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Paleo Eats: 6/28/11 

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Eeep! It’s my last full day of vacation before I start my night shifts again! Geez, where did the time go?

For breakfast, my hubby fried up a plain egg omelet that I topped with Aubergine dip, cherry tomatoes, and basil chiffonade.

Sorry nightshade avoiders, but this flavor combination is delicious. If you live in the Bay Area and aren’t sensitive to eggplant, definitely grab a container.

When the clock struck 8:45 a.m., I sped off to my class at CrossFit Palo Alto and got my sweat on. I came home tired yet elated that I completed another WOD RX’d (that’s #2!) and celebrated by eating a microwaved sweet potato and some roast beef.

At lunchtime, I didn’t have a ton of time to make a complicated meal because Lil-O and I were engaged in a fierce game of Hi Ho Cherry-O. I quickly defrosted some wild shrimp under running tap water and nuked some leftover stir fried cabbage and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes. After the sides were hot, I sauteed the shrimp in coconut oil and seasoned them with Volcano Grind seasoning.

I’m telling you, this lunch only took around 10 minutes to make — including defrosting time. Faster than fixin’ a sammich.

I spent the afternoon with my MIL at an oncology appointment so when I got home I wanted something relatively simple to prepare for dinner.

 I pan-fried some Padron peppers in coconut oil…

…and seasoned them with Volcano Grind seasoning and fresh lemon juice.

I snacked on the peppers while I made the rest of dinner.

I microwaved a big batch of zucchini spaghetti that I topped with sauteed grass fed ground beef, onions, garlic, and Rao’s marinara sauce. I also roasted some Portobello mushrooms but instead of cooking them in packets, I followed the method in my sausage and spinach stuffed portobello mushroom recipe.

Here’s my dinner plate:

And that’s a wrap!

Paleo Eats: 6/24/11 

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Yo! It’s our wedding anniversary today! You might not know this but Fitbomb and I were betrothed as infants in our parents’ village in China. Cute picture, huh?

It’s amazing that we’re still together after all these years. The village matchmaker has an unbelievable track record.

Okay — which of you numbnuts actually believed that story? You’re effectively banned from my blog. Forever. Good bye.

Back to our regular programming…

Here’s how I stuffed my face on our eleventh wedding anniversary:

Before heading to my CrossFit class this morning, I popped a seasoned pork shoulder roast in the oven to cook ALL day.

Then, I made myself a frittata with some pastured eggs, leftover broccoli slaw stir fry, cherry tomatoes, and Parisien Bonnes Herbes seasoning.

When I came home from class, I ate some leftover rotisserie chicken and a microwaved sweet potato as a post workout meal.

At lunchtime, I reheated the Thai green goat curry and cauliflower fried rice.

The leftover green curry didn’t actually have any meat remaining so I added shredded rotisserie chicken. Normally, this discovery would’ve made me very HANGRY but since it was our anniversary, I went to my zen place instead.

For snack, I ate some grass fed roast beef and a small serving of coconut milk and pitted Bing cherries.

I love this combo even more than coconut milk and strawberries. I’m so sad that Bing cherry season is almost over.

Although Fitbomb and I are officially celebrating our anniversary at Saison tomorrow night, I still wanted to eat something tasty yet simple to make for dinner. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.

The pork roast was finished cooking by 5:00 p.m….

…so I just threw together a few simple sides to accompany it.

I whipped up a batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

…stir-fried heirloom broccoli with garlic, Red Boat fish sauce, and coconut aminos…

…and roasted curried carrots in the toaster oven.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Goodnight!

(Yes, you’re still banned from my blog — I’m watching you.)

Paleo Eats: 6/21/11 

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Geez. Summer announced itself with a vengeance today. Yes, I’m a wimpy hothouse flower and these Nor Cal “hot” days are truly nothing to whine about. But I like complaining. A lot.

Before hitting my WOD at the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I fueled up with a couple of fried eggs and some nuked frozen broccoli that I sprinkled with Volcano Grind seasoning.

I’m happy to report that I finally finished my first WOD RX’d! It was all body weight stuff and I wasn’t super fast — but I did it! As a post workout meal, I ate a microwaved sweet potato and half a package of Grass Fed Just Jerky.

Then, Lil-O accompanied me to Trader Joe’s and Calafia Market-A-Go-Go where we stocked up on groceries and a rotisserie free-range chicken, respectively.

For lunch, I threw together a quick salad with shredded rotisserie chicken, mâche, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and store-bought spicy guacamole.

