College Cooking: A Meal in 7 Steps!
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College Cooking: A Meal in 7 Steps!

Ello, ello loves! It’s sure to be a new week chalk full of excitement, music, and food I don’t have to cook myself (thank God lol). Last week Wednesday to Sunday was my Fall Break which meant sleeping in lots, catching up on some of my favorite shows (GOSSIP GIRL AND 90210 ARE BACK! YAY!) and cooking for myself since the dining halls were closed/only allowing students in if they paid for their meals. Luckily I had my boyfriend there, starving right along with me. Romantic, right?

Once we got tired of eating pizza and from vending machines, a lovely trip to Wal-Mart was in order. For dinner we made white rice, black beans, and pork chops – which turned out amazingly! I may be biased though. 😉

In order to replicate our culinary masterpiece you’ll need:

  • Rice (Arroz Rico)

Anyone else remember their commercials from 2006, like this?

  • Pork Chops
  • Seasoned Salt (Lawry’s)
  • Chili Powder (5th Season)
  • Paprika (McCormick)
  • Onion and Herb Seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
  • Adobo Seasoning (Goya)
  • Minced Garlic (McCormick)
  • Black beans (Progresso)
  • 1 Lime
  • Olive Oil

Seasoning, How to cook pork chops,

What can I say? We like flavor!

1.  First, clean the meat using lime juice. This is done by squeezing the lime and rubbing it all over the pork chops. Once the pork chops are fully drenched, pour out the excess lime juice. Make sure to throw out any seeds!

2.  Season the pork chops with all of your spices. We put about a pinch of each spice — Seasoned Salt (Lawry’s), Chili Powder (5th Season), Paprika (McCormick), Onion and Herb Seasoning (Mrs. Dash), and Adobo Seasoning (Goya). You can pick and choose which spices who want to use. We just kept seasoning until we liked the way it smelled. 🙂

3.  Next, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan with a thin layer. The oil should be poured in when the setting is low and then gradually raised to medium heat.

Tip: Make sure the stove isn’t too hot when you pour in the oil or it might pop and land on you or even start a fire!

4.  Carefully add some minced garlic pieces to the pan and fry them until golden brown to add flavor to the oil — the more pieces you add, the more garlic you’ll taste. If you want, you can keep the garlic bits in, but we removed ours.

5.  Next, place the pork chops very carefully in the frying pan and cover the pan. We let it fry for 15 minutes on medium heat, checking every so often, before flipping over to the next side. Once both sides are a nice brown color, you can cut the meat from the center to check that it has cooked all the way through.

Now on to the rice and beans! It’s really simple.

6.  Add about a cup and a half of water to a pot. When the water begins to boil, add a little bit of oil. Keep in mind that one cup of rice should be enough to feed two people. Don’t forget to add salt or other seasonings into the rice for flavor and stir every so often.

Tip: The amount of water that you put to boil should be no higher than 1/2 an inch – 1 inch above the amount of rice you’re cooking. Don’t stir too much or your rice will get mushy!

7.  As for the beans, it can’t get any easier since they’re canned! Just pour the beans into a small pot on low heat and add any ingredients into it that you want. I personally recommend Adobo; so good!

And voila, your meal is ready!

What do you think of our dinner? What other sorts of meals do you like cooking for fun/are affordable to a college student on a budget? Let us know!

XOXO,

Jessica

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