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Meal Plan: An Ode to Trader Joe’s

Hello there! Hope you had a great weekend! I was one of those lucky people who had a 3-day weekend. Don’t worry, the universe balanced itself out, and I’m working this Saturday. I really can’t complain since I don’t have to work weekends very often, but I’m a bit nervous about being the only social worker in the hospital. :/

In an unfortunate twist of fate, I’m working on Derek’s only Saturday off this month. He’s on his internal medicine rotation right now which means long hours (65-70 hours/week), intense studying, and only one day off each week. Bleh. With both of us working a lot this week, meal planning was crucial. I needed easy, quick, preferably healthy meals for the week. On crazy weeks like this, Trader Joe’s is a life saver.

Like my previous meal plan posts, I included the meals that I plan for each day this week. I’m also highlighting the time-saving Trader Joe’s products that I enjoy.

Meal Plan- Week of 1/18/15

Sunday: Jambalaya + Salad

Monday: Rotisserie Chicken + Broccoli + Roasted Potatoes


Roasted Potatoes with Roasted Peppers & Onions. Source.

Tuesday: Steak and Asparagus Stir Fry + Brown Rice

Wednesday: Curry Chicken + Green Beans + Naan


My “curry chicken” is the easiest meal ever. Step 1: Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in pan. Step 2: Dump simmer sauce on top of chicken. Step 3: Cover and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Voila! Source.


This is one of my absolute favorite TJ’s products. It’s SO delicious, especially the garlic version. Source.

Thursday: Taco Salad

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Chile Lime Chicken Burgers + Sweet Potato Frites + Salad

Trader Joes chili lime burgers

These burgers have a simple ingredients list, and they pair perfectly with avocado or pepper jack cheese. Nom. Source.


Because sweet potatoes are the best potatoes. Source.


Anything For Love {Fun Friday}

First of all, I apologize for posting late this week. Our wedding pictures finally came in the mail yesterday, so I spent the afternoon working on an online gallery for them instead of finishing my fun Friday post. The pictures are fantastic! We had a blast re-living our wedding day when we looked at them. I will be working on a few wedding recap posts to share on BNP soon. Anyway, on to some videos, pictures, and stories that made me laugh or smile this week!

First up this week is a video about what it’s like to be out of shape at the gym (aka my experience right now).

I’m also motivated by tacos, so I can relate. 🙂 Next up is a sweet video that I saw about what one woman’s friends did to show their support while she undergoes cancer treatment.


What an extraordinary group of women! If you are looking for more sources of inspiration, I also found a link to the 22 best TED talks for fitness, health, and happiness inspiration. I’m a fan of TED talks, and I’ve seen a handful of the ones on that list. If you only have time to watch one, I recommend 16. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. Brené Brown is a social work researcher and a wonderful speaker. Her message is one that everyone needs to hear over and over.

Finally, I’ll end with two videos that made me laugh. The first is an old Sprite commercial.

I always think about how weird it would be if mascots actually talked to you. I love the dog’s reaction. 🙂 That commercial somehow led me to these Japanese McDonald’s commercials, which are insanely creepy but also funny.

What in the world?? Commercials from other countries are always entertaining.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to smile and laugh!

Tacos, Ice Cream, and Massages

I’m really trying to slow down and enjoy my last few days before I start work on Monday, and the past couple days have been great. Yesterday I slept in and spent the morning reading and working the blog. Then I met up with my grad school friends Brittany and Caroline for lunch at NANATACO

. Nanataco

I got the lunch special, which was two tacos, rice, and beans. I chose the rotisserie chicken and garlic beef as my taco meats. I was having so much fun catching up with Brittany and Caroline that I completely forgot to get a picture of the food.


I forgot to take a picture of my food. Whoops! Here’s an example lunch special though. (Source: indyweek.com)

It was delicious though, and I liked the laid back atmosphere. NANATACO is quite popular. Parking is tough, but we didn’t have to wait in line to order very long at all. After lunch, we went to another popular place in downtown Durham called The Parlour.


My lovely dates for the afternoon. 🙂

I’m an ice cream addict, so I was pumped to finally try out The Parlour. People always talk about it, and it lived up to the hype. Brittany and Caroline got Vietnamese coffee, and I got tiramisu. Yes, that’s right. Tiramisu ice cream!! My two favorite desserts together as one. *Swoon.* It was heavenly.


We had a great time swapping stories and talking about graduation and the future. All three of us tend to work with people who are sick and/or dying, and it’s nice to talk to people who understand why I love that kind of work.  We also decided that we will have enough crazy social work stories between us to write a book someday.


Brittany and I showing off our ice cream.

Brittany, who I sometimes refer to as the ghost Christmas future, is also married to a future doctor. Her husband just graduated, too, and they are heading to Milwaukee for his residency. I will miss her dearly, but I know we’ll keep sharing our crazy stories from afar. Plus, who knows where Derek and I will end up in two years for his residency? I’m glad to know that I’ll have a friend in the midwest

. bomernormalheart

Last night Derek and I watched the movie The Normal Heart on HBO. Have you heard about it yet? It’s based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name, and it’s about the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It was a compelling movie, and the acting is excellent. As this NPR article states, The Normal Heart shows a piece of history that many people in my generation have never learned about. I highly recommend watching it if you have HBO or HBO GO.

Today I was really productive around the house. I put the laundry away, unloaded the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen, etc. I love the feeling of getting all of those necessary chores done. The highlight of the day was finally using the Groupon for a 60 minute massage at Flawless Day Spa that Derek gave me for my birthday back in February. It was wonderful! I’ve never had a professional massage before, and I absolutely loved it. I feel so relaxed. If you’re in the Chapel Hill/Durham area, I would definitely recommend Flawless. They were nothing but professional and kind. In the afternoon, I was also able to fit in a run before going to dinner with some of my friends from college. Overall, it was another awesome day.

Last, but not least, our wedding pictures are FINALLY ready!! I’m so excited to see them tomorrow. Be on the lookout for a wedding recap soon!

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