15 Easy Meals to Make in College

Forget pricey takeout or delivery meals. These easy recipes can be made quickly and with the most basic of kitchen supplies. 

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    french toast

    Make this delicious French toast in a big batch and freeze individual portions. On busy mornings you can pop it in the toaster oven or microwave for a yummy, easy breakfast. If fresh berries are too pricey or out of season, frozen ones will do!

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    vegan oatmeal

    Mix up all the dry ingredients in this recipe, keep the mixture in a canister, and pop it in the microwave after adding the wet ingredients for a quick and easy breakfast. Add bananas, raisins, or whatever else you like.

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    breakfast egg casserole

    Make this casserole on Sunday and it will last until midweek. A hearty, protein packed meal is a good way to start a day filled with classes, studying, work and more. You can even pack it for lunch, too.

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    tofu egg salad

    Make this and take it with you for a healthy and easy lunch. You can make sandwiches, pita pockets, or add a few crackers and you're ready to go.

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    Tomato pesto spaghetti

     With only 3 affordable and easy-to-find ingredients, Tomato Pesto Spaghetti is delicious and easy to make for one or for a crowd. Add a salad and some crusty bread and you have a yummy and filling meal.

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    chicken fried rice easy recipe

    This recipe calls for canned chicken, but if you bring home leftover chicken or want to roast a breast in your oven, even better. Make double the amount and freeze it for nights when you don't have time to cook or money to spend on ordering in. 

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    Bacon Chicken

    The way to buy chicken so it doesn't break the bank is to wait for it to go on sale, repackage in aluminum foil and plastic, and freeze. This Bacon Chicken recipe is comfort food at its best, with bacon, cheese and chicken cooked together for a delicious meal. A side of steamed or roasted vegetables will make the bacon seem less indulgent.

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    vegan thai noodles

    Vegans will love this noodle dish - and non-vegans will love it too. If the spices needed for this recipe seem a bit expensive, remember that they can be used for lots of other dishes as well. 

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     Steak on a student budget? Yes, if you know what kind to buy and how to make it tender and juicy. Add a baked potato and a leafy green salad and dig in.

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    Chicken and Dressing Casserole

    Celebrate the holidays - or warm up a cold night - with this hearty casserole that brings to mind Thanksgiving and Christmas. A great dish for feeding a crowd, just add a side of vegetables - green beans, Brussels sprouts or whatever you like - and you have a yummy and filling meal.


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    Who doesn't love Mexican food, especially when it's this easy and inexpensive to make? With only six ingredients, it's simple and can easily be doubled or tripled for a pot luck or for freezing for later. If avocados aren't too costly, make some guacamole to go with it, and a simple Caesar salad.

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    Beef barley soup

    Soup is the easiest and quickest way to make a filling and nutritious meal on a budget. This recipe is simple and inexpensive to make and freezes well, so you make a big batch and have some for a quick meal on a busy evening. A crusty loaf of bread and a salad complete this meal.

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    chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

    Mix up these chocolate chip cookies in just 10 minutes, with our without nuts. Bake and enjoy warm or cold with a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. 

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    Gluten free banana bread

    This no-flour banana bread is perfect for those on a gluten-free eating plan. Banana bread loaves make great gifts for the holidays as well - perfect for friends, yoga instructors or professors.

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    5 ingredient cheesecake

    Five ingredient cheesecake? How is that possible? It is, and this easy recipe is how you can do it.