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Paleo Eats: 5/20/12

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Greetings, earthlings.

I wasn’t terribly hungry during my 10-hour work shift, so I ended up eating only some shelf-stable snacks that I keep stashed in my drawer: Toasty Onion SeaSnax, roasted chestnuts, dark chocolate, and a package of Sophia’s Survival Food Grass Fed Spicy Jerky Chews.

In the morning, I dunked half a dozen steaks in the SousVide Supreme and hit the sack. The boys, on the other hand, spent a much more exciting day cheering on the beasts at the CrossFit Games NorCal Regionals. You can read all about it on my hubby’s blog.

When I woke up in the evening, the Double-Os filled me in on all the action. Right off the bat, Big-O informed me that a number of the male firebreathers “showed their nipples AGAIN.”

Plus, they ran into someone sporting an original Deadlift Girl tank top.

(Pam, the cutie modeling the collector’s item, is developing a cool online nutrition tracking app called EatDifferent — go check it out here.)

I’ve gotta admit that I was a bit blue after hearing the boys’ rundown of the day’s events; I hate missing out on the fun every other weekend because of work. Luckily, my sadness was short-lived because right after the debrief, my hubby presented me with a huge bag of treats that he’d bought from the Steve’s Original booth. He knows that a pile of grass fed PaleoKits, dark chocolate espresso PaleoKrunch bars, and dried apples has a much quicker onset than a capsule of Prozac.

Before we headed to Sancho’s Taqueria for dinner, the boys squinted at the solar eclipse…

…while I fished out the steaks from my SousVide Supreme…

…and torched one to slice up and pack in Big-O’s lunches.

At Sancho’s, I ordered a house salad topped with shrimp, carnitas, and guacamole…

…and an extra side of carnitas to take home (for just $3!).

The boys were tuckered out after their long day…

…and conked out as soon as we returned to the hotel. I wish I could’ve done the same, but duty calls. Thankfully, I’ve only got three more nights of work to go.

Paleo Eats: 5/8/12

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Let’s start with some good news, shall we?

Congrats to girlmeetspaleo, the winner of my latest giveaway! Whee! Huzzah!

My eats seem kind of anticlimactic now, but the show must go on…

I was totally dragging during my penultimate night of work — night six of seven is my least favorite ‘cause it’s always hectic and yet I still have to return for one more shift. Blargh.

While at the hospital, I downed the last of my leftover Damn Fine Chicken accompanied with broccoli and cauliflower…

…and chased it down with a package of grass fed PaleoStix and a banana.

In the morning, I picked up the Double-Os at the hotel, hustled them across town to school, and headed back to our torn-up (but thankfully silent) house for some daytime shuteye.

When I woke up in the evening, we hightailed it to Big-O’s baseball game…

…and then to dinner at Steak Out (again).

This time, the hubby and I both ordered our own sirloin steak platters — I didn’t feel like sharing tonight.

Then, I set off for work for the LAST time this week. 

Just a quick reminder: I won’t be posting my Paleo Eats tomorrow because it’s my flip day and I need some Me Time.

But if you’re looking for something to read, you can pick up what’s currently on my nightstand: Ashley Tudor’s Sweet Potato Power.

I received a review copy weeks ago, but I haven’t had any time to pore over it — the mini tsunami in our house, our vagabond existence, Big-O’s operating room visit, our iPad app launch, and life in general have been all-consuming. Still, Ashley’s book’s gotten great buzz from people I trust (e.g. Melicious, The Lazy Caveman, Amy, Diane) so I’m going to make time this week to read it.

Toodles for now!

Paleo Eats: 4/9/12

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Hey cave friends and lookie loos!

While I spent the night at the hospital, I ate a pack of SeaSnax, a small container of Farmhouse Culture’s Kraut Salad, leftover Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs, winter squash puree, and stir-fried greens.

When I came home in the morning, I grabbed a whole boneless lamb shoulder from the fridge…

…and my mini sous chef helped me cover it with spices.

After the lamb was seasoned, I broiled it for color, plopped the shoulder on top of alliums in the slow cooker

…and went to bed. 

In the evening, I roasted a tray of broccoli in the oven…

…simmmered a speedy batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes in the pressure cooker

…and shredded the slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Lamb shoulder is my favorite cut: affordable, delicious, and hard to mess up. Please don’t ask me for the recipe — it’ll be forthcoming, I promise. 

