Simple Recipes for College Students

When I was a freshman in college, I was stuck in a rut of making the same meals over and over again.

Pasta was definitely one thing I cooked way too much. And while it’s easy to make, having that for dinner so often got old fast.

Don’t get stuck making the only things you know how to!

I think it’s safe to say most students don’t like to cook, or just don’t know how to for that matter. Following recipes isn’t as hard as it seems. Here are a few simple recipes for college students that are easy to make — and tasty!

  • Peanut butter and banana wrap


  • 1 light flatbread (or large whole grain tortilla)
  • peanut butter
  • bananas
  • granola

Start by laying out your flatbread/tortilla. Get the right amount of peanut butter and spread it on your flatbread or tortilla. Don’t layer on too much or your flatbread will be too full to wrap at the end. Next, cut up your preferred amount of banana and place it on the flatbread. Place the granola on top. Finally, roll it into a wrap and cut.

You can even add honey or strawberries into the mix. This is a great idea for when you’re on-the-go. And, it’s easy to make and prepare!

  • Strawberry and feta salad

Salads are one of my favorite things to make because they’re so easy. And I’m not talking about your basic lettuce and dressing. Try experimenting with ingredients! The following is one of my favorite salads to make.


  • 1 bag of spring mix salad
  • strawberries
  • red onion
  • feta cheese
  • sliced, raw almonds
  • balsamic vinaigrette

Place your desired amount of spring mix in a bowl. Next, cut up a few strawberries (depending on how much salad you plan on making) and red onion. Add the cut up strawberries and onion to the bowl. Add your desired amount of feta cheese, almonds and balsamic vinaigrette. That’s it!

Salads are often seen as a side dish, but with enough additions you can make a meal of it! Don’t be afraid to substitute any ingredients you prefer or even add to the mix.

  • Greek yogurt and honey breakfast

Greek yogurt is an acquired taste, but if you like it, this is definitely something you have to try!


  • Greek yogurt
  • honey
  • granola
  • walnuts

Place your desired amount of Greek yogurt into a cup or bowl. Drizzle a little honey over the yogurt. Finish off by adding some granola and walnuts. It’s that easy!

You can even add a little vanilla and mix it with the yogurt or top with the chopped fruit of your choosing. This is a great breakfast or even a yummy snack! Granola and walnuts (or any nuts for that matter) are good ingredients to have because you can add them to various other breakfast recipes.

  •  Orzo salad

I discovered orzo just a few months ago and I am in love with it. Orzo is a type of pasta that resembles rice. It’s also inexpensive! I buy my orzo from Trader Joe’s – a small bag for just $0.99. But onto the recipe …


  • Orzo
  • red bell pepper
  • green bell pepper
  • red onion
  • monterey jack cheese
  • lemon
  • strawberries
  • avocado

Start by cooking your orzo according to the package. While it cooks, cut your desired amount of bell peppers, onion, strawberries and avocado. Next, cut the monterey jack cheese into small cubes. Once the orzo is done cooking, strain it and rinse under cold water to let it cool. Add the peppers, onion, cheese, strawberries and avocado once the orzo cools. Cut a lemon in half and squirt the lemon juice over the other ingredients. Then just toss all of the mixings together and enjoy!

While you may think strawberries are a weird combination when mixed with the other ingredients, think again. It’s so good! It might be a little tough to make this in the dorms beings that it requires a stove, but some residence halls (or freshman apartments) come with a stove. But as a whole, this is an easy  — and delicious — meal to make.

When making meals, survey all of the ingredients you have. Experimenting with what you have could turn into your next favorite meal! Bon appétit!

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Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja is a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news-editorial. At school, she can often be found in the Mustang Daily newsroom where she works as a copy editor. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
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