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How to Live to Senior Year: Bell Peppers

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

What's your favorite way to eat bell peppers?/ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

What’s your favorite way to eat bell peppers?/ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

Unlike their picante cousin the jalapeno, bell peppers are a mild, sweet pepper that are used widely in savory dishes. These green, red, yellow and orange veggies are crunchy and delicious, making them the perfect raw snack to munch on or use as a base for another dish.

Bell peppers are packed with vitamins C, A & E, as well as nutrients called carotenoids (they give bell peppers their colors!) and flavanoids that the body uses as antioxidants.

In addition, bell peppers have sulfur-containing compounds that are linked to cancer-fighting health benefits.

Remember how I mentioned jalapenos before? Well it turns out that capsaicin, which is responsible for the spiciness, is also present in bell peppers — which is great because it has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and ease inflammation.

One reason bell peppers are one of my favorite foods is because they are so low in calories (about 30 for a whole cup!). Plus, they’re fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.

Raw peppers may contain all of these nutrients, but cooking them strips them of some antioxidants. Don’t let this deter you — bell peppers should be eaten in every which way, be it sautéed, grilled, caramelized, raw or stuffed!

Fortunately, the dining hall always stocks bell peppers in the salad bar and often uses them in their dishes.

If you don’t already, here are some simple tricks for fitting bell peppers into your meal plan:

  • Dice up some bell peppers from the salad bar and add them to tuna or chicken salad
  • Grill bell peppers at the Warren Towers Mongolian station
  • Eat them raw with carrots and dip them into some creamy hummus
  • Stuff them in a wrap with other raw veggies for a fresh, vegetarian sandwich

What’s your favorite way to eat bell peppers? Let me know in the comment section below!

Chipotle plans to hike prices

By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
@bluebird1278

Your beloved burrito bowl cost a bit more from now on./ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

Your beloved burrito (bowl) may cost a bit more from now on./ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

As a California native, I’ve had my fair share of good and bad burritos. However, when I’m away from home, I’m a pretty big fan of Chipotle. It’s a five minute walk from my dorm room and to have a full delicious meal for under ten bucks is a pretty sweet deal.

This might not be the case anymore: for the first time in three years, Chipotle is hiking up its prices. They are said to go into effect in the next three to six months, and as a loyal customer (and broke college student), this saddens me.

The reason for the price hike is that their food products are rising in price. Avocados are just one of the many products that have risen dramatically in the past few years. With Chipotle’s promise to using fresh foods and having healthier options, it is hard for the chain not to add a couple dollars for their meals.

This may be the point where customers ask, “why doesn’t their owner McDonald’s just save them?” Despite the popular belief that McDonald’s is the parent of Chipotle, Chipotle actually has no ties with the fast food chain. Briefly in 1998, McDonald’s took a minority stake in the business but decided to quit soon after, predicting that the burrito chain would not make it big.

Oh, how wrong they were. People have grown to love the fast food burrito chain so much that it is predicted to still make sales even if the prices rise (watch this guy inhale four of them in three minutes).

I for one, will still be a customer to Chipotle. If the price hikes scare you, just use these handy tips that will make your trip (and extra bucks) worthwhile. Me and my roommates have created a tradition since freshman year to go there once a week, and it’s something that we won’t be giving up any time soon.

How to Live to Senior Year: Eggs

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

What's your favorite way to prepare eggs?/ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

What’s your favorite way to prepare eggs?/ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

If you’re looking for an eggs-ellent way to stay healthy, look no further: eggs are a wonderful source of protein and healthy fats that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet! Eggs are versatile too, and can be eaten in tons of ways so that you never get bored of eating them.

So why are eggs so good for you? These babies are high in antioxidants that help prevent your eyes from degenerating. They contain choline as well, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Lastly, eggs contain amino acids, which eases the digestion of its protein.

Protein is the main reasons eggs are one of my favorite foods: one large egg contains 6 grams and a large egg white contains about 3.5 grams.  The low calorie content (70 for a whole egg, 20 for just the whites) also makes it ideal.

