Posts tagged ‘fish’

January 12, 2012

Cioppino

I’m out of food again, which means I rely on the massive stockpile of seafood in the three freezers at my house. I did a quick ingredients search on allrecipes.com and decided to make cioppino!

Cioppino is one of those classic seafood dishes that I never wanted to try because of all the clams and mussels. Even just the smell of classic cioppino is nauseating to me. I pretty much hate all bivalve mollusks! Clams, mussels, oysters… I’ll eat them, but I’ve never like them. The smell, taste, texture, look, and everything about them isn’t appetizing to me. Except I do love scallops, especially big diver’s scallops.

So my cioppino doesn’t really look like cioppino without all the clam and mussel shells sticking out. I personally think it looks, smells, and tastes a hundred times better without them. I used cod, shrimp, squid, and crabmeat. I would have loved to add scallops, but didn’t have any on hand. Super good! I loved it and had two bowls. I usually don’t like seafood stews!

I used this recipe, reducing the amount and using a few different ingredients. It was otherwise the same so I’ll just list the ingredients I used instead of the whole recipe. I don’t think the water was necessary.

– 1/4 cup clarified butter
– 1/2 onion, chopped
– 1 heaping tsp minced garlic
– 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
– 1 14.5oz can stewed tomatoes (don’t forget to check ingredients)
– 1 cup chicken broth
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1/4 tsp dried thyme
– 1/4 tsp oregano
– 1/4 cup water
– 1/3 cup white wine (dry, not sweet)
– 1 cod fillet (I think mine was like 8oz?)
– 12oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 1/3 cup chopped squid/calamari
– 1/2 cup crabmeat (might have been more)

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August 24, 2011

Getting back to normal!

I haven’t been myself the last two weeks. I pretty much stopped exercising and had very inconsistent eating habits with lots of non-paleo days. I’ve been lazy, lethargic, irritable, unmotivated, and overall feeling off. Yesterday was the first day I decided to get back to normalcy, whatever that is.

I started my day with Bikram yoga. It was the worst hot yoga experience of my entire life. I was miserable from start to finish. I did not want to be in there, I wanted to leave. I lied down a lot and skipped so many postures because I just had no motivation to push through it. Plus I kept feeling light headed like I was going to pass out, not that I’ve ever passed out before. It had only been a week since I last practiced, so it shouldn’t have been that bad. Even my first time was awesome compared to yesterday. I was probably dehydrated days of non-paleo food with all that sugar and salt as well as alcohol. I know I definitely hadn’t been drinking enough water. I love Bikram yoga, I love being in the hot room, I love the body high and the sense of complete joy and relaxation at the end… I love everything about it. But yesterday I got to see another side of it. No wonder a lot of people hate hot yoga. I’m going to try to go every day this week to get back to having happy practices.

After such a horrific yoga experience, I was just not prepared to go back to MMA yesterday. However, I did go climbing. That was rough too! I hadn’t climbed in 2 weeks. It’s crazy how fast climbing strength goes away when you don’t use it. I found myself feeling very weak and heavy and had to downgrade. It was kinda depressing! But motivating at the same time. Must climb more!

All I can say is, thank goodness I snapped out of my two week period of sloth before it became permanent.

I finally went grocery shopping yesterday! Having paleo food in the house helps me stay paleo and motivates me to actually make myself food.

  • Ground beefalo
  • Grassfed beef ribeye steak
  • Free range local boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Prosciutto di parma
  • Organic, uncured, all natural bacon
  • Wild king smoked salmon
  • Red onion
  • Shallots
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut
  • Annie’s organic dijon mustard
  • Organic capers

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And with that + what I already have in the fridge, I am set for several days of delicious food!

Here’s everything I ate yesterday except for the Coconut Bliss.

Cucumber and Lox salad

So I’ve been trying to find ways to eat cucumber and I think I just found my favorite way! This was delicious! Cucumber, red onion, tomato, avocado, smoked salmon, and capers with a little bit of the juice. No dressing required! I loved all the different textures and the flavors went together so well.

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Kiwis!!
I try to be a locavore, I go to farmers markets and joined a CSA. But let’s be honest, globalization happened and I’m going to eat kiwis.

