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Spoon University and Chef’d Are Making Student Meal Kits

Ramen noodles and Hot Pockets may need to take a back seat for a while.

Spoon University, the food journalism site for students, announced a couple of days ago that it is teaming up with Chef’d to create college student meal kits.

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Photo: Spoon University

Starting next year, these meal kits will be shipped out to students looking to cook but lacking the time to go grocery shopping. They will contain everything from ingredients for recipes (enough for 4 meals), sets of 6 grab-and-go meal products, 10-packs of snacks or beverages, or even care package-themed meal kits.

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Photo: Chef’d

College students who spend all of their time studying will find these a relief from the fast food and more processed meals that they’re used to consuming. These meal kits are supplied with great, tasty products that students can use not only to enjoy eating, but to get back in the kitchen as well.

For now, Spoon University is offering a sign-up sweepstakes promotion. Those who sign up to learn when the meal kits are ready to go will be entered in a snacks care package giveaway!

Make sure to sign up for the sweepstakes and get ready to enjoy these creative, college-oriented new meal kits.

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15 Hybrid Foods For People Who Are Afraid Of Commitment

I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I have stood in the kitchen, trying to decide on something to make for dinner and get nowhere because no one can agree on one thing. Well, that’s where hybrid foods come in for the win. Hybrid foods combine two or more dishes which makes everything easier because there’s bound to be something in there that everyone will like. Check out these life-saving savory combinations.


1. Pizza Pasta

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Photo by Hui Lin

Pasta with herbs, pepperoni, and cheesy goodness… what more could you possibly need? Added bonus – it only takes 20 minutes to make. Recipe here. 


2. Guacamole Fries

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Photo by Max Bartick

Yes I know, it’s literally your hybrid dream come true. Who wouldn’t want guac fries to dip in some fresh salsa? Make this amazing key lime salsa to go along with your new fav food. Try them now.


3. Totchos

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Photo by Emma Lally

No need for tortilla chips, they have officially been replaced by tater tots. It’s like a loaded baked potato… but in tot form with meat and avocado. Yum. You know you want to.


4. Doritos-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks

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Photo by Audrey Mirabito

Cheese on cheese on cheese. Warm oozy gooey cheese wrapped in a crunchy blanket of even more cheese, seriously, why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Recipe here.


5. Pizza Hot Dog

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Photo by Hui Lin

Yes this exists, and yes, I promise it’s amazing. Try it at your next cookout to impress your friends.


6. Sushirrito

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Photo by Jane Yeo

This is honestly an adventure for your tastebuds. An awesome adventure that you’ll want to go on again. The sushi burrito is packed with flavors, textures, and mixed temperatures that work gloriously together. Learn how to make your own in just 15 minutes.


7. Mac ‘n Cheese Stuffed Ramen Sliders

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Photo by Shalayne Pulia

All I have to say is wow. The crispy ramen acts like the bun and the meat is filled with creamy mac ‘n cheese. I could probably eat that everyday. Find out how to make it here, plus what else you can do with ramen.


8. Guacamole Hummus

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Photo by Benj Shapiro

This hybrid combines the two most epic dips into one ultimate snack. It’s easy, healthy, and super customizable.


9.  Pizza Panini

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Photo by Tarika Narain

Wowie that sounds good, and looks good too. Cheese, marinara sauce, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and onions all come together in perfect unison to create this majesty.Find the recipe here, and check out some other amazeball paninis, too.


10. Lasagna Cupcakes

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Photo courtesy of @christinaongert on Instagram

Okay so it’s not actually a cross between lasagna and a sweet cupcake, but just lasagna in the shape of a cupcake, which is cute and delicious. But if you do want sweet lasagna, try this amazing cookie lasagna.


11. Caesar Salad Pizza

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Photo courtesy of @nc_eats on Instagram

Since this hybrid has “salad” in the name, you can trick yourself into thinking you’re being healthy. Oh yes.


12. Soup Dumpling

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Photo by Toedora Maftei

This really is a game changer. I mean, soup inside of the dumpling is genius. Find out where you can get the best soup dumplings in Boston.


13. Chicken and Waffles

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Photo by Katie Elliot

So technically this hybrid can be sweet or savory, but it can still count since it’s undoubtedly one of the best. Step up your brunch game with these chicken and waffle cones.


14. Carne Asada Fries

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Photo courtesy of @mexicalitaco

Fresh fries topped with heaps of nacho cheese, guac, salsa, sour cream, and meat. Yes plz.


