Archive | February, 2012

What Can’t Nutella Do?

29 Feb

I know we have been holding out on you with the desserts but today is your lucky day! We literally made a mouth watering dessert that is not only amazingly easy (yes monkeys could do this) but its also a healthy dessert.

Nutella Covered Strawberries

Prep time: 5 minutes

Refrigerate time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Fresh Strawberries

1 Jar of Nutella

Directions

1. Scoop about 1 cup of Nutella out and place in a microwavable safe dish. Then microwave for about 1 minute or until melted but not burned.

2. Then one by one dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and swirl the strawberry around while holding from the stem so the entire strawberry is covered in chocolate.

3. Place chocolate covered strawberry on wax paper. This works best if the wax paper is on a cookie or baking sheet to provide support when transporting to the refrigerator.

4. After all your strawberries are covered then place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes or chocolate is sufficiently hard.

Then enjoy this miraculously satisfying dessert!

This dessert is also a great to make for a date night or even make it with your significant other and have fun with it! Let us know how you like it and what other desserts you like to make!

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Kabobs, Anyone?

29 Feb

When I think of skewers or kabobs, I think of summertime! My mom would always make my brothers and I work like little assembly workers stacking marinated pieces of beef and vegetables on the bamboo sticks when we were little. Actually, I think I was also in charge of the skewers last year for my brother’s graduation party but regardless, it’s just a great, easy food to make for a bunch of people. Although, if you don’t plan on feeding 25+ people (even though this could be a great party food recipe!) we improvised a little and made this recipe to feed one person. So, to kick off the wonderful weather we have been having in the Midwest, we want to give everyone a taste of summer here at College Grubbin’! I have to add that this recipe does require the George Forman grill or real grill for the best results and a little bit of time to marinate the meat & veggies. Even if you’re stuck in the snow, kick back, make some skewers, grab a beer & reminisce about summer, it’s only a couple of months away!

Serving size: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Grill time: 5 minutes

Marinade time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

2 bamboo skewer sticks or metal ones (we got ours at Kroger for $2)

1 chicken breast

8 cherry tomatoes

4 slices of mushrooms

¼ red pepper

¼ yellow pepper

¼ purple onion or white onion

3 teaspoons of Teriyaki sauce

Minced garlic

Directions

1. First things first, make the marinade. I grabbed a large Ziploc bag and poured 3 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce into the bag and about half a tablespoon of minced garlic in as well. You can gauge how much garlic you want in your marinade depending on your preference.

2. Cut medium-sized square pieces from your onion and chicken breast. I got about 12 cubes of chicken and 8 pieces of onion. Place these items plus the mushrooms in the Ziploc bag, seal it shut, shake up the mixture a little bit and put the bag in the refrigerator.

3. Once you let the chicken marinate, start cutting up the peppers into about 4 square pieces for each red and yellow pepper. You might think that there are a lot of pieces but when you put them on the skewer they tend bunch up together and shrink.

4. After the chicken, mushrooms, and onions marinate for 15 minutes (you can have them marinate for a lot longer too), open the bag and start arranging all of the veggies and meat on the skewer, (don’t forget the cherry tomatoes!). I like every 2 or 3 pieces of veggies and then one cube of meat. You should be able to fill up both skewer sticks!

5. Turn on the George Forman grill and let them sizzle for about 3 minutes and then flip the skewer over. Allow about 5 minutes of cooking time.  Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way before taking them off the grill!

Now, you are ready to enjoy your skewers! I kind of burned the second one and it was still amazing! They are so delicious, but a little messy, so I would not suggest making this meal for a date. You definitely  might scare your date a little while you are chowing down. Happy grubbin’!

An Italian Favorite Made Skinnier

28 Feb

Who doesn’t love Italian food seriously? All those carbs and cheeses sooo delicious but not so great for swimsuit season. So I have decided to recreate one of my favorite dishes that is low in carbs and make it as skinny as possible to fill my Italian craving.

Chicken Parmesan

Prep time: 10 – 12 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 egg

¼ cup bread crumbs

1 cup tomato sauce (look for low sodium)

½ cup shredded Low Fat Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan Cheese

1 Chicken breast

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crack the egg in a bowl removing the shell. Dip the chicken breast in the egg covering it almost completely. Then in a separate bowl add the breadcrumbs and dip the chicken into that bowl to cover the breast with breadcrumbs.
  3. In a small baking dish place breaded chicken. Add the tomato sauce over the chicken so it is completely covered. Then spread the cheese over the sauce adding as much or as little as you would like. Lastly top it off by sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese on it.
  4. Place in the over for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted.

