Your Proverbial Road to Culinary Greatness
Starting to cook on a college budget and schedule can be a tough task. Especially when you have the freedom to pick up fast food or something quick on your way back from class or work. Mama’s not going to scoff at your college eating (or drinking) habits, nor will she be there to stop you from packing on some extra weight. So what can you do, what is the solution?
Well, starting to cook, even if it’s only a few meals a week, will not only be a healthier option for you, but an essential life skill to have if down the road you want to become a man. And when you find a recipe you like or have created, be sure to purchase a journal, and write it down — it may seem trivial now, but in several years you’ll have an epic cookbook, customized just for you.
And if you start now — we promise you’ll thank yourself later. Here’s a few tactics that helped jump-start my culinary aspirations:
How I Became a Morning Person
One of best the best ways to start your day off is with a hearty breakfast. If you have access to an oven stove, grocery store, and several moderately useful cooking utensils, then you’re all set.
Eggs are great and very easy to make (read: moron proof) — for the beginners, go with a scramble… for experts, give a shot at an omelet. Here’s my favorite combination:
The Egg-cellent Legend’s Breakfast:
- 3 eggs
- A tablespoon or two of milk (makes the eggs fluffy)
- Cracked pepper (usually I’ll use a blend of black, red, and lemon pepper)
- Spinach or chopped bell peppers (you can really get any vegetable here, recommend going down the frozen isle at your grocery store and picking up the “chopped” variety)
- Shredded cheddar cheese (as much as you would like)
- Deli-style turkey (really any meat will do, whatever I have on hand: bacon, sausage, ham, chicken, pastrami, etc.)
Or experiment with making yourself a smoothie. My personal favorite is a smoothie:
The Best Sandwich You’ve Ever Had
Have you ever been stuck between two or more menu items at an eatery? Ever secretly wished they could make a menu item named after you? Me too.
Also, we don’t always (actually almost never) have a full kitchen at our disposal in college.
Here’s what I started doing:
Make your own, and have some fun with it — you literally get to fine tune a sandwich to be the greatest of all time, fit to your exact specifications, but it takes practice. Don’t be afraid to experiment or look up recipes (or even combining recipes).
A couple of my favorite combos include (any combination of these ingredients, to me, is delicious):
- Marble-rye Bread
- Sourdough Bread
- Bell Peppers
- Spicy Mustard
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Swiss Cheese
Those are my “base” items — and then I will throw on just about anything else I feel like (usually leftovers from the fridge).
Victory In The Kitchen Equals Winning Her Over
You think cooking/food is the fastest way to a man’s heart? I would argue it’s doubly so for women.
If you can cook, you won’t have to worry about keeping her around, she’s not going anywhere. Even if it’s something small, give it a shot every once in a while.
Or even better — ask her to cook with you, because you want to learn. She’ll either already be a better cook, so she can teach you a few things, or you’ll both be able to learn together.
Get after it, lady killer. And you’re welcome.
We took a minor hiatus from this series, but now we’re back. Be on the lookout for new challenges over the next few weeks — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
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Do you have any favorite easy-to-cook items that have helped you get through college? Please share them in the comments below!