September 20, 2016

Work has been so hard lately. I’ve been working on more acute units and caring for sicker, more complex patients. It’s like a constant reminder that life is a gift. It may sound cliché, but when you work in the hospital and see that it can be taken from you within a blink of an eye, you start to appreciate the small things a little more. The piles of laundry don’t seem as important. The dishes in the sink or the stuff you’ve been meaning to return for a week now just don’t matter. You make time for what’s important and the other stuff just has to wait.

I’ve been told before that after a while you become immune. You see and do so much for the sickest of patients that after some time, it no longer affects you as profoundly as it once did. I’m a fairly new nurse, practicing for about 2 years now, but I hope that feeling never goes away.

Ugh, *crying emoji* nursing is so hard sometimes! No one tells you these things when you sign up. I love my job, it is so incredibly rewarding, but sometimes, it is so incredibly hard. Thank god for the 4 days off I have a week, my family of nurses who just get it, B for putting up with my moody ass, and this blog as an outlet for this major vent-sesh. It is easy to succumb to all the negativity that is constantly around us but happiness is a choice. I tell my patients this all the time. It could be as simple as, “I got washed up today!” or “I walked the unit twice!”. There is always something to smile about, even if you have to create it or dig deep to find it.

Taking a page out of my own book today and smiling about the small stuff, lunch with my bestie + these savory cornmeal waffles. *Smirking emoji* We’ve been friends since the 6th grade and has been my person ever since. I love that it’s always a judgement free zone with us and a safe place to vent. Thanks for always having my back Lexi. We went to a burger place down the street from where B + I live. We usually walk but it was raining so she picked me up. We split fried pickles and each got a massive burger and fries. Don’t judge. It was one of them days, ok!?

As if I needed to indulge a little more, I made these savory cornmeal waffles topped with a simple arugula salad + a fried egg for dinner. I adapted this recipe from the cornmeal pancake recipe found on the front of Bob’s Red Mill medium grind cornmeal. You can order it online here or find it at Whole Foods, I’m sure. I’m a huge fan of a fried egg on top of (pretty much) anything but this cold arugula salad on the warmed waffle was to die. B loved coming home to waffles for dinner but this dish would be great as a breakfast, brunch, lunch, pretty much anytime-of-day meal.


1 cup water, boiling
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/4 cups gluten-free baking flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Arugula Salad
4 cups arugula
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2-3 Tbsp parmesan shavings for topping

Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt + pepper
6 fried eggs, optional

Preheat oven to 200 degrees or the lowest setting. While the water is coming to a boil, add cornmeal to a large bowl. Combine almond milk and vinegar in a measuring cup, stir and set aside to curdle. Once water is boiling, pour over cornmeal and stir until thickened. Add milk, eggs and coconut oil, stir until combined. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined. Cook on hot waffle press according to model instructions or until golden brown. Once waffles are cooked, keep warm on a baking sheet with a wire rack in the oven.

In a medium-sized bowl, make vinaigrette, add ingredients and whisk until combined. Add arugula and sunflower seeds, toss until coated. Top each waffle with arugula salad, parmesan shavings and a fried egg. You should totally freeze the leftover waffles for a quick breakfast or lunch.

Serves 6

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