Legislative Day 2014

Any Scandal fans out there?  Or better yet fans of Olivia Pope?  I like to think that recently, I had an Olivia Pope moment.  More like I channeled the aura of Ms. Pope.  If you know anything about Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia then you might be reading this with a raised eyebrow!  But, trust me there’s NO scandal going down with this RD2BE.


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Buh-Bye, Barnes-Jewish

Buh-Bye Barnes-Jewish

Today, I kicked off my summer farewell tour!

It was a bittersweet day as I logged my final hours as a volunteer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  I’ve volunteered for 2 years in outpatient health with a RD, CDE (Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator).  My mentoring dietitian (sitting to the right of me in this picture) has been an amazing confidant while on this roller coaster ride to RD.   Obliviously, we’ve shared a lot over the two years and she’s shown a great interest in my professional development.  I’ve counted on her for so much in the recent months with several requests for letters of recommendation, co-authors on an abstract & professional poster, and just plain ole navigation of the dietetics world.  She’s provided me with several pats on the back too!  One of the best things about her is her patience.  Really, I’m in awe of her ability to take everything in stride while dealing with a novice like me. Her leadership, positive attitude, caring spirit and use of her dietetics wisdom set a great example of how a RD practitioner should conduct themselves.

I began my final day with celebratory cheese cake set up by the ladies of Diabetes Education that are pictured above.  I also received a gift card to the Apple app store. 🙂 Then I ended the day assisting with the weight loss class I contribute to every Tuesday.  Volunteering at this institution exceeded my expectations.  Barnes-Jewish Hospital really does provide world class care and as a teaching hospital, a world class learning experience.

10 Things Super Successful People Do During Lunch


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The mantra, “You have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé, ” has flashed across social media accounts everywhere,  made news headlines, and echoed in the minds of many with the drop of her surprise album Beyoncé.  Many are in awe of her strong work ethic, flawless beauty, and commanding attitude.  And all the while she’s a wife and mother.

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BBQ Chicken Mango Pizza

Homemade pizzas are the way to go!  Honestly, I haven’t ordered a takeout pizza in quite a while.  Homemade pizza just tastes better to me and they’re fun to make!  I also love that homemade pizza allows you to control the pizza’s nutrition profile, use up lingering produce that’s going bad, and clear the fridge of leftovers.

I am guilty of produce neglect, which is how this recipe came to be.  Sometimes my eyes are just bigger than my stomach when I’m at the grocery store or I’m in la-la land with the belief that there’s more than 24 hours to a day.  I have these big plans of cooking religiously and then life gets busy.

I called this a recipe, but really this isn’t a recipe.  Its more like assembly instructions.  This is super easy!  I promise you won’t be disappointed with this flavor combination.

BBQ Chicken Mango Pizza

2 BBQ Chicken Mango Pizza


Pizza dough or crust

BBQ sauce

Seasoning Blend: Cajun, Southwest, or Caribbean (I used this)

Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cooked chicken breast, chopped

Red bell pepper, diced, sautéed

Fresh mango, medium chunks

*I did not use measurements.  Top the pizza to your taste.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Sauté diced red pepper, if desired.  Set aside.
  3. Lightly flour counter or rolling surface.  Roll out pizza dough to desired thickness.  If using a pizza crust, skip the flouring step and place crust on baking sheet or pizza pan.
  4. Top the dough or crust with BBQ sauce.  Then, sprinkle desired seasoning on top of the BBQ sauce layer.
  5. Sprinkle on a layer of cheese.
  6. Top the layer of cheese with the sautéed red bell pepper, mango, and chicken breast.
  7. Top with a final layer of cheese.
  8. Bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes or follow baking time on package if using a pizza crust.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting. Then EAT!

I hope you try it!

I tried this combo on a whim, but tell me…

What are some unique pizza toppings you’re cookin’ up in the kitchen?