7 Easy Meals For College Students

Food at college can be tricky. First, it could be expensive. If you don’t like eating in the dining hall, dining out or grocery shopping can end up costing a pretty penny.

Second, if you are cooking for yourself or roommates in your dorm or apartment, it can take up a lot of time.

Whether you are using your common room kitchen, or you’re lucky enough to have your own apartment kitchen, you can take these three basic ingredients and turn them into 7 easy meals for college students.

7 Easy Meals For College Students

Pasta: Pasta is cheap, easy to make, and can be stored for a while without expiring. Next time you have a couple minutes boil up a couple pounds of pasta and stick it in the fridge. For the next few days you’ll have numerous things to make, and half the work will already be done. Here are a few easy meals for college students:

  • Casserole: Get out glass 13×9 cooking pan and cover the bottom with the cooked pasta. Pour on a can of crème of mushroom soup, sprinkle with onion crisps and pop it in the oven.
  • Pasta Salad: If you’re in the mood for something cold, put your cooked pasta in a bowl and mix it with some olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette dressing.  Throw on some salt and pepper and top with plum tomatoes, shredded carrots and cheese and you have yourself the perfect summer inspired treat.
  • Classic Pasta Dish: Of course the easiest and safest way to eat pasta is with a little sauce or butter and cheese. Either way all you have to do is pour the sauce or butter over your already cooked pasta, pop it in the microwave, sprinkle with cheese and you’re done.

Chicken: Chicken is inexpensive, can be bought and stored in bulk and can make for a lean, healthy, protein packed meal. Bake up a few chicken breasts and put them in your fridge. Pull it out during the week to make these quick and easy meals for college students:

  • Chicken Soup: All you’ll need to make a pot of chicken soup is broth, chicken, and veggies. Shred the chicken, chop some potatoes, carrots and celery and throw it all in to a shimmering pot of chicken broth.
  • Stir Fry: Especially if you already bought the veggies for a soup, you won’t need any other ingredients to make an Asian inspired stir fry. Cut the chicken into cubes, chop up veggies (maybe add some onions) pour in some soy sauce and simmer.
  • BBQ Chicken: Simply take the baked chicken slice out of the fridge, melt on a piece of cheese and coat with some BBQ sauce. Put it on a fresh bun or partner it with some oven baked fries, and you’re all set!

Rice: Rice is always an inexpensive buy and can also be stored easily. Boil up a pot of either white or brown rice and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it for the week’s easy meals for college students.

  • Chick Fried Rice: If you have any left over chicken, chop it up and combine it in a frying pan with the rice. Fry it all up in some olive oil. Scramble up some eggs and throw it in the pan as well, along with some veggies.
  • Rice and Beans: Open up a can of whichever kind of beans you prefer and add it to a bowl with rice. Add Mexican seasoning and stir!
  • Cold Salad: Combine rice, chickpeas, black beans and veggies into a bowl. Add some dressing and salt and pepper. Mix and serve chilled.

Eliminate costs and time by buying and preparing food with these 7 simple and easy meals for college students.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.