Now that I’m back home on Thanksgiving break I can finally cook again! I am no longer confined to a tiny dorm so here is my first recipe back in the kitchen!
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1lb thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken
- 10 oz. can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup sliced onions
- ½ cup fat free chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- ¼ cup white wine
- 3 Tbsp. light coconut milk
- Sea salt and pepper
- Coat medium sized skillet with olive oil cooking spray
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat (about 3 minutes on each side)
- Remove chicken from pan and set aside
- Using that same pan give it another coat of cooking spray and sauté sliced onions until just tender
- Add the wine, chicken broth, coconut milk, and tomato paste into the onions
- Give it a stir and simmer 4-5 minutes over medium-low heat
- Add sea salt and pepper to taste
- Place the chicken back in the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce
- Serve and Enjoy!
NOTE: Spaghetti squash makes a great low calorie side with this dish!
Serving Size: 3 oz. piece with 3 tbsp. sauce
I woke up this morning at 7AM (mind you my first class is at 1PM o_O) to study for the multiple exams coming my way this week. For some reason I have been FAMISHED all morning and this whole dining hall thing got old my freshman year. I put this together as a pre class snack and to my surprise it was actually really good and filling!
Here we go…
- 3oz. tuna (I buy the bags because they’re already drained and easy to use in a dorm)
- 1 Tbsp light mayo
- 1 Quaker white cheddar rice cake
1. Mix together tuna and mayo
2. Spread tuna salad over rice cake
3. Nom away
It is truly a tragedy when I walk into the dining hall and find myself choosing the same thing day after day because I know it is healthy. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of food options but I can’t bring myself to grabbing that cheesy slice of pizza or that juicy hamburger (unless its cheat day of course). So here I am with my daily salad, omelet, veggies, and the occasional pita with hummus; but today I decided to take a stand! I went to Wal-Mart and picked up some ingredients to make this protein packed, Paleo friendly, and dorm friendly tuna bacon salad.
- 3 oz. tuna
- 1 slice turkey bacon
- 1 Tbsp reduced fat shredded mozzarella
- 1 Tbsp light mayo
- 1 Tbsp maple grove poppyseed dressing (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy
Spaghetti squash is truly God sent. Its such a versatile vegetable and has become a staple in my household every since we first met about a year ago…<3 cute right? Well you can imagine how I felt when I walked into my local Stop & Shop to find out there was none left. Ok, no big deal, I’ll just head over to Target–none there either. I sat in the parking lot of Target (or Targèt) calling every grocery store within a 15 mile radius. After numerous calls and several confused responses from people thinking I made up this vegetable I FINALLY found some in King Kullen. All hail King Kullen. (Unlike the poop brownies I made yesterday) This spaghetti squash pizza was well worth the inconvenience.
- 3 cups cooked spaghetti squash
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1 egg
- ½ cup romano cheese
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp oregano
- pepper to taste
- your favorite pizza sauce
- 1/3 cup+2 Tbsp fat free shredded mozzarella
Other options: turkey pepperoni, pineapple, ham, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives, fresh tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, roasted red peppers, artichoke, scallions, zucchini, chicken, anchovies, sardines, salami, sausage, chicken sausage, I can keep going if you want…
- Preheat oven to 400
- Line baking pan or pizza pan with parchment paper
- In a large bowl combine cooked spaghetti squash with all remaining crust ingredients
- Put the spaghetti squash mixture in the center of your baking pan and press down to spread evenly
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust appears dried
- Remove pizza from the oven and top with sauce, cheese, and other toppings
- Broil the pizza until the crust browns and cheese has melted (BE CAREFUL, it can burn very quickly) or you can continue to bake it for a bit longer
Nutrition Facts (including sauce and cheese):
Yesterday I tried to do the impossible; I attempted to take a can of Goya black beans in the hopes that my creativity with flavors could somehow turn my least favorite food into a pan of chewy and delicious brownies. Boy did I bite off more than I can chew. If there were a contest looking for the worst
brownies dessert I would have won hands down.
Even though I wasted my time, money, and effort on what I have now named “Poop Brownies”, there is always a bright side to everything!
- It was a learning experience, I always wanted to try making them
- They make for a good April Fools joke, because they really looked like brownies
- Brought back memories of my Dad singing the bean song “Beans bean they’re good for your heart, the more you eat the more you….” Yeah…
So when the brownies were a total fit fail, I decided to cheer myself up with a yummy tropical smoothie!
Mamey Sapote is a fruit grown primarily in Central America. Its not the easiest to find in the US, but if you go to a Spanish grocery store they may have frozen bags of it, which is what I used. This shake has the right amount of carbs for a pre workout/pre run meal and is also high in potassium (which is lost in sweat) making it an even better post workout/post run treat!
