Let get (slow) Cookin’

For my roommates and I, Saturdays are not in any way productive. We sleep in till about 11am, get some breakfast and lay on our couches until it is time to get ready for our night. However, with this challenge, I thought it was a great day to take the time and make a big meal for everyone. My mother bought me a crock pot not too long ago and what a great time to break it out! So to no surprise, I go to Pinterest and start looking up “healthy slow cooker recipes”.

I know what you are all thinking: ‘wow Caroline, so unlike you!’

I know I know, I can’t help it, Pinterest just never seems to disappoint! So I found a recipe for Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps and it looked so delicious. I went out to the store, bought the ingredients and got started as it took a little over 3 hours to cook.

I have never made asian food before but you can’t go wrong just putting ingredients in a crock pot right..? To be honest, I think I was more nervous to taste it as there were a few ingredients I’ve never used before. However, it wasn’t too bad! I can not say that I would make it again but I definitely liked it enough to eat the left overs!

As Always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy

There is never a bad time to quote the Wiggles am I right?

…But seriously, who doesn’t love a nice fruit salad!

Fruit is always a nice change to my normal everyday breakfast which is usually cereal, eggs or the always easy granola bar. The problem I have with eating only fruit for a meal is that is doesn’t always satisfy my appetite. Yes, sometimes I will put it in yoghurt or make a smoothie but that gets boring. Adding quinoa is a different but great way to eat my favorite fruits and stay full til lunch. Of course I headed back to Pinterest where I found this Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad. At first, I was extremely skeptical to mix fruit with quinoa. It sounds weird, am I right? But, I was wrong! I stuck to the recipe and it turned out delicious. The tang of the lime and the sweetness of the honey complimented each other and brought the whole dish together.

This challenge so far has opened my eyes to the many ways eating healthy can be colorful and easily achieved. As I have been working out throughout this 30 day challenge, I can see and feel the benefits of adding these healthy foods into my diet. I never realized the endless possibilities of healthy food and recipes that turn out to be surprisingly delicious!

Day 14 of my 30 day challenge and I don’t think I want it to end!

As always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Deep Sea Fishing…

So as I’m getting deeper and deeper into this 30 day challenge, I decided that it was a great opportunity to try foods I have only experienced a few times. In order to make this seem like a less daunting task, I decided to make a meal mixed with one of my favorite foods, and one of my least favorites. As I have said in previous blog posts, I am a big meat eater. I often cook chicken or steak but I have decided to try something very different. Something I’ve never cooked before….Fish.

I came across a recipe for One Pan Roasted Lemon Pepper Salmon and Garlic Parmesan Asparagus. I have always loved asparagus and cooked it many ways, so I was up for a challenge and a new exciting way of cooking asparagus. Fish on the other hand, I was rather apprehensive about. The only fish I have tried before was cod and even then, I did not cook it myself. As I followed the instructions for the recipe, I was extra cautious to not make any errors. It took a total of about 20 minutes to cook and although I was scared to try it, it was delicious! The salmon was definitely a different taste and consistency than any other food I have eaten, yet I would be open to making this recipe again. I can’t wait to try other fish dishes in the future!

As always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Tasty Made Videos? It’s an Addiction

Benefits of having your mom or dad come visit you at college..? Definitely how they  always come baring gifts and food. My mother came up for the day last Thursday and she brought me some homemade pasta sauce. The endless entree possibilities excited me, especially during this 30 day challenge. So one night when I was on Facebook watching the ever entertaining Tasty made videos, I came across a recipe for Chicken Parm-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. It is a healthy option that replaces all the carbs that come with pasta. It was a different taste but absolutely delicious!

The next night I decided to try a healthy desert so I headed back to facebook to watch some more tasty made videos. About twenty minutes later and 35 videos in, I found a recipe for Banana S’mores Bites. I made plenty that they lasted in the freezer for days and the best part… they didn’t taste healthy at all!

