Monday, September 10, 2012

MIY Monday: Improv College Food Solutions

Hi guys, I hope the weekend treated you all well. I know it sure did for me! I spent most of Saturday hanging out with my sttbf (gosh I love calling him that!). We hiked the Konza Prairie, during which we had an amazing discussion of pretty much everything and then ended up taking a study break followed by quick dinner. The more I hang out with him, the more I see him as a great friend that I am enjoying getting to know! Hopefully more will come from it though, when he is ready!

Anyways, I wanted to do a MIY Monday post, since I missed last week. I had a couple ideas, but forgot to get photos, so today's post is all about the improvising things I tend to do in the kitchen.

First off I wanted to share with you my morning  breakfast.  I LOVE scrambled eggs, and they give me such protein, but I never really had the time or will power to turn on the skillet every morning. Then I remembered something my mom tried once, which is making them in the microwave!

Stir together 2 eggs with some milk (really doesn't matter how much) and pop into the microwave for 1 min, being sure to cover in case of explosions (learned that the hard way).  After 1 min, stir and cook for anywhere from another 30 sec to 1 min.  You want to make sure you get your eggs all the way done. If you it's going to take more than another 1 min, than do it in 30 sec increments so you don't end up with egg explosions.  After that, remove from the microwave and enjoy.  

I do this pretty much every morning, because it's so much easier, and not as messy as, using the stove top! And so far it hasn't let me down.  

Something else I tried a couple of weeks ago that I would likely try again is a quick and healthy pasta dinner.  I didn't know what to make and didn't want a full on weeks worth of meals, so I grabbed my left over box of spaghetti from the soup I made a few weeks ago and decided to boil it and add broccoli, olive oil and seasonings.
 Then I remembered that I had leftover tomatoes from my taco night that I would never eat (I hate raw tomatoes) so I put those in the skillet and let them cook and boil down a bit.  

I then added everything together and ta da! Quick and healthy pasta! I still have some more tomatoes (if they are still good) as well as pesto sauce and chicken breasts, so I may do that for this weeks meal. 

Those are 2 of the many improvisations I have been making around my tiny little kitchen lately. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventures.  Is there anything you guys like to make in your kitchen you don't have an official recipe for? Improv meals are some of my favorites!

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  1. Kitchen Improv is my favorite way to cook. I am really not that great at following recipes but just love the challenge of using up what's on hand in creative ways. That pasta dish looks both yummy and healthy!

  2. Everything looks delicious! I think microwaved scrambled eggs are the best. They puff up and become so light so much when you cook them that way.

  3. Another good and really easy pasta dish:
    1. boil pasta
    2. mix with one can each of chickpeas (sometimes called garbonzo beans), olives, and quartered artichoke hearts (all drained and rinsed first)
    3. toss together with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, whatever and add feta cheese

    Deslicious! I add cherry tomatoes to mine but clearly that won't work for you. :)

  4. Oh my, your kitchen creations always look so much better than mine! I suppose I am not very good at improvising though.


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