Fast and Easy College Recipes

SOFIE MCCOMB

As busy and exhausted college students, we often find ourselves struggling to dredge up the time, money, and cooking skills to make delicious and healthy food. But when you have a solid recipe, cooking becomes quick and simple, and even an amateur chef could manage. More importantly, the meal is fresh and much cheaper than going out to eat. Students can maintaining a balanced diet and eat all of the essential nutrients by cooking with the right recipes. I have included some of my favorite recipes for nutritious and delicious meals.

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 1 can black beans
  • iceberg lettuce leaves
  • chipotle sauce (½ cup sour cream, chopped parsley, ½ lemon, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp ground red pepper)

Lettuce wraps provide a healthier alternative to tortillas or wheat wraps and can be quite easy to make. Follow packaging instructions to cook the rice, and grill the chicken quickly on the stove. In a bowl, add  the rice to the chicken, salsa, and black beans. Combine all the ingredients for the chipotle sauce in a separate bowl. Spread the rice mixture on top of lettuce leaves and top with chipotle sauce. Enjoy.

Chicken and Avocado Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cubed grilled chicken breast 
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • chopped parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cubed avocado
  • spinach leaves
  • bread slices

This recipe is extremely quick to make. Add grilled or rotisserie chicken to mayo in a bowl. Stir thoroughly while adding parsley, salt, and pepper. Gently stir in the avocado slices.  Spread  the chicken salad on toasted bread slices and top with spinach leaves for a delicious sandwich.

Pasta salad

Ingredients: 

  • 1 package of rotini pasta
  • Italian dressing (any brand)
  • chopped red pepper
  • chopped green pepper
  • carrot strips
  • Parmesan cheese

Chop the vegetables and cook the pasta and then combine in a large bowl. Coat thoroughly in Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. This is a very easy and quick meal perfect for the night before midterms!

Mini White Pizzas

Ingredients: 

  • pita bread 
  • any desired toppings

Making pizzas with  pita bread is quick and easy. Cook the pizzas for 5 minutes at 400 °F. Tomato sauce can be spiced up by adding pesto, goat cheese, or spreadable Alouette cheese. Top pizzas with cheese (I recommend shredded Italian or Asiago) and with whichever meat and vegetable ingredients you have in your fridge: grilled chicken, onions, banana peppers, zucchini, pepperoni, spinach, etc. There are endless options for toppings and the pizzas are great for quick lunches.  Delicious pizza bagels can also be made by substituting bagels for pita bread.

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