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Adventures in the Kitchen: Carrots Crash and Burn

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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.

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.

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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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Summer Fun Never Felt So Cool

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Summer is about having fun and relaxing. Sometimes that can be hard in serious heat. If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know that half the U.S. is under a nasty heat wave. Arizona has been experiencing temperatures up to 109 degrees, and it’s estimated that 30 people have died from heat-related causes. This is a great reminder that it’s important to keep cool in the summer. Not all college students have air conditioning, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to still keep cool, and have fun doing it.

Ice Ice Baby

Admit it. You still drink Kool-Aid, right? Luckily, this is one thing it’s okay to never outgrow because in the summertime, Kool-Aid ice cubes can be your best friend. Pick your favorite flavor, mix it up in a pitcher, then pour some in one or two ice cube trays to suck on later. You can even add the ice cubes to a glass of water for a kick of flavor. Or you can try this recipe from Food Network for delicious margarita pops.

Catch Up on Some Flicks

If it’s 90+ degrees outside, try catching a double feature at your local movie theater. Close your blinds, lock up the house, and go see two or three movies back to back. Their air conditioning will definitely cool you down while you enjoy summer flicks!

Get Soaked

Invite a bunch of friends over to have a water balloon fight outside or at a nearby park. Make teams and dress the part with team colors! Bonus points if someone brings water guns. This would be perfect to do when you get back on campus with some college friends in a wide open area, just don’t hit someone that is not in on the fun.

Go Ice-Skating

Some indoor rinks are open year round, so grab a friend or a date and hit the ice! If you’re with friends, play a game of Red Light, Green Light, or Freeze Tag (just try not to hit anyone else not playing).

Make sure you enjoy the summer sun and have some fun before heading back to school, just keep hydrated and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Just because it’s hot out, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun!

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