I’m a college student. There are many connotations one can take from this declaration. Namely, that I have no money and live off of Ramen noodles. It’s somewhat true – my bank account is unimpressive. So I wanted to find recipes that will be manageable, delicious (worth all that time slaving away in my kitchen) and won’t cost me an arm and a leg… or this semester’s textbooks. And for anyone who’s been through the current higher education system, we all know that they are practically equivalents.
So check out these cheap, quick, easy, HEALTHY recipes:
Salad – Tuna Salad
Take the recipe above and do what you will with it. I know I did! Everyone always has a can of tuna somewhere in their abode. Get yours out of hibernation, cut up cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, or whatever veggies you have that still go with tuna. Add your standard olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, etc. Mix it all together, maybe throw some cheese on top, and DEFINITELY eat with some pita bread/whole wheat wraps/crackers.
Pasta – Florentine Ravioli
Don’t be fooled – you can do this with whatever pasta product you have laying around at home – penne, linguine, rotini, ravioli… seriously. ANYTHING PASTA will work well with this recipe. Try whole wheat for a healthy kick. Basically, all you have to do is 1) Boil the pasta 2) Saute frozen spinach with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, etc. 3) Mix ’em together. Gosh I love simplicity.
Dessert – Apple Cobbler (using Cake Mix)
Yes, I linked to their homemade recipe, but really, I don’t want to make theirs. I don’t have 60 minutes just to make freakin’ dessert – it’s optional! So here’s what you can do to get the same delicious results. Slice the apples pretty thin, sprinkle cinnamon over them, and then buy some white cake mix. Follow those directions, spread it on top, and bake it at 350 degrees until its nice and golden brown. My roomie made this a few weeks ago, and I swear that if heaven somehow landed in my mouth, that’s what it would’ve tasted like. And of course, no apple dessert is complete without vanilla ice cream!
Sandwich – Grilled Veggie Mozzarella Panini
It sounds fancy, but it’s not in the slightest. You literally can’t go wrong. In my version, I’m just going to take whatever vegetables I have lying around, slice ’em, coat ’em with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper (which every respectable college student should own). Stick it between two slices of bread with shredded mozzarella, spray with cooking spray, and broil for 7-8 minutes. You never knew what that Broil setting was for, did you? Ha, neither did I.