When you head off to college, the change in meal options can be a hard adjustment. Going from mom’s home cooking to cafeteria style food can often leave you wishing you were back home again. These five easy recipes for college students will help you make healthy, delicious meals with minimal kitchen tools, and will be ready in 20 minutes or less.
Don’t let heading off to college derail your eating. There’s so many benefits to maintaining healthy eating habits at college. Food nourishes your brain as well as your body. And when the only tools you need are a knife, a cutting board, and a microwave – there truly is no excuse!
Five ingredients and five minutes in the microwave will get you this healthy meal in a mug. With protein & veggies, you’ll have the energy to keep you awake through that 8am chemistry class that usually has you on the struggle bus. Step aside, sugary cereal. There’s a new breakfast in town.
2. 10-Minute Microwave Risotto Cups from Brit & Co
Ok, so this one’s going to take a bit longer – a whopping 10 minutes in the microwave. The beauty of this recipe is that you can change up your mix-in ingredients to change the flavor, depending on how you’re feeling. These risotto cups are at the top of the list of easy recipes for college students in my book!
3. Microwave Salmon from Savory Sweet Life
Yep, I cringed a little bit at first at the thought of microwaved fish too. BUT – don’t knock it ’til you try it! You’ll be surprised with both the ease of cooking and the quality of taste. And Sriracha mayo? Sign me up.
4. Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Domestic Super Hero
This recipe wins for so many reasons. First, you can microwave the sweet potato. Two, you can make it for suuuuper cheap. Grab a can of corn, a can of black beans, and some cilantro and cheese, and dinner is done. Three, you are replacing not-so-great-for-you carbs (taco shells) with super-good-for-you carbs (sweet potatoes). And, if you are feeling like you don’t necessarily want a vegetarian meal, grab a rotisserie chicken from the store while you’re there. It’s already cooked, and you can mix some chicken in for an added boost.
5. Mediterranean Tuna Salad from Paleo Scaleo
Tuna salad can get so boring- tuna and mayo, tuna and mayo. Take this recipe that requires no cooking and a few simple ingredients, and turn your tuna salad up a notch. With olives, capers, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, and a few seasonings, this tuna salad is a game changer. Not a tuna fan? Not a problem. You can buy canned chicken instead, and follow the recipe the same way. No cooking, a bed of salad greens, and your meal is finished.
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