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Paleo Eats: 2/10/12

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Another day of eats coming right up!

On my second night of work, I packed myself some leftover slow roasted grass fed beef back ribs, roasted escarole, and sauteed mushrooms.

I also snacked on a small container of homemade coconut butter to keep me satiated for the rest of my shift.

When I returned home in the morning, I seasoned some thawed U.S. Wellness Meats boneless rib eye steaks with Magic Mushroom Powder…

…and dunked them in the SousVide Supreme. (Here’s my recipe.)

A lot of readers ask me how I plan my meals in advance. The truth is, I really don’t. I keep a large bowl in the fridge, into which I periodically dump hunks of frozen meat. Whatever’s thawed that day gets turned into our supper. Since I know what I’ve got in the bowl, I brainstorm recipe ideas while I’m at work and season or marinate the protein when I get home in the morning. Once in a blue moon, I’ll cook up a stew a few days before, but most days I kinda fly by the seat of my pants.

I was feeling peckish before bedtime so I made myself a couple of quick tuna and avocado wraps with pantry basics.

At dinnertime, I roasted some kabocha squash in the oven…

…stir-fried broccolini seasoned with Magic Mushroom Powder…

…sauteed onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers…

…and broiled the sous vide rib eye steaks.

Here’s  my dinner plate:

Big-O declared the steaks the “best ever” and proceeded to gobble up little steak and mushroom sammies that he assembled himself.

Before I forget: If all goes according to plan, I’ll be selling a limited number of Nom Nom Paleo socks starting on Monday.

When they’re available, I’ll let everyone know on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s time to get socialized, people.

Paleo Eats: 1/30/12 (Whole30 Day 30)

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Yippee! It’s my last day on the Whole30

During my night shift, I ate some chicken salad over mixed greens…

…and a small container of defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk.

When I got home in the morning, I whisked some eggs with salt & pepper…

…plunked them in the SousVide Supreme

…drizzled on homemade Pyro Powder, and split the plate of Sous Vide Scrambled Eggs with my hubby.

I was slow-roasting the Magic Mushroom Powder-rubbed grass fed beef bottom roast for dinner, so I gave my mother-in-law instructions on how and when to pop it in the oven before I woke up (slow roast in oven at 250F until internal temp reaches 130F).

When I rolled out of bed in the evening, I braised some kale and carrots in the pressure cooker

…sauteed some mushrooms…

…and charred the slow-roasted bottom roast under the broiler.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I picked up a dozen donuts on my way to work. Thank goodness for 24 hour donut shops!

(You’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to see if I’m joking…)

Paleo Eats: 1/29/12 (Whole30 Day 29)

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It’s my penultimate day on the Whole30!

While I was burning the midnight oil at the hospital, I snacked on Applegate Farms organic roast beef and carrots stick and my main meal was leftover Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs, cauliflower & carrot puree, and broccoli.

When I got home in the morning, I seasoned some chicken breasts with Sunny Spain seasoning and kosher salt…

and dunked them in the SousVide Supreme.

I also made another batch of mayonnaise

…and shot a quickie video tutorial. Check it out here.

Before heading to bed, I gobbled up some scrambled egg whites. If you’re a new reader, please note that I never eat plain egg whites. I only did today because I made mayo and didn’t want to throw out the leftover whites.

In the evening, I thawed a pound of shrimp…

…fried up the black cod fillet from Siren SeaSA in melted ghee…

…sautéed Tabil-seasoned shrimp

…and stir-fried baby kale.

If you’re wondering, everything was seasoned with homemade Tabil seasoning, fried sequentially in the same pan, and spritzed with fresh lemon juice. Supper was on the table in less than 30 minutes. 

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I grabbed a couple of sous vide chicken breasts, defrosted frozen broccoli, mayonnaise, chervil, and a small apple from the fridge and threw together a chicken salad for work.

Make some homemade mayonnaise, people!

Paleo Eats: 1/18/12 (Whole30 Day 18)

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I’m super tired tonight. It’s my flip day (the day I transform from a sun-shunning zombie back into a vitamin D-synthesizing human), so this post on my eats will be quick.

