Easy, Affordable & Quick College Recipes
My first full year of nursing school is officially OVER and I am so extremely happy, thankful, and EXHAUSTED. Nursing school has been no joke & I am looking forward to my 2 week break before the summer semester begins. This year I lived in an apartment, which was such a blessing, especially because I had a kitchen. I love to cook and have people over for meals, so I took advantage of it as often as my hectic schedule allowed me to. Over the past 2 semesters, I’ve tried some pretty good recipes and made up my own that have been hits with my friends, so I thought I would compile them all into one big blog post for when I head back to school in the fall and want to cook up one of them.
Breakfast - I made a lot of pancakes for Drew throughout the semester using Kodiak Cakes Protein Mix. I would like to figure out my own recipe eventually, but didn’t get to it this semester. I also made a lot of banana bread and banana cakes, which were the perfect easy breakfast on-the-go!
Smoothies- I tried to copy Drew’s mom’s smoothie recipe as often as possible, because it is such a quick and easy meal. I usually had it for lunch along with whatever else I could find… mainly chips and salsa! Her recipe is pretty simple - Vanilla Orgain Protein Powder, almond milk, frozen mango and strawberries, and that’s it!
Meatloaf - Venison meatloaf has become a huge hit between Drew and I. I literally make it once a week and I love it every. single. time. The first time I made it, I followed Eva Shockey’s recipe, but I have since put my own twists on it by adding sriracha to the glaze and a few extra spices into the loaf! Side note: mashed potatoes go really well with meatloaf.
Pizza - Drew and I make the BEST homemade pizza with the most deliciously garlicy cheese-stuffed crust! We just used store-bought crust from the fridge section, rolled the edges over and stuffed them with cheese for stuffed crust. Top the it with pizza sauce, cheese, spicy sausage, pepperonis, jalapenos, a little more cheese. And cover the stuffed crust with garlic and butter. Cook. Eat. Enjoy.
Mexican Foods - I love Mexican food. It’s my go-to on any given day. I would love to eat a Qdoba Burrito bowl every other day if my wallet allowed for it. Instead, my friend Kristina and I made our own doba bowls a few times by just cooking up the basic ingredients and putting it all together.
I also used my friend Janie’s recipe for Mexican Lasagna a few times. I tweaked her recipe and used venison instead of chicken and the salsa and veggies I had on hand. When it comes out of the oven it’s kinda soupy, so I like it better the second day when it all sticks together better!
Drew, William, and Kristina came over for dinner the night before exam week and I made them chicken fajitas. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I think I have perfected them… Super simple, only a few ingredients, and a big crowd pleaser. I just cook up chicken, saute peppers and onion, and serve them on tortillas with guac, sour cream, cheese, and whatever else sounds good.
GUAC!!! My guacamole is to die for. I am not even kidding. People request my guac. & It is so super simple! Mash a few avocadoes, then add in this salsa and salt.
Chili - Everybody loves a good chili. Drew’s mom introduced me to cowboy chili last summer. I made it so many times in the fall that I know the recipe by heart now, so you could say it’s a favorite around here. It’s just ground beef/venison/turkey + 1 can BBQ beans + pinto beans + corns + Worcestershire sauce. I also add in a can of tomatoes sometimes.
Roasted Veggies - This second semester I have really enjoyed having girls’ nights with my roommate Anna every few weeks. We have been buying a ton of veggies, chopping them up, dousing them in olive oil and garlic powder and roasting them in the oven at 375. Our go-to veggies are sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, parsnips, and carrots.
Cornbread - My goal this school year was to come up with my own cornbread recipe, from scratch, that Drew likes. We are big cornbread fans, but the boxed recipes have so many additives and unnecessary things in them. Through lots of trial and error, I came up with my own Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe that is Drew-approved.
Easy Snack - Banana + Peanut Butter.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies - Another steal from Drew’s mom… All you need is 1/2 peanut butter, lots of sugar (1/2C), an egg, and chocolate chips! Bake for 8ish minutes at 350. Also you can add oats to the recipe if you want and it thickens them up a bit. Either way, they’re delicious!