I got all confused when my alarm went off. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a normal schedule. A Monday through Friday gig with no question as to when I should set my alarm. One in which I didn’t wake up at 5 AM and stumble around for 10 minutes trying to remember if that day was a work day or a day off. Or worse, snap out of bed at 8 AM wondering if I slept through the start of my shift! Sure, there are perks to having a flex schedule, but there are also negatives. Getting one month of my schedule at a time makes it virtually impossible to make plans ahead of time. And for the super-scheduler that I am, that’s a BIG negative. For the normal jobbed people out there, do you start work at the same time throughout the week? Or is each day different? You have any say in your hours? Or for the peeps in school, do you like to keep each day’s wake up call similar, or do you have certain days you sleep in more than others? At my high school we had late Wednesdays that started 45 minutes later than the rest of the week. Weird.
Anyways, here was the lunch I packed. I finished off my beloved Newman’s Own protein pretzels, so I had to substitute in some normal ones. As you may or may not be able to see (from the above photo), they were way bigger, but way thinner. Not a fan. I’m hooked on Newman’s and this other kind was so salty I couldn’t taste anything but the massive sodium rocks. They even drowned out the pistachios and goji berries.
The salad on the other hand was QUITE the masterpiece if I do say so myself. I’m not sure it could be called a “salad” per se, but it DID have a bottom layer of lettuce, so I guess it meets the criteria. The other topping included: tofu chunks, leftover root veggies, carrots, quinoa, and soy nuts. Soy nuts are my new favorite salad topping because they give the perfect crunch to each bite.
After work, I came home with the uncharacteristic desire to MAKE dinner. Usually, I’m so exhausted I just want something quick and easy. But not today! This dinner was a two course affair and full of layers.
First up, pasta.
Layer 1: Noodles
Layer 2: Nooch (don’t be skimpy)
Layer 3: LightLife soy bacon
Layer 4: Peas
Cheesy pasta with bacon would normally be an artery clogging meal, but I made it healthy, hippie-style (clearly my training in maintaining a heart healthy diet is useful outside the hospital setting). I love all-in-one dishes. Why not just mix everything together in a bowl?
For the second layered dinner dish, I made a salad.
Layer 1: Spinach
Layer 2: Sweet potato wedges (can someone please tell me the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?)
Layer 3: Nooch & paprika covered cauliflower
I got this idea from my TX homegirl Erin’s raw popcorn. All I did was add nooch, paprika, and S&P to a tuperware full of raw cauliflower florets (it’s shake-n-bake, and I helped). Sooo good!
Layer 4: Hummus
Layer 5: More hummus
It may not LOOK pretty, but it tasted damn fine.
I love that you can’t tell where the cauliflower ends and the hummus begins…that is how all meals should be. SO MUCH HUMM-DADDY. Makes my heart go pitter patter with love beats.
Even after my two course PM feast, my sweet tooth was a raging beast, so I was coerced into obliging. You know how these things go…
Introducing the newest dessert hummus flavor: Caramel Apple
True convo with Kyle as I was eating (the above) dessert:
E: This is ridiculously good. I might have to finish it all.
K: Getting between you and your hummus is like a Mama bear and her cub!
Yes. So don’t try.