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quinoa stir-fry

quinoa stir fry

Guys, I can’t wait to share about my lunch from yesterday with you all! After completing my very last final of winter term I was absolutely starving. I was tempted to just inhale a bagel from the dining hall, but I decided to restrain myself and instead let my creative culinary juices flow (ok, I did have some potato salad while I was at the dining hall, so sue me!). I picked up some fresh veggies from the salad bar and headed back to my house. I grabbed the leftover uncooked quinoa from when I made this and got to work. The result? An easy, healthy, and totally I’ll-never-eat-dining-hall-food-again delicious lunch that I am still dreaming about.


– 1 cup quinoa

– 2 cups broccoli, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1/2 cup Kikkoman Stir-Fry sauce


Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, set at a simmer and cover. While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in skillet. Add vegetables and stir-fry for about 3 minutes or until slightly browned in some places. Continue to check on quinoa, stirring occasionally. Return to vegetables. Add stir-fry sauce and mix well for about another minute. Remove skillet from heat. Quinoa should be just about ready now. Stir and make sure that there is no more water on the bottom of the pot — it should all be absorbed by the grains. Once the quinoa is ready, remove from  pot and scoop into large mixing bowl. Add vegetables to bowl and combine with quinoa. Serve and enjoy!!


This was such a delicious lunch and I had such a great time making it (you should have smelled the house!). I could imagine adding grilled chicken or even some scrambled eggs to the mixture for an extra punch of added protein, but this simple meal was satisfying just the way it was! Please let me know if you try this recipe yourself, or if you come up with any creative twists on a scrumptious classic! And, as always, enjoy!!




What are you up to this weekend, dear readers? I plan on doing a lot of skiing, a lot of studying, and (hopefully) make some room for R&R. I think the best way to truly relax and get a lot accomplished is to feel good physically and mentally. And you know what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day… I encourage all of you to try this absolutely delicious and super simple berry breakfast at least one morning this weekend. You won’t believe how good you and your belly will feel!

protein pancakes

protein pancakes

Who doesn’t love a good pancake? Such a sweet comfort food, but definitely not the epitome of a healthy breakfast. Luckily, the girls of Tone It Up have come to the rescue with amazing, delicious, and (best of all) super simple protein pancakes! I whipped up a batch for myself one morning last week after an early work out and before heading off to class. The recipe was so easy to follow and SO tasty! Treat yourself here:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


– 1/4 cup egg whites

– 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate flavor — talk about taking amazing to the next level!)

– 1/2 banana

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 tbsp almond milk


Mash banana in a small bowl. Stir in almond milk and mix in remaining ingredients. Coat small pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Pour batter into pan (about half works well) and cook until you see bubbles rising. Flip pancake and cook all the way through on the other side. Serve with fruit (or plain!) and enjoy!!

(Thank you to Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up for this delicious recipe!!)

come and gone

Can you believe Christmas is already come and gone? I arrived back home from the west coast on Monday night at midnight so these past few days have been a whirlwind of last-minute present wrapping, lots of cooking and cleaning, and of course tons of wonderful family time! Today my family and I will be traveling to Burlington, Vermont for a little holiday escape. Hope everyone else is finding a nice way to unwind from the Christmas craziness!

tortoise and the hare


Ok, so I’m technically sharing with you how to make chocolate turtles, but I figured the title was fitting seeing as how fast and easy it is to make these scrumptious treats!

I learned the basic recipe from one of my girlfriends during our weekend away (see here) and then made a batch for the birthday of my dear friend Emanuel of the amzingamazingamazing blog Scratch (see here and here). The recipe is super easy and even more delicious. Go ahead, try your hand at these delicious chocolate turtles:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes



– 1 large bag of Rolos candies

– Pretzel snaps

– Almonds



Preheat oven to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On a large cookie pan, lay flat a bed of pretzel snaps. Place one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel snap. Put the tray in the oven and remove once the candies are soft. Gently push an almond into each Rolo. Let cool and enjoy!



{For some more easy recipes, see here, here, here, and here!}


Halloween is just 3 short weeks away! In classic Cat fashion, I’m already brainstorming some spooktastical costume options! Do you have any ideas yet?

pizza pi!

Come by Culinary House (319 Seward Place) tomorrow, Thursday October 4th, between 7pm and 9pm to learn how to make your very own pizzas! All supplies will be provided and the extra pies will be donated to AEΠ’s Open Mike Night happening this Friday. Of course, taste-testing is highly encouraged!!