Jan 1, 2011

Southwest Wrap or Salad

Lunch of the MonthWhere: L & T Produce in the Cougareat

What: Southwest Wrap or Salad

Price: $4.29

Lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, salsa and ranch dressing or sour cream with a roll (white or wheat). Wrap includes a spice, spinach, or tomato tortilla.

Load up on a delicious L & T offers students healthy lunch options. The Southwest Wrap or Salad comes with protein and veggies. The wrap is a good choice for those who have to run; you can eat it all at once, or keep some for later. (November 8 through December 4)


Dry erase grocery list

Dry erase grocery list

  • Picture frame with glass
  • Light-colored material
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
  • Magnets
  • Find a smaller, lightweight frame and clean the glass.
  • Take the cardboard back out and cover with light-colored material by stretching the material tight around the cardboard and gluing the edges to the back of the cardboard. White Elmer's glue works just fine.
  • Using a permanent marker, title your dry erase board.
  • Using a little stronger glue like super glue or a hot glue gun, glue strong magnets onto the back of the frame. Our suggestion is to secure a magnet on each corner of the frame so it doesn't fall off the refrigerator. In order to keep the frame from falling or breaking, consider sticking it to the side of the fridge rather than the front door.
You can make larger versions of this grocery list by buying larger frames. In fact, it's simple if you would like to hang one on the wall and use it as a message board. Or, if you want to make a dry erase calendar, use your permanent marker, measure out the lines for an empty calendar (with space on top to write the month) and you can keep track of your tasks every month (and never have to buy a calendar or throw anything away).  Here is a link to instructions on how to make a homemade dry erase calendar:

The Blue Line Deli & Market

With winter here and in full swing, we thought we'd remind you about The Blue Line Deli and Market. If you want the perfect place to escape the cold and enjoy a warm cup of soup, Blue Line Deli is the place.

The Blue Line Deli is a classic New York delicatessen with food and fare for everyone. From fresh soups and salads to sandwiches and hot dogs, everything can be grabbed on the go, or enjoyed in the large seating area on the first floor of the Tanner building.

Each day at The Blue Line Deli, four different soups are featured - soups like chili, chicken wild rice, Thai potato corn chowder, and New England style clam chowder. Don't worry, if you would like something more than soup, The Blue Line Deli also features at least two different sandwiches (like turkey avocado and philly steak) as well as at least two different entrées (like lasagna and shepherd's pie).

If you happen to be running by in between meals, The Blue Line Deli also has a wide selection of healthy beverages and snack foods.

The Blue Line Deli didn't just get its name from anywhere. It was only fitting to give this New York deli the name of a major New York subway line, "the blue line". New York's blue line runs right through Wall Street, Times Square, and more. Our Blue Line is right in the middle of BYU's business and financial district (the Tanner Building) and right in the midst of campus.

Just keep The Blue Line Deli in mind this winter for a good lunch, snack, or even just a warm cup of hot chocolate. You won't be disappointed you dropped by.

For more information and a look at the daily menu, visit: http://dining.byu.edu/blueline/

Best Winter Foods

by Kiku Reidhead

If you ever get bored of putting the same produce in your grocery basket, winter is the season to branch out. This article discusses winter foods that are not only available and fresh during the winter months, but will provide your body with healthy nutrients, too.

Pomegranates and citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C. Your immune system will most likely need a boost sometime during the winter months. So, grab a grapefruit, some oranges or a pomegranate and fight off catching a cold. Pomegranates are also full of nutrients to promote long-term health including polyphenols to fight inflammation.

As for greens, eating leeks and brussel sprouts is a delicious way to get fiber into your winter diet. Including brussel sprouts on your menu will add a variety of vitamins and nutrients to your meals including vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate. Leeks are also full of folate, a nutrient needed to create DNA which also helps the intestinal tract.

Other vegetables that are both flavorful and healthy include beets and root vegetables like sweet potatoes and yams. Beets are full of color, thus indicating their vibrant nutritional value - the iron helps to cleanse and build blood. Sweet potatoes and yams are considered "healthy carbohydrates" and  a much healthier alternative to the normal baked potato. These are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene.

If you've never cooked these fruits and vegetables before, not to worry - the Internet is a giant recipe database. Anymore, all you need to do is search for a desired recipe and you will have a delicious, healthy meal right at your fingertips. So, next time you are in the grocery store, don't shy away from trying something new - your body will thank you now and later. 

Clever Couponing

by Kiku Reidhead

The digital age of coupons

Americans save around 3 billion dollars a year just by using coupons. In the past, the Sunday newspaper has been the main source for coupons, but as Internet continues to develop, more and more digital coupons are popping up. Here's a look at the newest deal savers right at your finger tips.
  • Restaurant.com: Just as the website name implies, this site is concerned with deals at restaurants. Usually the deal is to buy a gift certificate at a discounted price.

