13 Deliciously Easy Recipes for College Students on a Budget

It’s an exciting time for any student starting school or college; however, it also could be a stressful time if you’re moving away from home for the first time. You’ll probably miss home-cooked meals but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home cooked meals made while living at a college dorm.

Most students are also on a budget so while the college staple of ramen noodles could easily get boring, you’ll want something tasty AND nutritious. Here are 13 deliciously easy student recipes that any college student could make and it won’t break your budget.

1) Pesto

13 College Student Recipes - Pesto.

Every dorm should have a tiny food processor because it’s worth it just to make fresh pesto! All you need is fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts! Get Jamie Oliver’s pesto recipe.

2) Hummus

13 College Student Recipes - Hummus

Another great reason for having a food processor…homemade hummus! Enjoy it with pita bread or fresh vegetables for the perfect study snack. Get this 5-minute hummus recipe.

3) Tofu steaks with vegetables

13 College Student Recipes - Tofu steaks with vegetables

Make this tofu recipe on meatless Monday’s and you’ll look forward to Monday every week! Serve this tofu steaks with cashew rice for a filling and satisfying meal. Get this tofu steaks with shiitakes and veggies recipe.

4) Cheesy Quesadillas

13 College Student Recipes - Cheesy Quesadillas

Quesadillas are perfect for a quick weekday meal and don’t be afraid of making too much because any leftovers won’t last long. Here is how to make the best cheesy quesadillas.

5) Bean Burritos

13 College Student Recipes - Bean Burritos

Enjoy a delicious Mexican meal with easy to make chipotle bean burritos served with guacamole and tortilla chips. Get this chipotle bean burritos recipe.

6) Eggplant, Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

13 College Student Recipes - Eggplant, Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

An awesome vegetarian recipe where grilled eggplant takes the center stage. Get this grilled eggplant, red pepper and herbed goat cheese sandwich recipe.

7) Pita Pizza

13 College Student Recipes - Pita Pizza

Pita pizza is great in the microwave but get nice and crispy when cooked in a toaster oven. Pita bread is perfect to use for pizza crust and add any topping you like! Get this pita pizza recipe.

8) Breakfast Cookie in a Mug

13 College Student Recipes - Breakfast Cookie in a Mug

Breakfast is the most important meal of the days and this filling oatmeal breakfast cookie will hold you until lunch. It’s full of healthy ingredients like bananas, peanut butter, oatmeal, and raisins! Get this microwave breakfast cookie in a mug recipe.

9) Quiche

13 College Student Recipes - Quiche

Quiche may sound fancy or difficult to make but think of it as making a large omelet and baking it in a pie crust! Mix the eggs with milk and cheese, pour it in a store-bought pie crust and bake! Get this basic quiche recipe.

10) Fried Perogies

13 College Student Recipes - Fried Perogies

Perogies are awesome but they’re even more awesome when pan fried until golden brown and served with caramelized onions! Get this crispy fried perogies with caramelized onions recipe.

11) Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

13 College Student Recipes - Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

No collection of student recipes would be complete without a recipe for ramen noodles! Turn your regular ramen noodles into a delicious meal by adding fresh vegetables and an incredible stir fry sauce. This is so good that you’ll be making this dish even after your college years. Try this ramen noodle stir fry recipe.

12) Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

13 College Student Recipes - Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

Impress your college friends with this pasta dish with homemade pasta sauce. It’s a bit more work than using canned or bottled sauce but it’s worth all the effort. Here is a step by step tutorial for how to make garden fresh tomato sauce.

13) Vegetarian Chili

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This tasty chili uses chick peas instead of ground beef which makes it a hearty vegetarian chili. Get Jane’s vegetarian chili recipe.

H/t: Diply

College doesn’t mean you have to skimp on healthy and great tasting meals. Please share these awesome student recipes that are perfect when cooking in the college dorm with your friends and family.

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