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Healthy College Cookbook Contest [26 Sep 2007|09:38am]


We¹re looking for your best recipes to be included in an expanded 2nd edition of The Healthy College Cookbook!

Are you the cooking expert among your friends?
Does everyone flock to your apartment for the guaranteed good eats?
Have you found tasty ways to avoid the Freshman 15 and the Sophomore 20?

If so, why not send in your recipe? We¹ll choose dozens of new recipes, submitted by Healthy College Students across the country, for publication in The Healthy College Cookbook.

Consider the benefits of being chosen:
You¹ll be a published author!
You¹ll receive a free copy of the new cookbook so you can continue feeding your hungry friends.
Your recipe will be judged along with all the other new recipes. The best 25 entries will each receive a cash reward of $25!

Go to The Healthy College Cookbook website now to submit your recipe.
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Lamb Pita Sandwich [22 Jun 2007|12:20pm]

So this isn't the most economic sandwich I've made, but it's really really good!


Package of lamb tips (I used the trader joe's pre-marinated ones) $15
Pita pocket bread (again, trader joe's) about $2 or $3
Cucumber $.70 or so
Hummus (tribe) $3.50
Romaine salad mix $3

1. Cook the lamb in a skillet. I heated some olive oil on high heat and seared the outsides, then lowered the heat to medium and kept turning the pieces until they were medium.

2. Take 3 or 4 chunks of lamb and slice them down. Slice some cucumber, too.

3. Cut pita in half and stuff with salad mix, cucumber slices, hummus, and lamb slices.

4. Eat.

So far I've gotten 4 sandwiches out of this, and I think I have enough meat left for two or three more. I just pack everything separately and take it to work. I recommend heating the lamb and then adding it to the pita.


You can really use any kind of meat. Chicken would be really good too (and cheaper!). You can drop the hummus and add onion and tzatziki sauce and make it more of a gyro.
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pot o' stuff [26 Apr 2007|03:07pm]

allo, new here, so I figured I'd give one of my recipes.

 My way of cooking, more or less involves using as few dishes as possible, while still making a fairly large amount of food, because I'm both lazy, and hate doing dishes. because of this, my way of cooking had earned the name 'pot of stuff'
This one, is using the following ingredients:

3 cups brown rice  (the type I use, takes approximately and hour to cook)
5 cloves of garlic
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1 can of chickpeas
1 green pepper
1 tomato
 olive or vegetable oil
flavoured sauce of your choice.
mozarella cheese

Start the rice to cooking, with a slosh of oil of your choice. chop up the garlic cloves, and add them to the rice right away.  let that cook for 20 minutes.
Add the frozen veggies to that.
At the 30 minute mark, add the green pepper, tomato, and chickpeas. the tomato and the green pepper can be in large chunks, and that's usually how I leave it. Drain and rinse the chickpeas before adding them, because they tend to always be in some nasty hazy liquid, and while I don't think it would harm the final outcome, I find it gross.

 By the time the rice is cooked, the rest of the vegetables will be cooked as well.

Add to this, maggi to taste, as well as your choice of pre-made sauces. I like using the various President's Choice marinades and stuff they have. My personal favourite being the Szechwan sauce. ( It has a panda on the label), and I eat it on pretty much everything I cook. Once again, add this to taste.
 cut the cheese you decide to add, really thin (so it melts faster) once again, to taste.
I usually add an amount about half the size of a pack of cards, but if you want more or less (or none), or a different kind of cheese, feel free.

Mix it all together, and you have a one-pot meal.

I don't tend to cook with straight salt and pepper, but if you feel the need to do so, then add as you wish.
 If you have any leftover meat that you want to add, make sure it's cooked, and throw it in at the same time as the tomato and green pepper.

for any of my 'pot o' stuff' meals, you can add whatever ingredients you decide you want. If you think it might taste good together, then give it a try.  this kind of cooking is nowhere near an exact science, and is easy to experiment with.

