Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends! Phil and I spent the time with family in Knoxville, and it could not have been more perfect. Time with family always reminds us of the reason for the season, and it was greatly cherished.

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Now that we are home, and with another holiday around the corner, we both were trying to determine our meals for the week. We enjoy the frozen and prepared meals from Trader Joe’s, and I thought I would share some of our favorites that get us through hectic schedules. It helps us save money by preventing us from eating Chipotle every night, but also saves time by cutting out some prep work. We both love to cook, there are just some weeks that call for a good frozen pizza.

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The great thing about Trader Joe’s is that its inexpensive to pick up several days worth of meals, along with snacks and special treats!

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When there are weeks I pick up prepared lunches, there are always an array of salads to choose from. The caesar salad is one of my favorites, but you will need something else to pair with it; I love their shrimp spring rolls that come with peanut sauce. I am very excited about testing the other two salads out, both include some of my favorite winter veggies! I was in a “greens mood” this week, but they have a variety of sandwiches and meals, such as mac and cheese :),  that can be heated up to choose for lunch.

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For dinners this week, we picked out the Gnocchi alla Forrentina, Pork Gyoza Potstickers with Vegetable Fried Rice, Asparagus Risotto, and Frozen Pizza Parlanno. We had the pizza last night with some wine while we watched Love Actually since we hadn’t had a chance to watch this holiday season. All of these options are found in their frozen section, and the selection is endless. You can choose Italian, Chinese, and Indian cuisine, or you can choose sides such as vegetables, fried rice, cauliflower rice, etc to go with your main dish. Don’t forget to browse their breakfast isle (BforD!) and dessert isle. Right above the frozen desserts are great chocolate treats, such as chocolate covered marshmallows, almonds, and graham crackers!

Holidays are such a fun time with family and friends, but the in-between can be hectic with work and life schedules. Picking up some prepared meals can help cut down on some of the hustle and bustle, and prevent you from spending too much money on going out to eat. I like to save those trips for when friends are in town or visiting with family, it makes going out that much more fun! The great thing about some of these selections I shared is how well they taste! Each meal runs anywhere from 3 to 5 dollars, and have about 1 to 2 servings; Phil usually needs one by himself, especially after a workout.

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season, do you have any tips to help get you through the hustle and bustle?

Love,

Jess

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