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free parking, my chef dream, and hello fresh

The University of Oklahoma had a game last weekend. Parking was $25. The guy gave me 1-hour free parking because I’m a “pretty Asian girl.” I’ll take it. I’m quite sure he was at least 55 years old, which made it more hilarious.

But as a result of the free parking pass, I got to eat at the Crimson and Whipped Cream bakery in Norman. The coffee was ‘meh,’ but the food was drool-worthy. I ordered the Nutella crumble. Also tried my friend’s apple crumble, and it was equally yummy.

crimson and whipped cream bakery

I love cooking. If I could be anything I want, I’d be a chef. If I could be anywhere I want, I’d be in culinary school.

cooking dream

I tried the Hello Fresh service for the first time this week. 1 week’s service costs $59. You get 3 meals for 2 people. I bought it off Groupon for $39, and used a $10 off coupon. Total OOP was $29 for 1 week’s service/6 meal servings… which is cheaper than eating out, but more expensive than cooking my regular meal prep stuff.

What I got in my box…

hello fresh food

hello fresh frozen food

The frozen meat were at the bottom, with the gel ice.

So far, I’ve cooked 2 meals.

maple-balsamic glazed cod

Maple-balsamic glazed cod with roasted brussels sprout and mashed squash

The Brussels Sprouts were the best. I’m not a big fan of them, but after tossing them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baking them in the oven, they had just the right amount of crunch and flavor. The maple-balsamic glaze was also very good. I think the thyme did the trick. Sadly, I accidentally put too much salt in the mashed squash. šŸ˜¦

chicken schnitzel sandwich

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with tangy slaw and pumpernickel bread

This meal wasn’t a favorite. The slaw had too much onions in it, and the bread had a weird taste. The chicken was alright, but I would have preferred if it had called for baking, instead of frying. Thinking about all that oil made me cringe.

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the cost of eating qdoba

I killed 4 miles last night in the gym after my work shift ended at 8pm, and here’s why.

qdoba taco salad

I haven’t had Qdoba since the summer. And I caved yesterday. Because it was cold. I was hungry. I was tired.

I got my usual of taco salad with picante ranch, cilantro rice, brown rice, fajita veggies, grilled chicken, corn salsa, fiery habanero, spicy queso, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro toppings. All for $8.03.

That also added another 10 points in my Qdoba Rewards card, which already has 1 free meal on it. You get 1 free meal for every 100 points, and Thursdays are double points day.

My stomach and body hated me with every step I pounded in the gym. But who cares? The food was goood! No regrets.

a foodie’s chronicle of cheat days

Last fall, I started a “eat healthy” streak. No more daily Chick-Fil-As, lots of salad, well-portioned meals… you get the idea. And I found out what a saving grace cheat meals are.

This semester, I’ve been meal prepping. I’d cook a large batch of a healthy, balanced meal on Saturday or Sunday, and then take it with me to campus everyday.

Weekends, however, are devoted to eating a variety of other foods. That usually means one cheat meal where I go out with my roommate to some food place on our “food bucket list.” It’s always worth it, and I have more time to workout in the gym on weekends anyway (at least that’s how I rationalize things).

All that to say… I had a cheat meal last week, and cheat meals are what keeps me sane during the week. Heck, if one cheat meal isn’t enough, I have 2! Or 3!

Okay, maybe not 3, unless I’m feeling extra adventurous about working off those unneeded calories… which never happens.

sonic

Cheat meal #1: I was running errands on Friday at lunchtime. Somehow, Sonic made its way into my errand list. The Jr. Breakfast Burrito was tiny, so that made me feel better.

indian food

Cheat meal #2: Indian food from a restaurant in a sketchy gas station by the highway. 2 cheat meals in 1 day…. what!!!

chicken briyani

I ordered chicken briyani with a side of paratha. The food was authentic, delicious, and the price was good. When you gotta have a cheat meal, you have to either go big or go home!

Baked Tuna Pasta Casserole

baked tuna pasta

As a college student, I’ve learned to appreciate bargain meals that are easy to make. My friend, Sarah Blankenship, made this dish for me once, and I wanted to try making it myself since it’s a simple, but tasty dish. I made some modifications to the recipe she gave me. I thought I’d share my modifiedĀ recipe here, along with the price of the ingredients.

baked tuna pasta casserole

Servings: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Total cost: $2.34

Ingredients

1 cup pasta: $0.20
1/2 cup condensed cream of mushroom/chicken: $0.34
1/2 cup milk: $0.16
1 can tuna: $0.78
1/2 can corn: $0.34
1/2 tablespoon flour: $0.01
Dash of cayenne pepper: $0.02
Shredded mozzarella cheese topping: $0.50

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Boil pasta in a medium sauce pan.

3. While pasta is boiling, combine theĀ condensed cream of soup, milk, tuna, and corn in a casserole dish.

4. Add flour to the mixture to thicken it.

5. AddĀ boiled pasta into the dish.

6. Add dash of cayenne pepper into the dish. This is optional. I added more just because I like spicier food.

7. Mix everything together.

8. Top casserole dish with shredded mozzarella cheese.

9. Bake casserole dish in the oven for 35 minutes.

And… you’re done! Easy, right? There’s plenty of meat and veggies, and some carbs. Although the servings is listed as two, it depends on your meal portions. I tend to eat smaller portions, and this dish is pretty filling. For me, one such casserole can last 3-4 meals.

If you decide to make this dish, let me know how it went! šŸ™‚