- ½ cup frozen mamey
- 1 cup any milk (I used almond unsweetened)
- 1-2 packets truvia
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup, agave, or sugar free syrup (optional)
- 4 ice cubes
1. Blend and Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (without agave or syrup):
Every morning I get out of bed like a robot and my mind automatically turns to food (even when I’m not hungry.) FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD, what I really want is something sweet but I put my desires aside and have some egg whites. This morning I couldn’t resist my cravings so I experimented with the vanilla protein powder sitting in my pantry and got creative…
I’m seriously starting my day with one of these for the rest of my life (or until I have a new breakfast obsession.) I was full for hours with peanut butter- chocolately goodness.
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (I use Gold standard)
- ½ Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp PB2
- 1 Tbsp fat free sugar free jello chocolate pudding powder
- 1 packet truvia or other sweetener
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1. Blend it up and enjoy
Who doesn’t love indulging in a big tray of Buffalo wings with friends while watching the game on a Sunday or Monday night? Even when I’m trying to be good and only have a few, just one mild wing costs me nearly 100 calories! And don’t even get me started on the sodium. No bueno. This sandwich will fulfill all of your Sunday night buffalo wing cravings without the excessive calories, sodium, and fat. Enjoy!
- 4 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp greek cream cheese
- 1 tbsp buffalo sauce
- cayenne pepper to taste
- Whole wheat bagel thins (lower calorie options include: whole wheat bread or eating it by itself!)
- Bake chicken for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked
- Using a fork and knife, cut chicken into small chunks
- Throw chicken, cream cheese, and buffalo sauce in a bowl and combine with a fork
- Add cayenne pepper to achieve your desired spiciness
~Buffalo sauce tends to be high in sodium, therefore with one tablespoon you get the flavor and can still add in the heat with the cayenne pepper without taking in all of that salt.
Nutrition Facts (Not including bread)
Serving Size: 1
It just dawned on me that football season is right around the corner! (preseason starts in August?) As much as I love watching my Giants conquer the field on Sundays and Mondays, I DO NOT like the mindless snacking that goes on throughout all 4 quarters. Therefore, I have decided to start prepping for football season by creating healthy alternatives to popular party foods like these baked jalapeño poppers (only 15 calories each and high in protein!) NOM.
Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s get started!
- 3 jalapeños
- 5 Tbsp greek cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp chives
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1/2 lime
- 1 Tbsp seasoned breadcrumb
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, chives, cilantro, and lime
3. Pour breadcrumbs in a separate small bowl
4. Slice jalapeños in half and remove seeds (keep seeds for extra spice)
5. Spoon 1/2 Tbsp of cream cheese mixture into each jalapeño half
6. Dip jalapeños cheese side down into breadcrumb
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until pepper is softened
I have been in search for a cute little something to organize my makeup and jewelry. After searching high and low on the internet and in countless stores I came to the conclusion that there was nothing even close to my price range (college probs…) So! I decided to channel my creativity and put together this cute little piece, and I must say it came out pretty darn good!
This is actually a medicine cabinet I bought at Lowes for $30 (such a steal!) This one has a mirror on the front of the door but you can buy a plain wood one and get creative, whatever your heart desires.
Now I will break down some of the inside details so you can get started on your cabinet…
-paint for background
-stencil of your choice
- paint for stencil design
1. Measure cabinet
2. Cut poster paper based on the dimensions of your cabinet
3. Paint 2 coats of background paint on poster paper
4. On a separate piece of paper practice using your stencil with sponge and paint
5. When background paint has dried lay your stencil in desired area and sponge paint over stencil
6. Staple inside to secure (you can paint over the staples, I chose not to)
What you need:
- Adhesive hooks
- Flower embellishments (can be found in the scrapbook section of any crafts store)
- crazy glue or gorilla glue
1. Glue flower onto hook and let it dry (I definitely didn’t need to write that..)
Here are your finished hooks! :
All done as far as crafts! Now all you need is to get your butt to the nearest target, homegoods, and michaels to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece.
Where I bought my accessories:
- Makeup holder on door- Bed Bath and Beyond (*attach with adhesives*)
- Hair tie holder on top shelf- candle holder from Michaels
- Round clip holder and long bobby pin holder on second shelf- Target (only $1.00 each!)
- Manicure mason jar on bottom shelf- dollar store
- Makeup brush holder on bottom shelf- DIY HERE–> http://crunchandlunch.com/laced-makeup-brush-holder/
This decorative piece will not only help you eliminate clutter but will save you time during busy mornings.