Collegian Cooks: The finals feast

Lawrence Lam and Skyler Leonard

Collegian Cooks is sponsored by Whole Foods Market in Fort Collins.


AHHHHH. It’s dead week and finals are approaching. There is so much to focus on, so much to do. These next two weeks are the stress-induced marathon we all have been dreading.

During this time, it may be hard to do anything other than school work, but for the sake of sanity, food is essential. Before you order a pizza or go get fast food, take a chance on some other filling recipes that don’t take a lot of focus to make. During this stressful time the crockpot is your friend, and the blender is your bud — use them wisely.

Here are some recipes to help you function for finals:

Pork Pot Roast

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 12.08.16 PMWhat you will need:

  • One pot roast
  • Five small red potatoes
  • One white onion
  • Three chopped carrots
  • A handful of mushrooms
  • Three chopped stalks of celery
  • Salt and pepper, or any other spice that sounds good

Step one: place everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 11 to 13 hours. Yup, it’s that easy.

The Easy Smoothie

What you will need:Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 12.10.25 PM

  • One cup of diced strawberries
  • One diced banana
  • Half of an orange
  • Five ice cubes
  • Half a cup of milk

Step one: Throw everything in a blender, blend until desired consistency is met and YAY, smoothies!

Finals Pork Fried Rice


What you will need:

  • Leftover crockpot pork (we assume you will have leftovers, right?)
  • That day-old cooked rice that you need to use up
  • One diced onion
  • One diced carrot
  • A handful of diced green onions
  • A handful of mushrooms
  • A small amount of minced ginger
  • Some Thai basil leaves
  • Various amounts of peanut, sesame and chili seed oils, as well as dark soy sauce
  • Three partially-cooked scrambled eggs

Step one: Throw everything into a pot on medium heat. Begin with the onion, peanut oil and ginger; then the carrot, mushrooms and green onions; pork roast and egg; then finally the rice, soy sauce, sesame and chili seed oils and basil.

Collegian Chefs Lawrence Lam and Skyler Leonard can be reached or on Twitter @LawrenceKLam and @skyler_leonard.