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Say Cheese!

20 Mar

Ok internet, first off, apologies. I have been horrendous about posting in March, I know. Here in Ireland, they do this weirdass thing where classes end at the end of March and then you have a month off before exams. It’s pretty great in that I’m going to be traveling for almost all of April (have I mentioned my Spain trip? yes?), but it’s pretty sucky in that all of our end of term papers are due…now. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ve not really been doing all that much work since I’ve been here. I’m normally really very studious but ehh, I’m on a study abroad! These classes don’t do much for me, so I’m soaking up the Irish culture. The thing with that is I know have all my term papers to write for next week and one of my early finals to study for. That being said, my brother has also been visiting me so we’ve been doing a lot of eating out, absolutely no cooking, and an absurd amount of drinking. That being said, he left today, so I cooked dinner with another friend I have visiting, and I’m really just ignoring the fact that I have a paper to write. 

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice 

This isn’t so much of a put together dish as it is lots of different foods thrown into a bowl together. Either way, it tastes yummy.

Ingredients: (serves 2 people with some left over)

1 head of broccoli

Some grated cheese

1 fillet of chicken*

2 cups of rice

* We had the chicken left over from when we cooked 5 chicken fillets the other day (my brother eats a lot of chicken…) and we cut them up into pieces and put them into sandwich baggies and refrigerated them. I used a baggie of chicken in this because it was all we had left but feel free to use no chicken or more chicken or whatever floats your boat.

Instructions: 

1. Cook the rice.

Pro tip 1: I don’t actually know how to properly cook rice so you’re best off following the instructions on the bag, they probably know best. 

2. Cook the broccoli.

Pro tip 2: We cut up the big head of broccoli into mini heads, threw them in a bowl with some water and microwaved it. After 2 minutes it was still pretty tough so maybe give it 2 minutes, have a feel, and then another 2.

3. Reheat the chicken in the microwave for like, 30 seconds.

4. Take the rice off the heat, sieve out the water and pour into bowls.

5. Add in your chicken and broccoli, and sprinkle grated cheese on top to finish.

Pro tip 3: The cheese adds nice flavor, I suggest adding a lot as it melts into the rice with the heat. Yum yum yum.

So, I didn’t take a picture, but you can imagine what a bowl of rise with chicken, broccoli and cheese looks like. Instead, here is a picture of an Airedale Terrier puppy. Enjoy. 

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Pre-Stamina Day Carbo-Loading

5 Feb

Today, I may well go through hell on earth. As I’ve mentioned- I have 90 minutes of dance, break, then 2 and half hours more of dance. Add in the fact that I have a 3 mile walk in between and no ride next week, and that sounds bad enough. But oh, it gets worse. Several of us are competing in a little over a month, so our teacher has decided to work on our stamina until then. Our other teacher (the stricter and “I don’t care if you’re so exhausted that you’re about to pass out keep doing it perfectly” teacher) is coming back and our current teacher has warned us that tuesday will be a stamina day. If my powers of prediction are correct, I’m gonna go ahead and guess that every class in february will be stamina day. Shoot me.

The point of saying all of this is to a) warn you this may be my last post as I anticipate not being alive tomorrow and b) the more pertinent option, explain to you why I carbo loaded this weekend

In order to get through stamina day, I’m going to need all the energy I can get. To read more about how your body reaps energy from carbohydrates, click here! (I LOVE biochemistry and I had way too much on the subject to put it in this post). But my point is, carbohydrates (and lots of them) are not only great but necessary before a show or competition, or even a long rehearsal.

I was going to write out an eating game centered around a TV show (read: Doctor Who) – a manifestation of a drinking game but the goal being carbo-loading instead of getting wasted. Not as fun, but a more productive use of the hours I’m spending watching Doctor Who. The only problem is I got to the end of season 2 (of the newer series that began in 2005), where SPOILER ALERT Rose and the Doctor say goodbye and confess their love (or almost) and whatnot and I literally started bawling. I can’t even. I love Rose Tyler more than words can describe. I thought losing Christopher Eccleston was bad, but losing Billie Piper, and tearing apart Rose and the Doctor- man that broke me. I am actually so glad my flatmate went out tonight because she’d think I’m mental. All hysterical over a TV program. Either way, any plans of doing anything productive while watching that show have been derailed as I try and come to terms with the end of the era of Rose. Plus, right now the game would look something like “Eat a sandwich every time you cry”… and I would run out of bread.

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For the full heart breaking effect, click on it!

So- new plan! I’m going to present some of the best foods to eat while carbo-loading. But be warned- consumption of all of these in a short amount of time (what I’m doing) should only be done in the face of serious energy expenditure. Not your average workout. Just remember, if you’re eating it, you have to do enough exercise to work it off. (And likewise, you need to eat enough to fuel your work out, so plan accordingly).