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Deconstructed bacon burger

Red leaf lettuce from our garden, beefalo patty, bacon, tomato, avocado, and onions with a sprinkle of smoked paprika. I first cooked the bacon in a skillet, then used the bacon fat to cook the onions as well as the patty. Using the bacon fat is key. What is it about pork fat and onions that go together so well? This was very satiating. I just wish I had arugula!

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Watermelon!

Not my favorite fruit in the world, but it’s so refreshing on a nice summer day.

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It’s quite possible that I consume way too many almonds on a daily basis. I am obsessed with them, especially with a drop of local honey on each one… What? I’m trying to keep seasonal allergies at bay. And bears eat honey. Oh and with 90% dark chocolate here and there as well. I’m pretty sure that eating all these almonds has made my skin softer than ever.

 

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I wasn’t hungry, but decided to eat anyway because my friend was really hungry while we were doing some shopping at University Village yesterday. Restaurant choices are limited there, but you can usually find something to eat at “Mexican” restaurants. So we went to Sonrisa where I had the Seared Mahi Mahi with spicy fruit salsa and vegetables. No rice, please! Let’s just say I could have made it 1000x better at home. The fish was overcooked and dry, to almost a chewy leathery texture. The veggies were way over seasoned with salt. But I still ate everything on the plate. I don’t need to be hungry to be a glutton!

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Looking forward to another fully paleo day today! Hope you enjoyed all the paleo food porn. It has been a while since I’ve posted so much paleo food, no?

 

 

July 16, 2011

Airport eats and paleo friends

My fourth trip to the bay area for tunnel time was my most successful yet! Not only did I see a lot of progress in my flying, I also stayed at least 90% paleo! My Vibrams were awesome for tunnel flying! I’m so in love with those shoes. I just got home from the longest day at the Oakland airport (got there really early, couldn’t get an earlier flight, my flight was 2 hours delayed) so this will be a quick food post and I will talk about the rest of the trip later.

 

Cajun RockfishAnthony’s, Seatac airport
Actually, I don’t really remember what it was called on the menu. Since my flight out of Seattle was delayed over an hour (surprise surprise, I was flying Southwest), I decided to eat at Anthony’s, which is a local seafood restaurant chain. I ordered wild rockfish from the fresh fish section of the menu. It was covered in cajun spices and came with a pineapple salsa. The sides were supposed to be rice and broccoli, but I asked for extra broccoli without the rice. This was the best airport food I’ve ever had!! Healthy and filling at less than $20! Crazy! Further down this post you will see how awful OAK is compared to SEA in terms of food choices.

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Ribs, chicken, tri-tip lunch comboJon Jon’s BBQ, San Jose, CA
Between my tunnel sessions on Thursday, I met up with a friend who took me to this little BBQ joint in San Jose. It smelled amazing, thanks to this huge smoker out front!

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It’s a pretty limited menu that serves about four kinds of meat with sides of baked beans and potato salad. I picked the lunch combo that would allow me to sample a bit of the baby back ribs, chicken, and tri tip beef and omitted the sides. I wish I had asked for BBQ sauce on the side as well, I didn’t realize they would pour so much on top of the meat. I scraped most of it off as it was too sweet for me and definitely didn’t taste paleo (I think there was corn syrup in it). The meat itself was sooo tender! They don’t have any veggies whatsoever on their menu, so this was a meat only meal for me. As much as I like meat, I need at least an equal amount of veggies to be completely happy.

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Veggie Buffet at Fresh Choice

I ate here on my last trip and was a little disappointed in the lack of meat, but impressed with all the veggies offered. Well after my meat only meal, I was SUPER happy to stuff my face with fresh veggies!!!

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By Friday I was sleep deprived  and hungry. I snacked on prosciutto and coconut water after my morning tunnel session and had lunch at an Indian buffet. I ate a little bit of rice and dairy-based curry, but there were several paleo-friendly options like chicken tikka and veggies for me. I eat gluten-free if I can’t eat paleo; rice and dairy doesn’t seem to affect my body, but I try to avoid them anyway.

