Cooking a la College

This time of the year can be very crazy when it comes to making food. Lent is upon us which means no sweets for some and no meat on Fridays for many. In addition to this, St. Patrick’s Day is at the end of Spring Break (in about 3 weeks), and you have to have at least one creative snack for the Irish themed party. Here are a few suggestions for each of these scenarios.

Rainbow Dessert Shooter, the finished product, perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Photo by Rachel Pasker.
Rainbow Dessert Shooter, the finished product, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Rachel Pasker.

Rainbow Dessert Shooters
-Lucky Charms cereal
-Any flavor Yogurt
-Whipped topping
Mix your favorite flavor of yogurt with an equal amount of whipped topping. Put one layer of this mixture in the bottom of the cup, and then add a layer of Lucky Charms until cup is full. You can also add food coloring to the mixture to make them various colors of the rainbow, or simply green. Serve within an hour of making them to ensure that the cereal does not get soggy.
My Notes: St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and this is a quick and easy snack for your next party or just hanging out beforehand. It’s a fairly healthy snack that will fill you up if you eat the entire cup. This is why I would suggest only filling the cups half full, or finding small cups, especially if you don’t like a lot of whipped cream. Otherwise, this is such a creative and fun idea for the holiday!

No Sweets, No Problem: Gourmet Bananas
1 Banana
Cinnamon or cinnamon sugar mix
Slice a banana onto a plate. Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and drizzle honey overtop of the banana.
My Notes: In case you gave up sweets for Lent and you have a late night craving, this is the perfect healthy solution. It was so easy to make and tasted amazing! I would suggest having at least 2 bananas when you make this because it is so good you will want to make more.

Fridays: Toasted Cheese Sandwich
2 slices of bread (any kind)
1 slice of cheese
Place the toaster on its side and lay one piece of bread in each slot. Place the slice of cheese on the slice of bread that is on the bottom slot and push the lever to toast. When the bread pops up, place the two slices together and allow time for the cheese to melt in between them.
My Notes: If you are allowed to have a toaster, this is the perfect solution to a no meat Friday during Lent. The toaster needs to remain on its side otherwise the cheese will fall off and melt all over the toaster. It is also suggested to keep your hand in front of the bread before it pops up in case it shoots out of the toaster.

*If you have any ideas or suggestions of recipes you would like me to try, feel free to email me at

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