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Bubble tea…bubble bubble bubble tea

Bubble tea…bubble bubble bubble tea

Here’s a post I wrote for Her Campus about bubble tea. 

Rainy day woes? Warm up with soup!

The weather here in Boston has been bleak and rainy to say the least. Whenever the weather gets like this I always get a craving for soup to warm my bones. I’ve pulled a handful of recipes that are perfect for rainy, cold days. Enjoy and start cookin’!

1. Red Lentil Soup

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I’m a huge fan of the Free People blog BLDG 25 and their recipes.

2. Beer and Cheddar Soup 

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Beer and cheese are already so good on their own, the two together sounds even better. Courtesy of Food & Wine.

3. Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup

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This is one of my favorite soups and it’s so easy to make! Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

4. Squash & Bean Minestrone

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This recipe from bon appétit doesn’t look the easiest, but it sounds delicious!

5. Chicken Noodle Soup

CHIX soupWhat’s better than classic chicken noodle soup? Coming from Paula Deen makes it all the better!

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My first HerCampus Post

My first HerCampus Post

My school Lasell College recently started their own HerCampus chapter. I have taken charge of the food section of the blog and wanted to share my first piece on Lone Star in Allston, MA. Enjoy! 

It’s all about Juice

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that making your own juice with a juicer a.k.a. “juicing” wasn’t a trend right now, but I still wanted to write about it. Why? Because juicing rocks! It’s healthy and delicious all in one drink.  Just hear me out.

My favorite juice recipe lately is simple yet packed with flavor. It is also a reasonably priced recipe for a college student like myself. One Ginger Paradise coming up. You will need:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Ginger

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And a juicer. This juicer my mom found at a yard sale 10 years ago for only $15. I do have to admit one of the downfalls of juicing is how pricey the actual juicer can be; they range anywhere between $50 and $400. You can also buy them used if you are a novice juicer. Amazon offers a great selection; check them out here if you wish.

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The process of juicing is simple. Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Wash and scrub fruits and vegetables with hot water prior to juicing them
  2. Cut up vegetables and fruit so that they can fit inside the juicing funnel
  3. Remove seeds and rinds
  4. Turn on the juicer and slowly feed the ingredients down into the funnel. The juicer will begin to extract the juice.
  5. When you have blended the amount of juice you want, turn off the juicer, pour your fresh juice, and enjoy!
  6. I recommend that you clean the juicer right away as well. It’s much harder to clean once it has been sitting out for a while.
  7. Some people like to save the pulp left over from juicing, I will share some ideas below of what you can do with it.
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I love how fresh this looks

What to do with the pulp:

  • Add it to soups and stews
  • Mix it into hummus or cream cheese for a dip
  • Use the pulp in muffins and quick breads
  • Compost it

BEWARE OF:

  • It is best to drink fresh pressed juice the same day as they are made
  • The best time to drink juice is either on an empty stomach or at least and hour before eating (This will maximize the amount of nutrients your body will absorb )

 

Did I mention how good this juice is for you?  One of the reason why I love this recipe is that it is packed with benefits to help heal the common cold. Cold season is here and I already combated a cold with this Ginger Paradise.

Besides a cold this specific recipe can help with many other health conditions and health benefits, a handful include:

  • Fever
  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Lung cancer prevention
  • Digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved complexion

And manyyyy moreeeee. It just amazes me that one drink can help with so much. I highly reccommend juicing and hope that you are eager to try it. There are thousands of juicing recipes out there and it’s also fun to just try things out on your own and see what you like. Juicerecipes.com is a great resource and recipe hub; it’s where I got the Ginger Paradise recipe.

For those who live in the Boston area, here are a few spots that make their own juice, sparing you the trouble and the mess.

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487 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134

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145 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116

The Bloc 11 Cafe

I came across this great cafe today while running errands in Somerville, Ma, it’s called The Bloc 11 Cafe. Located on Bow Street, it’s situated in the center of Union Square, with a wide variety of shops and restaurants.

The hip atmosphere consists of dark woods and brick walls. A mix of people working silently on their laptops and small groups of friends catching up over coffee. This is a great place to go to whether you just want to get some work done or meet friends for a tasty lunch.

I was very impressed with the delicious menu choices. You can get anything from coffee and teas, sandwiches and breakfast items, to soups and salads on their assorted menu.

After contemplating the menu for a good ten minutes we were able to make a decision on what we wanted to get. My friend and I split two mouth-watering sandwiches. All of their sandwiches have different names to them like the willow and the 777.

