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Easy Meals For College Students

Melissa Said:

What are some quick and easy meals for a college student on a budget?

We Answered:

ostadas: $8, 4 servings. Buy 1 XL can refried beans ($2), lettuce ($2), shredded cheese ($1.50), el pato salsa ($.50), (Spanish food section) and tostada shells($2). Get the shells in a bag not a box, they taste better and cost less.
-You can also make Spanish rice for around $3 and double the servings. My BF and I once ate tostadas and rice for 3 dinners straight, for only $11 total. When not on a budget I add green onion, sour cream, tomato, or even shredded chicken.

Mac & Cheese w/ Broccoli: $5, 2-3 servings. Get a box of velveeta shells & cheese ($3.50), at chopped broccoli ($1.50) last 2 minutes while pasta is cooking, drain and add cheese sauce.

Chicken Pot Pie: $11, 5-6 servings. Lasts 2-3 days as left-overs. Small bag mixed frozen veggies ($2), Rotisserie chicken ($5), 2 cans cream of potato soup ($1 ea), pie crust (3), 1 egg white. Shred white meat of chicken, mix with veggies, soup, and pour into bottom pie crust. Add top, score, top with egg white. Bake at 400 for 25-40 minutes,depending on oven, until golden. You can also thaw the veggies in a pan with a little butter, to make them taste less frozen.

My favorite hot dogs: $7, 8 hot dogs. Fry 1 bell pepper ($1.50) and 1 onion ($1.50) in a little bit of butter. Cook the hot dogs in another pan. Place hot dog ($2) in bun ($2), top with mixture, and mustard. Everybody says that sounds gross, but when they eat it they like it! Serve with cheap store brand chips.

Kurt Said:

what are some quick and easy vegetarian meals for college students?

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Do you have access to a microwave? Most of my vegetarian foods I intake are microwavable. I've always enjoyed the Boca products like meatless burgers and sausages (they also have chicken, lasagna, and chili). I also enjoy Yve's brand of meatless products, and you don't have to cook/microwave some of them. You can make yourself a meatless sandwich with some of their bologna, turkey, ham, and etc... Usually the supermarkets carry these, though I have a hard time finding vegetarian foods at Wal-mart. I hope this helps, though =]

Elizabeth Said:

Quick/Easy Meal/Snack Ideas For College Students???

We Answered:

apple,bannanas ext.....,gold fish ,lean meals (tv diners)

Melvin Said:

What are some fast healthy meals for college students?

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If you want to opt for frozen food I would go with Annies. It is organic and yummy. My favorite is the tofu lasagna (even though I usually hate tofu).

The best idea I think is to cook something you can save and have leftovers from. I've made enchiladas and quiches and they last me like a week. (you can google some recipes).

Second best, is look for a Trader Joes in your area. They have soooo many frozen food ideas, it's inevitable you'll find something you like. If you like Indian food, (what I"ve been doing for a while) is buying frozen chicken pieces, boiling a couple pieces, heating up Naan (Indian bread frozen at TJs) in the toaster, heating up some mixed rice (frozen @ TJs) with oil on the pan and then once the chicken is ready, I mix it with curry sauce (pre made in a jar at TJs) and put it on top of the bread. It's so bomb!! But there's other things you can make there too.

You can also buy a plain frozen pizza from anywhere, and then buy some peppers, brocolli, pepperonis, and build your own pizza that's healthier than it would be if you had bought it. Also, don't forget pasta and soups!

Those are all the ideas I have, but just remember that if you do buy anything frozen, check the Sodium content and make sure it's not over around 400 mg. The reason American's are so fat (one of the biggest) is because we consume much more sodium than we were meant to.

Happy shopping:)

Susan Said:

Quick, Easy, Cheap Meals for 2 college students?

