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Paleo Eats: 5/12/11

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My first day back as a diurnal full-time mommy was busy but I love hanging out with my two funny boys.

For breakfast, I threw together a quick salad with Applegate Farms organic roast beef, avocado, cucumber, shredded carrot, and mixed greens.

No dressing but I didn’t miss it.

At lunch, I chowed on some leftover roasted chicken thighs, frozen green beans, and a couple tablespoons of coconut butter.

My afternoon was jam-packed with appointments and activities so I threw a spicy Tanka bar in my bag and ate it while on the go.

One of my many errands included picking up my weekly veggie CSA box from Mariquita Farms.

Yes, that’s a shitload of carrots but it’s only because I traded out the fava beans (with a heavy heart) and new potatoes for two more bunches of carrots.

Dinner was a super simple scramble with chicken apple sausage, leftover broiled asparagus, and Sunny Paris seasoning.

Since we’d gotten some distressing news at Big-O’s pediatrician appointment (don’t worry – his diagnosis is totally treatable), my mind was distracted and I didn’t feel like making anything complicated for dinner. Eggs and sausage to the rescue!

That’s all for tonight! Gotta get some zzzz’s so I’ll be well-rested for the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto in the morning!

Paleo Eats: 2/26/11

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I’m barely at the halfway mark of my workweek and I’m dragging a bit. Yes, it’s probably due to the fact that I went to a class at CrossFit Palo Alto  after my nightshift instead of catching some zzzz’s. A long, intense WOD combined with bright sunlight shining in my eyes (decreased melatonin) on the drive home is not conducive to good sleep. Whatever. I had a great time in class and I’ll do it do again.

On night three of work, I ate the same chow as I did the night before. It pays off to have lots of leftovers!

My first meal of the night was a box of leftover grass fed T-bone steak, winter squash puree, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon

…followed a few hours later with a snack of leftover mini frittata muffins

…and capped off with my “dinner” of Chili Con Carne seasoned grass fed ground beef, cauliflower fried rice, and roasted asparagus.

On my way home from work, I picked up my weekly veggie CSA box.

For once I was glad the contents were skimpy because my fridge was already stuffed with veggies from my Mariquita Farms “mystery box” and from going to the store earlier in the week.

At home, I opened up a couple packages from Amazon and was happy to find a bunch ‘o fats…

…but mad to discover that I’d mistakenly ordered a big ass box of finely shredded coconut instead of coconut flakes.

Argh. Serves me right for groggily (and recklessly) ordering stuff online in the middle of the night. That was good reminder that I needed to go to sleep right away. But before I hit the hay, I seasoned a small pork shoulder roast with Chili Con Carne seasoning, salt, and pepper and stored it in a Ziploc bag in the fridge to roast off later in the week.

When I woke up at 5:30 p.m., I felt well-rested and refreshed. Although I’ve been working graveyard shift for almost a decade, it still takes me a few days to get back into the groove of things.

I was too tired in the morning to defrost any meat so I sent my hubby to Calafia to pick up a rotisserie chicken…

…while I roasted a tray of carrots and celery root

…and stir-fried collard greens with bacon and shallots.

I know I’ve been making this dish a lot but the combination of greens, bacon, shallots, and vinegar is too tasty to try something different.

Here’s my plate:

(BTW, a frail Steve Jobs was snapped by National Enquirer photogs a couple weeks ago exiting Calafia Cafe.)

After dinner, I helped put the kids to bed and then I practiced some power cleans in the garage My form is really ugly but I’m working on it, ‘kay? When the clock struck 9:20 p.m.,  I got my crap together and went to work.

Paleo Eats: 2/24/11

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Tonight I started another seven-night stretch of work. Hooray. Yep, my enthusiasm is palpable.

Since I’m never super hungry on my first night back, I didn’t eat until around 3:00 a.m. My “lunch” consisted of leftover mini frittata muffins that I microwaved for 30 seconds to take the chill off of them.

A couple hours later, I snacked on some macadamia nuts and coconut flakes (surprise, surprise).

My last big meal at work was a big helping of leftover crab salad over organic greens, shredded carrots, and roasted red bell peppers.

When I got off work, I went upstairs to check on my mother-in-law. She was already up, washed, and ready to be taken home. As we waited for her final discharge counseling, I polished off a container of Paleo trail mix.

As soon as we got home, I popped my vitamins and went straight to bed. While I slept, my parents went to pick up my winter “mystery” box from Mariquita Farm. For $25, I got a box chock full of yummy winter produce. Sorry I’ve got no picture for you but I was too lazy to take everything out of the fridge. I’m definitely looking forward to when the Two Small Farms’ CSA deliveries resume in March.

At 5:00 p.m., I woke up and started preparing dinner. Luckily, I already had a platter of braised duck legs waiting in the fridge so all I had to do was heat it up…

…and prepare some cauliflower fried rice (which was fried in rendered duck fat)…

…and broil big fat asparagus spears that I drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I fried up some ground beef and diced onions that I seasoned with Chili Con Carne seasoning so I’d have extra protein to pack for work meals. Then, I assembled my nosh for work and took off for the hospital.

My veggie CSA haul for this week: lancinato kale, Italian parsley, cauliflower, carola potatoes, red leaf lettuce, eggplant, delicata and acorn squash, and celery.  This means I gotta clean my vegetable crisper of all my old stuff from last week.  Even though I’m pretty good these days about eating all the veggies that come in the box, there’s always one item that goes bad (normally because I don’t want to make it).  Last week, it was the fennel, and this week it looks like it’ll be the potatoes.  

My veggie CSA haul for this week: lancinato kale, Italian parsley, cauliflower, carola potatoes, red leaf lettuce, eggplant, delicata and acorn squash, and celery.  This means I gotta clean my vegetable crisper of all my old stuff from last week.  Even though I’m pretty good these days about eating all the veggies that come in the box, there’s always one item that goes bad (normally because I don’t want to make it).  Last week, it was the fennel, and this week it looks like it’ll be the potatoes.  

I Lurv My Veggie CSA

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David Chang says, “every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it.”  By golly, you can do the same thing at home if you join Two Small Farms’ CSA!   Well, maybe not the fig part since this is mostly a vegetable CSA, but you can cook delicious dishes with little fuss since you are getting the same stellar stuff supplied to rock star chefs around the Bay Area.

I’ve been a loyal member of this CSA for 5 years because the produce is awesome!  Previously, I was a member of Eatwell Farm’s CSA but I quit due to quality inconsistency.  I switched to Two Small Farms’ CSA because I was a big fan of Mariquita Farm’s veggies at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.  

For about $20 a week, you get a really nice assortment of vegetables with the occasional melon or box of strawberries thrown in.  I used to waste a lot of the vegetables (gasp!) because we were eating out so much (pre-kids and pre-Paleo diet) but now I can finish the box in about 3-4 days and actually have to supplement my box with trips to the farmer’s market or grocery store.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, join this CSA and you won’t be disappointed.  Seriously, you will look like Alice F-ing Waters just by roasting your veggies with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.