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!

Overnight Oats

I finally made a breakfast I have been meaning to try for months now – overnight oats! It is somewhat of a sensation in the blog world, especially on healthy living blogs. I just bought chia seeds {apparently you don’t get the same results by omitting these} from Trader Joe’s so the time was right.

Verdict: A new favorite 🙂

As a whole, it was very doughy and chewy – the rest of the blog world was right! I loved the texture. There are a number of ways you can make these, but I’ll share my recipe as well.

Overnight Oats

Serves One

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk {or any kind you prefer}
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt {I used nonfat plain, but I think a flavor would be good}
  • 1/2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon {as much as you like}

Combine these ingredients, stir well, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add preferred toppings. I added half of a banana, some sweetener, and a spoonful of peanut butter. I also want to try fresh berries at some point.

If you try it, let me know what you think! Or if you are already an overnight oats eater, what are some of your favorite toppings?

Have a nice Wednesday 🙂

 

 

Quick Dinner

I am constantly searching for simple dinner recipes that are satisfying and don’t skimp on flavor. Tonight I had a classic favorite – refried bean wraps.

Refried Bean Wraps

  • Refried beans
  • Whole grain rice
  • Shredded cheese
  • Wheat tortilla wraps
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce

Begin rice preparation (I had some already made in the fridge). Heat refried beans on the stove. Chop veggies – you can add any that you please, of course. Warm the tortilla wraps by putting them in paper towel and microwave for approximately 1 minute. Assemble the ingredients onto the wrap – a blob of beans, a scoop of rice, a heap sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a pile of veggies. Make sure you can still fold the wrap! Or it can get messy… although sometimes that’s better 🙂 Dip into plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)! Quick & delicious.

Bon appétit!

Boston, You’re My Home

This weekend was nothing short of amazing. I feel like I packed in so much fun stuff in such a short amount of time. I got to see so many friends and people I hadn’t seen much since I’ve been back, ate some great food, and got into a class I wanted to take.

Friday

{Thanks Sebby!}

I went to my friends’ house in the afternoon, where we ate dinner (quesadillas) and sat by their fire. Our other friends were having a show in their basement, so we headed over there for a while. It was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in Boston… and I’ve been here for three school years. Everyone I wanted to see was there – I was always talking or catching up with someone & I got to see my friend’s band play for the first time. Overall, it was a great time.

Saturday

I’ll be honest… I didn’t do much yesterday. I went back to my apartment at noon (I stayed with my friends a little outside of the city), watched Love and Other Drugs, and napped. It was a perfect lazy day. 🙂 A little more excitement at night – a MOUSE was in my room and scurried into my closet. I was a little freaked out, but decided to deal with it the next day. Turns out he escaped through a hole for wires – thank goodness. I stuffed drier sheets in the holes so my fingers are crossed he won’t be coming back.

Sunday

Slept in, had a great oatmeal breakfast, and got ready for the Sox game. But first – Boloco! Tortilla chips and guac for a snack – so, so good.

I love living in Boston partly because of the pro sports. I am a huge Boston sports fan, and being 5 minutes away from Fenway Park is a big deal to me. You can find Red Sox tickets for insanely cheap ($12) online, so that’s what I did today with Hannah, Ashley, and their friend Angie.

It was a close game (we lost 😦 ), but definitely worth the $12.

To round out the evening, Hannah, Ashley & I had a great dinner – veggie burgers with a cucumber and avocado salad on the side (because you can never have enough avocado – refer back to earlier in the afternoon when I had guacamole from Boloco.) Ashley made the salad and gave me permission to share the recipe – consider yourself lucky because this is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. AND it’s healthy.

Cucumber and Avocado Salad

  • One English cucumber, chopped
  • One whole avocado, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ranch dressing
  • Salt to taste

Combine ingredients in bowl. Stir. Eat.

Voila. It’s so simple, you really don’t have an excuse not to try it. So when you do, let me know what you think 🙂

Anyway, now that I’ve put off my homework until 10pm on Sunday night (like any good college student), I have to work on that. Long post, but I had a lot to catch you up on!

Have a great night!