Pineapple-Mango Express

Hey everyone! So last week was supposed to be my last blog post but apparently we needed to do one more.. so this is going to be the last one.. for real this time! I hope you have all enjoyed these past couple of weeks as much as I have! I love blogging now and hope one day I can start my own blog and keep up with it! So I want to keep this last  post simple. I am going to tell you how I like to make mango- pineapple smoothies. it is super easy and very quick to make! I would definitely say that mangoes and pineapples are my favorite fruits ever!

Ingredients/ Materials needed

  • mangoes
  • pineapples
  • yogurt ( I use Greek yogurt)
  • a tsp. of sugar
  • a blender

Directions

First you need to cut the pineapple up into chunks and remove the outside part so it’s just strictly pineapple pieces. Next you need to remove all the skin from the mango and cut it up into small pieces just like you did for the pineapple. Now just get as much yogurt as you think  you are going to need for yourself and spoon it into the blender. I personally like to add a small tsp. of sugar into the mix as well. Now just throw your fruits inside the blender and hit start! I like to puree it and hit all the different levels on the blender to make sure it is smooth and creamy. I hate having thick fruit pieces in my smoothies so I always make sure to blend it a lot. Now turn the blender off and VOILA you have yourself a delicious pineapple-mango smoothie! I told you it was simple!

The wonderful thing about fruit smoothies is you can add as many fruits as you want into the mix and it all somehow still tastes amazing. I have added pineapple, mango, banana, and oranges into the mix and it was SO good. It’s so quick and easy to make and it is all natural fruit so you don’t have to worry about those “artificial” fruit juice sweeteners or anything you find in common juice boxes. I would love to hear about different combinations you as readers have tried! Comment on this blog to tell me so I can try these different combinations myself! I hope you have all enjoyed this blog and please let me know if you have an questions!

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2 minutes in heaven

Hey everyone! Since the semester is quickly coming to an end this is going to be my last post! I hope you all enjoyed my blog over this past semester and tried some of the meals I talked about!

This last post is going to be something I tried for the first time last week as a part of our group video project in this class.  Today I will tell you all how to make 2 minute french toast using just a microwave! YES you read that correctly! I couldn’t believe it either until I tried it myself! It’s quick and easy and tastes really good!!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 slices of bread
  • butter
  • 3 table spoons of milk
  • syrup
  • 2 mugs
  • cinnamon (optional)

Preparation

There are a few simple steps to prepare this quick meal.

Step 1:  In one mug just take a spoonful of butter and melt it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Step 2: Then slice the bread into little cubes like this: cubed-hearty-wheat-bread-Natures-Pride-00

 

Step 3:  Put the cubed bread pieces into the mug with the melted butter. You can gently push down on the bread but don’t smash it all into the bottom. You want the butter to soak through the bread.

Step 4: In a separate mug, crack the egg and add the 3 tablespoons of milk into the mug.  Then you can add a pinch of cinnamon if you want.

Step 5: Next you are going to pour the liquid mixture from the second mug into the first mug on top of the bread pieces.

Step 6:  Now put the mug into the microwave for about 1 minute and 20-30 seconds so the eggs are cooked and are not runny.  You can cook it more or less depending on your personal preference.

Step 7: Now all you need to do is pour syrup on top of the bread pieces and it will look like this!!

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That’s it! I told you it was simple and very quick to make! I was skeptical at first but once I made it, it tasted just like french toast! I added more syrup as I ate more because there wasn’t enough for the bottom pieces of bread. I shared this with my roommates who all equally loved it! I would definitely recommend this recipe for anyone looking to make a tasty quick breakfast when you are in a rush!

Well folks, that is all I have for you! I hope you enjoyed reading my weekly blog posts and if you have any comments or questions about any of the recipes I posted just e-mail me at melaniexmaria@yahoo.com =]

Throw some beans up in there!

