thehealthycook:

1) SPEND TIME EACH WEEK LOOKING FOR RECIPES.This may feel like an indulgence, but just let yourself do it. Browse blogs and websites for recipes that look delicious. Hang out on Tasteologie. Pile up some cookbooks and reach fo the sticky notes. Get inspired!
2) CREATE A PLACE TO SAVE YOUR RECIPES, and keep it SIMPLE. Do whatever works for you. Don’t get caught up in a system, just use whatever works best and most easily. Personally, I like Pinterest because it’s easy to visually browse what I’ve saved. (Watch for another post coming soon with a rundown of our readers’ favorite places to save recipes.
3) ASK OTHERS WHAT THEY WANT TO EAT. Like. your partner, family, and roommates. This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in our weeks and forget to ask our households what they would like to eat. I get extra inspired, too, when I feel like I’m cooking a meal as a gift — trying to please and delight the palate of someone I love.
4) KEEP A MEAL JOURNAL. One of my best inspirations is my own record of things I’ve cooked in the past. Take a look at what you were cooking a year ago, two years ago. It’s a good way to remember things you used to cook, and still love.
5) START A CALENDAR. Now that you’re getting inspired in what to eat, start a calendar of what you’d like to cook over the next few days or few weeks. It can be as organized as a Google Calendar, with notes on each day for that day’s menu. Or you can just jot notes to yourself in the corner of your laptop screen. The important thing is to write it down.
6) GO WITH THEME NIGHTS. (soup night, pasta night, beans). I find find it really helpful to have a theme night each week. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it may be especially helpful for those with kids. Keeping the focus narrow will help you and your household make quick recipe decisions.
7) CHOOSE A SHOPPING DAY AND MAKE A LIST. A lot of the readers who seemed to have success in meal planning shopped very purposefully. They looked at their recipes and made a shopping list. Some of the meal planning and recipe-saving services let you do this easily, extracting ingredients from the recipes you have saved.
8) CHECK WHATS ON SALE. Some people really like to organize their meals around sales. Is organic chicken a dollar off this week? Or canned chickpeas? Check out your grocery store circular and adjust your meal plan or shopping list a bit.
9) PLAN FOR LEFTOVERS. Most of us have at least some tolerance for leftovers. I regularly cook one or two big healthy casseroles at the beginning of the week and eat off them all week long for lunch. Some people can only eat leftovers for a single night. Either way, try to make your cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything, and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it.
SOURCE:
http://www.thekitchn.com/10-tips-for-better-weekly-meal-planning-reader-intelligence-report-177252

thehealthycook:

1) SPEND TIME EACH WEEK LOOKING FOR RECIPES.
This may feel like an indulgence, but just let yourself do it. Browse blogs and websites for recipes that look delicious. Hang out on Tasteologie. Pile up some cookbooks and reach fo the sticky notes. Get inspired!

2) CREATE A PLACE TO SAVE YOUR RECIPES, and keep it SIMPLE. Do whatever works for you. Don’t get caught up in a system, just use whatever works best and most easily. Personally, I like Pinterest because it’s easy to visually browse what I’ve saved. (Watch for another post coming soon with a rundown of our readers’ favorite places to save recipes.

3) ASK OTHERS WHAT THEY WANT TO EAT. Like. your partner, family, and roommates. This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in our weeks and forget to ask our households what they would like to eat. I get extra inspired, too, when I feel like I’m cooking a meal as a gift — trying to please and delight the palate of someone I love.

4) KEEP A MEAL JOURNAL. One of my best inspirations is my own record of things I’ve cooked in the past. Take a look at what you were cooking a year ago, two years ago. It’s a good way to remember things you used to cook, and still love.

5) START A CALENDAR. Now that you’re getting inspired in what to eat, start a calendar of what you’d like to cook over the next few days or few weeks. It can be as organized as a Google Calendar, with notes on each day for that day’s menu. Or you can just jot notes to yourself in the corner of your laptop screen. The important thing is to write it down.

6) GO WITH THEME NIGHTS. (soup night, pasta night, beans). I find find it really helpful to have a theme night each week. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it may be especially helpful for those with kids. Keeping the focus narrow will help you and your household make quick recipe decisions.

7) CHOOSE A SHOPPING DAY AND MAKE A LIST. A lot of the readers who seemed to have success in meal planning shopped very purposefully. They looked at their recipes and made a shopping list. Some of the meal planning and recipe-saving services let you do this easily, extracting ingredients from the recipes you have saved.

