Meals and Snacks to Get You Through Finals Week!

Author: Morris McLennan

               Finals week is here. I don’t know about anybody else, but I know I’m certainly operating at about 10% my usual brain capacity. Every morning I wake up and I check my New York Times daily email and I take fifty points of psychic damage. But of course, the one way to regain my lost brain points is by consuming health potions. And I am nothing if not a master craftsman of health potions. Here are my favorites.

  1. Soup / Chili

Soup is the king of psychic healing. I have made the Chickpea Noodle Soup recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s vegan cookbook about five times. You can also just throw vegetables and water in a pot and see what happens! It will probably become soup.

I ate chili on election night. I used to not like chili because my parents, though I love them very much, are not skilled with seasonings. However, when you make chili yourself, you can put as much seasoning as you want in it. It’s also not very expensive to just throw beans and tomatoes and vegetables into a pot and then suddenly have enough food for a week. I would recommend a recipe but I honestly have never followed a chili recipe before. You don’t need instructions; you just need to cook with love.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have probably made more chocolate chip cookies than any other baked good. They heal my soul! They also remind me of all the times my dad made Tollhouse cookies when I was a little kid. Sometimes when I make the Tollhouse recipe, the nostalgia is too overwhelming and I end up crying about how much I miss making cookies with my dad. But usually I use this recipe instead:

  • Pizza

If I ever get sentenced to death for jaywalking on North Clifton Avenue, I’m ordering Dimo’s Pizza for my last meal. I love Chicago but I simply think the pizza here is soggy and a little flavorless. But not Dimo’s! The vegan deep dish from Kitchen17 is also pretty good though. Anyways, I know none of us are cooking every single meal from scratch. That’s a lot of effort for a busy student. So I don’t know about you, but I’m going to order pizza.

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