Spicy Egg Salad Bagel:

With an everything bagel, anything is possible. At least, most things are…This Spicy Egg Salad Bagel is a light and fresh twist on the egg salad you southerners grew up eating, and let me tell you, it is delicious. Every once in a while you need something spicy to add a little pizzazz to your diet, you can’t always eat mild foods! This recipe could either be spicy, or really spicy, depending on how you like it. Personally I enjoy spicy foods on the mild to medium scale, and do not care for things like straight up sriracha, hot sauce, jalapenos, that sort of stuff. But if you like hot, go for it! You are braver than I, and have a much stronger stomach.:) Think of classic egg salad as a carrier for greatness, a springboard of possibilities, a bread dough awaiting it’s final glory. Enough examples? Okay. Speaking of the word okay, does anyone else have an inner explosion when you send a long and information-filled text to someone and they respond with “K”? That’s just wrong! My feelings regarding this occurrence can only be summed up in the following meme:

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Any-who, now that I got that off my chest….back to the recipe!

The Ingredients: 1/2 of an everything bagel, 2 soft-boiled eggs, 1 slice all natural pepper jack cheese, 1/2 ripe red tomato, 1 tbsp. light mayonnaise, 1 tsp. southwestern ranch dressing, 1 tsp. sriracha hot sauce (optional), finely diced jalapenos (optional), freshly ground black pepper.

Toast the bagel half to desired toastiness in your toaster. Top the toasted bagel half with the cheese, set aside. Peel the eggshells off of the boiled eggs, dispose. Mash the peeled eggs with a fork until crumbly. Finely dice the tomato, and mix with the eggs. Add the light mayo and the dressing, stir to combine. Add desired amount of freshly ground black pepper. Pile the egg salad atop your bagel half. Serves 1. Enjoy!

The juiciness of the tomato, the crispiness of the bagel, the cheesiness of the cheese, what’s not to love?

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Skinny Tomato & Cheddar Toast:

Do you ever get tired of the tasteless food on your diet? Had one too many packets of Ramen noodles? Those boring salads just get old after a while, don’t they? Well, I’m here to tell you that it is possible to eat healthy, and delicious. Skinny Tomato and Cheddar Toast is a spin on the old classic tomato and cheese melt, but with half the calories of the original. For all of you fellow college students out there, this recipe will provide you with a little variety when it comes to simple…and relatively budget-friendly cuisine. Feel free to change up this toast anyway you want, add some avocado, maybe a little freshly ground black pepper, a dollop of sour cream….whatever topping you want! You could also change up the cheeses, replace the sharp cheddar with pepper-jack, colby-jack, or mozzarella. There are plenty of options out there, you just have to be adventurous enough to try them! Don’t be afraid to try something new. Speaking of trying new things, is avocado toast any good? I’ve always been a bit suspicious of said food. Everyone says it’s to die for, but I wonder, is it really? Or are they just trying to convince themselves that it is? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.;) This episode of Delicious Food 101 features The Chef and Queenbee.

The Chef: “Queenbee, how do you like your toast?” Queenbee: “Mmm…it’s good!” The Chef: “Do you like the tomato in little bits like that?” Queenbee: “Yes, you got that from me.” The Chef: “…plays celebratory music in head…(everyone says I look like my dad…)”  

The Ingredients: 1 slice oatmeal bread, 1/2 red tomato, 1 slice all natural sharp cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. light mayonnaise.

Toast the bread in a toaster, toaster oven, or in an oven on broil to desired level of darkness. Spread the toasted bread with the light mayonnaise. Dice the tomato half into small pieces, arrange the tomato bits atop the mayo. Place the slice of cheese on a plate in your microwave for five to ten seconds or until partially melted. Top the tomato bits with the melty cheese. Serves 1. Enjoy!

WARNING: The following picture is low-quality, captured by a unprofessional photographer, and bathed in all the wrong kinds of lighting (insert gasp of horror here), shield your eyes! 

Looks good to me!:P

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Five Minute Mac & Cheese:

Let’s say you’re a poor, starving, and destitute college student who just wants a delicious, budget-friendly dinner that doesn’t involve Ramen noodles. Or maybe you’re just the average joe who’s trying to watch their portions, or maybe, you have a craving for carbs and cheese. Well….let’s just say you’ve come to the right place. Now, I’ve always been somewhat skeptical of the ‘mug-meals’ fad, I mean, come on….Who believes that you can throw some random stuff together in a ceramic mug and actually create a delicious dinner for one? Until now, I didn’t think it would actually work. So, in light of my disbelief, and my curiosity,  I decided to test out a mac & cheese mug meal recipe from a brilliant (not to mention much more professional than me) fellow blogger. While I changed a few things around to suit my own tastes (and my microwave), you could also follow the original recipe on her blog (which is amazing, by the way). Here’s the link to her recipe: http://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/microwave-macaroni-and-cheese/

Okay, time to stop talking and start cooking.

What you need: 1/3 cup macaroni noodles, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 4 tbsp. evaporated milk, scant 1/4 tsp. cornstarch, one pinch each of salt and pepper.

In a mug or bowl, add noodles and water, Microwave for 3-5 minutes or until al dente. Remove from the microwave and drain off the excess water. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to a minute. Most importantly, enjoy!

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