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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!