Hey everybody, welcome back to the second edition of Easy and Healthy Eating for the Busy College Student. Let’s be real, eating on a budget is not easy. This is especially true for those who want healthier choices and variation. Before taking a gulp of that Red Bull (or other energy drink you have on hand) or reaching into that bag of chips from the convenience store, take a look at the list I provided below for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be easily made in your dorm or apartment. The options you will find below are both tasty and affordable. They are also Mom approved! Happy eats!
Breakfast: Brown Sugar Almond and Fruit Oatmeal Bowl
- With this recipe, the ingredients are in the name. All you will need are some quick oats (you can get small-large batches at the Aldi’s near campus), brown sugar (or maple syrup works too), almonds (or other nuts, depending on your preference), and fruits (apples, oranges, grapes, melons, pineapple, etc.). Lastly, you can also add milk for a creamier and thicker texture.
- All the ingredients for this wonderful and tasty meal can all be purchased for around $10 and will provide you with 13-15 breakfast oatmeal bowls that are both healthy and hearty
- These ingredients are easy to find, prepare, and eat (for more information on this recipe check out the link attached: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/how-far-10-goes-for-breakfast/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=Pinterest)
Lunch: Chicken Fried Rice
- This recipe is easy, quick, and allows you to have it for multiple meals thus saving you a lot of money (which every college student wants)
- All you need for this dish is: rice (of course), chicken breast (if you want a more flavorful part, get the boneless chicken thigh), an onion, garlic (everything tastes better with garlic), peas, carrots, two eggs, sesame oil (or better if you have that on hand), soy sauce, and a topping of sesame seeds.
- Cook the rice on the stove top (or if you are like me, use a rice cooker and make your life a lot easier), cook the vegetables together with the egg, and then add the chicken. Combine the ingredients, thoroughly cook them and you are ready to eat. For more check out the link: http://rachelschultz.com/2012/07/14/better-than-takeout-chicken-fried-rice/
Dinner: Homemade Pesto Pasta
- This recipe only needs: pasta (of your choosing) and for the pesto (garlic, pine nuts, fresh basil, olive oil, sharp cheese, lemon, salt, pepper), and tomatoes (cherry preferred)
- Chop and food process the pesto ingredients until they are smooth and are the desired consistency and taste. Cook the pasta on a stove top (careful it will be hot!). Drain the water in the pot and mix in the fresh pesto you made.
- Place your pasta onto your plate and sprinkle your tomatoes, chili flakes (if you want), and some more cheese! You are ready to eat! For the full recipe and other suggestions check out the link: https://www.foodiecrush.com/pesto-pasta-recipe/
- These recipes are good for big size portions to allow you to have future meals for the next few days (so you don’t have to cook)
- These are fun to make with your roommates for a great bonding experience
- These also are fun to enjoy on date night with that special someone (and a chance to show off your “amazing” cooking skills)
- To store your extra food, it might be worth it to invest in some durable tupperware to store leftover food so it does not go to waste!