Archive | March, 2012

Quinoa Fruit Salad

5 Mar

Don’t worry we won’t judge you if you can’t pronounce quinoa. We’ve heard a lot of different ways how to say this indescribable grain and honestly, it doesn’t really matter how you say it. Just walk on over to the bulk foods section of your grocery store, grab a scoop and start emptying quinoa into a small bag. We recommend getting between a quarter pound to a half a pound of quinoa, (there should be a scale in this section). If you’re grocery store doesn’t have a bulk section, then maybe a local co-op will have quinoa in bulk. We encourage you to try this new food out if you haven’t already because it’s definitely good for you and seriously easy to make.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/4 cup of quinoa

1/2 cup of water

4 strawberries

1/2 an apple

1 cutie or half of an orange

Directions

1. Empty water into a small or medium sized pot and put the stove on high. Let the water boil and while you wait for this to happen start rinsing and then cutting up the fruit into small pieces.

2. Once the water has boiled, lower the heat to medium low and empty the quinoa into the pot. Place a cover on top or just let it sit for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn’t become burned.

3. After it’s cooked all the way, empty the quinoa into a bowl and add your fruit into the bowl as well. You can use your hands or a fork to move the fruit around and then place in the refrigerator.

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I really prefer this salad cold but you can try it warm as well. You may need to leave it in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. When I made this salad the first time, I made it about 3 hours before our meal and left it in the fridge for awhile. Before dinner I took the salad out of the fridge and presented it for one of our family dinners one night and it was really an unexpected hit. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think! Also, let us know if you substituted any of the fruit listed above for something else!

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Cocktails that are Love-Handle Friendly

2 Mar

Happy Friday!! For many of us that means getting wild tonight or perhaps hitting up a Happy Hour after work. With Spring Break right around the corner excessive drinking can totally ruin our week of working out so we must “drink smart” if that’s possible. I have got a little recipe that not only tastes good but also has about as few calories as you possibly can.

Crystal Light Punch

Prep time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

1. 1 shot vodka

2. 1 cup soda water

3. ½ cup ice

4. 1 Crystal Light packet (any flavor of your choosing)

Directions:

1. In a glass add ice, vodka, and soda water. Then pour in about half of the crystal light packet (I used a Fruit Punch flavored packet). You can always add more as needed.

2. Pour contents into another cup and back into original cup to shake it up.

Stick a straw in it and enjoy!

The best thing about this drink is you can actually bring Crystal Light packets to the bars or restaurants with you and just order a vodka soda water. I know this sounds embarrassing but trust me if anything people will think you are a genius and you won’t get that awful beer bloat. Let us know what you’re favorite cocktails are and we will try them out next week!

Breaking the Tradition with Penne Pasta

1 Mar

Every Monday while I was growing up, it was pasta night. My dad absolutely loves pasta so ultimately we had to grow a love for spaghetti too. Well, when I moved out of the house in 2011, after eating pasta literally every Monday up until then, I was so excited to never eat spaghetti again. Of course, that didn’t happen but I wanted to change it up a bit from the usual spaghetti noodles and meat sauce. This recipe is unique because you don’t use sauce which cuts calories big time and if you really want to use sauce you can.

Broccoli, Sausage & Penne Pasta

Serving size: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Garlic powder

2/3 cup of Penne pasta noodles (any other noodles are fine)

1 sausage

Broccoli (we used about 2 cups)

Mozzarella cheese

Water

Directions

1. Get a small to medium-sized pot and fill it about half way up with water. Shake some garlic powder and pepper in there. Put the stove on high and let the water boil.

2. Start cutting up the sausage into small pieces and throw the pieces on the George Foreman grill or you can get out a frying pan to cook the sausage for about 8 minutes.

3. Rinse and then cut the stems off of the broccoli so you just get the tops. Throw these into the boiling water, as well as the penne noodles.

4. Turn the heat down on the stove to about medium and let the noodles and broccoli cook for about 10 minutes.

5. Once the sausage is fully cooked, (it should look dark brown/burnt) take it off the grill or pan and put it onto your plate or bowl. Do the same for the noodles and broccoli but strain them first.

6. Throw some mozzarella cheese on top and you are good to go!

 

Did your family every have any crazy dining traditions like Taco Tuesday or Meatloaf Monday? Over the years I’ve definitely ran into some people who have these traditions and we want to know yours! Grub different gang & have a great day!

Gotta have a little red wine to accompany it!

Let Them Eat Funfetti Cake!

1 Mar

Even though we advocate healthy eating habits and recipes to match, sometimes we have to let go and grub hard on our birthday! Yes, today is one of our writers/co-founder of College Grubbin’s birthday and although she says she doesn’t love sweets the funfetti cake we made went real quick! Don’t feel bad about indulging sometimes, especially since we all work hard in balancing all aspects of our life such as: school, work, social, family, etc. Baking a cake, cookies, brownies or sweets for fun is fine, especially since when you make it, it tends to have less calories and questionable ingredients than the grocery store goodies you may pick up. Also, everyone faces financial restrictions in college so maybe you can’t splurge on a birthday present for your friend. Instead, bake a cake, or cupcakes! This will cost you less than $5 and you can personalize it anyway you’d like!

Serving size: 12 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 35-40 minutes (depending on your baking pan, refer to the box)

Ingredients

Pillsbury Funfetti vanilla cake mix

1 cup of water

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

3 eggs

Funfetti chocolate frosting

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Get out a medium sized mixing bowl and throw in 3 eggs, water and oil. Then gradually add the cake mix to the bowl.

2. Use a whisk or large spoon to blend all of the ingredients together and stop once the mixture doesn’t have any chunks and is consistent.

3. Grab a baking dish that has some depth and coat with Pam cooking spray or oil. Pour the mixture into the pan and set into the oven.

4. Refer to the box for the cooking time and test the cake with a fork or toothpick to see if it’s ready to take out. If there isn’t any residue left on the fork then it’s time to take that cake out!

5. Wait about 15 minutes before frosting it or taking it out of the baking dish. What’s nice about the Funfetti frosting is that it comes with sprinkles! Add your finishing touches and you are all done!

Does anybody remember doing this in high school for friends, or was it just me? I will never forget how this plan backfired on me when I baked a small chocolate cake for a “friend” of mine and iced it with pink frosting and sprinkles. When I gave it to her she set it down next to a bunch of other baked goods she got and said thank you but didn’t even touch it. I was little upset, especially when I overheard her later saying that she threw it out because she didn’t think I did a good job. Some people will love this as a gift and others may not. Usually everyone gets really excited about homemade sweets, and if they don’t want it, then keep it for yourself! Let us know what your favorite dessert is & if you ever whipped up some last minute cupcakes/cake for a friend’s birthday (and whether it worked out or not!) Happy Birthday Nicole!!! ♥ College Grubbin’

Before & After: This cake didn't stand a chance in our house!