Bay Area peeps: I bought my Lava Lake Lamb (a seasonal special) through Brandon Natural Beef, which offers free home delivery of exceptional grass fed beef. Lava Lake Lamb tastes so good (i.e. not gamey) even my picky, lamb-phobic mama gobbled up dinner.

After dinner, Fitbomb and I tinkered with the beta-version of our app until I had to skeedadle to work. This project has been a true labor of blood, sweat, and tears —  we’ve been diligently self-medicating with fermented CLO/butter oil blend (our daily teaspoon of barf) to counteract the chronic systemic inflammation.

Trust me, we want to get this baby out to you guys as soon as possible and we’ve been working our butts off to get it ready ASAP. When we announce our launch date we’ll celebrate with a bunch of awesome giveaways, ‘kay? Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm!

Paleo Eats: 4/8/12

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Did anyone eat the Easter Bunny today?

We gobbled him up last year so I thought it would be deja vu all over again if we repeated our rabbit feast in 2012. 

Here’s what I chowed on instead…

During my night shift at the hospital, I scarfed up U.S. Wellness Meats beef jerkyFarmhouse Culture’s Kraut Salad, a thermos of bone broth, leftover cross shanks/oxtails, and stir-fried Chinese greens.

I came home in the morning and hung out with the boys until they left for a family Easter party. Looks like I missed out some good eats and fun times while I was passed out in bed.

When I woke up in the evening, we met my parents for dinner at Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine in Foster City. Just like clockwork, you can always count on Asian restaurants being open on a holiday…

Even though Sweet Basil is located in an unassuming strip mall in the middle of a residential neighborhood, the food’s worth checking out. In fact, it’s a Michelin-recommended restaurant. 

We ordered a variety of dishes and shared everything family-style, including:

Roasted Duck Salad…

…Beef Larb…

…Green Curry with Chicken…

…and Garlic Prawns.

As much as I like cooking and eating “clean,” a relaxing meal out during my workweek helps keep me sane.

Paleo Eats: 4/7/12

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Happy Birthday to my crazy-cool urban farmer/meat smoker/award-winning winemaker/Double-O charmer/brother-in-law! 

While everyone else was snug in their beds, I was at the hospital passing out meds until the sun came up. My eats at work included some U.S. Wellness Meats beef jerky, Farmhouse Culture’s Smoked Jalapeno Kraut, a thermos of bone broth, and leftover Thai Chicken Curry (recipe will be available in my upcoming iPad cooking app).

When I came home in the morning, the Double-Os and I immediately began cooking up a batch of kickass Frozen Waffles from the delightful cookbook, Eat Like A Dinosaur. We’ve been dying to try these fluffy and crunchy treats ever since we got our grubby hands on Matt and Stacy’s cavekid-friendly cookbook…but we didn’t have a waffle iron anymore. 

A few days ago, I learned that Stacy bought an iPad just so she could beta test our upcoming app. Oh, the guilt I felt was palpable!

Immediately, I ordered a waffle iron from Amazon and it was on our doorstep in a couple of days. Amazon Prime is the best $79 I spend all year.

(Yes, I realize that a waffle iron ($) < iPad ($$$$$$) and I’m totally in the deficit.)

I set up the Cuisinart, dug out my Kitchen Aid mixer from the appliance graveyard in the garage…

…assembled the ingredients…

…and put my child labor force to work.

Voila!

In my humble opinion, waffles are never complete until you pile on the strawberries.

How’d they taste?

FANTASTIC!

The waffles were crispy on the outside, combined with a tender and subtly-sweet nutty-tasting crumb. I definitely polished more than my fair share before I went to bed. 

(Here’s a video showing you how easy it is to make Paleo Parents’ delicious grain-free Frozen Waffles!)

In the evening, I filled up the SousVide Supreme

..set it to 140 F, and dunked in a couple of packages of Grimaud Farms duck confit legs and a frozen block of Cascadian Farms winter squash puree.

Once the legs were reheated, I fried up the Cheater Sous Vide Crispy Duck Confit Legs in bacon grease.

Please mind the splatter — since I was being hasty, I splashed some bubbling grease on my hands. YEOUCH!

Next, I grabbed a bunch of yu choy

….and stir fried it with green garlic, Red Boat Fish Sauce, and coconut aminos in the empty pan.

