Quick, Organic Mediterranean Cuisine

By: Summer Burlage

This Mediterranean style meal is packed with veggies, protein and good oils. The recipe features all organic ingredients such as pasta, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, garlic and olive oil. This quick and easy dinner will become a family favorite!

Takes only 30 minutes to make!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 2 T. of oil drained from sun-dried tomatoes, to a large skillet on, medium-low heat.
  2. Add chopped chicken (I used boneless skinless chicken breasts).
  3. Cook on medium heat until there is no more pink in the chicken – should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh basil leaves, fresh spinach, and minced garlic to the large skillet. Cook on medium- low heat for about 3-5 minutes until spinach wilts. Remove from heat.
  5. Drizzle olive oil. 
  6. Taste, and add salt as needed. Cover with lid and let veggies simmer.
  7. Cook pasta according to the package instructions.
  8. Drain pasta. Add cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with chicken and veggies. *or serve separately if preferred 
  9. Serve and enjoy!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat

Caroline Armstrong

I became a vegetarian almost 7 years ago after an unfortunate night involving too much red meat. After the worst stomach ache I have ever had, I vowed that I was going to stop eating meat all together. And that’s exactly what I did. It has been a struggle to find meals that still resemble the taste of meat. Here are some of my favorite recipes that even my meat eating friends love.

1. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

https://www.hotforfoodblog.com/recipes/2014/02/11/cauliflower-buffalo-wings/

These buffalo wings made from battered cauliflower are the #1 requested meal from my friends. They are great for parties or barbecues and have an added bonus of being super easy to make! The recipe also includes a vegan ranch sauce for dipping.

2. Chick’n Noodle Soup

Vegetable Chik'n Noodle Soup
https://www.morningstarfarms.com/recipes/vegetable-chik-n-noodle-soup-recipe.html

There are definitely some “fake meat” products I would advise you to avoid, but luckily the chick’n from Morning Star Farms are not one of them. It is currently 4 degrees Fahrenheit where I live and sometimes I just crave a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. These chick’n strips are a great addition to soups and salads.

3. Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to make Roasted Spagehtti Squash the easy way! This method works PERFECTLY every-single-time.
https://bakerbynature.com/roast-spaghetti-squash/

Spaghetti Squash is a great alternative for pasta and they are super cheap. Add your favorite sauce or some olive oil, salt, and pepper and enjoy!

4. Loaded Nachos

Loaded Nachos
https://www.morningstarfarms.com/recipes/loaded-nachos-recipe.html

Nachos are a quick and easy snack, and these ground beef crumbles from Morning Star Farms are a great addition. My boyfriend didn’t even realize they weren’t real beef at first!

5. Sesame Cauliflower

Sweet, sticky, addictive sesame cauliflower, a healthy & delicious meatless recipe
https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/01/09/sticky-sesame-cauliflower/

This sesame cauliflower looks like it could be sesame chicken when you first see it. Add some rice and vegetables on the side for a delicious meal.

Mondays (Don’t Have to) Suck

 

Published by: Aaron Kell

Written by: Meghan Wagner

  • Jam it Out!!

 

Start by having a solid go-to playlist, or a few.  Think about classic (to you) songs, or just songs that make you feel good.  For me that would be 90’s Jams, showcasing the likes of Beck, Third Eye Blind, Oasis and such.  It’s possible you would benefit from a pre-made workout playlist on Spotify.  If Hip-Hop is your thing, make a list of the best.  Just knowing you don’t have to try (or think) that hard to get some good tunes flowing is gonna pick you up just that much faster.

To see what YouTube recommends on Mondays, check here:

 

  • Dress for Success

 

Go to bed on Sunday night with an idea of what you’ll want to wear tomorrow.  Take into account the day’s tasks: a regular work day, group presentation, running a boat load of errands, etc. Figure out not only how functional you need your outfit to be, but also how comfortable you want to be.  Our desires for these ideas change from week to week based on what our priorities and short-term goals are, which is part of what makes picking out your outfit fun.  I totally commend yoga pants on a Monday, but consider pairing them with a cute, cozy top instead of the first thing you find on your floor, which you’ll end up having to turn inside-out in the bathroom because a rando discovered last Friday’s pizza stain and thought he was being kind by pointing it out to you (this is me commiserating with you, not judging you).  If picking out your outfit the night before is not your thing, just think about what kind of style you’ll be in the mood for. Just by having an idea of what direction you want to take your own wardrobe before you even get there is going to help make the process simpler and smoother.  I’m not saying this will make deciding what to wear simple and smooth, but simpler and smoother.

 

  • Find joy in the little things

 

Take your time to pack a healthy but satisfying lunch or really yummy snacks.  Walk to campus  and with this new chunk of time and pick up a piping cup of Oolong to switch it up.  Take your chance to review Tumblr and Pinterest without the guilt of not responding to that (kinda?) important email or you know, doing homework.  This time can be perfect for carrying-out mundane, somewhat mindless tasks that should get done.  Monday mornings can actually serve the purpose of being productive, and setting a high, yet attainable standard to set a good pace of productivity for your week.

For some delectable suggestions, check here:

21 Clean Lunches in Under 10 Minutes

21-Clean-Lunches-That-Can-Be-Prepared-In-Under-10-Minutes

20 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

{20 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks} *Perfect for running between after school activities #BuddyFruitsB2S

 

  • Wake up a ½ hour earlier than necessary

 

Hey, hear me out here, I’m not excited about this one either.  Part of what makes Mondays so perpetually unpleasant is the morning rush.  If you have a regular 9-5 job, or are a student attending traditional classes, by the time Monday morning rolls around you are out of your routine.  Between battling the great debates of getting up and putting at least some effort into your appearance or clutching even tighter to those fleeting, precious moments of sleep, before frantically looking for something resembling breakfast food (or just something edible if it’s “one of those Mondays”) or just not eating because you’re whipping around like The Flash and ain’t nobody got time for breakfast (unless it’s brunch-which it’s not, because it’s fucking Monday) Mondays are just going to make you feel rushed.  By waking up just half an hour earlier than you need to to fulfill your morning routine you are giving yourself the gifts of time and sanity.  You could sleep for an extra 15-30 minutes (which yes you would be doing anyway, but in the moment it feels like finding that last present hidden behind the tree) or you could actually use the time.   Allow yourself to spend extra time in the shower, or have a bath if that’s what you prefer.  Watch an episode of Friends while putting on your make-up or eating breakfast (I recommend “The One with the Embryos” if you’re in need of a suggestion).  Stop denying your inner child and actually make yourself a smiley face pancake.  Just do something easy that you love, that sounds good in the moment.  The only limitation is this treat can’t have a great potential of totally derailing your whole routine, like watching Games of Thrones in bed.  Sorry folks, I wish that last one really would help me get ready in the morning…