Friday, August 31, 2012

New Bike & Eggsalad

I think someone else still wishes it were Summer too!
Luckily this year is my first semester without Friday classes,
and let me tell you, it is amazing! However, I still have work
so I'm still forced to wake up early, but it's better than class!
Since I was class-less today I decided to finally ride my new bike!
(After running to Walmart late last night for a bike chain!)
I absolutely love how cool it is at seven in the morning, you don't
get much of that in August in Texas. Unfortunately I forgot how hilly
it is here in San Marcos,needless to say it was a good thing it was only
about 4 miles. After my nice, hilly bike ride I enjoyed my morning snack.
Seriously my favorite flavor of all of them! (well.. I haven't tried their
chocolate one..) Apples and Cinnamon is one of my favorite snacks to
 keep me full. With 0 fat grams and only 140 calories it is a perfect
on the go snack! Their website has coupons and a list of all
 of their delicious flavors! Go check  it out! > Chobani !
So after a bike ride home,a full morning of work,
homework and cleaning my entire room it was lunch time!

Eggsalad & Red Plum

2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
2 Boiled Eggs
~1 Teaspoon Mayonaise
1 Tablespoon Mustard
Salt & Pepper To Taste
1 Medium Red Plum

First bring a small saucepan of water to boil, let the eggs
boil for about 10 minutes. Drain the boiling water, and run cold water
over the eggs until cool. Peel the eggs and seperate yolks from whites.
In a small bowl mix 1 Teaspoon Mayonaise with the 1 Tablespoon
Mustard. However, measurements are up to your desired taste
and consistency, I HATE mayonaise so I only use enough for texture.
Chop up the whites and mix everything together with your salt&pepper
 then add it to your bread, I always toast mine but again thats completely
optional! Slice up your red plum or fruit of choice and enjoy!
AL <3

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Laptop Lunchbox #1

First week of school and it's finally Thursday! Needless to say
 this week has been a little.. peel myself from my bed.
Look at that precious face! Who could leave?!

BUT, on a lighter note..
I might be just a little excited. Also, I'm too impatient
 to wait on packages I ordered a week ago! You should go
check out their website > Laptop Lunchbox I love them all!

So colorful and pretty! Not to mention each container is portioned
accordingly by food group, fruit, veggies, protein & grain! So smart!
&of course as soon as I opened it, I had to start making my lunch.

Today's lunch consists of:

6 Slices Of Cucumber
2 Chopped Slices Tomato
1 Juicing Carrot Chopped
1 Plum
1/2 Cup Of My Roasted Chicken
1 Cup Spinach
~6 Chopped Black Olives
Feta To Top

AL <3

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Metabolism Booster Breakfast & Lunch Salad

Okay, so after a long day of a "Cooking Sunday" this is my result!
Well, at least the salad is!

Metabolism Booster Breakfast

1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/8-1/4 Cup Homemade Granola
1 TBS Regular PB2
Enough Water To Get Desired Texture
Cinnamon To Taste
1/2 Grapefruit
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar

Fill a coffee mug with the 1/2 cup oats, 1 TBS PB2 (<-- Click and check it out! AMAZING!), & Cinnamon, stir around to get it all incorporated. Add enough water to cover at least the top of the oats, if not a little more (you can always add more later). Microwave for 1 minute on high, stir to check consistency and water level. Now is the time to add more if it is too dry, or milk for a creamier texture. Microwave for an additional minute if needed. Top with 1/8-1/4 cup of homemade granola. I will be posting my homemade granola this weekend, YUM! But seriously..I could eat the whole mason jar of it!!

Preheat the oven to broil while prepping the grapefruit.   I think it's terribly bitter so I add 1 Teaspoon of brown sugar to cut some of the tartness, then broil until the edges of the fruit start to burn.  The actual fruit itself will not burn, but it will come out a lot sweeter!

Oven Roasted Chicken Salad

1 Cup Spinach
1/2 Cup Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Cucumber
1/8 Cup Black Olives
1/2 Cup Roasted Chicken
(from previous recipe)
Feta Cheese To Taste
Blueberry 0% Chobani

Tossing or layering is up to you! I always put the Cucumbers & Tomatoes down first to prevent my Spinach from wilting too bad overnight and until lunch, then I add a few more on top with the Chicken, Olives & Feta!

AL <3

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Crockpot "Roasted" Chicken & Veggies

I was thinking all day today about how I should start my first actual I thought I'd start with how I start out my week. Every Sunday I go grocery shopping for the week and then start cooking my meals.. FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK. For some that sounds crazy, who wants to stand in front of a hot oven and cook for hours upon hours? I have found that it helps maintain a lot healthier eating week. Not only do you ONLY buy and prepare healthy meals,but it is a lot easier to eat healthy if they are as accessible as junk food (chips are my weakness and way to easy to get a hold of).  
Also, being a college student, who works part time, studies, keeps a (precious) puppy happy, and trying to fit in my 3x weekly Big Brother obsession enjoyment makes it a little hard to buy,prep, and cook healthy meals throughout the week. So far this has been a HUGE help to me. However though I actually do enjoy cooking so I really look forward to Sundays.

Crock Pot "Roasted" Chicken & Vegetables

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time:5 Hours


1 whole chicken (mine was $4.07 & 5lbs!!)
Any Vegetables you like (mine were carrots&potatoes)
1 onion quartered
3 cloves of garlic (or less if preferred)
2 tablespoons Tony's
2 tablespoons Perfect Pinch Vegetable Seasoning
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
~2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning (I just coated the bird)
(Or use any of your favorite rub seasonings)

When prepping your chicken be sure to take alll the icky insides out..not my favorite part by far.. wash the chicken and make sure to completely dry it. I then washed the vegetables, quartered the potatoes and stuck them all on the bottom of the crockpot. Once you dried off the chicken coat it in the mixed up seasoning mixture until covered. I like to rub seasoning between the breast and the skin to get the added flavor and I feel it soaks in more, but completely optional. Before putting the bird in the crockpout  I stuffed the inside with half the garlic, and all of the quartered onion. After putting the stuffed and seasoned bird into the crockpot I sprinkles the rest of the garlic along the sides of the bird to rest above the root veggies. I used a Hamilton Beach crockpot so the time might vary, at 5 hours on high my lovely, delicious bird was falling off the bone! After letting it cool burning all of my fingers I shredded it and stuck all of the chicken and veggies into seperate tupperwares to be ready for my salads, chicken salads, roasted chicken and veggie dinners, and many more!
Hope you enjoy!
AL <3

Monday, August 27, 2012

My New Journey

So, I've never had a blog before, but have ALWAYS wanted to and I LOVE to cook! However though. As being the beginning of my third year of college why not start now?! I am one of the weird college students who would actually prefer to cook an entire roasted chicken for 5 hours, rather than settle for 2 minute Ramen Noodles. I also need to admit I do not always eat perfect.. what college student can?? I mean.. when your college campus gets two different locations... yes TWO.. of mobile food trailers.. come on now. However, this blog will be mainly dedicated to cooking clean, healthy meals, as many raw unprocessed as possible, with an occasional extra non food related post! I hope you enjoy this journey with me!