Hey everyone! This week I was craving something cheesy and I also wanted something with protein as well! For all you vegetarians out there this is perfect! I want to show you how I make my bean quesadillas! I love all types of quesadillas ranging from cheese to chicken to beans but this bean quesadilla is one of my favorite things to make when I’m craving cheese. It also isn’t too unhealthy for you which is always a plus! Just make sure to use whole wheat tortillas and low-fat cheese when making these if you want to take the healthier route.

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Ingredients/ Materials Needed

  • Whole wheat tortillas 
  • low fat mixed cheese pack
  • refried beans ( 1 can)
  • hot sauce 
  • pepperjack cheese blocks
  • crushed red peppers
  • can opener
  • frying pan
  • spatula

Preparations

This is a very simple and quick meal to make! When I say quick I mean under 10 minutes which is perfect for any typical college student in a rush to eat and get to class!  First, all you need to do is use a can opener and open the can of refried beans. They look like this: Refried_Beans-5

 

After that just put however much you want in a bowl and microwave it for about 1 minute.  After the beans are heated just grab a knife or spoon and spread it on top of one half of your whole wheat tortilla. I usually make half of one tortilla and fold it over but you can use 2 tortillas and lay them on top of each other if you want! After spreading the beans on the tortilla, I add the mixed cheese on top of the beans and spread it all over! After that I add pepperjack cheese blocks if I want it to be a little more spicy! (it’s completely optional) I then sprinkle crushed red peppers on top and add some hot sauce on top of everything. Now you are ready to cook your quesadillas!

* Just a tip for the refried beans- If you are cooking the quesdilla just for one person then you do not need to use the whole can of beans. I would recommend only a few spoons worth of it. If  you have leftover beans you can always put foil on top and refrigerate for a maximum of one week.

Cooking

All you have to do now is get a frying pan and turn on the stove! Let the pan heat up a little bit before putting your quesdilla on the pan. Once its warmed up, just place the quesadilla on the pan. Let one side cook for about 3-4 minutes or until it golden brown. Then flip it over onto the other side to cook! And that’s it. Once both sides are golden it is ready to eat! I told you it was super fast and simple!  I personally love making it a tad more spicy so I grab more hot sauce and use it as a side and dip my quesdilla into it but that is only if you like hot and spicy things! I hope you enjoyed this and try it out! Let me know what you all think!

 

You’ll be screaming for some more creamy sauce!

Hey everyone! I hope your week has treated you wonderfully! Today I am going to talk about a special sauce I made while experimenting for dinner one day. Do you love pasta as much as I do? I swear I was an Italian in a past life. I love love love creamy rich sauces with my pasta. As a college student I feel like we are pretty limited in what we eat and for all of you on a budget like I am this is a great tasting sauce that will fall under your college budget, I promise!

Lucky for you, you can make a lot of this sauce and just refrigerate or freeze any leftovers in order to have some ready made later on.  *Just remember that when refrigerating the sauce, it will only be good for about a week. If you do not think you’re going to eat it within the week please do not forget to freeze the sauce! Once it is in the freezer it will be good to eat whenever you would like! What’s better than not having to worry about cooking and just warming something up, especially on those lazy days!

Materials You Will Need

  • pasta
  • red sauce
  • alfredo sauce (white)
  • pepperjack cheese blocks (sliced and cut)
  • pepper
  • crushed red peppers
  • salt
  • a pot
  • a wooden spoon

All of these materials are probably all common things you already have in your household. I personally have used the following for sauces:

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You can get these sauces from any local supermarket such as walmart or shoprite.  It really doesn’t matter what kind of sauce or brand you get as long as its red sauce and alfredo sauce.

 

Preparations

I would recommend either making the pasta ahead of time or while making the sauce. It is a lot easier to just add the sauce into the prepared pasta for your specific plate. I never mix the sauce directly into the entire pasta because sometimes you run out of sauce or pasta and it is much easier to just make those items separately and add accordingly to your dish.  This sauce is very simple and easy to make. You pretty much are just mixing things together and you will taste something you never experienced before. I usually cook my pasta while making the sauce on the side.

