Paleo Eats: 5/18/12

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Hello, hello!

During my graveyard shift at the hospital, I ate some leftover Oven-Braised Mexican Beef and frozen broccoli…

…a package of Brad’s Raw Kale Chips (Thanks, Anya!)…

…and some roasted chestnuts.

When I returned to the hotel in the morning, I found the Double-Os rocking out (quietly) to Weird Al Yankovic.

My two boys are HUGE Weird Al fans. I’m so proud that I’m raising two wee geeks — Lil-O proudly proclaims, “We’re not white, but we’re nerdy” all the time.

After I dropped Big-O off at school and turned the little guy over to my parents, I promptly passed out in the guest room (the one room in our house not affected by construction).

In the evening, I woke up later than expected and hustled to fix supper. I mixed a batch of Graeme’s WODs and popped them in the oven…

…steam-sautéed two small heads of purple cauliflower…

…and stir-fried a bunch of chard.

When the WODs were finished baking…

…I heated a cup of jarred marinara sauce and tossed them in.

My favorite jarred marinara sauce is still Rao’s but The Silver Palate’s not bad in a pinch.

(FYI, this sauce ain’t Whole30-compliant because it contains honey.)

Here’s my dinner plate:

Since our dining room table (and the rest of our furniture) is in storage, we dined al fresco in the backyard.

We all love eating outside because clean up’s easy and the boys can run around one last time in the twilight.

Big-O was even able to practice batting before bedtime.

After dinner, we packed up our stuff and made our nightly pilgrimage to the hotel. Once the kiddos were fast asleep jabbering in bed, I assembled my nosh for work and took off for another productive night at the hospital.

Catch you on the flip side!

Paleo Eats: 5/7/12

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Before I show you my eats for the day, I want to share with you another cool giveaway on the interwebs: My buddies, Bill and Hayley, have paired up with KitchenAid to give away a gorgeous stand mixer! Check out the deets by clicking here. And don’t forget — you’ve still got time to get in on my l’il giveaway right here.

My night at the hospital passed by quickly because the work was constant and uncomplicated — just how I like it. While I was at work, I chowed down on the spinach and chicken salad I picked up at Steak Out and a Coconut PaleoKit.

When I returned to the hotel in the morning, it was a MAD rush to get Big-O to school on time because there was homework to finish…

…and hidden children to seek.

I can’t wait until we’re permanently back at home because being late for everything all the time ain’t so cool anymore. Seriously.

After I dropped Big-O off at school, I went back to our torn-up pad and crashed for the day.

In the evening, I drove back to the hotel and begrudgingly made dinner for everyone. Yes, dinner prep can be an unwelcome chore — especially after I’ve worked five night shifts in a row and still have two more to go. I didn’t want to cook but I just sucked it up like a big girl.

For dinner, I seasoned two bunches of aparagus and stuck them under the broiler..

. …fried up some mini sliders…

…and made a quick veggie stir-fry with shiitake mushrooms…

…onions…

…peeled carrots…

…and nuked sugar snap peas.

Your eyes do not deceive you: Those are SUGAR SNAP PEAS that I quickly steamed in the MICROWAVE OVEN. I’m sure some of you just collapsed in shock.

[No angry comments, please. Sugar snap peas/green beans (and microwaving) are fine per Robb Wolf, Whole9, and Mark Sisson. Take it up with them if you don’t agree — they’re much smarter than me.]

Here’s my dinner plate:

Wanna see a cool present I got from my buddy? She came back from Italy and gifted us with some coffee…

…and a cool stove-top espresso maker.

I so needed a cup before leaving the house. Thanks, Shiraaz!

Paleo Eats: 3/27/12

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While I was at the hospital, I nursed a giant thermos of bone broth and held off on lunch until the end of the shift. I didn’t eat my chow until close to 7 o’clock ‘cause I knew I’d packed leftover cheater top round stew and curried cauliflower.

The most aggravating thing about this dish is that the flavors were good — some bites of beef were even tender and delicious — but then I’d get a mouthful that tasted like sawdust. Curses!

