Tag Archives: easy recipes

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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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’!

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’!

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.

Using the Crockpot: Gramma Edition

24 Feb

I don’t know about you guys but some foods remind me of being home. It’s hard being 2,000 miles away from home; especially when I get back from class and I’m beat & tired, sometimes I just want my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. After cleaning out our refrigerator one Sunday, my roommates and I found an unreal amount of vegetables that were never opened or used. At first, someone said that we should just throw it all away, but I decided to use all of those veggies for homemade chicken noodle soup. With the crockpot handy and a couple of hours to kill, we started to experiment. This was one of the best creations we’ve ever concocted and it seriously took no skill at all. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these ingredients, substitute some of the veggies with whatever you like!

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 3 hours minimum

Ingredients

Carrots (preferably the long stalks)

¼ of an onion

A box of chicken broth

1-2 fillets of chicken (can be fresh or frozen)

2-3 stalks of celery

1 potato

A box of pasta noodles (we like the bow ties, or if you don’t have any pasta noodles, you can use ramen noodles, we won’t judge you too much.)

Directions

1. Pour the box of chicken broth into the crockpot (please clean the crockpot before you use it!) then fill about ¾ of the crockpot with water. This is the time you can start adding garlic powder, pepper, salt or whatever.

2. Now that you’ve got the broth, start chopping up and throwing your ingredients into the pot. These can go in any order!

3. Rinse then peel the carrots. Chop up the carrots in small pieces, the amount you chop up is up to you! Place them into the pot.

4. Repeat the steps listed above for the potato. I like to make these bigger chunks.

5. Repeat the steps listed above for the celery, except don’t peel the celery stalks because that’s weird and cut off the top of the celery where the little leaves are.

6. Cut an onion into small, fine pieces and scatter them in the pot.

7. Rinse the chicken, or let the meat thaw (I quicken up this process by letting the meat sit under hot water.) Then start cutting off all of the fat and then cutting the meat into stripes.

8. After all of your ingredients are in the crockpot, turn it on low and let it sit.

Warning! Notice that you never added noodles to this, I find that when I leave the noodles sitting with the soup, they get really mushy and gross. I like to do this all in the morning or before I leave for class. Then when I get home about an hour before I’m ready to start grubbin’ I pour the whole box of noodles of into the pot.

8. Once you put the noodles into the crockpot and taste the broth to make sure it is tasting good, (you can always improvise and put more spices in there!) start putting that warm goodness into your bowl & chow down.

Since we go to school in a very cold Midwest college town, coming home to a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup is such an added bonus to my day. I know what you’re probably thinking… that a can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup is calling your name instead. That garbage is full of sodium, preservatives and not as hearty. Let us know what you put into your homemade chicken noodle soup!

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The Hummus Rollup

24 Feb

Since we have been in a tortilla mood we decided to go for it again but in a wrap style. This recipe is so easy to make and takes literally only a couple of minutes so we are going to make this short and sweet.

Ingredients

1 tortilla  (any type of wrap is fine)

¼ cup Hummus

½ cup mixed greens (we used spring greens but whatever you have is fine)

1/4 cup Avocado slices

3 slices deli turkey

1 Tbs of Pico De Gallo

Directions

  1. Spread a thin layer of hummus on the tortilla
  2. Add a layer of your greens and avocado then turkey and to top it off the Pico de Gallo
  3. Roll it up and if you want stick it on the George Foreman for a couple of minutes

Now Enjoy another Healthy and crazy easy  to make Lunch!

Don’t forget to submit your recipes to collegegrubbin@gmail.com and Keep Grubbin’

The Slammin’ Sammie!

23 Feb

All of us know that some food from your campus cafeterias can get straight up disgusting sometimes, and then they expect you to pay $8.50 for the atrocity on your plate. I will never forget the time I went to one of our dining halls to grab a chicken burrito and when I bit into it, I almost spit it back up immediately. I guess I have pretty high standards for Mexican food since all of the local restaurants I go to at home in Los Angeles are authentic and delicious but seriously, how do you mess up a burrito that badly? The sauce was off, the chicken obviously came from a can and the rice was crunchy. Don’t even get me started about the salsa… I thought about giving back a burrito with a bite mark to the lady who served it to me but that would have taken the situation to a whole other level. We all experience this and then get mad when we waste dining points or money on something that we really did not want. So now when I have long breaks in between my classes or I have to be on campus all day, I make a little 165 calorie sammie and I’m good to go.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 sammie round (I used Arnold 100 calorie sandwich rounds)

3 slices of turkey

Spring Mix (a handful)

Lite Mayo (1 teaspoon)

Cucumber (5 slices)

Tomato (2 slices)

Directions

1. Basically you are making a sandwich, which is super easy right? Take your bread and toast it or just start by placing a thin layer of mayo on there.

2. Cut up that cucumber and spread 5 slices around one piece of bread. Then layer on two slices of tomatoes.

3. Place a handful of greens on top of that with a couple slices of turkey and you are done!

 

I love this sandwich because it’s fresh, tastes great and a definite upgrade to your regular turkey sandwich. Plus, instead of using regular slices of bread these bread rounds are smaller, don’t have a crust, (an added bonus!) and are super thin so you don’t have to load up on a lot of carbs during lunch time. I usually like baby spinach in my sandwich but this week the greens in our house are a spring mix which equally tastes just as great. Let us know what you think of these sammies & what you like to put in yours! Grub healthy gang!