The 6 Easiest Recipes I Have Tried

The 6 Easiest Recipes I Have Tried

Cooking doesn't have to be scary. Even if you're on a budget with time, there is something for everyone to cook any day.
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Cooking, or the thought of cooking, generally gives me heightened anxiety when I think of all of the prep-work, dishes, time, money, etc. I have never been the one that was 'good' at grocery shopping like some of my other friends. Typically, I just go when I need to, and think of all the ways I could have done better with my money after I have left the store and headed home. Cooking for one is easy enough, and I am always so intrigued by all of the meal prepping I have been seeing on social media, but I often just don't want to eat the same thing for six days, but am met with the predicament of how much time I actually have versus how much time I think I have to spend in the kitchen each night cooking (hint: I think I have more time than I actually do). I have tried a few of the Tasty foods seen in the videos, and they actually didn't turn out that horrible! Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Lasagna stuffed bell peppers.

Who doesn't love lasagna? And lower-carb lasagna at that. It's a win-win! When I made them, I cut the recipe in half, but you might want to half the sauce again after that because there is A LOT of sauce.

2. Stuffed tomatoes.

Fist, let me say these things are awesome. Typically, I have to be in the mood for Mediterranean flavors, but I think that I would be down for these more often. Plus, it would be super easy to make these ahead of time and keep them for a while as lunches.

3. Slow cooker chicken taquitos.

A few weeks back, I tagged my boyfriend in this on Facebook — mainly as a joke because I wanted them, but he actually made them for me (insert crying emoji here). They were amazing, and so easy! You just put everything in the slow cooker and go to work, or in this case class! They make enough for the next day, too!

4. Zucchini ravioli.

Okay, so these take a little bit more time, but here me out! They are so easy if you have the extra time to work on them, and they are totally worth it. Plus, you can make your own sauce or if you want to save time, which is me every day, you can just use your favorite canned sauce.

5. Lemon chicken spaghetti squash.

If you have the time to roast a squash then definitely check this out. It's actually super easy, and great to do on a study night. Since it takes a little while to roast the squash, I find that it is the perfect amount of time to study before taking a break to shred it up. Also, the squash can make enough for a couple of days if you don't mind reheated food

6. Turkey bowl meal prep.

If you're into meal prepping, then you should try this. There is enough flavor that it doesn't taste like a bland meal prep, and it is easy enough to just throw into the fridge once you've finished it. This recipe gives me hope that not all meal preps have to be a complete fail on my end.

If cooking is something that makes you completely fear the kitchen, then know that you're not alone. Cooking can be daunting, but these recipes are so easy! Find a friend and hit the grocery store together, and look at the weekly ads or online to see what kind of deals you are able to get at your local store! I also like to take recipes and use the basics, but add or subtract things I would like or dislike. Happy cooking!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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A Tribute To The RTS Bus

As New York prepares to retire its longest-running and most unique transit buses, it's worth taking a look at how they have become icons of the city.

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Later this year or early next year, NYC will say goodbye to one of its most recognizable transportation icons. Although few New Yorkers know them by name, almost every New Yorker has seen and rode on one of them. Since they debuted in 1981, the classic Rapid Transit Series (RTS) buses have transported New Yorkers over 2 billion miles on almost every bus route in the city. With their distinctive design and legendary reliability, they have become not just an icon, but a symbol, of the MTA and NYC in general.

A RTS bus in service in Manhattan during rush hour.Greg Huang

If you're a typical transit rider, you probably take bus riding and buses in general for granted. Virtually all of my friends see a bus as a bus and not much else. I hate to say this, but in the 21st century, they actually have a point. Go to any American city and most of the buses you'll find are literally boxes on wheels. Styling is sacrificed for economics. Ride comfort is sacrificed for accessibility. A bus could literally bring a sense of guilt to its occupants—it's as if they have no other choice but to ride in that flavorless, boring box.

Many modern transit buses are boxes on wheels, with minimal styling.Greg Huang

However, the RTS is anything but a box on wheels. It was born in the 1970s, when the USDOT was pushing bus manufacturers to design a "bus of the future". Back then, public transit was not frowned upon like the way it is today, and the futurism of the space age was a recent memory. Out of this environment, General Motors designed a bus that was groundbreaking yet controversial, and futuristic yet practical. And with that, the RTS made its debut to the world in 1977.

The RTS was revolutionary when it debuted in 1977. i1.wp.com

With its sloped front end, curved side windows, smooth bodywork, and modular design, the RTS was quite unlike anything else on the road at the time. Its styling was so radical, in fact, that GM had to offer the more utilitarian Classic alongside it. In addition to its futuristic styling, the RTS also boasted state-of-the-art amenities, including a "kneeling" feature, automatic temperature control, and an optional wheelchair lift.

In addition to the sleek design, the RTS came with multiple state-of-the-art features. farm8.static.flickr.com

In the four decades since, the RTS has served almost every city across America. But in New York, it not only fulfilled its mission, but it did so with flying colors. Between 1981 and 1999, the MTA ordered over 4,000 RTS buses, and at its peak, the RTS made up almost 90% of NYC's bus fleet. The RTS stood out not only to commuters, but also to the MTA itself. Among buses purchased in the same year, the RTS was always the last to be retired. Many individual RTS buses ran for over 20 years in service, when the average transit bus lifespan is 12 to 16 years. And two decades of carrying passengers in NYC is no walk in the park. For two decades, these buses transported New Yorkers in stop-and-go traffic and on long and fast express routes, and through freezing cold and scorching heat, through rain, snow and sleet, and everything in between. Frank Sinatra said that if you could make it in New York, you could make it anywhere. The RTS not only made it in New York, it found its home here.

A 1996 RTS bus, still running strong in 2018 after 22 years of service. Greg Huang

Four decades later, the RTS has largely been replaced by newer "low floor" buses, both in New York and elsewhere. In New York, the once 4,000 strong fleet is now down to about 200 buses. However, the design is still unmistakable. The unique curved side windows give the illusion of flying in an airplane, and make the bus feel open and airy. The once-futuristic bodywork is the perfect antithesis of the modern boxes on wheels, and the once state-of-the-art amenities have become standard. While modern transit buses emphasize practicality over style, GM amazingly integrated both within the same bus. Today, the RTS bus is not just classic, it's iconic. It represents an era when bus transportation was more glorious. It represents the future as seen from the past.

New York will never be the same without the RTS. It is to NYC as the Routemaster double-decker bus is to London. In other words, they are inseparable. And before NYC and the RTS separate for good, may New Yorkers and visitors to New York appreciate and admire these remarkable buses one final time.

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