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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!