My grub on my last shift at the hospital consisted of two cups of piping hot bone broth and a pack of Just Jerky. I wasn’t very hungry because I had stuffed myself with chicken and veggies before coming to work. I ate two plates of food, remember?

When I came home in the morning, I quickly gobbled up some leftover slow cooker roast pork, cauliflower, parsnip, and carrot puree, and braised kale before taking Big-O to his doctor’s appointment and running some errands.

After a short nap, I woke up in the early afternoon to take care of the Double-Os. We took a quick trip to Whole Paycheck, picked up our monthly box of pastured meat and eggs from Marin Sun Farms

…and a veg-tastic Mystery Box from Mariquita Farm.

At dinnertime, I reheated leftover brisket and kale stew and sautéed cabbage

Here’s my dinner plate:

I also chowed on a cold leftover chicken drumstick and a spoonful of coconut butter.

Afterwards, I gulped down a shot of inner-eco.

I need to increase my intake of probiotics but I just don’t love sauerkraut, kombucha, or kimchee. I’d much rather down a tablespoon of this tangy, effervescent, dairy-free, sugar-free, coconut-water-derived probiotic kefir. 

That’s all for tonight. Goodnight!

Paleo Eats: 1/17/12 (Whole30 Day 17)

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Let’s see what I ate today…

During my night shift, I ate a couple of hard-boiled eggs dusted with Magic Mushroom Powder, sliced red bell peppers, and some leftover emergency protein accompanied with frozen broccoli.

I also nursed a big thermos filled with steaming bone broth

Not super exciting chow but it kept me full and energized until morning.

When I came home, I marinated a mess of chicken drumsticks with Magic Mushroom Powder…

…and a few splashes each of Red Boat fish sauce, coconut aminos, and balsamic vinegar. After I rubbed ‘em all over, I stuck the bird parts in the fridge.

Before heading to bed, I gobbled up a package of Just Jerky, a spoonful of coconut butter, and too many bites of Mee Eat Paleo’s Paleo Meenut Butter.

Mee tells me that she’s got a mac nut+coconut butter in the works — I’ll be all over that crack-in-a-jar when it comes out.

In the evening, I baked the drumsticks in the oven…

…braised a pot of kale and carrots in the pressure cooker

..and sauteed some mushrooms seasoned with homemade Dukka and salt.

Here’s my dinner plate:

..and my second serving. 

I really ate double of everything.

Then, I went to work for the last time this week. Yay!

Paleo Eats: 1/16/12 (Whole30 Day 16)

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Yay! I’m over the hump for my Whole30. That means dark chocolate and bacon are just around the corner…

For my meals in the middle of the night, I packed a container filled with leftover chorizo scramble and braised spicy kale…

…and a LunchBots Trio crammed with a hard-boiled egg (sprinkled with Magic Powder), baby carrots, sliced red bell pepper, and a big dollop of homemade guacamole.

When I returned home in the morning, I chowed on some fried chorizo and onions…

…and made a quick chicken and pork bone broth in the pressure cooker

My throat’s been kind of scratchy so it was awesome that I could make a flavorful soup in less than an hour.

In the evening, I woke up and prepared dinner for the family. I reheated the slow cooker brisket and kale stew I made the other day…

…roasted a tray of broccoli…

…and made stove-top braised cabbage.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Don’t forget — you’ve still got time to enter my giveaway!

Paleo Eats: 1/15/12 (Whole30 Day 15)

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Yay! My Whole30 is halfway over! Did you see the giveaway I’m hosting to commemorate this momentous occasion? 

While I was working at the hospital, I ate some leftover slow cooker pork roast with cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree and spicy braised kale.

I also scarfed some raw veggies and a few slices of Applegate Farms organic roast beef.

When I came home, I made another curry wrap with leftover emergency protein

…and a gulped down a heaping spoonful of coconut butter. It’s deja vu all over again but I was too tired to come up with something new.

After sleeping my Sunday away, I woke up to make dinner. To my delight, my awesome husband had already baked up a batch of Great Balls of Fire…

…so all I had to do was reheat leftover veggie sides: roasted Pan di Zucchero

…stir-fried spinach, and Portobello mushrooms.

