Yay! It’s already more than halfway through my work week!

For my first meal at work, I ate some leftovers from The Patty Shack: a mini slider burger (sans bun), roasted Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and wilt-y salad greens. I also ate a nectarine for dessert.

About an hour before I left work, I chowed on leftover smoked turkey thigh (c/o my brother-in-law) over roasted bell peppers, shredded carrots, and jicama.

When I got home, I chilled with my boys and packed Big-O’s belongings for his first sleep over. Eeeeeek! My big boy is growing up way too fast!

Then, I popped my vitamins and went to sleep.

When I woke up in the evening, I dunked the pre-cooked oxtail packets in the SousVide Supreme and quickly got Big-O ready for his slumber party. I swear, as soon as his friend’s mom came to pick him up, he dashed out the door without so much as an adios. I insisted he give me a hug and a kiss, even if it made him look uncool. I told him if his buddy gave him grief he could totally just blame it on his needy mommy. Sigh.

For dinner, I roasted a tray of curried cauliflower

…sauteed some zucchini and shallots in coconut oil…

…and topped the sauteed courgettes with a handful of cherry tomatoes.

The word courgette is so much sexier than squash or zucchini, no? If you don’t believe me check out this recipe from the horny blokes at Modern Paleo Warfare.

Then, I seared off the sous vide oxtails in melted coconut oil…

…and made a quick sauce by combining sauteed mushrooms, onions, the defatted braising liquid, tomato paste, and Red Boat fish sauce

 Here’s my dinner plate:

Sous vide is the BEST and EASIEST way to “braise” oxtails or any tough, cheap cut o’ meat. I’ll post the recipe soon…

After dinner, I had time for some extra food preparation so I seasoned a pastured chicken with Sunny Paris seasoning, salt, and pepper that I stored in the fridge…

…and whipped up a frittata with leftover emergency protein and frozen broccoli.

I still had time to run to Philz Coffee to fill up my thermos, do a little exercise in our garage gym, pack my meals, and shower before heading to work. Dude, having only one kid in the house makes a HUGE difference. 

Only two more nights to go!

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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