Tag Archives: dinner

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’!

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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.

Mexican Mosh Pit

23 Feb

Since we had a bunch of leftover red beans and ground chicken from our featured kale gumbo recipe on the site we decided to try to find another recipe including those ingredients. We ended up finding a Mexican lasagna, which, leave it to Rachel Ray to post a recipe that left us scratching our heads a little when we first read it. It definitely wasn’t what we were expecting when I started to stir all the ingredients together but it definitely turned out to be amazing! The original recipe that we tested out for dinner could easily feed four and since this is cooking for college students we decided to modify that recipe a little to make it about one to two serving sizes.

Although, one of my favorite days of the week is Thursday when we host family dinner and this recipe would be PERFECT for that! If there is one thing I learned living with 4 other girls in college is that collectively, we eat a lot of food. One of our room mates will have leftover pasta sauce, another will have steamed broccoli and a roomie might have a loaf of garlic bread. Put that all together with some noodles and bam, you’ve got yourself a nice family style meal. Some weeks we invite friends and tell them to bring over alcohol for our meal which is perfect because all you have to do is cook an appetizer and you get free alcohol out of it! One week, a friend of ours made homemade sangria and let me tell you, it was fantastic! Talk to your roomies or friends about family dinner & get that tradition rolling!

Prep time: 3 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

¼ of the package of ground meat (we used chicken)

¼ cup of diced green bell peppers

2 tablespoons of diced onion

½ can of stewed tomatoes

½ can of red beans or black beans (strained & rinsed)

3 fajita sized tortillas

½ teaspoon of cumin or pepper

½ cup of Mexican shredded cheese

Pam cooking spray or olive oil

Directions

1. Use Pam to coat the frying pan and turn on the stove to medium high heat, after preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Place the ground chicken, diced onions, beans, tomatoes, bell peppers and cumin in the pan. Start to mix everything together with a spatula.

3. Let the chicken cook fully, this should take about 8 minutes. While waiting, get out a baking dish (we used a glass one but ceramic dishes are fine too) and coat the dish with Pam. Place a tortilla on the bottom of the dish.

4. Once your chicken is cooked, start scooping a layer of the mixture onto the first tortilla. This will be your first layer, then cover it with a sprinkle of cheese and tortilla. Create one more layer on top of that with the mixture then sprinkle with cheese and cover with a tortilla. Top it off with some more cheese and place in the oven.

5. Wait about 8-10 minutes and take it out of the oven. The cheese is a great indicator if the lasagna is cooked, if its browned then take it out.

 

Now you have a slice of Mexican lasagna all to yourself! You can add salsa, guacamole or sour cream to your slice for additional flavor. If you are kind enough to share with your roomies & friends just double this recipe and let us know if they enjoyed it. Make sure to keep grubbin’ & check back for more family style recipes!

Time to Bail out Greece

22 Feb

Let me tell you the Greeks have some of the best ingredients in town. Last night I made the most delicious and EASIEST pizza ever. I came across this recipe as I was flipping through my “Healthy Cooking” magazine and I must give them credit for this although I altered the recipe just a bit.

Greek Pizza

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Ingredients

1 Pita bread or round flat bread

½ cup of Low Fat Ricotta

1 tsp. of Garlic Powder

½ cup of baby spinach leaves (can use frozen but must 1st  thaw and dry)

1 whole tomato (sliced)

½ cup Crumbled Feta

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Place pita or flat bread on a baking sheet

3. In a separate bowl combine ricotta and garlic powder and spread mixture onto pita covering the entire face of the pita

4. Lay the spinach all over the face of the pita on top of the ricotta

5. Place each tomato slice on the pita over the spinach covering the entire face of the pita again

6. Sprinkle crumbled feta over tomatoes

7. Place in oven for 12 to 15 minutes depending on how crispy you like your pita

And Enjoy!!

This meal is so quick and easy to make that you can eat this for lunch, dinner or as a snack. Also pita pizzas are a great and easy recipe to make with whatever you have in your kitchen. I encourage you to experiment making your favorite pizzas and then submit them to College Grubbin’. Keep Grubbin’