Making your own meals at college can be challenging. Most likely you will have a mini fridge that that stores less than you are accustomed to. You might also share this fridge with your college roommate, leaving you with even less space. This, along with your peers and time constraints, may influence you to just grab something quick at a fast food restaurant or your campus cafeteria. The truth is, this is not a healthy diet and can be much more expensive than preparing your own food. Here are some simple recipes that are healthier for you than your local fast food chain.
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken breasts marinated in teriyaki sauce, lemon, garlic, and sesame oil, then grilled to a tasty finish will make a healthy and delicious dinner option. Chicken teriyaki leftovers are great over a green salad or on a sandwich so dinner, as well as lunch, are both taken care of. Grilled Chicken Teriyaki is easy to make and all you need is a small indoor grill; this Proctor-Silex 32 Square Inch Non-Stick Indoor Grill only weighs 3lbs, takes up little space, and is under $20 – perfect for campus life!
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- Place chicken, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and sesame oil in a large Ziplock Bag. Seal bag and shake to coat. For best results, leave in refrigerator the night before you plan on cooking your chicken, giving your chicken enough time to marinate.
- Preheat your grill for high heat.
- Remove chicken from bag, dispose of any remaining marinade. Grill for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork.
Bean & Cheese Nacho Boats
These fun and tasty little boats will the make the perfect snack for you and your roomie. All you need is a toaster oven, microwave and a 6 cup toaster oven muffin pan. Don’t own a toaster oven? Check out these toaster ovens for $50 and under here.
- 4-5 large flour tortillas
- 1 26.5-ounce black beans. Rinsed and drained
- 1 box of Santa Fe 90 second microwave rice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tomato, chopped
- Sour cream optional
- Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 6 count toaster oven muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
- Lay each tortilla out on a flat surface, use an empty can or cookie cutter to cut 3 medium sized circles out of each tortilla. Press firmly and use a twisting motion until the circle is cut through.
- Press each tortilla circle in the muffin tin using your fingers to make sure they are firmly in place.
- Meanwhile microwave your rice. Then mix rice with black beans.
- Spoon 1 or 2 large tablespoons of the black bean rice mix into each tortilla circle. Top with a handful of the cheese.
- Bake in the toaster oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortillas are lightly browned.
- When cool enough to handle, use a knife to loosen the edges. The nacho boats should pop right out of the pan.
- Top with chopped tomato and sour cream and you are ready to serve!
On to dessert . . .
Mug Cookie Recipe:
When you get that craving for a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie – you know, the kind your mother use to make – then this is the recipe for you! Cookies may not be on the top of the healthy food list, but remember “everything in moderation” and you will be fine. This is a very simple recipe and all you need is a microwave, coffee mug and about 60 seconds!
- Tablespoon of butter
- Tablespoon of white sugar
- Tablespoon of brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Dash of vanilla
- ¼ cup of flour
- Small bag of chocolate chips
- First melt a tablespoon of butter in your mug.
- Add one tablespoon of white sugar, one tablespoon of brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and a dash of vanilla.
- Mix up with a fork until smooth.
- Add flour.
- Mix until it looks like cookie dough.
- Add some chocolate chips and mix again.
- Microwave for 40-50 seconds.
- And bam! You have a cookie in a mug. Grab a fork and a tall glass of milk and enjoy!
For more simple recipes for college students, check out “The Everything College Cookbook: 300 Hasle-Free Recipes For Students On The Go” by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson.
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