Help me welcome the talented Brittany Egbert from One Charming Party. I am a huge fan of Brittany’s and her endless supply of crazy-beautiful party ideas and tutorials. If you’ve never been by her blog, you will love it (and her newsletter too), and if you have been by, I know you’ll love the side of Brittany you’re about to experience.
I ate inexpensive meals in college because I liked to spend my money on cute clothes instead. Not a bad plan because I eventually learned to cook really well and I still get to buy lots of clothes. Oh, and let’s not comment on how unhealthy these meals are. Because I was going for cheap back then. And these are not to be served to your date to prove that you can “cook.”
microwaved potato: Scrub a plain old potato to get all of the dirt off. Poke holes in it with a fork. Hope that your roommate cleaned out the microwave. Microwave the potato on high for 5 min while you text your friends. Turn it over and microwave for another 5 minutes while you text some more. Let it sit in the microwave for a few more minutes while you get your toppings ready. Cut your potato down the middle to open it up. I used to top my microwaved potato with salt & pepper and some grated cheese.
pasta: Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add some pasta to it. You probably won’t need to cook the whole box of pasta. So don’t. Cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Let your pasta sit in the hot water for 1 1/2 times the amount on the cooking directions (so 15 minutes if the box says to boil for 10 min). Now go and watch TV until it’s ready. And believe me, your roommates with thank you for not making pasta that boils over and gets the stove top all messy. After the time is up, drain the water and serve the pasta with a little bit of olive oil and some veggies, or Parmesan cheese, or bottled marinara sauce.
cold oatmeal: This is NOT how I ate oatmeal in college, but I wish I had. Right when you get up in the morning and before you start getting ready, put 2/3 cup dry oatmeal into a bowl and cover with 2/3 cup rice milk (or regular milk if you drink that). Add some nuts if you’d like–try walnuts–and drizzle some real maple syrup or agave on top. Add a small handful of frozen berries on top of that and let it all sit for 20+ minutes. After you’ve finished getting ready, grab your breakfast on the way out the door and eat your cold oatmeal while trying to balance the bowl on your lap and drive to your 7:30 am British Lit class. (Why did I sign up for such an early class again?) It’s so yummy and refreshing.
cute shoes. totally worth scrimping.