I need to begin this post with an ode to my college kitchen.

You see, this is the very last Meal Prep Monday coming to you from my humble college abode. In a week, I will be graduated and an adult and totally expected to do my own life things like…pay rent, and bills, and all that stuff. It’s a pretty alarming reality, and so yesterday my roommate and I sat in denial and watched Gossip Girl. It’s the little things.

But really, thank you, humble Hillside apartment, with its refrigerator that freezes certain things, the stove that occasionally smokes, and the currently broken disposal, for giving me a place to make and eat these past few years. It’s been real.

(Warning: all of my blog posts this week are going to be somewhat sentimental. There. You have been warned.)

Let’s start talking about food, shall we? Let’s go from top to bottom.

Zucchini Noodles. Because all you need to make pasta are some veggies and a spiralizer! I kept these noodles uncooked because I’ve heard they’re great in raw salads, but I did sauté them up yesterday with some tomato sauce for dinner and they were fab. Totally Lady and The Tramp spaghetti worthy.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes. I didn’t try and overcomplicate things this week because this week is already overly complicated. If you’re new to this blog and need to know how to roast sweet potatoes: turn your oven on to 375, slice potatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, and cinnamon, and cook for 45 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Ta-dah!

Cinnamon Apples. Because I was craving a warm mid-day snack, I took my standard apple slices and pan-fried them for a second with olive oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg until tender. Because we all deserve something warm and cinnamony in our lives.

Lunchbox hangs! I discovered from last week that I really don’t like making fish until the night before, so I’m just taking lunches one day at a time. Today’s lunch: pan-fried tilapia with Montreal seasoning, sautéed onions, green peppers, and green beans, and Trader Joe’s Tricolored Quinoa. Healthy, hearty, and oh-so-clean!


Here’s to hoping that by this time next week, I’ll have a kitchen to make my meals in, and that adulthood can handle my hot mess-ness.

xx,

Jeanette

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