Directions

First cook the pasta as the box states to do. After you add the pasta into the boiling water is the perfect time to make your sauce. Just get a pot and put it on the stove and turn the fire on medium-low heat.  Once it becomes hot, add the red sauce into the pot. I typically add more Alfredo sauce than red so it becomes more of an orange colored sauce.  I add the Alfredo sauce in and then mix the two sauces together. Once the sauces begin to boil, I add some salt and pepper. Next I add the blocks of pepperjack cheese. You can add as much as you want depending on how spicy you want your sauce to be. Then I add the crushed red peppers into the sauce and I mix everything together really well. After about 5 minutes your sauce is ready to be added to your pasta! The cooking time is honestly less than about 7 minutes and is super easy to make. I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know if you ever try it!

 

These egg rolls are amazing.. I’m not even egg-aggerating

Hey everyone! Today I am going to write about my mom’s famous egg rolls! For any of you that watched our podcast I will be going over the same dish! I know some of you may have wanted to try making them so writing about it might be easier than just listening to me talk about it!

mothers-famous-chinese-egg-rolls-recipe-smallThis picture is what your final product should look like! How amazing do these egg rolls look!? I will talk about the basics of how to make them so you can taste for yourself and tell me how good they are.

For starters, you need to go to the market and buy egg roll sheets. They mostly all resemble this:

how-to-make-filipino-egg-rolls-step3You can buy these from any local Asian market and I believe they are also sold at local grocery stores but maybe not this exact brand.

Next, You want to buy any of the ingredients you want to add to your stir-fry portion. My mom usually adds chicken, green string beans, carrots, onions, salt and some spices for flavor. You can make this a vegetarian egg roll or one filled with meat. I recommend filling it with chicken because it tastes really good.  If you choose to fill it with any type of meat, make sure you cook the meat prior to making the stir-fry. You want everything including the vegetables to be cooked prior to adding it onto the pan for the stir-fry.  Once you stir-fry everything let it cool down a little before prepping the egg roll sheets.

After everything is cooked, you are now ready to use the egg roll sheets.

*An important thing to remember is to let the egg roll sheets thaw out and defrost on their own before working with them for the meal. So I would recommend thawing it out a few hours before you are ready to cook the egg rolls. 

Once the egg roll sheets are thawed you are ready to prepare the rest of the meal! My mom begins by adding some of the stir-fry onto one corner of the egg roll sheet. Then tightly wrap and roll the sheet to the other corner, making sure the stir-fry is tight and inside the egg roll sheet. Tuck in any corners or edges that appear to be loose. After that repeat the same process for as many egg rolls as you wish to make.. I would say you will probably eat at least 6-7 on your own so plan accordingly.

After all of the egg rolls are made you are ready to cook them. Prep a deep dish pan with oil and have it heated and ready to go when you are about to cook. You can cook more than one egg roll at a time and I would recommend doing a couple at a time to save time. Let them fry and turn them over when golden brown. You want both sides to be golden brown! After that just lay them in a paper towel and VOILA!! Your egg rolls are officially cooked and ready to be eaten.

I highly recommend eating the egg rolls with this special sauce:

THMPLOY007It’s a sweet chili sauce that is beyond amazing and compliments the egg rolls in the best possible way.

Enjoy =]

The shells aren’t the only things that are going to be stuffed!

download (1)Are you craving something cheesy today.. aside from  my jokes!? Well then today is your lucky day! As I was writing this post I was craving a lot of cheese and decided whats better than writing about stuffed shells! Stuffed shells are an amazing dish to make for dinner with the family or family parties or even when friends are coming over! The great thing about stuffed shells is it can be vegetarian OR non-vegetarian! I prefer to eat this dish as a vegetarian based dish.

