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Single seriving recipes: Meals in a mug

Microwave chilaquiles (above) and omelets (below) are some of the easy-to-make mug recipes college students can try out in their favorite coffee cup.

By Taylor Lucero

August 27, 2014

I have never successfully used an oven before. In fact, the first and only time I tried cooking a frozen pizza, I ended up getting sick. Because I am a self-proclaimed terrible cook, I usually end up getting fast food, but that quickly gets too expensive. That is why I turned to making meals in mugs....

Cookie dough balls made healthy

These vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls not only taste great and satisfy that sweet tooth, but they are also packed with protein and serve as a healthy alternative to store-bought, highly-processed cookie dough.

By Elizabeth Dye

March 17, 2014

Cookie dough is arguably every woman’s best friend — and immortal enemy. While cookie dough can provide a world of comfort for a stressed student during midterm week, once that first bite is taken, it can be difficult to ever stop. And, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrit...

Dish of the Week: Four-ingredient Saltine Toffee Crisps

Consisting of four ingredients, Saltine Toffee Crisps are simple and delicious treats that satisfy both one’s sweet and salty cravings.

By Alice Smelyansky

January 28, 2014

When the wind chill hovers around minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit and walking to class becomes a serious workout, it’s perfectly normal to find yourself in hibernation mode. If the idea of leaving a source of heat to brave the icy weather gives you actual chills, then make use of your time and treat you...

Dish of the Week: One-ingredient banana purée ice cream

Banana purée ice cream serves as a healthy alternative to sweet, sugary desserts. The dish only requires three frozen bananas and a blender or food processor.

By Anna Hecht

January 21, 2014

Delectable ice cream made from a single ingredient, and it’s healthy? I didn’t believe it either — until I tried it for myself. To make one-ingredient banana purée ice cream, all you need is three frozen bananas, a blender or food processor and an insatiable appetite. Now, I’m not saying that...

Dish of the Week: Spaghetti Squash

Topped with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, spaghetti squash contains a quarter of the calories of its pasta counterpart. 

By Elizabeth Dye

December 4, 2013

As Thanksgiving break has come to a close, students may have noticed their jeans fitting a bit more snuggly than usual and their belts needing to be buckled notch or two looser. While the surplus of unhealthy yet delicious homemade dishes served during the holidays might have contributed to this weight ...

Dish of the Week: Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied sweet potatoes simmer until their middles are soft. The dish can be served right out of the skillet.

By Annabeth Carlson

November 19, 2013

With fall break quickly approaching, I have found myself daydreaming in class about all food of Thanksgiving’s past. I can hear the whir of the electric carving knife as my dad cuts his classic turkey and my grandpa’s smoked version. Each year, I elect myself judge of both, eager to get a previe...