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10 Broke College Kid Meals You Can Actually Eat

When I first arrived at my smelly dorm room freshman year, the first thing I thought after unloading all of my life into a small closet and a twin bed was, what the heck am I going to eat around here? I stared at the mini fridge and the microwave above it, and that was it for the next few months.

I lost a lot of weight during my first term because I mainly didn’t know how to cook and could only work around 20 hours a week at my part-time retail job, so I didn’t have much money for food. I also didn’t have a kitchen at the time besides my camping stove and microwave.

So giving out the best advice I could in trying to fill your belly while being in Uni and being broke, here are some of my best quality college recipes. 

French Toast with blueberries 

 OKAY – you’ll need eggs for this one, vanilla cinnamon, and creamer or milk

but get some basic cheap bread and whip the eggs with a fork, or if your bougie, you can use your whisk. Add a little bit of Cinnamon and milk, mix it up, and dip the bread in the mixture. At this point, you should have a soggy toast #Perfect; add that to your pan over the burner and flip it when it’s ready, and you should be prepared. 

 I always have frozen blueberries in my freezer, so I add blueberries on top and honey, but you could also add peanut butter or syrup. 

Overnight oats 

This recipe is about to save your college life. Get a massive thing of oats, and again, I’m out here with the blueberries and cream. This recipe stays good in the fridge for up to five days, so if you prep it on Sunday night, you could eat this M-F or variations of this. 

Take a mason jar or a few If you want to prep for a few days, and put the Oats in the mason jar and the creamer or milk on top of it. Don’t sink the oats but about halfway and mix it up. To top it off, add in your blueberries and seal them up. 

You can do this recipe with other things, such as topping it off with granola, raspberries, coconut flakes, or peanut butter and chocolate; the list goes on and on. 

Ham and Cheese Pinwheel

You could really use any meat or cheese for this one. I just chose ham and cheese because it is one of my favorites. But grab a tortilla, and before anything, add on mustard and mayo, and then lay the cheese and the ham. You will roll this up into a pinwheel and then slice it. Sometimes one doesn’t do it, so I will have to make 2-3. 

Pasta salad

As someone who loves Pesto pasta, salads have been my go-to; my favorite is with tortellini pasta, mozzarella, and tomatoes. This three-ingredient filling salad is perfect for college students on the go or staying in with friends. 

Baked mac and cheese

This is your regular mac and cheese just in a pan, with more cheese on top, and baked until its browns on top at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Add in bacon if you want to add a little extra flavor. 

Pizza Bagels

So you’ll need a bagel, cheese, pepperoni, and tomato sauce. Slice your bagel and add tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Toast it, and you’re good to go! I prep them and put them in the freezer so they are good on lazy days. 

A small tomato sauce is 0.49 cents, and the cheese is 2.29, with the bagels being 2.69 and pepperoni at 2.79. The bag of Bagels has six in it for the 2.69 prices so 

Six dinners or lunches at only a 1.37 

I don’t know about you, but I could definitely eat pizza bagels six nights in a row. These are so good and so easy; definitely try them out. 

Frito Chili

Shout out to my best friend through High-school for showing me Frito Chilli. Get your favorite chili a bag of Fritos and cheese, salsa, onions, and sour cream. Start by heating up your chili and adding it to your Frito bag over the Frito chips. After this, you will add in the onions, cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc. Take caution eating this in the middle of the day or before drinking.


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