Genius Kitchen offers quick, easy recipe ideas

September 26, 2017

Quinita Thomas

qthomas@uccs.edu

    Cooking is an art. Room for experimentation between different seasonings and color palettes are just a couple parts of the craft.

    But cooking is often time-consuming and unpredictable; students might opt to spend $10 on Chipotle or take-out.  

    For those who don’t have a natural intuition when it comes to cooking, buying those big, cumbersome cookbooks can be a real hassle.

    Luckily for smart phone users, Genius Kitchen offers a website, food.com, that includes multiple recipes for each day of the week or for whatever you’re in the mood for that night. This is also a great site for students who wish to learn how to cook.  

    The free site has over 100,000 downloads, recipes and grocery lists to choose from.

    If you are in the mood for something in particular, type a couple keywords into Food.com’s search bar, and it will instantly give you multiple different recipes or variations of a dish.

    Each recipe will tell you how many servings it makes, how long it will take to cook and what it was rated by other users.  Here are just a few recipes that looked easy to make and good to eat.

 

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves cut into thin strips

4 ounces linguine cooked al dente

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

2 tablespoons butter

1 green onion

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

 

    Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl and toss to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté chicken in butter or margarine, until chicken is tender (about five to seven minutes).

    Reduce heat. Add green onion, heavy cream, tomatoes, basil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and heat through. Pour over hot linguine and toss with Parmesan cheese.

    

Taco Bell’s A.M. Crunch Wrap

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients:

1 12-inch tortilla wrap 12-inch

1 large eggs

2 slices bacon Pork, Turkey

1 hash browns

0.5 cups cheddar cheese

 

    Preheat oven according to the Hash Brown package.

    On a baking sheet place, aluminum foil down and one hash brown into the oven. Cook for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, on another baking sheet, cook the bacon along with the hash browns both in the oven for another 10 minutes.

    Start cooking the egg in the last five minutes of the hash browns and bacon. Take the tortilla and add a layer of cheese across (however much you like). Add Taco Bell’s Mild Sauce in a zigzag formation along the cheese.

Place the single hash brown in the middle of the wrap, and add the egg on top.

    Add the bacon on top of the egg and fold by pulling the left and right sides of the wrap towards the middle and touch together, then do the same with the remaining folds.

    OPTIONAL: put on a Press (George Foreman) until you have desired crispiness to the tortilla, and enjoy.

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