15. Spaghetti Taco

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Photo courtesy of @alliica on Instagram

These sound a little sus, but they are surprisingly delicious. Plus, they were on iCarly so they have to be good. If you’d rather just stick with normal tacos, check out these black bean and butternut squash tacos.

Original post by Cara Hutto for Spoon University 

 

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These Truffles Are the Best Way to Eat Your Favorite Childhood Cereals

Eating cereal out of a bowl is a thing of the past. This year for National Cereal Day we decided to dessert-ify our breakfast and crush up our favorite childhood carbs into decadent truffles. Nothing says breakfast quite like melted chocolate and Lucky Charms marshmallows, so try these 4 flavor combos and ditch the milk.


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Photo and GIFs by Max Bartick

Cookie Crisp Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

2 cups crushed Cookie Crisp

8-oz. cream cheese, softened

1 bag milk chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

10 Cookie Crisp pieces (for garnish)

Directions:

1.   Crush enough Cookie Crisp cereal to measure out 2 cups.Cookie-photo 2.   In a medium bowl, mix together crushed cereal, 1/3 cup chocolate chips and softened cream cheese until well combined into a dough.

3.   Roll into 2 tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

4.   Melt remaining chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until smooth.

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5.   Remove balls from the freezer and coat in melted chocolate. Place back on the lined sheet.

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6.   Top each truffle with one piece of cereal.

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7.   Let set for 15 minutes. Coooooooooookie Crisp.


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Photo and GIFs by Max Bartick

Reese’s Puffs Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

2 cups crushed Reese’s Puffs

4-oz. softened cream cheese

½ cup peanut butter

1 bag dark chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

1.   Crush enough Reese’s Puffs cereal to measure out 2 cups.

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2.   In a medium bowl, combine crushed cereal with 1/4 cup peanut butter and 4-oz. softened cream cheese.

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3.   Roll into 2 tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

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4.   Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until smooth.

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5.   Remove balls from the freezer and coat in melted chocolate. Place back on the lined sheet.

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6.   Melt the remaining peanut butter in the microwave until smooth, about 30 seconds

7.   Place the peanut butter into a ziplock sandwich bag, snip off the tip of one corner with a scissors, and pipe across each truffle.

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8.   Freeze for 15 minutes or until hard.

9.   Enjoy that chocolate peanut butter-y goodness.


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Photo and GIFs by Max Bartick

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

2 1/8 cups crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch

8-oz. softened cream cheese

1 bag white chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

1.   Crush enough Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal to measure out 2¼ cups.

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2.   In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups crushed cereal with 8-oz. softened cream cheese.

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3.   Roll into 2 tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

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4.   Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until smooth.

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5.   Remove balls from the freezer and coat in melted chocolate. Place back on the lined sheet.

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6.   Top with the remaining crushed cereal and set for 15 minutes until hardened.

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7.   Crave those crazy squares.


Photo and GIFs by Max Bartick

Lucky Charms Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

2 cups crushed Lucky Charms cereal

1/8 cup crushed Lucky Charms marshmallows

8-oz. softened cream cheese

1 bag white chocolate chips

4-7 drops green food coloring

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

1.   Crush enough Lucky Charms cereal to measure out 2 cups.

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2.   In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups crushed cereal with 8-oz. softened cream cheese.

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3.   Roll into 2 tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

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4.   Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until smooth.

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5.   Add 4-7 drops of green food coloring and mix until you reach your desired color.

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6.   Remove balls from the freezer and coat in melted chocolate. Place back on the lined sheet.

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7.   Top each truffle with crushed marshmallows and let set for 15 minutes until chocolate hardens.

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8.   Hot damn.

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College Students Across America Voted on The Best Way to Eat Pop-Tarts

It’s 2016, which means it’s officially election season. We teamed up with our friends at Pop-Tarts to find out which flavor is most popular among college kids as the toaster pastry of our childhood hits the “campaign trail.” Over 3,000 devoted Spoon readers voted, and we’ve found the hard-hitting, life-changing info that’ll really impact your voting decisions this November. And, yes, the race between toasted vs. plain Pop-Tarts continues. Check out the results below.

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Create An Epic Taco Quesadilla Pizza By Combining Your Favorite Game Day Snacks

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Photos by Becky Hughes

Go team! Score the point! Or whatever. More importantly, here’s a taco-inspired pizza that uses a quesadilla instead of a crust, and calls for RO*TEL diced tomatoes and green chilies, which adds a bold, zesty flavor you won’t be able to stop eating (seriously). I’ll give you a second to pick up your jaw from the floor, because this is pure HEAVEN.

