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Paleo Options At Our Toddler’s Birthday Party

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Although I had prepared a Cobb Salad bar at my older son’s birthday party, I was too pooped to cook for my younger son’s party. For nibbles, I put out some fruit platters, a cheese and charcuterie platter, and a bunch of carbs. I’m sorry, but we didn’t want to alienate our guests. 

For the main event, I ordered a bunch of Mexican food from Mi Pueblo Food Center: carne asada, carnitas, and rotisserie chicken, Mexican rice, refried beans, salsa verde, guacamole, regular salsa, and tortillas. For those of us who wanted to go Paleo, I also put out a large bowl of salad greens with shredded purple cabbage and carrots.

Here’s my salad platter with all three meats, salsa, and guacamole:

Everyone had a great time and was well-fed. Mission accomplished.

Party Food: How to Sneak in Paleo Options at a Kinder Party

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Today we had a gaggle of hyper kids and their parents over to celebrate our older son’s birthday.  I knew that the kids were gonna eat pizza and fruit but I wanted to offer the adults something more sophisticated and stealthily Paleo-friendly.  Earlier in the week, I sous vided some flank steak seasoned with Spice Hound’s fajita and taco seasoning (130 F for 36 hours) and chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper (140 F for 2 hours) and I planned on serving them along with some Cobb salad fixings.  

When I woke up, I preheated the oven to 400 F to bake two pounds of bacon and roast 1.5 pounds of mushrooms tossed in a few tablespoons of the resulting bacon grease.

Here’s the tray of ‘shrooms pre-roasting: 

After roasting in a 400 F oven for 25-30 minutes:

Then, I sliced some hard-boiled eggs, and washed and chopped some ripe avocados, Persian cucumbers, and grape tomatoes.  I also crumbled up some Point Reyes original blue cheese and Laura Chenel Chef’s Chevre so our guest could pick one to sprinkle on their salads.  Most people love one and hate the other (or hate both). I’m a goat cheese fan myself ‘cause blue cheese smells raunchy. 

When the bacon cooled, I used my kitchen shears to cut the strips up.  I also put some pre-washed organic greens in two large bowls. Did I mention that I bought all this food from Costco?

For nibbles before the main event, I put out some Smokehouse almonds, two cheese platters, and an Italian salumi platter (all from Costco as well).

After surveying our spread, I realized that we already had a ton of meat/protein so I only reheated the flank steak (130 F for 30 minutes) in the SousVide Supreme.  Fitbomb seared the two steaks on our gas grill outside and I sliced them up.

Here’s our make-your-own Cobb salad bar:

And here’s my lunch:

Truth be told, I found the flank steak a little mushy for my taste but everyone else loved that it was so tender. Hey, if my guests are happy, I’m happy!

An Atypically Busy Saturday Chez Nom Nom Paleo

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This Saturday has been muy busy. Normally, we laze around in our pajamas until we have to leave the house for brunch.  But today, we had plans: kickboxing class for me, kung fu class for the kindergartner, brunch, last minute shopping for said kindergartner’s birthday party tomorrow, drop kindergartner off at his friend’s birthday party (I know — kids have a ton of birthday parties), pick up non-Paleo imperial rolls for Fitbomb’s family’s dinner party, drive out to said family party, return home, tuck the kids into bed, and clean and decorate the house for the birthday shindig we’re throwing tomorrow. Crap!

Thankfully, my cooking plans were set. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was sous vide some chicken breasts (140 F for at least 1 hour and 40 minutes) for the older rugrat’s birthday party.

Tomorrow, I’ll just reheat the chicken breasts (along with some flank steaks that I already cooked sous vide) in the SousVide Supreme, and Fitbomb will sear them off on the grill.

After our kindergartner’s kung fu class, we stopped by one of our usual brunch spots, Rick’s Café. I ordered steak and eggs and subbed in a salad for the potatoes and bagel.

Fitbomb had his usual Cobb Salad.

Both were fine – I love that the friendly folks at Rick’s are very accommodating when we substitute out carbs and they don’t charge us a nuisance fee.

Tonight, after picking up our son from his buddy’s birthday party, we set off for Fitbomb’s parents house for another family birthday dinner. We were celebrating our kids’ AND my father-in-law’s birthdays. Can you tell that December is a really busy month for us? That’s why I need another 3 weeks off from work!

Again, we had another huge, eclectic potluck. There were lots of carbs (which I avoided), meats, and some veggies. Fitbomb’s uncle is a retired restaurant chef and he made some delicious meaty entrees including homemade Peking Duck…

…Chinese spareribs…

…roast pork…

…and stir-fried Dungeness crab.

Someone also brought a tub of KFC and a box of Costco pizza — per special request of Fitbomb’s granny. Seriously.

Here’s my dinner plate of meat and veggies:

Since returning home, we’ve been furiously trying to make our house festive and party-ready before we fall asleep. Then, it’s an early morning of food prep before the deluge of screaming kids arrives at lunchtime. I can’t wait.