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What are some easy recipes for college students?

I’m going to be living in an apartment with a kitchen next year, and I’m looking for some easy recipes that can be made quickly and easily.

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10 Responses to “What are some easy recipes for college students?”

  1. Salt and Peppy said :


    1 (12-oz.) jar pineapple preserves
    1 (8-oz.) jar Dijon mustard
    1 (8-oz.) can pineapple tidbits in unsweetened juice, undrained (I use crushed pineapple)
    1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    2 1/2 lb. frozen cooked Italian meatballs (about 80 meatballs)

    1 In small saucepan, combine all ingredients except meatballs. Bring to a boil. Place meatballs in a 3-quart slow cooker. Stir in preserves mixture.

    2 Cover; cook on High setting for 4 hours, stirring twice. Stir well before serving.


    1 lb. lean ground beef
    1 c. sour cream
    1 tsp. soy sauce
    3/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 c. chopped green onions (use the green part, too. Sometimes I ONLY use the green part).
    1 T. milk
    1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    1 loaf french bread
    1 lg. tomato, sliced
    1 lg. green pepper, sliced into rings
    4-8 oz. shredded cheese (any kind you like)

    1. Slice french bread in half lengthwise. Butter both halves. Wrap in foil. Bake at 375 degrees F, for 10-15 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef with green onions, salt, and garlic powder. Drain grease. Stir in sour cream and soy sauce. Heat, but DO NOT BOIL.

    3. Spread meat mixture on both halves of french bread. Top with green pepper rings and tomato slices. Sprinkle on shredded cheese.

    4. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes longer to melt cheese. To brown the cheese, you can turn on the broiler for a few minutes, but watch it closely so it does not burn.

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    Try nigel slater recipes- Extremely yummy and quick and easy really 🙂

  3. Sunshine said :

    Chicken, rice and veggies (that’s my go-to recipe) We buy the frozen chicken tenders because you don’t have to thaw them before cooking and they don’t take long to cook. We make orange chicken, chinese chicken, garlic chicken, sweet and sour chicken, teriyaki chicken…the possibilities are endless. you can either buy sauces or experiment with your own. Pour a little oil in the skillet, add the chicken and sauce of your choice and cook until chicken is no longer pink. Meanwhile, cook the rice and whatever veggies you want!

    Spaghetti, chicken alfredo, homemade mac and cheese…pasta is another easy one to do, and it has many different varieties.

    Ground beef – meatloaf, meatballs, hamburgers, add to spaghetti…

  4. Mae said :

    Pasta with some tomato sauce, garlic and basil! really tasty

    Or you could make a casserole, all you need is your meat of choice some veggies and some stock and cook all in one pan in the oven until all the ingredients are cooked, ie, chicken, potatoes, carrotts, green beans,peas, onions, garlic, chicken stock and some thyme!

  5. claireish_rawr said :

    This website has so many recipes, all seperated into categories, you’re sure to find something you like

  6. Soundarya said :

    any recipes tht easy to cook but in which way we r cook thts the problem any way verity rice, chapathi,and raita, some gravy like channa masala,etc
    the cooking time half hour only for both chapathi and gravy or mixed veg. curry

    channa masala:prepare for 2 persons


    200 grms white channa
    2 onions
    2 medium tomato
    2 tsp ginger garlic paste
    1/2 tbsp garamchole masala
    2 or 3 tbsp red chilly powder
    salt to taste
    1 tbsp mustard seeds
    1 tbsp cumin seeds

    how to prepare channa masala

    soak the white channa before 8 hrs for cooking time
    dry the white channa and put in the cooker and water and give 2 pressures
    garnish the onion and tomato
    Pour 3 tbsp oil in a pan and heat it add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and onion tomato paste,ginger garlic paste,chole masala powder and red chilly powder and salt and cook for 7 to 10mins and then add white channa and cook for 5mins
    channa masala wil ready to serve

