How is this once a week posting schedule working for everyone? I know it’s less than ideal, but the extra time I get each morning that I don’t blog allows me to study more and become a better resident. I truly appreciate you guys all understanding and still supporting the blog! Along with posting a new blog every Monday, I am trying to post a new youtube video as well, so you can always head over there to check out the latest video (generally medical school stuff) if that interests you 🙂
Now, onto recapping last week.
I have written about this before, but I love cooking on Sundays and preparing food for the entire week. Two questions related to this that I get asked often are, “do you get sick of eating the same thing?” and “does it go bad sitting int he fridge for the whole week?” I don’t really seem to tire of eating the same thing every day. Since it’s only Monday-Friday, it’s just 5 days of eating the same thing, which doesn’t bother me at all. I also have found that pretty much everything keeps for 5 days in the fridge. Even when I make salad for the week, my Friday salad is still good. Occasionally, I will only make 4 lunches if I’m afraid that whatever the meal is won’t last 5 days. Then, I just chose something random to eat on Friday 🙂
Last week, I made a veggie curry with cauliflower rice.
I used a really similar recipe to this one from my paleo curry meatballs, but I used frozen mixed vegetables, chickpeas, and cauliflower.
For a snack, I made gigantic protein pancakes using one small scoop of protein powder, egg whites, cinnamon, almond milk, and blueberries.
These pancakes were surprisingly tasty and very convenient to eat in the afternoon as a mid-day snack. I cooked 5 of them on Sunday and wrapped them up in aluminum foil before sticking them in the fridge. Every day, I just grabbed one to throw in my lunchbox- easy peasy. Nothing beats juicy blueberries!
I also discovered these fun flavors of La Croix and have been adding them to my lunchbox as well.
Since yesterday was Sunday, I wasted no time getting back into the kitchen and making my lunches for the week ahead. I had a ton of vegetables and didn’t know what to make, until the idea of a huge frittata popped into my head and I went with it.
To make the frittata, I sautéed onion, shallots, zucchini, sweet potato, and kale. Then, I poured in 10 eggs (lightly beaten with salt and pepper) and topped the whole thing with sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 and voila!
I cut it into 5 servings (2 eggs each) and put it in tupperware for the week.
I think I might add some avocado each day to give it a little extra staying power.
While the frittata was the healthy thing I made this week, I may have made an unhealthy baked good as well…
My step-grandma is 98 (and still living alone and healthy- inspirational!!) and decided she wasn’t using her KitchenAid Mixer as much as she used to. She kindly thought that I could use it and so a few weekends ago, Kyle’s parents brought it up to us when they came to visit.
I didn’t know what to make to celebrate my first time using my very own mixer, so I went with a classic- Kyle’s favorite oatmeal raisin cookies. The last time I used a mixer was when I borrowed Tara’s to make my wedding cake!
Seriously these oatmeal cookies are to die for. They are perfectly chewy, have just enough oatmeal, and the secret is to let the raisins soak in egg and vanilla for 1 hour before making the cookies so the raisins get nice and plump!
I’ve been having multiple cookies per meal… they are just so good!
On the cookie note, let’s move onto fitness shall we? Here were my workouts for last week. Most were short, but at least I did something 🙂
- Monday- OFF
- Tuesday- 20 minutes stairs, 10 minutes abs
- Wednesday- 2.5 mile run around the lake near my house
- Thursday- 20 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes treadmill, arms
- Friday- OFF
- Saturday- 2.5 mile run around the lake near my house
- Sunday- 2.5 mile walk around the lake with Kyle, Kayla Itsines Legs workout
This week I’m determined to keep my habit of going to the gym after work. It’s the only way to ensure a workout in the day because if I go home after work, I will find myself on the couch and never get up 🙂
Residency is pretty fantastic. I love ophthalmology and I get so excited to learn something new each day. I also love seeing my patients and getting some continuity with a few patients who I’ve seen 5+ times already! This is a great field.
Tuesdays and Fridays haven’t changed though- we still have our optics lectures in the morning and I’m not going to lie, sometimes they are painful.
But we are lucky to have a brilliant professor with a PhD in optics teaching us. So I can’t complain 🙂
When I’m not studying optics, I try to read as much clinical ophtho as I can. Right now I’m reading the cornea book in our big residency book series, and it’s pretty thrilling! One day I’ll be able to read fiction again, but for now it’s optics and corneas.
What things to you like to make for meal-prep?
Do you have a KitchenAid Mixer? What do you make in it?