New Years Resolutions: Cooking More

February 9, 2017

This is the last of the New Years Resolutions series :( But on a good note, I have been pretty diligent about achieving mine! Today I am sharing how I have been cooking more!

 

First, I'll share some tips that I've found help me cook on a more regular basis!

-Sale searching - College students, you NEED to download the Publix app and the Flipp app (unless you get the newspaper, then you already get these ads delivered to your door). Once a week, I'll go through all of the ads on these apps for all of the grocery stores in my area and write down what deals I am interested in. This seems like a long process, but it takes me 10 minutes max. Then, I'll look at the deals and decide what I am having to eat that week and what grocery store I'm going to based on those deals. If you're on a college budget like me, this will help you a ton!

-Meal planning - On Sunday, I go ahead and make a meal that can be my lunch for the whole week. For example, this week I made chicken salad. This is the main thing I'll eat but I'll add a couple of side items. This keeps me from snacking all day and from eating peanut butter and jelly everyday (even though I do love PB&J)

 

So here are some things I have been making this past month at school!

 

Breakfast 

Baked Apples & Greek Yogurt 

I know what you're thinking, that looks disgusting. But I promise you this is delicious! It tastes like eating apple pie filling for breakfast, but it's good for you! I'm not sure where I found this recipe but here it is:

-1 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt (or you can use vanilla flavored, it's just too sweet for me)

-1 tbsp brown sugar

-a dash or two of cinnamon

-1 apple, chopped 

Stir the brown sugar and cinnamon with the chopped apple and place in microwave for two minutes. Pour over Greek yogurt when done. 

That's it! So easy, so filling, and perfect for your quick breakfast

 

Lunch

Southwest Quinoa Salad 

Isn't this picture so pretty?! I was able to take this picture at home so I had a pretty table and things to decorate with haha! This is the perfect make-ahead meal because I find that it gets better after a couple days, that way the flavors have been able to soak into the quinoa. You can find the recipe for this here. The only thing I did differently was leave out green onion.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

#tbt to the National Championship because we obviously tailgated with this recipe! Don't let the Greek yogurt substitution for mayonnaise turn you away. Does it taste different? Absolutely. Does it taste bad? No, I wouldn't blog about it if I didn't like it. Do you have to like Greek yogurt in order to like this? No! I can not taste the bitterness of Greek Yogurt at all! The reasons for using Greek yogurt instead of mayo are that Greek yogurt has so much more protein, less calories, and less fat! So here's how to make it:

-Get out your crockpot and click here to learn the easiest way to make shredded chicken

-After you have your shredded chicken, add 1-1 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

-Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

-Add your favorite mix-ins! Mine are one chopped apple, sliced grapes, pecan chips, and chopped celery!

This week, I'm eating mine in romaine heart wraps! 

 

Dinner

Roasted Vegetables and Chicken

This is an easy 25 minute dinner! It's also bright and colorful which means you know you're getting a good variety of vegetables with a bunch of different feel-good vitamins in them! All you do is: 

-Preheat oven to 500F

-Cut up whatever vegetables you like (on this day I used carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, red peppers, and tomatoes)

-Cut up 2-3 chicken breasts into cubes

-Place all of it on a sheet pan

-Drizzle with olive oil and toss together

-Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the whole thing

-Roast for 20 minutes

I like to serve this over a bed of rice! Not going to lie, I love all of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice microwaveable pouches. This also makes about four servings so you'll have plenty of leftovers for lunch or you can invite a friend over to see what a chef you are!

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I know, I know. This dish also looks very questionable, but I promise this is one of my favorite things to eat. Not only because it's a comfort food for me, but it is also one of my fastest recipes! I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I could easily make it myself! So here is the recipe:

-Get out your crockpot and click here to find out the easiest shredded chicken method. Cover your chicken in Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce when doing this

***Or you can use a rotisserie chicken that you have pulled apart and just mix in the sauce. Of course, you wouldn't have to cook this in the crockpot

-Wash your sweet potato and stab it with a fork a couple of times

-Cover it in a cool, damp paper towel

-Microwave for 3 minutes. Flip it and microwave for another 3 minutes

-Slice the potato in half and top with chicken

This is so filling for me, so I usually don't need a side. But, if you're looking for one, I think green beans would be a perfect side for your Southern meal!

 

What are some of your favorite, easy recipes? Let me know in the comments section!

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