i feel like last week just FLEW! part of it was having full clinic days on both thursday and friday -- i have to admit that right now, i love the clinical part of my job SO much more than the basic science end. the days just zoom by!
i hope to have a productive and relaxing weekend -- step 1 as soon as i write this post is to clean our apartment. some weeks, things start off pretty orderly and just deteriorate, so that by saturday we're living amidst a big ol' mess. this was one of those weeks.
not only am i itching to make our environs livable again, but we're having company tonight -- always appreciate having that extra push to really scrub things down! i have named this little event V2 -- as in vegan valentine ♥! the vibe will be: romantic, relaxing, and meat-free.
✰ vegan spinach artichoke dip by the lovely and talented angela at oh she glows
✰ baked mushroom risotto with caramelized onions (angela recently adapted her own barley version but i think i am going to use arborio rice)
✰ roasted butternut squash & spinach salad, although i may tweak it a bit to my tastes
✰ dessert: TBD! but i think it will probably involve chocolate. (contenders include: chocolate peanut butter blondies by mama pea, double chocolate brownies from the edible perspective -- but i'm also open to any suggestions!)
veg-week, day 5
still going strong -- although i admit i'm sort of ready to be done with this challenge! it did make me think a lot more about sustainability and made me realize that i DON'T always put my money where my mouth is (ie, i can talk a big game, but then succumb to less-responsible when it's convenient -- especially when eating out).
breakfast: are you all proud of me? i branched out!
snack #1: while in clinic
lunch: hurriedly consumed between patients. (sigh.)
and then we headed out for dinner -- my first foray into finding vegan sustenance outside of the confines of my kitchen!
because we had to go pick up this guy . . . (we're dog-sitting for the weekend)
we headed to downtown durham. a quick online search reminded me of blue corn café, a latin american restaurant that has several vegetarian options.
while they were unable to transform my favorite eggplant quesadillas into a vegan delicacy, our server recommended the empanada, which was easily customizable.
honestly, i felt kind of silly asking for the modifications! i'm sure that if i really were vegan, i'd get used to it, but i'm actually usually a low-maintenance orderer (i don't like to ask for a lot of modifications -- although i WILL sometimes request for a meal sans cilantro!).
our server was totally fine with it, though, and i didn't even miss the cheese . . . well, not a LOT, anyway. this portion was huge, so i've got plenty leftover for lunch today! yum.
dessert: i had one of these dark chocolate + nut clusters x 2:
i took a chance with this one (there were no ingredient lists . . . ) but i'm pretty sure this was just nuts + dark chocolate!
confession: i didn't make it to yoga at all this week. i think i have 16 sessions left in the package i bought . . .and less than 6 weeks to use them up!
it's time to get my om back on. please yell at me if i skip out again!