Pintern Summer Challenge: Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug

Next blogger up is Myles of Berklee College of Music! He decided to go with this simple and delicious recipe-in-a-mug.

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Yesterday I was in the mood for creamy Macaroni and Cheese, but only had 10 minutes before I had to run out the door. So I went right on to Pinterest and found this great recipe that took a little over 4 minutes. Plus, it only has a few ingredients and it’s much healthier than store bought box brand. The most important thing you need is a Mug. You have to try this recipe out! There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of comforting and creamy Macaroni and Cheese once in blue moon.

**Instead of the Whole grain elbow macaroni (used in the pin), I used medium shells and it came out just as delicious.

What You’ll Need:

A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)
Whole grain elbow macaroni
Water
Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese
Splash of milk

What You’ll Do:

1. In a microwave safe {big} mug or bowl (make sure it is a big one or it will boil over), put 1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni and 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup water (If you have a stronger microwave than mine, you may need more water… just play with it adding a couple extra Tbs at a time). Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute.

2. The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water.  Then add a heaping 1/3-cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese (pictured below). Return to the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt the cheese.

3. Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons). Once it is all stirred together you should have a delicious and creamy Macaroni and Cheese.

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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It’s National Peach Month!

When I found out it was National Peach Month I had to write about it because I LOVE peaches. Interestingly enough, the holiday was founded on March 16, 1982 by President Ronald Reagan. He made it very clear the holiday was all about adding nutritious fruits to your every day diet.  Check below for some interesting fun facts about why we love these juicy fruits:

 

  1. Peaches are only 39 calories! They have no saturated fats and contain healthy vitamins and minerals. They’re perfect for a guilt-free afternoon snack.
  2. Fresh peaches are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your immune system fight off infections.
  3. Peaches also are a good source of vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps keep your vision in tiptop shape.

Want to incorporate some fresh peaches into a fun dish? Try out this delicious Peach Salsa we found on Allrecipes.com:

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 fresh peaches (peeled, pitted and chopped)
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 ounce crystallized ginger
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

What You’ll Do:

In a medium bowl, mix together peaches, orange marmalade, green onions, cider vinegar, crystallized ginger and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

It’s easy!

­Peaches have never sounded more delicious. What are some of your favorite fruits?

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Dish It: Guilt-Free Chicken Taquitos

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be tricky. You want food that tastes good, without the high-fat or sodium content. When we came across this fiesta-inspired recipe on Eat Yourself Skinny, a blog devoted to providing healthy AND delicious meal and beverage options, we couldn’t help but share.

Chicken Taquitos

What You’ll Need:

8 small (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas

One 9.75-oz. (or 10-oz.) can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained well

1/2-cup salsa, fresh salsa is best

1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar or Mexican cheese

1 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix

*Feel free to use enchilada sauce, additional salsa or fat-free sour cream for dipping

What You’ll Do:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salsa, and mix thoroughly.  Cover and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Remove chicken mixture from the fridge, and drain any excess liquid. 
  • Add cheese and taco seasoning, and mix to combine.  This is your filling, set aside.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick
  • Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them.  Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable. 
  • Take one tortilla (keep the rest between the paper towels), spray both sides lightly with non-stick spray, and lay it flat on a clean dry surface. 
  • Spoon about 2 heaping spoonfuls of filling onto the tortilla.  Spread it evenly across the entire surface, and roll tortilla up tightly, so that you have a cigar-shaped tube. 
  • Secure with toothpicks and place seam-side down on the baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until crispy.  Allow Taquitos to cool for 5 minutes. 

This might be a bit more of a culinary challenge than our usual recipes, but it’s healthier than buying a box of premade food at the grocery store. Invite your friends over (or go to their kitchens to cook) and make a night of it!

What are some of your favorite “skinny” recipes? Comment below and tell us!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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Dish It: Cheerio-Banana Smoothie

This Betty Crocker smoothie is a twist on a classic breakfast meal. It might sound a bit different at first but is definitely worth a try. It’s healthy and only needs four ingredients…what’s not to love?

What You’ll Need:

  1. 1 cup of milk
  2. 1 cup of Cheerios cereal
  3. 1 ripe banana, cut into chucks
  4. 1 cup of ice
  5. Banana slices, if desired

What You’ll Do:

Step 1: In blender, place milk, cereal, banana chunks and ice. Cover and blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until it reaches the consistency you prefer.

Step 2: Pour into 2 glasses. Top with banana slices and serve.

Would you try this cereal alternative?

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Dish It: Skinny Vanilla Mocha Frappe

When you go to Starbucks and order their mocha frappe, you can end up drinking more

than 400 calories, depending on the size. This equally delicious recipe only has 180 calories and is easy to make!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups Instant Coffee (or a regular cup, whichever you prefer)
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Sugar/Stevia (only if you prefer a sweeter drink)

What You’ll Do:

  • Make your cup of coffee and put into a shallow container and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  • After it’s frozen put it in a blender with the milk, stevia, vanilla, and cocoa powder.

