Basically, I love food, and I love being healthy, so this is place for me to share how I, as well as others, can stay healthy while enjoying delicious food and an active lifestyle.
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Even if I haven’t cooked anything from scratch for myself in a month, I will always have my homemade latte, which has to count for something. My boyfriend got me the Aerolatte milk foamer for Christmas and I love it so much - so much that I left it at home and my mom had to mail it to me a few days ago.

My school schedule has been so weird for me that I basically eat breakfast at noon, and then am too hungry later that I just make a lean cuisine or anything else microwavable. Today’s goal: Pinterest and Tastespotting until I FINALLY come up with some good meal plans and new foods to try. My life is so hard

easy rating | ★★★★★  

tasty rating | ★★★★★★★★★★

The reason it has taken me so long to post this is that every time I have made it, I finish it all before I get a chance to photograph it. As in, I  finish  the whole pot before taking the time to put it in a decent-looking bowl and snap a photo. I mean, I don’t eat it all in one sitting, but every time I go to eat some I just want to eat it, not photograph it. 

Moving right along…. 

I’m not even sure what the definition of chili is but I just started throwing things in a pot and let them simmer and I think it falls under the category of chili. If not, sue me. Or don’t. 

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 head garlic, roasted
1 yellow onion, chopped
½ cup brown sugar, divided
½ cup baby bellas, diced
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can low sodium black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can navy beans
¼ cup espresso
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp oregano
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder

Cut off top of head of garlic, wrap garlic in tin foil, and roast in oven at 400 for 20-30 minutes.

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In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium high. Add onions and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Heat for about 5 minutes until onions are caramelized. Add peeled and crushed roasted garlic. Add tomatoes, beans, spices, mushrooms, and espresso. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and add any more spices you favor. 

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banana bread muffins | how I study for finals week | click here for recipe

Lately the weather has gone back and forth every day between sunny spring-like days and overcast winter-appropriate days. Today was of the more wintry sort, and I was glad that I had waited until today to make this soup (I’ve had the ingredients for about a week now). Also, my boyfriend just helped me put together my bookshelf for my room … well, he put it together for me… and it’s proven to be the perfect spot for photographing next to the window. 

On the soup: 100% recommend. It’s easy, easy to clean up, budget friendly, healthy, hearty, delicious. Great with a grilled cheese sandwich… It’s also perfect for making a big batch and saving the rest to reheat at any time. So basically it’s perfect and everyone should make this.

**and for all you Catholics out there, try this soup on Fridays! much better for you than a Filet-o-Fish and fries :)

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups prechopped onion 
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • garlic & herb goat cheese to sprinkle on top, if desired

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Add basil and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in cheese until melted. Place mixture in blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pan; stir in milk, salt, and pepper. Return to medium-high; cook 2 minutes.

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recipe from Cooking Light

Every time I feel too lazy to cook for myself, I head straight to Chipotle to spend $7 on something that I have come to realize I could totally make at home - easily. I always get the same thing: a burrito bowl with lots of lettuce, brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, mild salsa, and guac on the side. IF I were the type of person that went to Chipotle for their meat selection, I would probably stick to the real thing, but since I end up paying for vegetables and more vegetables, I thought I’d try my luck at a copycat version. 

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Your Grocery List: (I’ve already made two HUGE salads and have enough to make at least two more)

  • Shredded Romaine or Iceberg Lettuce
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Salsa (in the produce section)
  • Pico de Gallo 
  • Brown Rice (used quick boil-in-bag)
  • Guacamole
  • Bell Peppers
  • Red and/or White Onion
  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese 

I also used canola oil, chili powder, and garlic salt for the fajita vegetables

1. In a large sautee pan, heat 1/2 tbsp canola oil. Thinly slice half the bell pepper, and slice the onion about 1/2 an inch thick. Once pan is heated, cook on medium high for a couple minutes, & sprinkle with chili powder and garlic salt. Turn heat to medium low and cook covered for 5-7 minutes or until tender. (the onions should become translucent) 

2. Heat rice and beans according to instructions. I use about a quarter to half a cup of each in one salad.

3. Once vegetables are cooked, in a large bowl, layer lettuce, beans, rice, vegetables, corn salsa, pico de gallo, and top with guacamole. Sprinkle with monterey jack. 

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i thought i’d show you guys my new blogging post - where you can find me most hours of the day when i’m not in class, at the gym, in lab, or cooking 

the plan was to take a picture of me looking happy to be in bed at 10:45 am in my pajamas but they all turned out uggs 
so now i look just slightly amused to be in my pajamas and in bed at 10:45 in the morn. but i assure you, i’m more than slightly amused. i love my class schedule. i wake up at 6:30, study, go to class, and i’m done at 10 so i have time for more coffee, my poached egg on toast, and taking pictures of myself/food to post on the blog 
POINT OF THE STORY: i have time to go grocery shopping riiiiieght now.. er in 2 hours after i’ve procrastinated. so far, i have one request for more pumpkin things… anything else before i head to the land of over-priced produce?

the plan was to take a picture of me looking happy to be in bed at 10:45 am in my pajamas but they all turned out uggs 

so now i look just slightly amused to be in my pajamas and in bed at 10:45 in the morn. but i assure you, i’m more than slightly amused. i love my class schedule. i wake up at 6:30, study, go to class, and i’m done at 10 so i have time for more coffee, my poached egg on toast, and taking pictures of myself/food to post on the blog 

POINT OF THE STORY: i have time to go grocery shopping riiiiieght now.. er in 2 hours after i’ve procrastinated. so far, i have one request for more pumpkin things… anything else before i head to the land of over-priced produce?

it’s fall it’s fall it’s fall and i spend a good percentage of my weekly budget on sweet potatoes and butternut squash :)

and on a brighter note, tomorrow today is fridayyyyyyyy. any suggestions for things to make this coming week? i’m alllllllll ears…

winkzzz from lobo

Pumpkin spice latte in my new bedroom :) #lifemeasuredincoffee (Taken with Instagram)

i need some moral support and maybe some ice cream

quintessential afternoon of a poor college student: turkey sandwich and and an ikea catalog that holds my future bedroom in it’s beautiful pages (as i have currently only a mattress and some boxes) 

i’m considering aspelund or hemnes 

i’m just going to make this official - i’m no longer a pescatarian. big shocker. nor, though, am i pulling a 180 and going all paleo. because, frankly, i love bread too much. and pasta, and everything else that paleoians shake a finger at

while rekindling my relationship with the non-plant species, i ventured into the deli isle and purchased…. sliced roasted turkey breast!! which of course just opens up a world of possibilities for my lunch routine - namely, turkey sandwiches or in this case, turkey melts 

i do know that this is nothing new, nothing fantastic, and definitely nothing someone else couldn’t come up with, but this IS 100% delicious and budget-friendly. 

also, here is a peak at my beautiful kitchen that i have the pleasure of cooking in (note: i’m still not entirely sure if the things on the left are yams or sweet potatoes)

totes making this tomorrow. and the next day. and the day after that. and maybe not the next day after that. but maybe again sometime this weekend.