I remember the first time I tried making egg bake. The eggs themselves were airy and crispy rather than fluffy. It was then I realized egg bakes require a BINDER. An ingredient that ties everything together and keeps the eggs fluffy. You’ll usually find this to be a heavy cream. I have found an alternative that is more flavorful, contains less saturated fat, and also contains more protein!


Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 c cottage cheese (non-fat)
  • 2 links chicken apple sausage , sliced
  • 2 c. Of your favorite vegetables (I used broccoli and bell peppers).
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions:

  1. Spray an 8×8 dish with cooking spray (muffin tins also work)!
  2. Heat cooking oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add vegetables of choice. Sautee for about 10 mins adding garlic within the last 3-5.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, add cottage cheese, veggies, chicken sausage, and 1/4 c. of cheese.
  4. Season with your favorite seasonings, pepper, dried Italian herbs, etc.
  5. Pour in 8×8 pan or individual muffin tins
  6. Top with remaining cheese
  7. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes
  8. Let cool, enjoy immediately, or cut into squares and store for the week!

Happy eating!

xx,

M

Here, you’re going to find my guide to reducing waste, getting the most out of your money, and enjoying your food! College students, moms & dads, single girls (and guys) who want to make the most of the food you spend your money on, keep on reading!

Freeze.

Raw, frozen vegetables can be roasted, sautéed, or used in any dish fresh vegetables are cooked in. Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies, on top of oatmeal, and in baked goods. What if you made too much of an entree? Freeze it. It doesn’t have to be fancy or in a specific, spendy, trendy container. It can be a Ziploc bag or an air-tight container. Just make sure you remove as much air as you can to preserve and maintain freshness and reduce freezer burn. Always date the bag so you know how long it’s been stored. Frozen goods can last up to a year depending on how well it’s sealed. 🙂

Plan. 

Those that know me know that I am a blend of a planner and letting spontaneity take its chance. That being said, I enjoy having a tentative plan of what I’m going to eat throughout the week; what I will have for snacks, which fruits I’ll purchase, and what I’ll cook ahead of time. This is no-fail, because if I decide to eat out with friends and I still have food at home, I can eat it for breakfast or lunch the next day. I am a huge fan of cold pizza for breakfast.

Be flexible.

I don’t believe in any specific foods only being eaten for breakfast, or any specific foods being eaten for dinner. I will eat fried rice leftovers for breakfast after a workout (with a fried egg for protein), and I’ll make whole-wheat waffles for dinner. America is one of the few cultures in the world that eats dessert-like items for breakfast (donuts, coffee cakes, jumbo muffins, sweet rolls, chocolate chip pancakes, etc). I believe that having the mindset that food does not need to be eaten at certain meals, at specific times, and as certain meals opens up a lot of opportunities. At the end of the week, it isn’t too unlikely you’ll find my roommate and I making breakfast sandwiches for dinner.

Buy in bulk. 

Heading to your local co-op provides you the opportunity to buy in bulk. This means getting larger quantities of non-perishable foods that can be stored on the shelf for a long time and used when needed. Some of my favorite items to buy in bulk include nuts, oats, chia seeds, dried fruit, lentils, beans, rice, and quinoa. Buying in bulk keeps these foods accessible and on hand whenever you need. AND, it reduces cost! Win, win.

Store.

Invest in some high-quality food storage containers. I prefer the glass Pyrex containers; they are microwaveable, don’t taste like plastic, and last a long time. Before I eat a meal that I’ve cooked (in which I know there will be leftovers), I make sure to store the leftovers in these containers. This not only helps save food for the week, but helps to portion it as well.


What other methods do you use to help you save money and eliminate food waste? Let me know! Thanks for reading as always!

Xx,

M

Cauliflower is all the rage among health trends right now and as of right now, I see nothing wrong with this. It offers an extra serving of vegetables, and can be a great lower-carbohydrate option for individuals with diabetes, or those who are watching their carb intake.

Cauliflower has been used frequently to swap higher-carbohydrate foods such as breads, pizza dough, rice, and others among them. My version is a swap for mashed potatoes with a spicy, flavorful twist. Let’s get started!


