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Adventures in the Kitchen: Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies

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This is the third edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series

Check out other recipes here: Bake and Save Chicken and Carrots Crash and Burn.

Santa will be coming soon and he will be expecting some delicious Christmas cookies.  Thanks to the ingenious experiment done by a fellow employee, I have a new and creative cookie for all the Christmas and pumpkin lovers.

Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

  1. Spice Cake Mix
  2. 1 Can Of Pumpkin Pie Fillin
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Powdered Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the spice cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the can of pumpkin pie filling and mix until smooth.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice to desired taste.
  5. Butter or spray the cookie sheet.
  6. Scoop the dough into a plastic bag
  7. Cut one of the bottom corners of the bag
  8. Squeeze the dough onto the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake cookies in the oven for 5-8 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies when done.
  11. Let cool – and enjoy!
Baked Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies

Photo © SisMiss

Take a big bite out of this delicious pumpkin treat and enjoy some Muffin Top Pumpkin cookies this Christmas. Santa will thank you.

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Carrots Crash and Burn

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to the second edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series (Check out the first blog here: Adventures in the Kitchen: Bake and Save Chicken)! I have a lesson to introduce to you today that I am not exactly pleased with.  Sometimes, when cooking, we can start out with the best of intentions and end up with something that is just so, so terribly wrong.  And that my friends, is what I experienced.

Guy with Fire Extinguisher Putting Out Fire In Kitchen from Bad Cooking

Photo © Aaron DuRall

I started out with the best of intentions, surfing through the recipes on my Pinterest for what I was hoping would be the next great and healthy snack; baked and seasoned carrot sticks.  Now do not get me wrong, I love my veggies. But I definitely do not live in a place called Hidden Valley where children always eat their vegetables. In my attempt to flavor up the carrot, which also happens to be my favorite veggie, I crashed and burned – metaphorically and literally.

I placed the carrots on a cooking sheet and poured a small amount of olive oil over them. After baking them for about 15 minutes, I took them out of the oven, poured a little ranch seasoning over them and put them back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Well, as my sister says, not setting a time makes cooking a game, a game that I fail at. I am sure that this is something you have all experienced, and if you have not, please humor me.

Carrots and Ranch on a Green Plate

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For those like me who love carrots and ranch, you can understand that I started out with great intentions but failed miserably. And now this becomes my challenge to you! You come up with a recipe using your favorite veggie or fruit and post it to my Twitter page @meg_bookrenter1 or my Facebook page www.facebook.com/BookRenterIntern.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Bake and Save Chicken

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Blogger Megan Lehman Biography

 

 

 

 

The first semester is almost over and I have spent all my time either at school, work, or in one of my new favorite places – the kitchen. I don’t know about all of you, but before I started college, I did not do a lot of cooking. I baked cookies, cakes, and brownies courtesy of the wonderful Betty Crocker’s mixes, but my mother did most of the cooking. I am sure that most of you are in the same, or at least a very similar boat. I have decided to start writing this series, Adventures in The Kitchen, to teach simple, healthy, and delicious meals for college students on the go! Let’s begin with the first recipe!

Recipe card box

Photo © Horn & Ram

Bake and Save Chicken

Step One:

Buy boneless, skinless, chicken breast either frozen or from the meat department at your local grocery store. Then pick out a marinade for the chicken. My favorite happens to be balsamic vinaigrette.

Step Two:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put the chicken in a bag and pour about half the bottle of marinade in the bag. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for about half an hour.

Step Three:

Get out a casserole or any oven safe dish. Place the chicken in the dish once the half hour of marinating is up and the oven is preheated. Bake the chicken for about 10 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, check the inside of the chicken by cutting it down the center. If there is any pink, place it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

Step Four:

Gobble it up! Now think about this; if you buy the large bag of chicken and make the whole thing now, you can save it in the fridge or the freezer to eat later! Saves time and ensures that you will eat at least one healthy meal a day!

