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Paleo Eats: 9/16/11

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Gotta get some shuteye before Fight Gone Bad 6 tomorrow morning so here’s a quick peek at my eats for today…

Before I headed to the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto, Fitbomb fried me a frittata with leftover slow cooker Kalua pig which I topped with chopped avocados and heirloom tomatoes.

Guess what? I completed my FIRST weighted RX’d WOD today! Thanks to all the awesome ladies in my class who cheered me on even though I was at least two rounds behind everyone! Can you feel pathetic and proud at the same time? YES!

As a post-workout snack, I gobbled some marinated roasted beets and a few slices of roast turkey.

For lunch, I chowed at The Counter with my parents and Lil-O. As usual, I ordered a burger in a bowl and a side of pesto sauce.

In the afternoon, I ran some more errands and picked up a big box of heirloom tomatoes from Mariquita Farm’s Ladybug Truck Buying Club.

I’ll be so sad when tomato season is over! 

When I got home, I seasoned an eight-pound boneless pork shoulder roast for Kalua pig and stuck it in the slow cooker. I’m bringing a big pot o’swine to the post-FGB6 Paleo potluck!

For dinner, I made Cheater Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs, sauteed spinach and shallots, and a tomato salad.

Gotta catch my zzzz’s!

Paleo Eats: 9/6/11

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Yikes! Summer’s officially over! 

This morning both kids were headed to school — so that meant I had the morning free! Woohoo! Now if only I didn’t have so much laundry to do…

Before leaving to get my WOD on at CrossFit Palo Alto, I packed Big-O’s lunch in his PlanetBox lunchbox: baby carrots, sugar snappea crisps, almonds, Applegate Farms organic roast chicken, and a sliced pluot.

I walked him to school and when I returned home, I ate a couple scrambled eggs and leftover roasted veggies.

The women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto was packed today! I suspect that lots of other mommies were finally free to get sweaty since their kids were back in school.

After our tough workout, I ate a nuked yam, a couple slices of Applegate Farms roast beef, and a few marinated roasted beets.

At noon, I picked up Lil-O from school and we came home to eat lunch. I fried up the remainder of the mini Turkish sliders and ate them with leftover roasted broccoli and bacon, marinated roasted beets, and spicy sauerkraut.

In the afternoon, we picked up Big-O and his buddy from school. While the kids had their playdate, I was finally able to fold my mountain(s) of laundry.

For dinner, I needed to make something quick and easy since I was headed to a nursery school board meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Lettuce tacos filled with emergency protein and guacamole to the rescue!

Here’s dinner:

Then, I dashed off to the preschool meeting (which was 2.5 hours long!) and came home and crashed.

Ack! My nightshift work week resumes tomorrow night! Time sure passes quickly…

Paleo Eats: 8/23/11

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Today was Big-O’s first day of first grade, so we were scrambling to get out of the house on time in the morning. Before heading out the door, I gobbled down some leftover sous vide beef tongue along with some salad greens and cherry tomatoes.

After we dropped Big-O off at school, I drove to CrossFit Palo Alto for the women’s class. We had an awesome visitor from CrossFit Oregon City, Jennifer, who dropped in to WOD with us today. I certainly appreciated her cheering me on when I was the last person left trying to slog my way through “Karen” (150 wall balls for time). Again, major props to all the badass ladies in my class. I find them ALL inspirational — especially Katie, a.k.a. the Beast, who used a 20-pound medicine ball (the men’s RX’d weight!) and Mindi, who — after finishing the WOD herself — picked up a med ball and matched me rep for rep as I neared the cut-off time.

When I got home from class, I chowed on a microwaved yam and leftover sous vide Turkish slider burger.

For lunch, I fried a scrambled egg, a smoked Bratwurst, and sliced up a heirloom tomato.

I was still hungry afterwards so I ate some macadamia nut butter, coconut flakes, and coconut butter. Yes, I piled on the fat.

Late in the afternoon, I was super exhausted. I didn’t want to make dinner. AT. ALL. As luck would have it, I found a package of Grimaud Farms duck confit legs hidden in the back of the fridge so I dunked the packet in the SousVide Supreme. When the legs came up to serving temperature, I quickly seared the legs in duck fat, tossed together a simple salad, and fried some padron peppers.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Time to get some zzzz’s!

