So this is it – the culmination of my entire school career (and yes, after 2 decades you can call school a “career”)
This week I have embarked upon my comprehensive exams. You pass those exams and you are considered a “graduate candidate” – as in, “they” (faculty) see “you” (me!) fit to be one of their peers. You still have to do the dissertation, but honestly the comps are supposed to be the hardest thing you do. It’s downhill from here. And if you don’t pass……well let’s not think about that
Every program does it a little differently. In my program I received 4 “questions” (long paragraphs asking about 15 different things, each) that I have to respond to in a 15 page paper, each (not including References – that’s a whole separate document). I received the questions on Monday at 9:00am. They are due by Friday at 5:00pm. So what am I doing between now and then? Very little other than WRITE WRITE WRITE! My goal is to do 1 question a day, then spend Friday reviewing and revising everything. So far so good because I finished an entire question yesterday.
Let’s just say – the process is grueling. My workouts have already fallen to the way-side. I got in a short jog yesterday morning but today I’m up and at ‘em….no time to workout. That’s okay though. This is 1 week. It won’t derail my triathlon training.
One thing that I
can’t REFUSE to give up?
Luckily I plan my weeks’ meals ahead of time to take all the guess-work out of dinner. I was also strategic this week – picking meals that would be QUICK, EASY, and DELICIOUS!
Enter: Turkey and Cheese Stromboli!!!
Listen to how easy this is, guys! And then go get the ingredients (or make it from what you have on hand), and MAKE IT TONGHT! Yum!
pizza dough (I cheated and used store-bought, but you can make your own, too!)
Boar’s Head sliced turkey breast (or other lunch meat)
First, flatten your dough onto a baking sheet – just like you would if you were prepping a pizza. (make it in the shape of a rectangle, NOT a circle!) I used Trader Joe’s garlic & herb dough, but you can use anything you want.
Next, layer hefty portions of meat and cheese along the center of the dough – it should stretch completely from one end of the dough to the other (long-ways on the rectangle).
Then, fold one side of the dough over the top, then do the same thing with the other side, meeting in the middle and sealing to shut.
You can brush with a little egg white or EVOO, if desired (I didn’t, so the top of mine isn’t all shiny). Then pop in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on the top.
My finished product looked like this:
I served mine along with a big bowl of steamed broccoli that had been seasoned with some salt, pepper, garlic, and a dab of Earth Balance.
It’s really that easy! About 5 minutes of prep is all it takes to have a delicious Turkey and Cheese Stromboli!!! And you can play around with it, too! Make a pizza style one (layer pepperoni and cheese, and include a marinara dipping sauce on the side) or you can make a chicken and veggie one. The sky is the limit, people!
Bonus: We even had leftovers so I can take it for lunch today instead of having to worry about making myself something else.
Do you have any go-to Quick and Easy Recipes that you rely on when things are crazy? Please share!!!