I had a wonderful 2nd full week of working as a nurse...and I must say it's amazing how quickly everything is starting to 'come together'~ Much quicker than I thought at least! :) I love everything about my new job, except for working every other weekend that is...But hey, that just means I get days off during the week right!?! :)
Starting this full-time job has got me thinking about how to integrate my passion for caring for people, with my love for cooking/baking, and teaching people how to live healthy lifestyles! I have thought up a few ideas that are nursing-related such as becoming a certified diabetes nurse educator, (where I would teach patients newly diagnosed with diabetes how to eat healthy)...But ultimately, I have already had a chance to integrate my two passions together in none-other than the nursing 'break room'!
Let's just say..I've been quite surprised by the way many health professionals eat! Needless to say, I 've had quite a few questions about the meals I bring to work, which ultimately has led to many conversations about how to make 'tasty' meals that are healthy at the same time! :) It really is quite simple (and fun) to live a healthy lifestyle, and I have found that most people want to, but they just don't know where to begin!
That's where my passion comes out, and before you know it, I feel like i'm teaching a cooking class in the break room! So, who knows...God may have me there for the time being just to touch one of the lives of the nurses that I work with! Whatever it may be though, I just want to be a blessing to someone and make a difference in someone's life where i'm at!
Now on to the Daily Dish~
For breakfast I had Chocolate Protein Ice Cream!!! I simply made my Protein Ice Cream, and subbed cocoa powder for the peanut butter, and left out the banana! Delicious!!!
For lunch, Sean and I went on a date to our favorite restaurant! Mongolian BBQ!!!
*Sorry about the quality of the following pictures...These were taken with a camera phone! :)
In case you have never been to Mongo, (or have the great disappointment of not having one in your area), I captured a picture of each of the 'stations' you hit up before going to the jumbo grill where you watch your food cook! :)
First is the 'Meat Station' where they have just about every kind of meat (and tofu) you can imagine!
I get Chicken Breast, and Tofu~ my two favorite protein sources!
Next is the 'Pasta and Veggie Station'...This is my favorite station...and I love to pile my broccoli, zucchini, snow peas, water chestnuts, pineapple, and onions very high!
And lastly is the 'Sauce and Spice' station, where I get Soy, Teriyaki, and a garlic and seasoned salt mix to sprinkle over my bowl!
I then take my 'Creation' up to the massive grill, where I get to watch it grill to perfection! This is so fun because the grillers usually do some sort of fun 'tricks'...If their cool enough that is! ;)
And here is the finished product!!! Delicious!!! :)
I generally eat my bowl with lettuce wraps!
For a treat we went to a self-serve frozen yogurt place..where I made a Chocolate Vanilla Twist with 1/2 a granola bar I brought with me sprinkled on top! :)
For dinner I made a large batch of my Chicken Asian Salad, and because I was still very full from my huge lunch... I ate a small portion, and saved the leftovers for my work week dinners!
I love my $5.oo veggie slicer I got from Marshalls...It cuts my veggies to the perfect size for salads in seconds!
I mix it all up, and put it in a large tupperware, so I can grab a nice 'Mix of Asian Veggies' in a jiffy for each salad!
I like these SnowPeas for my salads...They add the perfect crispness to the salad!
I used 'Leftover Teriyaki Chicken' that I shredded up to bite sized pieces so they would be the perfect size for my salad fixins!
As you can see...Someone else thinks they look mighty tasty as well! :)
I combine these two pre-packed lettuce mixes for the perfect 'texture' for this salad! :) The Coleslaw Mix gives the Shredded Lettuce a nice Crunch!
I put them in big Tupperware containers so it's easy to throw the salads together on the weekdays!
I also bring some Crushed Nuts to sprinkle over the top!
Along with this Awesome Asian Dressing from Kraft! It's packed with Asian flavor for only 50 calories a serving! :)
Well..It's time to get back to spending time with the hubs and family..I really treasure this time with them now that I'm working! After all~ everything in life is meaningless unless you have people to share it with! Hope you all have a blessed week, and be sure to take some time to spend with the people you love today! xoxo
Now I want to hear from you!!! Have you ever been to Mongolian BBQ?! If so what do you get!?
Also...What do you like to do on your days off!?!