Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert.

Well today I decided was a cooking day. So here's what I got:

Yummy, simple, classic. The best part is you can freeze them by wrapping each individual muffin in saran wrap! Perfect for a college student with busy mornings, late mornings, and mornings where you forget what day it is because your alarm didn't go off at the right time and you realize you've already missed a class. Whoops. 

I love this recipe! Thanks to Christina, I had two zucchinis to use. I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken, and it was delish!! I chose to eat them at this particular meal as an open-faced burger/sandwich thing. You could just as well eat them plain or dipped in ketchup/chili sauce! I just made a few for myself and froze the rest of the mixture to fry later. Also perfect for a college student who needs a quick and light lunch before classes.

I recently read something on pinterest that suggested you not eat carbs after lunch, so I decided to try it. Instead of making a wrap with a tortilla or a sandwich or pasta, I just pulled one porkchop for myself out of the freezer, browned it on both sides butterfly-style, put some chopped onions in the pan, mixed a little dijon mustard, italian dressing and black pepper and put it over the top to cook until the meat was done. I used some of the extra sauce to dip my meat in afterwards, because as my sister says, "I'm a sauce girl".  It's a single serving miracle! Of course, you can make it for multiple people but you easily adjust it to feed one. It's quick and much more filling than cereal for dinner. But of course, we've all done it. Don't be ashamed. :) 

Banana Chocolate Delights 

I have wayyyy more bananas than I could ever use by myself, so I sliced two bananas in coins, put them on a cookie sheet, spread peanut butter on every other slice and made a sandwich with the other half. I melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave with just a smidge of butter and attempted to dip each one fully in the chocolate, but then I got lazy and impatient and just dipped one side in. But hey, it's less calories that way, right?! 

I put my banana snacks in a tupperware in the freezer to eat whenever I'm craving something sweet! Small portions for the win! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread!

My sister Christina and I combined forces (and ingredients) to make a delicious meal.
One of my contributions to the dinner was this scrumdidiliumptious dessert using Tina's plentiful zucchini from her garden.

Chocolate- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This is a moist, sweet and chocolately bread that has no oil or butter in it! Woohooo!! Go not-so-guilty pleasures! Enjoy this summer bread. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Clever College Girl

So I'm starting a new section of my blog including all the tricks I've discovered as a college student to saving money, saving time, staying fit, and more.

So to jumpstart this business, I made THE EASIEST GRANOLA IN THE WORLD! And the best part is, I don't have to BUY granola for like, months!

So the trick is, you mix all the ingredients together, bake it in the oven for 10 minutes, give it a stir, turn OFF the oven (this is *key*, it doesn't say to do this specifically in the recipe, but after some worrying about my apartment burning down and google searching, I came to this conclusion.) and put the granola right back in and leave it there all night! Wake up in the morning to homemade granola awaiting you!

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Easy Overnight Granola

See and you can put it in a cute container and keep it in your pantry! Wooohoo go frugality. 

And here is a glimpse of my scrumptious breakfast with my tasty granola. Honey Greek yogurt and strawbs. MMM. My fave. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Katie's famous chicken and GF croutons!

Happy Sunday my friends!
Sunday is such a wonderful day of the week. The best, actually.

My sister Katie made this recipe a wonderful GF fave in our family, since it is one of her faves to make! And, I would go so far as to say she has mastered it.

Katie's Bacon Wrapped Chicken 

So delish. Here's the recipe. 

I made gluten free croutons! Easy! And this is such a good use for gluten free bread that you decide you hate or is about to go bad. 

Gluten Free Croutons! 

Ain't it pertty? On my Cesar salad I chopped up romaine lettuce, tomatoes, sliced black olives (A MUST), shredded parmesan from Trader Joe's, my gf croutons and cesar salad dressing! 

Find the recipe for the gf croutons here

Since it is Sunday, here is my spiritual bit for the week.

We can't demand God for answers. He doesn't work that way.  

And when we get answers, in whatever form they come, however soft or subtle they may be, we can't decide that it actually isn't an answer. 

When we pray for guidance and direction, we must pray with the faith that God will answer us and with the courage that we can and will do what He asks of us.

Fear is not of our Savior, it is of the devil. We can't let our fears get in the way of doing the things the Lord asks of us.

An answer is an answer. And if you're afraid of that answer, "Do it afraid". The Lord will provide a way. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Chicken, green beans, and pretty nails!

Well. I made super easy Crockpot Hawaiian chicken over rice in the crockpot! I used instant rice. Why in the world would you could regular rice when you have instant. That's like deciding to take a horse and buggy to work instead of driving a car.

Anyways, This recipe calls for Hawaiian style BBQ sauce from Target, and since we don't HAVE a Target in Santa Barbara (grumble grumble) I decided to just improvise (with help from the internet) and make some using regular BBQ sauce. It was a little heavy on the teriyaki side, but it was still good. I basically mixed BBQ sauce, teriyaki glaze/marinade, a little garlic, a little ginger, and pineapple juice.

Also, the recipe says you can add chopped onion and green bell pepper, and you should. It's good.

These green beans were the agreed favorite part of the meal. These Buttery Garlic Green Beans are light and simple. Lovely accompaniment to any chicken dish. Get the recipe here.
My talented artistic friend Natalie painted my nails with SUNFLOWERS on them! I love it! She does all these crazy designs free hand with like a paper clip or a mechanical pencil. Talent people. So naturally I attempted artzy pics, cause we happened to have sunflowers.

Also, this.

Heres my virtual support to all my dieting friends and/or those currently struggling with that demon called "self control" (me). 


Monday, July 28, 2014

Cabbage Rolls and Caprese Salad

Tonight's dinner featured a completely gluten free (and white sugar free, of course) meal.

I was advised by my mom that the best Cabbage Roll recipes are the ones with a little brown sugar in it and hooooray I found one on pinterest, here. It's a crockpot recipe.

And it's a lovely recipe! However, DO NOT BOIL THE CABBAGE LEAVES FOR TOO LONG. Or else you end up with a rather mushy mess to work with. However, as evident by the success of my beautiful cabbage rolls, It can be done! Never say never my friends. Also, I started the crockpot cooking a bit late so instead of cooking it on low for 6-8 hours I cooked it on high for a little over 3 1/2 and it worked out just fine. 

Here is my captive experimental dinner audience in the flesh, posing in just the way I forced them to. (but aren't they cute like that?! I think so :) .) 

And of course a Caprese salad always looks so colorful and lovely with any main course. We suffered the death of yet another basil plant recently, so in lieu of fresh basil I just sprinkled a little dried basil flakes on the top along with tomatoes, mozzarella, capers, olive oil and lots of balsamic vinegar. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pink Breakfast Smoothie

An absolutely delightful and easy smoothie was born, courtesy of Pinterest. 

Also, please keep in mind that.....

all burgers are beautiful. 

That is all.