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Bearcats in the Kitchen

Posted by Allyson Lambert on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Welcome to my new blog series, "Bearcats in the Kitchen!" 

Whether you commute to campus, work part-time at an internship or just moved into your first apartment after graduation, this series will provide you with cooking tips and recipes to fit your busy lifestyle.

Bearcats in the Kitchen

When I lived in a dorm as a student, I really enjoyed the convenience of having a meal plan. In fact, one of the greatest perks of living on campus at Saint Vincent College centers around the endless food options provided by Dining Services. Whether you begin the day with a leisurely breakfast at the Cafeteria (also known as "the Caf" by students) or grab a quick lunch at the Shack between classes, there's always something to satisfy your cravings. The staff ensures that all of your meals are taken care of so you can focus on studying, completing projects, playing sports or participating in club activities.  

Saint Vincent College Cafeteria

Once I graduated and got my first job, it was suddenly time to learn to cook. However, like most young professionals, I had a lot on my plate. Cue the meal plan! Although I didn't live at the comfort of Saint Vincent College anymore, I decided to create my own system to help free up time during the week. This especially comes in handy on weeks when I'm traveling or busy with meetings and rehearsals. 

Here's the simple three step process I follow: 

  1. Meal plan - Pull out your calender and decide what you're going to cook this week. Make a grocery list. Try to account for special events like birthdays, eating out or tight deadlines.  
  2. Go shopping - This is the hardest part. Take a friend if you need support. If you have trouble sticking to your budget, make a game out of trying to hit your targeted number at the cash register (say $50). 
  3. Meal prep - When you get home chop veggies, cook pasta, boil eggs, etc. Arrange your food in containers. I like to balance my meals with proteins, carbs and fats plus extra snacks throughout the day.

Food prep

Here's what a typical week for me looks like. I like to have snacks on hand too, so I prepare those ahead as well.  

Meal planning

When preparing your meals, variety is key! If you get creative with your options, you'll find yourself less tempted to eat convenience foods.  

Variety of your meals is key

Now your food is ready to take to the office... 

Eating at your desk can be fun!

Or to the beach! 

Bring your own snacks to the beach

Eating at your desk might seem like a drag. However, with a little creativity in the kitchen, you can eliminate the need to hit up the vending machine or fast food chains on a daily basis. 


As an extra bonus, you can look for stylish lunch totes that will make it fun to bring your prepped meals to work or school. I like these ones from fit&fresh and currently own two. Yes, I researched this so you don't have to! #priorities 

Stylish lunch totes

It's not always possible to bring your own food. That's why if you're at an airport or traveling, it's a good to look for quick and healthy options. I like to go with green juices. They're easier to eat, or should I say drink, than a salad! 

Eating right at the airport

That wraps up today's post! Stay tuned next time for my super low-carb pancake recipe. 

Low carb pancakes

Just kidding! You know I had to throw in some humor somewhere. 


Happy Cooking! 


Topics: Allyson Lambert, Bearcats in the Kitchen, Dining, Student Life, Saint Vincent College, Cooking

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Jessica Kennedy

My name is Jessica Kennedy. I graduated from SVC in 2012 with a dual major in accounting and business management with a minor in international business. While at SVC I was on the swim team as well as being involved in SGA and SAAC. I am currently the Assistant Director of Business Affairs at the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, where I reside with my dog, Zoey. I also own my own photography company, KennedyPhotographyCo, where i display and sell my prints on Etsy. I still swim and have also taken up running and have ran over six half marathons in the last three years. 

Elizabeth Sosko

My name is Elizabeth Susko, and I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College (mathematics major with a secondary education certification). After Saint Vincent, I moved away and became a high school Math teacher in the Northern VA area. I couldnt imagine being where I am today and I hold some of that journey to being a Bearcat.  Cant wait to share my daily adult life (post-undergrad) experiences with you!

Megan DePrimio

Hello there! My name is Megan DePrimio, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College (communication major and English minor). I also have a master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After grad school, I became an athletics marketing intern at the University of Notre Dame and I now work in Development. Every day I am amazed at the path I have been on since I was a young Bearcat. Even the planner in me couldn’t have forecasted this journey! Happy to be here. 


Allyson Lambert graduated from Saint Vincent in December 2013 with a degree in finance. She currently works in the Financial Leadership Development (FLD) Program at PPG Industries in Reno, Nevada.