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Brain Food: Wedge Salad

As your preparing for final exams a quick and healthy meal is perfect to get the creative juices flowing in the brain.  I threw together a wedge salad that has a fresh crisp Spring vibe to it.  I hope you enjoy it.

  • 1/2 head of lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes
  • blue cheese crumbs
  • blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • mandarin oranges
  • bacon bits

Put all the ingredients on top of the half head of lettuce and enjoy.  The amount of each ingredients is all up to you. I personally love to cover mine in the cherry tomatoes, I can a whole container of those things in one sitting.

-Ryan

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Cheap Date: Fajitas

How can you go wrong with a quick and easy Mexican recipe to spice up your date?

Here’s what you need for delectable fajitas:

  • 1 pre-cut/packages container of green, red and yellow bell peppers
  • Pre cooked, sliced chicken
  • 1 onion
  • Soft tortilla shells
  • Mexican shredded cheese
  • Salsa

First, sautee the vegetables in a pan with the onions. While that is happening, warm up the tortillas in the microwave (on a plate in between paper towels to prevent sticking). Put the cheese and salsa in separate bowls. Add the chicken in with the vegetables for a few minutes to warm it up. When the vegetables and chicken are done, put them in separate bowls as well. Now you are ready to make your fajitas.

Recommendations: Take a tortilla. Put some vegetables and chicken inside. Top with salsa and cheese. Enjoy.

-Sarah

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

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,

-Ryan

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