If you’ve spent any time browsing the internet (or Pinterest), you’ll have noticed that there is a huge range of food blogs. Many of these have amazing and unique recipes. In fact, I’ve featured many examples of those recipes on this site, including gluten free dessert recipes, green smoothies and food-inspired cocktails.
But, food blogs often post complex recipes that will serve a whole family. That’s great if you have a good kitchen to play with, a cupboard full of ingredients and a family to feed.
That’s not the case for college students. Instead, students typically look for quick and easy meals. Additionally, students might be limited in the space they have to cook in and the ingredients they have at hand. So, where do you go to find recipes for quick student meals online?
For this list, I spent time looking at recipes across many different blogs. Some of the recipes I found are specifically targeted at students, but others aren’t. In all cases, these are relatively easy recipes that can be followed in just about any kitchen. I was also interested in finding some meals that aren’t typically associated with students. After all, why not do a little exploring and experimenting with your cooking?
Often the recipes are also great choices for a single person. This might mean that the recipe makes a single serving or that it makes leftovers that can be easily stored and reheated.
25. Crock Pot Beef Stew
Crock pots are something that students don't always have and most kitchens don't come with one by default. But, a crock pot is a really powerful tool for cooking as a student, particularly because of recipes like this one. I found this particular recipe at iowagirleats.com and it's a great recipe because you're basically just throwing everything in the pot and letting it cook. Plus, you can even leave a crock pot going while you are out, so you can come home to a hot and hearty dinner.
24. Veggie Pita Pizza
Unless you're ordering them, making pizzas can be a lot of work and they tend to be pretty unhealthy too. This pita pizza recipe, from wellplated.com, is a great student alternative to the standard pizza. This recipe uses garlic spread as a base then follows up with vegetables and cheese. If this looks too healthy for you, you can also vary up the recipe considerably. In fact, pita bread is a perfect option for a pizza base and you end up with a fast pizza that is just the right size for one person.
23. Chicken Cheese Pasta Casserole
Pasta bakes are always a great idea for students. After all, they are pretty easy to make and you end up with this big dish of food, which makes for great leftovers. This particular recipe does involve cooking the meat and the pasta, but even then it's still a fairly simple dish to make. You can find all of the information you need for the recipe at jeanetteshealthyliving.com.
22. Simple Teriyaki Chicken Stirfry
Stir fries are actually an exceptionally easy and fast dish to make. That alone makes them such a great option for students. Plus, once you've mastered the basics, the options for your stir fries are pretty much endless. You can even use packets of the sauce from the store if you're really in a hurry. But, this recipe from cafedelites.com isn't about shortcuts. Instead, the recipe is for a chicken stir fry that you make from the begging. And, as is always the case, there is something about making the sauce yourself that just makes the whole thing taste better.