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Fast, Easy Meals & Snacks on a College Budget

February 25th, 2008 admin


It’s not easy being on a budget and enjoying a yummy, easy-to-make meal. The secret to eating well (and healthy!) without spending much is eating at home-once you start heading out for fast food, your costs can really skyrocket.

But if you’re new to the cooking game (as a lot of college students are) you probably can’t get past the fact that you don’t have the time to cook something fantastic, or you don’t have recipes you can make cheaply.

You’re in luck! I’ve rounded up some great recipes & resources for your-enjoy!

For today, here are a couple quick, tasty snack recipes. You can make these in the dorms with just a microwave and an oven or toaster oven!

Easy Baked Potato

First, prep your potato by washing it well. Poke holes all over the outside with a fork (this will keep it from exploding while it bakes!). If you like to eat the potato skin, too, you can rub the skin with olive oil or a little bit of butter to add flavor-yum!

Microwave Directions: Cook on high for 2 ½ minutes. Flip potato over and cook for 2 ½ more minutes. If you have an old microwave, you might need to repeat this process once more to get the best results.

Oven/Toaster Oven Directions: Bake at 425 F for about 40 minutes, then check. If it needs to be more tender, add 5 more minutes and check again. I like to eat mine with cheese, sour cream, or a little butter in them for flavor. Mmm. Add chili to it and you’ll be really full!

Creamy Chili Dip

This was one of my favorite things to eat in the dorms… but I don’t recommend eating it every day:

Directions: Add one can of chili (I like Dennison’s) and 1 small package of cream cheese (a lite or fat-free package to make it healthier) to a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel (to keep it from making a mess) and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Stir. Continue to microwave in 2 minute intervals, stirring each time, until the dip is a creamy mix of the cream cheese and chili.

It seems like a weird combo, but it is oh-so-good to eat with some chips or crackers! (I like Fritos or Wheat Thins with it). Add some apples, on the side, too-they compliment the flavor perfectly. I’m getting hungry already!

Photo: spaghetti on the table by mapelc

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bree  |  March 2nd, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for all the great ideas! You rock my world!

  • 2. Jamie  |  March 3rd, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Glad you liked them, Bree. Keep an eye on the blog–I’m going to be posting more cheap snack & meal ideas!

  • 3. Tyrone Campbell  |  April 6th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    i point you to, left hand side, student recipes. We have quick food, desserts and main meal recipes that cost you jaw dropping(ly) little to make.

    Now for real commenting 😛
    Some decent recipes but theres another site thats the ultimate (better then myne) stick student recipes in google and ull see.

  • 4. kenneth  |  July 9th, 2008 at 4:46 am

    awesome! thank for the informations!!!!!

  • 5. brianna  |  July 11th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    i really liked the chili recipe. my whole family loves it and i make it once or twice a week.

  • 6. Jamie  |  July 11th, 2008 at 10:22 am

    @ brianna: I’m so glad you liked it! I’m addicted to it… I seriously want to eat the whole bowl myself. 🙂 Nice that it has calcium and protein so its easier to rationalize that. 😉

  • 7. angie  |  October 28th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Here is a great chili recipe:

  • 8. Nikki  |  January 13th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Here is a cheap easy delicious snack!! Simply take a plain tortilla shell and add a little montery jack cheese…and salsa, fold over and place a toothpick to hold the halves togehter and place in the oven at 400 degrees until the tortilla starts to crisp, usually around 10 minutes…I usually don’t pre-heat the oven either..don’t have time with all my studying to do!! My family calls these “hot deals”

  • 9. Stu  |  March 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    These are great recipes for cheap and easy to prepare meals. Check out this similar post on easy dorm snack food recipes for more ideas.

  • 10. the1  |  November 15th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Wowo these sound like really great recipes thanks 🙂

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