Monday, April 15, 2013

Easy, Inexpensive, AND Healthy Recipe? Yes!

(reprinted from

3 Bell Peppers (Any color)
8 oz. of Pasta Sauce
1 8.8 oz. Bag of Uncle Ben's 90 Second Ready Rice (Or 9 oz. of regular rice)
1 Can Black Beans
4 oz. Shredded Cheese
Bread Crumbs OR A few broken-up crackers

Preheat your oven to 400.  Cook your rice as instructed on its package.  Cut your peppers in half and remove the seeds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and evenly place each bell pepper half on the baking sheet.

Once your rice is finished cooking, pour the rice and can of beans into a large bowl for mixing.  Add your pasta sauce slowly, while stirring the mixture together. The mixture should be firm but wet, and have an equal distribution of ingredients.  Now, use a spoon to distribute the rice-bean-sauce mixture into each pepper half. DO NOT overload the peppers, this will make a mess in your oven!

Before baking, cover each pepper with bread crumbs or broken-up crackers and ample shredded cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes, remove and let stand for 3 minutes.

Makes 6 low-cost servings.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Summer School or Summer Internship?

Okay, it’s only March.  You may not have had a single thought about what you are doing when the spring semester finishes up.  Or, you may have already decided to keep the USC academic train rolling through summer school. 

Here’s another thought.  How about trying a summer internship?

Before you come back to hit the books for fall semester, you could get some real-world job experience, some excellent networking for after graduation, and maybe even make some money!  (Of course, some internships pay while others don’t.)

And in a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles you MAY find the internship is at your dream company right here!  You can stay settled in at your Trojan Buildings apartment- all cozy while you dip your toe into that wide world of the workers. 

We found some great websites for searching internships:




Good luck!  And start looking soon.  Some of the deadlines for applications are already closing up.