Here’s my dinner plate:

As the sage mother, Theresa, once stated, “Happy wife, happy life.”

(I’m quoting from the best and brightest today.)

Paleo Eats: 1/14/12 (Whole30 Day 14)

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I’m thisclose to being halfway done with my Whole30

For my chow at work, I packed a leftover bowl of Phở Under Pressure and the accompanying garnishes…

…some crudités, and a small container of defrosted Hawaiian Sun coconut milk.

When I came home in the morning, I hung out with my boys…

…and made myself a couple of curry wraps filled with leftover emergency protein.

Since I still had the munchies, I ate a small serving of toasted almond slivers and a heaping tablespoon of coconut butter. Yes, I eat even more when I’m tired.

In the evening, I crawled out of bed and started making dinner. 

Fitbomb had already made a chorizo scramble with Whole30-friendly fresh chorizo from 4505 Meats

…so I just roasted a head of Pan di Zucchero (a type of chicory) in the oven, finished with a splash of aged balsamic vinegar…

…and braised spicy kale in the pressure cooker.

For the braised greens, I used a bag of Trader Joe’s ready-to-cook kale and sauteed the carrots and onions in Pure Indian Foods Niter Kibbeh ghee

These flavored ghees are kickass and Whole30 approved, too.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I love having breakfast for dinner. Well, in this case, I guess I’m eating breakfast for breakfast.

To keep you motivated to stay true to the Whole30, I’ve got another giveaway lined up in the morning. Stay tuned…


Paleo Eats: 12/5/11

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I’m over the hump…but I still need to get through three 10-hour night shifts. Ugh.

While at work, I ate another pack of spicy Grass Fed Jerky Chews, a square of dark chocolate, a cup of leftover cream of avocado soup, and some stir-fried kelp noodles.

When I got home in the a.m., I checked on the Kalua pig that was simmering in the slow cooker and went to bed.

My dinner prep in the evening was pretty simple. For the veggie sides, I reheated the braised cabbage in the microwave, grabbed a couple heads of romanesco…

…and roasted the florets in the toaster oven with Sunny Paris seasoning and coconut oil.

I plated the Kalua Pig

…shredded it with a couple of forks….

..and adjusted the seasoning with the braising liquid.

Seriously, this dish is so easy and you end up with TONS of tender, smoky pork.

Don’t think about it — just put one in your slow cooker already.

Paleo Eats: 12/4/11

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At long last, it was finally my hump night at work. Just a few more shifts and then I’m on PTO again!

While I was dealing drugs at the hospital, I ate a packet of spicy Grass Fed Jerky Chews, an ounce of dark chocolate, and a some leftover stir-fried kelp noodles.

When I got home, Fitbomb roasted a bunch of chestnuts on our his outdoor gas grill. Throwing them directly on the hot grates is the best way to cook chestnuts — it’s quick and they’re so easy to peel.

After I stuffed my craw with toasted noggin-shaped nuggets, I went to bed.

While I was sleeping, Fitbomb was super productive in the kitchen. He made an heirloom carrot salad with citrus vinaigrette, Italian parsley, and crushed macadamia nuts…

…pan-roasted Chinese Five-Spice cashews in ghee…

…concocted a simple skillet-fried flatbread (made of eggs, almond flour, salt)…

…and used it as the “bread” for a ham sandwich.

Did I mention that he made all this yummy nosh in a 2-hour time-frame WHILE watching the kids? Dude. He makes me look like a lazy son of a gun.

When I woke up in the evening, I sampled all of his culinary creations while I prepared dinner. What did I make? I stir-fried a simplified version of Asian cauliflower fried rice with ‘shrooms and eggs…

…and topped it with leftover cheater Thai yellow curry chicken.

After dinner, I braised a head of cabbage in the oven and tossed a pork butt in the slow cooker to make Kalua pig. Since tomorrow night’s dinner is in the bag, maybe that means I can sleep in tomorrow evening. Oh, to dream the impossible dream…