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Taco Quesadilla Pizza

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

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Ingredients:

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can RO*TEL (drained)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thin (seeds removed if you can’t take the heat)

Directions:

1)   On one tortilla, layer about ¼ cup of cheese. Top with 1/4 cup RO*TEL, then another layer of cheese. Finish with the second tortilla.

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2)   Toast quesadilla in a dry pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side, or until cheese is melted and tortilla is golden brown and smells toasty.QUES4

3)   Transfer quesadilla to a baking sheet and top with another 1/4 cup RO*TEL and remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is melted.

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4)   Top with avocado, more RO*TEL, cilantro, jalapeño and a squeeze of lime. Cut into 6 slices and serve warm.

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Original post by Becky Hughes on Spoon University

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Here’s How You Can Turn Pizza Into Lollipops

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Photos by Katherine Baker

Pizza is arguably the most fun and delicious food on earth. But what if it could be made even more fun? #challengeaccepted

We transformed pizza into lil’ lollipops, perfect for your football party platter.

#SpoonTip: You don’t have to like football to like these.

And these babies come together in no time at all. All you need is some store-bought pizza dough, Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce (which are peeled using steam from simple hot water, instead of *chemicals), a little cheese and a whole lot of enthusiasm (#goyourteam). Pizza lollipops are sure to be an epic touchdown on your Super Bowl party spread, so get rolling.

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Mini Pizza Roll Lollipops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 10 pizza pops

EASY

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb premade or homemade pizza dough
  • 1 cup Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup toppings of your choice (such as pepperoni, bell peppers or olives)

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 400º F.

2.   Roll out the pizza dough until it is approximately 10 inches x 14 inches (a little larger than a piece of printer paper).

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3.   In a blender or food processor, combine Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce, garlic, basil and oregano. Pulse until combined.

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4.   Spoon cheese over dough, leaving a one inch margin. Cover with cheese.

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5.   Add additional toppings. Fold over ends on both sides.

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6.   Roll into a long log (hot dog style, not hamburger).

7.   Cut log into slices, about 1 inch in thickness.

8.   Place slices onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

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9.   Remove from oven, and immediately stick with a clean lollipop stick or chopstick.

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10.   Serve and enjoy. Go team.

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*Lye peeling is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has no adverse effects on the healthfulness of tomatoes.

Original post by Katherine Baker on Spoon University

 

 

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This Is BREAKFAST PASTA And You Can Make It In Four Easy Steps

When it comes to the breakfast game, pasta is a seriously underrated player—spaghetti included.

Though we love to enjoy the Italian noodles for lunch, dinner, and sometimes even in cone form, we haven’t sufficiently explored them as a breakfast option. Well, spaghetti is calling, my friend, and it’s telling you, in a Drake voice, “I want egg on me, want a lotta egg on me! Got a lotta carbs, so please strain me for my energy!” (It likes cheese as well).

Spoon University‘s Phoebe Melnick knows this, so she’s giving breakfast pasta the attention it deserves with a quick recipe for Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Spaghetti. Check out the instructions below and start your morning in the best pastable way.

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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Spaghetti

Total Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 1

1/8 box Spaghetti

2 slices bacon

1 egg

Parmesan cheese

Black pepper

Parsley

1)   Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add 1/8 of a box of spaghetti and cook for 9 minutes. Strain.

2)   Fry slices of bacon. Allow to cool enough to chop into bit-sized pieces.

3)   Fry egg in bacon fat.

4)   Top spaghetti with fried egg, bacon bits, parmesan, and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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Make An Italian Pasta Salad In MINUTES With 7 Ingredients And A Mason Jar

Mason jars are the meaning of life. Really—when’s the last time you thanked your Mason jar?

You can take advantage of these classy, glassy wonders for any purpose you set your mind to: storing homemade marmalade, capturing fireflies, creating makeshift “hipster sippy cups“… The possibilities are endless, provided you’re creative like the folks at Spoon University.

Spoon U uses Mason jars for pastabilities, as seen in their formula for the world’s easiest Italian Pasta Salad. By following the instructions below, you too can have your very own in a matter of minutes. Get shakin’!Barilla_FI_770

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Italian Pasta Salad in a Mason Jar

Total Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6

2/3 cup elbow pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup fresh mozzarella, diced

1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

5 leaves basil

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup cooked ham, sliced

1)   Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook pasta.

2)   Slice cherry tomatoes into halves, and chop up cooked ham, basil, and mozzarella.

3)   Toss all the ingredients into a mason jar with oil and balsamic vinegar; secure jar lid.

4)   Shake up jar and serve.