I’ve never cooked yuca until I went to Nicaragua last February. At first, I was intimidated of it because it looked so rough and hard. But once I cooked it and tasted how wonderful it was, I just couldn’t get enough of it! It was also one of a few vegetables that I could get pretty consistently around my neighborhood in Ometepe Island. Even when I came back to the states, I made boiled yuca several times. It sure beats mashed potatoes any day. And every time I eat it, it brings me back to the beautiful time I had in Nicaragua.

The hardest part of cooking yuca is cutting them through the hard skin in the beginning. It really feels like I am chopping wood. I just have to get a sharp big knife and wack through it. The cooking method of yuca is very similar to potato and other starchy tuberous vegetables. But unlike potato, yuca has a hard fibrous thick string in the middle, almost like a spine of the root which is inedible. It needs to be taken out after boiling the root.

This boiled yuca is a popular side dish in many Latin American countries. You can also deep fry yuca like thick potato steak fries or put it in a stew.



Simple Salad with Homemade Yogurt-Avocado Poppy Seed Dressing 

A great addition to this week’s meal prep menu. 

Ingredients for Poppy Seed Dressing 

2 cups 0% fat Greek yogurt 

1 tbsp honey 

1 large avocado 

3 capfuls of apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp poppy seeds 

Juice from 1 lime 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Water to thin out, if necessary 

Ingredients for Salad 

Grilled chicken - recipe here 

Grilled onions - recipe here 

Grape tomatoes 

Feta or goat cheese 

Salad greens of your choice 


Blend together all ingredients for salad dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

NOTE: I preferred for my dressing to be on the thicker side but feel free to thin out your dressing as needed. 

Assemble your salad and serve. 


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Hi guys! I haven’t seen many posts about recipes to make for school, so I decided to make one.

We all know food is important, especially when you need your brain to be active and at its full potential. There are a few general tips I’d like to share before going into the actual recipes:

  • the most important nutrients we should be consuming are carbs, proteins and calcium
  • the British Nutrition Foundation recommends “ a diet rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables, include moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, moderate amounts of lean meat and fish and other non-dairy protein sources and limited amounts of foods containing fat or sugars.”
  • healthy diet: how to
  • how to eat healthy on a small budget
  • always compare branded products to generic brands: look at the nutrients because most of the time they’re either the same, or better. 
  • also I’ve found that many times I like the generic brand products better. For example, I don’t like the Lipton iced tea (1,49€), but I actually love the generic brand iced tea from the major grocery stores over here (around 0,50€)
  • in order to save money, limit the amount of times you’re allowed to eat out each month/week

What you should be eating

Firstly, I’d like to address how important it is to drink a lot of water. It genuinely is good for every single thing: it helps with your skin, with detoxing, with weight loss, with muscle growth, etc.

Here are a few example meals you should eat at different times of day:


  • Wholegrain cereal with milk and glass of orange juice
  • Wholemeal bread toasted with chopped banana and glass of milk

Lunch or Tea

  • Bowl of vegetable soup and wholemeal bread with an apple and yoghurt
  • Chicken / tuna salad wrap and pure fruit smoothie
  • Baked beans on whole-grain toast
  • Baked potato topped with tinned tuna, baked beans or grated cheese
  • Scrambled egg on toast with grilled tomato

TOP-TIP! A ‘baked’ potato can be easily prepared in a microwave in about 5 minutes


  • Chicken or beef stir fry with noodles
  • Egg omelette with cheese and baked potato
  • Pasta with tinned tuna topped with cheese

TOP TIP! Frozen vegetables are packed with nutrients and are great when you are pressed for time.

Source: Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

What to keep in your kitchen

  • Tea and coffee
  • Dried mixed herbs/spices
  • Low-salt stock cubes: for chicken, beef and/or pork (Knorr makes good ones, but there are always the generic brands if you want a cheaper option)
  • Tomato and Pesto sauces (for a quick pasta sauce)
  • Garlic and onions
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Pasta, rice, noodles and couscous (choose wholegrain ones if possible)
  • Porridge oats
  • Granola
  • Plain flour (for baking and thickening sauces)
  • Canned chopped tomatoes
  • Canned fruit (in fruit juice not syrup)
  • Canned pulses such as chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans (not in salted water)
  • Canned fish e.g. tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines (try and make sure these are sustainable and canned in water or unsaturated fats)
  • Fresh fruit (fruits of the season are cheaper)
  • Butter
  • Water bottles (just a couple, you can refill them)


When you’re going to study, whether it’s at the library or at home, it’s important to snack on something nutritious in order to keep your brain working. There are lots of different things you can just pick up, or wash (maybe slice too) and throw in a Tupperware box

  • tea: green and black tea are highly energetic (here’s an article about different kinds of tea)
  • various nuts: walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc
  • fruits: apple, banana, blueberry, avocado and orange are good ones
  • I also love to snack on watermelon. It may not be super nutritious, but it’s fresh, it fills you up and is low calorie
  • vegetables: carrots, broccoli, string beans and pea pods can (and should) all be eaten raw
  • greek yogurt: you can literally throw anything in there and it will taste good, or you can just eat it plain, because it tastes good and the consistency is great
  • dark chocolate
  • peanut butter
  • 17 power snacks for studying
  • 10 ways to boost your brain power
  • another studyblr food masterpost


by time of cooking/preparation

10 minutes tops

10+ minutes

My own recipe: Tuna Pasta 

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If you don’t know me too well: Hello I’m Vanessa and I eat pasta like there’s no tomorrow. Also, tuna is one of my favorite things. Nice to meet ya!

