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Another bachelor recipe for those looking for easy food action.


Fancy-Pants Frozen Pizza
With very little planning you can make regular old frozen pizza into a fancy taste treat.

You will need:

  • 1 frozen pizza
  • 1 can sliced Black Olives
  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • Dried crushed basil

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 small can Pineapple Chunks
  • ¼ Red or Green Pepper, chopped
  • whatever else you like on pizza
  • a big knife or pizza cutter

Preheat oven to temp. listed on pizza.  As the oven heats up prepare your ingredients and put them on the pizza.  The real secret of fancying-up a pizza is the Basil.  Basil is the gate-keeper between boring and fancy.  Don’t go crazy with it, a nice sprinkling will do.  For added panache, I like to top my cooked pizza with a little hot sauce.

Here’s another bachelor recipe for those of you who need it.


Macaroni & Cheese Variations
I find that if I add a little broccoli I feel a lot less lame for eating macaroni that came from a box.

You will need:

  • 1 box of macaroni and cheese mix (I prefer Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese Spirals. I can’t explain it, but the spirals just taste better.)
  • a generous handfull of raw broccoli
  • a small pot
  • a small knife
  • a spoon (can be small too if consistency makes you happy)

Cook the mac & cheese according to the instructions on the box. [See Tip 1] While the noodles are cooking, chop the broccoli. [See Tip 2] When the noodles are finished cooking, throw the broccoli into the water with the noodles and count to 5. Don’t overcook the broccoli because that’s nasty. Drain the noodles and broccoli. Mix in sauce etc. Enjoy.

Another, much saltier, and less healthy version is to substitute the broccoli with cut-up hot dogs (or Tofu Pups for that matter). Just remember to poke holes in the skin if you microwave them.

1) Be careful not to overcook the noodles because that’s nasty. In fact I often undercook them by a minute or two since I like noodles a little Al Dente (Italian for “not gross and squishy”).
2) When cutting broccoli I find it easiest to cut off a small branch, turn it upside-down and cut down most of the way into the stalk. Then pull the stalk apart the rest of the way. This helps to prevent the annoying little buds from going everywhere except your food.

My bachelor buddies have wanted me to publish my bachelor recipes for a while now so here you go guys. These are recipes that are about as fast and easy as you can get while still having some nutritional value. This is about as low-brow as food can get, but if you tend to stand over the sink eating cold beans from a can with a spoon, this will be a big step up. If you are interested in higher-end food I will post some more involved recipes later.

Mark’s Not-Too-Hot-To-Eat-Right-This-Instant Veggie Ramen

Ramen is delicious, but when it’s finished it has virtually no food value, and it’s too hot to eat immediately. This last fact is especially annoying when you are so hungry that you could die.

You will need:

  • 1 pkg ramen soup
  • frozen corn (about three handfuls)
  • frozen spinach (one ice cube sized chunk)
  • a generous handful of raw broccoli cut into small pieces
  • a small pot
  • a spoon
  • a REALLY big knife

Cook up your favorite flavor of Ramen. While the noodles are cooking you can chop the broccoli [See Tip 1]. After turning off the heat and putting in the flavor packet, drop the raw broccoli into the water. Stir the broccoli into the soup and let it sit for at least 10 seconds. Use the REALLY big knife, on a cutting board, to lop off an ice cube sized chunk from the block of frozen spinach. Avoid lopping off any fingers in the process. [See Tip 2] Add the three handfuls of frozen corn and the chunk of frozen spinach. The spinach is not enough to really affect the flavor much, but it adds some nutrition, and cools the soup down just a little bit more. Stir until everything has thawed. You now have a more or less healthy pot of soup that is the perfect temperature for immediate consumption. Pick up your spoon and eat directly out of the pot. Feel free to sit down to read or watch TV instead of eating while standing over the sink.

1) When cutting broccoli I find it easiest to cut off a small branch, turn it upside-down and cut down most of the way into the stalk. Then pull the stalk apart the rest of the way. This helps to prevent the annoying little buds from going everywhere except your food.
2) For lopping off a chunk of frozen spinach while NOT lopping off your fingers, I recommend one hand griping the handle of the knife, and the other hand open flat, pushing down on the back of the blade.

Smoothies are SO yummy. It’s not always easy to find a place that will make you a good one. The whole smoothie industry seems like a bit of a racket to me anyway. The total cost on the ingredients is very low, but the smoothie still costs three or four bucks. The solution? Make your own!

My buddy Adolfo is a smoothie master. He has one almost every day, and he gave me his recipe:

Throw in a peeled mango or a banana

About 1/3 cup OJ

About 1/3 cup Soy milk

2 or 3 ice cubes

Throw in blueberries, strawberries, or whatever

I like to put in some flax meal, maybe a tablespoon or two

Now, blend the heck out of it. Should be yummy.mmmm.

A very good recipe. Now here’s my version of it:

  • One peeled banana
  • One peeled, seedless tangerine or orange
  • A handful of frozen blueberries and/or cherries or mango chunks
  • 2 or 3 spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of whatever juice I have already made in the fridge
  • sometimes 1/3 cup of milk
  • I think I’m going to add in the flax meal since it’s so good for you, but I just haven’t bought any yet

I am amazed at how delicious it is. AND you get a whole bunch of servings of fruit (a real problem for most Americans) in a very quick and easy form. Works much better in a blender than a food processor by the way. Sometimes it’s hard for me to resist the urge to put other weird stuff in there. I figure that it’s all going to get blended up anyway, so what’s wrong with throwing a few Skittles, a Snickers bar, or some Doritos in too?