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Orange Chicken Recipe

Looks pretty good, right? Well, lets see what we have in it!

We have some frozen popcorn chicken

A bit of Ramen

And a can of high fructose corn syrup mixed with bubbles and artificial orange flavoring! 

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And you know what, it tastes amazing.

Now first things first, you have to use some kinda chicken. Regular store bought chicken will work fine, of course, but as a college kid, I know that fancy ingredients like that aren’t always handy. I used some cheapo popcorn chicken for this specific recipe, but in the past I have used some nuggets from McDonalds.

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If you are using frozen chicken, though, be sure to cook it with whatever instructions it comes with first. You can’t stir fry it when its still frozen (trust me, I’ve tried)

As for the sauce, well I suppose I cheated a bit.

I have parents who regularly shop at this one asian market, so I pretty much always have access to at least some good ingredients. Only a few of these are required, but the ones used here, along with the soda are,

  • Sriracha (common pretty much everywhere)
  • Ginger dressing (This stuff comes from some strange, exotic place known as Wal-Mart)
  • Honey (required, no matter what. Luckily, they sold this on campus for about 3 bucks. Some places have the stuff in little packets for free. Grab those when you can)
  • Salt and Pepper (who doesn’t have these?)
  • Soy Sauce (required, no matter what. The next time you go to Panda Express, just grab what you need)
  • Rice Vinegar (I got mine at the asian market. Not required)
  •  and Sesame Oil (I think these are available at Wal-Mart. I’m not sure.)

I mixed together what I had with half a can of Fanta. I also added some garlic and chopped spinach. Neither is required, but fancy food always seems to have some kind of strange leaf mixed in, so I used spinach. But if you guys are lacking in these spices, fear not, because there is one thing that’s pretty common for anybody to use. If you guys want to make an orange chicken sauce with the barest of ingredients, all you need is the Orange Soda, and a packet of this.

Thats the Beef flavoring pack from the ramen I have. Mix that in with orange soda, honey, and soy sauce, and Bam, instant sauce.

As for proportions, I don’t have any exact measurements. Just know that honey is what causes the sauce to stick to the chicken, while the honey and the beef flavoring thicken the sauce. Everything else is pretty much based on what you think tastes right.

So when the chicken was done, I heated some oil in a pan and tossed some peppers and onions into the mix. I know not everybody has access to vegetables, but while they certainly do add to the taste, they aren’t necessarily required. For anybody cooking regularly, I’d recommend buying the vegetables that can go in pretty much anything. Peppers, onions, garlic, and spinach are all versatile ingredients that can be used for pretty much anything, and onions and garlic actually keep pretty well for a while. Other vegetables, like Celery and Potatoes (which I actually love) are noticeably less versatile. I highly doubt potatoes would taste good in this specific recipe.

Either way, I stir fried the chicken and the vegetables in oil until the skin of chicken started to go dark (if your using onions, make sure they turn somewhat translucent)

I then dumped in the sauce and stirred it so that all the chicken was coated.

The ramen was pretty basic. I cooked it in hot water, drained it and then through it back into its original pan with a little bit of salt and pepper. In retrospect, I probably should threw it into the stir fry pot as well, but I didn’t. The difference would of been pretty minimal.

When the stir fry was cooked, I just dumped it on top of the Ramen to let the noodles soak up the excess sauce.

In the end, I think I successfully emulated the taste of fast Chinese take out. Its not gourmet in any way, shape, or form, and it is definitely not authentic Chinese food, but hey, it tastes great, was easy to make, and can serve quite a few people. 

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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.

  1. Hash browns: Hash browns are cheap and easy to make, and cheaper than a trip to IHOP.
  2. Puff pastry chicken and bacon: You can make bacon and chicken in puff pastry using this recipe.
  3. Microwave scrambled eggs: Make scrambled eggs in the microwave with this recipe.
  4. Breakfast burritos: You can make these burritos ahead for a quick microwave breakfast.
  5. Onion quiche: This quiche makes a delicious, incredibly cheap breakfast.
  6. Omelet in a bag: Boil eggs and some handy ingredients for this simple, cheap omelet.
  7. Frittata: Add eggs to cheese, vegetables, and herbs you have handy in your fridge to make a frittata.


A college staple gets dressed up in these recipes.