  7. Miss Libby said :

    Do you have a crock pot/ slow cooker? That would be ideal for you dinner is being made while you are in school. Most are super easy to do as well.
    This is really good and makes a lot, for either leftovers OR when your friends are over. Cheap too
    Crock Pot Cowboy Beans
    1 pound browned hamburger (can use turkey)
    –2 cloves chopped garlic
    –1 can tomato sauce
    –1 can diced Fire Roasted seasoned tomatoes
    –1 can corn, drained
    –2 cans whole baby potatoes, drained (unless you can find a great big can of potatoes) I leave these out and serve this over hot cooked rice
    –1 can tomatoes with green chilies ( I use either rotel or diced tomatoes with jalapenos )
    –1 can Ranch Style beans (with the baked beans in the grocery store)
    –1 cup water
    –sliced jalapeno peppers for garnish (optional)

    The Directions.

    This makes a lot. Make sure that your crockpot is at least 5qts.

    Brown the hamburger with the chopped garlic cloves on the stove top. Drain the fat. Let sit in the pan for a bit to cool.

    Open all of you cans, and dump them into the crockpot. Drain the corn and the potatoes, but add the rest of the can liquid to the crockpot.

    After adding all of the can contents, add the browned meat and a cup of water. Stir with a spoon to mix a bit.

    Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5. Soup and stew tastes better the longer you cook it, so opt for the longer cooking time if you can.

    Garnish with sliced jalapeno peppers, and shredded cheddar if desired.

    Baked Penne with Italian Sausage
    * 1 (12 ounce) package dry penne pasta
    * 2 teaspoons olive oil
    * 1 pound mild Italian sausage
    * 1 cup chopped onion
    * 1/2 cup white wine
    * 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
    * 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic
    * 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    * 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet. Place sausage and onion in the skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain excess fat. Pour in wine, and cook for 1 minute, stirring, to deglaze the pan. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss with cooked pasta, and place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle top with mozzarella.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

    How To Make A Quick And Easy Chicken Parmigiana
    By Dwrightie

    This chicken parmigiana recipe is the quickest and tastiest one I have found.This recipe takes approximately 15 minutes of prep time and about 20-30 minutes to cook. Very tasty and simple to make. Every time I make this meal I get compliments. It is embarrassingly easy.

    4 chicken breasts

    1 egg

    1/2 cup of flour

    1 cup plain breadcrumbs

    2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

    A few of your favourite spices

    A can of Spaghetti sauce

    noodles of your choice

    shredded mozzarella cheese

    serves 4 people

    Take spices, parmesan, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and combine in a bowl

    Take another bowl and add your flour.

    Beat an egg in another bowl. You should now have three bowls in front of you.

    Put a chicken breast in your flour bowl and turn a few times until chicken breast looks completely dry and covered in flour. This is the trick to make the crumbs stick really well.

    Now take breast and put in to egg bowl. Make sure breast is covered in egg.

    Take the breast and drop in to the bread crumbs. They should stick to it quite nice at this point.

    Repeat for all the chicken breasts.

    Put the chicken in an oven safe dish and set oven to about 375. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.
    When cooked take out of the oven and spread a little tomato sauce on top of the chicken. Now take a little of the mozzarella cheese and cover top of sauce.

    Cook for another 3 minutes until cheese is completely melted on top.


    I like to serve this dish on a bed of noodles.This meal goes great with a piece of garlic bread and a nice glass of wine. Enjoy!!!!

    I promise you that this meal will impress everyone you cook it for. It is so simple you have to try it once. Very tasty and easy to modify. You can switch chicken for veal.

  8. budgyrl22 said :

    Hi there! Congrats on your apartment. I am a Certified Nutritionist Specialist and I write cookbooks for specialized “diets” or situations such as yourself. I have a few things that you might like that are pretty low in fat and I use at home all the time (I have a 14 month old so I need quick and easy also!). Good luck!

