First Day at SDSU

So my first day at SDSU, to say the least, left me sleepless LOL

Idk why but I just couldn’t fathom that I was still at this school, it feels so unreal. My roommates (so far) are the sweetest and we all have similar habits. We like wake up and gym at the same time, but they’re quiet (which is nice).

The campus is gorgeous! I live in the farthest apartments and the walk to campus is a trek, but the amazing view makes the walk almost tolerable.

I’m still trying to figure out about the whole sorority thing, and so far I talked about joining one of the sororities with my roommate, but no commitments yet!

Ugh college is cool and I guess I’m excited for when class actually start!

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Mason Jar Meal Prep Meals

I’m off to college mom! What better way to start college than a trendy way to eat my meals and to have an excuse to cook?

Here are some recipes that I found that I warped to fit my diet (no eggs, nuts, seafood, random fruit such as cantelope and kiwi) and my college-student-budget.

(1 recipe a week for each month )

So here we go.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice/ quinoa
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Optional:
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons kalalmata olives

Avocado Spinach Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fresh packed spinach
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt plain, 2%
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare your rice/ quinoa. Set aside.
  2. In a high powdered blender mix dressing ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour 1/2 the dressing into the bottom of 2 mason jars.
  4. Add celery on top of dressing. Then top with edamame.
  5. Sprinkle feta cheese then add olives.
  6. Last, place 1/2 the rice/ quinoa into each mason jar.
  7. Cover and refrigerate. Last up to 5 days.
  8. Once ready to eat, shake the jar vigorously then pour onto a plate. Toss with fork if needed to mix dressing.

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Ingredients

  • Diced hothouse cucumber
  • Red onions
  • Yellow and Orange bell peppers
  • Halved grape tomatoes
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh basil or Flat-Leaf parsley
  • Pitted olives

Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 oz red wine vinegar
  • salt  to taste
  • Add 4 oz of good olive oil in slow dribbles and keep whisking until emulsified.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa/ brown rice
  • 2 tsp basil or parsley
  • 1.5 tsp coconut flakes
  • 3 asparagus stalks, chopped into 1″ pieces (canned?)
  • 1/4 cup green peas (Frozen?)
  • Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1/4 cup cubed feta

Dressing:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Instructions

  1. Mix all of your ingredients for the dressing until creamy. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the quinoa, basil/parsley and coconut flakes. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Bring a small saucepan filled halfway with water to a boil. Then, add in the asparagus. 1 minute later, add in the peas. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are cooked and pour out into a colander.
  4. Assemble your mason jar salad. First, put in dressing. Second, the noodles. Then, the quinoa. Then, the asparagus & peas. Then, the feta. Put the lid on the mason jar and refrigerate for later use.

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Ingredients

2 cups dried elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in a large pot following package directions. Drain cooked pasta, then return to pot.

For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt Add whipping cream and milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese and pumpkin until cheese is melted.  Stir cheese sauce into pasta to coat.  Transfer macaroni and cheese to an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish 0r 6 – 8 one cup ramekins or mason jars.

In a small bowl combine bread crumbsand oil; sprinkle over pasta.

Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters Unite as Women

Amazing Group of Women!
Amazing Group of Women!

A couple week ago, I was given the opportunity to photograph a Bodypump session at this Nike Event.

Why was this event an opportunity?

To be honest, when I got the call that I could be the photographer for the event, I was so excited because I wanted to meet new people and to get more material for my blog LOL. However, it became so much more than that when I started to get to know the girls better.

As women it’s important that we empower each other, to always support one another when any of us fall, and to push through whatever bull crap haters give us. Nowadays there is so much competition amongst women based on menial things such as beauty, wealth, popularity, etc. We have forgotten that connection that relates mother to daughter, mother to wife, and mother to sister. None of us were born without a mother, which makes women so fricken awesome!

Anyways, this Nike Event introduced me to a group of women who not only supported each other but also tested each other in order to reach full potential. Kisha, who is an instructor I have had the privilege to work with, is always so full of energy and spirit! Watching her bring a group of women together who have never met each other before and help them form a bond is truly amazing. She keeps girls motivated to actually want to do something as crazy as “working out” and “getting fit!” She has inspired me to try and help young girls by encouraging them to not take themselves for granted and truly love who they are.

“You are pretty and you are worth it!”

There are many ways that women and girls can come together and connect (Kisha’s was just one that I thought was really fun!). Comment down below and tell me what you would do to get women and girls to network and support each other 🙂

Thanks you!