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10 Easy To Make Meals That Will Trick People Into Actually Thinking You Can Cook

Because nothing wins over someones heart like a well cooked meal.

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Part of being an adult means that you will one day be in a situation where you need to prepare a meal that will impress someone or someones. This could be a dinner for your significant other, a dinner for your significant other's parents, dinner for your parents, a dinner for your parents as well as your significant other's parents, etc. Or even on a professional level, inviting co-workers or managers over for dinner isn't always an uncommon thing, depending on the work environment.

Now, you could boil some pasta in water and slap some pre-made sauce on it, but I can promise you that it won't leave the impression you are aspiring to leave.

Cooking doesn't have to be hard or scary. It can be fun, exciting and actually really rewarding.

No matter what the special occasion is or if you're just looking to add some meals to your mental recipe list, I collected some easy, tasty and impressive meals that you are more than capable of preparing.

1. Chrissy Teigen's Chinese Chicken Salad

Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad

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If you're skipping the traditional romaine lettuce and ranch dressing salad vibe, luckily Chrissy Teigen has got your back. This salad is fresh, easy and a great healthy option for a lunch date or a starter course. Of course, you should totally do yourself a favor and buy yourself Chrissy Teigen's cookbook, but in case you need something asap, there is an adapted recipe available here.

2. Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles

Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles

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Never discredit the ease of the pasta with meatballs dinner, but who says it has to be traditional? This recipe takes a home-cooked favorite into a culinary masterpiece. While it may seem a bit intimidating at first, give a chance. If you need to cut corners a bit more, you can purchase pre-cut zucchini noodles at Trader Joes, and probably other food stores. You can find this recipe, here!

3. Rachael Ray's Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos

Rachael's Baja Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

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You're probably thinking, heck no. I can not complete a meal like this, but you can. Rachael Ray is the ultimate person for beginner-friendly yet impressive recipes. This dish is more casual of a feel, but will still make anyone go "wow, this is a person who can really cook and that is a notable trait." Find this dish here!

4. Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew

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If your cooking appliances are limited, fear not! This recipe doesn't require too many full-kitchen requirements, but still has that warm, made from love, feeling that we all aspire to produce in a meal. Plus, this recipe is actually Whole30 friendly, dairy-free and gluten-free. Find it here!

5. Black Bean & Chicken Enchiladas

Black Bean & Chicken Enchiladas For An Easy, Cheesy Dinner

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This is a fool-proof recipe that will be SURE to make someone's taste buds explode with flavor. Plus, this meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare so if you're currently reading this on a time crunch, bookmark this recipe and head to the store asap.

6. Jamie Oliver's Killer Macaroni and Cheese

This is no Kraft Mac and Cheese (but we still love and respect you Kraft). This ooey-gooey American goodness, created by someone who is British. Interesting. Anyways, this may seem like more steps than your traditional pasta plus cheese, but seriously, it's worth it. Nothing says I'm a grown up like homemade macaroni and cheese.

7. Jamie Oliver's Greek Vegetable Kabobs

Greek vegetable kebabs

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Where are my vegetarians at? Woot. Woot. Jamie Oliver has got you covered with these colorful, healthy and tasty Greek kabobs. Only eight ingredients, very non-intimidating but very delicious. Find this goodness here!

8. Cereal Milk Cinnamon Rolls

Cereal Milk Cinnamon Rolls

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When you're faced with a brunch challenge, you don't open a can of pre-made cinnamon rolls you little winner. You instead can bake these cereal milk cinnamon rolls. I know, genius, right? This may be a two hour process, but you will receive a lifetime of "wow, remember when (your name) made those amazing cinnamon rolls?" Oh yeah, get prepping and find the recipe here!

9. California Style Bison Burgers

California-Style Bison Burger | foodiecrush.com

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If you're feeding a crowd or a person who isn't a self-proclaimed foodie, prefers the classics in life, then this is the recipe that will please. California style burgers are arguably the best burgers and to prove it, make this baby for dinner and watch mouths drool. I'm hungry just looking at that picture. Get the recipe here!

10. Ina Garten's Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Ina Garten’s Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Oh yeah, I saved the most mouthwatering for last. Imagine, you, cooking this amazing dish and announcing what it is that you have prepared. Did you just impress yourself? Well, this can be a reality. Ina Garten's recipes are not only easy peasy, but also really impressive. You should also purchase her cookbook, but you can find this recipe here!

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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If You Truly Love French Fries, You Know Dipping Them In Ranch Is The Only Way To Go

If you dip french fries in anything else you're wrong.

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In order to truly love french fries, you need to know and live by the idea that dipping french fries in ranch is the only way to properly eat a french fry.

A true french fry connoisseur has a list of there favorite french fry places, and then they have a list of there favorite ranch places. Those combine to form the ultimate combination of french fry goodness.

Now so people may think that ketchup is the queen of french fry dipping sauces, but those people are wrong. Ketchup is basically tomatoes that were put in a blender that had some salt and pepper add to them. It is plain, basic, and bland.

Now ranch, on the other hand, is a creamy combination of fresh ground herbs, hand cracked pepper, freshly picked garlic and onion. It is slowly hand mixed to form the most delectable dipping sauce of all time.

It's layered flavors complement the saltiness of fries perfectly. When the flavors combine they form this explosion of salty, sweet, and tangy that leaves you wanting more.

The savoriness of ranch makes you want to continue to dip your fries in it. Ranch is and will always be the superior dipping sauce for fries.

The combination of ranch and french fries will never leave you lead you on, it will never miss a date, it will never ghost you, it will always be there to comfort you in your time of need.

Ketchup will show up and leave five minutes later, but ranch will stay around until every last fry is enjoyed.

Ketchup needs to be shaken and stirred to have a good time, while Ranch walks through the door ready to party.

Who needs a second string player to start when your first string is ready to go?

So move out of the way Ketchup, Ranch is here to stay.

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