Well, I’ve been here at my school for a good week now, and it is still taking me some time to get used to my new environment, my classes, the workload, and everything else that college life on campus entails.
While I still try and get acustomed, I have not really been able to create any elaborate or creative dishes. It’s mainly been the same meals, but I really hope to change that soon enough! No reason to sacrifice delicious meals for school, as long as you prep ahead and make some quick fix meals.
My meals this week, though, haven’t been all the great, but I will show you some of the eats I’ve had that are somewhat “blog-worthy”.
The day before I moved in I was able to coerce my mom into letting me turn on the oven and bake some goods to take with me to school. What did I bake, you ask? Well…
The Everyday Vegan’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Vcon’s Wheat-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vcon’s Jelly Donut Cupcakes
YUM! I was able to safely bring all my treats in on move-in day and enjoyed them all throughout the week. Such as in breakfast (yes, I eat cookies for breakfast.. I’m such a cookie monster!).
On the day before I left for school, I decided to have a decadent breakfast made of two Van’s waffle and homemade pineapple sauce on top. Mmm..
During the week I’ve been at school, I’ve been relying heavily upon frozen foods. I would rather have homemade stuff, but my kitchen wasn’t stocked up yet and I didn’t have time to do it, so I bought convience food to help me through the week. I ate lots of Amy’s and Gardenburger’s. Healthy, yes, but not in the least creative!
What I’ve done for breakfast these past few days is make a big batch of steel cut oats and store individual servings in the fridge so I can just heat it up and add the mix-ins and eat! Some combos I’ve done:
PB&J Carob Chip Oats
Carob Pudding Oatmeal
On my first weekend here, I thought it would be nice to go eat at a veggie restaurant in town that I’d heard about over the summer. The cafe specializes in soups and wraps, and while I really wanted to try one of their awesome wraps, I changed my mind as soon as I saw the soup of the day: Roasted Red Pepper Chili!
Wow, was this chili so good! It was chock full of every bean under the sun: cannelini, kidney, black, garbanzo, pinto, and probably a few more! I loved how the roasted red pepper flavor permeated throughout the chili and just tied the whole thing together. I will definitely be coming back to this cafe and hopefully try a wrap next time!
On my way back to my dorm I waled across the town’s ice cream parlor and was shocked to see it announce they had “homemade Soy Cream (non-dairy frozen dessert)” on its front windows! I just had to go in and grab a scoop! I ordered the Strawberry Soy Cream, described as “fresh strawberry flavor made with organic soybeans, organic can sugar, and fresh whole strawberries”.
While the texture of this soy cream was a bit off (it was a bit chew for some reason) the flavor was still there and I was still able to enjoy my treat and satisfy my sweet tooth without harming any animals. 🙂
Oh, and I was able to make something a bit more elaborate this weekend: I made ED&BV’s Polenta Pancakes and topped them with banana slices. This was my first time eating polenta, and I really enjoyed it! I wonder what other dishes I can make with this…
I’ve got some serious grocery shopping to do tomorrow, so I can have REAL meals and not rely on frozen all the time (besides, frozen meals can sometimes mean more money, which is what I don’t have right now). I can tell this semester is going to be a busy one.. I am still having trouble with organizing and getting myself together, so I’ll have to work on that.
Hopefully everyone’s having a great weekend and if you’re back at school or heading there, wishing you a great school week!