 

Stay tuned for more healthy, simple, and delicious recipes to come!

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5 Survival Tips Without The College Meal Plan

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Is this your first year without a college meal plan? Fear not, here are a couple of ways to manage without spending all of your money eating fast food.

1. Cook Weekly Meals, Not Daily

Cooking all of your meals at once will make it easier for you to eat at home. If you run into a hectic week full of midterms, you can just pull out something you’ve already made! Every time you open the fridge you will see plenty of food options and not just empty space. My advice is to purchase some a lot of food containers!

College Blonde Girl Cooking in the Kitchen

Photo © ex.libris

2. Plan Your Meals!

As students, it’s imperative to be organized. Adding a white board to your fridge adds plenty of decoration and can function to plan your meals and track what to buy. This way you never run out of food, and can always plan ahead to budget your money wisely for other things like Spring Break.

3. Find Your Inner Iron Chef.

Don’t waste gas and money to buy fast food if you already have the ingredients at home. Recreate your those foods at home – or find new recipes online or in a cookbook. I guarantee you will be extremely satisfied with yourself.

Recipe Book

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4. Family Night!

Get together with friends, family, or both and have a pot luck. It’s a great way to spend much needed time with your friends and take a break from cooking a full blown meal. Always remember the more, the merrier.

5. Budget Your Money

This is probably the most important tip. Spending too much money on groceries or fast food can be a problem for many students. If you spend too much, food can spoil before you eat it, while too little will leave you starving. Most students, including myself, spend around $50-60 every two weeks for groceries. That means your only spending $100 on groceries per month! Compared to the $5,000 + of the dining hall meal plans that only provide 2 main courses, peas, and soda that is pretty good.

Two Guys Grocery Shopping for Food in a Store

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Hope these tips help! I have been off my university’s meal plan for 2 years now and haven’t had to resort back to Ramen Noodles yet. Good luck chefs!

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5 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Dorm / Apartment

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When you go grocery shopping every few weeks, which foods do you find yourself buying the most of? If it’s chips, sugary cereals, or lunchables, you might want to reconsider where you’re spending your money. They may taste good, but they’re not the best thing to put into your body. Splurge on a treat once a week if you must, but the rest of the time, focus on the “good stuff.”

Take a look at the list below to see five healthy foods that should always be in your dorm room or apartment.

1. Soup

A well-known comfort food. Soup is cheap, takes little effort and time to prepare, and pairs well with grilled cheese sandwiches, a side salad, or even just crackers. Eat it at home, or fill a thermos for when you’re on your way to class.

Hot Bowl of Soup

Photo © dmarkj22

2. Greek Yogurt

You may have heard rumors that Greek yogurt tastes bad, but try it for yourself. I recommend Oikos and my personal favorite, Chobani. Greek yogurt can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which means you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied longer. It also works in smoothies, desserts, and with fresh fruit mixed in.

Delicious Greek Yogurt and Fruit

Photo © raylynntexas

3. Brown Rice

Nowadays, cancer is a huge cause of death, but studies have shown the more fiber you have in your diet, the less risk you have for getting it. Brown rice, oatmeal, and most kinds of beans will help you get this fiber in each day.

Hot Bowl of Brown Rice

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4. Fruit

Switch it up and keep a few bananas, kiwi, pears, pomegranates and/or peaches around. Buy them in bulk or ready-to-eat. It might be more expensive, but at least you’ll reach for it first if it’s already cut up.

Bananas and Peaches, Fruit

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5. Almonds

They reduce bad cholesterol and help you lose weight, what more could we ask for? They’re also a great in-between-classes snack, giving you that extra boost of energy you may need to get through your last class. Also try: walnuts, pecans, or cashews.

Bowl and Bag of Almonds

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Unless you shop when you’re hungry (which is a big universal no-no) it should be easy to shop healthy with a list like this in hand to guide you.

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