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Paleo Eats: 9/17/11

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I know I sound like a broken record, but this post will be short and sweet because I’m sore and tired.

Let’s cut to the chase and get to my eats!

Before our family raced over to CrossFit Palo Alto to participate in Fight Gone Bad 6

…I quickly shredded the slow cooker Kalua pig that finished cooking when we woke up in the morning.

I also crammed my pie-hole with turkey deli meat, coconut flakes, and cherry tomatoes, and chased everything down with an espresso. 

I dropped Fitbomb and the boys at the gym…

…before I stopped at the store to grab some guacamole and lettuce to accompany my shredded swine.

I hustled back tout de suite because I was in the second heat of the day.  I got a good luck hug from Big-O…

…before I went balls to the walls.

It was a family affair because Fitbomb gave it his all  in the second to last RX’d men’s heat and the Double-O’s participated in the kids’ WOD at the very end.

Afterwards, the Paleo potluck commenced and there were yummy meats fresh from the grill…

…and a slew of other goodies.

Here’s my first plate of many…

…and Fitbomb’s lunch.

When we got home, I was exhausted and sore. The last thing I wanted to do was make dinner but I had a three-pound package of 4505 Meats’ grass fed beef grind in the fridge so I quickly made Turkish sliders (sans sauteed onions)…

…mashed a batch of guacamole, and made a quick tomato salad.

Here’s my dinner plate:

That’s a wrap! Ha! Get it?

Yes, it’s time to go to bed

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: 9/15/11

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It was a busy, busy day with no time to cook but I was able to eat pretty clean — despite eating dinner at a pre-school potluck. Wanna see?

In the morning, our family was hustling to get the heck out of our house. Before accompanying Lil-O to his preschool class in the morning, I ate a fried Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage, leftover garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes, and sliced heirloom tomatoes.

After a fun but exhausting morning at the preschool, I came home and reheated leftover Lion’s head, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, and braised eggplant.

Don’t worry, I’ll pester my mom until she gives up her recipe for Lion’s head meatballs. I can be a persistent mofo when I want to be.

In the afternoon, I ran some errands with the kids and picked up my weekly vegetable CSA haul from Mariquita Farm.

We were attending a potluck in the neighborhood park for Lil-O’s preschool, so I prepared roasted broccoli with crispy prosciutto and balsamic vinegar when we got home.

After the side dish was finished, we ran over to the park and the kids played with their pals and I checked out the potluck spread. As usual, it was a cornucopia of carbs and sugar.

Le sigh.

Despite the slim pickings, I was able to cobble together a Paleo-friendly dinner plate with some rotisserie chicken, roasted broccoli with crispy prosciutto, and baby carrots.

(Sorry for the shitty pic — I only had my iPhone on hand.)

That’s it for tonight! 

X-mas With the In-Laws

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Tonight, we went to another potluck buffet bonanza at Fitbomb’s parents’ place. My contribution to the dinner was a platter of roasted cauliflower seasoned with Tabil.

I tossed the florets in macadamia nut oil, Tabil, salt, and pepper prior to roasting.

Here’s my paper plate piled with veggies and roast meats:

That’s a piece of vein-y turkey on top, not worm-infested meat.

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.