Vegan Avocado Cream Pasta & Bedside Manners… Are They Important? [RECIPE]

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. It’s 6 AM and I can’t sleep. I try and refrain from being too “ranty” on here. But yesterday I had an experience that left me scratching my head. So much so that I tossed and turned all night. I’ll throw out this question to you: Are bedside manners important?

Let’s rewind back to Tuesday of this week. I was fixing my dishwasher from a simple clog, twisted at an awkward angle when I felt a very sharp pain in my left calf. Quickly I climbed around and sat down on the floor rubbing my muscle. It felt stronger then a muscle cramp but I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. On went the ice packs and up went the leg as I gritted my teeth through the throbbing pain. It hurt! Finally after a couple days of it being very sore I thought it best to go in and see my PCP. Now let’s pause the story here for a moment. Generally speaking I’m a no-bullshit kind of gal. I hate wasting time so when I’m at the doctor’s it’s always helpful if you just give it to me straight. You don’t waste my time, and I won’t waste yours.

That said, I also think that tact and manners goes a long way. Say please and thank you, yadda yadda yadda. This was probably why I was so caught off guard at what happened in my appointment. Let’s continue…

So by yesterday afternoon when I was walking into the doctor’s office, I was pretty sure that it was a calf sprain. I had googled everything from a blood clot (DVT) to pulmonary embolisms to scare myself silly…. but then I remembered that it might just have been a twist or a sprain. As time went by, the pain went down to just being sore and I was nearly positive it was a sprain. Not fun, but I’ll take it over a blood clot any day.

The doctor checked my calf. Measured for swelling. All the right procedures. Okay, great. “I’m pretty positive that it’s a calf sprain” they said. (Yup, I thought that too Doc), I thought. “But I want to talk about your weight….”. *sighs* Here we go, I thought. Now it’s not that I didn’t know it was coming. When you’re overweight and you go to the doctor, of course they will mention your weight. They have to. I just wish that they knew, that I know how fat I am! “So your BMI is this… and you should be here” they said pointing to a chart. Okay, now hold on a moment. I have to ask, do doctors honestly think that us fat people walk around with a BMI chart in our pockets? That we secretly meet up at the local McDonald’s saying “Morning George! What’s your BMI today?” “Well Tom, I was at a 42.6 but now I’m at a 38.5….”. NO! No, no, no! Give it to me in pounds! Explain it to me in a way I can understand!…..

So I politely said, “Could you please tell me how much my goal weight should be?”. The doctor then said, “I don’t know. I’d have to pull up a chart in the computer and see. All I know is that your weight is from some horrible lifestyle choices”. Yeah… ouch! Now, I was more stunned then mad. Let me say that right off the bat. And I’m the type of person where I’m far too chicken to ever be rude in public (or a doctor’s office). But once I got to the car, I was ranting all the way home. Why? Because of judgment.

This doctor saw my number on a scale and automatically assumed that I’m home drinking soda pop. (Which I’ve never drank soda pop…. not once. True story). This doctor thought that I’m scarfing down cheeseburgers! I don’t do that either. I’m a vegan. But this one number was used to define me so much so that they said that my “lifestyle choices” were horrible! I mean…. dang…. I know I’m overweight, but I don’t have high blood pressure. My cholesterol was great. My heartbeat was perfect according to the super nice nurse. C’mon Doc! Cut me some slack, will ya?! I didn’t even come in for a talk about weight loss. But I’m always down for a health lesson. Just…. be a bit more tactful in your approach, will ya?

So that was my day…. how was yours? LOL.

What do you think? Is it important for a doctor to have good bedside manners?

And now let’s jump into today’s recipe.

Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to cook. As much as I want to make a gorgeous dinner for the family every night, there are times where I have to toss a box of pasta in water, slap on some sauce, and call it a day. This avocado cream pasta is a gentle, basic dish that is perfect for busy weeknights…. or if you’re healing from a sprained calf. Toss everything in a food processor and pour over some cooked noodles. I didn’t have cherry tomatoes for garnish but next time I’ll be using them for sure! Enjoy this delicious, creamy recipe everyone and as always, keep on cooking ❤

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Avocado Cream Pasta 

Courtesy of: PETA 

Serves: 3

Ingredients: 

2 avocados, pitted and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup water
Salt, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste
4 halved cherry tomatoes as garnish (optional)
2 cups cooked pasta

Instructions: 

  • Combine the avocados, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor. As the mixture is blending, add the soy milk and then the water. Add more or less water depending on your desired consistency.
  • Add salt and red pepper, to taste.
  • Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and serve

 

 

 

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