There are tons of articles out there that state that egg yolks are too high in cholesterol and should not be eaten. However, research has shown that the form of cholesterol present in yolks is different from that found in a cheeseburger, meaning it won’t harm your health that way.

Plus, yolks have a dose of healthy fats in them, so don’t be scared. I’m not telling you to go ahead and eat a dozen egg yolks, but when eating omelets, use the 2:1 ratio, which states that for every two egg whites, add a whole egg.

Here’s a recipe I use whenever I’m craving some eggy goodness in the dining hall.

You’ll need:

4 egg whites
2 tablespoons of guacamole
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 slices of whole wheat bread

Take the egg whites and whisk them up in a bowl, then add the guac and mix together. Add some salt and pepper if you’d like. Then, toast the two slices of bread. Last, add the “egg salad” onto each slice of toast and you’ve got yourself an egg-tastic sandwich! Yum yum.

Budget-friendly recipes for off-campus residents

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
@bufoodist

One-pot meals, like stews, are great options for college students living off-campus./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Pelican

One-pot meals, like stews, are great options for college students living off-campus./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Pelican

If you are planning to live off campus for the first time next semester, it  can be difficult to budget how much to spend on food, especially when there is no dining hall to swipe into (unless one of your generous friends guest-swipe you in). Once you figure out how much you can spend, you should probably figure out the best way to make the most of your groceries. 

Go-to, easy recipes with very few ingredients will help you stay under budget and keep you from breaking down and ordering Chinese. After a long day, having a meal waiting at home is not only smart, it’s cost effective. I’ve compiled three types of meals and even more recipes for the college chef – most of them one-pot and easy to make.

1. Make a stew, soup or curry on Sunday and eat that throughout the week

One-pot meals with multiple forms of protein are smart for weekly dinners, and can often involve shortcuts (a can of soup, tomatoes or red beans). There are thousands of food blogs that offer these sorts of recipes, but for those vegans or gluten-free foodies out there, this chipotle black bean stew is filling and tastes better the longer it sits. Meat-eaters can try out this hearty jalapeno popper chicken soup.

2. Make large batches of oatmeal or steel-cut oats for breakfast all week

Foods like steel-cut oats are filling, cheap and easy-to-make: You can buy four packs of 24-oz oats online for under $20. This oatmeal recipe is from the recipe site NoshOn. It teaches you how to make oatmeal ahead of time, so you have easy breakfasts all week. You can take them on the T, bring them to class or eat them over some last-minute homework.

3. Buy a rice cooker and get creative

Rice is cheap, and it serves as a filling, warm, gluten-free base for a lot of casseroles and three-ingredient dinners. Try pouring soup or jarred sauces over rice, mixing in curry paste and coconut milk or even sticking to Sriracha or teriyaki sauce. As you start to develop your inner college chef, you can get more creative with whatever’s in the pantry. To start off, try out these recipes for Mexican rice, Bourbon chicken and rice or a classic Jambalaya.

Not sure about making the jump to off-campus housing? Try out some of Boston University’s apart-style housing available.

MUSE: The Soundtrack to Your Meal

By Joe Incollingo, Staff Writer

Your headphones can add a new side to your dining experience./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Titanas

Your headphones can add a new side to your dining experience./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Titanas

Speaking of swallowing until you burst: Tuesday night, Detroit Golf Club chef Kyle Hanley served a 10-course tasting menu to only 36 participants at the Elizabeth Theater above Detroit’s Park Bar. To make things more interesting, the food choices are based on and accompanied by Radiohead’s 2000 album “Kid A.”

It seems like Hanley was inspired by New York restaurant Brucie after they came up with a Beyoncé themed Valentine’s day menu earlier this month. Contrary to Brucie’s menu, Hanley’s was less about a play on words and more about the moods one might think of when listening to the sounds of Radiohead.

