Hooker in the Kitchen: Southwestern Single-Skillet

As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire. 

Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and
the body.  

“Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes. 

 

Don’t sacrifice healthy eating simply because it’s finals week and junk food is easier. You know the drill: It’s 2 a.m., you have an Anatomy & Physiology test in five hours, and you still need to get some more cram time in.

Though there may no hope for acing the skeletal system portion of the exam or getting more than several hours of sleep, you can still salvage your waistline and focus better by eating a healthy meal.

Black beans contain fiber and protein, brown rice contains carbohydrates to help fuel your brain function, and zucchini is rich in vitamin A.

So, put the box of Easy Mac down, because this dish can be made in the same amount of time, using one skillet and is packed full of vegetables and
protein, to boot.

 

What you need:

 

1 zucchini, sliced

1 can of reduced-sodium black beans, drained

1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilis

1 cup instant brown rice, cooked

3/4 cup water

Optional: 1/4 cup Mexican-style shredded cheese

What to do:

 

1. Cook instant rice according to package
instructions.

2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Add zucchini, tomatoes and cooked rice.

3. Cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes, stirring occasionally.

Want to add more? Try adding diced onions, taco seasoning, diced chicken or ground beef, or cilantro!

About the author  ⁄ Lauren Hooker

Lauren Hooker

Lauren Hooker is the Marketing Director at Boise State Student Media. She is a senior Communication major with a certificate in Public Relations. She enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Follow her on Twitter: @shesahooker.