  1. Antipasto ramen salad: With ramen, pepperoni, black olives, onion, and Italian dressing, you’ll find yourself with a great ramen salad.
  2. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen: This dish makes a delicious stir fry from ramen.
  3. Chinese style ramen with veggies: Make your ramen a little bit healthier with some vegetables added in.
  4. Ramen noodle alfredo: Turn your ramen noodles Italian with this recipe.
  5. Beef & Broccoli Ramen: Add some meat and veggies to your ramen to make this dish.
  6. Spring ramen salad: Take a fresh approach to ramen with recipe.
  7. Hamburger ramen: Ground beef with ramen makes for a great meal.
  8. Chicken hollandaise ramen: Add chicken and hollandaise to your ramen for this meal.
  9. Egg drop noodle soup: You’ll combine ramen, eggs, and flour to make this tasty soup.
  10. Lo mein ramen: Follow this recipe for ramen lo mein style.
  11. Creamy veggies and ramen: Add celery soup and vegetables to ramen, and you’ll have a great meal.
  12. Pasta ramen salad: Use ramen as the base to make this delicious pasta salad.


Use these recipes to step up your sandwiches.

  1. Hot Dog Egg Sandwich: Get a good portion of protein and flavor from this sandwich.
  2. Egg Salad Sandwich: Cook up some hard boiled eggs for a cheap, tasty sandwich that’s really versatile.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwich: This sandwich is a delicious hybrid of grilled ham, cheese, and french toast.
  4. Grilled chicken and apple sandwich: This hot sandwich is healthy, affordable, and delicious.
  5. Canned salmon sandwich: Add celery, horseradish, and swiss cheese for a delicious, healthy meal from a can.
  6. Turkey, chutney and avocado grilled sandwich: This sandwich is an exotic, cheap treat.
  7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The classic college staple, grilled cheese sandwiches pack a lot of flavor for very little cost.

One Pot

These simple recipes can be pulled off in one pot.

  1. Creamy cauliflower soup: This vegetable soup is cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty.
  2. Cheap chili: Use chopped beef, tomatoes, and more for this cheap chili.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup: Take advantage of cheap winter vegetables with this soup.
  4. Slow cooker BBQ chicken: Combine cut up chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce for this recipe.
  5. Crockpot lemon chicken: Get inexpensive cuts of chicken and make this lemony meal for lots of flavor without lots of money.
  6. Minestrone soup: Eat this classic soup for a healthy, cheap meal.
  7. Cheeseburger soup: This soup is hearty enough to be a meal.
  8. Slightly Italian crockpot chicken recipe: With chicken, artichoke, onions, and spices, you’ll get an Italian chicken meal in a slow cooker.
  9. Cranberry pot roast: Beef roast and cranberries offer a lot of flavor in this crockpot meal.
  10. Crockpot potato soup: Make this soup from chicken broth and potatoes.
  11. Corn, Bacon, and Potato Chowder: This hearty chowder is great for winter eating.
  12. Chilled avocado soup: Check out this recipe for a healthy, refreshing treat.
  13. Slow cooker pulled pork: Make pork shoulder in the crock pot using this recipe.
  14. Middle East Chicken Soup: This ethnic chicken soup is a cheap, tasty, treat.
  15. Bean soup: In this bean soup recipe, you’ll find lots of protein for just a little money.


Use these healthy recipes to make cheap, delicious salads.

  1. Caesar salad: Combine romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing for a classic salad.
  2. Simple spinach salad: In this tasty salad you’ll find sweet pears and spinach.
  3. Bowtie Pasta Salad: Throw together some pasta, tomatoes, and other vegetables for this salad.
  4. Cucumber salad: This salad is fresh, delicious, and cheap.
  5. Caprese salad: This caprese salad is simple and delicious.
  6. Chicken Caesar salad: Eat this recipe as a salad, or put it into a wrap for a healthy, cheap treat.
  7. Simple green salad: Here you’ll find a simple, inexpensive salad with great flavor.
  8. Pecan mandarin orange salad: Get a bright and sweet salad from this recipe.
  9. Cucumber salad with sour cream: This salad is cheap and refreshing.
  10. Salmon orzo salad: With salmon filets, or even canned salmon, you can put together this salad treat.


You’ll find delicious casseroles in these recipes.

  1. O’Brien Casserole: Use O’Brien potatoes, beans, lean meat, and some veggies for a great potato casserole.
  2. Baked Tuna Chow Mein Microwave Casserole: Pop this tuna casserole in the microwave for a quick meal.
  3. Easy cheap casserole: This casserole combines easy, affordable ingredients.
  4. Penne Pasta Casserole: Make this tasty pasta casserole for $3 or less.
  5. Meatloaf: ground beef combined with ketchup, onions, and more makes a great meal for less than a dollar per serving.
  6. Four Bean Casserole: This casserole is popular at potlucks and with barbequed meals.
  7. Tuna casserole: With canned tuna, you can make a healthy, delicious tuna casserole on the cheap.

Pizza & Pasta

Get your grains with these recipes.