Costing $125 a seat, the meal begins with “pan-seared diver scallop with yuzu fluid gel, fried cellophane noodle, lemongrass ponzu and chili oil” set to “Everything in Its Right Place,” and wraps up with a “mousse duo with blackberry pâte de fruit” to accompany “Motion Picture Soundtrack

Hanley’s already hinted that he wants to make this a regular event with other albums every month, but if you can’t wait, then here are some other meals you can eat to your favorite album:

1. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence“: Black coffee and chicken soup

2. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.“: A patty melt on rye with fries and a Coke

3. Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé“: Diamond-crusted tuna tartare, followed by 22 days of hummus

4. Vampire Weekend’s “Vampire Weekend”: Bodega potato chips, paired with an ironic cocktail “invented” by your friend Levi

5. Cobra Starship’s “¡Viva la Cobra!”: Ultra Blue Monster Energy drink and spicy ramen

6. The Beatles’ “Revolver“: Piping-hot beef Wellington from the England section of Epcot

7. The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead“: Cold beef Wellington from a dark, dank Manchester pub, served with a side of cigarettes

8. Kanye West’s “Yeezus“: Gorilla steak au poivre, paired with a 1978 Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru ($19,767.79/bottle)

9. Daft Punk’s “Discovery“: Bagel Bites

Cost of Kosher Meals for Prisoners is Anything but Kosher

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

/PHOTO VIA Flickr user Henk Kosters

Is the cost of a kosher meal too high for the Florida prison system?/PHOTO VIA Flickr user Henk Kosters

Gone are the days of unrecognizable mashed potatoes and beans in prison cafeterias. Kosher offerings are being added to the menus of prisons across the country. According to a New York Times article, Florida is the latest state to fall under the kosher spell.

In 2007, Florida penitentiaries stopped serving kosher food because of its high cost. Now, under a court order, the sunshine state will offer kosher food to eligible inmates sometime before July, becoming the 35th state to do so.

I think it’s great that kosher food is making a comeback, but the state is running into the same problem as before: paying for these meals. On average, kosher meals cost $7 per day, as opposed to standard meals which cost $1.54.

In Florida, over 4,400 inmates have requested kosher meals. If you multiply the number of requests by $7 a day, that leaves Florida having to take out a larger chunk from their budget. And it’s estimated that more prisoners will request kosher options once the meals make their way back into the system, which already faces a $58 million deficit at the moment.

So it may not be too wise for the state to go through with the kosher program.

Kosher food isn’t necessarily healthier, but it does garner some health benefits such as the reduction of cholesterol. Kosher guidelines prevent people from simultaneously eating meat and dairy, which eliminates foods like pepperoni pizza and cheeseburgers (i.e. the foods we all love but shouldn’t be indulging in). Another benefit is that kosher meat and poultry are hormone free, so you don’t have to worry about becoming susceptible to the effects of hormone-induced meat.

If I were an inmate, I would certainly appreciate Florida’s efforts to provide a religious diet considering the size of the Jewish population. But if I were looking at it from a state government point of view, I would have to consider the fact that the kosher program could potentially cost $54.1 million a year. That’s definitely not chump change.

Regardless, kosher food is making a return to Florida prisons, and I hope it won’t have the same fate as it did in 2007.

How to Live to Senior Year: Beans

By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
@sabrina_katz

Kidney beans in the dining hall/PHOTO VIA Sabrina Katz

Kidney beans are a great source of iron and folate./PHOTO VIA Sabrina Katz

Inspired by the show How to Live to 100, my column highlights one nutritious food each week, detailing its benefits on living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Each food item can also be found in either BU dining halls or close to campus, making them really easy to access!

To top it all off, each food is always accompanied by a nutritious recipe that demonstrates how the food item can be used. 

Beans really are the magical fruit. Though technically a legume, these babies are packed with nutritional benefits. From its complex carbohydrates to being loaded with fiber, beans are a great way to stay lean and feel good. Different bean varieties can be spotted in most BU dining halls.

In fact, a cup of cooked beans contains between nine and 13 grams of fiber, which is a great counterbalance for all that dining hall pizza. The large amount of soluble fiber means they can even lower your cholesterol.

Additionally, they are high in iron and folate, which is good for maintaining a healthy body!

