Yesterday I told you I was attempting a new recipe. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my teaser since I deemed this recipe a success! Now I am sharing it with you!

I made salmon cakes! They were moist and they are great to eat alone, as a sandwich and on a salad.

Salmon Cakes - makes 4 patties

1 can of chunked salmon (in water)

1/4 cup dry quinoa

~ 1 teaspoon dill

~ 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard mayo

1 egg

1. Put quinoa in about a 1/2 cup of water, let it come to a boil and let sit on low heat for 10 minutes.
2. Drain the salmon and combine in a food processor along with the dill and mustard mayo. (Side can combine your own mustard and mayo to taste)
3. Once quinoa is done allow it to cool then combine salmon mixture and quinoa in a separate bowl.
4. Form the mixture into cakes.
5. Mix up the egg in a separate dish and dip the cakes into the egg.
6. Put the cakes onto a hot skillet and cook about 2 minutes per side.

I originally didn't dip the first two cakes into egg, but for the last two I did which made then stick together a lot better.

Yesterday I ate mine with some avocado and fruit.
Today I had it on an English muffin with a little bit of Tartar sauce and a side of sautéed veggies.
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!
I made it! I successfully made it through my sophomore year of college! This semester was one of the most academically challenging I have ever had to face. As you can tell with my lack of attention to my blog I barely had any time to breath outside of my studies. Sometimes I wish I was the type to let my work fall to the wayside for a little so I could enjoy some time to myself, but unfortunately I am quite the opposite. Luckily enough I had some really interesting classes this semester, so I wasn't bored out of my mind. Needless to say I am enjoying the first week of no school, kicking back and relaxing.

I am excited to have this time to spend with my family and friends. Also, I am excited to try different workouts, get in the kitchen, blog, read leisure books, go to the pool, go to the beach, concerts, visit friends and start moving into my house at school! As glad as I am to have the summer to do what I want I also know that this is one of the last summers where most of my girlfriends and myself will be home. We are already losing one for most of the summer, but for great opportunities so we are proud! We are already attempting to make the best of this summer.

On Friday afternoon a group of us took a long bike ride to Boiling Springs, a cute little area about 10 miles from us. It has a beautiful lake where we ended our ride and had a picnic. It was a beautiful day and we all had a lot of fun. There were a couple of hits that kept us awake on our ride and made us all quite sore the next day! It was a perfect way to spend my first day of summer back home!
You can count on me posting some new recipes and workouts here soon! I am testing a new recipe tonight and I will let you know how it goes! Does anyone have any requests of dishes they'd like a recipe for?! I have lots of time and I'd love to do some more experimenting!

Happy Summer everyone!
I've managed to find a little bit of time between the madness that is school right now.  I wanted to continue my Dorm Room Stocking series with a snack edition.  College schedules can get really weird with early morning classes, late night classes, club meetings, friends, etc. It is important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times.  Through trial and error I have come up with some snacks that get me through the day.
PEANUT BUTTER! Seriously I do not understand anyone who doesn't like peanut butter. It is one of my weaknesses. There's nothing that a spoonful of peanut butter can't fix right?! It's also nice to have to spread over rice cakes for some protein. Honestly...I just prefer it by the spoonful!
So these snacks may be marketed towards children, however I love them! Whole grains, sunflower seeds and some flavor. Can't go wrong there. The serving size is 14 pieces for only 150 calories and most times I can't even eat all 14 pieces.
Whole grain, baked Goldfish? Hello! Who doesn't love the snack that smiles back?! I just tried the Annie's Cheddar Snack Mix, yes for kids again, and it is yummy so I don't care. It hits the spot when I crave something salty. In the back is the 7-grain Kashi crackers. I like to use them for Hummus...which I do not currently have in the room, but is a great thing to have on hand as well!
Here are my chip selections. Honestly, I am not much of a chip person anymore, but I love the Sweet Potato chips because they are both sweet and salty. The pop chips are always good, unfortunately you get more air than anything in the bag. And rice cakes are good to have with some peanut butter!
This is my "bar drawer" stash. I literally have a drawer that is devoted to all the bars that I eat. Luna Bars are my jam! I love the Peanut Honey Pretzel and the Blueberry Bliss flavors. I recently discovered Luna's fiber bars. These Vanilla Blueberry taste like Nutrigrain bars, but are a lot more filling and the Chocolate Raspberry taste like brownies to me! I also have an assortment of random bars like Kind, QuestBar, Cliff and Pure, for whenever I am feeling adventurous!
Lastly, we've got the nuts. Pictured here are my Pistachios which I usually buy from the grocery store in the self-serve isle. Make sure to get unsalted! And choose which ones are your favorite!

As I have been doing this little project I have come to realization of how much food I have in my room.  These have all been accumulated through my trips home and the grocery store on my own, but I love trying new foods so I just go for it! I figure it is helping me decide what I want for my house this coming year.

Don't be afraid to try new things.  Most of these snacks and breakfast items I previously talked about, I hadn't been eating over a year ago. Don't forget to have fun with it. Be practical too, because you need to have room to store all this food in your fridge and wherever else you keep your food, especially if you share the space with roommates!

What are your favorite snacks to have on hand at all times?!

Happy snacking everyone!