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Quick and easy summertime food

Your worst nightmare just became reality. You’re home alone, the microwave just blew a fuse, and it’s dinnertime. Of course, being a college student, you’re broke, so what are you going to do?

Living at home probably means mom has left a bunch of fruits and veggies in the fridge. If you live on you own, you’ll probably only have the bare necessities. However, with a little creativity you can whip up some quick creations that are actually healthy.

I’m not blessed with culinary talent, and I would starve if it weren’t for a few easy recipes. These recipes would get any mom’s seal of approval as well. As an added bonus, they’re fun to make and almost idiot-proof. Hopefully, these recipes will save you time. They are great for any summertime BBQ.

Tuna Melts 1 6oz. can albacore tuna in water, drained. 1/4 cup chopped celery 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish (optional) 2 English muffins, split and toasted 4 (1/4 inch thick) sliced tomatoes 4 (3/4 ounce) slices fat-free American processed cheese

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl; stir well.
  2. Place muffin halves, cut side up, on baking sheet and divide tuna mixture evenly among muffin halves. Top with tomato and cheese.
  3. Broil two minutes or until cheese melts. Let cool.

Honey Mustard Whipped Sweet Potatoes 1 tablespoon margarine 1/2 cup sliced onion 3 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch thick pieces 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 tablespoon pepper

  1. Melt margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sweet potatoes and sautí© for five minutes. Add broth and remaining ingredients; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Place sweet potato mixture in a food processor until smooth and serve.

Chewy Lemon Wafers1 large egg white3/4 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar3 tablespoons stick margarine, melted1 teaspoon lemon rind1/2 teaspoon lemon extract1/4 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon saltNon-stick cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degres
  2. Place egg white in a medium bowl; beat with a whisk until foamy. Add flour and next seven ingredients, stirring until smooth.
  3. Drop by level teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes or until edges are golden. Let cool and enjoy.

— All recipes from Weight Watchers magazine

Try creating new things to eat by mixing your favorite foods together. Not only can you bulk up on food, but you can always reheat the leftovers in a pinch. You can be creative in the kitchen and not waste an entire day to cook one meal. This strategy will yield a better variety using more than just the old microwave.

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