This morning I had a lot to do before the CrossFit Palo Alto Whole9 Nutrition Guide Orientation. I knew Badier was super-prepared to champion the health benefits of the Paleo diet, so I wasn’t boning up on any of the material. Instead, I focused on preparing some Paleo snacks so people would (hopefully) see that you can eat tasty chow as a cave person.

Before I started cooking this morning, I picked up my weekly vegetable CSA box.

Today’s haul was kind of skimpy, so I’ll need to get some more produce at Sigona’s or Whole Foods early next week.

When I returned home, I immediately started buzzing around the kitchen like a busy bee. I made some curried beef, broccoli slaw, and mushroom frittata muffins

…and broiled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

My hubby made his Paleo trail mix (with some additional macadamia nuts)…

…that he portioned out into individual serving containers.

Also, I nuked a jar of coconut butter so we could get people hooked on this highly addictive crack. This is, of course, entirely appropriate, given that I’m a professional drug dealer.

I was sampling all the items we were making so all those stolen bites ended up being my breakfast.

The orientation was really fun and it was great meeting all the other members of the gym. Badier did a fantastic job summarizing all the key points of the Paleo diet in a concise and easily digestible way. There were also tasty eats provided by other gym members and that was definitely the highlight for a foodie like me!

When we returned home, I was still a little hungry so I heated up some leftover curried cream of broccoli soup with shredded rotisserie chicken.

Afterwards, Big-O and I made a batch of Sarah Fragoso’s chocolate custard. I decided to nuke the chocolate and coconut milk because the microwave is a great way to melt chocolate without burning it AND I didn’t want to wash another pot.

I also subbed in a teaspoon of vanilla extract in lieu of the cinnamon.

For dinner, we stopped by the Palo Alto Creamery and I ordered the New York steak dinner with double grilled vegetables (I passed on the potatoes)…

…and Fitbomb ordered steak and eggs with a side of fruit (which he didn’t eat).

The steak was kinda tough; it was cooked medium well even though I asked for it medium rare. Still, the service and setting were great, so I didn’t complain. Plus, it’s sad to say, but I have lowered food-quality expectations when I dine out in Palo Alto…

Ahhhh…chocolatey goodness for dessert. My kids each ate a chocolate custard and I savored a few squares of dark chocolate. It is an “S” day after all.

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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