Easy Recipes for College Students
The word "recipe" seems to scare a lot of students away from the kitchen, but these are easy recipes for college students. Survive off of instant ramen noodles, or learn easy recipes and live like a king. Really, the choice is yours. These recipes will knock your socks off, you know, the socks you've worn twice because you haven't done laundry all month. Challenge yourself to try these easy meals this week.
Eggs: Break two eggs into a skillet and cook for five minutes. Or beat them in a bowl with a fork, then pour it into the pan for scrambled eggs. Drench them in ketchup and devour.
French Toast: Mix 1/3 cup milk, 1 egg, and 1 teaspooon of cinnamon in a shallow dish. Take a piece of bread and lay it in the bowl, then flip it over so the entire thing is soaked. Place the piece of bread in a skillet or on a griddle for 3 to 5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. It should be a golden brown on each side. Serve with syrup or butter and sugar.
Grilled Cheese and Soup: If you need directions on how to make this, be ashamed. But here's how to do it, place a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread. Spread some mayonnaise on the bread beforehand if you prefer. Spread butter on the outside of the sandwich. Place the sandwich in a panini press, griddle, or fry pan until the bread is golden brown, then flip it and cook until the cheese is melted. For the soup, open the can of soup and follow the directons on the can. Hot comfort food in under 10 minutes!
Wraps: Try a whole wheat wrap (your mother would be proud) and stuff it full of tomato and avocado with some shredded mozzarella cheese. If it's cold out heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds so the cheese is melted. These are also easy to take to class with you, just wrap them up in plastic wrap (remember to remove it from these wrappings to heat up, use a plate or a napkin instead.)
Stir Frys: Bag of frozen mixed veggies + chopped meat + bottled sauce = stir fry. Really, it's that easy. Just remember to make sure the meat is completely cooked through.
Stew: This will feed you all week. Take a large stock pot and place 4 cans of any kind of bean you would like, 3 cups of chopped vegetables (they can be frozen or canned), 2 chopped potatoes, 1 chopped onion, 3 cups of broth, and a 1/2 pound of stew meat (browned in a skillet beforehand). If you have spices, put 2 teaspoons of thyme, rosemary, basil, and/or 2 bay leaves. Add salt and pepper as desired. Simmer on medium heat for at least 1 hour. If you have a crock pot then put it on low all day and you will have a delicious meal when you come home from class.
Popcorn: You can make the typical microwave popcorn bags, but investing in a hot air popcorn popper is a valuable asset and much cheaper in the end. Popcorn is nutricious and can be seasoned with just salt and pepper, cheese seasoning, nutirional flakes, butter and salt, olive oil and salt, or chili flakes. Another possibility is butter, salt, and sugar to make your own kettle corn.
Kale Chips: Much healthier than the average midnight snack. Kale is a leafy green vegetable that can be found in most grocery stores. Take a few leaves off and and start tearing off the fluffy part into bite-sized pieces, being careful to get as little of the tough stems as possible. Put the piecs in a bowl. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar with the leaves in a bowl. Spread them out in one layer on an oiled baking sheet and place them in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to burn. They are done when they are dry and crispy to the touch. Eat with ketchup.