Here is a pointer: This dish is the perfect thing to make for your date or boyfriend/girlfriend especially for anniversaries or date night but only if they love cheese and aren’t lactose intolerant! 
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Today I want to talk about spinach and ricotta stuffed shells. I really want some right now even though it’s almost 10 pm! This is a dish that anyone can make, I can promise you that. My boyfriend can barely cook but made this dish for our anniversary and it was probably the most amazing thing I ate.. so believe me when I say anyone can make it( Sorry Neil if you’re reading this love you!) To make this meal a little more healthier just load up on some extra spinach when stuffing the shells!

Ingredients!

  • large pasta shells which you can purchase at any local grocery store
  • ricotta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce
  • eggs
  • oil
  • spinach
  • any toppings or spices you would like to add

As you can see, this dish requires a lot of cheese!

Directions

First step would be to preheat the oven to 375 degrees! Then begin cooking the pasta shells but remember to boil the water first. After the pasta shells are ready put them aside for later. Begin cooking the spinach and add garlic and whatever else you would like to fill the shells with. Next, pour all cheese and eggs and spinach into another bowl and mix it all together. At this point you want to add anything extra such as spices that you want in your spinach ricotta mixture.  Then pour half of the marinara sauce into the bottom of the pan or dish you are going to be baking the shells in. Begin to stuff the shells with the mixture you created. Place the shells in the pan and pour the rest of the marinara sauce on top of the shells.  Feel free to sprinkle any cheese on top of the shells before baking. Then wrap the baking dish with foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Take the foil off and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Take the baking dish out when its ready and sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top before it cools down so it melts on top of the shells.

Now is the fun part. Eating the shells! You just wait until it cools down and the shells are ready to be served right away. Leftovers can be refrigerated but it doesn’t taste as good as the day of.

 

Hope you all enjoy this dish as much as I do!

A simple link to the recipe can be found here!

Crepe Attack!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week! This week I am going to do a dish that is super popular in France and I had it A LOT when I traveled to Paris a few years ago. If you didn’t guess already, well it’s their Crepes!download

I don’t even know where to begin to talk about how amazing crepes are and how simple they are to make. The thing with crepes is you can fill it with whatever you want inside. You can make it a breakfast crepe, a lunch crepe, or even a dessert crepe! The dessert crepes are my favorite. That picture above makes me crave one right now!

Crepes are super easy to make and take very little preparation time! For those of you that don’t know what they are, well they resemble pancakes! You can even use pancake batter as the mix if you are really running low on time.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • All purpose flour (1 c)
  • salt (1/4 tsp)
  • sugar (1 tsp)
  • eggs (3)
  • milk (2 c)
  • butter (2 tbsp)

These are very simple everyday ingredients you should already have at home!

Instructions to Cook

All you really need to do now is mix all the ingredients together. Mix the wet or liquid ones together and the dry ones separately and then combine! Then just oil up a pan and pour the batter in! You want the batter to be very thin when you pour it in the pan and not thick like pancakes. Make sure both sides of the Crepe are golden brown and then you are officially done making your crepe. Make as many as you need to satisfy your hunger!

Different Ways to Eat

So as I stated earlier, with Crepes you can stuff it with anything you would like depending on if you want a breakfast crepe or dessert crepe. I personally always go for the dessert crepe. In Paris, I would always order Nutella and strawberries with whipped cream. It was heaven in my mouth. Every single one of my taste buds were satisfied that day. When I say you can put anything in a crepe I mean it. In the past I have put strawberries, bananans, nutella, whipped cream, blueberries, and raspberries into one crepe. A healthier version would be to eliminate the whipped cream and maybe use low fat cream cheese spread instead of the Nutella.. but I wouldn’t because Nutella is amazing.

Another way is to eat crepes as a breakfast food. I have stuffed crepes with eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, onions,  and peppers into a breakfast crepe and it was the most satisfying breakfast I think I ever had. You can easily make vegetarian crepes as well by just adding vegetables and eggs. There is an endless amount of options of things you could do with Crepes. I recommend anyone that hasn’t had the wonderful pleasure of tasting crepes to go now and make some yourself!

A simple recipe thanks to allrecipes.com can help guide you through the process. The link can be found here.