Food & Drink

Read blogs in our food & drink category to find suggestions and recipes for every day or special occasions in college.

Cool Dog Treats for the Summer

This summer has been hot hot hot! For us humans we can easily grab a tasty ice pop to help battle the heat. For our furry friends, staying cool can be a challenge. Regular old ice cubes do the trick, but how boring is that? Use these recipes to add some flavor to your dog treats that your dog is sure to enjoy!

Cool Dogs Treats for the Summer

Stuffed Kongs

Kongs are a great way to keep your dog entertained to begin with but throw it in the freezer and you have a way to keep them cool. Here are a few ways to stuff and freeze a Kong, but be sure not to stuff it to the brim!

  1. Mash a ripe banana and mix with one tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter. Stuff the mixture into a Kong and freeze.
  2. Stuff the Kong with treats and chicken brother. Seal the hole with peanut butter and freeze. As it melts, it can get messy so it’s best to give this treat to your pup outside.

A Twist on Ice Cubes

Pour chicken or beef broth into ice cube trays. When frozen, place a few of these yummy pooch ice pops in the food bowl with your dog’s kibble or simply add to the water bowl for a flavored beverage.

Bone Marrow Bones

You can go to your local butcher and ask for bone marrow bones. One your pup chews the marrow, you can reuse the bone. To make it a frozen treat, add peanut butter inside the bone and freeze!

Banana Bites

Cut up a banana into pieces and freeze. You can even coat the bites in peanut butter to make it extra tasty!

I hope these summertime dog treats help cool down your pups! Have some recipes to add? Leave us a comment below. 

3 Easy Recipes Any College Student Can Afford

We all know the struggle of making food on the college budget. Here are some easy recipes that are budget-friendly and delicious.

Fruit Popsicles

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This easy recipe is great with the weather recently warming up! Munching on a cold treat when it’s hot outside is always refreshing. Some store-bought popsicles can be made of chemicals and additives. Making your own is a fun, easy and healthier way to get the same delicious thirst quenching snack. Depending on what flavor you like, you can switch out the type of juice you use as well as the fruit. For this recipe, a healthy fruit punch and strawberries were used.

Ingredients:

Motts Fruit Punch

Strawberries

Steps:

Chop strawberries into bite sizes pieces. Put one piece in each empty cube. Pour juice over strawberries. Add one toothpick to each cube. Put in freezer and wait until tray is completely frozen then enjoy!

Chicken Stir-Fry

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We all have felt dread wash over us after we realized we forgot to defrost the chicken before we left the house. After a long day of classes and studying the last thing we want to worry about is making dinner and ordering out can add up and put an unnecessary dent in your bank account. Follow this easy recipe to ensure that you’ll have a delicious meal to come home to.

Ingredients:

A few strips of Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast

1 bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in the Original flavor (or any white rice)

Soy sauce

Teriyaki sauce

Olive Oil

Whatever vegetables you have lying around the house

Steps:

If you’re using vegetables, you’ll want to cook them first so throw them on the stove for a few minutes with olive oil. Next, you’ll need to defrost the chicken pieces. Put them on a plate and microwave them for one-two minutes depending on the microwave. Once they’re defrosted, add them to the veggies on the stove. Then you need to cook your rice, which thankfully only means putting the bag of the Ready Rice in the microwave for a minute and a half. After adding the rice to the veggie/chicken mix add in a splash of teriyaki and soy sauce. Let simmer for a few minutes on the stove and then it’s ready to eat!

3 Ingredient Cookies

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This easy recipe will allow you to satisfy that sweet tooth and in record time. In less than 20 minutes you’ll have tasty peanut butter cookies!

Ingredients:

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of peanut butter

1 large egg

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the peanut butter, white sugar and egg and mix until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet. Bake for 6-9 minutes. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERBAKE!! Let cool and enough with a cold glass of milk.

Hope you enjoy these easy recipes! Let us know how they turn out in the comments below.

Tofu Stir Fry and Lettuce Wraps Recipe!

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This is a quick and easy recipe that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. It only takes about 15 minutes to make and does not require too much preparation. You can also make adjustments to the recipe to fit your taste!

 What You’ll Need:

 -Extra Firm Tofu
-1 Bell Pepper
-1 Yellow Onion
-Mushrooms (Baby Bella or White)
-Iceberg Lettuce Head
-Rice (I used a brown rice and quinoa medley)
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Teriyaki Sauce
-Salt and Pepper to taste

 Directions:

1. Cut tofu into small cubes.

2. Chop peppers, onions, and mushrooms into desired-size chunks.

3. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a pan. Add tofu, peppers, onions, and mushrooms and cook on a medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes

4. Cook rice according to the directions on the package/bag you have. (If your rice takes longer than 5-7 minutes to cook, keep that it mind, and start cooking it first.

5. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce over your tofu and vegetables and stir until evenly mixed.

6. Add rice to pan and stir. Add a bit more Teriyaki sauce if you want.

7. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper for added flavor.

8. Cut you lettuce wrap into slices that about the size of your palm and serve with your stir-fry.

An Easy and Filling, Vegetable Soup Recipe!

vegetable soupNow that we are headed into the colder months, you may find yourself craving a nice, hot bowl of vegetable soup. If you have access to a kitchen, I have a great and easy recipe for you! This recipe is delicious and actually really filling. It is super easy to make and does not require too much preparation. This vegetable soup will warm you up on a cold day and you’ll probably have leftovers for a few days!

What You’ll Need:

-1 carton/32 ounces of vegetable broth

-1/2-3/4 cup of cut and peeled carrots, chopped

-4 stalks of celery, chopped

-3/4 cup of cabbage, chopped

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-Salt and pepper to taste

 Cooking Directions:

1. Combine all of your ingredients into a medium-large sized pot and stir.

2. Cook over medium heat and cover for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Uncover and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Once you taste it, decide if you want to add more salt or pepper until you get it to your liking.

4. Serve yourself (and some friends) a bowl and either keep leftovers simmering on low heat for seconds or pour into Tupperware to store in your fridge or freezer for more long lasting preservation!

*You can also add noodles, rice, or orzo to this recipe if you’d like. Or if you’re feeling in the mood, you can even add some matzo balls!

Now pour yourself some delicious vegetable soup, grab a blanket, and curl up in front of your TV for a warm, relaxing night in!

4 Healthy Breakfast Options

1. Greek Yogurt, Granola, and Berries

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 Greek yogurt is low in sugar, fat, and calories and is high in protein.  Adding granola and berries keeps it healthy and fulfilling.  This breakfast will keep you satisfied until lunch and is really good for you!  You’ll feel more alert and healthy with this in your system.

 2. Egg whites, avocado slices, and tomatoes on multigrain toast

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 Using egg whites eliminates a lot of the cholesterol in eggs, but you still get some good protein.  Avocado has a lot of nutrients in it and it’s delicious!  Avocados go great with eggs and tomatoes and the multigrain toast is a healthy alternative to white bread.

 3. Whole Wheat French Toast topped with Fresh Fruit

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 Use whole wheat bread brushed with egg wash (just whisk an egg together with cinnamon and a splash of vanilla) to make this French toast on a stove.  Top with cinnamon and your fruit of choice and light syrup and you’re good to go!  Using cinnamon for taste instead of sugar cuts the calories and cinnamon is pretty healthy.

4. Fruit, Yogurt, and Coconut Water Smoothies

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 Put fresh or frozen fruit in a blender with low fat or nonfat yogurt, ice, and coconut water and blend together.  This is a delicious and healthy option and it can be very filling.  The best part is that you have an endless amount of flavor options, so get creative!