Can I tell you how happy I am to be home? Getting back from Texas in time to tuck the boys into bed made my heart sing, though it’s a bittersweet tune. Every time I give my kids a fierce bear hug, I know I’m on borrowed time; one of these days, they’ll refuse ’cause it’s no longer cool to hug their mom.

Ai ya! Enough kvetching already. Let’s cut to the chase and take a peek at my meals for the day. I didn’t make anything fancy—just a few dishes I threw together with the odds and ends I scavenged from the fridge. 

Although the school year is officially over, the Double-Os still wake up at 7 a.m. on the dot every morning. We even took the clock out of their room, hoping they’d sleep in a little longer—but to no avail. They’re like machines.

For breakfast, I sautéed sliced mushrooms…


…and tucked them into omelets, one for each member of the family.

At five to nine, Henry hustled the boys off to day camp, and I headed over to CrossFit Palo Alto to get my sweat on with the women’s class. After a challenging workout alternating rowing, running, and deadlifting, I came home and scarfed down a half a small sweet potato and a few slices of prosciutto.

I spent the rest of the morning tapping away on my laptop, and before I knew it, it was time for lunch. I hadn’t done any grocery shopping yet, but I did manage to find some leftover steak, lettuce, bell pepper, avocado, and shallots in the fridge and pantry. I quickly sautéed the shallots, pepper and steak…


…added a generous dash of chili powder, and assembled a few butter-lettuce-wrapped tacos.


This was the last of the fresh food remaining in our fridge, so as soon as I polished it off, I hightailed it to the market to stock up on meat, fruit, and veggies.

For dinner, I roasted a tray of broccoli and seared some shrimp in our friend Sandeep’s coconut ghee (a.k.a. Primal Fat).


The shrimp were seasoned with just kosher salt and lemon juice. Easy does it!


I’m exhausted from hopping on planes every other week, and working a zombie drug dealer shift in the middle doesn’t make recovery any easier. For the next few days, I’m going to catch up on sleep, relax with the kids, and focus on clean eats. (Bill and Hayley’s newest book, The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking—released today!—should come in handy.)

Smell ya later!

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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