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#StudiousSeptember: Meal Prepping

29 Sep

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Bust out your aprons and get ready to start cooking! Whether you relate more to the show Worst Cooks in America or Master Chef, I can guarantee you have the capability to prep your meals for the school week. I know right now, everyone is talking about meal prep to get in shape, but there are many other benefits than that. It saves you time and money during the week.

If you are a full student, like I am, it’s very hard to find time during the week to cook and fast food ends up being the majority of you food intake. Meal prepping eliminates this because on the weekend (I usually prefer Sunday) you can cook all of your lunches for the week and put them in tupperware containers. Like I stated earlier, no matter your skill level, you will be able to do this! Meal prepping doesn’t have to be fancy and you can use your simplest recipes to save money and time.

There are many ways you can start to meal prep, but this is a break down of what I usually do for the week:

Before or on Sunday, I will plan out what I will buy at the grocery store for my lunches. (Even though I usually meal prep for just my lunches, you can use meal prepping for dinner if you have late courses, or for breakfast if you are an early riser) Remember that any meal you can make can be turned into a meal prep recipe, just cook more servings! As a college student, I have to budget constantly, which usually is one of the largest factor that controls what I buy. Along with a strict budget, another thing that controls what I buy for the week depends on my appetite. I sometimes get bored with my food during the week so I like to try to have slight variations. For example, if I cook chicken for the week, I will sometimes put green beans with it for one day and on another I will substitute the green beans for wedged potatoes.

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After a trip to the grocery store, it’s cooking time! Instead of dreading cooking a meal for the week, my boyfriend and I try to make it as fun as possible. We will put on music and make an afternoon of cooking. We will prep all of our ingredients and incorporate new spices, while trying to imitate the lovely Chef Ramsay’s cooking (we’ll also try to do our best Ramsay impressions!). Once we are all done, we will divide the meals into tupperware dishes, place them into the refrigerator, and in the morning grab our meals before we are on our way to work and school. Meal prepping is pretty straight forward and is also very versatile once you start learning how to cook more foods. 

Even though now I would rather cook than go to a fast food place, I was not the biggest cook when I first started college. I was busy with classes and I didn’t know how to make anything other than grilled cheese and the boxed mac and cheese. Cooking was a very daunting and difficult task for me until I started to meal prep. I started by looking up different recipes on Pinterest and All Recipes that were easy and simple to make. After a few months of copying recipes, I started to go off of my judgment of spices and food pairings that I like rather than just what is on the internet. I learned I really love to cook and there is so many different things you can do with meat and veggies. Now, this is one of my favorite times of the week because I am creating something new and learning how to use kitchen appliances that were once foreign objects to me like a cast iron skillet and a wok. Cooking is something I think everyone should at least try because it is fun and has a great reward: an amazing meal! Not only is it yummy, but you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing you are the one who created it!

Below I have provided a few simple recipes for you to try whether you are a veteran in meal prepping or trying it for the first time! Have fun and cook on!

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Meal Prep for Breakfast:

     Mason Jar Oatmeal                                                                          Breakfast Burritos
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Meal Prep for Lunch:

        Mason Jar Salads                                                               Pesto Chicken Sandwich

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Meal Prep for Dinner:

Chicken Fried Rice

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I have attached a recipe for chicken fried rice on the title and the photo I included is what my boyfriend and I made this week! Instead of traditional chicken fried rice, we decided to put our own spin on it. For the veggies, we used green onion, carrots, yellow squash, and sugar snap peas and we put in extra chicken! Even if you start out with a recipe, put your spin on it and include what you like!

Best,
Courtney

 

#NovembertoRemember: A Trip Down Memory Lane

10 Dec

In spirit of #NovembertoRemember I asked myself, why compose a blog about only one event that happened in my life this November? Instead, why not make a compilation of amazing, mostly unexpected memories?

With that said, let me walk you down my November memory lane.

Stop #1: TUBAC

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My November started off strong and inspiring with a trip down to Tubac. For those of you not familiar with Tubac, Tubac is a small, artsy town with minimal attractions and mostly inhibited by retired individuals. Every so often, they host art festivals that attract more diverse crowds such as my lovely friend Ciara and me. That day being a Sunday, we thought what better way to start our day than with a nice walk through Tubac looking at the art and creations.

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After our exploration phase, we decided some amazing dessert sounded just right. So we headed to a local restaurant in Tubac that has amazing fried ice cream. As the pictures show… we devoured that delicious dessert!

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Stop #2: ALL SOULS PROCESSION

Nothing says November to me like Dia de Los Muertos! If you’re familiar with Tucson, you know that people really get into the Day of the Dead celebrations. To celebrate those who have left this world, we decided to attend the All Souls Procession parade. We had initially planned to make it to the event right on time, but after make-up and some messing around we were about an hour late and as a result had to chase the parade down. However, we had fun and this was the end result of our preparation:

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Personally, I feel last year I did a better job, but the celebration was all the same.

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Stop #3: EVANGI’S 2nd BIRTHDAY

If you are lucky in life you find that one person with who you are everlasting best friends no matter the distance, time, or constraints that come up. I have been extremely lucky to stay friends with an individual who I absolutely love and adore since I met her back in middle school. Even luckier of me is to have the privilege of having her daughter, Evangeline, in my life. Since moving up to Tucson, I have not had the opportunity to see Celi and Evangi often. If anything, I will see them maybe twice a year three times if I’m lucky. However, I would not miss Evangi’s birthday for the world, and for that reason memory number 3 is her birthday party.

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First and foremost, let me tell you that this little girl is probably the cutest, most curious and intelligent little human. An exact replica of her mother, she is a sweetheart with some sass to back it up. I had been uncertain as to whether I would make it down to the birthday party since I had lab work to take care of that day, but luckily I made it down and had an amazing time!

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After hanging out with my best friend and a good friend I hadn’t seen in a while, I left the birthday party happier than ever. Plus, I got a lovely kiss after much rejection from Evangi! Overall, amazing day!

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Stop #4: PINKY

November also brought a new family member.

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Meet Pinky. She randomly showed up on my sister’s doorstep one night, whining and barking, and decided she loved my sister and wanted to stay!

Stop #5: ONE DROP

As many of you, I have one that band I’m particularly obsessed with and that I love dearly! Well for me, this one band is One Drop, a reggae band from San Diego. Since the first day I heard them, I downloaded all their music and learned the lyrics. In short… I’m a HUGE fan! Well, in my exploration of what to do one day I randomly started to look up tour dates for One Drop and to my surprise they were coming to Tucson that same week! I was mindblown and sooooooo excited!

Without hesitation I let my significant other know we were going, no choice for her right there (she understood this madness). I went to their concert and they were just as amazing as I thought they would be!

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You know there are those bands that sound amazing in their albums and then you go to their concerts and they sound terrifying live? Well, this band isn’t one of those bands!

So there it is… my memory lane.

 

– Lucero