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Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Vote Black & Orange as DC’s Best Burger


Hey Guys!

My friend Navid is trying to promote his and his dad’s burger business and needs everyone’s help to vote them “Best Burger in DC.” Please take 10 seconds and vote for them, they would be very appreciative and grateful!!  All you have to do is submit and enter your email address.  You will NOT be getting spam email because of this.

Vote HERE: http://bit.ly/wgRb7j

Voting ends March 1st


Mexican Chicken Quesadilla and Homemade Guacamole

Recently, I’ve had a minor obsession with guacamole.  I was super excited to make some today to fit into this weeks theme, “around the world.”  Guacamole is extremely easy and cheap to make.  I took the easy way out considering I need to spend all of my time studying for midterms (unfortunately).  I bought a 99 cent guacamole mix package, two avocados and used some sour cream and a tomato I already had.  Grab a large bowl, spoon, fork and knife and begin! You have to cut the avacados open vertically, take out the seed and then scrape all of the contents out of the skin.  Then, you add the mix package.  I added about 2 tablespoons and some chopped up tomato because I already had it in the fridge but it is not necessary.  Take a fork and mash up the avocado while mixing in all the ingredients.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then enjoy!  The perfect appetizer if you are having a few friends over for pre-spring break margaritas 🙂


   *2 avacaods
   *99 cent guacamole mix package
   *sour cream (not necessary)
   *chopped tomato (not necessary)

There is enough guacamole to have a little bit with chips on the side of every lunch I prepare this week!




I decided to make a whole mexican meal by preparing a chicken quesadilla as well.

To prepare the quesadilla I used already cooked frozen chicken strips which I found at Food Lion.  You can use any type of cooked chicken, meat, shrimp, etc or even stick to plain cheese!  I heated up a skillet on medium and then defrosted the chicken for about 4 minutes.  Once the chicken was ready I slid the chicken onto a tortilla, added some cheese and then folded it in half to melt it all together.  After about two minutes I flipped it over and allowed another minute of heating.  Once the cheese was melted I slide the quesadulla off the skillet onto a college favorite- a paper plate- and put on a dallop of sour cream and guacamole.




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Caribbean Jerk Sweet Potato Fries and a Citrus-Beer Punch

Hello everyone and happy Monday,

This week we are doing an “Around the World” theme where each of our posts come from a different region of the world (while still being cheap and easy of course).  A week from today I will be relaxing in the Bahamas with a bunch of my friends for Spring Break.  It should be a really good time I really cannot wait.  With all that said I just can’t get my trip out of my mind.  Its all I have been thinking about.  Since I don’t think it’s possible to bring you all to the Bahamas with me I figured I would bring a little Bahamas to you.

Today I decided to make Caribbean Jerk Sweet Potato Fries with a Citrus-Beer Punch

What you will need for the Sweet Potato Fries:

1 Sweet Potato

3 TBSP of Olive Oil

1 TSP of Cinnamon

1 TSP Cayenne Pepper

1/2 TSP Sugar

1 TSP Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

**Combine all of these ingredients and stir so that they are all blended evenly.  After they are blended put them in the oven (at 450 degrees) and let them cook for 10-15 minutes

For the Citrus-Beer punch follow this link to Bar None Drinks they have some really cool stuff and I found this drink to be the perfect supporting actor to these fries.

I hope you enjoy, comment and let me know what you think.



Sloppy Seconds: Tacos

Happy Friday everyone,

For our final sloppy seconds recipe of the week, I decided to use a leftover hamburger.  When you are making hamburgers or browning ground beef for another meal, always make extra because the possibilities are basically endless with a leftover hunk of beef. For today’s recipe, I created tacos using a leftover hamburger. One hamburger is just enough meat to make about 2-3 tacos, the perfect individual serving, so there is no waste.

You will need:

1 hamburger

1 package taco seasoning (you will only use ¼ of the package)

2-3 tortillas or taco shells

Assorted toppings (lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

First you break up the hamburger so it resembles ground beef. You then start the direction on the back of the taco seasoning package from “drain the meat.” It will tell you to add some water (add about ¼ of what they recommend) and then ¼ of the taco seasoning and let simmer. Now you have taco meat. You can warm your tortillas or taco shells if so desired and add your desired toppings. I like to keep it simple with some cheese and salsa, mainly because it was all I had in my fridge. I also used some plain Greek yogurt in the place of sour cream. My roommates think this is the weirdest thing, but it really does taste almost exactly the same, is packed with protein and is healthier than sour cream. Just try it once and see what you think! Once you have topped your tacos, you are ready to eat.


Remember, this is just one idea for using leftover hamburgers. The same hamburger can be used to make meaty pasta sauce, sloppy joes (a great idea for sloppy seconds), a quesadilla, a breakfast burrito, etc. Enjoy your weekend foodies and use your time off to try making something new!


Sloppy Seconds: Cherry Tomato Pasta

Hey everyone!

Here is an easy and quick recipe to wrap up our sloppy seconds week.  This is a great use of ingredients that you can use to clean out your fridge and cabinets.

Things you need:

Box of spaghetti

Tomatoe paste (3 tablespoons)

Cherry tomatoes (2 pints)

Basil (1 cup)

Garlic (5-10 cloves chopped)

Olive Oil (1 tablespoon)

Here is how you make this great meal with a few easy steps:

1- Heat the oil and add garlic for 5 minutes into a pan.

2- Stir pasta with tomatoe paste.

3- Add in the cherry tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes.

4- Stir in the basil.

Finally, enjoy your delicious pasta dish that you can use with leftover tomatoes and the cans of tomatoe paste you have been saving in your cabinet for something to do with them. You can also make more to create more leftovers for you for lunch the next day.

I hope you liked this easy meal for dinner.



Sloppy Seconds- Southwest Chicken Omelet

I found it quite appropriate that during our “Sloppy Seconds” leftover week I literally have no food in my apartment.  Well its dinner time once again and I knew for a fact that I didn’t have anything in my fridge to make, naturally I looked anyway.  All I could find is some leftover chicken I had from the other night, half an onion, eggs and one lonely bell pepper I felt I had to help out. I knew these few items, considering they are the only things left in my fridge, would be the basis for my meal.

If you are like me breakfast food is an anytime of the day food so I decided to make an omelet. Below is the list of ingredients and how to make my Sloppy Seconds Southwest Chicken Omelet. (Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: 5 min, Total time: 10 min)

What you will need:

1/2 cup of diced bell pepper (about half of a bell pepper)

1/2 cup of diced onions

1/2 cup of cooked chicken (chopped)

1/4 cup of shredded cheese

3 eggs

Salsa (to top omelet)

1. Dice the bell pepper, onion and chicken and make sure they are measured out properly.

2. After you chopped and diced the pepper, onion and chicken add them into a bowl with the shredded cheese and stir them together so that when you add the ingredients to the omelet they are blended evenly.  Set this bowl of ingredients aside for a few moments.

3. Crack the 3 eggs into a bowl and whisk them together so that it has a consistent look.  Pour the eggs into a heated stovetop pan and let them cook for about 2.5 minutes.

4. After the eggs are halfway cooked add the chicken and vegetable blend to the cooking eggs.

5.  Use a spatula to fold the omelet in half so that the contents of the omelet are covered.

6.  Carefully flip the omelet to its other side so that the contents don’t spill out and let that side cook for a few moments.

7. Remove the omelet from the pan and top it will Salsa to give it that “Southwest Kick.”

8. Enjoy.

I hope this guide is helpful and everyone enjoys the meal.  I made some for my roommates and they loved them. Leave comments let me know what you think and anyway you think we can improve the dish.

Thanks for reading,


Sloppy Seconds: Marinated Chicken Sandwich

Hey guys!

Spinach leaves (or lettuce)
your favorite type of cheese
left over chicken
salt and pepper
carrots and celery

Last night I made a delicious chicken pasta and purposefully make two servings of chicken.  This afternoon as I prepared lunch I put two piece of bread into our toaster oven with the left over chicken chunks of one slice and swiss cheeses on the other I toasted it for about 3 minutes.  I then spread a bit of mayo a touch of salt and pepper and put cleaned spinach leaves on top.  On the side I have carrots and celery.

Lets Get Basted Tip: When you choose to defrost, marinate and cook chicken try to make more than one serving at once.  This will make the following few meals extremely easy and cut down on preparation time!

Enjoy these sloppy seconds!

Leftover Steak Taco Salad

This post from Serious Eats got my mouth watering this morning.  It is the perfect lunch in my opinion. Easily made using leftovers from a steak dinner.  I look forward to trying this recipe myself.

Cheap, easy and just our style.  Check out seriouseats.com for this recipe and many more.  Sloppy Seconds made even easier.


College Cuisine: Easy Mardi Gras Jambalaya – The Daily Eastern News: College Cuisine

Since it is “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras if that what you would prefer to call it I thought it was only appropriate to post the perfect recipe for college students looking to keep it easy but still enjoy the delicious New Orleans style  Jambalaya recipe.  I found this article (below) on the Daily Eastern News in a section called “College Cuisine.”  There are some really cool posts check it out.  I hope everyone enjoys Fat Tuesday.  After you make this delicious Jambalaya recipe go out, collect yourself some beads and have a great night.

– Ryan                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Check it out… College Cuisine: Easy Mardi Gras Jambalaya – The Daily Eastern News: College Cuisine.

Fat Tuesday: Carbo loading begins ahead of Ash Wednesday, Lent



Today is Fat Tuesday. I loved the information about pancakes and why this food is such a big hit on this holiday. Find out why this day is filled with carbs and yummy fried foods. Check out this information from the Los Angeles Times and eat up with LetsGetBasted.


Fat Tuesday: Carbo loading begins ahead of Ash Wednesday, Lent.

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