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Craving Carbs

January 27, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

It’s around this time of year, especially when I’m in school, when I start to crave carbs. I try to be good during the holidays but usually I have a breaking point somewhere in January where the Greek half of me begs for the comfort of carbs. There has never been a real solution to this until now. So today I’m going to teach you about the power of zoodles.

You may think that’s a typo, but it’s not. Any instagrammer can recognize this dish from a food or healthy living account. Otherwise known as zucchini noodles, zoodles are a great healthy substitute for pasta. After recieving a tool for Christmas that makes noodles out of vegetables, I was eager to try and pull myself out of my carb craving. It is called the “Vegetti”, and requires no real skill to use. Here is an extremely simple recipe to make your own zoodles! This recipe will serve 4 people. To make it extra healthy I substituted turkey meatballs for traditional ones.

Here’s what you need…
4-5 small zucchini or yellow squash
Your favorite marinara sauce
Parmesan cheese
Turkey meatballs (I use the ones from the freezer aisle)

First, use your spiralizer (in my case, the Vegetti) to cut your veggie into noodles. It’s similar movement to turning a screwdriver, so you’ll get in an arm workout for sure. When finished, run a knife to cut through the noodles in an X pattern to cut them, or else you will end up with giant noodles. Place the noodles in a bowl and cover with 2-3 paper towels. Flip the bowl over on your counter or a cutting board to allow the zoodles to release some of their natural water content. Place the meatballs and marinara in a medium pot on the stove on medium heat and cool until meatballs are tender and the sauce is simmering. When the meatballs are done, put a large saucepan or wok on the burner on medium heat. If your pan is not nonstick, spray a small amount of cooking spray in it to keep the noodles from sticking. Now, this is important, do not leave the stove while the noodles are cooking, because they need movement and can get soggy quickly, flash cook the noodles for 4-5 minutes, using tongs to stir and move them around for even cooking. After the time is up, drain the noodles in a colander. Keep them in here because they will continue to drain some more water and nobody wants a soggy plate. Plate with the sauce and meatballs, top with parmesan and serve!

This is a quick option for busy students, and for those of us trying to start out 2015 in a healthy way. It tastes just like an al dente pasta, without the guilt! Minus the sauce and meatballs, zoodles are only 60 calories a serving, so indulge! Below is a picture of mine the first time I ever cooked them. YUM!

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Even though I’m new to M.U. BLOGS, I’m going to jump right in. If you feel the need to learn about me, my bio will be available soon! Here’s the short version. I’m Anjelica, I’m a grad student in the English and Humanities program. I like words, food, and pop culture…not necessarily in that order. So let’s start with current pop culture, shall we?

When I began to see the previews for The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, I was very excited. If you haven’t seen it, the show is like a reality show on celebrity steroids, and then you don’t feel guilty watching it because they are playing for charity. Although, when seeing the previews, I was having a hard time recognizing people in the commercials and print ads. There were an obvious few, but I felt slightly betrayed by Donald Trump because in my mind, some of these people don’t really hold the “celebrity” title.

In a conversation with my dad, he was not surprised to see these faces, because they were B list celebrities who were willing to go on television to duke it out selling pies on a street corner or doing a marketing campaign for Ivanka Trump’s shoe line. We began ranking the celebrities by fame, assumed fortune, and how recognizable they are. After a while (and a lot of moving people around in the middle spots) I came up with this list of the most “celebrity” contestants on Celebrity Apprentice, to the most normal people (or at least those who claim to be or are dying to be real celebrities.) I have added explanations to a few to explain my judgement.

Kevin Jonas (this Jo Bro has more followers on twitter than most of the other contestants combined)
Terrell Owens
Gilbert Gortfried
Vivica Fox
Johnny Damon (I never saw him play baseball, but he is recognizable)
Lorenzo Lamas
Ian Ziering (Sharknado will actually be making a third installment, he has potential)
Shawn Johnson
Geraldo Rivera (This might be bad, but when I saw him I was like…who is this guy?)
Leeza Gibbons
Jamie Anderson
Kenya Moore (The only reason she is above Brandi is because she was Miss USA)
Brandi Glanville
Kate Gosselin
Sig Hansen
Kesha Knight Pulliam (Only of Cosby kid fame)

How would you rank these celebrities? Tune in to Celebrity Apprentice Monday nights to see for yourself 🙂

Well this semester has already been a crazy one! I thought it would be a good idea to take an extra course this semester. I felt like I had a lot of extra time last semester, but now with 4 courses I definitely feel like I don’t have much free time during the week. I am very happy I love all my courses because it is much easier to spend all my time with courses I enjoy.

Besides all of the school work, I am happy to be back in Virginia! For winter break I went home to North Carolina, and I even took a trip to Florida. Although spending time with my family and being in warm weather was nice, I am happy to be back to my new life in Virginia. I am meeting new people, and going out to explore the area. Luckily the friends I have made like to go out to eat a lot, and I have been trying new restaurants each time we go out.

Last semester was a huge change for me and it took me some time to adjust. Now I feel like my life here in Virginia has really started, and I am looking forward to everything that is to come this semester!

Hope everyone has a great semester!
xoxo Jessica

Stressed

January 26, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

I do not know why I do this to myself almost every semester. I tend to pick the hardest classes and just stress myself over and over every day. This semester I decided to take 4 classes which results in 12 credit hours. In undergrad taking 12 credits was a joke. I always took 16-18 every semester.

Being in grad school, I see that taking 12 is equivalent to taking 18-20 undergrad credit hours.  This semester I have to write a paper every single week. This is the first semester where I had to write a plethora of papers. I do not like this at all hahaha.Download$http373A372F372F38.media.tumblr.com372F9640af3b23383e05e0302909ccb92a62372Ftumblr95n9hno8mSRY1qgkcmbo1

I will not quit though. I just need to properly manage my time and not procrastinate as much as I did last semester. I already can not wait until this semester ends and it is just now starting lol. Anyway, I hope everyone’s semester is going well and I wish you all the best this semester

 

 

– Brae

Binge Watching

January 24, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

A new semester is upon us. Unfortunately, I’ve lost my study skills over the winter break. I am having trouble finding the motivation to do work. I think it’s the lack of sunshine and warmth. Any way, I have found my procrastinating skills have increased to the tenth degree each time I’m given an assignment… uh-oh. Lately, I have been really dedicated  to watching TV series that I’ve never explored during my undergraduate career. I have graduated on to my new favorite, Parks and rec, which has stolen many hours of sleep from me (worth it). The only way I will get my work done this semester I’m  afraid, is to one for one each assignment with a reward. I get an episode, roughly 22 minutes of hilarious joy, once I complete my analysis/critical research paper on educational law theories and strategies of instruction. It seems intricate but so is grad school.   Next, I need to figure out how to get more sleep.

-Audrey

Parks and Rec

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