Kleeball’s Kitchen

So to get the ball rolling on my food life again, I’ll start with some of my personal recipes. They’re all absurdly easy, but hopefully they’ll give some of you fellow post-grads (or people who have a kitchen but are still relatively lazy) some dinspiration.

Lox and Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat Toast with Scrambled Eggies on the side

Ok, so it’s not dinspiration, but it should be eggcelent…

This takes at most 5-10 minutes to make in the morning, and it’ll give you smack you in the face with proteins and energy! Make sure to get cage-free eggs 🙂

Fwesh Stwabewwiez

So I didn’t personally cook these per se, but did you know strawberries whiten your teeth?! Who knew?! I didn’t. You can also pair them with yogurt, which is a lovely lil’ probiotic.

Grilled Cheese, Avocado, and Tomato Soup

This is some super simple dinspiration. I happen to have a toaster oven, which I’ve used for pretty much every single meal. So I got some of my favorite whole wheat bread, slathered it in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and toasted it for a little bit. I took it back out, put some Cotswald cheese (find at Whole Foods) and Sharp Cheddar on it and put it back in the toaster oven until the cheese was melted.

I’ve also made grilled cheeses on my pan, but I usually do that when I want to make it with butter.

Leftover mashup – Sautéed Vegetables, Scrambled Eggs, Tikka Sauce, White Rice

On Monday, I had a few groceries left from the previous week, so I decided to just do a clean sweep (SWEEP). The Tikka sauce I got at Whole Foods, and all you have to do is heat it. And then you can mix that with chicken or just rice.

The veggies include zucchini, red onions, green onions, garlic, and tons of olive oil. I usually include tomatoes, but I had already eaten all of them from before 😦

I really like using a bowl for these little mashups because I personally don’t mind mixing my food, and everything fuses together better. Also, I can be lazy and it’s easier to eat out of a bowl. Like canine status.

Tomato and Basil Pasta

I am so freaking proud of this one.

Buy whatever pasta you want to cook – in this case, I used Penne. Start boiling some water until you see bubbles. Throw the pasta in. I actually put in a spoonful of the marina sauce I was going to use into the water along with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, in the hopes that the pasta would sort of absorb the flavor. Keep testing the pasta to make sure it doesn’t get too soft because you ideally want to cook it til al dente, which is essentially pasta that is cooked to be firm to the bite. Aka PERFECTION.

For the sauce, I used some Mario Batali Marina Sauce. He’s one of my favorite chefs and it’s actually my dream to meet him!! I chopped up some garlic and basil and threw that in there as well. Then mix the pasta in, cook until it’s nice and hot, put it on a plate with some basil garnish on top for presentation (and flavor) and BAM. You have yourself a really simple, healthy, delicious meal 🙂

Hope this is somewhat useful. Either way, this is my favorite part of the day (coming home and cooking dinner).

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