I love my job. There are very few professions that allow a woman who has chosen to stay home and raise children to stay involved in her career, and nursing is one of them. I feel uniquely fortunate to be working in a field that I love and not have to choose between being a Mama and being a Nurse. I do both. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing either job well enough to keep juggling, but it is (almost) always worth it. I come home from the hospital energized after a break from parenting, and actually ready for more dirty diapers and a million preschooler questions. And I head out the door on Tuesdays ready to tap into a part of my brain that only gets turned on when I am taking care of cardiac patients who depend on my ability to explain mitral valve prolapse.
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And my favorite dinner to go comes courtesy of my friend Lydia who made this fantastic dish for me during one of our rainy day playdates. She whipped it up while chatting with me, setting up the chalkboard for our babes, wiping noses, helping put a puzzle together...typical octopus behavior that seasoned Mamas have admirably developed.
It is a Roasted Green Bean and Mushroom Farro Salad with Feta Cheese and Thyme. And it is delicious. It keeps well, is good hot or cold, the ingredients are finished cooking at the same time ready to toss together... in other words, is a perfect addition to my Meals to Make With Babes Underfoot collection.
First, a run to Trader Joe's. The key to an easy recipe is good ingredients and the 10 minute Quick Cooking Farro, the pre-sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms, and the bag of Hericot Verts are brilliant. The other flavors come from olive oil, dried or fresh thyme sprigs, and good feta.
First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the mushrooms and beans (snapped in half) on a seasoned cookie sheet, cover with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and thyme sprigs.
|Trying to ignore my coworkers watching me take a photo of my dinner.|
So well that the handful of chocolate chips from the freezer that I have when I come home after work is no worries. Make this recipe next time you are juggling two jobs or one toddler or a dirty house or soccer practice or just yourself. And send some love into the universe for Lydia, like I do every time I make this salad.