I think the most rewarding part of this challenge so far is the encouragement I have gotten from my roommates. Although it is partly because they get delicious food everyday, they know how hard it has been for me to stay healthy. Also, I know I will remake these recipes even after this challenge is over!

As Always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Feeling Good

It’s 7:00am on Thursday morning and I have yet to open my eyes. My alarm goes off at 7:15 and I quickly turn it off to sleep longer. Although I have to leave my apartment by 7:45 to get to my get to my 8:00am on time, I am still laying in bed at 7:35. To say the least, I am not a morning person! When my mother went back to school, I remember she would make these egg and spinach quiches that she could heat up quickly before she had to leave. So, when I was on Pinterest, I came across a recipe for Spicy Egg-Kale Cups. The muffin tins are lined with ham and filled with the kale and egg mixture. They are perfect for me as I am always running late. I pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and I am out the door! I even add a little cheese to give it an extra oomph.

Recipes that can last more than one day is a huge bonus. As this challenge is progressing, I see how much time it requires and how much money it could cost me so these recipes that last me a few days are key. This challenge is already teaching me that it is easy to start eating healthy as long as you are willing to try new things. Staying positive and feeling good!

As Always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Taco Tuesday Anyone?!

For all my life, taco tuesday was not a day that my family and I participated in. Honestly, Chili’s was the closest thing we got to mexican food (and we usually ordered burgers). So, to no surprise, my first ever burrito was from Chipotle at the tender age of 17. The sticky wrap, warm rice, spicy chicken, melted cheese… lets just say I fell involve at first bite. From that point on I started getting burritos, fajitas and the always delicious taco. Although the crunch of a corn tortilla taco shell brings water to my mouth, this 30-day challenge has pushed me to try something new. So Zucchini taco shells it is! Five ingredients was all it took to make a delicious and healthy taco shell. I added a couple pieces of grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, tomato and guacamole and my dinner was a success.

Day 6 of my 30 day challenge and I am truly enjoying myself. There is always a struggle finding the time and patience to make a new recipe but this blog has been just the right amount of motivation. Although this journey has practically just begun, I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

As always,

Stay hungry my friends

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Lets Get Cheesy

Its about 6pm on sunday night and as I opened the refrigerator door, starring into the sea of left overs, condiments, and the occasional gallon of milk, I notice an abundance of broccoli. Quickly, I thought to myself “hmmm I wonder if I could find a healthy recipe with broccoli as the main ingredient?” As an avid meat eater, I struggle to fulfill my appetite off of just greens. Interestingly enough, I was able to find a meat-less recipe that curved my interest.

BROCCOLI AND QUINOA-WHAAAAT?

Thats right, cheesy broccoli and quinoa patties. Not only did they look delicious, but quinoa is a great grain-like seed that has a wide source of protein. Although I had some complications shaping the mixed ingredients into patties, the final product was an 8/10. This is definitely a recipe that I would make again when I am in a crunch and have limited time to grocery shop. As the recipe made about 8 patties, I could tell that my roommates are just as excited about this challenge, considering they volunteered to be my taste testers!

Noon time the next day rolls around and as someone who rarely sits down to eat a nice lunch, it was a struggle figuring out what to eat. The dreariness of the snowy weather made me crave some comfort food, so what better than mac and cheese? However, I knew that it was not the healthiest choice. I found a recipe for Roasted Brussel sprouts, bacon and pepperjack macaroni and cheese. How delicious does that sound? The recipe was according to four servings, so I cut the recipe in half and hit the stove. I had to substitute the pepperjack cheese for sharp cheddar as it was the only cheese in my fridge. About 45 minutes laters, 3 dirty dishes and 2 dirty pans, the meal was done. Although I love brussel sprouts, mac and cheese and bacon separately, I cannot say that I loved them all together. However, with a few of my own twists, I bet I could make it great. Day 4 of my 30 day challenge and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it!

As always,

Stay hungry my friends

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