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Paleo Eats: 2/5/12

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While most of you were slaving over a hot stove/grill/oven to create nosh for your Madonna-viewing party, I just sat on my ass and didn’t lift a finger. Taking a cooking break is key to my sanity.

For breakfast, I reheated a bowl of Pressure Cooker Bone Broth and added leftover barbacoa and baby chard.

The tang from the barbacoa made this soup reminiscent of a steaming bowl of noodle-less pho. 

Afterwards, we all headed to My Gym to celebrate — very belatedly — Lil-O’s birthday.

While the kids were milling around at the start of the party, Big-O demonstrated how unbelievably easy it is to do Toes To Bar. Can you tell he was born in the Year of the Monkey?

The kiddies had a blast and I did diddly squat. Outsourcing is awesome.

For the sweet treat of the morning, I ordered dozens of mini gluten-free cupcakes from Aimee Anaya Everett. When the busy mom isn’t running Catalyst Athletics, coaching, contributing to The Performance Menu, tweeting witty bon mots, or weightlifting — she devotes her limited spare time to perfecting the gluten-free cupcake. Did I mention that Aimee makes me feel totally inadequate? (Check out her new website by clicking HERE!)

Lil-O had specifically requested marble cupcakes with rainbow frosting and he was super duper excited that his dream had been granted.

These cupcakes were moist and delicate with a tender crumb and a fantastic vanilla flavor. Definitely some of the tastiest cupcakes I’ve ever eaten — and I’ve inhaled a ton in my pre-Paleo days. 

As a special treat for me and Fitbomb, Aimee also baked us some vanilla cupcakes sprinkled with Heath Bar Crunch. Yummyyummyyummy. Her cupcakes have just the right amount of sweetness that totally satisfies my residual sugar cravings.

Lil-O was giddy that his cupcake was topped with a mountain of psychedelic-colored, vanilla-flavored frosting.

I bet you a million bucks that his birthday wish was to eat a cupcake. Every. Single. Day.

Too bad his parents are Nom Nom Paleo and Fitbomb.

At lunchtime, we headed over to  The Counter and I gobbled up a beef burger in a bowl.

When we came home, Lil-O tore through his loot…

…and I spent an hour building Lego Ninjago toys before we headed over to Fit Daffy’s to watch Madonna’s halftime show.

I was a dork and didn’t contribute to the buffet — but what an awesome Paleo-friendly feast it was! The spread included deviled eggs…

Melicious’s Bora Bora Fireballs (the recipe is in her cookbook, Well Fed)…

…bowls of guacamole…

…mini chicken apple sausages…

…grilled chicken wings & thighs…

…and a huge salad.

Here’s just one of my dinner plates:

Fit Daffy also made a yummy coconut milk and pandan pudding for dessert. 

Good times. 

Paleo Eats: 1/8/12 (Whole30 Day 8)

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To circumvent any Whole30 off-roading this Sunday, I ate all my meals at home and demanded that everyone who brought food over to Chez Nombomb abide by Melissa and Dallas’s rules. Yep, I can be a tyrannical beyotch when I’ve been without chocolate and mac nuts for a week.

For breakfast, I ate yesterday’s lunch: Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy, cauliflower puree, and braised spicy kale.

Our buddies came over for lunch and I laid out a bowl of spicy kale chips

…a plate of spicy tuna cakes…

…a platter of Magic Chicken Drummettes (seasoned with Magic Powder a.k.a. porcini seasoning salt)..

…and the ingredients for make-your-own crab and avocado temaki (hand rolls).

Our guests arrived with Whole30-compliant side dishes: KR came with Whole30-compliant roasted vegetables that had been tossed in pork belly confit fat…

…and C & H brought us a creamy sweet potato and coconut soup. 

The adults had a fun time laughing and eating and the kids were delirious from playing with each other.

At dinnertime, I beheaded, deboned, and butterflied the fresh sardines from my weekly seafood CSA, Siren SeaSA. I made some sardine sammies by sandwiching thinly sliced Meyer lemon in between two splayed fish whose flesh had been seasoned with Sunny Paris seasoning, salt, and pepper.

I brushed melted ghee on the skin…

added some more seasoning, and broiled them for 1-2 minutes on each side.

The veggie sides were roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with balsamic vinegar and stir-fried baby chard with Red Boat fish sauce and balsamic vinegar.

(I know I go on and on about how much I love Red Boat fish sauce, but it’s truly remarkable AND Whole30-compliant. Go buy some now on Amazon!)

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, I lapped up a shot glass of chilled Aroy-D coconut cream. Decadent.


Paleo Eats: 10/15/11

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I knew that with such a busy day of eats yesterday, I wouldn’t have time to document everything before the clock struck midnight.

It wasn’t until today — with the kids at their grandparents’ house — that I had time to compile a CliffsNotes version of yesterday’s eats:

As you may recall, we threw a post-cancer-treatment party for Fitbomb's mom at our house. In the morning, while the hubs did some last minute cleaning, I cooked us breakfast: scrambled eggs, 4505 Meats’s maple breakfast sausage, nuked frozen broccoli, and sliced tomatoes.

Shortly after breakfast, Fitbomb picked up a bag of oysters at our Siren SeaSA pick-up spot and a few dozen gluten-free cupcakes at Kara’s Cupcakes.

I stayed home with the kids and watched in awe as the talented crew from Joshua Charles Catering prepped the food…

…and set up the tables outside.

The guests arrived around noon and the noshing commenced shortly thereafter.

We all dined outside under sunny, clear skies and toasted to my mother-in-law’s good health. (Click here for more about our Paleo party!)

After the last of our guests left in the late afternoon, Fitbomb and I decompressed before hauling our oysters to Dr. HA’s house. A group of us were dining in the city sans children(!), so we decided to convene early to slurp down some oysters before carpooling together. 

None of us had ever shucked an oyster before, so I channeled Lady Macbeth and forced Fitbomb to be the bivalve mass murderer, arming him with only a dull knife

We gulped down the sweet and slippery mollusks after spritzing them with some fresh lemon juice.

Then, we piled into a car and drove up to San Francisco for a fun and relaxing dinner at Locavore.

After a long day spent with family, friends, and fantastic food, we came home late and exhausted but so damn content. 

Paleo Eats: 9/18/11

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Today we threw a casual lunch party in our backyard with old and new friends.

You’d think I’d take it easy after Fight Gone Bad 6, but I always try to make use of every minute I’ve got off until my nightshifts start again. Hey, I’m all about cramming in as much good grub and guffaws with people I love.

Since I was still tired from the beat-down the morning before, I decided that our main chow would be meat and veggie kabobs from House of Kabobs in Sunnyvale. That way, I’d just have to make some appetizers and salad before the guests arrived and I’d be able to enjoy the festivities when everyone got here.

I didn’t eat an “official” breakfast but I was grazing on everything I was making for the party: a crudite platter with Aubergine and chimichurri dip…

…a salumi platter, bacon and guacamole sammies

…watermelon and mint salad, heirloom tomato and basil salad

…and a fruit salad.

Fitbomb also pan-roasted a batch of his rosemary almonds

…before heading out to pick up the grilled goodies.

Here’s my lunch plate:

Lunch was a blast! I had a wonderful time hanging out up with my buddies and catching some rays before autumn blows in.

Happy Birthday, Trish! 

After the last of our guests left, we cleaned up and I started making dinner. I roasted some bell peppers on the gas range…

…fried up some Turkish sliders, and made lettuce wraps again.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Man, is the weekend over already?