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Grilled Sandwich [24 Apr 2007|08:06pm]

Poor Man's Pizza Grilled Sandwich

A pack of bread $CAD 2.49
A can of salmon $CAD 0.69
Spaghetti Sauce $CAD 3.49
Mozzarella Cheese block $4.44
Pepper $CAD 0.50/pounds
Salt $CAD 0.50/pound

How to Make it

1. Slice the breads into diagonal pieces
2. Spread over spaghetti sauce on one side of each pair
3. Slice cheese and spread it over accordingly on one side of each pair
4. Do the same with the salmon, and sprinkle salt and pepper on top
5. Close the sandwich and grill it for 5-10 minutes

Note: You can use any cheese you want, it's just that I love mozarella.
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Wedding! [06 Apr 2007|11:04am]

I'm getting married in December of this year. We're on a very tight budget and honestly, I'm too stressed to think about hiring a caterer. So, I've been thinking of saving up maybe a grand, going shopping at the Safeway and doing it myself. I've worked in 3 restaurants as the sous chef, so it's not like I don't know how to cook.

The guest list is at about 35 people? Probably only 30 will attend. So it's small and manageable - as long as I get some help from my family and friends that can cook.

I was thinking of maybe 3 choices. Veg, Chicken and Beef.

Now the catcher is, I'm having a hard time finding something... difficult, but tasty. I don't want cliché. Simple flavors, etc...

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[15 Feb 2007|10:57pm]

I played mad scientist in fixing dinner tonight.

Well, not that mad.

I set the oven to 425, laid some slices of bread on a rack I put on a tray, with lunch meat on one side of each, and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes. Add condiments, and boom.

It ain't Quizno's, but it's not bad in itself for a quick-fix with some chicken soup on a cold winter's night. Might've been nice if we could've picked up some cheese, tho. That'd melt real nice on there.

--LBD "Nytetrayn"
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Mmm Tuna Mushroom Pasta [23 Jun 2006|03:21am]

1 can of Campbell's Mushroom Soup(condensed)
1 onion
1 can of tuna
Pasta as much or little as you like
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
a pinch of oregano

How to make it

1. Boil pasta in a separate pan
2. In the meantime, chop roughly onions and fry them in oil until they're almost wilting.
3. Pour tuna and cook until the tuna looks cooked
4. Pour Campbell Soup content and a quarter of a can of water
5. Put a pinch of salt, pepper and oregano, let it boil.
6 . Once it boils let it simmer 10-20 minutes
7. Mix it with pasta

Campbell soup= $1.69
Tuna= $0.69
Pasta= $5/kg--i use up about 50 to 100 gram so about $0.5 to $0.7
Onion= $3/pakage

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[17 Jun 2006|12:55pm]

It's time again for a quick and easy dose of Recepies for ENTERTAINING ON A BUDGET. Gasp.

Devilled Eggs and Zesty Cream CheesesCollapse )
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Coffee flavored coffee bread [14 May 2006|11:57pm]
warning, incohorent babble ahead! (I'm too lazy to actually write these in order)

RecipeCollapse )
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Cheap tiramisu. [14 May 2006|11:44pm]
Cheap Tiramisu recipe. Using cream cheese rather than the expensive mascaprone...

TiramisuuuCollapse )
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Strawberry Marble Cheesecake! [14 May 2006|10:56pm]


Recipe :D Collapse )
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Egg salad [13 Apr 2006|04:29pm]

I love and adore anything with hard boiled eggs, so I decided to post my egg salad sandwich recipe. It's easy, fairly cheap, and can be made with stuff that most people have in the fridge.

Egg salad sandwich (filling)

6 eggs (hard boiled)
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup mayo
two table spoons yellow mustard
one table spoon spicy brown mustard (feel free the play with the mustard ratio)
one teaspoon salt (I usually use half that though)
pepper (to taste)

Chop up your eggs into small pieces, and mix everything together in a bowl. Makes 2 cups.


I've always been really intrigued by the idea of tea sandwiches. You're supposed to use two slices high quality white bread, but you can use what you like best. You want to butter both pieces of bread all the way to the edge (the butter should be room temperature and unsalted). Spread on the egg mixture, and close the sandwich. Then cut off the crusts, and cut into triangles.

Really, you can eat it however you want, though. :)

There's an awesome website with some really cool tea sandwich recipes here.
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Cake! [01 Apr 2006|02:51pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I've made this cake twice now, and it has turned out perfectly both times. It's very rich, but very good, and while it does take some time to make, it is extremely worth it.

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hello (and a few questions) [23 Mar 2006|12:24pm]

Hello everyone! I want to thank plaindot for letting me know about this community and for the invite. I wanted to join earlier, but I figure that I really didn't have too much to say about food since I'm still fairly new at cooking. I started cooking about 3-4 years ago because my grad school had lousy dorm food. I suppose it's desparation that forced me to cook. I do love food so now I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.