BOOM DONE!

This is a very easy recipe that feels like a little taste of home. As you can see by the pictures we added some steamed broccoli but feel free to add any vegetable you prefer.

We want to feature more Italian dishes that are easy to make but we need your help! Please submit your recipes to collegegrubbin@gmail.com. Keep Grubbin’!

Slammin’ Sammie: Peanut Butter, Banana & Agave

28 Feb

Okay so almost everyone likes peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. They are easy, (especially with the Goober’s combined PB&J which is brilliant), delicious & a lunch staple. Unfortunately, I have been eating PB&J sandwiches from ages 5 to 18 and I’m so sick of them. My mom would put them in my lunchbox almost everyday and I revolted a couple of times. When I did this, my mom would put a bunch of carrot sticks and apples instead, so I learned to just love the sandwich. While, I love picking up sushi, paninis, soups and salads from the business school’s cafe, it gets really expensive. Also, it’s hard to keep track of how many calories these items have because they only list the ingredients they use. So, to cut costs and the mystery of how much I’m consuming, I’ve challenged myself to come up with new ideas to pack for lunch.

Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter

1 sandwich round (we like to use Arnold’s 100 calorie sammies)

1 banana

Agave nectar

Directions

1. Grab a knife and open up your sandwich round. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on each slice of bread.

2. Use that knife to cut thin slices of banana and place slices on each slice.

3. Drizzle a small amount of agave on top of the bananas. Put the slices together and you are ready to grub.

How easy was this recipe? I made this while I was making breakfast this morning, so it wasn’t a huge burden to pack a lunch. Lunch can be fun and different from the normal PB&J sandwich. We want to listen to your lunch recipes! Please let us know what you eat for lunch by going to the submit page or comment on the post! Grub on!

Stir Fry for Dummies

27 Feb

One of the healthiest and easiest dishes to make for either lunch or dinner is a stir fry. The beauty of this meal is that the technique is the same but you can make it a 1000 different ways with whatever you have in your kitchen. It is also virtually impossible to mess up, making it the perfect meal for those us sometimes cooking challenged.

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15-17 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup chopped zucchini squash

½ cup sliced Portobello mushroom

½ cup sliced red pepper

½ cup broccoli florets

1 sliced Chicken Breast

¼ cup reduced sodium Teriyaki sauce

Directions

  1. Spray large skillet with nonstick oil spray (PAM) and heat over medium heat
  2. Add chicken, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper, and broccoli and let cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally
  3. Add Teriyaki sauce and cook for another 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked and stir in Teriyaki sauce

Serve immediately and Enjoy!

 

Now seriously how easy is this meal? Create your own stir fry and let us know what ingredients you used! Keep Grubbin’!

Step Aside Potato Chips

27 Feb

So lately we have been trying to incorporate kale into our diets and it’s not that it has been a challenge to use the leafy green, but more that you have to get creative with kale. Kind of like how my mom would purée spinach, zucchini and other weird vegetables in our pasta sauce growing up because she knew that we wouldn’t willingly eat those foods. When we stumbled upon the kale chips recipe it seemed too good to be true, kale could be turned into something comparable to a potato chip? Once we popped them out of the oven, we were hooked. I made them again this morning, while I was making breakfast and I love the fact that this is the definition of a guilt free snack that takes less than 10 minutes to make. They are perfect and a serving is only 15 calories which is a small plate full of kale chips. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Also, let us know if you use any different kinds of seasoning.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

4 kale stalks

Sprinkle of salt

Olive oil or cooking spray

Aluminum foil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Rinse kale stalks and start to cut off the leaves from the stems.

3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the leaves on top. Proceed to spray the chips with Pam or olive oil and sprinkle a little bit of salt on top.

4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes. The edges of the chips should be brown but not black. Once they are done take them out & enjoy!

Monday Morning Snooze

27 Feb

Rise and Grub! If you are like me Monday mornings are the worst! I feel like I am always waking up late and never have time to get ready let alone make breakfast. These are the days where I typically go for the quick bowl of cereal with skim milk. Any cereal that is made with whole grains and doesn’t have a lot of sugar is totally acceptable and a great way to start your day.

As we have heard so many times before, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and this is true because it gets your metabolism going. As I’ve mentioned before I like cereals such as SmartStart and Special K because not only do they taste amazing but are also good for you and keep you full for a long time. Whatever you do don’t skip breakfast this morning because then you are more likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day.

Let us know what you like to eat for breakfast when you are running late by either leaving a comment or emailing us at collegegrubbin@gmail.com. Have a great Monday and check back later today for some easy and yummy snack and dinner recipes.