Beans are also a great natural protein, which is a healthy alternative for vegetarians and vegans. Want to incorporate beans into your diet? Here’s a really simple way to do it, and you can get it all in the dining hall on burrito day:

Mex-Flexbowl

1/2 cup red beans or black beans or Garbanzo beans
1/2 cup shredded chicken
1/4 cup salsa (more or less, to taste)
2 tablespoon guacamole

Add everything to a bowl (you might have to move to different stations to get everything together). Mix it up, then you can add pico de gallo on top for extra freshness. And voilà! You’ve got a super delicious bowl of food packed with tons of protein, fiber, and complex carbs that’ll keep you satisfied through all your afternoon classes.

Science Tuesday (Special): Thanksgiving!

By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
@sanahfaroke

The culprit is not who you’d think./PHOTO VIA Eranofu Sweetmarsh

Thanksgiving is the one time of year when you can eat as much as you want and not feel guilty about it. Naturally, it’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s so much to choose from at Thanksgiving dinner; from turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing to arroz con gandules, ensalada de papa and jamon…well, I grew up in Miami, so that’s my tradition #fakehispanic.

But at the end of the night with two (or maybe three) helpings, don’t you just feel like going into a food coma? We tend to blame it on the turkey because that’s our tradition too. Eat lots of turkey and then blame our sleepiness on eating so much of it. What if I told you that our tradition of accusing the turkey for our “after-dinner hibernation” is just a myth? I know, mind blown.

Now, before you go crazy like a headless turkey, just remember, I’m helping you out because who wants to miss out on the main course? So eating turkey can make you sleepy, but so can other types of meat like chicken or beef. Turkey has this amino acid called tryptophan, which our bodies use to build proteins and help us function properly. It’s used to make serotonin, which is a chemical that affects our sleeping patterns. So, we’ve found the culprit, right?

Actually, no. Remember, lots of foods we eat contain tryptophan, other than meat, like eggs, fish, soy and spinach and I certainly don’t feel like dropping into a deep sleep eating tilapia. What makes eating turkey on Thanksgiving any different?

Well, on top of turkey, we’re eating a lot of carbs, which triggers a release of insulin. These carbohydrates give us a higher amount of insulin than normal and with all the pumpkin pies, Snickerdoodles and pudding, we’re probably getting the highest levels of insulin we’re had all year.

The increase in insulin is important because insulin helps amino acids to cross the blood-brain barrier, and thus, we get a rise in serotonin and melatonin in our brain. Because these both regulate sleep, we’re at a higher risk of getting a food baby and knocking out. Eating a lot can make you tired too, just saying. The real culprit isn’t turkey or tryptophan, it’s insulin (dun dun dun).

I know, you feel betrayed and think that there’s no way to escape a food coma, so just give in. Unbutton your pants one notch, take a nap if needed and go back for dessert, because who wants to miss out on the one day a year where you can eat lots of turkey and gravy and top it off with the best dessert ever, flan (if you’re in Miami).

If you still feel like you’ve been jipped since you can’t call out the turkey anymore, don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s gotten tricked. Charlie Brown feels the same way about tradition, but while you’re watching, sit back, put a pillow over your stomach (and welcome that food baby), while you have another piece of pie, just for kicks

MUSE: North End for Dummies

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
@bufoodist

What better way to eat your heart out?/PHOTO VIA Flickr user Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

The North End: a tiny slice of Europe just a T ride away. You know it’s there, but the appeal of delivery and the unwillingness you have to get out of bed keep you from actually spending the $2 to visit Boston’s Little Italy.

The North End is actually a college student’s best friend. With delicious food at this price, you’ll never order Domino’s again. Or maybe you will but either way here’s our quick-and-dirty guide to eating cheap in the North End:

GET A LOAF OF BREAD: Bricco’s Panetteria

Hidden in an alleyway off Hanover Street, Bricco’s bakery serves up the best baguette in the North End. Crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, still-warm-and-toasty bread is yours for under three dollars, and you know it’s fresh — you can see that heavenly ciabatta coming out of those fire-burning ovens as you order.

