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Cheap, Healthy, and Easy Cooking 101: Veggie Ramen

4 Jul

Recently I have been forcing myself to learn how to a) cook things and b) consume things that are more or less healthy. This mission was decided out of necessity, since this being the first summer I’m truly on my own, I’ve never had to really cook for myself before. At school I’m on the sorority meal plan, and when at home I never want to miss out on my favorite family meals. One simple, easy college staple is ramen noodle soup. I literally could eat bowls of that stuff, but on it’s own it can be a bit bland. Here’s a little alteration to basic ramen to spice it up a bit and add some healthy stuff!

Egg and Veggie Ramen (Makes 1 heaping meal portion, or 2-3 appetizer sized portions.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package uncooked ramen (I like the chicken flavor best!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 generous cup of raw baby spinach
  • 1/4 bell pepper, diced

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, bring 2.5 cups of water to a rolling boil.
  2. In a bowl, whisk 2 whole eggs (yolks and whites) and set aside.
  3. Once water is boiling, add raw ramen noodles and let sit for 1 minute.
  4. After a minute, use a spoon to break apart the ramen.
  5. While stirring vigorously, pour in the whisked egg followed by the diced bell pepper. Keep stirring until egg bits look done. Warning: If you don’t stir quickly for at least a minute, you’re going to end up with one giant egg-noodle-monster-thing.
  6. Lastly, toss in the spinach and stir that around for another minute.
  7. Remove the pot from the burner and add the flavoring packet that came with the ramen. Let sit for 3 minutes before serving. (I’m lazy and don’t like to mix spices, but if experimentation is your thing, create your own flavor mix. I think garlic salt, cumin, and a dash of low-sodium soy sauce would be delish!)

It’s that easy! There wasn’t so much thought put into what veggies I used, I was trying to get rid of some things in my fridge. I also think mushrooms and sugar snap peas would be a great addition as well. What’s your favorite ramen hack? What types of things would you add?

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Grad gifts for her all under $100! (Part 1)

9 May

I have so many sorority sisters and high school friends graduating in the next few weeks. It’s a bittersweet time for goodbyes, but I know each of them is going on to something wonderful. Here are my top picks for grad gifts for the girls in your life that won’t break the bank!

This Marc by Marc Jacobs pouch makes the perfect holder for all of your special jewelry, and doubles as a statement making clutch! $72.

A big girl job calls for a big girl wallet, and this Kate Spade Darla wallet fits the bill. Not to mention, it’s only $72 and comes in every color from hot pink to fire engine red to gold!

Chances are your grad will be getting a new ipod or digital camera, so why not get them an adorable Lilly Pulitzer case for it? At only $15, it’s not only practical but a steal!

This Diane von Furstenberg iPhone case is proper enough for the office but still fun, plus it’s the perfect inspirational quote for getting adjusted to life in the real world, $28.

An iPad or laptop sleeve is the perfect present for a girl who’s going to need to liven up a new office setting. I love the colors and pattern of this Jonathan Adler one, $28.

I’ll be back later this week with some more great ideas that will leave enough money in your pocket to buy for everyone on your grad list! What’s your go to gift for graduation? Did you have a favorite gift you received?

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Stripe Me

3 Feb

Today’s post is short and sweet as I want to start/finish this big paper before the weekend! (Wish me luck…) This morning when I woke up it was 19 degrees outside. My alarm hadn’t gone off yet, but I was awoken to the sound of multiple roommates cursing the fact that our pipes were frozen and they would be unable to shower before class. And then the smoke detector starting going off. And then I really needed to leave and go to class. Only fittingly, as soon as I got there the girl sitting next to me proceeded to announce to the whole class that she had whooping cough and the doctor told her she’s been contagious for the last 2 weeks. Um, thanks. Let’s just say today has basically been NO BUENO.

Luckily it’s supposed to be in the 70s again by Monday and I hope the warm weather is here to stay. I was just not meant to be a snow bunny and I already have spring fever. Here’s something I saw online recently that I can’t wait to sport around, the only problem is… how will I ever choose between navy or tan??


Old Navy shirts, $14.50. Perfection. Continue reading

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