We Answered:

7 Minute Dinner Recipe:

In a sauce pot, boil 2 cups water

once boiling…immediately add in the following order:

2 cups instant brown rice (Minute Maid now makes)
1 cup frozen veggies (Zen Garden by Europe’s Best is good)
1/2 cup pre-cooked roasted chicken strips (Lilydale Brand is excellent)

1 Tablespoon butter
pinch salt

Put lid on and turn to low for 5 min.

Dinner – done. Turn onto plate or dish, drizzle with plum sauce or sweet n sour sauce.…
Easy Beef Stew Crockpot Recipe:
1 pkg (approx 1 LB) Beef Stew – trimmed, thawed or fresh (kabob beef works well for this, or cubed sirloin steak)
3 potatoes, washed and cubed into roughly 1 1/2 inch chunks
2 Carrots, Sliced into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 Onion Sliced
2 Cups Water (Cold or room temp)
2 Tablespoons Onion Soup Mix
3 Tablespoons Instant Tapioca
pinch of thyme (optional)

Pour Water into crockpot, add onion soup mix and instant tapioca. Stir. Place in meat, onions, potatoes, carrots and thyme, in that order.

The tapioca will thicken the liquid and make it’s own gravy. (that’s why the beef should be well trimmed, so the stew’s not fatty). Cook on low until done – approx 7 hrs.

For super tender beef, dredge beef cubes in flour, pan sear in frying pan on each side and place in crockpot night before with the liquid, onion soup mix and tapioca… add vegetables the next morning (before 10am, if stew is for the evening meal) – This is how my hubby prefers it – to cut the meat with a fork.…

Kristina Said:

What are some quick, easy, cheap meals for college student?

We Answered:

Do a search for budget cooking or casseroles. To keep costs down casseroles are about the cheapest yet most filling things you can make. These are some basic but good recipes that we use...a couple are casseroles and a couple are simple dishes you may enjoy.

Chicken Alfredo

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 jar of Alfredo sauce
Spaghetti noodles

This is a pretty quick recipe so start boiling the noodles first.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Cook in olive oil or margarine/butter until done. Add Alfredo sauce and heat thoroughly. When noodles are done, drain them and serve alfredo sauce on top.
**If you want you can add some fresh garlic, salt, or parmesan cheese to boost the flavor a bit.

Pizza casserole:
1 lb ground meat
1 (15oz) jar of pizza sauce
1 (12 oz) bag of egg noddles
1 (8oz) bag of mozzarella cheese

Brown the meat and drain. Boil the noodles, drain well. Put the meat and noodles in a large mixing bowl (or back in the pan you boiled the noodles in to save on dishes) and add pizza sauce and 1/2 bag of cheese. Mix well and pour into a greased 9x13 ( I use Pam spray) Top with the rest of the cheese and bake it in a 350* oven for 20- 25 minutes. Serve

Poor Mans Stroganoff (this isn't really a casserole but it is cheap and good)

1 lb or so ground meat
8 oz container of sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom condensed soup (we use cream of chicken cause we don't like mushrooms)

Brown the meat and drain off grease. Add sour cream and condensed soup (no milk) heat thoroughly and serve over cooked noodles or rice.

Tator Tot casserole

1 lb ground beef
1 can green beans ( we use corn)
1 can cream of chicken OR cream of mushroom
1 can water or milk (we use milk)
Tator-tots to cover the top of dish
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Brown the beef, drain and put into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Combine green beans or corn, cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, and the water or milk in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture over the beef. Put Tator-tots on top to completely cover the mixture.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until Tator-tots are lightly browned and crisp. Sprinkle shredded cheese if desired over the top and bake for 5 more minutes.

Discuss It!

Go Getters Deli said:

Tofu lasagna is also my favorite dish. I just finished baking this lasagna and it is incredible. I added ricotta and another cup of spaghetti sauce. Also for those new to tofu, make sure you press all the water out using clean dish towels or paper towels. The "dryer" the tofu the more it can absorb all the good flavors of your recipe.

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