1. Rice! Rice is great. It should be a staple in EVERYONE’S diet. I mean honestly what’s not to like. It has 45 g of carbohydrates per serving- 0 of which are from sugar, 205 calories- 4 of which are from fat, 0 g of fat- saturated and trans. Best part- it’s composition is 90% carbohydrate. Take a look at this make up:

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I mean it just doesn’t get better than that. All of the data I gave above was for 1 serving, but if you know me and my inability  to determine serving size, I ended up eating about 3-4 servings of rice over the weekend. Still not as much rice as I ate when I went to China for 3 weeks in the summer- literally it was all I ate when we went out to eat. Me being the fussy eater I am barely ate anything of the main meals (I’m sorry but I REFUSE to eat crunchy chicken, when by crunchy they mean talons and heads), so my god, when that rice dish came out at the end, I enjoyed it.

2. Pasta. Pasta has the ability to get quite fatty quite quickly if you’re generous with the butter or sauce, but if you are a person with refined tastes such as myself (and by refined I mine childish), then pasta is perfect just plain (hello alliteration!) When served plain, 1 serving provides almost 200 calories, and 39 g of carbohydrates, none of which come from sugars. The make up is pretty much the same as rice with a tad bit more fat and a tad less protein. Either way- GOOD STUFF. I’d be lying if lunch and dinner on two separate days this weekend weren’t simply big bowls of plain pasta.

3. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. I’m a cereal gal. I could eat all day, every day. Every meal, every snack, give me cereal I’d be happy. With milk, without milk. Don’t care. I will ALWAYS welcome cereal.  Back when I was in a dorm and had a meal plan, if I didn’t feel like walking (all of 3 minutes) to the dining hall, it would be cereal for dinner. And if I didn’t have milk, it was generally cereal out of the box for dinner, because going to get milk was almost as much hassle as getting “real” food from the dining hall. ( Yeah, I know, I’m a lazy bum, I got that) Anyways I think you get my point. I never really considered it particularly nutritious, but believe it or not, rice krispies are full of carbohydrates. They boast a 91:2:7 carb:protein:fat percentage ratio, with each serving providing 128 calories, 28g of carbohydrates (3g from sugar), and almost 300mg of sodium. I specify sodium, because I don’t get close to enough sodium in my diet. I’m not a huge meat eater a lot of the time, and I only really use salt with fries (which I avoid), so I don’t come close to the recommended 2500 mg a day. I’d barely get that in a week!

4. Potatoes. Oh man, talk about superfoods. Potatoes are fantastic! Just fantastic. If you’ve noticed, they’re in most of my recipes for a reason. They’re a staple of my diet (and now it’s not hard to figure out where I’m from, I bet), and for good reason. They 93% carbohydrates with very low fat content. 1 serving provides about 260 calories, 60 g of carbohydrate, and a whopping 72 mg of sodium. Warning: this is quite a high sodium content, which can be dangerous who are getting sufficient amounts of sodium elsewhere in their diet. If you have significant sources of sodium elsewhere, just beware that potatoes are a big source. If you’re like me and not getting enough sodium, potatoes are just fantastic.

5. Grapes! These fruits are made up of almost entirely carbohydrates. Now- the downside to them is  that most of their carbohydrates come from sugar (they’re simple carbs) but they are a great source of vitamin C, and if you’re not eating any other sweets regularly, then you don’t really have anything to worry about.

Ok those are my top 5. I’m not a particularly sophisticated eater so these are kind of the basics, and the most you’ll see in my apartment. I don’t have a wide variety, but I eat a hell of a lot of what I have 🙂

My Go-To “I have no food left” Meal

4 Feb

So I faced a dilemma today. Hungry, lazy, and my cupboards are empty. And by empty I mean I had: 1 slice of almost stale bread, chicken stock, oatmeal, tea, sugar, left over pasta, left over rice, eggs, ham, butter, cereal and milk. Not really conducive to great meals, and I wasn’t able to go to the market today.

Luckily for me- I had a stroke of genius! In honor of Chinese New Year this coming sunday, I decided to try out some good ‘ole egg fried rice. ( I wish any of that was actually true- more like it was the most edible collection of food that incorporated carbs and proteins, but let’s just say I’m honoring Chinese New Year). I wouldn’t even normally have a clue when Chinese New Year is, but my parents (lucky sods) are headed off to Thailand for the week as they get time off work, and have not ceased to remind me that they’re jetting off to Bangkok on Friday. Meanwhile I’m sitting in my apartment watching it piss some combination of rain and snow realizing I have a history paper due in 2 weeks. Bastards.