I make this all the time, it’s super easy and quick (if you don’t count the time it takes to boil pasta, which is the boring part). Here are the ingredients:

  1. pasta (any kind; however much you want to eat)
  2. a can of tuna (or more, depends on how many people you’re cooking for)
  3. garlic (1 clove)
  4. olive oil
  5. tomato sauce or pulp
  6. salt
  7. oregano

This is how to do it:

  1. boil water for the pasta; add salt before putting the pasta in the pot
  2. while the pasta is boiling, open the can of tuna just a little and set it on the sink upside down so the oil/water (whatever the tuna is conserved in) comes out
  3. when the pasta is done, put a bit of olive oil in a pan and chop up a clove of garlic in little squares
  4. turn on the stove and wait until the oil starts to sizzle a little bit before putting the tuna in
  5. stir the tuna around for a minute or so, and then add a bit of tomato sauce/pulp
  6. after the tuna is covered in the sauce, you can add the pasta and a pinch of salt
  7. stir everything around for a bit so you can see how much more sauce you need to add (no need for useless extra calories), and then add it
  8. stir everything again, to “spread” the sauce
  9. turn the stove off, put your dish on a plate, and sprinkle some oregano on top
  10. Voilà!!

I found a similar, fancier version of this recipe on BBC Good Food.

Note: most (if not all) of these recipes are easily portable, all you need is a couple tupperware boxes and your knife and fork. Throw them in your bag before heading out the door and you’re all set! 
If your school doesn’t have microwaves (which it probably does), focus on making the cool recipes, like salads, wraps, quesadillas, etc.

Free recipe apps

  1. Yummly (my favorite)
  2. SideChef
  3. Kitchen stories
  4. Tender (iOS only)
  5. Chefsteps
  6. Cookpad
  7. Epicurious (iOS only)
  8. Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (also available for Windows Phones)
  9. BigOven (available for all devices, including iPad): also has website
  10. Cheftap (Android only)

That’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed my post, and that it actually helps you.

Feel free to request any posts you would like me to do, and I’ll gladly do them if I’m qualified to.

Check out my lastest back to school 2016 post if you’d like some scholarly advice :)

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So one of the saddest things about being lactose intolerant AND a vegetarian (much as I’m very happy with that life choice) is the lack of carbonara. Now, this used to be my go-to meal and I’ve desperately been trying to recreate it and I think I’ve worked out how. Now, this definitely isn’t the healthiest meal I’ve ever made but it’s so delicious; so who really cares? I would also like to add that this would be a great date night meal to impress that special someone 💖. So give it a try and please let me know what you think as I love hearing feedback.

Avocado Carbonara

1. Salt a medium pan of water and pop it on the boil. At the same time - on a medium heat - fry some quorn bacon lardons (these are delicious by the way!) in 2tsp of olive oil with one diced clove of garlic.

2. Whilst this is all going on (and do keep stirring the ‘bacon’) now it’s time to make the sauce! In a food processor whiz up 1 avocado, 15g Parmesan, 1 egg, 2tbsp olive oil, a handful of basil and 2tsp of yoghurt (I know that’s not totally lacto-free but a little bit usually doesn’t hurt me too much).

3. Your waters probably boiling by now so add however much pasta you want. This is usually quite a lot when I cook. Once your pastas cooked add it to the ‘bacon’ pan, add ½ a cup of the pasta water and the sauce - keep this on a low heat otherwise the egg will scramble (not tasty, I promise). Add lots of salt and pepper and a little bit of fresh basil torn in!


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hello! with school coming up i decided to make a post to help you make fast and healthy breakfasts for when you’re rushing in the morning. breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s crucial for you to eat something before school, especially since you’re going to be using your brain a lot. recipes linked in the title!

1. nut butter, banana, and chia seed toast

really quick meal that i have in the morning that’s packed with vitamins and minerals! it’s not only healthy but very delicious. (note: it says sun butter but i use either cookie butter or peanut butter.)

2. berry and yogurt smoothie

fast and easy smoothie that can be made very easily! blend any frozen fruit with greek yogurt and any liquid (milk/juice works great). freeze overnight and thaw.

3. warm fruit bowl

bake a berry blend in the oven and add a cup of milk. dark chocolate can be added on top optionally. :)

4. blueberry overnight oats

if you’re lazy like me, this is a great recipe for you. combine oats, chia seeds, vanilla, blueberries, milk and yogurt in a sealed container. by the next morning it should be done. 

5. parfait

these are really easy to make! i’d just look up a parfait recipe; there are a lot of good ones on the internet! 

sorry this was a v quick post. i hope you found some stuff you can make!! another list of recipes here. (all recipes found via greatist.)

Stuffed peppers with only the finest fresh veggies from the garden. Chopped up some onion, tomato, a little parsley, and cooked up quinoa and brown rice. Oh and don’t forget the cheese!! Lots of it ..Mixed it all together inside my scooped out peppers and baked in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes!