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Brain Food: Yogurt Parfait

Happy Monday foodies! This week at letsgetbasted, we are focusing on brain foods. Here at JMU, our semester is coming to an end meaning exams are nearing and the work is beginning to pile on. Therefore, we thought it would be a good week to sharpen our minds with some nutritious treats. I am bringing you a yogurt parfait recipe with homemade granola.

Things you will need:

  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Assorted fruit
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cuts grape nuts (or the generic brand)
  • 2 cups rice krispies or puffed rice
  • 1 ½ cups sliced almonds
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

First, preheat your oven to 350⁰. Then in a large bowl, mix together the oats, grape nuts cereal, rice krispies, almonds and coconut. Then, toss in the syrup, honey, cinnamon and sugar. Spread the mixture in a thin layer onto a baking sheet (you may have to use two) and bake for about 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes so it browns evenly. Let the granola cool and put it into a plastic bag to save. When you want to create your parfait, layer the yogurt, fruit and granola. If you have vanilla yogurt but want to try some other flavors, try mixing in a little of your favorite jelly or jam to flavor the yogurt. This is also a great way to save money by buying only one kind of yogurt but being able to create everyone’s favorite flavor using only a little jam. This recipe is great brain food because it has whole grains which boost blood flow to the brain and contain vitamin B6 which is important for brain development. It also contains almonds which stimulate natural mood boosters and boost memory. Yogurt helps improve alertness and memory and fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries contain important antioxidants and vitamins that prevent brain cell degeneration. So before that next big test or next time you need a break while working on a project, try a yogurt parfait and get all the nutrients you need for some good brain food. Enjoy!

-Kelsey-

Goldfish Nachos

Hey guys,

During our “cheap date” week I felt like putting my own spin on the whole idea of date.  My recipe is an essential for any “man date,” that is when two dudes hang out watch TV and just kick it.  With the hockey playoffs beginning this week it is about all I can think about and this recipe came up between me and my friends while we were watching a game last night.  I discovered this special recipe with some of my closest friends one really late night.  This nacho recipe may seem very plain, but the little spin I put on them makes them an unheard-of  specialty.  In honesty, my friend was the one who insisted I make this post so I decided to indulge him.  For your next “man date” I present to you goldfish nachos. Grab a buddy and share my secret late night munchie recipe.

What you need:

  • Nacho Chips
  • Cheese
  • Cheddar Goldfish

Cover your plate in nacho chips and then sprinkle a good amount of cheese and goldfish on top, add layers if desired.

You can either make a quick plate in the microwave or heat up the oven and make a huge batch!

-Ryan

Cheap Date: Fried Shrimp Appetizer

If you are looking to impress your date will a cheap and easy appetizer, I’ve got just the right recipe for you! I am always tempted to order an appetizer or appetizer sampler at restaurants because a. they are usually fairly inexpensive and b. they always look so delicious. Luckily for you, and me, I’ve figured out a way to make a popular appetizer even easier and cheaper!

Ingredients:

  • shrimp
  • flour
  • egg
  • panko bread crumb
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • seasoning of your choice

Take three bowls and put a bit of flour in one, an uncooked egg with the yoke broken in the second and panko bread crumbs mixed with seasoning and pepper in the third. As you are preparing the bowls put a skillet with about 1/4 inch layer of vegetable oil on a low setting. Take the shrimp and dip it in the flour first, then the egg and finally cover it in the breadcrumb mixture. Put the breaded shrimp back into the egg and then add more breadcrumbs for a thicker layer. Place each shrimp on the skillet after breading and continue the process with all of the individual shrimp. Flip the shrimp over once the bottom side is a golden brown.

Cheap and super easy appetizer in just about 10 minutes!

 

Personally, I enjoy ketchup with my fried shrimp but you can try any dipping sauce.  I’d recommend cocktail sauce.

-Katie

“EGGcellent” Easter Bread

Hey everyone it is almost Easter Sunday and I know we all have our own traditions for how or what we celebrate.  When I first started living with one of my roommates he introduced me to “Easter bread” that his mom makes.  His mom mails one down every year for Easter and I look forward to it each time. Unfortunately, my roommate went home for Easter so his mom didn’t mail down an Easter bread so I decided to go looking for a recipe on my own.  I found a blog called theitaliandishblog.com that had a pretty appetizing recipe for Easter bread.  Check out their Easter bread and let them know how you feel about it.

-Ryan

BAKED with an Orange Glow Shrimp

This is by far the tastiest post I have made to date.  I really enjoy seafood and the bags of shrimp were on sale, buy one get one free, so I decided to get some and see where my imagination would take me.  It really reminds me of coconut shrimp, minus the coconut coating. Its sweet and juicy with a slight hint of spiciness.  The other thing I love about the recipe is it is quick.  Shrimp doesn’t take long at all, 15 minutes in the oven and its ready to go.
I’m not kidding I really do believe this is the best tasting recipe I have made to date.  Try making this yourself, you will not be disappointed I promise.     
  • 1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic 
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pinch of Old-Bay seasoning
  • 1 Orange- cut into slices and squeezed 
  • 1 pound of shrimp peeled
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. After the ingredients are blended eventually, pour in a baking pan. 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure you keep an eye on the shrimp because if you cook them too long they will become rubbery.
Serve and enjoy, I hope you like it.
-Ryan

Blazin’ Buffalo Mash

Hey Everyone,

One of the all time favorite dishes on campus here at James Madison University is Buffalo Mashed Potatoes, or just “Buffalo Mash” for short.  Its one of those dishes that you just simply crave for no reason around here at JMU, it makes my mouth water just writing about it.  During lunch the other day my friends and I were discussing how we have not seen “Buffalo Mash” at the dining hall almost all semester.  We aren’t sure if it was discontinued or if we just eat on campus on the wrong days.  Whatever the reason may be for the recent absence of “Buffalo Mash” it is extremely disappointing. I have decided to bring back this JMU favorite right here in my kitchen.  I hope you enjoy the bite this “Buffalo Mash” brings!

What you will need:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Chicken
  • Buffalo wing sauce (I’m using Frank’s Red Hot)

Directions:

  • Follow the directions on the instant mashed potatoes box combining the appropriate amounts of potato, butter, salt, milk and water as directed.
  • Cover the chicken in a decent amount of buffalo sauce and put it in a pan to cook over the stovetop
  • Leave chicken in pan on medium heat until fully cooked.
  • In a bowl, first coat the bottom of the bowl in a decent amount of mashed potatoes
  • Next, place the fully cooked chicken on top
  • Finally, add as much buffalo sauce to the top of the dish as desired. (The more sauce the spicier the dish will be)
  • Enjoy
Let me know what you think about this JMU original,
 
-Ryan

Cool Off with Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice is one of the most delicious Italian ice dessert chains with over 50 flavors including lemon, strawberry, chocolate and even cookies and cream.  Since today is the first day of Spring and Rita’s 20th Spring season they are celebrating with FREE ice for all their customers who come in today March 20, 2012.  Each customer is allowed one free regular sized ice any flavor they like.  If you live near a Rita’s or know one relatively close to you go out and get your free ice, you won’t regret it.

For those of us who aren’t so lucky as to have a Rita’s on the corner here is a homemade strawberry Italian ice recipe from Tasteofhome.com.  It is a very simple recipe with only a few ingredients, yet still looks delicious. Check out the link below and take some time to look at other recipes Taste of Home has to offer.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Strawberry-Italian-Ice

Happy first day of Spring,

-Ryan

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