What is it, you ask?
You see, I don't really live in a "dorm" anymore. I live in a "Suite" which is really just fancy way of saying we get out own bathroom, washer/dryer and living room, but NO kitchen. Wahh. :(
Anyway, that is just a long winded way of saying that I have no way of being able to cook my own meals during the semester.
Let me tell you this is TOUGH, but for the most part I stay away from the processed stuff and stick to produce, whole grains and all that. However, I would like to say that if I could I would be making different recipes each night with through-the-roof nutritional value, but I don't have the resources or the funds.
So, last night this hit me. It's not really a recipe because I really just threw stuff into a bowl and called it a meal, but oh well. I'm proud, and it tasted delicious.
Fresh out of the microwave!
Fresh out of the microwave!
- 1/2 pouch Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Medley Vegetable Harvest Ready Rice **see note.
- 1 cup steamed Broccoli
- Red + Green bell pepper strips (as many as you'd like, i'm a HUGE bell pep addict)
First, you must gather the ingredients. You can pick up the Ready Rice pouches at a grocery store on the cheap.
As for the broccoli and peppers, steal them from the dining hall. I know, it may sound like I have no morals, but if you're in college, you know people bring tupperware and take food out like they're not going to eat for months. But you know what? The staff doesn't care. Plus, i'm taking vegetables. If someone ever stops me i'm going to be prepared with an argument. 1) "This stuff is just going to rot anyway! Plus, I don't have time to go to lunch tomorrow because my class schedule overlaps the lunch time." (This is true, in case you're wondering.) 2) "I'm sorry, but i'm not wasting my meals on food that I have no idea what is in it. I need to stock up on these things because I have lost 57 pounds and I don't intend on gaining it all back eating your fatty dining hall food, mmkay?"
Alright, that last one may have been a bit of a stretch, but there is some truth to it.
Now, to combine them!
The rice is so easy to prepare, a college kid could do it. (It's the new Geico slogan.) All you do is tear open the pouch and plop it in your microwave-safe bowl. (BUT MEASURE!!!! I cannot stress this enough. MEASURE. The bag says that 1 serving is a cup and 220 calories and that there are about 2 servings in the pouch. I have found that it is less than 2 cups. Evenly divided I have found that 1 serving should be 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup.)
Now, for the veg: steam em'! (Post coming about this little guy soon. It's an essential for college kids.)
Then toss all the ingredients together in your microwave safe bowl, heat through one more time and add desired seasonings. (I add red pepper flakes to everything.)
Tell me: What's an easy, college appropriate meal you can think of?