I removed the puree from the water oven and combined it with a dash of salt plus a pat of Kerrygold garlic and herb butter.

Here’s my dinner plate:

By the time it was time to go to work, I realized that my burned hand was throbbing like ker-azy. I’ll totally admit that I whimpered like a baby as Fitbomb bandaged my swollen fingers.

Argh. See? Food blogging isn’t without its occupational hazards.

Paleo Eats: 3/26/12

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Before you check out my eats, how about you mosey on over to the 2012 Paleo Community Survey and fill it out. Don’t worry — I’ll still be here when you get back.

And now for our regularly scheduled program…

I spent another night working at the hospital and gulped down Curry Cauliflower Raisin Kraut

 

SeaSnax, leftover Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy, and roasted broccoli.

As soon as the clock struck 7:30 am, I zoomed home and hung out with the boys until it was time for Big-O to go to school. Fitbomb had packed him some Applegate Farms organic ham, carrots, almonds, strawberries, and SnapPeaCrisps for lunch.

For those of you curious about the containers we use, Big-O brings his midday meal in a PlanetBox and Lil-O totes a LunchBots Trio. Both boys use LunchBots Picos to pack healthy snacks.

Before I went to bed, I gobbled up a curry-flavored Pure Wrap filled with leftover Dutch Oven Pork Roast, arugula, and cherry tomatoes.

When I woke up in the evening, I roasted a tray of Curried Cauliflower

…and shredded the top round roasts and London Broil that I yanked out of the SousVide Supreme.

I’m crestfallen to report that parts of the beef came out powdery and dry.

Ick.

I think grass fed top round roasts are my least favorite cut and no matter how I cook them — slow roast, slow cooker, sous vide at various times and temps — they never turn out swoon-worthy. I curse every month they show up in my CSA box and, trust me, there’s been lots of F#@$*!! because I have a bunch of roasts stockpiled in the freezer. Anybody have any good cooking tips for me?

To salvage the dessicated meat, I made a brothier version of Pressure Cooker Braised Kale and Carrots. For tonight’s cheater stew, I altered the recipe by adding the cooking liquid from the beef, tomato paste, Rao’s marinara sauce, Red Boat Fish Sauce, Penzeys Sunny Paris seasoning, and cherry tomatoes.

After cooking the contents in my Kuhn Rikon “Bubba” under high pressure for 8 minutes(!), I released the pressure and stirred in the beef.

Whenever I make shortcut stews, I add as many different sources of umami as possible (e.g. mushrooms, tomato paste, fish sauce, cherry tomatoes) to punch up the flavor.

Here’s my dinner plate:

I ain’t looking forward to eating these leftovers.

Paleo Eats: 3/25/12

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Hey voyeurs! Wanna see what I crammed down my gullet today?

While I was burning the midnight oil at work, I chowed on a bit of Smoked Jalapeno Kraut, leftover Damn Fine Chicken, and Braised Kale and Carrots.

When I returned home in the morning, I put a pot of pressure cooker bone broth on the stove (I filled this one with oxtails, cross shanks, and a chicken carcass). It’s been cold and rainy in the bay area — perfect conditions for sleeping during the day and sipping bone broth.

Also, since Fitbomb was hungry, I fried him another helping of sweet potato hash — this time topped with a couple of sunny-side up eggs.

Truth be told — my perfectionist hubby insisted we remake the dish because he was horrified by the original pics we posted on the recipe last night. Sigh.

Before I headed to bed, I dunked the roasts I seasoned yesterday morning into the SousVide Supreme.

I’m going to “braise” the top round roasts and London Broil at 160 F for two days. Hopefully, they’ll be fork-tender and juicy and not dry and powdery.

While I slept the day away, the boys had a ball at the park, zoo, and the movies.

In the evening, we met my parents for dinner at Paradise Kabab House where we gobbled up roasted eggplant dip…

…pickled vegetables…

….lamb shank and eggplant stew….

…and multiple platters of charred meats and salad.

It sure is nice to take a break from cooking!

Paleo Eats: 3/24/12

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Let’s take a peek at what I ate today…

For my chow at work, I gobbled up a small portion of Curry Cauliflower Raisin sauerkraut, leftover bone broth meat (shredded cross shanks and oxtail), and braised kale and carrots.

I had originally packed a thermos filled with steaming bone broth but it spilled all over my car on my drive to work. Ew! and Awww! are indeed the appropriate reactions.

