Well, my first week of intern year is in the books!

Everyone says that’s the hardest week, but that can’t possibly be true for me. As I mentioned before, I’m on outpatient clinic so not only did I have the 4th of July off, but some of my scheduled patients canceled their appointments so I had entire afternoons free. RIDICULOUS. But also pretty awesome because I got to stop by my favorite Indian spice store and stock up on ALL THE SPICES. Some I was running low on, some I didn’t even realize I needed (<– but I needed)….you know how it goes. Next week should be pretty similar, though I am scheduled for mostly walk-in clinic, which pretty much ensures that I’ll see someone. At any other time time this year, I’m pretty sure I would/will be incredibly grateful for so much inactivity…but I just want to start and feel like a doctor already!! (If you could just remind me of that sentiment when I’m really in the weeds during my ICU month and haven’t seen my kid for days on end, that would be great kthanks.)

As far as meal planning/prep goes, I actually went crazy last weekend and cooked all of our meals for the week on Sunday. It was insane! And kind of amazing to not have to do heavy duty dishes all week long. A girl could get used to this.

I’m planning for a repeat of that this weekend, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

Make sure to check out this week’s healthy vegetarian meal plan below and happy eating!

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This one pot primavera pasta is cooked in a light lemon cream sauce and loaded with fresh summer veggies, like peas, zucchini, and baby spinach. It’s a total no-fuss weeknight meal for the whole family.
Creamy One Pot Primavera Pasta with Peas, Zucchini, and Spinach


If only every night of the week could look like this!

Mostly it’s pots and cutting boards and used measuring cups on every crevice of my countertops.

Sometimes pans of roasted veggies on the floor.

It’s not pretty, but it is very very real life.

Instagram culture would be shocked.

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Sweet bananas and creamy nutella make for a lovely coffee cake filling in this banana nutella coffee cake. Topped with copious amounts of spiced streusel, this is perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Banana Nutella Coffee Cake

Banana nutella swirls, yo.

They’re everything you didn’t know you needed in your life (but especially in your coffee cake).


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Shrubs, otherwise known as drinking vinegars, are this summer’s trendiest beverage! These sparkling hibiscus shrubs combine a concentrate of brown sugar, dried hibiscus, and Pompeian organic apple cider vinegar with sparkling water for the perfect mix of sweetness and acidity.
Sparkling Hibiscus Shrubs

I feel like these are more of a “choose your own adventure” drink than a recipe.

After all, we’re drinking vinegar! By choice!

It’s a new frontier.

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Real life starts NOW.

Maybe I’m ready for it?

I’m pretty sure you can never really be mentally or emotionally ready to start your intern year. So many unknowns! So much responsibility!

I. Just. Can’t.


Even if I can’t be psychologically ready, I can be dinner-ready. I WILL be dinner ready. The power of positive thinking.

Sounds like kind of a lame way to spend my last day of stay-cation, but my plan for Sunday is to meal prep, meal prep, and meal prep some more. Like, full on cook all of our meals for the week. I may not be home in time to eat the dinner but at least I’ll know that my husband isn’t trying to feed my child his leftover chocolate bunny from Easter as a balanced meal. And THAT kind of peace of mind is priceless.

Be sure to check out the meal plan below for some great healthy vegetarian options if you’re doing some meal planning yourself and happy eating!

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Brown sugar berry shortcakes that combine fresh summer berries with tender, flaky shortcakes and a luxuriously airy whipped cream.
Red, White, and Blue Brown Sugar Berry Shortcakes

What are your 4th of July weekend plans?!?!

I’m mostly asking because my current plan is to lay on my couch in fetal position contemplating how on earth anyone actually trusts my medical judgment/knowledge enough to be someone’s doctor come Monday.

And maybe that’s not the best use of my last weekend of freedom?

But I just can’t wrap my mind around anything else right now!! So I need you to distract me with your awesome fabulous weekend to-dos.

No pressure.


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