Dinners to try this Week

By Meredith Fisher

A new year means new food! Logistically speaking, it is comforting to make food you know and love but occasionally it comes time to spice up your routine. These recipes will add new dimension to foods you already know and love. Best of all, the recipes are easy to put together and can be prepared without a kitchen- goodbye, dining hall!

Sun-dried Tomato Couscous with Chickpeas and Roasted Kale

Photo:   Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

This recipe builds off a fluffy couscous base with nutrient-filled greens and a scattering of protein-filled chickpeas. This dish will fulfill your craving for Mediterranean food and you will look like a whiz in the kitchen. The secondary elements of the recipe include pine nuts and sundried tomatoes, which elevate the taste and add complexity. This meal will come together right before your eyes and still look carefully thought-out and elegant.


1   10-ounce box couscous

½ c. pine nuts

3T   olive oil

1    15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

2    bunches kale, stems trimmed

1    small jar sun dried tomatoes (or package of dried tomatoes, not in oil)

Salt, black pepper, and garlic; season to taste

  1. Cook couscous according to package instructions
  2. Add sundried tomatoes to couscous while water is still being absorbed. If they are out of a jar, they can be put directly into the couscous mixture. If they are dried, soak them in water for a few minutes to soften them. Cut the pieces into small bits
  3. Toast pine nuts in a skillet over low heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Add olive oil to skillet and sauté kale on medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add chickpeas, garlic, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook until the greens are tender
  6. Incorporate chickpeas and kale over couscous. Top with toasted pine nuts

SHORT CUTS: Buy couscous mixture with pine nuts and spices already incorporated. Use a microwave instead of stove to cook the couscous. Microwave for 2 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Use microwave instead of pan to steam greens for 1 minute.


Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Photo: Meredith Fisher

Photo: Meredith Fisher

I think we can all agree that avocados are one of the greatest foods on Earth and finding a new way to eat them is arguably one of the best discoveries of the week. Making your own pasta sauce may sound daunting, but is much simpler and even more satisfying than you can imagine. This recipe also incorporates zucchini noodles, allowing you to enjoy pasta, without all of the carbs. While some light equipment is required, this dish comes together in a snap.

For just under ten dollars on Amazon you can be the proud owner of a hand-held vegetable spiralizer, turning all of your favorite vegetables into shredded toppings or spaghetti noodles. 


12 ounces zucchini (about 3 zucchinis)

2 ripe avocados

1/2 c. Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/3 c. olive oil

1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

salt and black pepper; to taste

  1. Prepare sauce by mashing avocado and adding lemon juice, olive oil, and basil. Throw into the food processor for a quick whirl or simply mix by hand.
  2. Spiralize zucchini
  3. Place zucchini in pan over medium heat ensuring that there is enough moisture for the noodles to soften. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. The noodles can also be cooked in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add halved cherry tomatoes to pan, cook on medium heat until warm
  5. Cover noodles with sauce and serve.

SHORT CUT: Use normal pasta rather than zucchini noodles.* For a healthier option, use noodles made from a bean or lentil base, such as Tolerant Black Bean Fettuccine.

Must See: Boston Public Market

By: Yashi Gudka

Photography: Yashi Gudka

The Boston Public Market is an indoor public market featuring produce, delicacy items, and much more. All of the items are sourced from either Massachusetts or the greater New England area. It has a historic origin as seen in the revival of the original Faneuil Hall marketplace. The Boston Public Market is the only market of its kind in the entirety of The United States. It promotes Boston residents to purchase fresh and local food, encourages consumers to understand how food is produced, and promote regional flavours.


Taza Chocolate, Soluna Garden Farm, and Red’s Best Seafood are just a few examples of the great vendors the Boston Public Market has to offer. Vendors sell produce, beverages, poultry, and specialty products such as apple cider donuts and lattes.



The Boston Public Market also hosts exhibitions Wednesday through Friday on sustainable cooking and wellness events that are held in an event space within the market known as The Kitchen. At this venue, people are able to learn new cooking techniques, healthy eating, and overall wellness. Multiple culinary experts have been drawn from around the United States to educate people about the importance of food and share delicious recipes.


Over the next month, The Kitchen is filled with exciting programs; as per below:


Brown Bag Lunch- Fridays 12-1:30pm

Taste of the Season- Sundays 11am-1pm

REI Yoga- Thursdays 7-8am

Fresh, Fast, & Delicious for less


Date Night Cooking, Risotto for Two- Saturday 1/30 6-8pm

Bakeology 101- Sunday 2/7 2-4pm (DIY Cupcakes)

For the Love of Fish- Thursday 2/11 5-7pm (with Red’s Best Seafood)

Next time you are in the South End, be sure to check out the Boston Public Market!  Also, interested students can purchase a membership at The Trustees in order to get 10% off your purchases at select vendors and discounts on programs at The Kitchen.

