Sacrifices in the College Student KitchenMarch 31, 2011 at 8:14 am | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Review | 10 Comments
Tags: almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sweet potato
It was so nice to have a busy day of FUN yesterday! I got caught up with a friend in the morning over coffee, and another friend in the afternoon. It made me realize how important socializing is for my own sanity… especially when things get stressful!
Last night I had an old favorite that I haven’t made in MONTHS – organic baked sweet potato topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and MaraNatha organic raw almond butter.
There is no such thing as too much cinnamon. 🙂
With a glass of unsweetened almond milk.
I used to have baked sweet potatoes a couple times a week when I was living at home. Since moving into my own apartment in college, I’ve been baking a LOT less.
Meet my oven. Or more specifically, my GE Advantium Over-Range Speedcook Oven. This thing SUCKS! Mainly, it is too small to fit a full-sized cookie sheet, and all the temperature settings of a normal oven must be altered with no apparent formula that hold true for all recipes. Even when I do find the right temperature, it will often burn the food on the outside, but not fully cook on the inside. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually a fabulous microwave, but as an oven it has a lot to learn!
It’s something I’ve learned just to deal with since there isn’t much I can do renting my apartment as a college student and all, but it does get frustrating when recipes just don’t seem to turn out like they used to with a normal oven.
That said, my baked sweet potatoes will usually turn out just fine, but it’s more of a “I don’t like you, so I won’t use you” type of rebellion towards the oven. I believe my rebellion is being well-received by said oven. 😉
On a more positive note, I woke up this morning and opened up a new cereal to try out – Trader Joe’s Lowfat Granola Cereal with Almond.
Topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.
A lot of cereal granolas tend to taste too un-granola-like for me, but this one definitely had the granola taste and texture! There was a distinct vanilla flavor, but it didn’t taste too sugary or overwhelming. I also like the random almond slice for extra crunch. Definitely a cereal to check out yourself!
This morning I enrolled in 2 summer courses – The Rhetoric of Religion (a Communication Arts course) and Education Psychology – Human Abilities and Learning (a requirement for the Dietetics degree). They are both 4-week courses, 4 days a week, 3 hours per day. I’ll be teaching yoga this summer as well, and knew I needed these extra courses squeezed in somewhere in order to graduate in 4 years, so I figured why not do summer school this summer and get it out of the way? I might end up switching the classes I take, depending on what opens up before summer, but it will definitely be 6 credits total this summer.
Now I’m setting up to do a morning yoga podcast before heading to my first class of the day – Environmental Geology!
Have you ever used a Speedcook Oven? If so, do you have any advice for a newbie?
Have you ever taken summer courses in college?