On a whim, I bought a bag of broccoli slaw the other day from Trader Joe’s. For lunch, I finally broke it open and added some extra shredded carrots (also purchased from TJ’s), sliced red bell peppers, and diced avocado.
I drizzled on some extra virgin olive oil and orange muscat champagne vinegar. Then, I added freshly ground black pepper and Kosher salt. I sliced up some leftover sous vide bottom round roast beef and tossed it all together.
The broccoli slaw is so damn convenient. Okay — it’s a little dry and looks anemic, but I would purchase it again. It’s a quick way to add veggies to your plate, and I’m all about that!
It’s nearing the end of our weeklong stay in Maui so we’re re-visiting a bunch of our favorite restaurants for second (and third) meals. Tonight, our kids seemed too punchy to eat out at a restaurant so we opted for take out from Aloha Mixed Plate. I’m not sure why we were being so selfless. If our kids are shits we ain’t coming back for another year anyway.
In all honesty, the food at Aloha Mixed plate is really only mediocre at best. Most of their items are really sweet (e.g. teriyaki beef) or too tough (e.g. kalbi) but one item that really shines is their kalua pig. It’s tender, moist, and seasoned just right. I thought the only way to order it was to get the Hawaiian plate lunch but then you get a bunch of stuff I don’t like (e.g. poi, tough haupia, rice, macaroni salad). When I called in my order tonight, I learned that you can order just the kalua pig as a side and it would only cost around $5. As a result, we cobbled together our own Paleo kalua pork salad with some take out items and things in our fridge/freezer.
From Aloha Mixed Plate, we ordered a garden salad (split between Fitbomb and I):
Three sides of kalua pig (split amongst 3 of us):
Add some nuked frozen broccoli and sliced avocado and VOILA:
Tasty, healthy, and cheap Paleo kalua pork salad!
No, we didn’t go to Mala again (we’re going for brunch this weekend) but we made a second appearance at Star Noodle. Hey, pickings are slim here in Maui! So if you like a place, you should stick with it. Life’s too short to waste a meal on something shitty.
Today for lunch we ordered the following items:
Pan roasted local mushrooms:
Mmmmmm. Umami goodness. I liked this mushroom dish better than the similar one we ate at Mala the other day.
Special of the day: balsamic marinated grilled beef over local greens:
The beef was well-seasoned and served rare – just the way I like it. The dressing also had a nice kick to it.
Garlic steak served sizzling with onions and scallions:
This steak was tasty but a tad over-cooked for my taste. Fitbomb also found it a bit too sweet.
All in all, the food was nom nom-approved and it’s not just good for Maui — I wish this place was located back where we live! However, like all Asian places, it’s hard to eat truly Paleo at Star Noodle because there’s sugar, cornstarch, soy, etc. in almost everything even when you are avoiding the obvious carb-y things like noodles, rice, and dessert. But I’m on vacation so eff all that stuff!
After a leisurely morning at the beach making sand castles with the kids and snorkeling in the ocean, we just wanted to get some take out for lunch to eat at our digs. We called up one of our old standbys, The Fish Market Maui in Honokowai and our order was ready to pick up in 10 minutes.
The Fish Market Maui is both a fish market and a sandwich place and the food is great and reasonable for Maui. Unfortunately, up until this visit, we’d only ordered the sammies and weren’t sure we could get anything here that was Paleo-friendly. Thankfully, we were wrong.
I ordered the house salad with added grilled ahi (hold the croutons):
The salad greens were really crisp and fresh and the ahi was tasty but a bit more well-done than I like. I’d definitely get this again but with shrimp as my protein because my friend’s Caesar with shrimp had some big ass poached shrimp (not shrimpy shrimps).
Fitbomb got the taco platter with Cajun mahi, Cajun shrimp, and Kahlua pork (3 different tacos):
We requested no tortillas but that was too difficult for the order taker so Fitbomb just ate around them. He topped the tacos with guacamole we had purchased earlier today from the Farmers Market Maui. His favorite filling was the Kahlua pork so he’ll just get three porcine tacos next time.
The food at Fish Market Maui is fresh and tasty. Plus, you can get their “Fresh Catch Card” where you buy seven items and you get your 8th free. Since we had a completed card from last year, we got the tacos for free and we are two away from a freebie on the new card (we ordered some non-Paleo items for our friends and kids).
Since we’re leaving town, I wanted to clean our fridge of veggies that will rot while we are away. Yes, we did just get our CSA box but I’m donating it to a good friend of ours. I can’t eat a week’s worth of veggies in one night and I don’t want crispers filled with mushy brown veggies when we return. I’m not that selfless.
So what did I make? A salad with shaved zucchini, chopped baby carrots, sous vide chicken breast, avocado, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil.
Mmmm mmmm mmmmm this was a good lunch! Again, another great salad made by my hubby: butter lettuce, leftover sous vide tri-tip, Persian cucumbers, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, avocado, and toasted sliced almonds. My co-worker said, “Wow, that’s a big salad.” That’s right, it’s a big, bad-ass container of Paleo Power! Actually, I didn’t say that.