100 Delicious, Dirt-Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student
Most students don’t have a lot of cash to spend on food, but that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here we’ll share 100 tasty recipes that you can make on the cheap. Along with saving money on meals, budget-savvy students can also save big on a college education by attending inexpensive online colleges.
Get a good start to your day with these cheap-o breakfasts.
Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
When it comes to healthy food, back to school means one thing: packing lunches and, for me at least, that means mason-jar-meals! These absolutely delicious, fresh veggie packed, nutrient dense jars are the perfect meals to pack up ahead of time for grab and go convenience in the morning. They store well and actually get better as they sit and the flavors mingle (tip: if you’re packing ahead of time skip the pretty layers and mix everything in a bowl so the flavors really get a chance to come together). The salads will last 4-5 days in the fridge.
These are also excellent for college dorms. They require minimal cooking, minimal prep space, and are easy to store in a small refrigerator. You can take them to the quad on a nice day, the library for a long night, or even just enjoy in your room when the caf is just too far away haha!
All of these salads are both vegan and gluten free. Each of these rainbow salads calls for certain recipes (salsa, hummus, etc.) so I put them in the post too! The nutrition was calculated using these recipes but you can absolutely swap them for your favorites!
(When you reblog please make sure it doesn’t get cut off so people will see the list!)
I thought I would start a list of ideas for healthy college snacks. Especially for myself because I ended up finding out I didn’t have enough snacks, let alone the healthiest ones. I’ll leave part for snacks that do and don’t require a fridge (some fridge items last, like salad dressing, some don’t, like lunch meat) because not all of us can actually go to the grocery store to get snacks on a regular basis! Please add to and/or reblog this list!!! Or just message me!Also, don’t feel limited to just posting a single ingredient… We could also make this into a mini recipe list if you have a snack that requires just a few ingredients thrown together!
Dehydrated fruits and veggies
Chickpeas to make your own hummus
Dried raisins, plums, etc. (try for low/no sugar and don’t eat too much! you can buy prunes in individual packets, great for on the go!)
Protein powder + boxed almond/coconut milk
Nuts or “clean” trail mix
Whole wheat pasta (from cafe, maybe) + salad dressing + spices + olives (etc.) = pasta salad (great running fuel!)
Some kind of nut butter (cheap protein and healthy fats!)
Mott’s 40-calorie squeezable applesauce tubes (someone else gave me this idea… good to carry with you if you don’t eat enough or are hypoglycemic!)
Can of low-sodium beans + tortilla = quick burrito
Larabars, Luna bars, protein bars, etc.
Hummus + veggie of your choice
Frozen fruit + veggies
Kashi or Amy’s or other healthy frozen meals
100% and no sugar added juice
Avocado (as a substitute for mayo and more!)
Fresh fruit (bananas, avocados, apples & grapes seem to hold the longest)
Sweet potatoes (cook in microwave! top w/ olive oil and black pepper)
Frozen banana and/or zucchini bread (make at home ahead of time, store in individual portions in your freezer, either defrost in microwave or leave out)
Cheese sticks or a block of cheese + plain Triscuits
Celery, carrot sticks, etc. + peanut butter
Apple slices, orange slices, berries (store in a hard container to prevent squishing!)
Be sure to bring tupperware to college with you to take things back to your room from the cafeteria! Things such as yogurt or salad, which is very perishable, or even something like pasta because it’s inconvenient to make in a dorm room!
Also have tupperware on hand to put your “doggy bag” food from going out to dinner with your friends to prevent a smelly fridge and a potential mess.
Be sure you’re packing nutritious snacks instead of simply low calorie!
Do your best to keep the alcohol intake to a minimum (or none at all), because that’s an easy way to pack on the pounds without realizing it!
Invest in a Brita (or similar brand) pitcher for water and consider getting a pitcher for iced tea! Both are 0 calories and easily refillable, unlike with (unhealthy) soda.
A lot of people are keen on checking sugar contents of foods, but be sure to be wary of salt content, too!
Remember that nutrition is a very important part of your success at college! And so is fitness! But do remember that eating something unhealthy every once in awhile can be necessary to save your sanity! Don’t forget to live a little! This is supposed to be the best time of your life, after all!
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Raw Sesame Kale Sushi with fresh zucchini and crisp cucumber. At just 159 calories a roll this is one of my go-to afternoon snacks. It’s satisfying, fresh, so good, and, when you make the rice ahead of time like I do, ready in about 2 minutes! (Plus sushi is always perfect for getting-things-done snacks!).
Microwave snacks for college students/finals revision
Finals coming up? Need to study/revise? Need to stay up late to do an assignment? Think ‘oh shit, I’m hungry, nothing in that’s quick’? Ok here we go here’s a list of cool snacks you can make in the microwave in minutes
For me, 2015 has been the year of customization. From chia pudding parfaits to smoothies, this year has been about making healthy, delicious food to fit exactly what I want. In that spirit, I created this guide to help you make exactly the chia seed pudding you want to make! With 60 toppings (that’s right, six-zero) and a recipe to fit whatever your dietary and taste preferences are, I hope you can use this as a jumping off point for your own breakfast creativity! :)
During the week, I usually don’t have time for anything more than a bowl of cereal in the morning. But, like this morning, I beat my alarm clock by 5 minutes and was able to whip up one of my favorite breakfast treats: Egg Avocado Toast! It requires only a handful of ingredients and fills me up until lunchtime. Hope you enjoy!
Ingredients and Total Cost - Serves 1
1 egg - $0.08
½ tsp of salt - 0.02
½ tsp of black pepper - 0.07
1 slice of bread of your choice - 0.07
¼ of avocado - 0.15
¼ cup of shredded mild cheddar - 0.33
Total Cost per Serving = $0.72
1. Heat skillet over medium-low and grease with cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, salt, and pepper until all ingredients are combined.
3. Place slice of bread into toaster at medium-high setting (for my toaster, this is about a 4).
3. Pour egg mixture into skillet and continuously scramble. Once the egg has set, add cheese and incorporate all ingredients.
4. Once your bread has been toasted, spread your avocado across the toast in a thin layer.
5. When your egg and cheese are combined, set the egg on the avocado toast!