After I got off my shift, I threw together a quick dry rub (kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, onion powder, and garlic powder) and used it to season a couple of top round roasts and a London broil.

I vacuum sealed the beef and stored the packets in the fridge. (I’ll be dunking them in the water oven tomorrow and they’ll be on the dining table on Monday night.)

Then, I grabbed my huge jar of Penzeys Sunny Paris Seasoning

…and liberally sprinkled the flavor booster (along with some salt and pepper) on a pasture-raised chicken.

I finished prepping the ingredients for Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy

…and gave Fitbomb explicit directions on how and when to throw everything in the slow cooker.

While I slept the afternoon away, hubby entertained the boys with arts and crafts…

…and plopped the chicken and onions in the slow cooker.

When I woke up in the evening, I roasted a tray of broccoli…

…stir-fried Sweet Potato Hash

…and blitzed the gravy.

I stripped the meat off the scrawny chicken…

…and reserved the carcass for bone broth.

Here’s my dinner plate:

And just so you know, I received a shipment of chocolate from Chocosphere today.  

Chocolate completes me.

Paleo Eats: 3/23/12

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While my boys were all snug in their beds, I spent another busy night at the hospital. This time my packed nosh included a grass fed Paleo Kit, bone broth, SeaSnax, and a Pure Wrap filled with leftover garbage scramble.

I’ve found that when you stuff Pure Wraps with warm fillings, they get nice and pliable. Try it — you’ll swear you’re eating a thin tortilla.

When I returned home in the morning, I marinated a batch of Damn Fine Chicken

…and stuck it in the fridge until dinnertime. For this version, I used Penzeys Sunny Paris Seasoning in lieu of fresh alliums and balsamic instead of sherry vinegar.

After I woke up in the evening, I prepped a kabocha squash for roasting

…and dumped the Damn Fine Chicken on a baking tray.

I roasted the squash and chicken in the oven (set at 375 F on convection roast) at the same time…

…and assembled the ingredients for pressure cooker braised kale and carrots.

Supper was on the table in 45 minutes.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Yesterday, I posted about how my wise Austin roomies had convinced me to join the Weston A. Price Foundation. Consequently, I sent Fitbomb on a mission to stock our fridge with Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t love the tang and crunch of sauerkraut but I’m hoping these unusual varieties (Curry Cauliflower Raisin, Kraut Salad, and Smoked Jalapeno) will convince me otherwise. I want to incorporate more probiotics in my diet and you should, too. Read this post from Diane to learn why.

She also has an easy recipe to make homemade kraut but I’m just too damn lazy to ferment my own. BTW — you should totally pre-order Diane’s new book, Practical Paleo. She gave us a sneak peek of her tome in Austin and it looks fantastic. The beautifully designed reference is chock-full of great information and recipes but I’m particularly jazzed that it’ll include a bunch of handy-dandy tear-out nutrition guides like this one.

Speaking of my Austin roomies…Laura, George, and Bobby have written up their respective takes on living in the Paleo Real World House last week. You can read Laura’s account right here, George’s summary here, and Bobby’s post over here. Good times!

Paleo Eats: 2/11/12

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As I dispensed meds to everyone unlucky enough to be stuck at the hospital on a Friday night, I shared a package of beef sticks from U.S. Wellness Meats with my co-zombies in the pharmacy. I would’ve chowed on more food but my night shift got progressively busier towards the end.

When I returned home in the morning, I sauteed some baby kale and bacon

braised a pot of pressure cooker kale and carrots

…and seasoned a mini chuck eye roast and a standard chuck roast with Magic Mushroom Powder.

I stored the mini roast in the fridge and gave Fitbomb instructions on how to slow roast it this evening. I’m sous viding the bigger roast tomorrow morning (24 hours at 160 F) so I vacuum sealed it and put it in the fridge, too.

After cooking all morning, I was ravenous. I scrambled two eggs seasoned with Magic Mushroom Powder and gobbled it up with some braised kale.

Then, I kissed everyone goodnight and headed to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, Fitbomb had already slow-roasted the tiny chuck roast.

I reheated the stir-fried kale and bacon

…broiled the roast…

…and nuked a Garnet yam.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The mini chuck eye roast was kinda tough. Next time I get one in my CSA box, it’s going in the SousVide Supreme to soak for a day or two.