Paleo Eats: 8/19/11

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Friday was so damn busy, I’m a day late in blogging my eats. 

I started the day by eating a couple of butter-fried eggs and a quarter of an avocado before heading to the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto.

I miss coming to the box during my workweek so I was excited to be back and pushing myself hard next to some badass ladies.

After class, I gulped down a microwaved yam and went with the Double O’s to see “I,” Lil-O’s betrothed, in a production of Bye Bye Birdie. The Double O’s were mesmerized by the show. They took particular joy whenever “I” was out on stage, singing and dancing her heart out with the biggest and most beautiful grin in the production.

During the show, I passed out Paleo snacks to our little group and I scarfed down a packet of Grass Fed Jerky Chews and some dark chocolate. There’s no way I go to a show without a bag full of nosh. Ever.

When we got home, I nuked myself some leftover sous vide oxtails and roasted vegetables for lunch. 

With my belly full, I started preparing food for the dinner party we were hosting in the evening.

While I was at my CrossFit class in the morning, Fitbomb had removed the grass fed beef tongue and cheek packets from the SousVide Supreme (since they’d already been soaking for 48 hours), iced them, and stuck them in the fridge. I reset the temperature to 137 F and dropped in two packets of Turkish slider burgers.

To accompany the meat, I roasted and marinated some bell peppers

…pattypan squash…

…and Portobello mushrooms.

By this time, the sliders were finished cooking but I kept them in the water oven to stay warm. I also dunked the chilled tongue and cheeks back in the water so that all the meat would be at serving temperature when the guests arrived.

Then, the boys and I ran to Big-O’s school to check which first grade class he was assigned to and we hung out with old friends at the ice cream social. We spent around an hour at the school before we headed home since company was coming at 6:00p.m. Eek!

As soon as Fitbomb came home from work, I recruited him to whip up a batch of his famous guacamole

…and to wash some butter lettuce for the tacos.

Before finishing the sous vide meats, I set out some snacks for the guests: prosciutto-wrapped melon drizzled with balsamic vinegar and Aleppo seasoning salt,

4505 Meats’ chicharrones

beef sticks from U.S. Wellness Meats, olives, carrots with Aubergine dip

…and fruit salad.

For those of us who weren’t fat-phobic, a popular combination was chicharrones dipped in guacamole.

While our guests were eating appetizers, I heated some bacon grease in a large cast iron skillet and seared off the tongue…

…and cheeks…

…and used my kitchen torch to brown the Turkish slider burgers.

For dinner, I laid out the myriad of meats along with all the fixings so everyone could make their own lettuce-wrapped tacos or burgers.

As usual, the company was fantastic…

…but before I knew it, my coach had turned back into a pumpkin.

 After putting the kids in bed waaaaaay past their bedtimes, Fitbomb and I conked out, our bellies full of food and laughs.

Paleo Eats: 8/9/11

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After sitting on my ass for three days straight at AHS and barely exercising during my last workweek, I was totally looking forward to the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto this morning.

Before I dashed to class, I scarfed down a pre-workout meal (small amount of protein+fat) of scrambled egg and diced avocado topped with Aloha Spice Volcano Grind.

After class, I gobbled up a small nuked sweet potato, Applegate Farms organic roast beef, and a small tomato.

For lunch, I reheated last night’s skirt steak fajitas, mashed my own guacamole, and rinsed some wilted lettuce leaves that I rescued from our crisper.

I’m always astounded at how the lettuce from my CSA box seemingly lasts forever, whereas the greens I get pre-washed from the grocery store melt as soon as I pop open the bag.

I was still hungry after cleaning my plate, so I also ate some coconut flakes and a couple squares of dark chocolate.

In the afternoon, the boys and I took the train up to San Francisco to meet Fitbomb for dinner.

We ended up at Limon Rotisserie

…where we packed our gullets with ceviche, grilled beef heart, roast chicken, and salad.

This week was so perfect, I almost forgot I had to go back to work tomorrow night. Le sigh.