My fellow paleo/primal eating skydiver friend Krisanne invited me over for an AMAAAZING paleo dinner on Friday! I love eating with paleo friends. Food is meant to be shared and meals with paleo friends are the best!! Everything was DELICIOUS and I was so happy to have a healthy, home cooked meal while on my trip. It can be stressful to find paleo-friendly food options while traveling, so I was grateful for this wonderful meal with such wonderful company. Her cat Franklin is so cute. He had the tiniest, squeakiest meow I’ve ever heard! Check out all this beautiful food!!!

Strawberry cucumber salad 
I love when my food is colorful! This was so fresh with the perfect amount of crunch from the red onions and cucumbers while the strawberries lent a tart sweetness. There was also fresh basil in it! And isn’t her teak table awesome?

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Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches
I love the use of fruit in pork dishes and this was no exception. I had seconds! The pork itself was super high quality and it was just a beautiful, tasty plate of food. The picture doesn’t do it justice! I will definitely be making this for myself at home now that I have the recipe. Krisanne of course skipped the couscous. She said she used red wine vinegar since she didn’t have white. I’ll probably also use red. She also mentioned that the recipe works just as well with nectarines and plums. The fresh basil leaves are a must!

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Mangoes w/salt, chili powder, and lime juice
Dessert! Apparently this is a common way to eat mangos in certain parts of Latin America? I don’t know, but it was good. Like Sean said, the flavor of the mango opens up with the addition of the salt, chili powder, and lime juice. It was interesting! I only ever have my mangos plain, so the extra flavor was well, interesting. Not sure what other word to use! I always eat my fruit plain, but since having that pineapple with cinnamon at the Brazilian place and now this chili mango, I’m thinking spices can go well with fruit!

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Airports are generally full of fast food. While Seatac has some better options, Terminal 2 at Oakland is awful. AWFUL. In my 8 hours at the airport, I barely ate anything because I just could not bring myself to eat SAD food despite being hungry and tired. Vino Volo the best I could find at OAK after walking around and reading every menu. I had the small plates of Artisan Cured Meats and Roasted Chicken Breast Salad without dressing. One piece of prosciutto, two slices of salami, and 2 slices of coppa with stone ground mustard and tiny pickles for $8. EIGHT DOLLARS. And artisan?! Ha! I know my cured meat, that was definitely not worth $8. The salad was $6 and pretty good with the pine nuts, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. Though it was overpriced (what isn’t overpriced at the airport?), I felt really good about eating the best possible choices available in the entire terminal.

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I’m beyond excited for hot yoga tomorrow morning!!! This body really needs it. And I’m never flying Southwest again. They reel you in with their low fares, but they steal hours of your time and stress you out like no other. I’m sticking with Virgin and Alaskan for my flights to CA now!

June 23, 2011

I love Whole Foods!

The last two days have been awesome!!! After years of having trouble with motivation, I’m suddenly super motivated to not just live, but to thrive! And all it took was an answer to the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” I feel like my past two days reflect that – awesome bonding time with friends, awesome food, and awesome climbing. How many more times can I say awesome in one post?

Climbing
I got a membership at the Seattle Bouldering Project on Wednesday! I’ve already gone two days in a row. I love the feeling of accomplishment that you get from being able to see your own progress. Last night I could successfully climb routes that I couldn’t finish on Wednesday. I’m currently climbing most V2 routes pretty comfortably and I think I’ll start attempting some V3s next week. I’ve also overcome the majority of my fear of bouldering – I even jump down from heights that used to make me really nervous! I hope I go more often now that I have a membership so I can continue to improve!
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And now for some really great food!

Sashimi – Kisaku, Seattle
Wednesday’s post-climbing power meal was sashimi from one of my favorite sushi restaurants. I always try to ask for wild-caught only! But I don’t know enough about sustainable fishing to know which fish are plentiful and which I should avoid ordering. That’s next on my list of topics to research!

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Meat from Whole Foods
I love Whole Foods. I think it’s the best supermarket chain around! I just wish there were more of them. I actually prefer getting meat there than at a butcher’s because it’s labeled so well. I love the “Animal Welfare Rating” that indicates how the animal was raised for their meat. The grass fed beef I bought was rated a step 4, pasture centered – “When living outdoors, chickens get to forage, pigs get to wallow and cattle get to roam.” Speaking of roaming cattle, before I opened my eyes and looked at where most meat comes from, I really thought that the world was full of roaming, pastured cows. I had never seen or even heard of a feedlot. If I drive just 30 minutes north of here, there are fields all over with happy cows that are grazing on green grass, lounging with their cow buddies, and mooing and smelling like cows do. Anyway, the rating standard used by Whole Foods is super helpful in making a good choice. I also really like that the origin of the meat is clearly labeled with the name of the ranch and the location. Talbott Ranch has a website with a nice description of how their cows are raised. Apparently the ranch is always open to visitors!