  1. Microwave Mexican pizza: Use tortillas, cheese, salsa, and sour cream for this pizza.
  2. Bagel pizza: Use this recipe to make pizza on a bagel.
  3. Spaghetti: Pick up multigrain pasta with tomato sauce and mushroom for a big meal without a big budget.
  4. Feast of Pasta: Create this casserole with pasta, onions, and other simple ingredients.
  5. Shrimp with ricotta sauce on pasta: Upgrade your pasta dish with this recipe.
  6. Easy calzones: Use cheese, vegetables, and pepperoni in these easy calzones.
  7. Olio e Aglio Pasta: This side dish combines angel hair with oil and garlic.
  8. Pasta salad: Combine your favorite pasta with salad dressing, and olives, vegetables, or herbs you have handy.
  9. Pasta and Ricotta Cheese: This pasta favorite is a crowd pleaser.


These recipes offer affordable main dishes.

  1. Baked potato: Often served as sides, a baked potato can be the main dish-just add lean meat, beans, or chili.
  2. Mexican hot dogs: This twist on hot dogs is extra delicious.
  3. Chili: With beef, tomatoes, and beans, you can make a delicious chili.
  4. Tuna patties: Put tuna, egg, relish, crumbs, salad dressing, and other simple ingredients together to create yummy tuna patties.
  5. Cheap beef stroganoff: This recipe offers a cheap version of beef stroganoff.
  6. Vegetarian chili: Use soy protein, tomatoes, and beans for a protein and fiber packed chili without any meat.
  7. Eggplant parmesan: Eggplant parmesan makes a cheap and delicious vegetarian meal.
  8. Vegetarian sweet and sour tofu: If you’re looking for a great vegetarian meal on the cheap, check out this recipe.
  9. Parmesan chicken: With breadcrumbs, parmesan, and chicken, you can make this very tasty main dish.
  10. BBQ chicken: Slather chicken with barbeque sauce, pop it in the oven, and enjoy.
  11. Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken: Make some delicious chicken in a slow cooker with this recipe.
  12. Salmon patties: Use canned salmon, bread crumbs, and other simple ingredients for this healthy, cheap dish.
  13. Meatballs and orzo: Make these easy meatballs instead of using store bought frozen ones.


Use these recipes to complement your entrees on the cheap.

  1. Buttered baby carrots: Sweet, tender carrots make up this side dish.
  2. Roasted asparagus: Follow this simple recipe for a healthy, cheap vegetable side.
  3. Spicy mac: Make macaroni and cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce.
  4. Garlic toast: Use this recipe for delicious garlic bread that will please any taste.
  5. Microwave macaroni and cheese: Make your own homemade mac and cheese in the microwave.
  6. Pesto stuffed cherry tomatoes: Pesto, ricotta, and tomatoes come together for this delicious side that’s great for potlucks.
  7. Scalloped potatoes: These scalloped potatoes are easy and creamy.
  8. Bean and rice salad: This salad is delicious and cheap.
  9. Green beans amandine: With this recipe, you can omit almonds for even more money savings.
  10. Onion scones: In these simple scones, you’ll find lots of flavor.
  11. Potato croquettes: These croquettes are a great way to use your leftover mashed potatoes.
  12. Twice-baked potatoes (microwave): Make this cheap potato classic in the microwave for easy cooking.
  13. Broccoli and cauliflower salad: This salad is cheap and packed full of nutrients.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with these affordable dessert recipes.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies: Create cookies with chocolate chips, M&Ms, nuts, or even pretzels with this recipe.
  2. 1 step brownies: Turn a chocolate box cake into simple, cheap brownies using this recipe.
  3. Balsamic strawberries with marscapone cheese: A few delicious ingredients make for a tasty, cheap treat.
  4. Cheap and quick cookies: This recipe will show you how to turn cake into cookies.
  5. Lemonade pie: Simple ingredients go into this delicious, cheap pie.
  6. Easy baked apples: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and raisins come together in this microwave recipe.
  7. Super easy microwave peanut butter fudge: Only two simple ingredients to into this peanut butter fudge.

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!


other cheat sheets

10 Vegan/Vegetarian Recipes Under $10

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Vegan Kale Waldorf Salad 

Baked Tortellini 

Tofu Scramble With Spinach

Cold Sesame Noodles with Golden Garlic

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Vegan Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Lime and Cilantro 

Sichuan-Style Asparagus and Tofu Salad

Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookies n’ Cream Mug Cake

The Fitblr Healthy College Snacks List

(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
  • Canned tuna
  • 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!

I will be monitoring the reblogs this post gets in order to update it with what people add. You can access the original master post here.

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!).

>>>>Get the recipe here!<<<<

Egg Avocado Toast

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!

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! :)

Get more on this guide along with 4 of my favorite topping combos here!

10 More Vegan/Vegetarian Recipes under $10

Vegan Potato Bake

Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowls

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Hungover noodles

Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a Jar

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Part 1 here