Quick Meals for the College Student

Although I’m assured that we would all love to eat super healthy through out the week, sometimes that’s just not likely. Sometimes we’re pressed for time and McDonald’s is calling our names. Well, this post is for the days when you just don’t care because any food is good food. I mean, at least with cooking quick meals yourself, you know exactly what is going into what you are eating. You can expect your chicken to not be, in original format, pink slush. And at the end of the days where you need quick meals, you’ll be thankful for that.

Everyone in college. (photo by altemark)

Everyone in college. (photo by altemark)

#1. Vegetarian Chili Five-Way

Now, you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this meal – but it’s so quick and simple that you won’t have the opportunity to say no when it’s raining outside, you want some comfort food, and you’re pressed on time. Chili five-way in general is chili served over spaghetti noodles with extra things, like shredded cheese, onion, and maybe even saltine crackers. What I would do is keep frozen vegetarian chili in stock in your freezer – which you can get at any grocery store like Publix or Walmart Markets – and as you’re microwaving it, boil some spaghetti noodles.

#2. Southwestern Salad

For this meal, I would have canned items on hand – such as black beans, avocado, corn, and onion for example. You can crush up tortilla chips too! The best thing about this meal is that it is basically already done for you – you just have to toss the ingredients together in a salad bowl. Maybe have some zesty southwestern salad dressing to make it even more delicious!

#3. Beef Stroganoff

This recipe is very simple, but probably the most time consuming recipe I will give you on this list. It consists of three items – ground beef, sour cream, and egg noodles. If you can have several things cooking on the stove top at one time, then that’s perfect! You’ll spend only about fifteen minutes cooking then – so plan accordingly. The sour cream mixed with the beef and it’s juices make the perfect stroganoff sauce.

#4. Quesadillas

You can easily buy a tub of pico de gallo at any grocery store – and sour cream while you’re at it too. (I guess sour cream is one of the staple ingredients for quick meals, huh?) Basically, you can use the ingredients you put in the southwestern salad in this – but instead of tortilla chips, you probably need actual tortillas. Add cheese, layer the ingredients on the tortilla, and pop it in the skillet for a few minutes on each side. You won’t regret it!

#5. Stir-Fry

If you have a small grill, you can cook chicken in no time at all – then you can add stir-fry sauce, with a side of rice. It’s simple, but easy to make and definitely a quick, tasty meal perfect for college students.


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