And Finally…

ENJOY!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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Dish It: Doubly Nutty Breakfast Spread

Here at The College Juice, we’re firm believers in kick-starting your day with a healthy breakfast. As fans of the ultimate recipe tool Epicurious (see why we found it Download Worthy here), it was no surprise that we found inspiration amongst their recipes. Check out the deliciously nutty breakfast suggestion below.

What You’ll Need:

1 slice whole-wheat bread
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon dried cherries (chopped)
2 teaspoons chopped pistachios

What You’ll Do:

The recipe instructs you to toast the bread, but we found it equally delicious sans toasting. If you don’t have access to a toaster or toaster oven, don’t worry about skipping this step!

Spread the peanut butter on the slice of bread as you would normally. Sprinkle the cherries and pistachios into the peanut butter (so they stick). Enjoy!

Not only is this recipe easy and delicious, it’s also packed with fiber and protein. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to drop us a comment below!

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Dish It: Super Bowl Made Super Easy

Whether you have been looking forward to the Super Bowl since preseason or had no idea it was still football season, everyone has something to look forward to this Sunday: a marathon day of snacking. If we at The College Juice can plan a full Thanksgiving feast within the confines of a dorm room, we are confident we can tackle a Super Bowl Feast as well. Giants and Patriots fans alike won’t be able to resist cheering for the easy-to-make menu ideas we’re about to bring you!

RECIPE IDEAS

For our readers that are a little more adventurous, we’ve got some recipe ideas that are sure to please. You’ll only need a few ingredients and you’ll be all set to watch the game! We found this Spicy Blue Cheese Dip recipe on the Delish website and just had to share it.

Everyone will be cheering for YOUR Super Bowl snacks!

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

What You’ll Need:

2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What You’ll Do:

Whisk sour cream, blue cheese, vinegar, and cayenne in a small bowl – we told you it was easy! Microwave TGI Friday’s Buffalo Wings per instructions on package. Serve the dip in a bowl with Buffalo Wings. Yum!

Here are some other mouth-watering dip ideas we came across. Choose just one or make them all!

Easy Layered Dip from Kitchen Daily

8-Layer Mexican Dip from CDKitchen (Vegetarian!!)

Touchdown Truffles

In case you’re looking to add something sweet to your party (touchdown snacks, anyone?) we found this Touchdown Truffle recipe on Food.com and couldn’t keep it to ourselves. The best part? It only requires 2 simple ingredients!

What You’ll Need:

1 (18 ounce) package Oreo cookies
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

What You’ll Do:

– Crush Oreos in plastic bag
– Add Cream Cheese and Oreos in bowl and mix together
– Chill the mixture in fridge for about 5 minutes
– Roll hunks of mixture into a ball about 1 1/2 inch wide (shape to look like football if you wish!)
– Chill before serving

SHOPPING LIST

For those pressed for time or those that aren’t as confident in their concocting abilities, these items are bought ready-to-serve or at least require very little preparation. Most can be picked up right from your campus bookstore!

Don't these look delicious? Go to TerraChips.com to check out all the flavors!

  • Chex Mix (My favorite is the Bold Party Blend, but opt for the Chocolate Turtle flavor if you’re looking for something sweet)
  • Terra Chips
  • TGI Friday’s Buffalo Wings (pop in the microwave and pair with the Blue Cheese Dressing recipe we’ve included above, of course!)
  • Dirty brand Chips
  • Pre-made Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips (Food Should Taste Good brand is delicious AND healthy)
  • Flipz Chocolate Covered Pretzels (salty and sweet is always a good choice)
  • Campell’s Chunky Roadhouse Chili with Beans Microwave Bowl (combine a few containers for a larger serving and add crumbled tortilla chips and shredded cheese for extra flavor!)
  • Beverages – soda, juice, and iced tea are always good options

Whether you act as the sole host/hostess or opt for a potluck-style floor gathering, it will definitely be a Super Bowl to remember. Both team’s colors are a mix of red, white, and blue so don’t forget to decorate accordingly! Share any more ideas or suggestions you have in the comment box below. Enjoy!

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Dish It: Peanut Butter and Banana Popsicles

While on my never-ending quest to find foods that are both delicious AND healthy, I was downright ecstatic when I stumbled upon this mouth-watering treat on the Livestrong website. With January 24th being National Peanut Butter Day, it is only appropriate that today’s Dish It feature this high-protein spread.


What You’ll Need
:

1 Banana
2 Cups of creamy peanut butter
2 Popsicle sticks
1 Cup of your choice chopped nuts or shredded coconut

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makes two Popsicles

What You’ll Do:

1) Peel the banana and cut it in half, width-wise. Slide one Popsicle stick in the bottom of each half.

2) Spread a layer of peanut butter over each banana.

3) Roll each Popsicle in either the chopped nuts or shredded coconut.

4) Freeze each for a few hours.

Enjoy the delicious, guilt-free concoction you’ve just put together, and share one with a friend. The nuts and peanut butter are high sources of protein while the banana has you covered on potassium! Now THAT is something to enjoy!

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