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Paleo Eats: 5/19/11

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It’s my first night back at work – the first of seven. Ugh.

My first meal at work didn’t occur until 3:00 a.m., when I ate some leftover Egg Foo Young-ish pancakes with guacamole and Primavera salsa

…followed by a small Primal Pac. I’m really loving the Primal Pacs — savory, slightly sweet, and really satisfying. 

The last thing I ate at work was some leftover slow cooker roast chicken, braised cabbage, and winter squash puree.

When I got home, I scarfed down the last nutty strawberry protein ball and a ton of coconut flakes. I gotta make sure I don’t wake up in the middle of my sleep due hunger. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Before going to bed, I filled and preheated the SousVide Supreme to 130 F so it would be ready to reheat the lamb and goat racks I sous vided a couple days ago.

When I woke up in the evening, I dunked the racks in the water oven and I fried up a big pan of Asian cauliflower fried rice

…and roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon.

After I finished cooking the veggies, I seared the lamb and goat racks in coconut oil in a super hot cast iron pan.

Yes, people, these are old photos. Something went kablooey when I tried to download tonight’s pictures from dinner, so all I have to show for my efforts is a shot of a box of leftovers that hubby will take to work for lunch tomorrow.

After dinner, I did a short homemade WOD in the gym and ate a slice of Applegate Farms organic roast beef and a small handful of chestnuts.

Then, it was off to work again!

Paleo Eats: 4/26/11

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More Paleo-friendly eats coming right up…

My first meal at work was yummy leftovers from Easter dinner: pork and rabbit sausage, saddle loin roast, slow-cooked cavolo nero, and roasted curried cauliflower

I also ate a small container of coconut flakes.

The last thing I ate at work was some emergency protein (ground pork, ground beef, broccoli slaw, and Turkish seasoning) and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes

When I got home, I accompanied Big-O to school and volunteered at library day. I went home, ate some coconut butter, and crashed.

I woke up at 5:00 p.m.and nuked some leftover slow cooker pork pot roast

roasted broccoli and bacon

…sauteed shiitake and trumpet mushrooms with bacon…

…and baked a frittata with emergency protein and diced cherry tomatoes in my toaster oven.

Another Paleo Vegas buffet dinner:

After dinner, I practiced some deadlifts and did the WOD I missed today at CrossFit Palo Alto. Then, I ate ½ a baked yam, roast beef deli slices, and went to work.

Yay! It’s finally my last night of work!

Paleo Eats: 1/31/11

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I can’t wait for this work week to be over – it’s been busy EVERY single night. Come to think of it, by my fifth night shift in a row I think I start getting whiny no matter what the workload. Oh well. Luckily, I packed a bunch of Paleo eats to fuel me through the night.

At around 2:00 a.m., I ate a box of sous vide Tabil-seasoned chicken breast with leftover sautéed spinach and bacon and nuked green beans.

A couple hours later, I snacked on a small container of coconut flakes and toasted almond slivers…

…and coconut milk and mixed berries(!) from the farmers’ market.

Even though it’s January, the berries were really sweet. Could it be that I’m just more sensitive to sweetness now that I’ve cut refined carbs out of my diet? Maybe.

My last meal of the night was a leftover box of kelp noodles. See? It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

When I returned home, I took the kids to school to drop off Big-O. As soon as we got back to our abode, I went to bed right away because I knew I’d have a lot to do when I woke up. My mother-in-law’s MRI was scheduled in the evening at 8:00 p.m. and I needed to feed everyone, pack my meals for work, and shower before we left.

When I awoke, I took my previously sous vided pork chops out of the fridge to come up to room temperature while I prepared the vegetable side dishes. I grabbed my ingredients for roasted broccoli and bacon (organic broccoli, Fatted Calf slab bacon, and avocado oil)…

…tossed everything together with some salt and pepper, and placed it in the oven to roast at 400 F for about 35 minutes.

I also minced 2 shallots and chopped up a head of cauliflower for cauliflower fried “rice”. Since I made a platter of braised cabbage the night before, I just reheated it in the microwave.

I heated a couple tablespoons of lard in my cast iron skillet and I seared the pork chops for 90 seconds on each side. I wanted to char them longer but they were only ½ inch chops so I didn’t want to overcook them.

Once I removed the chops, I prepared my cauliflower fried “rice” in my “dirty” pan. I added a splash of boxed chicken broth to deglaze the skillet and a little bit of coconut aminos for additional seasoning (besides salt and pepper).

The dark color is definitely from the pan frond and not the coconut aminos. Those are some tasty browned bits.

By the time I finished preparing the “rice,” the roasted broccoli and bacon was ready as well. I drizzled on some aged balsamic vinegar and brought it to the table.

Here’s my dinner plate (on the table in about 45 minutes):

After dinner, I had to hustle to get myself ready for work and the imaging appointment. As I was packing my meals for work, I realized I only had one box of leftovers available. Was I worried? For a split second, yes. But then I remembered that I can always throw together a frittata in about 15 minutes that could be split into two servings. I dug through our fridge and made a frittata with 5 eggs, diced Fatted Calf bacon, nuked frozen broccoli, and a heaping tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt.

I know a lot of Paleo eaters avoid dairy but I don’t experience any untoward side effects and I really love the taste of cheese, full fat yogurt, butter, and ghee. Plus, if it’s okay with Dr. Harris of PaNu and handsome nerd scientist, Mat Lalonde, it’s okay with me. Or that’s who I’m hiding behind if I get confronted about consuming dairy by an angry caveman.

After I finished packing my stuff for work, the three of us left to go to the MRI appointment.  We’re all anxiously awaiting her results because we’ll finally know the staging of her breast cancer and how best to tackle it. I get paid to have sleepless nights – they don’t.

Paleo X-mas Eve Dinner: Brisket and Veggies

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My side of the family always celebrates X-mas on the 24th, so my sister and her hubby drove up from L.A. to celebrate with us. I was excited to see them again -– but I was even more excited to taste the delicious grassfed braised brisket they brought up.

My sister served it up with two sauces: salsa verde and creme fraiche with fresh horseradish. Did I mention that she’s a professional chef and a non-vegetarian who nonetheless writes for a vegetarian magazine?

Speaking of vegetables, I was in charge of the veggie sides, so I prepared a few of my standards:

Cauliflower fried “rice”

roasted broccoli and bacon

…and braised cabbage.

I was fresh out of lard, so I whipped out a bottle of macadamia nut oil as my lubricant of choice.

Get your mind out of the gutter –- I tossed my broccoli with a few tablespoons pre-roasting and sautéed my cauliflower rice in a combination of macadamia nut oil and Kerry Gold grassfed butter.

Here’s our final spread (my mom also brought over some homemade Chinese barbequed spareribs):

This was my first plate (of many!):

Happy holidays, everyone!