleo eats coming your way…

My first meal at work was a can o’ sardines.

I gotta say this brand isn’t my favorite. Maybe I happened upon a bad can but the texture was mushy and there was an off-taste to it. The little fishies didn’t taste spoiled but, then again, botulism spores are tasteless. If you don’t see a post tomorrow, you’ll know it’s ‘cause I’m paralyzed and not because I’m lazy.

For snack, I ate a couple of mini frittata muffins

…and some curried cream of broccoli soup with sous vide chicken breast.

Then, I ate a handful of macadamia nuts and coconut flakes. I didn’t eat a final meal at work because, surprisingly, I was still full.

When I got home, I portioned…

…skinned…

…seasoned (with Sunny Paris seasoning, salt, pepper, and frozen cubes of extra virgin olive oil), and vacuum-sealed the wild King salmon fillets I bought yesterday at the farmers’ market. I put the prepared packets on ice in the fridge and preheated the SousVide Supreme to 130 F.

By this time, I was pretty hungry so  I made myself a small chicken salad (with leftover rotisserie chicken and homemade Paleo mayonnaise) over a bed of greens, shredded carrots, and roasted red bell peppers.

After I scarfed down my salad, I went to bed.

When I woke up at 5:30 p.m., I plopped the salmon fillets into my water oven and made a tray of roasted curried cauliflower

…sauteed a  bunch of assorted mushrooms (white buttons, shiitake, and trumpet mushrooms from Far West Fungi stand) with minced garlic, Sunny Paris seasoning, a splash of dry vermouth, salt, and pepper…

…and broiled two bunches of avocado oil coated asparagus spears (~6 minutes total cooking time).

Here’s my dinner plate:

With a little pre-planning and the utilization of different heat sources (e.g. SousVide Supreme, oven, and stove), this dinner was on the table in about 45 minutes.

Then, I went to hospital for my second to last night of work. I can’t wait until Wednesday morning!