Finding inexpensive and easy meals is a big challenge for many college students; fortunately, there are a number of healthy and cheap types of food that any student can easily make. Maintaining a healthy diet in college is one of the best things any student can do for herself, and it can help students avoid the dreaded “freshman fifteen” as well as teaching them how to cook simple meals.
Cooking Tools for College Students
Every student needs a few basic cooking tools to make it through the year. Having cooking supplies on hand will make meal preparation and clean up easier and neater. Every student should have his own frying pan and pots for boiling water, a set of cooking knives, a cutting board, a grater, spatulas and a strainer.
An easy going-away gift for any college student is a cookbook with a gift card to a grocery store inside. That will provide students with a way to experiment with cooking and the money to purchase the food they need for various recipes. Learning to cook is an easy but essential life skill for any student.
Easy Hash Brown Recipe
Cooking hash browns is a great way to serve up a meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Hash browns make a healthy and delicious side dish to a larger meal, or they can become a meal themselves. Students can cook hash browns in fifteen to twenty minutes, which means they are a perfect meal to make in the morning before class.
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon white flour
- Olive oil
- Wash, peel and grate the potatoes. Use a grater with large blades to create bigger sections for the hash browns. Squeeze the excess moisture from the potatoes so that they fry evenly. Dice a small amount of onion and garlic, to taste. Mix the egg, potatoes, flour, garlic and onion in a bowl. Add herbs like rosemary or basil for extra flavor.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, spoon sections of the potato mixture into the oil. Spread the section out so that it forms a flat pancake shape. Allow it to fry until it turns golden brown and flip it over. Repeat with the other side.
Pan Fried Potato Recipe
Potatoes are an easy food for college students to cook, and they are also inexpensive. For college students on a budget, potatoes and other vegetables are an indispensable addition to any kitchen. Making pan friend potatoes is healthier than eating fast food French fries, and it’s cheaper, too.
- 2 large potatoes
- Green, red and yellow bell peppers
- Olive oil
- Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into ¼ inch thick sections. Wash the remaining vegetables and dice them into small sections. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the vegetables to the frying pan and cover it with a lid. Stir occasionally. Allow the vegetables to sit until the potatoes are soft.
- Remove the lid from the frying pan and turn up the heat. Fry the vegetables until the potatoes are golden-brown. Add salt and herbs to taste. Serve hot.
Cooking is an easy but important part of any student’s day. Avoiding the expensive and unhealthy fast food present on a college campus can save students a great deal of money and ensure that they eat healthy, balanced meals. Pair simple recipes with other healthy food like salads, soups and spaghetti.