  • Groupon: Posts a daily deal, but only one a day. You can get e-mail notifications of these deals each day.

  • Skweez: A local text coupon service. You get a coupon each day but it's only valid on that day. It's unique because of its local focus and offers great deals on local restaurants like "buy one get one free milkshakes at Sammy's".

  • Citydeals: A bank of multiple deals in the Salt Lake and Utah County areas. These website focuses on everything from dining to haircuts to dry cleaning. You usually purchase a gift certificate at a discounted price. A plus is that shipping is cheap and the certificates arrive promptly.
What's great about these deal services is that luxury items that usually come with a large ticket (like massages, dinners and movie tickets) are brought down to an affordable price. But it's not just luxury items that are up for sale - everyday things like dry cleaning, car washes, and sometimes even Walmart gift cards sell for a fraction of their value. In addition, each of these sites are easy to search through - no more sifting through piles of ads to find one coupon you want; now you can type in a simple search and whala!

Start the New Year Fresh

by Kiku Reidhead

10 tips for a fresh start

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
-Charles Lamb

"Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."
-Henry Ward Beecher

Here are MIX!'s tips for simple ways to make a fresh start this year. Take a step forward, change things up, and live fresh!

1. Rearrange your furniture. This is an easy way to change things up. Simply rearranging furniture will help you switch up your routine and help you feel like things are really changing.

2. Clean your closet(s). Finding time to clean is difficult - especially when the area you need to clean is hidden. Open up your closets and pantries and clean! You will be surprised to see what's been hiding in there! You might even rearrange things to create a new organizing system.

3. De-junk and donate. This step goes right along with number 2. When you find things you don't want anymore, throw them away or donate them. Convince yourself to part with decorations or clothing items that you keep "just in case". De-junking and de-cluttering can actually give a whole new outlook on your living space.

4. Clean up your computer. How many old icons do you have on your desktop? Or how many files have you saved in random folders and are now almost impossible to find? Take a few minutes each day to organize your computer. Delete any files or programs you don't need or don't use.

5. Break an old habit. Humans are creatures of habit - both good and bad. Find a bad habit, even one like biting your nails or never eating breakfast, and make a plan to break it. It sounds like a new year's resolution, but it doesn't have to be big or drastic. Finally breaking a bad habit will make all the difference in your daily routine and how you feel about yourself.

6. Create a new habit. On the flip side, creating a new habit is a great idea! Find something you've always wanted to do - like writing in your journal everyday or saving money for a road trip this summer - and just do it! Make a plan and goals to make it stick... and then probably some reminders too. Don't abandon your plan until the habit's, well, a habit.

8. Reconnect with an old friend. Social media, cell phones and e-mail don't just exist for entertainment - they exist to connect us with people! Find an old friend you've been wanting to catch up with and send them a message, a note to let them know you've been thinking about them, or an invitation to go out to lunch.

9. Mix up your menu. When you take your grocery shopping trips, replace your routine groceries with a few new items or ingredients. You can also try cooking new dishes or try a new restaurant. When you're on campus, try eating at a different location for lunch (after all, there are over 15 different choices!). The smallest changes in eating will feel like big changes in your routine.

10. Eat healthier. As we mentioned in number 9, small changes in eating habits will make a big difference in the way you feel. So, we suggest that you try to eat healthier. Start small by adding a few veggies to each meal or cutting out a few sweets. In the end you will feel like a better, fresher you in body, mind, and spirit!
As a closing thought, take Ralph Waldo Emerson's advice as you create a new start for yourself:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could."

Be happy with what you did that day, your new outlook on life, and look forward to the next day when you can try new things all over again!

Meal Drop

New to BYU campus this semester, Meal Drop is all about saving students and faculty time.

"You are always first in line when you use Meal Drop," said Cougareat Manager Joe Tiapson. "It is a convenient way for students and faculty to get lunch."

Meal Drop is convenient because students and faculty can just jump online and place an order. Then, at the specified time, the food is delivered to them.

Currently the Subway and Teriyaki Stix full menus are available to users along with three different drop locations: the JFSB, the Law School, and the Grab and Go in the Cougareat.

Now, students and faculty don't need to wait in line for food, or even leave their area of campus in order to get a bite to eat.

You can learn more or even order today by going to the Meal Drop website at www.mealdrop.com. Also, find "MealDrop" (one word) on Facebook and look for daily deals.

Bing Cherry Sauce

Bing Cherry Sauce (for ice cream)
4 servings

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Pitted Fresh Bing Cherries
1/4 Cup Cherry Juice
2 T. Orange Juice Concentrate
1 T. Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed)
1 t. Lemon
& Orange Zest (Minced)
Pinch Nutmeg
2 t. Cinnamon
3 T. Butter

In sauté pan over High Heat add brown sugar, Cherries, Juice, Zest, Spice and bring to simmer cooking until slightly thick.  Add Butter swirling into the liquid while boiling.  Allow to cool slightly and serve over ice-cream.