4 Dirt-Cheap College Meals

We all know its hard to have a great healthy meal during college when we are low on money.

All we can afford is Macaroni and Cheese, Ramen Noodles, Pizza, Sandwiches, etc. All junk food! We can’t live like that.

Yes we know these are cheap college meals, but I am pretty sure you get sick of the same food over and over again. Plus you don’t want to put on that freshman 15 or more!

I know not every college student is able to have the necessities to cook a meal on the stove or in the oven, but there are different ways you can prepare recipes for college students and not have to use many appliances at all. Most students have a microwave, toaster and a mini fridge, so you are set.

You need to try to at least have a few healthy college meals that are cheap to buy and easy to make.

I have provided you with a few different yummy, healthy, and cheap college meals that you can make on a budget.

  • Breakfast

Microwave Scrambled Eggs
Makes about 2 servings

  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Teaspoons Milk
  • Salt and Pepper (flavor to your taste)


  1. Beat Eggs Well
  2. Add milk, salt and pepper
  3. Place in microwave safe dish and cook on high for 2 minutes
  4. Stop and Stir
  5. Cook for another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on high

Peanut Butter Banana Toast

  • 2 Pieces of Bread (Whole Wheat)
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Medium Banana


  1. Toast your bread
  2. Spread peanut butter onto toast
  3. Slice banana and layer over the peanut butter

Excellent source of protein, iron and potassium. If you don’t like bananas then just eat it plain with peanut butter. It will keep you full and energized.

  •  Lunch and Dinner

 Any kind of Salad

  • Salad Mix
  • Your choice of dressing
  • Croutons
  • Tomatoes
  • Any other vegetable(s) you might like to add
  • Already cooked chicken- Oscar Mayer (Optional if you want to add some protein)

To not go overboard on putting all that dressing on your salad, put your dressing in a small container or on the side of your plate and dip your fork into the dressing then into your salad. This will save on calories.

Chicken Quesadillas

  • Tortillas
  • Mexican or Cheddar Shredded Cheese
  • Already cooked chicken (cubed) – Oscar Mayer


  1. Lay a tortilla flat on microwave safe plate
  2. Add cheese and chicken on one half of the tortilla
  3. Fold Tortilla over
  4. Cook for one minute on high in microwave

Eating healthy during college can be hard but many people find ways to save money on food by not eating out all the time and making their own cheap college meals in their dorm rooms.

Check out local food markets to find cheaper vegetables and fruit that are in season.

There are also plenty of different websites you can find on the internet for healthy college meals that you can make that are easy and low in cost.

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Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with a minor in English. She transferred to the University of Iowa from Scott Community College in Bettendorf Iowa. Outside of school she loves to exercise and stay fit. She is also a huge book nerd and loves to read. She also loves to cook and of course spend time with friends and family.
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