8) CHECK WHATS ON SALE. Some people really like to organize their meals around sales. Is organic chicken a dollar off this week? Or canned chickpeas? Check out your grocery store circular and adjust your meal plan or shopping list a bit.

9) PLAN FOR LEFTOVERS. Most of us have at least some tolerance for leftovers. I regularly cook one or two big healthy casseroles at the beginning of the week and eat off them all week long for lunch. Some people can only eat leftovers for a single night. Either way, try to make your cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything, and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it.

SOURCE:

(via oh-thislittlelifeofmine)

Things I need to do now

Sign up for a poly escapes trip and

Get the syllabus for each class and write all the important dates in your planner

Go visit all your professors office hours in the first week
Gorman is going to be one of the toughest teachers you will ever take so start early – go introduce yourself, tell him you want the most out of this class

Go to the gym

Use the motivation you get at new beginnings and go exercise, sign up for a class every day

Make plans to have lunch and catch up with people

Figure out weekly grocery lists and cooking for yourself

Make a list of academic goals for the quarter

Year goal: become independent of your parents – which means that you can solve problems on your own, write them down, talk with friends,              

Turn your phone off during class

Play volleyball – get on an intramural team, open gym tryouts for CP – just play because its something you love and you should do it

Hit people up for bike rides – you have a bike and it is exercise and a beautiful method of transportation since you don’t have a car and if you have a break for 3 hours grab your bag and head to a coffee shop as Linneas is only 20 minute bike ride from campus

Schedule office hours in regularly

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_19234898

http://college.usatoday.com/2011/04/24/enjoy-sophomore-year-minus-the-slump/

http://blogs.haverford.edu/sophomores/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/on-moving-into-a-new-apartment/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/best-study-break-activities/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/beach-body-3-tips-summer-weight-maintenance/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/4-things-look-city/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/beach-body-3-tips-summer-weight-maintenance/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/on-moving-into-a-new-apartment/

http://life.sewanee.edu/engage/making-the-most-of-your-sophomore-year

http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Girls-Survival-Guide-Single/dp/193715534X/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_cp_8_H60Z?ie=UTF8&refRID=09FKNYS1185JFW8DCVRP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I need to do now

Sign up for a poly escapes trip and

Get the syllabus for each class and write all the important dates in your planner

Go visit all your professors office hours in the first week
Gorman is going to be one of the toughest teachers you will ever take so start early – go introduce yourself, tell him you want the most out of this class

Go to the gym

Use the motivation you get at new beginnings and go exercise, sign up for a class every day

Make plans to have lunch and catch up with people

Figure out weekly grocery lists and cooking for yourself

Make a list of academic goals for the quarter

Year goal: become independent of your parents – which means that you can solve problems on your own, write them down, talk with friends,              

Turn your phone off during class

Play volleyball – get on an intramural team, open gym tryouts for CP – just play because its something you love and you should do it

Hit people up for bike rides – you have a bike and it is exercise and a beautiful method of transportation since you don’t have a car and if you have a break for 3 hours grab your bag and head to a coffee shop as Linneas is only 20 minute bike ride from campus

Schedule office hours in regularly

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_19234898

http://college.usatoday.com/2011/04/24/enjoy-sophomore-year-minus-the-slump/

http://blogs.haverford.edu/sophomores/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/on-moving-into-a-new-apartment/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/best-study-break-activities/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/beach-body-3-tips-summer-weight-maintenance/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/4-things-look-city/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/beach-body-3-tips-summer-weight-maintenance/

http://www.survivingcollege.com/on-moving-into-a-new-apartment/

http://life.sewanee.edu/engage/making-the-most-of-your-sophomore-year

http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Girls-Survival-Guide-Single/dp/193715534X/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_cp_8_H60Z?ie=UTF8&refRID=09FKNYS1185JFW8DCVRP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

studying-like-a-champ:

