Paleo Eats: 12/29/11

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My first night back at the hospital flew by. After being on vacation for three weeks, it was comforting returning to my regular routine and catching up with my buddies at work. Something tells me I won’t have the same warm fuzzies at the end of my seven-night stretch.

For my first meal at work, I slurped up a bowl of leftover homemade phở.

I need to buy more crosscut shanks and marrow bones pronto to make another batch. If you can’t wait for my pressure cooker recipe, here’s a great slow cooker version from Steamy Kitchen. Trust me, my uber-meaty version is worth the wait and it’s QUICK.

Right before I left work, I ate a slice of frittata (made with leftover curried ground lamb and cabbage) and sautéed spinach and shiitake mushrooms.

When I got home in the morning, I was bushed. I was still kinda hungry, so I ate way too many mac nuts before heading to bed. 

Guess what came in the mail while I was sleeping?

A lovely bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil from Kasandrinos imports…

…and a jar of addictive nuttiness from Mee!

Go like Mee Eat Paleo’s facebook page right now. If she gets more than 1000 likes by the end of the year, she’s gonna give away a 16-ounce Firebreather jar to a lucky fan!

I was also thrilled to find my paperback version of Melicious’s Well-Fed on my doorstep. 

Sometimes the best packages come after X-mas.

When I finally pried myself away from the nut butter, I fried up a bunch of Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs

roasted a tray of butternut squash

…and stir-fried some kale and onions in the leftover duck fat.

Here’s my dinner plate:

We had lots of extra duck legs left over, but that’s all part of the master plan for my upcoming Whole30. To be in charge, you gotta cook large, my friends.

One of the main reasons I’m doing another Whole30 starting January 1st is because I need to stop mindlessly grazing on snacks all day. My clothes have been feeling extra snug, so I vow to pay special attention to my hunger cues and eat clean next month. Can I really go without mac nuts and dark chocolate for a month? We’ll see…

Paleo Eats: 10/26/11

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I’m super duper pooped since it’s my flip day — the day I transition from zombie back to human — and my synapses are firing super sloooooowly.

During my last night at work, I popped open another LunchBots Pico container filled with softcore albacore, spicy cauliflower, and oven-roasted tomatoes

…and chowed on leftover cheater crispy sous vide duck confit legs and sauteed bell peppers.

I took a short nap in the morning and chugged a decaf espresso when I awoke. Why decaf? I was hoping to trick my brain into thinking I ingested caffeine but I guess I’m too smart for my own good. Or it didn’t work because it’s effing decaf.

After shuttling the Double-O’s around town, I came home and heated up leftovers for dinner: sous vide grass fed sirloin steak tips (I gotta remember to cook these for at least 24 hours — they’re too chewy after eight), winter squash puree, and roasted escarole.

Fitbomb came home early from work so I was able to zoom over to my food writing class at Stanford. I’ve learned so much from my instructor, Tori Ritchie, and the other students in my class. I bet I’d get more out of it if I wasn’t so zonked every other Wednesday. C’est la vie.

Time to crash! Good night, folks!

Paleo Eats: 8/28/11

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

At the beginning of my nightshift, I noshed on a grass fed PaleoKit and a small container of coconut butter.  

Six hours later, I ate my last meal at work:leftover porktastic meatloaf with sweet potato fries and green beans.

And, no, my squashed leftovers that were manhandled during transit didn’t look as appetizing as this plate but they still tasted good.

When I got home, I seasoned four pounds of short ribs from U.S. Wellness Meats with Spicehound’s Thai Coffee Rub (this spice blend’s not 100% Paleo-friendly, but I’m okay with using it occasionally) and vacuum-sealed them.

 Then, I filled and preheated the SousVide Supreme to 140 F and dunked the ribs in for a couple days. Yes, you read that right – they need to soak for a minimum of 48 hours.

After I tidied up the mess I made in the kitchen, I hugged my boys, and went to bed. I continued reading the first hundred pages of Primal Body, Primal Mind before falling asleep.

While I napped the day away, Fitbomb and the kids hung out with Dr. HA and her crew.

Yes, I’ll admit that it sucks to work every other weekend.

When I woke up in the evening, the boys and I drove to The Patty Shack to meet my parents for dinner.

This time we ordered the same items that we tried on our first visit:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts…

…sauteed asparagus…

…and I got a bun-less midnight burger sans cheese with extra patty and avocado.

This burger was so hefty…

… I actually packed up the extra patty and leftover veggies for a work meal that I’ll chow on later this week.

Next time, I probably won’t order the sprouts or bacon (gasp!) because both are pretty sweet. All in all, I really enjoyed our tasty al fresco meal.

Afterwards, we came home and got the Double O’s ready for bed. Before jetting off to work, I practiced some pistols, double-unders, wall balls, and did workout #17 from my Everyday Paleo book. Only three more nights of work!

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: 8/17/11

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It was my last night at work (GOOD!)… and also my flip day, which means having to shift from being nocturnal to diurnal (BAD!). Every other Wednesday, The Facts of Life theme song gets lodged in my head.

For my first meal at the hospital, I downed a coconut PaleoKit and a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter. The fat and protein kept me full until 6:00 a.m., at which time I ate some leftover sous vide oxtail and roasted curried cauliflower.