Wow that got off topic. ANYWAYS- egg fried rice. I love this because it is so easy to throw together when you have almost nothing in your cupboards/fridge, and it can be tailored so you can throw in anything and everything you might need to use up. As I’ve mentioned, I like things plain and simple, so for me it was just egg fried rice with some ham thrown in, but have a look around online for other suggestions of ingredients (or just go for it and throw in everything you need to get rid of and see what happens!)

Ingredients:

Rice*

2 eggs

1 glug of oil

Anything else you want to throw in

* I don’t want to specify how much rice because this is easiest made with left over rice, so you just use whatever you have. If you’re cooking the rice specifically for this, ummmmm, just do whatever the packet recommends for 1 serving? I wish I could be more help here, but I actually have no idea how much pasta or rice is ever enough for 1 person. It NEVER looks like enough and then wham you have 3 full servings and nothing to do with it. But hey, I wouldn’t have been able to make this if I hadn’t completely overshot my Beef Stir Fry– so it’s not so bad.

Instructions:

Pro tip 1: For this to work best, you’ll want to use refrigerated rice that you have boiled before and stuck in the fridge. That’s why I think this works best with leftovers, because you get 2 meals out of 1 batch of rice. If you cook it, for best results wait for it to cool down completely and pop it in the fridge for a little bit. But, easiest option is just use rice you’ve prepared earlier. Wow, I feel like I’m on Blue Peter. If you didn’t get that reference: watch this video. Go to about 1:00 (typical blue peter this is what you do… and this is what it will look like when you’re done! I couldn’t find a video where they actually say “and here’s one I prepared earlier” but I swear to god they said it all the time). Also, I went onto tumblr to find a gif of “and here’s one I made earlier”, and all of the blue peter gifs were of either Doctor Who or Ed Sheeran. IT’S LIKE TUMBLR KNOWS ME. I don’t even have a tumblr account. Get out of my head, internet.

Wow, getting all kinds of distracted today. Moving on!

1. Put your wok/frying pan on medium/high heat let it warm up.

2. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.

3. Once it’s nice and hot, pour in your oil and any ingredients you have like spring onions or peas and stir fry for a couple of minutes

4. Add in your rice and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.

5. Add eggs and stir until the eggs have set. Serve!

Pro tip 2: I think I may have not given this step enough time- the rice was smothered in eggs but it hadn’t really set. Wait until your egg is clumping and setting like in scrambled egg. Alternatively, you can scramble your eggs before hand, but if you remember my issues with scrambled eggs, you will understand why I am hesitant to do so.

And that’s it! It’s really that easy. It’s tasty, straight forward, quick, and honest to god the PERFECT meal when you have just about run out of food. Have at it internet!

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Satisfying Stir Fry

30 Jan

I may be mixing up my posts the next few days and not posting regular recipes this week- I’ve been quite sick recently and am struggling to eat much let alone cook.  I will make an effort to post consistently, but you can look forward to some variety! 

In line with my dance nutrition tuesdays- today I give you beef stir fry!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of rice- I cooked about a cup of rice for myself and it was just a ridiculous amount of rice. It always seems like less before its cooked. 1/2 cup should be more than enough for 1 person.

1 beef steak finely chopped

1/2 large head of broccoli 

1 clove of garlic finely chopped/crushed

1 glug of oil

*1 spring onion finely chopped 

*1 dash of soy sauce

*- indicates an ingredient I didn’t use but feel would benefit the recipe if you like these things

Instructions:

1. Bring water to a boil on high heat- add rice and lower heat, let it sit simmering for 15-20 minutes

2. Boil your broccoli in a separate pan for a few minutes

3. In a pan/wok, add a small glug of oil and toss in your chopped beef, garlic, boiled broccoli and any other veg/onions you may want. Cook for for 5-7 minutes until beef is well browned

Pro tip 1: Don’t cook the beef for much longer than this. Once it is nice and brown, take it off the heat, bearing in mind the wok will continue to cook it even though it is off the stove. I cooked my beef for way too long and it was so dry. Not overcooking should help it maintain its moisture. 

4. If you want to add soy sauce, add this now to coat your beef and veg. If not, add beef and veggies to rice and enjoy!

Nutrition info:

Rice– full of carbs, just what you need the day before a big performance or an hour or two before a long class. Good: Very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Manganese.

Beef- protein protein protein! Good: Low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium, and a very good source of Protein and Vitamin B12. Bad: High in cholesterol.

Broccoli- ever wonder why your parents told you to eat your veggies? Here’s why. The good: It’s low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.

Garlic- Bet you didn’t know this about garlic- it’s 85% carbs, plus, the good: it’s very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Calcium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.

Well, that’s all I have for today! Now off to sleep off some of this nasty sickness. (After the Flyers v. Rangers game, of course. Priorities, people!)

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