It is no secret that I have a day job. I work in an office building and today, for some reason it is unseasonably HOT in here. I suppose it is appropriate as it is Cinco de Mayo and spring has finally sprung in Minnesota. Well, at least for the next few days.
Working in an office environment certainly has some pros and cons. I won’t go into the cons for fear of scaring away anyone who has never worked in an office, but one pro has been the Lunch Lady Group.
A few months ago a small group of ladies decided that instead of everyone bringing their own lunch, each person take a day of the month and bring lunch for the group. Genius! No more bagging whatever leftovers were in the fridge or running out to the local drive thru for death in a bag.
Today is my day to share and since it is Cinco de Mayo and tomorrow is National Nurses Day (and yes I work with nurses) I let my pseudo creativity fly. Ahh the Cinco de Mayo Gracias a Nurses was born. Ok, so my Spanish is a bit rusty but it’s been a FEW years. 🙂
Today’s menu consists includes:
Donuts from the local bakery – because “donut” you think nurses are awesome? Pun intended.
Smoked Chicken Tacos. The husband has a Pit Barrel smoker and if you’ve never seen it you can check it out here. It is truly an amazing purchase. I wasn’t completely on board with it until he borrowed one from a co-worker and hot diggity it was divine.
Mexican Street Corn Salad. As soon as I got to the office I realized I forgot an important ingredient, but eh, we will survive with out the freshly grated cotija cheese. The original recipe came from a blogger Jessica Gavin and can be found here. I tweaked it a bit and of course, in a rush, I mixed up a few things, but the results are still pretty dang good.
Pineapple salsa. Why? Because we picked up a nice shipment of pineapples from the fruit truck and who doesn’t love to say “salsa!” No recipe on this one – just tossed together:
1-1 1/2 cups of freshly chopped pineapple
3 roma tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno
1/3-1/2 cup chopped red onion
a handful of chopped colored bell pepper
2 minced garlic cloves
about a tablespoon of lime juice
2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro & a dash of salt.
All measurements are estimates…that’s how I cook.
Churro Chex Mix. Ahh dessert. The best part of any meal. I decided on churro chex mix because I “churro” happy to work with nurses. Yes, lame, but it gets the point across. The recipe is one I had on hand from a friend, but it matches this one from the 5 Boys Baker blog. All I know is I should have doubled the recipe. Eh, live and learn.
As I’ve said before- I am not a food blogger nor do I want to be. I hate taking pictures of food because I don’t have the time or patience for it. Those who do are true artists. I do however, love cooking and sharing good recipes. As I experiment more with blogging I hope to bring you more posts like this that include a meal, the recipe and a little insight as to why I picked the recipes or any changes I made to them. Enjoy this Cinco de Mayo Gracias a Nurses (Cinco de Mayo Thanks to Nurses) lunch menu and check back for more recipes and general quirkiness.