February: Free Events in Boston

By: Dana Rocha

Looking for something to do but are on a budget? Check out some of these free events during the month of February.


Photo: The Leaflet

Mass College of Art Design Present Spring 2016 Exhibition: SELECTIONS

SELECTIONS features work by MassArt professors who want to showcase their work often in experimental directions or media. The exhibition will include photography, video, sculpture, painting, work on paper, and site-specific installations. The exhibition is being held until March 5th.

Where: Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt

621 Huntington Ave, South Building  Boston, MA 02115

When: Mon – Sat from 12 PM to 6 PM and Wednesday from 12 PM to 8 PM (closed on Sundays).


Emerson College Spring Bright Lights Film Series

The Bright Lights screening and talk series is being held by the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, who’s mission is to showcase visual media to Emerson College affiliates and the Greater-Boston community. Local and international artists, faculty, and alumni will be featured in the series.

Where: Paramount Theater

559 Washington Street, 4th floor  Boston, MA 02111

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM

From February 4 – April 14


SoWa First Fridays

Starting in February- over 60 artists, 40 boutiques, numerous galleries, and restaurants will be open to the public every first Friday of the month.

Where: 450 Harrison Ave Boston, MA  02118

When: February 5th from 5:00PM – 9:00 PM


MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson

Are you are interested in learning how to swing dance? If so, MIT is offering a dance social where you can learn how to dance to a wide variety of music from tradition swing to blues and even hip-hop.

Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139

* For room location check out

When: February 10 from 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM


Snowball Fight on the Common!

Represent Northeastern in a snowball fight against other Boston area colleges.

Where: Boston Common

Beacon St and Charles Street Boston, MA 02108

When: February 13th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Chinese New Year Parade

Welcome the Year of the Monkey by attending the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown featuring lion dances, music and fireworks.

Where: Chinatown Boston

When: February 14th from 11 AM – 3 PM


Free Concert at the New England Conservatory

The Rivers Symphony Orchestra will be performing work by Beethoven, Bach and Haydn in the famous Jordan Hall, just steps away from campus!

Where: New England Conservatory – Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA 02115

When:  February 28th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Boston’s Best Brunch

By: Abigail Walker

If you’re like me, you most likely understand that a good brunch can solve all of life’s complex problems. If you’re not knee deep in mimosas by mid-noon on a Sunday, you are doing something wrong. One of my favorite things about Boston, is the seemingly endless supply of amazing brunch spots. You could probably spend every Sunday of your college career at Northeastern trying new brunch spots and still not hit them all.

Compiling a list of my top five brunch spots was difficult yet extremely delicious. I mean, the competition is steep, but I did it. I am just about ready to make reservations to all these spots this coming weekend.


1. Trident Booksellers Trident has a special place in my heart. It is probably one of the more hipster places in Boston; I mean where else can you eat your omelet surrounded by leather-bound classics? It is important to note that they serve breakfast all day, so the whole brunch time window will not be limited. If you are planning to go on a Sunday, make sure to get there either early or plan a twenty minute wait, atleast. If you had a particularly “fun” Saturday night, I recommend getting the potato chuckwagon- shredded potato hash, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs however you like, and a side of toast, the perfect way to recover from a great weekend out, or to just spend the day catching up with some friends

2. The Friendly Toast This eclectic diner just opened up a location in Back Bay, so you no longer have to trek out to Cambridge for french toast the size of your head. Everything here is delicious and huge. Rather than ordering three pancakes, a reasonable portion at other restaurants, opt for a single pancake. Trust me, these things are enormous and absolutly mouthwatering.  Also, do not forget to order their hot chocolate, you will not regret it.

3. Met Back Bay With a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and a vast array of interesting options from captain crunch French toast to truffled croquet madame, you really can’t go wrong spending a weekend morning here. Be careful though, this place is pricey.

4. Aquitaine A bistro in the South End, Aquitane specializes in French twists on classic American brunch items (and other meals but that’s not what we’re here for). The décor of this restaurant alone is incredibly Instagram worthy, but the food itself is enough to revive you on any Sunday morning. I would recommend the malted Belgian waffled or the croque magret (duck confit and gruyere pressed sandwich). The bottomless French roast coffee is also a necessity.

5. The Gallows I would consider The Gallows to be a hidden gem. Located in the South End, they offer a small menu for Saturday and Sunday brunch, but their offerings do not disappoint. Their menu may be small, but it’s about quality not quantity in this case. The crowning glory here is the brunch muffin, which is a corn muffin with pulled pork, pepper jelly, guac, red onions, and eggs. If that doesn’t entice you, go for the cinnamon maple bread pudding and the sunrise poutine.