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Meat for the rest of the week: buffalo ribeye steak, grassfed beef New York steak, grassfed ground beef, and prosciutto! I really like the Principe brand of prosciutto, it’s super tasty and only contains pork and salt.

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Buffalo Ribeye Steak

I had eaten buffalo burgers in the past, but this was my first buffalo steak! The meat is definitely leaner than conventional beef, but I think the amount of marbling is comparable to that of grass fed beef. The flavors are pretty close as well. I cooked this steak like I would any other one of my perfect steaks, medium rare. It turned out perfectly, I really enjoyed the meatiness of it. Steamed organic broccolettes on the side. Are broccolettes even real? Broccoli, broccolini, broccolette… they all taste the same.

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BLTA Burger Salad

I was craving a BLTAO paleo burger when I realized that we were out of lettuce. I only had romaine, which are way too skinny and crunchy to be the buns for a burger. So I turned it into a salad! No dressing required; just romaine lettuce, 1 tomato, 1/2 avocado, 2 strips of bacon, and a handmade burger patty! I probably could have just browned the ground beef and had it spread all over the salad. Delicious!

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I have a really busy weekend ahead of me. One of my best friends is getting married on Saturday! Today is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I am one of the maids of honor and it’s my first time being in a wedding! I’m super excited. I hope my toast makes people cry… in a good way. The rehearsal dinner is at Buca di Beppo, a big family style pasta place with maybe 2 things on the menu that I could possibly make paleo. We’ll see how that goes!

June 3, 2011

Hello sunshine!!

My fast did not last 24 hours as planned, more like 18, which was enough for me to feel better. It’s really hard to continue fasting while out with friends. The ones who understand feel bad about eating while you’re getting refill after refill of water. The ones who don’t understand ask too many questions, suspect you of having an eating disorder, or tell you how terrible it is for your metabolism. Right.

Anyway, I’ve been hanging out in Seattle a lot lately, which means I have been eating out a lot too. I really miss living on my own in Seattle, but my current living situation is what’s ideal for my birds.

Pollo Cuban Roast Pork Salad w/caramelized onionsPaseo
You may remember from my previous post how excited I was to find a way to eat paleo at Paseo. Last time I got a Cuban Roast Plato and took out the corn, beans, and rice. This time when I asked for just the Cuban Roast pork and the salad, they told me I could do the Pollo Salad – “Grilled & basted chicken breast carved atop a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, sliced purple cabbage, pickled shoestring beets, fresh sprigs of cilantro & drizzled w/ our house vinaigrette & extra virgin olive oil” – and just substitute the pork. This ended up being about $5 cheaper than ordering the plato for the same amount of food. I also remembered to ask for a side of onions and added them to my salad. AMAAAZING!!! I have a love affair going with those onions.
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The Salmon House Carpaccio TrioIvar’s Salmon House
Ivar’s Salmon House has a great happy hour that goes from 3pm to close. Well, it used to be great before my conversion to paleo. Now it is awful. Not a single thing on the happy hour menu is paleo-friendly. Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing at least has seared ahi on their happy hour menu. So I had to look to the regular dinner menu, which has lots of paleo options. I wanted to stay close to happy hour prices so I just ordered the salmon carpaccio appetizer – “Made in house. Thin slices of King, Coho and Sockeye salmon drizzled with a blood orange vinaigrette. Served with wild greens and fresh orange segments.” Let me get all snobby foodie on this dish now: I love the flavor of raw salmon as is, but sometimes a sauce or vinaigrette can add to the flavor in a good way. This was not one of those times. But the blood orange vinaigrette was awesome with the greens. I think having actual blood orange segments rather than navel orange segments would have been better, I wanted it a little more tart. The salmon didn’t get to shine – it was a raw salmon salad, not a salmon carpaccio. Speaking of carpaccio, I’m now having a massive craving for beef carpaccio at 9:30am.
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Tandoori ComboIndia Bistro
Unlike Thai curries which have a coconut milk/cream base, Indian curries contain yogurt. But don’t despair, there’s a tandoori section full of grilled meat marinated in delicious Indian spices! I couldn’t choose from all the options so I went with the “combination of tandoor chicken, lamb, chicken tikka, seekh kebab, fish, and prawns cooked in the tandoor.” I asked if I could have veggies instead of the basmati rice, which the server said was no problem. But they must have forgot because I never received my veggies. It was a blessing in disguise. There was no way I could finish all this meat AND veggies.

