It’s about that time of year again where pumpkin spice lattes and midterms fill the air no matter what campus you live on. As a self-proclaimed pumpkin enthusiast, I have very few reservations about indulging in all fall flavored desserts and telling myself that pumpkin cookies are basically a serving of fruit. However, as the weather changes and we start spending more time in the library than at home, eating healthy becomes all the more important. Whether you live in a dorm or off-campus, here are some fall friendly recipes to keep you up and going throughout these next few months.
Breakfast: Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice Oatmeal
There is nothing quite like waking up to the smell of cinnamon in the morning, which is a common occurrence at our lovely house. As fellow autumn lovers, my housemates and I find comfort in the warmth and deliciousness that is oatmeal. Whether it be steel-cut or rolled, oatmeal is such a great way to start your day because it’s a) filling and b) incredibly customizable. Some of our favorite additions to oatmeal include cinnamon, peanut butter, and bananas (but if you’re feeling really adventurous, add a dash of pumpkin pie spice).
Lunch: A Warm and Toasty Pita Pizza
This lovely creation was born out of the subterranean kitchen of Brower dining hall on College Ave. Brower is by far one of the most misunderstood eateries on campus and has a lot to offer if you know where to look. This pita pizza is the beautiful child of the salad bar and sandwich station, made up of a whole wheat pita, pesto, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. In an absence of pita, bundle all these delicious ingredients into a wrap and head over to the panini press for a warm and toasty meal.
Dinner: A harvest of (sweet) potatoes
This final dish is definitely one that would need a kitchen, so I apologize in advance for it not being dining hall-friendly. Anyway, I found this wonderful recipe the other week while browsing meal options for the numerous sweet potatoes that took up a quarter of my shelf in the fridge. Naturally, my phone did not save my personal photo of the dish, so here is the beautiful image supplied by the original blog. This fall-tastic recipe calls for a sweet potato, chickpeas (a good source of fiber and protein), tomatoes, and a delicious sauce made from lemon juice, hummus, garlic and dill (which I innocently traded for parsley because they’re both green, right?). The final product, although not nearly as photogenic, was the closest thing to a healthy comfort food that left me with plenty of leftovers for my busiest days.
So with this, I leave all you hungry, fall-loving people to go out and fill your bellies with some warm, delicious foods this season and to balance out your pumpkin spice desserts and drinks with some healthy meal choices.