Happy Hanukkah peeps!
I’m actually a gentile myself, but the hospital I used to work at in NYC was a Jewish hospital, so I’m totally down with Judaism.
Lightlife’s Smart Bacon is both vegan and kosher, FYI. Just sayin’
It’s also salty as all hell, which is not great for blood pressure, but makes for one tasty a$$ dish. Bad cardiac nurse. Shhh…don’t tell on me.
The idea for this dish came while I was home last weekend browsing through my mom’s Bon Appétit mag. There was a bacon and brussel sprouts dish that caught my eye and I knew immediately I had to veganize it asap once back in LA.
In typical Elise fashion, I had already prepped roasted veggies and quinoa in anticipation of the work week.
Also in typical Elise fashion, I made some changes to the recipe (ok, I basically revamped the entire dish).
Remember how I raved about how this restaurant cooked their quinoa? Well, I finally tried my hand at stir frying the cute ‘lil grains to recreate the crunchy crispy texture.
After a bit of sizzling went down, I tossed in the roasted brussels.
Snap, crackle, pop.
The bronzed bacon looks pretty beautiful, and that’s coming from someone who has zero interest in pig.
At the very end I added the butternut squash and Bragg’s liquid aminos.
All warmed up and plated (aka ready to be devoured). I.Could.Die.
Holy [bleep] this was good. Pretty sure I could eat this same thing for all 8 days of Hanukkah.
In case you missed that, here’s a little zoom zoom action.
Lunch dessert gave me a boost and next thing I knew I was out the door. I ran for 35 minutes – no idea how far I went. It felt good though, and it’s the longest run I’ve done in a while (sad but true). The fact is, my average daily mileage has dwindled now that I’m running outside (as opposed to running on a treadmill). It’s way better, but makes me wonder about my stamina for potential future races. While I’m not signed up for anything currently, I can’t help but feel like I’d probably need more preparation to get in shape. Maybe not. I don’t know. What I do know is that previously I could’ve run 6-10 miles on any given day without thinking twice about it. Now. Well, I honestly can’t remember the last time I logged more than 4 miles. Whatever.
In any event, I came back, showered, and got ready for my first night shift. Thank you to everyone who left helpful tips, it was really nice to have insight from PM pros.
I didn’t leave my man high and dry for the week, though.
I made a lasagna for Kyle to remember me by…haha. Of course I’m kidding, but it is SO weird being on an opposite schedule as he is. We don’t even see each other!
I used TJ’s no boil noodles which were a welcome break from the usual lasagna noodles that you have to cook first. These are definitely easier. I haven’t talked to Kyle to see how it tasted, but there’s a big chunk missing, so I’m guessing he was ok with it. 😉
For my packed eats, I brought along a couple slices of my favorite bread and other fiberrrrific snacks.
Alvarado Street sprouted whole wheat bread…also known as God’s gift to carb lovers. I feel ok using the Lord’s name in vain, given the fact that the bread is actually made with the essential ingredients as listed in Ezekiel Verse 4:9 in the Old Testament. This post is getting awfully preachy. Oy!
So yeah, given that my (unpictured) first dinner was a bowl of cereal, I packed a more complete and wholesome second dinner for work.
Baby carrots, 2 slices of Alvarado Street sprouted bread, and an apple all to go with vegan faux “tuna” salad.
This bread literally keeps me held over for-eh-ver. I had one slice with the “tuna” salad at midnight and wasn’t hungry again ‘til 4 am. The second slice did the trick again and kept me sated until I was off work in the early morning.
I also had several tea bags on hand for various degrees of caffeination needs.
How’d the night go? Welllll…it was weird at first. But, whatever. I survived. Although I’ve currently been awake for 28 hours and I’m not remotely tired AND I have 6 hours until my next night shift starts. Not good my friends. Not good.
It may be due to this.
Venti soy misto with an extra espresso shot.
That’s a mouthful of a drink order. Maybe I should sign off now and crawl into bed. Goodnight?