Work started tonight and I was excited because the sooner I finish my seven night stretch, the faster my three-week vacay starts. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my job but a good chunk of my PTO will be spent on Kauai. Yes, I’m gloating a little.

This morning, I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare breakfast before meeting my mother-in-law for her oncology appointments – so I just plated myself some smoked salmon, leftover broiled asparagus, and roasted Portobello mushrooms.

While I was at the hospital, I scarfed down a grass fed beef Paleo Kit as a snack. Oooh! I like these snack packs! It won’t be your thing if you don’t like mixing sweet and savory items, but I’m all over that kind of thing. I’m gonna stick a couple in my bag so I have emergency Paleo grub on me at all times.

As a quick aside, my mother-in-law is doing MUCH better now that she’s decided to eat more meat; her labs are great and she’s got more energy. See? Meat = magic!

When I got home, I made myself a quick salad with sautéed spicy shrimp, greens, cucmbers, and carrots.

I seasoned the shrimp with salt, pepper, and Arizona Dreaming before sautéing them with sliced onions, red bell peppers, minced garlic, and Primavera salsa.

I took a two-hour nap and I woke up at 5:00 p.m. to make dinner. We had leftover Bo Kho and garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes so I just needed to make a couple additional dishes.

I was itching to try the homemade pancetta R & K brought over the other night…

…so I diced up a piece and crisped the porky bits in a frying pan.

I added the yummy pancetta to a Savoy cabbage, onion, and mushroom stir-fry…

…and made a pancetta-spinach frittata.

Here’s my dinner plate:

In honor of National Running Day, I ran over to Phil’z Coffee before starting work to fill a large thermos with Anesthesia to the Upside with cream. This java is so tasty, I’m always muttering, “thisissodamngoodthisissodamngoodthisissodamngood…” to myself in the parking lot in between sips. Yes, I look like a nut but I’m okay with it.

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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