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College Cooking On the Dime

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Keep it cheap and easy with these mouthwatering dishes for a college student’s budget

by Guest Blogger Tiana Bouma

College is all about the cheap and easy. We students are usually on the hunt for better bargains at bars, easier classes, and quicker meals to cook. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here are some easy, cheap, and especially delicious recipes perfect for the student saver. They will make your taste buds jump for joy and save your wallet a few dollars along the way.

Breakfast Burritos

For a quick grab-and-go breakfast, you can make your own breakfast burritos and freeze them the night before. You will need:

by Dennis Amith

12 flour tortillas
6 eggs, scrambled
6 potatoes, diced and fried
grated cheese
cooked and diced bacon or sausage (optional)
salsa (optional)

  • Scramble the eggs and fry the potatoes in a pan until they are golden brown.
  • Soften the tortillas,  and cook or fry up the bacon or sausage.
  • Lay out the tortillas and add the filling ingredients after mixing them together. Roll up, tucking the ends in first, and freeze the extras.

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen

Using a staple food in every college student’s kitchen, make this extremely affordable dish a tad healthier with meat and tastier with flavoring that isn’t artificial.

1 package beef or spicy beef ramen noodles
2 cups water
1 lb. beef steak strips
2 tspn. oil
2 cups broccoli, cut up
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tspn. crushed red pepper (optional)

  • Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
  • In skillet, cook brown beef and drain. Add oil, half of the seasoning packet, broccoli and onions.
  • Stir fry for five minutes. Add soy sauce and red pepper. Simmer for five more minutes. Serve over noodles, and slurp up!

Roasted Asparagus

by Elana's Pantry

Asparagus starts appearing in grocery stores around early spring, so stock up when you can! Roast this wonderful vegetable into a crisp, sweet delight.

1 lb. asparagus
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt

  • Clean asparagus and take each stalk in your hands. Bend the stalk and the asparagus will naturally snap at the point where it becomes tough.
  • Place the tips on a heavy baking pan and toss with the olive oil.
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus is tender and begins to brown.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

Not into baking? Don’t be afraid! This four-step recipe only requires two ingredients.

1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
1 (18 ounce) jar peanut butter

  • Empty an entire jar of peanut butter into a mixing bowl.
  • Heat vanilla frosting in its container (remember to take off the foil lining first) in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until completely melted.
  • Pour the melted frosting in the bowl with the peanut butter and mix well.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan, allow the fudge to set, cut into small squares and enjoy!

I hope these recipes will inspire you to think outside of your budget and get your stove fired up for more delicious dishes to come! What do you like to whip up in your kitchen?

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Fire Up the Grill ‘Cause I’m Ready to Cook!

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Summer can’t be over yet.

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

I still have a week or two before I start graduate school, but I felt like doing some reminiscing before I begin my adventures in New York City. One of my favorite parts of summer back home has been eating some seriously mouthwatering food. With more free time, I got to kick back and watch the Food Network, which always makes me super hungry and inspires me to make something delicious. I actually get to make a full dinner most nights. And let me say, when you cook your own meal and it tastes good, it’s very rewarding.

Here are some recipes and resources that I used for my cooking endeavors this summer. Bookmark this post for next year or tackle them in your last month of vacation!

Food Network: I’m a big fan. I made a lot of recipes from their Grilling Central page. A few weeks ago, I made one of Bobby Flay’s recipes for grilled pizza. I was somewhat skeptical at first because I’d never made a grilled pizza before, but after smelling the tasty goodness, I wound up eating the whole pie! Now if you prefer more meat in your meal (unlike the dinosaurs), check out the tasty marinades for chicken, steak, and even fish.

Whole Foods Market: I’m not ashamed to say that this is one of my favorite stores, if not my number one favorite. While super expensive for a college student’s budget, the food both tastes great and is good for you. What’s also incredibly delicious is their recipe section. Many of them are fresh, healthy, and easy to make. Download the Whole Foods mobile app if you’re in the search for a great recipe while you’re shopping at their store!

by Sunset/MyRecipes

Food Pair: A genius website for when you are short on ingredients, it allows you to search for recipes by entering the ingredients you have on hand. This came in handy a few times this summer when I was too busy to actually plan a trip to the grocery store. This weekend, I might try to make their Triple Berry Popsicle recipe. It will definitely be a refreshing escape.

by John Autry/Cooking Light

Cooking Light: Another great site for health-conscious eaters, their recipes make eating nutritious meals easy. My mom is always trying to find new recipes to make, and she always comes to this site when she cooks for me (thanks for all the dinners, Mom!). One recipe collection that jumps out to me is the College Care Package. I’m definitely going to be making some of these snacks for school this semester. Spice maple-cashew popcorn? Yum!

Paleo Diet Recipes: This site has even more great options for a different type of health-conscious individual. It takes a twist on different recipes and cookbooks on nutrition. You thought high fat diets were unhealthy? Think again. I’ve only tried a few of the recipes, one including the bacon and broccoli curried soup with almonds, and I thought it was phenomenal.

Now you’re probably thinking, “What I am going to eat when I go back to school?” Don’t worry! These sites also have some great quick and easy recipes to fit into your college lifestyle. Trust me, I used them all last year and made some awesome dinners. My friends were dying to have me cook dinner for them. If you happen to make a recipe that you want to share, feel free to send me a tweet at @KrazyKaplan14.

I wish you good cooking in the kitchen!

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