Easy and Inexpensive College Meal Ideas That Actually Taste Great!

With a new found freedom and a hectic schedule, it is all too easy for college students to fall into the trap of late night pizza and greasy take- out washed down with cheap beer. Unfortunately, this is an expensive and unhealthy habit. Hello Freshman 15! Here are some suggestions for preparing meals that are Super-Sized on taste but diet-sized on cost:

Top staple items to stock in your fridge and cupboards:

  • Pasta
  • Tuna
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Veggies
  • Fruit

These items above are inexpensive and can easily be used as part of a meal or recipe.

Student-Friendly Meal Ideas:


Breakfast for Dinner. There is a reason why they call it “the incredible, edible egg.” Not only are eggs a great source of protein but they are easy, inexpensive, and can be eaten for any meal. Use eggs, cheese, and veggies to make an omelet or a frittata. If you are a carnivore, add some bacon, ham, or turkey sausage into the mix. You can make hard boiled eggs for a snack, make an egg salad sandwich for lunch, or egg and cheese on a bagel for a filling breakfast- take your pick!

Slow Cooker. This is a must-have item for college students. A slow cooker makes it easy to make delicious pulled pork, chicken or beef dishes, soups, and casseroles which should last for several meals.

Baked Pasta Dishes. These are a favorite of college students everywhere, and with good reason. They are cheap, easy, and can feed an army- or a house of hungry students. For easy cheesy baked ziti, mixed cooked pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, sauce, top with parmesan, and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Mac and cheese (everybody’s favorite comfort food) is a great dish to experiment with. Add cut up hot dogs, sausage, or veggies, add breadcrumbs and create your own casserole.

Baked Potatoes. Baked Potatoes make a delicious and easy lunch. Be creative- top with broccoli, cheese, chili, sour cream, or any topping of your choice.

Hopefully, this will encourage you to save money on take-out and get creative in the kitchen. Bon Appetite!



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