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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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College Classics Turned College Cuisines

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How to make your basic college diet taste like 4-star food

The typical college student’s diet consists of PB&J sandwiches, ramen, Easy Mac, ramen, cereal, and more ramen. On breaks you go home and gorge on Mom’s cooking because you know you won’t taste anything nearly as good until the next time you’re home.

What if I told you there were some easy ways to make your basic college foods taste like they came from a four-star restaurant?

College classic: PB&J Sandwich. College cuisine: Grilled PB&J.

by kalleboo

Give the all-American sandwich you’ve loved since elementary a new spin by grilling it. Simply butter the outside of a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and throw it in a pan on the stove-top or toss it into the oven. The warm, oozing peanut butter mixed with the tartness of jelly or jam and the comforting buttery taste will make you never want to go back to your lunchbox days.
Secret Ingredient: Bananas. Add them for a flavor that would make Elvis proud.

College classic: Easy Mac. College cuisine: Taco Mac ‘n Cheese.

Easy Mac – fast, simple, cheesy. But it can get a bit old, especially if your parents bought you a Costco-size pack last time they were in town. Spice it up with a can of corn, black beans, and salsa. Bonus points if you have any Taco Bell taco sauce. Mix these in to your taste for a whole new spin on macaroni. Secret Ingredient: Tortilla chips. Use this as a dip for delectable nachos.

College classic: Cereal. College cuisine: Cereal Ice Cream Sundae.

It’s no secret to my roommates that I love cereal. My favorites are Cocoa Pebbles, Reese’s Puffs, and Cookie Crisp. For dessert (or breakfast on a really bad day – no judgment here), combine some of your favorite cereals and pair the mix with vanilla ice cream. The crunch adds a great texture and the vanilla flavor mimics the milk flavor we all expect with cereal. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other ice cream flavors. For example, Golden Grahams and Marshmallows from Lucky Charms taste delicious with chocolate ice cream. Secret Ingredient: Caramel. Drizzle it on top to take this cereal to a level that will satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth.

College classic: Ramen, College cuisine: Dessert Ramen,

by Ben Mason

Last but not least: ramen. It’s the cliché college lunch and dinner. But have you ever tried it for dessert? Pair that package of ramen with some honey, cinnamon sugar, and strawberry sauce for a one-of-a-kind dessert. Toss out the flavor packet and make the ramen as usual, then chill the noodles in your mini-fridge for 15-20 minutes. Add as much honey as you’d like and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Put a pool of strawberry sauce on the side for dipping and you’ve got ramen dessert! Secret Ingredient: Cool Whip. Put a dollop next to the strawberry sauce for a classy look that tastes great, too.

Now that you’re a master chef, cook these treats for your roommates! You can even impress your crush with your cooking skills. Share your own recipes and let us know what you thought of these twists on classic foods in the comments.

By Guest Blogger Sarah Coffey I DRAKE UNIVERSITY: Friends describe her as a loyal, driven, creative goofball. But this high-octane double major (graphic design and PR) has a laser-like focus when it comes to achieving her goals. Weakness: “I’m absolutely addicted to the Food Network.”

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