Upon arriving home from work, my boys and I danced around our entryway in celebration of the end of my workweek. (These dance parties aren’t uncommon in our house.)

Given that it was my flip day and I was taking only a short nap in the morning, I got to work on some meal preparation. The main item on my checklist was to season and vacuum seal the grass fed beef tongue and cheeks from U.S. Wellness Meats

…and dunk them in the SousVide Supreme.

Over the next two-to-three days, these meats will magically transform in my trusty water oven from tough and chewy to meltingly tender.

After I drowned my meat, I went to bed with my iPad2 in hand and started reading Nora Gedgaudas’s Primal Body, Primal Mind — it’s required reading for Melicious’s book club! But after a few pages, I had to conk out for a few hours.

I woke up in the early afternoon and dropped Lil-O at his gym class while I picked up my monthly meat CSA box

…and an extra five dozen eggs.

After picking up a ½ hog this weekend and receiving a lovely meat-filled package from U.S. Wellness Meats yesterday, we’re definitely in protein-surplus territory. Too much of a good thing? NEVER.

In the evening, I prepared a batch of sous vide Turkish slider burgers

…and stuck it in the freezer.

I’ll vacuum seal and cook the patties on Friday to serve alongside the braised tongue and cheeks. We’re hosting a dinner party that night, but thanks to the SousVide Supreme, the only thing I’ll have left to do is prepare the veggie sides!

For tonight’s dinner, I sautéed some Swiss chard with sliced onions and Aleppo pepper and served it with leftover roasted Portobello mushrooms and slow cooker roast chicken.

I gotta catch some zzzz’s. Good night, peeps! Don’t forget to sign up for the $100 U.S. Wellness Meats gift certificate giveaway!

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: 8/12/11

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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: 8/2/11

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It was my second to last night of work and I finally glimpsed the light at the end of the tunnel…

My first meal at the hospital was some homemade smoked turkey thighs (c/o my awesome brother-in-law), cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots.

Right before I left work, I scarfed down a couple leftover sous vide Turkish slider burgers, roasted spiced mushrooms, and sautéed peppers and onions. 

Once I got home, I threw some ingredients in the slow cooker to make a cheater pork stew

…hung out with my itty-bitty Harry Potter fans (outfitted in gear purchased by Fitbomb at Whimsic Alley)…

…and went to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, I roasted some Portobello mushrooms

…nuked some zucchini spaghetti

…and dished out the quick n’ easy slow cooker cheater pork stew.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After my supper, I ran down to Philz Coffee and filled up my thermos with Ambrosia Coffee of God and heavy cream, practiced double-unders, cleans, and pistols. Then, I packed my stuff for work and zoomed to the hospital for the last time this week. Hooray!

Paleo Eats: 8/1/11

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Wait a minute! It’s August already? Yikes, summer’s almost over…

I got the munchies early at work and ended up chowing on my first packed meal a couple hours into my shift. I ate leftover sous vide flank steak, roasted Portobello mushrooms, and roasted bell peppers

I was STILL hungry (just like a certain hungry caterpillar) so I munched on a small container of coconut flakes, too. Luckily, my eats these days don’t give me a tummy ache or turn me into a big fat caterpillar anymore.

At the end of my nightshift, I ate leftover braised chicken with artichokes and pearl onions with sautéed spinach.

When I got home, I filled and heated my Sousvide Supreme to 130F and dunked in the remaining pre-cooked grass fed flank steak.

When we ate the other sous vide flank steak for dinner the other night, it was still too chewy after 24 hours in the water oven. My father-in-law was eating dinner with us tonight, so I wanted to add an extra 8 hours of soaking time to ensure that he wouldn’t be choking down the beef like last time

Then, I packed Big-O’s lunch for camp and hit the sheets.

In the evening, I threw a tray of broccoli and bacon in the oven and stir-fried a batch of Asian cauliflower fried rice.

While I was cooking dinner, Fitbomb came home (Yay!) bearing gifts for everyone (Double Yay!). 

I received a bunch of cute shirts and socks but my FAVORITE T’s were from Joe Petrusky at CrossFit Love and Jen Cereghino of CrossFit Oregon City. Thank you, darlings! Let’s meet next year at The Games!

Hubby also brought back some edible gifts from my incredible chef-sis and her smoker-extraordinaire-gentleman-farmer husband: a batch of savory homemade Paleo crackers (recipe coming soon)…

…and yummerific smoked turkey thighs!

I normally HATE turkey but these smoked thighs are always so AMAZINGLY delicious.

After I finished ooohing and aaahing at my presents, I seared off the flank steak…

…scooped up the Asian cauliflower fried rice

…plated up the roasted broccoli and bacon

…and sliced up the steak.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The steak was definitely better tonight (i.e. more tender and less chewy) with the extra eight hours of sous viding! My father-in-law even helped himself to seconds! 

After dinner, I practiced double-unders and pistols (holding on to our TRX rings) and assembled my stuff for work. 

While I was packing my meals, I found out that Bill and Hayley, the cuties over at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate have a gorgeous cookbook coming out in October!

I can’t wait to get Make It Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and Melicious's awesome cookbook this fall/winter! I’m even more excited that I’ll meet these fine folks this weekend at The Ancestral Health Symposium! I’m such a Paleo geek…