Livin La Vida Broke-a

Confessions of a College Student

Category: Cooking

I’m Baaaaack!

I said I’d be back after the holidays, and I didn’t lie … I just wasn’t counting on coming back so many days after the holidays! I’ve been sleeping until 10:30 like every day then doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING afterwards. It has been AMAZING. I figure I’ll get some sleep before I have to go back to school. Seven more days!

In some very super important news: I got a Magic Bullet for Christmas!

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Chocolate Peppermint Trifle

Remember that post about the 12 Days of Christmas workout? Well, let’s contradict that.

If you remember the post, you may remember the picture of the beautiful trifle I made. Today’s your lucky day, because I am sharing my recipe with you. It’s very simple to make and requires few ingredients. It’s fairly cheap to make, too, so it’s perfect for the college student budget. And it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes (plus the bake time for the brownies, so maybe an hour tops), so it fits in with your busy holiday schedule.

Yeah… this one

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Guess what day it is! If you said hump day, please leave my page now as I am severely disappointed in you. Today is the first day of ABC Family’s Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas. It’s the Countdown to the Countdown! Sure none of the movies on the list have anything to do with the holiday, but Up is on AND we get a Harry Potter marathon next weekend.

Christmas music is on the radio, TV stations are starting their Christmas lineups, so that means the holiday season is here. That being said, I can officially begin Christmas blogging. Hope you’re ready!

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A Better Green Bean Casserole

I’m lactose intolerant. This is one of the hardest things for me around the holidays because it seems like EVERYTHING has dairy in it. Last year, I went on the hunt for a healthier alternative to my favorite holiday dish: green bean casserole.

I did find a recipe that avoids heavy creams and too much cheese. This recipe is low in fat and calories, while staying high in fiber and calcium. Personally, I believe this recipe is better than the original recipes which use heavy creams. By using low fat milk and taking out the cream of mushroom soup, you’re cutting out about 150 calories per serving. Which is one less thing we need to worry about this holiday season!

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole (Photo credit: Kodamakitty)

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Halloween-ish Cookies

I mentioned on Friday’s post that I often use baking as a way to relax. Well in comes Saturday… After taking my three-hour online exam, I was ready to drink my sorrows away because, I’ll admit, I didn’t use my own study tips and the exam didn’t go that smoothly. Well luckily my roommates had asked me to bake them cookies, so my liver survived to see another weekend. Hashtag College!

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Hey! What’s for Dinner?!

It’s 5:30. My boyfriend Timmy and I realized we’re starving. I mean, it’s been a whole three hours since we last ate! There’s nothing good for dinner at the dining commons (the DC) and we don’t feel like going out. So what are we gonna eat?!

I looked in my cabinet and found cereal, Ramen, some tea bags, oh! A box of couscous – the name so nice you say it twice. Conveniently, I had taken some spinach and tomatoes from the DC at lunch.  The problem is, Timmy has never had couscous before and wasn’t sure if he liked it. Well, this is what I’m cooking and if he doesn’t like it he can starve … or get some Subway. Whichever.


This is actually a really simple recipe, and it’s also very cheap. Here’s what you need:

  • One box of couscous (I used the Near East Parmesan flavored, but I’m sure any would be just as good.)
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • Half a cup of grape tomatoes
  • Half a cup of spinach

NoteIf you’re making this for two, I would suggest getting two boxes of couscous.

  1. Follow the directions on the couscous box: bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp of butter, and the contents of the seasoning package to a boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, cut the tomatoes in half and tear up the spinach leaves.
  3. Add couscous to the boiling water, and remove from heat – let sit for five minutes.
  4. In the final two minutes of letting your couscous sit, add the tomatoes and spinach.
  5. Enjoy!

For improvising, this turned out to be absolutely delicious, filling, and very budget friendly. Boxes of couscous are usually around $1 each. And, if you take the tomatoes and spinach from your school cafeteria, it’s even cheaper! If you don’t though, at least grape tomatoes make a healthy snack! I don’t think tomatoes and spinach cost too too much!

Timmy ended up loving couscous, by the way, so I didn’t have to starve him 😉 He even wants me to make it again!

I think next time I make it I’m going to try the Mediterranean curry flavor, since it’s the best one. Try this for yourself sometime and let me know how you like it! It’s a healthier alternative to the typical Ramen noodles and Easy Mac, and it tastes a lot better.


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