Hello my friends!
After such a fun weekend away in Chapel Hill with my grad school friends I arrived home craving veggies, as I often do after lots of eating out and travel. For lunch yesterday, I made myself one of my standard favorites: a ginormous salad.
The secret to making a lunch salad that’s satisfying is to make sure to add some carbs (I love grains on top of salads) and a healthy fat (usually avocado + oil in the dressing).
Yesterday’s creation was spinach, string beans, mushrooms, cucumber, yellow tomato, fresh chopped basil, avocado, some 90 second brown rice, and for protein I threw on some canned tuna. I mixed the tuna with homemade balsamic vinaigrette (dijon mustard + oil + vinegar + lemon juice). So tasty and satisfying! I tossed some cracked pepper on top, too.
Zara was like: omg…
Is that TUNA?!?! 🙂
For dinner last night, I whipped up some kale chips as an appetizer while Matt and I cooked. Kale chips are easy to make and really tasty: just remove the leafy green portion of the kale from the stems, then massage some olive oil into the leaves. Toss a little salt, pepper, and/or other spices on to taste, then bake for about 10 or so minutes at 350. The key is to make sure the kale is in a single layer on the baking sheet, and that you haven’t used too much oil – don’t want to weigh the leaves down.
We demolished the kale chips in minutes, then moved on to the main course: a fun twist on tacos!
The first layer in the tacos was some ground turkey cooked in a little taco seasoning. Part two was a homemade guac/salsa mix Matt made using avocado, yellow tomatoes, cilantro, onion, and green pepper, plus some cracked pepper – it was SO delicious and fresh tasting.
I may or may not have gone back for another taco. 🙂 I was hungry last night!
And now, time to get back to work! I have some AnneTheRD client work to attend to today and I also need to come up with the third exam for the course I’m teaching at GW – I’ll be giving it to the students on Thursday morning. Speaking of teaching, I’d love some advice from those of you who have taught before because I’m trying to decide whether or not to teach again in the fall. Basically, between all my jobs (blog + private practice + teaching + occasional corporate wellness presentations + EAC) I’ve been completely overloaded this spring. I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I do well/thrive best when busy, but I’ve definitely reached my limit the past few months and I’ve found myself basically working from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every weekday to get everything done, which is not something I want to keep doing. So, my question is: how much less work is it to teach a course for the second time? I don’t want to be as busy again in the fall as I have been the past few months, but it also seems like kind of a waste to teach a class once and not benefit from all the hard work I put into creating all the materials (lectures 2x/week, exams, assignments, projects, etc.) for the course. Thoughts? What would you do?
Have a great day, everyone!