10 Easy Recipes for College Students
When I first started cooking, I had no idea where to start. All of the quick recipes I found were expensive, the cheap recipes time consuming, and the easy recipes unhealthy.
Thanks to my awesome friends at the BGB community, I rounded up some quick, cheap, and easy recipes for college students. The meal ideas range from simple sandwiches and salads to one pot dishes. At the end, there's a table of all 10 easy recipes for college students where you can sort by total time and number of servings.
Poached Egg Breakfast Tacos via rachLmansfield
One Pot Italian Pasta via Food Parsed
You don't have to boil water separately to cook pasta, which means that you have fewer dishes and more flavorful pasta. Throw in some diced ham or chickpeas for quick additional protein.
Meatless Meatball Soup via That Girl Shannon
You can make homemade soup without any tedious chopping. All of you have to do is heat together meatballs, veggies, and broth. Feeling ambitious? Bake some easy meatballs, and add them to the soup before serving.
One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta via Emma's Little Kitchen
When I have lentils, I usually just make lentil stew, but today, I learned you can cook lentils with pasta to make a creamy sauce.
3 Ingredient Tilapia Pasta via A Traveling Wife
Whenever I try to pan fry a piece of tilapia, it breaks into tons of little pieces. Baking the tilapia and zucchini together keeps the fish intact, saves time, and results in more flavorful veggies.
Vegetable Ramen Stir Fry via Pumpkin and Peanut Butter
Ramen is super salty and carby by itself. With just a bit more prep, you can add veggies to make it a meal. The stir fry sauce may look complicated, but you can see the Ingredient Discussion for cabbage stir fry for an explanation of the sauce components.
Swiss and Pepperjack Avocado Grilled Cheese via The Kitchen of Danielle
The best part of a sandwich is always the ooey, gooey cheese. Grilled cheese sandwiches are basically cheese toast with additional ingredients. I learned the hard way that you can't rush the process or else you end up with inedible bread.
Sierra Turkey Sandwich via Healthy Helper Blog
You know how convenience stores always have those sad sandwich clamshells? The last time I tried one, the bread was soggy, and the veggies were limp. It's so much cheaper and tastier to make your own sandwiches.
Canned chickpeas are super convenient and versatile. I love blending them into hummus (or dessert hummus!) and adding them to coconut sweet potato curry for more protein and fiber. Chickpeas plus salad equals a substantial, speedy meal.
Garlic Lime Chickpea Salad via Lean, Clean, and Brie
Lunchbox Chickpea Salad via Food, Pleasure, & Health
Oftentimes, recipe cook times are misleading because they don't account for ingredient prep. These recipes call for minimal chopping, but I tried to account for the additional time in the table.
What are some of your quick, go-to meals? I usually go with 2 fluffy scrambled eggs paired with frozen peas and salsa. Questions, comments, complaints? Feel free to comment below, email me at email@example.com, or find me on social media. I love hearing back from you.