This year I started writing for the SJU student newspaper, “The Hawk.” Considering some of my favorite interests are food, health, fitness, and the community, I figured that I would be best suited to write for the lifestyle section. I wrote a few articles about charities, restaurants, and shopping in the city, but my favorite articles are the articles where I share my recipes with the readers. While I always wanted to attempt to branch out and write about something out of the ordinary, part of me felt the need to share all of my recipes and food ideas with the readers. I came to the realization that food is what I love to write about most, and no longer tried so hard to veer from this path. As 2015 comes to an end, I’ve decided that I would share what I believe to be the very best recipes that I created this year. The best part about my favorite recipes is that they are all healthy and easy to make, which is definitely a plus for college students. After a lot of experimenting, taste-testing, and even some kitchen disasters, these recipes would definitely have to be my top 4 creations of 2015.
4. Healthy Candy Corn Cups (from “No-Bake Halloween Treats)
1. Fill a clear cup halfway with pineapple chunks.
2. Fill the rest of the cups with cantaloupe chunks.
3. Top the fruit with whipped cream and two pieces of candy corn.
3. 3-ingredient Tuna Salad (from “Dorm Room Recipes”)
1 packet StarKist Low Sodium Chunky Light Tuna Fish
1 tablespoon Miracle Whip or light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sweet relish
1. Mix the tuna, miracle whips, and sweet relish in a bowl.
2. Enjoy plain or add to two slices of toast to make a sandwich.
2. PB Health Bars (from “Rethink Your Granola Bar”)
¾ cup honey
¾ cup peanut butter
3 cups cereal of your choice
Two add-ins of your choice: (¼ cup almonds, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup raisins)
1. Combine honey and peanut butter in a medium-sized saucepan, and bring to a boil.
2. Turn off heat.
3. Add the cereal and add-ins to the mixture.
4. Mix the ingredients until evenly combined.
5. Press the mixture into an 8×8 baking pan.
6. Refrigerate until firm (approx. 1-2 hours, depending on cereal/ add-ins used)
7. Cut the bars into the size of your choice.
The Winner: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich (from “Protein Packed Pastries”)
1 chocolate cookie dough Quest Bar
1 scoop vanilla Halo Top ice cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare cookie sheet with wax paper or cooking spray.
3. Cut Quest Bar into two halves, and roll the halves into two balls.
4. Use a rolling pin to flatten the balls until they form a cookie shape.
5. Place the cookies onto the cookie sheet and bake for seven minutes.
6. Remove the cookies from the oven and flip them over. Bake for an additional two minutes.
7. Once the cookies have cooled, top one cookie with a scoop of vanilla Halo Top ice cream.