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Today is a beautiful day! Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be even better with temperatures in the mid-70s!!! This means I will be skydiving ALL weekend!!! So excited! It has been way too long since my last jump with all this crappy weather we’ve been having. BLUE SKIES!!!

May 25, 2011

Super spicy jalapeños and lots of seafood

I made pico de gallo yesterday! I don’t really use a recipe, I just throw it together until it tastes good.

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • half red onion
  • 2 tsp-ish minced garlic
  • 1 fresh jalapeño
  • like 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (looove cilantro!)
  • fresh squeezed lime juice to taste
  • sea salt to taste

Usually this results in really good pico de gallo. Yesterday, however, the jalapeño was MUCH hotter than usual. I chopped it up really little and even the tiniest morsel packed a lot of heat! And it’s not like I can pick out tiny bits of jalapeño, so I just had super spicy pico yesterday.

Macadamia nut coated mahi mahi

I admit that I miss fish tacos. So I thought I’d make a deconstructed fish taco without the tortilla. The problem was that I was out of lettuce and was too lazy to make a sauce. But I had mahi mahi and pico! Since battered, deep fried fish is not very paleo, I decided to be clever and coat the mahi mahi in crushed macadamia nuts and almond meal instead. I probably should have coated it in egg first so that the nut mixture would stay on better and be more like a batter. I fried the fillet in bacon fat on both sides to lightly brown the nuts and then popped it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes. I got a little impatient at the end so I put the oven on full broil and burnt a bit of the nuts… don’t do that.

With how spicy my pico was, I was really wishing my avocados were ripe. This probably would have been much better with a mango salsa. Or make it Hawaiian with some pineapple since I’m using macadamia nuts anyway. I loved the crunch and flavor that the macadamia nuts and almond meal gave the fish.

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So that was lunch. Then I baked some white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies to take to the BBQ (I may have eaten some, yes I know they’re not paleo) while eating some steak. I eat BBQ before a BBQ. I was hungry! Then I hit the road and realize that I had a small puddle of chocolate in the middle of my car. I had left chocolate, loosely wrapped in its foil, in my car outside and it was actually warm all day. Oh and yes, 85-90% chocolate is included in my <5% non-paleo diet. Anyway, because I am a genius (no, really, I am) I picked it up while looking for a bag and it dripped through my fingers and all over everything. EVERYTHING! There was melted chocolate on my hands, the console, the stick thing, my sweatshirt, my hair, the window… The only thing I found to contain the mess were socks. I drove with socks on my hands, keeping my car warm so that the chocolate wouldn’t cool and harden – most miserable drive ever.

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But a skydiver BBQ made me feel better! It’s easy to stay mostly paleo at BBQs! Other than some cookies, the only other non-paleo food I ate was some cheese. Ok, I had a few sips of beer as well.

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…as well as these mussels and clams. I only tried the broth because I don’t like shellfish, except I do eat oysters…

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…and scallops! I actually love scallops! Charles and Gwyn brought bacon wrapped scallops to grill and share with us!

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So back to the topic of spicy jalapeños… I think Jesse was trying to burn us from the inside out. I don’t know why I ended up eating like eight of them. Some weren’t so bad and quite tasty! The others though… people were literally crying. My ears, throat, mouth, and stomach were in the 9th circle of hell. My fingers burnt just by touching them. But I did get an idea to make paleo stuffed jalapeños in the near future. I think my lesson yesterday was to definitely taste the jalapeños before adding them to anything. 20110525-085033.jpg

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My “little” Maya has been insanely cranky lately. She’s going through a heavy molt and has pin feathers everywhere. I’d be cranky too with pins poking through my skin everywhere. I think I’ve permanently lost hearing in both ears the past few days. This was like her one sweet, quiet moment yesterday, playing on my lap.20110525-085119.jpg

May 13, 2011

Lots of fish and birthday cake (not together!)

