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Working on the weekends isn’t too bad when the days are mellow and the weather is mediocre (I swear I heard the phrase “June gloom” six hundred and fifty three times yesterday).  Having interesting patients helps too…

My shift flew by and as 7 pm approached I texted dinner plans to Kyle. 

me: Veggie Grill take-away tonight?

kyle: yes.  what do you want?

me: Baja Fiesta salad, add chik’n, dressing on the side

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Done and done.

I got this same order last time so I knew it would hit the spot. 

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This time I had my camera to take photos of my Baja Fiesta salad at home (as opposed to my cell phone for sub-par pics).

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Chopped romaine, papaya, avocado, roasted corn salsa, quinoa, cucumber, cilantro, tortilla strips and a ginger-papaya vinaigrette (plus the chillin’ chickin’ I added on).

I love their ginger papaya vinaigrette, but I also squeezed some lime juice in for an acidic punch.  It complements the avocado.  :)  

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I also dumped some extra quinoa on top because I like carbs

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Obviously none of these tweaks were necessary, and getting the salad how it’s intended in the restaurant is perfectly delicious.  I’m just unable to leave anything be once it enters the kitchen.  Cookbook recipes included.  Anyone else have this problem?

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Kyle got the All Hail Kale salad, which is one I’ve been eyeing for some time now.   I’m glad he got it so I could scope out how it looks. 

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It has marinated kale and red cabbage, roasted corn salsa, agave-roasted walnuts with a ginger-papaya vinaigrette (you can add blackened chickin’ or tempeh for extra).  Kyle got it with blackened chickin’ and a side of sweetheart fries (aka sweet potato fries).

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He said it was really good.  In fact, he was talking about it all night…so I’m not sure what he was expecting, but clearly it was way better than he was anticipating.  I don’t think I need to say how the fries were.  They were obviously outstanding. 

The Veggie Grill is definitely becoming a staple take-away in our lives.  It’s such an easy option – fast and fresh – plus I adore that they are bringing veg-friendly fast food to the masses.  I will support that.  They recently opened a new restaurant in The Grove, too.  Expand and dominate a la Starbucks!  Now if only they would open up their next location on the I-5. 

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After dinner I had a lot lot lot of dessert.  I lost track of the number of rice cakes I had, but I know that the peanut butter jar was left feeling significantly ravaged. 

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Some days of work just rock.  Plain and simple.  I leave the hospital feeling like I’m so lucky to have found a job that I not only enjoy, but that allows me to help people.  What’s that saying?  ”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  [Confucius] 

Yesterday was a great day.  There wasn’t anything extraordinary about it.  In terms of my patient load, it was pretty average.  And yet, I left the hospital feeling so completely content with the 12 hours I had just finished. 

The fact that my day went so well was especially remarkable since I was functioning on 2 1/2 hours of sleep.  Let me back up a bit…

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This is how I started the day.  My alarm went off at 4:25 am and I groggily dragged my butt out of bed.  It felt like I had JUST gone to sleep (because I had).  Sadly, I’m prone to insomnia from time to time, and on Monday night, it reared it’s ugly head, completely ruining any chances of getting a restful night of sleep.  I tossed and turned into the wee morning hours (the last time I remember looking at the clock was at 2 am).  So it’s understandable why I didn’t jump out of bed with a hop in my step. 

I decided to wake up with yoga (as opposed to Jillian’s Shred), which proved to be an amazing choice.  20 minutes into it I was feeling totally energized and awake, so I kept going for another 20 minutes.  Fabulous way to greet the day.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” [Confucius]

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After I showered I munched on the latest Bob’s Red Mill product, Natural "No Fat Added" Granola.  It’s new.  And it’s good.  There’s nothing overly imaginative about coffee and granola, but what can I say?

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”  [Confucius]

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Here are the nutritional stats for those who care.  I like that it’s sweetened with mixed fruit concentrate (pineapples, pears and peaches oh my!).  I also like the ratio of crunchy granola to crispy rice pieces.  It was good, but still not as good as this one, this one, or this one.  Those are my top three.

Since we haven’t been grocery shopping in several weeks, here’s what I brought to work for my second breakfast.

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Dr. McDougall’s Organic Maple 4 Grain with real maple blends organic oats, wheat, rye, triticale, and barley.  Holy whole grains!  These milled flakes offer mega dietary fiber with a fluffy but grainy texture.  Plus, it’s sweetened with real maple sugar (channeling that hearty Vermont flavor).  Vegan.  Organic grains.  No dairy.  High-fiber.  Bomb.

For pantry items, Dr. McDougall’s products are so pure and wholesome I really don’t think of them as processed foods!  Impressive.  Really impressive. 

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Dr. McDougall doesn’t just talk the talk.  He is fully devoted to the vegetarian lifestyle (and built an entire program that emphasizes maintaining one’s health through a proper diet).  If you want to know more about the McDougall philosophy, you can read so here.  As I’ve mentioned time and time again, I love when MDs focus on the role of nutrition in health and wellness.  For this reason, I am a huge fan of Dr. McDougall’s products.  He has been studying, writing and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years – talk about ahead of the curve!  I’m glad to help spread the word.  :)  So far I’ve tried the soups and hot cereals and liked them both.  There are lots more of Dr. McDougall’s products in my pantry too, so I’m looking forward to tackling them bite by bite.  🙂

I have no photos of lunch because it was not worth documenting.  I had more fruit than anything else, including 2 apples, 3 oranges, and a pear.  And those were just my snacks!  It was a colorful day of food to say the least. 

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” [Confucius]

Kyle and I carpooled home and decided to go out for dinner. 

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The Veggie Grill!!!! We had a coupon for a free meal from Kyle’s birthday (join the Veggie Grill Birthday Club to get in on this sweet deal).

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.” [Confucius]

His and hers. 

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Kyle got the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ with crispy fried chillin’ chickin’, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, southwestern spiced vegan mayo and a side of Vegan Mac-n-Cheese with quinoa pasta, VG-cheese, and toasted garlic bread crumbs.

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I got the Baja Fiesta salad with chopped romaine, papaya, avocado, roasted corn salsa, quinoa, cucumber, cilantro, tortilla strips and a ginger-papaya vinaigrette.  Also, I added chillin’ chickin’ to it. 

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They make really mouth watering faux blackened meats, but it was the combo of the avo and papaya that really wowed my taste buds.  So so so good.  I’m probably going to order this every single time we return because this was so yummy. 

After dinner we stopped at Whole Foods for much needed groceries.  There was very little in our cart that wasn’t organic or vegan.  Kyle is going balls to the wall with decreasing the animal products in his diet and I’m trying to be as supportive and helpful as possible.  Lead by example right?

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” [Confucius]

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