Have a ham bone leftover and not sure what to do with it? Try out this clean, thick and hearty ham and vegetable barley stew! If you don’t have a ham bone, leftover ham works too.
As you know, I started ICU this week. I woke up Sunday morning bright and early in a cold, panicked sweat.
Then my paranoia turned on and I had to make certain that it wasn’t actually already Monday. By the time I had reassured myself that I actually wasn’t off by a day, I was very much awake. However, I had also realized that I still was with my family and that it was Easter! So it all worked out. And then all of a sudden Monday hit and it was like:
I woke up Monday to my alarm bright and early. Except it wasn’t bright 🙁 It was dark out, pouring rain and cold. I felt like I was in some sort of movie since it always seems to stormy and all gloom and doom during those sad, somber parts. So, my month on the unit started out like:
The days are long and can be intensive. During the day, the ICU team is part of the code team. They are called over the overhead intercom system and we also carry code pagers. So if there is a code anywhere in the hospital we have to stop what we are doing as long as our patients that we are personally taking care of are not crashing at the moment and run to it. So far there have been 2 post-operative codes and an emergent intubation. So, although my wish for no codes was pretty quickly dashed at least 1. All patients have survived thus far 2. It counts as exercise 3. I count that intubation as a save, because had we not, that patient would have definitely coded. =win.
Oh well, at least I have some awesome meals to keep me going this month already set to go. This recipe I am about to share with you is just one of the many I have prepped! The stew is a great way to get to get a hearty helping of vegetables (lots of fiber and nutrients!) and is so delicious. It is also a great way to use your leftover ham/hambone! If I could just share with you how yummy this stew smells, though, oh man, trust me I would. I guess you’ll just have to make it for yourself to see!
How do you like to use your leftover ham-bones?