Top 9 Cheap & Easy College Meals
Particularly when living in US dorms and away from your parents’ house, a cheap and delicious hot meal is hard to come by. Students need something that’s easy to prepare, inexpensive and quick.
Tired of take out? Hit the supermarket! You’ll save money with these cheap and easy college meals you can make in any kitchen or kitchenette:
Don’t feel like going to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients? Mixes make pancakes easy! Just add water and pour the mix into a frying pan for some quick (and delicious) pancakes! Another easy pancake recipe uses orange juice, milk and whole wheat flour. Take this easy college meal to the next level by adding blueberries (antioxidants!) or eggs on the side (pure protein).
You can make the humble bagel into an easy college meal. For starters, if you buy them in a pack, bagels are inexpensive.
Grab some cream cheese (both savory and sweet), some fruits and vegetables, some juice, and you’re set with several easy college meal options!
3. Fruit and Oatmeal
Any kind of fruit works (bananas, strawberries, apples, etc.). Add fruit and a little milk, if you feel like it, to instant oatmeal or cooked rolled oats. This college meal is simple and filling! Use skim milk for a meal that is practically zero fat.
4. Mac & Cheese
Is your college meal plan running low? An easy college meal staple, macaroni and cheese is delicious, filling and simple to make!
Many brands offer classic favorites you can easily make in your dorm’s kitchen. Frozen options are also available if you have access to an oven or microwave. Chop up some vegetables – broccoli, tomatoes, peppers or carrots – to add a little variety.
5. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Getting homesick? There’s nothing like this standard easy college meal to make you feel at home. Heat some tomato soup, pan-fry some bread with your favorite cheese and you’ll be enjoying this meal within 20 minutes. Add a dash of milk to the soup for extra richness.
Get some tortillas and shredded cheese from your nearest supermarket, and stick ’em in the microwave. In under two minutes, you’ve got a delicious easy college meal or snack that’s virtually mess-free.
Tostadas with refried beans and cheese are a great easy college meal and a protein boost to boot. Put them in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees, and they should come out ready to eat! For toppings, try green onions, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream or guacamole.
8. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie
Don’t believe it? Here’s how it’s done.
- 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy, your choice)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (the white kind, like you put in coffee)
- 1 egg, beaten
- Mix ingredients together in bowl.
- Put 1″-2″ chunks of batter onto greased/buttered cookie sheet. (Cookies will expand and melt a little bit while cooking.)
- Cook at 375° until done to your preference.
9. Iced Graham Crackers
All you need is a box of graham crackers and some icing (easily homemade with butter and confectioner’s sugar). Split the graham crackers in half and spread the icing on them to make a sandwich. For best results, stick them in the freezer.
Apply a little creativity to a little budget and you can come up with plenty of ideas for easy college meals. Share your favorite easy college meal recipes in the comments below!