    Meatball & Cheese Ravioli (Serves 6)

    1 jar garlic & herb spaghetti sauce (or sauce of your choice)
    16 frozen cooked turkey meatballs, cut into halves or quarters
    1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained (the Hunt’s brand Italian seasoned diced tomatoes are great!)
    2 pkg. (9 oz. each) fresh cheese-filled ravioli (you can buy the frozen ones also, but let them thaw first)
    1 c. reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
    Chopped fresh basil (to top before serving)

    1. Heat spaghetti sauce, meatball pieces, and tomatoes with liquid over medium heat until hot.
    2. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place ravioli in an even layer into baking dish; ladle sauce/meatball mixture over the top of the ravioli. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with aluminum foil.
    3. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until ravioli is tender. Garnish with basil, enjoy!

    Roasted Garlic Cauliflower (Serves 4)

    2 T. minced garlic
    2 T. olive oil (or less to your liking)
    1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets (or 2, 16 oz. bags of frozen cauliflower, thawed)
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 T. fresh chopped parsely

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Place olive oil and garlic in a large ziploc bag (you can also do this step in the baking dish itself if desired). Add cauliflower and shake to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish.
    3. Bake 25 minutes (for fresh), or 15-20 (for thawed, frozen), stirring halfway through cooking time. Top with Parmesan and parsley and return to oven for an additional 5 minutes until golden brown.

    Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce (Serves 4)
    4 (4 oz.) fillets tilapia (or other white fish fillets)
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 T. Cajun seasoning, or to taste (if you can’t find Cajun you can use any seasoning mixture you like…Mrs. Dash makes some really good varieties along with McCormick rub seasonings and Grill Mates varieties)
    1 lemon, thinly sliced
    1/4 c. reduced-fat mayo
    1/2 c. fat-free sour cream
    1/8 t. garlic powder
    2 t. chopped fresh dill
    1 T. thinly sliced green onions (optional)

    1. Prepare sauce by mixing the mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, lemon juice, dill, and green onions if desired in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve with fish.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    3. Season tilapia fillets with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning on both sides. Arrange seasoned fillets in a single layer in the baking dish. Place lemon slices directly on top of fish. Two slices should be plenty for each fillet (to cover most of the surface of the fish).
    4. Bake, uncovered for 15-20 minutes in preheated oven, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
    5. Serve fish with refrigerated sauce.

    Honey Glazed Pea Pods & Carrots (Serves 6)

    2 cups baby carrots
    1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed (you can usually get these already packaged in the produce section of the grocery store)
    3 T. margarine (or some low-fat variety, I use Smart Balance)
    1/2 t. cornstarch
    2 T. honey

    1. Bring a large of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender crisp about 10-12 minutes. Add pea pods and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
    2. Melt margarine in non-stick skillet and stir in cornstarch. Add carrots and peas to the pan and stir in honey. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Season as desired.
    NOTE: You can add a dash of ground ginger and a couple of dashes of low-sodium soy sauce to make these with an Asian type meal.

  9. Preetha said :

    easy to make biriyani and raitha…

    you guys are going to cook for the first time right.. just pick up the assorted cut vegetables from nilgiris or any other super market so that u need not have to chop veggies

    take a frying pan and pour some oil and then add, cloves, cummins, bay leaf, cardomom and nuts and fry until brown… now leave the remaining and keep the nuts aside. now add the finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic and green chilly until it is light brown and add all the vegetables and sprinkle water to avoid the vegetables from getting burned. Ensure that the vegetables retain their colour. If you pour too much water the colour will become lighter and try to avoid water as much as you can. Then add black pepper powder and red chilly powder, salt to taste and sauté well. add curd and stir it well, then add the basmati rice and twice the amount of water to it… just leave a single whistle or cook for five minutes on a low flame. Turn of the flame. Garnish the biryani with dry fruits and nuts and coriander leaves.

    for raitha.. grat the cucumber nd have fine pcs of chopped green chilli an add curd to it and garnish well with coriander leaves.. there is ur raitha now…

    and trust me, you will enjoy the briyani that u made….

  10. Carol said :

    Try MyFridgeFood – it has a lot of easy and quick recipes using what’s already in the kitchen. This seriously got me through college on a budget 🙂 Hope it helps!


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