This salad really only took around 5 minutes to make because all I did was open up bags of pre-washed, pre-sliced veggies and clean some cherry tomatoes. It took me about as long to wash my greasy hands after I shredded the chicken!

As an afternoon snack, I ate a handful of cherries and some cubed frozen coconut milk that I’d purchased at 99 Ranch yesterday. (If you can’t find it already frozen, you can freeze your favorite canned coconut milk in ice cube trays as an alternative).

It tasted pretty good but the Hawaiian Sun brand that I ate in Kauai was even creamier. The possibilities on how to vary this frosty treat are endless. If I hadn’t been so lazy, I would’ve blended the frozen coconut milk with berries (strawberries & cream smoothie!), blitzed it with frozen pineapple and banana (frosty piña colada!), or coated the cubes in melted dark chocolate (frozen bon bons!).  

At dinnertime, I made another batch of semi-homemade spaghetti and meatballs with zucchini spaghetti and meatballs formed from Full of Life Farm’s bulk Italian sausage.

Super simple, satisfying, and kid-friendly.

Time to catch some zzzz’s!

Microwaved Yams/Sweet Potatoes

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Baking sweet potatoes/yams in the oven USED to be my go-to method for cooking these spuds. Since I rarely eat them right out of the oven and I peel the skin, I’ve starting cooking them in the microwave instead. Using the microwave, I can cook the yams in a fraction of the time and there’s no risk of me burning down the house. Win win!

The different types of sweet potatoes/yams cook at various times – the yellow and orange ones are wetter and cook in about 10 minutes whereas the drier purple ones can take up to 20 minutes.

For all types of sweet potatoes, my method is the same:

I wash and dry similarly-sized sweet potatoes/yams…  

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…stab them all over with a sharp paring knife…

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…and arrange them in a circle in a Pyrex dish.

I cover the yams with a damp paper towel…

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…and nuke them on high for 5 minutes. (If you’re just making one yam, it only takes about 5 minutes.) Then, I rotate the yams and nuke them for another 5 minutes. I keep checking and nuking the yams until they are soft to the touch.

Orange and yellow yams are normally done after a total of 10 minutes. For the purple yams, I usually need to nuke them for a total of 20 minutes and I rewet the paper towel halfway through the cooking process.

Don’t be lazy and zap the spuds for a total of 10-20 minutes right off the bat – you’ll end up with unevenly cooked sweet potatoes. Break up the cooking time in 5 minutes intervals x2 and then shorter intervals (e.g. 1-2 minutes) as the spuds soften.

Once they’re finished, I let them cool to room temperature, peel them…

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…and stick them in the fridge in the same dish. Why waste your time washing a pan or dish when you can do it later?

Easy and quick post workout carbs!


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).

Paleo Eats: 6/15/11 (Fourth Day In Kauai)

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Another day of Paleo eats in Kauai…

Unlike our previous few days on the island, we ate just about all our meals out at restaurants (which is a more typical M.O. for us when we’re traveling). But this is my vacation, damn it, and I don’t want to cook all my meals!

Before heading to our 6:00 a.m. class at Kauai CrossFit

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…I scarfed down half an avocado sprinkled with Aloha Spice Company’s Pele’s Fire Sea Salt and a small slice of yesterday’s frittata.

The WOD today was tough but hubby thought I enjoyed it because I was smiling throughout the workout.  Little does he know that I’m a mouth breather when I exercise and I just look like I’m smiling. 

As a post-workout meal, we scarfed down a baked purple yam at the beach before we strolled to Ono Family Restaurant for some grub.

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I ordered the Captain’s Platter, which came with grilled mahi mahi and two eggs over medium.

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In place of rice AND toast, I asked for steamed vegetables.

I squeezed lemon all over everything and gobbled up my protein and veggies.

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Fitbomb ordered a special listed on the white board: Portugese shredded pork with two eggs over easy.

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He ordered some pineapple in place of the double starch sides and didn’t touch the brown gravy that accompanied the swine.

This casual diner cooks up reliable local breakfast fare and the Japanese aunties that staff this joint are charming and efficient.

After breakfast, we attempted to buy local, grass fed beef at Kojima Store but the butcher counter is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Dang nab it!

For lunch, we stopped by the Kilauea Fish Market where I ordered a Cajun-spiced ahi sashimi salad…

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…that I scarfed down on the back patio with the family.

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At dinnertime, we drove to Bar Acuda and ate a yummy, mostly-Paleo meal.

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Time for bed!

