I have a staff meeting with my girls today. Yes, we are a department of all women, ranging in age from 19 to 64. It’s a great group of women and the management team was challenged to talk about management styles with their staff.
To tell you the truth, I don’t know what management style I am…and I’ll be curious to see what they have to say. I pride myself in taking productive criticism very well, so I hope to learn a lot from the discussion. My hunch is that they will say I am a mix of democratic and permissive. No doubt, I like things to be copacetic, but I am only permissive until the job isn’t being done well or done correctly. Then…we have issues!
One thing I’ve learned in my very brief career is that it pays to pursue the paths that make you happiest. I haven’t stayed at jobs that I didn’t enjoy and I’ve concentrated my efforts into things that make me happiest and fulfill me. For example, I was really hoping that my diabetes class last night would draw in a room full. Unfortunately, I had 6 attendees, but you know…that’s okay. I feel like I get a bit disappointed every month over a less-than-expected attendance but the fact is, I spent 2 hours of my evening with individuals looking to learn how to live and eat healthier. That is rewarding…very rewarding.
I’ve also concentrated my efforts into blogging and writing A Delicious Balance. Both blogging and writing have rounded out my career a way that I can’t imagine. My life wouldn’t be complete any longer without my connection to those I don’t even know…if that makes any sense at all. Writing touches people, whether it’s online or in a book.
Today I hope my staff recognize that I’m a hard worker and that I love challenges. I’m always looking for the next project to fill my plate with and as much as I hate to admit it, being busy is where I am happiest and where I perform best. I’m also at a place in life where it’s me, Mr. P, Lily, and our careers…that’s it!
So, I continue to work crazy hours, play hockey like a crazy person, blog away, and as of yesterday…start on cookbook #2! That’s right, I am tackling another cookbook. I have twice as long to get everything together (a whopping 6 months!), but this book will be a welcomed challenge — gluten-free cooking and baking with an emphasis on almond flour. It should be an exciting, challenging time as I embark on this project, no doubt!
Today, an original gluten-free, Mr. P-approved creation that is willing warm weather my way!
Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 8 oz (about 11-12 large) strawberries 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp honey 1/4 tsp salt pinch of black pepper
4 oz mixed greens 1/3 cup Strawberry Vinaigrette (above) 8 oz grilled chicken, sliced 6 large strawberries, sliced 1 oz blue cheese, crumbled 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp pistachios 3 Tbsp pecan halves
Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a blender or food processor and process until smooth; set aside.
Toss the mixed greens with ~1/3 cup of the dressing and divided the mixture onto 2 plates. Top each salad with 4 ounces of chicken, 3 berries, 1/2 ounce blue cheese, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon pistachios, and 1 1/2 tablespoons pecans. Serve immediately!
Note: The dressing makes approximately 1 2/3 cups (enough to make dinner-sized salads for 10 people)
Yield: 2 dinner-sized salads (with 1 1/3 cup leftover dressing)
Nutrition Information (per salad, as prepared above): 442 calories; 27.0 g. fat; 68 mg. cholesterol; 416 mg. sodium; 17.0 g. carbohydrate; 9.0 g. fiber; 37.0 g. protein; 7.0 g. sugar
Result: I totally winged it with this one and I loved the result. The dressing was this stunning pale pink and because it was heavy on the berries and light on the oil, it was pretty low in calories. But, I dolled up the salad with some of my healthy add-ins like pistachios, sunflower seeds, pecans, and of course, blue cheese. The grilled chicken was to appease Mr. Prevention but even HE said…the salad would’ve been fabulous without it! Bonus points!
Thanks for all of your congrats and shared excitement! I am totally humbled by it all!