I do have a couple of questions about food. Sorry, no recipes to share this time, but I hope I'll have some good ones in the future! I'm cooking Japanese food this Sunday for the family. I got a request for spicy tuna, but I had no idea what's in spicy tuna. Plaindot was kind enough to answer my question in my own journal where this question first arose, but she suggested that I come here and ask the question again. :)

Also, I'm currently in a house which has a scary gas-powered oven. I try to avoid the oven because it's too much of a pain to operate. Unfortunately, I love desserts and since most dessert recipe I know require baking, my selection is rather limited. I would love to learn some more no-bake dessert to satisfy my sweet craving.

I have more questions, but I'll ask them another time. Just want to say hello again!

I am so ready to cook my way to victory. Rwar.
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Soy un chili mejor [01 Mar 2006|10:14pm]

The roughest translation being "I am the better chili made of soy" - because it is supposed to be made with non-meat crumblies. But I get ahead of myself. I also abuse caps and such too. But it's fun.

And for those who don't care about context...


Obviously you don't have to make this a vegetarian chili and can substitute with meat. I also like to top with cheddar cheese. This recipe makes about four entree sized bowls.
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Mac and Cheese [04 Feb 2006|10:11pm]

I was really in love with Giada de Laurentiis' mac and cheese . The problem is, well...I'm kinda broke, so I modified her recipe a bit


Half an onion
6 bacons
7 mushroom
1 big pack of egg noodles(300 gram)
Marble Cheese block
(part mozzarella part cheddar if you don't have the marble cheese)
Salsa sauce
Half cream

Frying pan
baking pan
cheese grater
Thing to boil pastas (sorry I'm ESL)

Cooking it

Chop bacon, mushroom and onion anyway you want (as long as it's not diced too small). Fry them in this order; bacon, mushroom, then when it's all almost cooked, put some onion.
Prepare the pasta while you're at it.
When the pasta's ready, put them aside to cool down. Do the same with the bacon, mushroom and onion mixture.
Mix some milk and half cream together, then put the pasta in. Don't forget to add some salt and pepper, and stir until it's mixed well.
Put the bacon, mushroom and onion and mix them well.
Now, grate the cheese until you have enough to cover up the pan.
Bake from 20-40 minutes in the oven of 350 degree celcius

The REAL Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_31017,00.html
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[30 Jan 2006|05:56am]

This isn't really a recipe, but just something to keep the community alive, and make people think a little more and encourage creativity.

Macaroni & Cheese. Quick, easy, cheap commodity. And best of all, easy to improvise upon.

Forgetting the pasta part, just consider what goes well with cheese, and try adding it sometime.

What goes good with cheese? MORE cheese, for one. East Side Mario's has an "adult mac & cheese" dish that's good, and blends several kinds and styles of cheese, including some shredded stuff lime parmesan(sp).

What else works? MEAT!

Bacon is dandy. Hot dogs, too. Just cut 'em up and toss 'em in. Changes it from a dish into a meal for little effort.

Chicken, ground beef, hell, maybe other cuts of beef. Tuna even(though Betty Crocker makes a neat Tuna Helper dish that's pretty close).

Back on hot dogs... I haven't tried this out yet, but sometime I plan to add a can of Hormel chili to the mix... it'll be like chili-cheese dogs in a bowl! Get a side of some creamy coleslaw(hard to find here in Canadia), and all set. I'll keep you informed on how that goes.

Sausage and kielbasa would probably liven it up nicely, too. Or bologna. Turkey, maybe?

The sky is the limit here, and experimentation is key. The only real restriction is that it still needs to fit on a utensil when you go to eat it... otherwise, it sort of loses something along the way.

LBD "Nytetrayn"
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Jello shots [20 Jan 2006|11:50am]

Today is someone's birthday party, and I am making some jello shots for the party, considering many of them haven't ever tried one.

I'm not quite sure if you need pictures but since it's boring I'll just throw in a couple.

becareful it kinda take a while to set, mine with 80 proof alchohol (40%) takes around 4+ hours.

Jello shot recipeCollapse )

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Spaghetti Carbonara! YUM! [09 Jan 2006|11:46pm]

This is the recipe for my absolute favourite food ever, spaghetti carbonara. I love it, it's fantastic, albeit kinda fattening. Sorry about my lack of pictures. ^^;

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