Thursday, September 30, 2010

Busy Week

Friday is almost here!! We had SO much rain today. It started raining yesterday and is still raining now. I got soaked in the rain walking 100 feet from my car to work, even though I had an umbrella and rain jacket. My pants were so wet that it looked like I showered with them on! Needless to say, I was happy to come home and put on sweats tonight! :)

Last night I got home late (around 8) from campus so I didn't have much time to make anything fancy for dinner. I quickly looked through my pantry and saw that I had some garbanzo beans, noodles, tomatoes, and green peas. So I made a pasta dish with...

-1 can of garbanzo beans
-1/2 box of small noodles
-4 medium sized tomatoes chopped up
-I didn't measure the peas but it was probably 3/4 of a cup

Once the noodles cooked and the water was drained, I added all of the ingredients into a pot so that everything was warm...then I added lots of paprika, a little cayenne, and some garlic salt. All in all, pretty good for a quick meal. It only took about 20 minutes total!

The BEST thing about today, and I mean BEST, was the fact that Kline's has Cookies and Cream ice cream! This is by far my favorite ice cream ever! I've had September 30th marked on my calendar for months! You can taste the Oreo cream mixed into the ice cream. I love that it has HUGE chunks of Oreos too! This somehow made the pouring rain I dealt with today worth it!:)

I just realized I've only really posted about the cooking part of my blog and not the textbooks part haha. I had my thesis pre-proposal meeting with my committee this week. It went extremely well and they gave me some great advice about my method! Hopefully I'll be able to start data collection by the end of October.  I'm gearing up to re-take the GRE next Friday- ahh!! A few days after that I have my neuroscience midterm. Luckily I love that class so studying is fun (crazy, right?)! With that said, it's time to work on some GRE practice problems! Night, all!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm slacking...

Well, I made dinner this weekend but got so wrapped up in making it that I forgot to take a picture. Saturday night I made tilapia, green beans, and quinoa. I made it all up and didn't measure anything but below you'll find the "rough measurements" of the ingredients I used.

Tilapia (4 fillets)
-I put it in a baking dish and drizzled some leftover dressing (see previous post) I made over the top
-I sprinkled some lemon pepper and lemon juice on the fish as well
-It took about 30 minutes on 375 to bake

Green Beans
-Coated the bottom with a little olive oil
-Chopped up 3 shallots and sprinkled them over the green beans
-Added a few tabs of butter (this was not my doing haha)
-It took about 30 minutes on 375 to bake

I cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth. Since I wasn't adding any veggies to the quinoa, I wanted to give it more flavor. It is such a great grain-like side that is packed with more protein than your typical carb side dish. If you haven't had it before, I'd describe the texture as a mix between rice and couscous.

Hopefully I'll find some time this weekend to make a new recipe, but for now school and studying to re-take the GRE have consumed all of my time. It looks like I might be having salads for the rest of the week!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday is here at last

One of my favorite things about Friday is that I typically don't have to go on campus. Although my day is filled with studying and catching up on e-mails, it's a nice change of pace. Somehow I was able to drag myself out of bed this morning and hit the gym! I'm slowly working back into my gym routine...hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to run for 30 minutes straight without looking like I'm about to pass out haha.

For breakfast this morning I tried to create my own version of strawberries and cream oatmeal!
I used:
-1 cup steel cut oats
-4 cups water (to cook the oats)

Per serving, I added:
-a handful of frozen strawberries (defrost and drain excess water before adding to oatmeal)
-1 tsp of flax seeds
-splash of cream
-1 tsp of raw agave nectar (add more to taste)

I must say that I'm pretty pleased with this concoction. It's definitely not as good as the original strawberries and cream oatmeal, but this version is healthier because it's not processed and there are no trans fats!

One of my favorite recipes I have is for the salad dressing my Dad makes. I was trying to finish up veggies in my fridge today so I whipped up some of this homemade dressing! This recipe is very easy to change according to taste and still turns out well.

-1/2 cup olive oil
-3 Tb of balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tsp dried oregano
-1/4 tsp lemon pepper or lemon juice
-1/4 tsp sugar
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp mustard
-1 tsp water

Not sure what's on the menu for dinner, but I'm looking forward to a night without school work to do!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Post

After months of following blogs online, I decided it was time to give in and create my own! At first I wanted the blog to be about cooking only because those are types of blogs I find most enjoyable. However, I realized my life typically revolves around 2 things: school and food. Hence, the name Textbooks and Cookbooks.

Right now I'm starting my second, and final year, in a psychology master's program and am in the process of applying to PhD programs. One of the things that keeps me sane throughout the semester is cooking! I mean, you've got to have some sort of outlet after you finish reading 100 pages of neuroscience, right? School is something I have always been good at; however, when I was younger cooking was not my strength! There were a few years (circa 6th grade) when I couldn't even get chocolate milk to mix together! Throughout my entire undergraduate career I had a full meal plan so I never got to experience regular cooking until I began graduate school. For the past year, I've learned a lot about cooking and have grown to love it!

So here's to hoping lots of new recipes will come out of this blog! Now off to read...