Saturday Stuff

Yikes, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Time has really flown by these past couple days – but at the same time, I can’t believe it’s only Saturday!

Anyway, some pictures from my week:

Homemade Taco Salad

I didn’t have taco shells, nor do I have a deep fryer in my apartment, so I used tortilla chips as the base. Piled on top was lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken, and guacamole. It was pretty good, but I still prefer the taco salads from mexican restaurants : )

Pumpkin Bread

{Recipe from Good Housekeeping} This was the first time I have baked something in the apartment, and what’s better than pumpkin bread in the fall?? Answer: nothing. It was so good that it may or may not already be gone… In my defense it wasn’t that big and I had some help eating it. But mostly I blame my lack of self control :p

Chicken Quesadilla

I guess I was craving Mexican food this week?? I threw together a quick lunch while the pumpkin bread was baking. I hadn’t had a quesadilla in forever and our shredded cheese was on the brink of going bad, so it seemed like a good choice. I added some chicken for substance which was leftover from the taco salad and dipped it in salsa. Pretty good for an easy lunch!

Today I’m at my schools library to get some work done use the internet because the Wi-Fi in the apartment is unbearably slow. Haven’t gotten any work done yet… but I’ve done some reading!

I’ve still got tomorrow to do my work. Isn’t that what Sundays are for??

Hope you’re having a nice weekend 🙂

Another Quick & Easy Dinner

I’m excited to share last night’s dinner! It was a last minute meal that ended up being totally satisfying and delicious. We will definitely be making it again. And I must give credit to Hannah – she came up with the idea 🙂

On the menu: Grilled Chicken Wraps with a side of Sweet Potato

Grilled Chicken Wraps

  • Tortilla wrap
  • Grilled chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper {okay, ours was pan-fried chicken :)}
  • Preferred veggies {I used cucumber, tomato, and lettuce}
  • Feta cheese
  • Dressing {I used Poppyseed}

Fake-Bake Sweet Potato

{Since we don’t have a working oven right now, we’ve become much closer with our microwave.} To make this sweet potato, poke a few holes into the uncooked potato with a fork. Put potatoes on a microwave safe plate and cover them with a paper towel. Heat for 4 minutes. Turn potatoes over. Heat for another 4 minutes. If you have only one potato, heat for a total of 5 minutes. Each additional potato will add about 3 minutes of cook time. Serve mashed with butter and salt, or sliced {like mine above} with plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream.

Quick, easy, and delicious. Happy Friday!

An Assortment

I was all excited for lunch, then when I got back to my apartment I realized I didn’t have everything that I needed! Time to go grocery shopping. ($$$$)

So I searched around the fridge and came up with an assortment of things.

On the plate: hardboiled egg, tomato wedges, carrot sticks, red pepper slices, garlic hummus

On the side: applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon…

& an orange

If you think that filled me up… think again. I had a few tortilla chips dipped in leftover refried beans for an appetizer 🙂

And in a sudden turn of events… I laced up my sneakers and headed outside for a run! I went alongside the Charles River on the Esplanade for a bit, then turned around.

I estimate I ran jogged a total of 2.5 miles, and walked some to total a little over 3. It was tough. I struggled. But I did it, and that’s what matters. Now for a night of guilt-free rest 🙂 Those are the best, and make the difficulty of running (rather, getting back into running) worthwhile.

Happy Thursday! (It’s the weekend for me!!)

One Week Down

Getting acclimated to being back at school and adjusting my sleep schedule has definitely taken a toll on my blog. I plan on getting it back up to a post a day soon – as well as bringing back Mood Board Mondays and Wednesday Trends.

Thanks for bearing with me!!

On to tonight’s dinner – Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Vegetables

{Horrible picture quality – I apologize! I was sooo hungry I didn’t even attempt to take a nice photo.}

Quinoa Salad

  • Lettuce, chopped tomato, cucumber
  • Quinoa (already prepared)
  • Sautéed chicken, red pepper, onions, and mushrooms

Top cold vegetables with quinoa (mine was chilled). Then put warm ingredients on top. I splashed on some Poppyseed dressing – so good. I wish I had an avocado, but the one in my fridge wasn’t ripe enough – bummer! Otherwise, this dish was filling and great both flavor- and texture-wise. With all the quinoa left over, I will definitely be making it again.

Despite my fullness, Hannah, her gf, & I were in the mood for something sweet. We ventured down the road a bit to go to Red Mango, a froyo place similar to Pinkberry. I saw online that they had a pumpkin spice flavor and I was sold . {If you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin} 🙂

Well, major disappointment. The Red Mango we went to didn’t have pumpkin spice! So I got original with berries and coconut – still delicious.

I’ll just have to go back when they get pumpkin!

Tomorrow today is Friday which means the first week of school has come to an end. One week down, a million fourteen to go 😛

Simple & Delicious Meals

I knew it would be an adventure cooking my own meals – I’ve always either lived at home with my parents or in a dorm with a meal plan. Of course, I’ve made dinner for myself more than a few times, but never for months at a time. I’m happy to report, though, so far, so good!

Hannah and I have a great routine for cooking food – it just happened to work out that I love to cook, so Hannah will do prep, and I’ll sauté or stir fry. Anyway, here are our first three meals!

Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables (& Pumpkinhead!)

Salad with Chicken and Refried Beans

Veggie Pizza (Hannah’s side had Pepperoni)

Funny story about this pizza. It was our first time using the oven, though we have used the stove multiple times and it’s worked fine. We turned the dial to 350°, put the pizza in, and checked it 10 minutes later. I assumed it would be close to done – I could smell the gas so I figured that it was heating up quickly.

But the cheese was still completely unmelted.

I stuck my hand in the oven – it was cold. After messing around with the heat settings for a few minutes, it was clear we weren’t going to get it to work tonight. So what did we do? Microwaved it, of course! I’ve never made pizza in the microwave, but it was surprisingly good. It didn’t have the toasty-ness of an oven baked pizza, but it worked.

Anyway, I’m hoping we can get the oven fixed soon!

First day of classes tomorrow 🙂