Ever made a list of to-do’s and ended up finishing less than half of it? Maybe this tutorial would help you.
Things you need: Pen, paper, tasks, something with a timer, and patience.
Step 1: Make a huge-ass bucket list of what you want done. List everything and anything.
Step 2: Cross out the currently unimportant ones. Like: Google Benedict Cumberbatch. (Unless you’re actually writing a paper on Benedict Cumberbatch)
Step 3: Line the rest up in order… Important+Emergent Important+Non-emergent Unimportant+Emergent, and Unimportant+Non-emergent.
Step 4: Take a timer and time yourself on a task. Estimate how long it would take for you to finish, say, a chapter of biology. Then compare with the actual time it took to do so. Don’t worry if there is a huge difference: we could always work on that later. KEEP THE RECORDS.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 as necessary.
Step 6: When you are done for the day, make a list of things you plan to finish tomorrow. Now that you have actual numbers to work with it should be MUCH easier.
Step 7: Do your best to finish everything the next day. If you find that difficult, take something off the list and try again (and vice versa). Most people find their balance within a week and I bet you will too.
This technique saves a lot of time. You would no longer need to think long and hard about what you should and should not put on your list. Just index your times under their respective categories, add them up, and you’re all set. As an added bonus, you could even try beating your own records!
Hope this helped a bit. :”) -Jamie

studying-like-a-champ:

Ever made a list of to-do’s and ended up finishing less than half of it? Maybe this tutorial would help you.

Things you need: Pen, paper, tasks, something with a timer, and patience.

Step 1: Make a huge-ass bucket list of what you want done. List everything and anything.

Step 2: Cross out the currently unimportant ones. Like: Google Benedict Cumberbatch. (Unless you’re actually writing a paper on Benedict Cumberbatch)

Step 3: Line the rest up in order…
Important+Emergent Important+Non-emergent Unimportant+Emergent, and Unimportant+Non-emergent.

Step 4: Take a timer and time yourself on a task. Estimate how long it would take for you to finish, say, a chapter of biology. Then compare with the actual time it took to do so. Don’t worry if there is a huge difference: we could always work on that later. KEEP THE RECORDS.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 as necessary.

Step 6: When you are done for the day, make a list of things you plan to finish tomorrow. Now that you have actual numbers to work with it should be MUCH easier.

Step 7: Do your best to finish everything the next day. If you find that difficult, take something off the list and try again (and vice versa). Most people find their balance within a week and I bet you will too.

This technique saves a lot of time. You would no longer need to think long and hard about what you should and should not put on your list. Just index your times under their respective categories, add them up, and you’re all set. As an added bonus, you could even try beating your own records!

Hope this helped a bit. :”)
-Jamie

(via studybitch)

From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgoBDPRRd5k

***Chai Spiced Quinoa ***modified from http://bit.ly/1n8CECj

___Ingredients___
2 cups almond milk, more for serving (I used Unsweetened Vanilla)
1 cup dry organic quinoa
1/2 Chopped apple
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch cloves
1 pinch cardamom
Stevia, or other sweetener, to taste

___Directions___
In a medium saucepan, bring almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom to a boil. Stir in quinoa and reduce heat to a low. Cover with lid and allow to simmer 15 - 20 minutes until almond milk has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.

Top with chopped apple, cinnamon & Stevia. 
Serve warm topped with more almond milk.

***Acai Bowl***

___Ingredients___
2 Packs of Pureed Pure Acai (I got mine at Whole Foods)
1 Cup of Almond Milk (Use any milk you like!)
Assorted Fruits & toppings

___Directions___
Blend the acai packets & almond milk together until they form a smoothie like consistency. Pour into a bowl & top with whatever you like! Granola, coconut, fruit, chia seeds, caco nibs & nuts are great!

***Scramble Stuffed Sweet Potato***

___Ingredients___
1 Large Sweet Potato
Cooking oil of your choice (I used coconut)
Chopped veggies (the amount depends on how much you can fit into your potato)
-I used mushrooms, onions, chives, tomatoes, green bell peppers, & spring greens, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand!
Egg whites (Feel free to use regular eggs, or if you’re Vegan/Vegetarian sub for tofu!)

___Directions___
(I make a huge batch of baked sweet potatoes every Sunday night for the week)

Preheat oven to 375 & place washed sweet potatoes on a tinfoil lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes (for large potatoes) flip over, and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until they are super tender. Serve warm! *If you’re using pre-made sweet potatoes, place it on a plate and microwave for about 2-3 minutes depending on size!

Sauté your veggies on a medium heat with whatever oil you like. Deglaze your pan with some veggie stock, this will get all the yummy goodness that’s stuck on the pan. Finally, add in your greens & cover on low until they’ve wilted! Add in your egg whites and scramble until they’re fluffy and cooked all the way through! Slice sweet potato in half & fill with your hot scramble! Top with halved sugarplum tomatoes, chives some pepper to taste!