Commencement has come and gone, and you’re settling into life without school. You’re free, you’re educated — and you have student loans. Now that you’re out of the dining halls and into your own kitchens, here are a few ways to eat well by dressing up typical, everyday pantry staples, without breaking the bank.
You’ll be surprised by how much spices can jazz up mundane food items you always have around. Here, cardamom is the secret ingredient: combine it with all those browning bananas you have on your shelf, and you’ve got yourself a first-rate, fancy milkshake.
Makes 2 smaller shakes
1 large banana, peeled
2 scoops good vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
Juice of 1/2 lime
Seeds from 4 cardamom pods, crushed
Chill a tall glass. Blend everything together and serve with a wedge of lime or chunk of banana.
Bag the rushed, pre-class bowls of cream of wheat, and start your day with polenta instead. The additions of vanilla, fresh blueberries and cardamom turn this into a breakfast that’s all grown up.