I got everything ready for tonight’s crock pot dinner, then left mi casa. Breakfast was on-the-go this morning as I was on my way to the hospital to gather information on some patients for clinical this week. I stopped by 7-Eleven a grabbed a small coffee, with a shot of sugar free hazelnut syrup, and a protein bar. It was definitely filling, with just the right amount of toffee and chocolate.
Toffee Chocolate Chip Harvest Power Bar
This week, my instructor chose me to be Clinical Manager. This is kind of my opportunity to take the management roll of Charge Nurse. I assigned two patients to each of my two classmates.
In the hallway, there was an older couple holding hands. I overheard one of the nurses asking how long these two patients had been married… 76 years! WOW! And still so in love! This gives me so much hope that marriages can last! It was a beautiful sight.
After I got home, I completed Day 2 of my Couch to 5K challenge. 3.3 miles feels great! It is so needed for this girls mental health!
My mom’s beef stew is pretty Plain Jane, but always a stick to ribs mouthful of yummy!
After making it with her for the past 20 years, I wanted to see if I could add a Sammy flare.
Typically, mom uses a whole bag of potatoes. I wanted to cut down on the white starchy carbs, so I substitute a few baby red potatoes and some cuber butternut squash. I don’t see why sweet potato wouldn’t work, as well. I like my stews full of veggies so theres a lot of carrots.
There are very few ingredients to my mom’s recipe, but it makes for a winner.
Bundo Crock Pot Beef Stew
1 lb london broil, fat trimmed, cubed
4 large carrot sticks, cut into discs
4-5 baby red potatoes, washed, roughly peeled, cut into fours
1/2 to 1 cup butternut squash, cubed (found in produce department)
2 cloves garlic, minced
black pepper, to taste
1 (28oz) jar fat free beef gravy
1/4 cup powdered brown gravy mix
2 1/2 cup water
Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and toss in cubed meat for a quick sear. Remove meat and set aside. In the same skillet, empty gravy in skillet and whisk in the dry gravy mix. Fill the jar with the water, swirl and empty into skillet. Simmer until power is dissolved. Pour into crock pot.
Spray skillet again and add the potato wedges and squash cubes. Brown the outsides, especially the squash since this will dissolve easily in the stew.
Add all the ingredients into the crock pot, give it a light stir, cover, and cook on low.
Nutrition: (1/5 of recipe)
Total Fat: 8.5g
Sat. Fat: 2g
Mom makes Bisquick dumplings to serve on top, which makes this even heartier. I just topped mine with some gold fish crackers. The expert, my mama’s, review? “Excellent!” Woo hoo!
I spent my Sunday night watching lectures. During one of my study breaks, I completed Julie’s Super Sweaty Ab Workout. This must have done me in because for the rest of the night I had the munchies. Nothing seemed to do the trick. Even drinking water wasn’t helping. I took out some celery sticks, as a debated packing them for lunch tomorrow, and it hit me. Celery and PB, the perfect crunchy snack! Why didn’t think of it before?! Its elementary! No, really… it used to eat this all the time in elementary school…
I feel so silly that I did all that snacking only to remember the best snack of all!
I have an incredibly busy day tomorrow, so hopefully I burn off some off some of this snack attack.