I got a sandwich called the Paragon; it had curry chicken salad with sprouts, tomato, and romaine on wheat, toasted. I wasn’t sure if the curry would be too overpowering, but it was just right. I paired it with my favorite spicy condiment, sriracha, also referred to as rooster juice by my boyfriend. This was a great twist to one of my favorite sandwiches.

My friend Nicole (yes, her name is Nicole too)  got the sandwich called the Clover. I liked this the best. It had locally made fresh mozzarella, arugula pesto, caramelized onions, tomato and greens, wedged between a toasted baguette. It was to die for. I didn’t want the experience to end (so I ate slow). Nicole referred to her sandwich being, “bomb” (that’s a good thing).

I couldn’t have been more pleased with stumbling across this delicious cafe. We paired our fantastic lunch with two tall glasses of refreshing iced green tea with honey.

With fresh ingredients and an innovative, trendy menu, this was a healthy delicious lunch.

Good to the last drop.

If you live in the Boston area, be sure to check this place out!

My Favorite Cafeteria Dishes

Like I said in my “about me” section, my school’s food is far from healthy and delicious. After spending two years at this institution, I have weeded out the foods that I eat, and foods that I won’t go near. With the foods that I choose to eat, most of the time I have to spruce them up. So, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite things to eat at the cafe. They are healthier options and most of the time I do enjoy eating them..to some degree.

The Veggie Bagel

I personally love bagels. The bagels at my school are nowhere near bakery “fresh,” but the veggie bagel is a great way to hide the cafeteria bagel taste. Here’s what you need:

  • A bagel (I like everything and onion)
  • Cream cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Red onion
  • Tomatos
  • Salt and pepper

Making this veggie bagel is quick and easy. Just toast the bagel, spread on the cream cheese, load it up with the veggies, add some salt and pepper to taste, and mow down! You can really use any veggies you like, those are just my suggestions; sometimes I’ll add carrots to it too. My friends and I love to make this; I probably eat this 3 times a week.

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

A rule I usually go by in the cafe is to avoid the grill! Those hamburgers are scary. But, I have found the veggie burgers to be quite delicious. Now, these aren’t gourmet veggie burgers from Whole Foods, but what are you gonna do? I always have to be very specific when I order my veggie burger. I ask them to put it on a wheat roll, and I ask for cheddar or swiss cheese, otherwise they’ll put that processed orange American cheese on it that doesn’t really even taste like cheese. I like my veggie burger with all the fixings. This is what I add:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Pickles
  • Hot Sauce
  • Blue Cheese Dressing

Now, you can put whatever you like on the burger, I personally just like lots of veggies. The hot sauce and blue cheese is a delicious addition. Some of my friends like to put honey mustard on it, which is good too.

Salad, Salad, Salad!!!

I have to say I do get sick of the salads at school. The options rarely change and the dressing options are not the best. But, I do what I can to spruce them up the best I can. Here’s some tips:

  • Always use the spinach or leafy green mix
  • When chicken is the main entree for the night I put it on my salad
  • If there’s cooked veggies as a side put em’ on
  • Often times they will have a side pasta salad of some sort for example, orzo salad with veggies and feta
  • Hummus and sesame seeds add a great touch
  • As for dressing, sometimes I go to the extent of bringing my own
  • If I don’t bring my own dressing I usually just put on balsamic vinegar and olive oil, maybe a splash of blue cheese dressing
  • Tuna, chicken, and egg salad all taste great with salad too

Salads are a great option, because you can really change them up often. Whatever is available is what I usually use. By piling the salad up with other foods like chicken or pasta salad it becomes more of an entree than just a salad on the side. It’s also quite healthy!

Grilled Cheese

Again, I’m breaking my rule about the grill, but I had to share this idea. I love grilled cheese. When I’m home this is my go to midnight snack. Unfortunately the grilled cheese sandwiches at school do not compare, but I make do. If I go up to the grill and ask for a grilled cheese they will slap white bread and that horrible orange cheese onto the grill. Me being me, I am very particular when I request my grilled cheese. I ask them to make it with:

  • Pumpernickel rye swirl bread, honey wheat, or rye
  • With cheddar or swiss
  • Always add tomato!!! Get some veggies in there!

You can always change it up by adding different veggies or different types of bread.

Those are three of my go-to meals, but if I want to grab a quick snack I’ll grab a banana and peanut butter which is always good. You also can’t go wrong with an english muffin with cream cheese and jelly.

Hope this helps!