Recipes for College Students

Surprisingly, eating healthy in college can be quite tricky. How so, you ask?

Well, there are many aspects of a daily diet to consider when one is no longer dependent on mom and dad’s shopping.

Every college student should think of what they’re eating, when they’re eating, how much they’re eating and so on to avoid the unfortunate possibilities of things like the freshman 15 or any unhealthy weight gain!

Now, I understand that underneath all the work load, there isn’t too much energy left to concentrate on a diet and healthy eating choices.

For your convenience and growling stomachs I’ve provided you with at least 6 different easy recipes for college students!

6 Easy Recipes for College Students

  • For you dorm dwellers: 3 microwaveable recipes you can make on your floor!
  • For those living in apartments/off-campus housing: 3 fast recipes to be made in your kitchen!

Microwave Recipes for College Students

1. Salad with the Works (brought to you by

A recipe for an easy, healthy salad with grilled chicken. Easy to make by just buying frozen grilled chicken strips and then reheating them in a microwave.


  • Salt and pepper
  • 4½ cups lettuce mix
  • Handful grape tomatoes
  • ¼ red pepper, sliced
  • 1 ounce cheddar, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

“Spread the lettuce mix onto a large plate or into a large bowl. Add tomatoes, red pepper, cheddar, and chicken. Top with olive oil and balsamic vinegar”.

And there you have it! A quick, healthy salad perfect for lunch or dinner!

2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Sandwich

Okay, so I know this isn’t your everyday sandwich, especially since the bread slices are…apples. Just don’t dismiss the idea of this snack just yet!

Perfect for any breakfast or even lunch, this quick dorm recipe provides you with so much nutrition, you don’t even need a microwave, and I promise you it’s totally delicious. Apple slices and peanut butter already taste amazing so why not add that extra crunch with chocolate chips!

Most of you may be second guessing the chocolate chip ingredients; you’re wondering how it could possibly be healthy. Well, if you use dark chocolate chips, especially ones with a high percentage of cocoa, then it’s actually super healthy!

There’s very little sugar and the dark chocolate chips are full of anti-oxidents! Good for the heart and good for the taste buds!

3. Ramen Noodle Recipes (brought to you by

It’s a bunch of ideas in one! Take your everyday college ramen noodles and add a twist by turning them into a complete meal.

You can:

  • Toss a salad mix with uncooked ramen pieces and mandarin oranges for an Asian salad.
  • Add a can of creamed soup to cooked and drained ramen noodles for hearty chowder.
  • Turn Ramen into spaghetti by adding tomato or Alfredo sauce and sprinkling with Parmesan cheese.
  • Place cooked Ramen into iceberg lettuce cups along with precooked chicken and your favorite veggies.

Find more easy ideas with other instant college meals at: Transforming College Food Into Real Meals

Apartment/Off-Campus Recipes for College Students

1. Spicy Apple Glazed Meatballs (brought to you by Better Homes and

Makes: 12 servings

Serving size: 4  meatballs each

Prep 20 mins
Stand 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

An easy-to-make, nutritious and delicious dish that can be made even faster by just buying frozen meatballs rather than making them from scratch!

You can find the rest of the directions for the recipe here: Spicy Apple Glazed Meatballs

2. Fajita-Style Quesadillas Recipe (brought to you by Better Homes and

Makes: 8 servings

Prep 20 mins

Cook 8-10 mins


1/2 medium red or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
1/2 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 fresh serrano pepper, halved, seeded, and cut into thin strips*
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 6-inch white corn tortillas
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
2 thin slices tomato, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
Light dairy sour cream (optional)
Cilantro and lime wedges (optional)

Obviously, all of these ingredients can be changed depending on your taste! Just remember to keep it light and try to fit in as many greens as you can!

The more you have green, the more you will grin!

The rest of the directions to this recipe are at this link: Fajita Style Quesadillas.

3. Caprese Sandwich with a Pear (brought to you by


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices wheat bread
2 ounces mozzarella, sliced
6 grape tomatoes, halved
1/8 cup fresh basil leaves
1 pear

“Spread ½ tablespoon olive oil onto one side of each slice of bread. Then add both to a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Allow the bread to sit for about 30 seconds, and then remove one slice.”

Add the mozzarella, then tomatoes, then basil to the slice of bread still on the pan. Top with the second slice. Leave the sandwich on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Check the bottom piece to see how brown it is after 2 minutes. Flip the sandwich and cook for another 3 minutes. Enjoy with a pear on the side.

Really easy, really fast and really good. This is definitely a sandwich you won’t be disappointed with. Low on calories and fresh with italian ingredients!

If none of these recipes for college students appeal to you, don’t worry! It’s always dishes such as these that are so easy to make but are often forgotten.

I hope you’ve at least been inspired by the creativity and the ease you can have with all your dorm recipes at school!

Always remember: Keep It Simple, Keep It Light, Keep It Real. Bon Appetit!

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Nina Reichenberg, a junior at Syracuse University spent her first two years in the Communications Design Program but is now currently working towards a degree in Computer Art & Animation. Whilst at school, Nina spends most of her time animating, watching films, and working as a design intern at SYR Outside of SU, she enjoys traveling, singing, dancing, spending time outside and collecting thimbles.

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