Paleo Eats: 6/13/11 (Second Day In Kauai)

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We started off our first morning in Kauai bright and early with one hell of a chipper at Kauai CrossFit. You can read all about it in great detail on Fitbomb’s blog. My two big regrets were that I didn’t eat breakfast beforehand and I forgot to pack my contact lenses for our trip. I was super peeved that my near-sightedness caused me to miss the beautiful ocean views AND the second half of the WOD.

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I thought I was finished after the 20 burpees so you can bet I let out a string of profanities when I realized I still had a bunch more stuff to complete. I was wiped when I was finished but it was a blast CrossFitting outside in paradise with my hubby.

Post workout, I quickly gobbled a baked purple sweet potato in the parking lot. When we got home I was super delighted to discover that my sis had already cooked us a delicious Paleo breakfast: roasted broccoli and garlic, hard-boiled eggs, seared Canadian bacon, and baked purple sweet potatoes.

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I love my big sis! It’s such a special treat to be spoiled like this PLUS it tasted kickass.

After our breakfast/post workout meal, we took a quick stroll outside…

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…to check out the gorgeous views.

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Then, we walked over to Healthy Hut to pick up some snacks.

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This tiny, family-owned natural food store has a nice selection of organic produce, meats, and groceries. Yep, it’s pricey but I was happy to fork over the moola for some high quality organic Hawaiian spice blends, coconut water, and 85% dark chocolate.  

For lunch, we stopped by Duane’s Ono Char Burger

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…and I ordered a Nui-Nui (double patty) burger sans bun and extra bacon.

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It was a well-seasoned burger for a reasonable price ($7.15). I’d definitely return for another.

We spent our afternoon scoping out Wailua Falls

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…and shopping at Fish Express (spicy ahi poke!) and Costco (more eggs!).

By dinnertime I was pretty tired and didn’t want to make anything complicated for supper. Luckily, we had some Paleo-ish, Costco-purchased Kalua pork in the fridge.

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My sis braised some cabbage, carrots, onions, and diced Canadian bacon on the stove…

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…while I reheated the pork in the microwave…

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…and broiled asparagus in the oven.

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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Yummy, quick, and reasonably priced!

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Check out my Double-O’s showing off the muscles they’ve developed eating Paleo in paradise!

Paleo Eats: 6/10/11

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Today I was so tempted to order take-out for all my meals. Yes, I’ll readily admit that I feel like this A LOT. I definitely enjoy eating more than cooking!

Despite my laziness, I ended up cooking my meals today because:  

  1. We’ll be eating out a lot in Kauai.
  2. The meals we eat in paradise won’t be very Paleo-compliant.
  3. I picked up a new box of veggies yesterday from Mariquita Farm and I gotta cook ‘em up before we leave.

Sigh.

Without further delay, here’s what I chowed on today…

For breakfast, I made myself a frittata with two eggs, nuked frozen spinach, a dollop of full-fat Greek yogurt, Sunny Paris seasoning, and S & P…

…that I topped with ½ an avocado and Primavera salsa.

Then, I went to the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto and got my butt kicked. However, I was smiling throughout the class because it’s a blast and Coach Trish was sporting a deadlift girl T-shirt.

When I got home, I ate a cold chunk of leftover sous vide cowboy steak along with a handful of chestnuts.

For lunch, I nuked a leftover sausage and spinach stuffed Portobello mushroom and sautéed some baby chard with coconut aminos, Red Boat fish sauce, salt, and pepper.

As an afternoon snack, I finished off the rest of the sous vide cowboy steak and ate a couple tablespoons of coconut butter. Crazy combo but it totally hit the spot.

At dinnertime, I roasted curried cauliflower and carrots

…and stir-fried a batch of emergency protein (grass fed ground beef, diced spring onions, minced garlic, Arizona Dreaming seasoning, salt, and pepper).

Here’s my dinner plate:

I topped the beef with Primavera salsa (a.k.a. magic sauce) and avocado sprinkled with Aleppo pepper finishing salt.

Gotta catch some zzzz’s so I won’t fall asleep on the massage table tomorrow morning. I’m so looking forward to my spa morning with Fit Daffy, R, and HA. We’re going to RTFO and I know I’m gonna set a new PR!

Paleo Eats: 5/31/11

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Our busy 3-day weekend left me kind of discombobulated this morning. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was actually Tuesday instead of Monday and I’ll be returning to work tomorrow night. In other words, I didn’t get my act together to pre-cook a bunch of meals for my upcoming workweek. Oh well.

For breakfast, I fried up some mini chicken apple sausages and ate them with leftover broiled asparagus and diced avocado sprinkled with Aleppo pepper and salt.

After my women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I ate half a baked yam and some organic roast chicken deli meat.

