Posts by Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Chicken Stirfry

I’ll be honest, usually when I’m craving Chinese food I order out rather than make my own, but this recipe looks pretty easy. The great thing about stir fry is that once you find a sauce you like you can add any meat and vegetables. What’s your favorite take-out in Des Moines? Preparation time: 30 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash

Squash makes me think of fall. It’s so rustic and satisfying. Yum! What’s your favorite fall food? Roasted Butternut Squash 2 medium butternut squash  (4-5 pounds total) 6 T. unsalted butter, melted ¼ light brown sugar, packed 1 ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper Directions:

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Ginger Bran Muffins

I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but honestly, most mornings I’m doing good to get out the door on time, let alone sit down and eat a balanced breakfast. That’s why I love grab-and-go recipes. Make something ahead of time and enjoy it the rest of the week. These bran […]

— Andrea Cooley

The Isiserettes @ Ingersoll Live

If you were within a 5 block radius of Ingersoll Ave on Saturday afternoon you couldn’t miss the beat of the Isiserettes as they made their way down the street to kick off Ingersoll Live. Here’s a clip to start your week off on the right foot. Just hearing the drums makes me do a […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Mexican Minestrone

Fall is just around the corner and that means it’s time for soups and slowcooker recipes like this tasty Mexican Minestrone from Weight Watchers (3 points per cup). Mexican Minestrone Prep: 15 minutes Cook 7 to 9 hours (on High) Makes eight 1 cup servings 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Street Party!

Take a break from studying this weekend and head to the best block party in town. Ingersoll Live is this Saturday from 4p.m. to 11p.m. Ingersoll Ave will be closed between 28th and 29th Streets. The event is free and great for the whole family. Enjoy live music, food (from Jesse’s Embers, Star Bar, Gateway […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Peach Crumble

I’m always looking for quick and easy healthy recipes and recently discovered Mayo Clinic as a great resource. I love how they organize the recipes by ingredients, servings, and meal. I couldn’t resist this yummy peach dessert. Whole wheat flour and oatmeal in this recipe help keep the calories down and focus the flavor on […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a Health Quiz

Take a break from studying and check out the DMU Health Quiz on Facebook. If you didn’t pass, or want to learn more about the top five causes of death in the U.S., register for Mini Medical School 2010. The program is offered annually and is open to the public. Students, we want to hear […]

— Andrea Cooley

Restaurant Week!

Whether you’re a food snob or you haven’t been out for dinner in months, you won’t want to miss Des Moines’ second annual restaurant week! 42 local restaurants are offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner (some include a glass of wine) or lunch for two for $25. It’s a great chance to try a restaurant […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: The Green Monster

Don’t judge this smoothie by its name–or its bright green hue. Seriously, it’s delicious! And I promise, you can’t taste the spinach. All you taste is banana. It’s cold and creamy and frothy good. I’ve made it my go-to drink after a workout. I usually stick to bananas in mine, but if you have other […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are my go-to snack. If I’m running late in the morning I grab one on the way out the door for breakfast. They’re also the perfect afternoon snack. And I always keep one in my purse so if I get hungry while I’m out I have something to munch on. I eat so […]

— Andrea Cooley

Weekend in Des Moines

Des Moines is a great place to be this weekend. Whether it’s your first weekend here, or you’ve been here all summer, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Here are 5 things to check out: 1. Clive After Five This outdoor event features bands from 5-8 p.m. $5 gets you in with […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Pasta Primavera Salad

I don’t always feel like cooking dinner in the summer. If we’re not grilling out, I’m all about making meals that are light and fresh and don’t involve turning on the oven for long periods of time. This pasta salad is perfect whether you have a load of veggies from your garden or the farmer’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

If I’m actually going to take time to cook, I like to make something that has plenty of leftovers. These enchiladas last me and my husband for several meals–and they only get better with time! My goal is to make them Sunday so we can eat them during the week. To make the enchiladas even […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetarian dishes don’t have to be flavorless or full of mysterious veggies with weird textures (I still can’t make myself eat tofu). This eggplant parmesan is simple (only 4 main ingredients) and delicious. If you’ve never tried eggplant or don’t think you like it, think again. With the tomatoes, garlic, and cheese you can’t even […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Turkey Tenderloin

Fire up the grill this weekend and enjoy some grilled turkey tenderloins. The best part about this recipe is it’s super simple. Make the marinade the night before and let the turkey soak up all the good flavors. All you have to do is through it on the grill and enjoy! Marinade Juice of 2 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipes: Salsa and Guacamole

Friday Recipes: Salsa and Guacamole As the newest member of DMU’s marketing and communications team, I wanted to introduce myself, and what better way to get acquainted than with food! I’m a closet foodie. I love watching Top Chef and the Food Network, subscribe to Bon Appétit and can recommend the best restaurants in Des […]

— Andrea Cooley

Mastering medical sciences, fighting stress

Guest blog by Jolene Kelly, PA-C, PA Program director Graduate school is a whole new ball game and learning about the intricacies of the human body takes a lot of dedication and work. Combine the two for a graduate degree in health or medicine and you’re looking at some stress. I’ve often heard students express […]

— Andrea Cooley

The next Doogie Howser?

OK, well maybe these high school students won’t be performing brain surgery anytime soon…  But, earlier this month, 22 high school students from across the Des Moines metro area were on campus to learn surgery skills from DMU students. Members of SCACFAS (Student Chapter of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) demonstrated suturing […]

— Andrea Cooley

“My trip to Belize” by Stephen Badke, D.O. student

Some of the unique opportunities available at Des Moines University are international rotations and medical mission trips. In July 2007, I traveled to the Stann Creek District of Belize, Central America as part of a group of 21 students and clinicians. The trip served as an excellent opportunity to provide remote underserved populations with medical […]

— Andrea Cooley