Homework Assignment #1

As a busy 23-year-old living in a tiny apartment with a roommate, it’s safe to say that cooking up elaborate meal for myself at the end of the day isn’t my top priority. I typically spend Sunday afternoon grocery shopping and meal prepping 5 lunch portions of my selected “easy and healthy” Pinterest recipe of the week. Dinner tends to be a post-workout protein+fruit+spinach smoothie and, if I’m still hungry after slurping that down, a side of eggs and avocado on toast. Needless to say, my kitchen isn’t stocked with much more than I know I can consume in the 7 days before my next trip to the grocery store.

This assignment has impeccable timing, forcing me to be creative with the scraps I have in my fridge and cupboards before I leave for a week long vacation on Tuesday morning. Luckily, my roommate and I have some party appetizer leftovers from our Saturday plans that I think I can get creative with. For my first dish, I will use up my vegetables in one dish and make some oven baked spicy vegetable fries with sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, and rutabaga. For my second dish, I will utilize the only part of my pantry that is always stocked: the baking ingredients. I’m planning to make some strawberry+orange muffins.

Here goes!

Strawberry+Orange Muffins

1 cup fresh strawberries
¼ cup fresh orange juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
⅔ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup milk

Thanks to Pinterest I found a recipe for these muffins and happened to have all of the ingredients!


Not often do I have a reason to use orange zest, so it was fun to be able to utilize both the zest and the juice in this recipe.


These were actually super easy to mix up and put together! I’m so impressed that I was able to put this together when I normally would think I had nothing to eat!


These were SO good! If I were to change anything I would just add more strawberries, and possibly add more types of berries. Or if I wanted to be really fancy, I could make a orange glaze to put on top!

Spicy Veggie Fries

1 sweet potato
1/2 zucchini
handful of carrot sticks
handful of rutabaga sticks
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
salt and pepper to season

Had the carrot and rutabaga sticks leftover and added the sweet potato and zucchini to complete the dish. I have made sweet potato fries before, but wanted to try the same idea with these other veggies.


Chopped all of the veggies and ready to drizzle the oil and add the seasoning.



The sweet potato fries were definitely the best ones of the bunch. The zucchini ended up being really soggy, which I kind of expected due to their high water content. Next time I would also try to make some sort of dipping sauce, they needed a little something extra!

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