*recipe is Low-carb, Vegan, and Gluten-Free 😀 *

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower [about 4 cups]
  • 1-2 tsp vegan butter
  • curry powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt & pepper

Procedure:

  1. Steam the cauliflower. Use whatever method you desire. Some pre-packaged bags allow for steaming in the bag. If not, take a large microwave-safe bowl and fill with about an inch of water, and fill the rest with cauliflower. Microwave for 4-5 minutes. It does not matter if you used florets or riced cauliflower – the smaller the pieces, the shorter amount of time you need to cook it.
  2. Drain cauliflower and place in food processor.
  3. Add vegan butter, curry powder, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Dust with chili powder for spice.
  6. Serve warm, or store as meal prep.
  7. ENJOY!

North Dakota is notorious for blistery winters that causes each and every one of us to question just why exactly it is we continue to live where we do. This smoothie will bring you to a tropical place – whether you live in the tropics or the tundra.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tropical blend frozen fruit [banana chunks, peaches, pineapple, mango etc]
  • 1/2 whole orange – peel and all
  • approx 1 c. dairy-free unsweetened milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder/1 scoop collagen [optional]

Directions:

  1. In a high powder blender, blend all ingredients until smooth!
  2. Eat with a spoon or drink with a straw and head to your happy place on the beach – even if it’s just in your daydream. 😀

Pssssst: Add 1 shot of rum OR vodka to make this a frozen, blended cocktail. 😉

xx,

M

Warm, heart-warming, and soul-touching. I discovered curry, this wonderful food in college after never trying it growing up. College has been a time of discovery, and has not slacked at all in terms of food. Because I love curry as much as I do, I wanted to recreate it easily, and in a way that doesn’t take long to prepare. Here’s what I have for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 tsp red curry paste
  • about 3 c. raw vegetables of choice (I used carrots, broccoli, and green bell pepper)
  • 1/2 c dry lentils (any color will do)
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • curry powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a pot, heat ~ 1 tbsp olive oil OR vegan butter on medium heat.
  2. Saute vegetables until almost cooked.
  3. Add garlic. Continue to saute for a few minutes.
  4. Add can of coconut milk and curry paste to the pot. Stir and combine.
  5. Add dry lentils. Stir.
  6. Add curry powder for more flavor if you so desire.
  7. Turn heat down to low and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until lentils are nearly cooked.
  8. Stir and serve with rice and store your leftovers!

Notes:

  • Add shrimp or chicken if you want more protein!
  • Add chili powder to your desired taste. My recipe is very “midwest friendly” meaning it’s more bland than most curries. But if you like the spice, add chili powder to your desired spice profile. 🙂

As always, happy eating!

xx,

M

Let’s face it. We all spend plenty of time on our iPhones. But it doesn’t ahve to be all wasted time. Here, you will find my comprehensive guide to getting the most out of using your iPhone. From apps, features, and some of my favorite things! I hope this guide will help you get the most out of using your iPhone and other Apple devices. 😀 Enjoy!

Features:

Bedtime: 

Within the clock app, Apple added a new feature in 2016 for users to help keep a consistent sleep schedule. For someone like myself who doesn’t have much of a regular sleep schedule, it helps! Each night, I am able to set an approximate time that I want to be sleeping, and set when I want to wake up. It calculates how long you’ll be sleeping based on when you set it. It then goes on to track a sleep history over time in the Health App so the user is able to get a feel for how well and how long they are sleeping for.

My favorite feature of all is the ringtones associated with this feature. They are somewhat tranquil sounding and gradually get louder as to not startle a person as they’re waking up. 

Screen Time: 

On the most recent iOS update in 2018, you’ll discover this wonderful feature. Within the settings app is the the tab titled “Screen Time.” Here, you can look and see how much time you spend on your phone every day. It also allows you to break down the amount of time spent on which apps so you can see where you spend your time. I have added “caps” to my social media apps each day (no more than 2 hours spend on them total per day). This really helps me to stay off my phone when I need to be productive. It also reminds me how ridiculous I feel for spending so much time on my phone. Seriously. 

Night Shift:

This feature was added to an iOS system to help your eyes from being strained while looking at your phone. You as the user are able to adjust how “warm” you wish your screen to look and when. I personally keep my phone on night shift most of the day and night. Way to go Apple!!!


Apps [all free!!]:

Sleep Cycle: 

Another sleep-tracking app. It does its best to analyze how well you slept (by using the microphone feature), and gives you a look at how long you slept, and the quality. It is a great app to try if you want to try to improve you sleep quality or are wondering why you aren’t sleeping well. You get a diagram on feedback for the hours you slept and and quality of your sleep at that time.

