Throughout college I think I can honestly say that I never cooked a real meal for myself. I would occasionally make pasta, and one Thanksgiving my little and I cooked popcorn chicken together… but other than that I never had to cook. I was on a meal plan all four years of college even my senior year when I lived in a house- a house that had two fully functioning kitchens. For two years before that I lived in my sorority house which also had two kitchens but alas I always went to the dining hall or a local restaurant. I was lucky enough to never have to worry about planning my meals, but now that I am out of college, things are a little different. While I do live at home, my parents are no longer cooking meals every night to feed their 22 year old daughter. So I have started to get creative by turning to Pinterest and cooking meals- typically alongside my boyfriend, Jack. This is something I would consider a ‘Post-Grad Reality Check’ aka something I have had to navigate since graduating college and becoming “real”.

I am far from what anyone would call a good cook and Jack would probably be the first person to let you know. Back in October when we went apple picking and cooked apple everything, I accidentally put about 4x the amount of cinnamon in a recipe because I read it wrong, causing us to have to add more of everything into the mix…. Since then, I’d definitely like to think that I have gotten better. Here are a couple of easy recipes we have been cooking lately!

Chicken Avocado Pizza Tasty Buzzfeed

Chicken Avocado Pizza

Chicken Avocado Pizza // Hear me out: This sounds like a crazy idea and even when I saw the recipe I was skeptical. Avocado on pizza? You must be insane. But, it was actually really delicious! The ingredients were all fresh and generally healthy. It was a fun to make a pizza and it was definitely worth getting adventurous with our cooking!

Cajun Chicken Pasta Weight Watchers

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta // Jack and I both really like spicy things and this Cajun pasta was no exception. It wasn’t super spicy, Jack had to add hot sauce to his plate, but the dish still had a bit of a kick from the Cajun seasoning. This pasta had peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes in it, along with the chicken, pasta, and sauce ingredients. All of the flavors together were amazing! Also, if you are on a diet this is actually a weight watchers recipe so it’s healthy for you.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Creamy Rice (Risotto) // Up until we made this for dinner I had it in my mind that I didn’t like risotto. I have no idea why I thought this, but while making it I said “this reminds me of that stuff I don’t like…”, which is when I found out we were in fact cooking risotto. I can now honestly say that I love risotto and want to eat it all the time- but I don’t because that would be unhealthy. This one pot meal was very easy to make though it took a little longer to cook than we had expected. Plus, the recipe called for wine which meant I could have a glass while cooking! It was definitely one of my favorites that we have made so far.

What are some of your favorite recipes?

Emily Riane

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