DRINK SOME COFFEE: Caffe Dello Sport

Caffe Dello Sport is one of the secret gems of the North End, with straight-from-scratch cocoa you can see those beautiful servers shave straight into your mocha. Make sure to visit Caffe Dello Sport on a game day (Italia, obviously) — the place is crawling with locals and it’s quite the scene. Grab a latte or a drink and enjoy that classic Italian American Ambiance.

EAT A CANNOLI (and not the one you think): Maria’s Pastry

Everyone’s heard of Mike’s Pastry. The line stretches around the corner, and the cannolis are good – but not worth an hour out of your day. Modern, down the street, now boasts a line that rivals Mike’s as the official Mike’s replacement. Maria’s, which rests on the edge of the North End, makes a chocolate-dipped cannoli that might beat Mike’s without the wait. And come December, don’t forget to pick up a homemade Panettone, an Italian Christmas tradition.

TREAT YO’SELF (and don’t break the bank): Giacomo’s Ristorante

Giacomo’s almost always has a line, but if you suck it up and eat like a grandma (as in, at 4 p.m.), you can get into Giacomo’s with little-to-no wait time, and trust me: it’s worth it.  At $16 a plate, you get more than enough of the most refined, silky, homemade lobster raviolis in a garlic cream sauce I dream about at night. Not to mention, all bottles of wine are $18 — and you can take those suckers home with you after the meal.

A Look At BU’s Amazing Race: What to Expect

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

The Filipino Association of BU participates in last year's amazing race./PHOTO VIA Katrina Uy

The Filipino Association of BU participates in last year’s amazing race./PHOTO VIA Katrina Uy

If you think you know Boston, think again.

Last year, I participated in Boston University’s annual Amazing Race, which is based off of the CBS reality television show of the same name. The event was exactly what it sounds like: one massive scavenger hunt and a race against time to find clues leading to a certain destination, and sometimes even completing tasks at those destinations to receive the next clue. The last team to arrive gets eliminated.

I was one of eight people that made up a team representing my favorite club, the Boston University Filipino Student Association. I was excited beyond belief to run around this amazing city we call home and (hopefully) earn a monetary prize for my club. But, there were some things I wish I had known beforehand – and that’s where I extend my knowledge onto you.

This year’s race will be held on Nov. 16. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on what to expect:

  1. Brush up on knowledge about Boston and the neighborhoods within it; bring maps and guidebooks if you can. These are vital, since all cellphones and electronic devices will be taken away the morning of the race. Having some sort of prior knowledge beforehand or a few resources you can turn to during the race will save you precious time! Be prepared to approach total strangers for help as well.
  2. Get a day pass for the T. You’ll be running all over the city, so you might as well save some money while you’re at it. A 1-Day Pass costs $11.00 and gives you unlimited travel on the MBTA. I highly recommend purchasing one before the day of the race.
  3. Bundle up – wear layers! Boston weather is highly unpredictable and you’re bound to get hot and sweaty at some point. Be comfortable but practical.
  4. Bring a small, light drawstring bag or backpack with you. Bring a small supply of snacks to keep you energized throughout the day (granola bars, fruit, etc.) and maybe a water bottle or two. You can also stash your guidebooks and maps in here! A couple of Band-Aids or a small first-aid kit never hurts, either.
  5. Get a decent amount of sleep the night before. Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need all the energy you can get, so rest up!

And last but not least, expect to have fun and make a handful of memories!

Some of the most memorable tasks we had to do last year in order to receive the next clue included acting out a scene from a Shakespearean play, walking into an antique store and asking someone to draw a portrait of one of our team members, and making a cheer for one of Boston’s many sports teams at the TD Garden.

Last year, I only got four hours of sleep the night before, wore horrible shoes and sprained my ankle while my team sprinted to get to the next clue. Talk about a major fail on my part. But with the help of my teammates and at least a dozen piggyback rides later, we were able to finish at a decent time before getting eliminated.

To those of you participating in this year’s Amazing Race, I wish you the best of luck.

May the odds be ever in your favor.