White Noise Deep Sleep Sounds:

Speaking of sleeping… If I am having trouble sleeping, I prefer the “fan” setting and I sleep well. It’s nice to have on hand while studying, too. There are plenty other white noise features including an airplane cabin, thunder, wind, and plenty other relaxing sounds.

Event Countdown:

My favorite way to look forward to events to incentivize challenging tasks. I currently have one of my best friends’ weddings noted, when my next races are, and soon, my MCAT date. EEK! 

Flipd:

This app sets a timer that helps with productivity. You can choose to lock your phone so that you aren’t able to use it (perfect for studying). You’re able to pick the amount of time you want to keep it locked for and the amount of time you want.

Kaplan MCAT Flashcards:

I like to have these on-hand. Any bit of studying counts, and if I’m sitting waiting in a line, I can quickly and easily review! 

Resuscitation!:

Ok, Maddie, you’re a nerd, we get it. This is my favorite “game” on my phone. You get to choose a medical speciality and case and you’re the provider. You must review the patients’ symptoms and medical history, then head to the exam where you then order diagnostic labs and imaging, and bedside intervention where you then make a diagnosis and disposition and you’re consequently scored on how you did. I have learned so much from this app!!!


Get productive – I hope this helped! What are your favorite iPhone features and apps? Send me an email or shoot me a message on instagram! Thanks for reading!

xx,

M


Finals are among the most stressful occurrences for students everywhere – college students, graduate students, and everyone, everywhere. We are tested on material taught over the course of 16 weeks crammed into 5 short days. While this time period can be stressful, lacking sleep, and full of anxiety, I have learned some habits that help me thrive in this critical time period that happens at the end of every semester. 

What’s left?

What is left in each course? Chapter 22 homework? A lab report? Each exam you’ll be taking? Make a list. Of EVERYTHING. Add the dates & deadlines. Simply writing these things down eases any bit of panic. You won’t miss a single thing! And this way, as soon as a task is done, nothing beats the gratification of crossing things off a list. I hang mine up where I can see it until the last task is done! 

Break it down.

About two weeks prior to finals, with my comprehensive list of academic tasks and deadlines, I make tentative plans for each day in both my paper planner and on the sticky notes on my computer. This way, I have it available wherever I need it. This helps me stick to the plan. I start by making a (reasonable) list of everything I wish to accomplish that day. 

Sweat.

Getting in a good workout is essential to my success. It grants me mental clarity and focus, and I feel great afterwards. It’s also a great distraction from the stress of exams and studying. When I exercise during this time, I do not bring any study material with me to attempt to read over. I designate time for the gym and crank up the tunes. One hour at the gym is not going to cause you to fail. In fact, it may even help you do better. 🙂

Clean up.

Every exam period, I clean my bedroom and organize the parts that may have become disordered from the craziness of the semester. This includes recycling old papers and receipts, clearing off my desk space, washing my bedding, wiping down my computer, and cleaning out my car. These simple practices just give me more mental clarity and less scatter-brain. 

Sleep.

I will forever refuse to pull an all-nighter to study. Preparing and utilizing designated study time and blocking off specific time to do so prevents the build up of stress, or the thoughts of “I should be studying” [see last point]. I do my best to  relax before bed and trust in my preparation for the upcoming exam. Sleeping 7-8 hours before an exam has proven to help students focus. Take melatonin and go to bed. 😀 I value hydration as well as proper nutrition and find them crucial in this time frame. Taking care of yourself overall is one of the best things you can do now and in the long run! 

Reward yourself.

Give yourself something to look forward to when you’re done. Get drinks, buy yourself something you can wear or read, or go on a small road trip! My best friend and I take a road trip to Fargo as soon as we finish our last finals for the last few semesters. It is so nice to get out of town and switch up the scenery. 

Designate time to study.

Allocating specific time to study (depending on how specific you want to get) has allowed me to eliminate that dreaded last-minute cramming. For example, one hour for chemistry, a half hour break for lunch, an hour and a half of creating a study guide, 1 hour at the gym… etc. The key is to be productive in that designated time. Remove distractions, fill up your coffee cup, and study! The most difficult aspect of this for me was getting the notion of “I need to be studying 24/7 to do well!!!” out of my head. The amount of time “studying” is simply not effective if it involves a lot of scrolling through social media (I speak from experience). One hour of focused studying is far better than two hours of distractions. 


Now relax, take a deep breath, and trust in your preparation to do well on all of your exams. Good luck, my friends!

xx,

M