25 Cheap Healthy Dinner Recipes for College Students
25 Cheap Healthy Dinner Recipes for College Students is a collection of easy, practical alternatives to fast or prepared foods. Here you’ll find college dinner ideas that are budget-friendly and ideal for college kids living in apartments.
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College Pantry Essentials
If you’re in college living in an apartment, you’ll want to take advantage of the kitchen and save some money for fun stuff…after all, who wants to spend all their money on food? Stock the pantry and fridge with essentials and worry about the budget no more! You’ll have every ingredient you need to make healthy college meals.
- Spice Rack: essential spices and dried herbs make everything taste better
- Canned Goods: tuna, beans, fruit, tomatoes, chiles
- Nuts/Grains/Beans: rice, quinoa, couscous, barley, pasta, crackers, bread, cereal, peanuts, dried beans
- Condiments: mustard, mayo, salsa, pickles, olives, peanut butter, oil and vinegars, sauces (soy, teriyaki)
College Refrigerator Essentials
Fresh or frozen, it always helps to have a quick back-up in the fridge:
- Fruits, berries, smoothies
- Salad Dressings
- Jelly and Jams
- Lunch meat
- Tortillas or flat bread
College Survival Guide
My friend, Kathleen, the brains behind The Fresh Cooky created a awesome, comprehensive Ultimate College Survival Guide. It includes ideas for dorm room decorating (guys and gals!), tips and products for organization, real-life budgeting tips and more! And, there’s more food-related ideas for the college student!
20 Easy Dinner Ideas for College
Dinner at college doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. Here are 20 cheap college ( no-cook and stove top recipes) to help you eat a healthy dinner while you’re away from home! Click on any of the links below to get the full recipe!
- Breakfast Wrap
- Scrambled Eggs
- Egg Salad
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Tuna Stuffed Tomato
- Taco Salad
- Pasta Carbonara with Ricotta Cheese
- True Texas Chili
- Vegetable Soup
- Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Italian Skillet Supper
- Cowboy Skillet Supper
- Mexican Skillet Supper
- Philly Steak Sandwich
- Shrimp Salad
- Italian Bruschetta
- Oven Baked Ribs
- Baked Rigatoni
Slow Cooker College Recipes
If you’re lucky enough to have a slow cooker, you’ll find these “throw and go”easy college meals a cinch!
Remember, just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good food! Start a Supper Club or host a Potluck dinner once a month! Sign Up to receive my newsletter with more easy college recipes!!
Got Comments or Questions? I’d Love to Hear from You!! See you in the kitchen!