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Collegiette Eats: Turkey Chili

4/22/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

For breakfast yesterday, I had berry banana oatmeal. Perfect way to start the week. I prepared a half cup of oatmeal with almond milk, and then mixed in sliced bananas and strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and topped it with a big spoonful of ground flaxseed. If you're a flaxseed virgin but are looking to incorporate it into your diet, stirring it into oatmeal or yogurt is the way to go. I also recommend adding fruit into the mix because the sweetness tastes good with the nutty flavor of the flaxseed. 

Lunch

For lunch, I made three portobello mushroom cap pizzas. I haven't had them in a while and I forgot how amazing they are! All you do is remove the stem of the mushroom cap, bake it at 375 degrees for five minutes, fill the cup of the cap with sauce and shredded cheese (and top with any additional ingredients you desire) and then bake for another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted. I also had a simple salad with spinach, tomato, cucumber and carrots as a side dish to my pizzas. 

Dinner

Collegiette Eats: Cauliflower Rice

4/20/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

With back-to-back group project meetings on Saturday morning, breakfast had to be a quickie. I had two pieces of toasted Ezekiel bread (yes, I already broke Passover) topped with almond butter, banana, honey and cinnamon. I was in a hurry so I accidentally went a little bit overboard with the cinnamon. Cinnamon challenge, anyone?

Lunch

I've featured healthier swaps for ice cream, french fries and pasta, and now it's time for a healtheir alternative to rice: cauliflower! Just when you thought cauliflower couldn't get any better after learning it could be turned into a pizza crust, now you have even more reason to love this underrated vegetable.

Collegiette Eats: Healthy Cookie Dough

4/17/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

No, you didn't read the title of this post wrong. Yes, there really is such a thing as healthy cookie dough. And yes, I ate it for breakfast. Mind blown? I know mine is; I never thought I'd be able to live out my fantasy of eating an entire bowl of cookie dough (at 11 a.m.) without any damage to my diet. This is life-changing stuff.

I found the recipe for healthy cookie dough on the blog Chocolate-Covered Katie, the best source for healthy desserts that don't taste like they could possibly be healthy. The secret ingredient of this recipe is... drumroll please... chickpeas! When I saw that this dough was made from the same base that hummus is made from, I was a little skeptical that it would taste anything like the real deal. But rest assured, the texture is pretty much spot on and the other ingredients in the mix add a sweetness that totally masks the taste of the beans. 

Collegiette Eats: 5 Matzo Recipes

4/15/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

To all the collegiettes celebrating Passover out there, chag sameach, and may you make it through your hiatus from carbs alive. I went to a Seder last night, and I love getting into the spirit (i.e., eating the traditional foods) of the holidays. While I am not strictly observing the rules of Passover, I do like eating matzo throughout the week. For those who don't know, matzo is unleavened bread that Jews observing Passover eat throughout the holiday in place of bread and other products that use leavened grain, which is forbidden. Watch the Rugrats Passover episode to clear up any further confusion. 

The thing about matzo is that on its own, it is incredibly bland. It is kind of like a very dry, very tasteless cracker. The good thing is that it can be prepared in a number of ways, both savory and sweet, that make it delicious. So if you've been turned off by matzo in the past, give it another try this Passover season, because these recipes will change your mind. Whether you're Jewish or not, whether you're observing Passover or you have no idea what Passover even is, you'll enjoy these matzo meals. 

1. Matzo Brei

Collegiette Eats: Another Healthy Pasta Alternative

4/13/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

I've been on an oatmeal kick after not having it for a few days during the juice cleanse. Yesterday, I had a bowl with banana and extra almond butter and honey. 

Lunch

I've already introduced you to the magic that is spaghetti squash. Well, I'm about to turn your pasta world upside down again. During my interview with Lisa Lillien, the founder of Hungry Girl, I learned about another healthy pasta alternative: tofu shirataki. Lillien hails it as the world's best pasta swap, so I was obviously very intrigued. Tofu shirataki is made from a blend of the root of Konnyaku (a type of yam) and tofu. It comes in various shapes and styles, such as fettucine and spaghetti.

Collegiette Eats: I Survived a Juice Cleanse

4/10/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

I've always been intrigued by juice cleanses. I even wrote an article about them last year. Part of me has always wanted to try one to see if I could do it, but the other part has been too scared and too fond of good, old fashioned solid food. What if I spent all this money and then gave up after five hours? What if I passed out from hunger? What if I started eating inanimate objects that I mistook for food because I was so delirious? These are all what I considered to be very valid fears, and they kept me from ever going through with a cleanse. 

Collegiette Eats: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

4/8/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast 

Yesterday morning, I took a break from oatmeal and made scrambled eggs with veggies. I was in the mood for something more savory than sweet and I realized I hadn't had scrambled eggs for breakfast in a while, so I went for it. This type of dish is a great way to sneak protein and vegetables into your diet at the start of your day. It may take a little longer to prepare than a bowl of cereal or a prepackaged granola bar, but it's much more satisfying. And it really only takes about five to 10 minutes tops. 

Collegiette Eats: How to Host a Dinner Party

4/6/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Last night, my housemates and I hosted a dinner party with a few of our friends. I was in charge of the meal-planning and cooking, which turned out to be a bigger production than I expected. It's hard enough to cook for eight people, let alone do it in a dollhouse-sized kitchen with minimal serving utensils. Now I have a better idea of how my mom must've felt every time she hosted people or made big holiday meals for the family. I pretty much wanted everyone to bow down to me after finishing the meal, so now I know why my mom got pissed whenever my brother and I didn't thank her for dinner. 

There were a few things I think I did right last night, and a few I should have done differently, so I compiled a list of five tips for hosting a dinner party below. But, first, let's talk about the food. 

Appetizers

Grilled French bread Mixed olives Kale chips Baked goat cheese Brie cheese 

Collegiette Eats: Tropical Swiss Chard Wraps

4/3/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you. 

Breakfast

Yesterday morning, I finally perfected banana "nice" cream. Who says you can't have ice cream for breakfast - especially if it's just made from bananas? It's a childhood dream come true! 

After viewing a bunch of luscious instagrams of banana ice cream, I realized that I could get a creamier consistency if I blended the frozen banana for longer and in a batch made from more than just one banana. So, I blended together two frozen bananas for about 45 seconds to a minute, stopping to scrape down the sides and stir as needed. I also added a tablespoon of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and a few sprinkles of cinnamon to the mix. When it was done, I scooped it into a plastic wine glass, because what else is a collegiette supposed to do when all the dishes are dirty? I topped it with a little more cinnamon, and after the first few glorious bites, I ended up adding a spoonful of peanut butter as well. 

Collegiette Eats: Oatless Oatmeal

4/1/2014

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

That may look like regular old oatmeal, but it's not. It's oatmeal... minus the oats! How? Why? Is this an April Fools' joke? Let me explain.

I love oatmeal so much that I pretty much have it every morning. And there's nothing wrong with that, because my bowl of morning oats has a healthy balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats. But because I have it so often, sometimes I need to switch it up a little so that I don't get sick of it. The other day, I was searching around for alternatives to oatmeal and I came across a recipe for oatmeal minus the oats on the blog Carrots 'N' Cake. I was intrigued - a dish that looks and tastes like oatmeal, but isn't oatmeal? How could it be?