At lunchtime, I reheated some leftover braised Thai green curry and nuked some frozen broccoli.

I followed this up with ½ a bag of coconut flakes. No joke.

In the afternoon, the kids and I went to Fraiche yogurt and I treated myself to a full-fat plain Greek yogurt with toasted unsweetened coconut and diced strawberries.

Yes, newbies to the blog, I do eat full-fat dairy on occasion. No angry missives, please.

When we came home, there was a parcel on the doorstep from Steve’s Original.

I can’t wait to try all the goodies that came in the package!

The first thing I tasted was the PaleoKrunch cereal.

Wow! It was yummy, coconut-y, crunchy, and honey-sweetened. My kiddies LOVED it!

Yes, it has seeds in it (high omega-6 content) but we’re not going to eat it all the time.

Initially, I was a little hesitant to buy PaleoKits because they contain sunflower oil but after reading Steve Liberati’s detailed explanation on the CrossFit Discussion Board, I don’t have an issue with it. Plus, every purchase at Steve’s Originals benefits Steve’s Club National Program — which is an awesome cause.

For dinner, I roasted some broccoli in the oven and made a quick stir-fry with diced spigarello and leftover emergency protein.

Although I’m not looking forward to returning to work tomorrow night, I AM excited to drink more Phil’z coffee during my workweek. I need it. Really, I do.

Paleo Eats: 5/30/11

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Today was a great finish to a wonderful holiday weekend. Hubby and I were able to sleep in until 8:00 a.m. since the kids were crashing at my parents’ house. Yes, childless people, 8:00 a.m. is really LATE.

Since I had been peer-pressured and shamed into doing Murph at CrossFit Palo Alto at 9:00 a.m. (you all know who you are!), I fueled up on some melted coconut butter (fat!) and Applegate Farms organic roast beef (protein!) as a pre-workout meal.

Murph was tough but Coach Tim did a fantastic job of reminding us pussies that we needed to suck it up because thousands of past and present members of our armed forces put their lives on the line everyday to ensure our freedoms.

How’d I do? You can read about my Murph experience over at the Five Tribe — or just check out this photo of me, taken about ten seconds before I finished:

Post-Murph, I scarfed down a sweet potato, buffalo jerky, and some chestnuts. My glycogen stores were spent and I needed to replenish them ASAP.

Afterwards, hubby and I caught a matinee showing of Bridesmaids – our first movie sans kids in over a year. I like my movies without cartoon characters and heaps of steaming scatological humor, so I really enjoyed this one.

For lunch, we hit the Chipotle next to the theater and ordered our regular: carnitas salad bowl with pico de gallo, spicy salsa, and guacamole.

Then, we went to pick up our kiddies and took a family trip to my favorite grocery store, Sigona’s in Redwood City, to stock up on meat and veggies.

At dinnertime, I steamed the two gigantic artichoke globes that I received in my weekly Mariquita Farm CSA box.

I also made cheater crispy sous vide crispy duck confit and nuked some leftover broiled asparagus and Portobello mushrooms.

Here’s my dinner plate:

So sad that the weekend is over!

Paleo Eats: 5/27/11

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Here’s another quickie write-up about my eats today. I purposely didn’t create a new recipe so I wouldn’t have to write a long post. Geez, this blog is taking over my life! In all seriousness, I’ve got some new recipes down the turnpike – I just have to get over my biweekly post-work hangover first.

Breakfast: I made myself a three-egg scramble with leftover chicken apple sausage, frozen broccoli, and Sunny Paris seasoning.

Can you believe I was too lazy to make a frittata? Seriously.

Post-Workout Snack: I devoured a baked yam, a couple slices of Applegate Farms Organic roast beef, and a handful of roasted chestnuts after my class at CrossFit Palo Alto.

Lunch: Lil-O and I met my friend, H, at Paradise Kabab House and I ordered a Soltani Combo platter (koobideh and marinated lamb) with extra salad.

This place makes tasty meat sticks.

Afternoon snack: I mindlessly ate gobs and gobs of coconut flakes and some macadamia nuts. I’m not proud of it but whatevs.

Meal Planning: (Spoiler alert for R and Lazy Caveman!) I threw a pot of Bo Kho into the oven in preparation for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Dinner: I made a super easy emergency protein stir-fry with ground grass fed beef, mushrooms, onion, and garlic that I seasoned with Red Boat fish sauce, coconut aminos, salt, and pepper. I served it over a bowl of nuked frozen broccoli.

I told Big-O that we weren’t having a fancy dinner tonight and he took one look at his bowl and stated, “But this IS fancy, mommy.” Awwwwww.

Lights out!