Lions’ Plate: Tangy Taco Salad

February 17, 2020 Elizabeth Casalnova 0

If you’re looking to pack a quick lunch or dinner on your busiest day, taco salad is a great option, as it is both simple and customizable. My recipe is more basic than others, so experiment with different vegetables, toppings and spices. This recipe tastes amazing when it is topped with homemade guacamole. You can even eat it with tortilla chips. The possibilities are endless! […]

Lions’ Plate: Creamy Coconut Cake

February 10, 2020 Elizabeth Casalnova 0

For years, I’ve had to accommodate for the dietary restrictions of my relatives. Instead of feeling guilty after celebrating birthdays with cheesecake and relatives who couldn’t indulge, my brother and I started a tradition to make this recipe. Anyone trying to eat healthy should still satisfy their sweet tooth, and this coconut cake is the perfect option. Replacing sugar with honey and using fresh fruit on top is a deliciously light alternative to a store-bought cake. […]

Lions’ Plate: Homemade Potato Chips

February 3, 2020 Elizabeth Casalnova 0

This recipe is almost too simple, but it’s a healthier alternative to a very popular snack — potato chips. Like most of my recipes, these chips are versatile. From cayenne and paprika to garlic and herb, you can add whatever seasoning you want. This is just the basic version, so feel free to customize it however you’d like. Plus, since they’re baked in the oven instead of deep fried, they will have much lower fat levels. […]

Lions’ Plate: Refreshing Kale Salad

January 27, 2020 Elizabeth Casalnova 0

It’s officially the start of the spring semester, which for most means getting back into a healthy routine after all of the winter holidays. This salad is my go-to lunch on days I want to feel satisfied but not weighed down. Salads are so versatile and ingredients can be swapped to fit your taste. I didn’t like the taste of raw kale until I learned how to prepare it properly. Now it’s my favorite base for a salad, and it has more nutritional value than iceberg lettuce.

Lions Plate: Sweet Apple Pie

December 2, 2019 Elizabeth Casalnova 0

In my household, there was always a debate on Thanksgiving about apple and pumpkin pie. For my final recipe of the semester, I am sharing a delicious apple pie recipe. Unlike the pumpkin, the apple pie is best when served warm. A fun trick I learned is to put it back in the oven while we eat dinner — that way it’s nice and hot by dessert. In my opinion, the apple pie tastes best when smothered in vanilla ice cream, but you can eat it with whatever you like best. […]

Lions’ Plate: Chicken Quesadilla

November 5, 2019 Signal Contributor 0

This quesadilla will not only satisfy your cheese cravings, but it will also give you your protein and vegetable fix, making it an easy, deliciously well-rounded meal. My roommates and I usually make this dish together, and it has become a little tradition to eat these with each other despite our hectic schedules. […]

Lions’ Plate: Simple Pumpkin Coffee

October 16, 2019 Signal Contributor 0

A classic favorite for the fall weather is a pumpkin spice latte, but stopping by your local Starbucks every day will easily drain your wallet. On the days I have an extra minute in the morning, I open up a can of pumpkin puree and start making my own version of pumpkin coffee. […]

Lions’ Plate: Simple Turkey Chili

September 30, 2019 Signal Contributor 0

This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s one of the first ones I’ve made myself. This chili is perfect for the days I don’t feel like cooking because I can throw everything in my crockpot and come back to it later. […]

Lions’ Plate: Homemade Guacamole

September 23, 2019 Signal Contributor 0

Guacamole is easily accessible in grocery stores, but it’s served in plastic containers and loaded with tons of excess ingredients. Though premade guacamole is flavorful, making it fresh will amplify the delicious taste of all the ingredients. […]

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