Celebrate! 5 Delicious Dishes to Cook to Celebrate the Assignment

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By Susan Keller

May 12, 2022



5 Delicious Dishes to Cook to Celebrate the Travel Nurse Assignment

To celebrate your assignment as a traveling nurse deserves a proper meal full of nutrients. Since you will be leaving your home, you will have to prepare a meal worth your celebration. Some meals are packed with nutrients and flavor and have varying cooking times.

Each meal you eat should incorporate all the essential food groups to make sure you receive vital vitamins and minerals.

Significant food groups to include in your meals:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Healthy fats
  • Fruits and vegetables

The following are dishes you can prepare to celebrate your assignment.

Roast Lamb Dish

Roasted lamb can be a tasty dish that is worth enjoying as you celebrate your travel nurse assignment. Packed with protein, this meal will leave you full after enjoying its richness in both taste and flavor.

You will need the following ingredients for this dish

  • 2kg lamb
  • 4-5 garlic gloves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions
  • Small bunch of rosemary

Make small incisions on the meat 5cm deep and insert the rosemary sprig and sliced garlic cloves. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Line a pan with the sliced onions and place the meat on top. Heat your oven to 220C.

Roast the lamb for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 190C and roast until it is ready. Always keep checking the internal temperature. Cover with aluminum foil when it’s ready, and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with preferred side dishes.  

Smoked Ham

Fresh smoked ham comes with many flavors, and you can enhance that flavor when you choose to cook other than reheating the ready to cook one. The choice is yours.


  • Fresh smoked ham
  • Whole garlic cloves
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • Pineapple juice
  • Dijon mustard

The first step is to preheat your oven to 325F and prepare the glaze. Make incisions on the fat cap and stuff the holes with whole garlic cloves. Place in a roasting pan and roast until ready. Use the glaze to baste the ham and cook until golden brown. Serve after cooling.

Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Chicken cannot miss if you want to pack some protein into your diet. The lemons will flavor the chicken, while asparagus will give the meal that great pop of color.


  • Chicken breasts (boneless)
  • Asparagus
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Lemons
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter

Cut the chicken breasts into thin slices. Mix flour, salt, and pepper into a dish and toss the chicken pieces into the mixture to coat. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the chicken for up to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning on each side when they turn golden brown. Turn until cooked and remove.

Baked Chicken Breast

Chicken can be on the dinner table in less than an hour and still be full of flavor.


  • Boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • Melted butter
  • Salt
  • Herbs and spices (optional)

Mix the melted butter with salt and herbs or spices of your choice. Using a brush, rub the mixture onto the bottom of a baking pan. Line the chicken breast in the pan and rub the mixture on them as well. Bake until ready and serve as desired.

Smoked Turkey Breast

If you are looking for a quick recipe, this is it. Even though preparation takes place 24 hours earlier, the cooking time is short. The breast requires seasoning through the injection method. The temperature dictates the cooking duration.


  • Turkey breast
  • Garlic and onion salt
  • Melted butter
  • Oil and water
  • Lemon juice
  • Seasoning salt

Mix garlic salt, onion salt, melted butter, lemon juice, oil, and water and inject the turkey breast. Combine spices with room temperature butter and rub all over the turkey. Let it marinate for at least one hour to twenty-four hours.

Thaw and roast in an electric smoker and check the temp with a thermometer until the turkey is ready.

Advantages of Using Electric Smokers for Your Meals

  • They are easy to clean
  • They are portable and safe to use
  • They produce healthier meals
  • They are efficient
  • They are environment-friendly

If, after all these valuable tips above, you have no idea how to go about shopping for an electric smoker, here is a nice list of reliable electric smokers. Check these links out.

Final Thoughts

As a traveling nurse, you need body nourishment that will facilitate you to work long hours. Planning and eating healthy meals will ensure your body can perform without you getting dizzy spells. You can prepare hearty meals full of nourishment in a short time.

We hope you enjoyed this article on delicious dishes to cook to celebrate the travel nurse assignment. Do you do anything to celebrate when you accept an assignment? Comment those below.

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