I turned 24 on Wednesday! Since this was my birthday week, I’ve eaten out a bunch and also had several slices of birthday cake, as well as a cupcake or two.

Eating paleo, my sugar intake has been greatly reduced. I used to eat cakes, cookies, scones, muffins, cupcakes, etc. every single day. I had a massive sweet tooth. I lost my addiction to sugary baked goods when I went paleo and stopped eating them. The first few bites of cake these days are overwhelmingly sweet. My mouth feels like it’s burning from how sweet it is. But if I keep eating, it starts to taste better and better. One sizable slice of cake later, I went to sleep and woke up with a massive craving for more cake. And since I make it a point not to deny myself anything I really want, I gave in. Only to regret it the entire rest of the day from feeling nauseous and having a headache. Is it worth getting sick for some birthday cake? Not really, but I still want cake on my birthdays. Just one small slice next time.

The theme for eating out this week seems to be fish!

Swordfish – Redhook Brewery
Can it get less paleo than a brewery full of beer and standard bar food? But I had no trouble at all finding something paleo-friendly on the menu at Redhook. I chose the swordfish entree: “Grilled swordfish topped with pineapple salsa and served with vegetable rice pilaf and broccoli. Gluten free!.” I asked for no rice and extra broccoli. It was a great light lunch!
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Halibut – Mariposa at Neiman Marcus
I shopped for close to 6 hours yesterday with my mom. There really wasn’t much out there that I liked, but I did pick up a few things. We took a lunch break at the little restaurant inside Neiman Marcus. I chose the halibut entree which was labeled as gluten free and a healthy choice. It was halibut with broccolini, carrots, and red bell peppers in a broth with some noodles. The halibut was perfectly cooked. I didn’t eat the noodles.
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Sashimi – Kisaku
I could eat sushi every day. I love it. I am admittedly a sushi snob who only really eats at three places from three chefs. Luckily, I can still eat a lot of sushi and still be paleo. I just switched from omakase nigiri to omakase sashimi. But I still sneak in a few of my favorite nigiri here and there.
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April 27, 2011

Guacamole!

I had a massive craving for guacamole today and made a lot! So happy that guacamole is paleo! Of course you have to make it from scratch. It’s easy to make and tastes way better than store bought. So now that I have guacamole, I’ll be making a lot of food to eat with guacamole today and tomorrow.

Cod salad w/guacamole


Broiled lightly seasoned cod, guacamole, romaines, cabbage, and carrots.

I was thinking of making a fish “taco” salad. I would have prefered having mahi mahi or tilapia. The store didn’t have mahi mahi and the tilapia was farmed. Choose WILD-caught fish! Maybe I can coat it in almond meal or something similar next time to make it a little crunchy. This would have been excellent with the addition of mangos, but I didn’t have any on hand. Next time!

Hot yoga tonight so I’m done eating for the day (I definitely ate much more than that salad). Tomorrow I’ll make a California chicken salad with guacamole and bacon. I’m excited!

April 24, 2011

Salmon salad and my perfect steak

Lunch today was a filet of salmon atop a salad of mixed greens, red onions, and avocado. I sprinkled balsamic vinegar on the salad as I ate. I absolutely love Copper River salmon, like the good Pacific Northwesterner I am. I seasoned this one  it with minced garlic, Italian herbs, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper and baked it in the oven loosely covered with foil. There’s nothing worse than overcooked salmon, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

Is there anything I love more than all natural, grass-fed beef tenderloin? Probably lots of things, but not today!

How I cook my  steaks (I prefer medium rare):

  1. Buy great steak from a great butcher shop!
  2. Bring steak to room temperature. Season with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Put cast-iron skillet in the oven on 500 degree full broil.
  4. Move heated skillet from oven to the stove. Place steak in the middle and sear steak on both sides.
  5. Move to the hot oven for a few minutes. My 5oz tenderloin only needed 3 minutes in the oven today.
  6. Remove from oven, place steak on plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before eating!
With a side of roasted veggies!
So tender, I could cut it with a fork!