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mangia: a grocery list for a grad school budget!


What a busy week it’s been! I had my first paper, my first presentation, and yesterday, I had another presentation that is worth 25% of my grade! Yikes! But it’s all good, one thing I always say to myself whenever I have to present anything is WWBMD?

billymaysWhat would Billy Mays do? The dude was a master showman. If you’re feeling shy, you could learn a lot from his presentation skills. When I was little, I was the shyest person you’d ever meet which is probably funny to hear because anyone who knows me now can say that I am the farthest thing from shy. But one morning, when I was in the 6th grade, I had to give a presentation and it was early enough that the informercials were still on and I saw Billy Mays pitch Oxi Clean for the first time. I know this is going to sound weird- but he inspired me. He knew how to get a crowd all riled up and interested in what he was talking about.

This week’s theme is mushrooms and I am sooooo excited to make my meals this week! Here are my recipes:


Crispy Mushroom, Spinach, and Avocado Quesadillas

Portobello Mushroom and Poblano Pepper Fajitas

Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Tacos


Chickpea, Feta, and Parsley Salad

The List: 

  • 2 value packs of portobello mushrooms
  • eggs (with coupon!)
  • tortillas
  • big carton of Chobani
  • pepperjack
  • seasonal fruit
  • couscous
  • spinach
  • 2 bulbs of garlic
  • Feta
  • 2 onions
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 red onion
  • fresh parsley
  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 8 tomotillos
  • Chilis in Adobo
  • Coriander (still stocking up the kitchen)
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 4 poblanos
  • cilantro
  • 4 avocados
  • lime juice
  • orange juice

Seriously, the best part of making vegetarian recipes is the bill afterwards =D

Author: Alex

Hello! My name is Alex but you can call me Alexandra if you're feeling fancy. Here you'll find my adventures about exploring my new city of Hoboken, NJ, scurrying over the Hudson River to NYC, my bicycle excursions, and how I'm learning to embrace in medias res.

3 thoughts on “mangia: a grocery list for a grad school budget!

  1. We made the Crispy Mushroom, Spinach, and Avocado Quesadillas last night. They were very yummy!

  2. Hi Alex,
    When the week’s theme is zucchini you might want to give this recipe a try. I’ve been making this one quite a bit. Yumm:

    I don’t have a mini muffin pan. I’ve just been using a cookie sheet. It works fine, but you have to cook them a little bit longer to get the crust; the crusty part is the best. I recently started looking for a steel mini muffin pan, how frustrating, everything is TEFLON coated! I don’t do teflon (birdies, alzheimer). Also I’ve added a dipping sauce of greek yogurt mixed with chives, garlic, lime juice. It’s pretty tasty. I guess technically this is an appetizer or a snack, but Roy and I make a meal out of it if I make enough – usually triple the recipe (three zukes) 🙂 Do you have a full kitchen in your room with an oven? or is there a common kitchen?

    • Hi Robbie! Ahhh this looks so good! I will look at the prices of zucchini this week (and I love zucchini =D). Yeah, it is great, we have a full kitchen which is so convenient. In undergrad, we had to share a kitchen with the hall which was awkward because you’d bring it out to your room, put the pot on the floor, open your door and then enjoy your meal. Thank you so much for the recipe =D

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