Cooking Boxed Dirty Rice With A Fresh Twist

Out of everything my dad made growing up, Zatarain’s dirty rice mix was my favorite!

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Clearly unhealthy by it being processed. And consisting mainly of rice and meat. But I loved eating it!

Today, I was looking at what I had on the shelves and found a box of the dirty rice. So, I decided to cook it.

First, I browned some ground beef, but I added some green onion to give it some freshness.

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After browning the ground beef, I drained the excess fat oil. Don’t worry. I did not dispose the oil down the sink (that would cause problems).

After draining the fat oil, I tossed in bell peppers to give it something light.

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Then I added water, the mixture bag from the box, and some vegetable oil.

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Following the directions of the box, I covered the pot and turned the heat down.

Left the pot alone for 25 minutes while occasionally stirring it.

After the 25 minutes, I turned off the heat and left the rice alone  for 5 minutes.

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Finally, I ate it and it was so yummy!

Made Some Stir-fried Chicken

Yesterday, I had one whole raw chicken breast left after making my chicken noodle soup.

I decided to use the remaining chicken for stir-fried!

First, I sliced the chicken into strips.

Then, looking through my fridge, I found some Korean BBQ sauce and chili oil. I combined the sauce and oil to marinate the chicken overnight.

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After preparing the chicken, I cut some bell peppers into pieces.

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Today, I pan fried the chicken for seven minutes.

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At the seven minute mark, I poured in the bell peppers in the pan. I continued cooking for three more minutes.

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When I was done cooking, I served the stir-fried over rice!

I only ate half of the stir-fried for lunch. Saved the rest for dinner.

For dinner, I ate my stir-fried with toast.

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Finally Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup By Myself

Today, I finally began adulting, which is internet slang for doing adult things, by cooking chicken noodle soup by myself.

First step was to read the recipe. I checked what ingredients I had at home and which I had to buy.

Then, I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients. I won’t deny that grocery shopping is daunting for me. I usually panic on knowing if the produce is good or bad quality.

Carrots were one of the ingredients I needed. In the carrot section, I saw a bag of raw carrots. But there was also a bag of peeled baby carrots. So, I was lazy by buying the baby carrots. No desire to peel anything.

Once I got home, I prepped first. Using knives scare me usually because I’m scared of getting cut. Well, I was very careful with cutting the celery and chicken.

Also, I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper.

I first cooked was the chicken. That did not take long since I cut the chicken into small pieces.

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Next, in a separate pot, I stirred some carrots, garlic, and onion.

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After a few minutes, I added the chicken, celery, and chicken stock.

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Then, I dumped raw pasta into the pot because I wanted the pasta to soak in the broth.

For twenty minutes, I boiled the pot while stirring occasionally.

The soup turned out to be yummy!

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Very proud of myself for cooking by myself.

How to Make Your Life Better

People love to fuss that college will be the best years of your life. That makes you wonder if life after college sucks. Assuming life sucks after college will put you in a negative mindset.

I won’t deny that life after college has been rough, but I have been finding way to keep me moving.

Here are five things that I have been doing:

1. Eating better

I used to eat horribly growing up. For breakfast, I would eat ramen noodle with rice. It would fill me up, but I wasn’t being healthy.

Now, I make sure to have some protein like egg and other healthy options like fruit for breakfast. I have also cut back on sugar; I only drink soda once a week. Tea is my preferred drink now.

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2. Make new friends

I have been meeting new people randomly. This past summer, I worked at a summer conference, where I became pals with people who just recently graduated college like me too. Since then, we have stayed in touch.

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3. Exercise

Exercising is not my favorite activity, but it’s important. My health isn’t something to take for granted. Now, I jog in the morning.

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4. Pursue new activities

I have decided to enter into some writing competitions. Never done it before, but I figured why not. It’s time for me to try new things.

5. Meet up with old friends

Never forget your friends. It’s easy to get busy and not have time for others, but try. I have been scheduling times to meet up with old college friends at Starbucks to catch up.

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