I guess one of the pitfalls of being a member of a meat CSA is that you’ll occasionally end up with stuff you don’t love, but you’ve just got to grin and bear it. Don’t get me wrong — I know that a cow is made up of much more than just short ribs, but complaining is fun. By the way, thanks to all of you who shared cooking tips on how to tackle this obnoxious cut. Until I forget I hate this cut, I’m gonna reserve the rest of the top round roasts in the freezer for Fitbomb to jerkify.

When I returned home in the morning, I prepped the ingredients for Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice

…before hitting the sack.

In the evening, I took out the fresh picked Dungeness crab that I picked up from Siren SeaSA

…sliced up some bacon….

…whipped some eggs…

…and stir-fried a big pan of crab and bacon cauliflower fried rice.

As a super simple veggie side, I tossed some asparagus spears with melted lard, salt, and pepper…

…and broiled them for about 5 minutes. I finished the dish with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.

I LOVE asparagus season! My pee is gonna smell ripe for weeks.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Okay, folks — I won’t be posting a Paleo Eats tomorrow because it’s my designated biweekly vacay from blogging.

In my absence, you should definitely check out:

That should be plenty for you to chew on until I get back!

Paleo Eats: 3/22/12

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During my first night back at work, I ingested a few squares of dark chocolate, a Tanka bar, bone broth, and a garbage scramble filled with leftover bone broth meat, broiled asparagus, and bell peppers.

When I returned home in the morning, I helped hustle the boys to school before collapsing in bed.

The sun was still up when I woke up in the evening which actually made it easier for me to drag my booty out of bed. I whipped up a super fast supper: roasted broccoli…

…and meatballs inspired by a recipe in Eat Like A Dinosaur. This time, I added Penzeys Spices’ Shallot-Pepper seasoning and pan-fried the meaty orbs before finishing them off in the oven.

I reheated half a jar of Rao’s marinara sauce and tossed in the browned meatballs.

After I put the boys to bed, I broke open some parcels that came in the mail.

Look, mom!

Fermented CLO/butter oil blend

…and Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions.

If it sounds like I’m getting all WAPF on you, I am.

While Fitbomb and I were down in Austin, I picked the brains of many sharp folks (Diane, Diana, Chris, Angelo, and Laura) who embrace both Paleo and the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) Diet. Although I don’t agree with everything WAPF espouses — I can’t give up my SousVide Supreme and I’m probably not gonna resume eating grains — I’m totally down with a big chunk of their dietary guidelines.

In fact, I’m now a card-carrying member of WAPF and plan on attending their annual conference in November. I’m open to exploring new ideas in becoming a healthier me — plus, I heard the food at the conference is kickass. 

I definitely think Paleo, Primal, and WAPF diets have a lot in common — we all promote eating unprocessed, nutrient-dense, whole foods based on an ancestral framework.  Liz of Cavegirl Eats describes how all three diets meld together perfectly in this post as does Kristen over at Food Renegade right here. Quite simply, it just makes sense to me. Who cares about labels anyways? This is just how I eat.

Before I dashed off to work, I gulped down a teaspoon of cinnamon-flavored fermented CLO/butter blend

It doesn’t taste all that icky — sorta like Big Red chewing gum. If you wanna learn more about why this stuff is good for you, read:

I know you’re all dying to know if I’ll be cooking up more organ meats…and the answer is YES!

Hey! Turn that frown upside down. My chef sister will be helping me create recipes so you know they’ll be tasty.

Paleo Eats: 2/13/12

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Did you guys get your Nom Nom Paleo socks yet? If you purchased a pair or five, thank you! I’ll do my best to send them out by the end of this week, but please be patient because I’m the only person doing the stuffing and mailing.

Enough about my socks. Let’s cut to my chow for the day…

For my main meal at work, I ate leftover sous vide rib eye steak, roasted kabocha squash, sauteed broccolini, and sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms.

I also snacked on roasted bell peppers and sliced jicama.

When I came home in the morning, I simmered a batch of cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree in the pressure cooker

…and washed and chopped some broccoli. After I stuck everything in the fridge, I stumbled to bed to get some sleep.

In the evening, I took the chuck roast out of the SousVide Supreme , shredded it…

…and tossed it with sauteed mushrooms and marinara sauce.

For my veggies sides, I roasted a tray of bacon and broccoli….

…and reheated the root vegetable puree.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Just two more nights of work left!

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!