Whoa, nelly! Phil’z Coffee is STRONG stuff. I was buzzing when I started work but the java is so delicious, I didn’t mind the palpitations and jitters. Yes, I shouldn’t chug 20 ounces in less than 15 minutes before starting my nightshift but I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. 

Here’s what I ate while on my caffeine high:

My first meal was at 2:30 a.m. when I drank some soup filled with veggies, smoked ham, and chicken apple sausage.

For snack, I ate a Primal Pac. If I had to choose between a Primal Pac or a Paleo Kit, I’d eat a Paleo Kit. Why? I just think they’re a little tastier: the jerky is more flavorful and I like dried strawberries better than mango. Don’t get me wrong, both are tasty emergency snacks but my personal preference is to chow on a Paleo Kit.

I wasn’t really hungry at the end of my shift so I didn’t eat the dinner I packed. Instead, I came home and made some breakfast for dinner (inspired by Ms. Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites): pastured bacon and eggs with a side of Farmhouse Culture Smoked Jalapeno Kraut. 

After I ate,  I removed the pork chops out of the SousVide Supreme (hubby plunked them in the water oven before heading to his 5:00 a.m. class at CrossFit Palo Alto).

I chilled them in an ice bath for an hour before sticking them in the fridge since we’ll be eating these chops tomorrow night.

Then, I hit the sack and slept until the evening.

At 5;00 p.m., I woke up and plopped the sous-vided cowboy steaks in the water oven (130 F for about 45 minutes) to reheat.

To accompany the dino-sized chops, I broiled asparagus (drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar)…

…and eggplant slices (topped with balsamic vinegar and basil chiffonade)…

…pureed a batch of garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.

…and nuked leftover gravy from the freezer.

Once I finished cooking the veggies, I seared and blow-torched the cowboy steaks.

And, yes, that little Lego lady is there to emphasize the ginormousness of these steaks. We split one steak between four adults!

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner I did some burpees and put gathered my crap for work. No coffee tonight – just some coconut flakes and coconut water before heading out the door. Two more nights of work before I’m on PTO!

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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