Here are 15 easy college meals you can make in your apartment.
If you are anything like me, you went into college knowing nothing about cooking. I was lucky enough that my mom and dad would make me dinner every single night in high school. So, when I went to college I had no idea how or what to cook.
Not only did I not know how to cook, I also had very little money to spend on groceries. Because I didn't want to put in the time, money, or effort into cooking, I ended up eating out so much which got old (and expensive) really quick.
Luckily, I found a ton of super easy and cheap recipes that I could make easily in my apartment. These meals are all so delicious and some that you can make even after college. Here are 15 easy college meals you can make easily and on a budget.
This post is all about easy college meals.
BEST EASY COLLEGE MEALS:
1. BBQ Chicken Nachos
Nachos are one of the easiest college meals you can make that even the pickiest of eaters will like. You can obviously add as much or as little to your nachos as you like but all you have to do is sprinkle your toppings on and throw them in the microwave. It doesn't get easier than that!
Find the recipe here: Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos
2. Hamburger Soup
Hamburger soup is a great college meal especially for the fall time. This is also a fairly healthy meal and a great way to get your vegetables in! You can easily make this soup in a pot and it will provide you with multiple meals.
This is a great homey meal you can easily make for cheap.
Find the recipe here: Easy Hamburger Soup
3. Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
Everyone likes chicken alfredo. But, did you know it is actually so easy to make? If you want to put in the time, you can always make your own sauce and grill your own chicken breasts. But, since you're here looking for easy college meals I feel like you may want to do something a little more simple.
All you have to do to make this is boil some noodles, buy and warm up some alfredo sauce, and throw some precooked chicken breasts in the oven. This was one of my favorite college meals and it's so easy!
Find the recipe here: Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
4. Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki chicken is a great fast and easy recipe to make in college. All you really need to do is chop up some chicken, throw it in a pan, and stir in some teriyaki sauce. I would suggest adding some rice which you can easily find in a bag at the grocery store to cook in the microwave.
Find the recipe here: Easy Teriyaki Chicken
5. Chia Seed Pudding
This chia seed pudding is a great option for vegans. But, even if you aren't vegan it is still a super yummy and easy breakfast or treat. You can pre-make these and store them in containers to take them on the go!
Find the recipe here: Chia Seed Pudding
6. Loaded Potato Soup
Loaded potato soup is one of my all time favorites and it took me too long to realize how easy it is to make. You can make this fairly fast in your college kitchen and it makes more than one meal out of it! Seriously, you have got to try this one out.
Find the recipe here: Easy Baked Potato Soup
7. Bread Crusted Chicken Breasts
You really can't go wrong with chicken breasts as a college meal because you can make so many different meals with it! You can either follow this specific recipe to make your own chicken, or buy pre-made chicken breasts to prepare your meal with.
Find the recipe here: Easy Pan Seared Chicken Breasts
8. Fried Rice
When you think about it, fried rice seems really easy to make. And it is! You really only need a few ingredients. Throw together some rice, eggs, and veggies to quickly make some killer fried rice!
This makes a great side for any Asian inspired meal or is great on its own!
Find the recipe here: Fried Rice
9. BBQ Chicken Breasts
I used to think the only way to have great BBQ chicken was to grill it. Now, I won't lie, it is definitely better when you take time to grill it. But, you can still make some amazing BBQ chicken in the oven with only a few ingredients. This is a great easy college meal to keep in your recipe book.
Find the recipe here: Easy Baked BBQ Chicken Tenderloins
10. Poppyseed Chicken Casserole
Casseroles are amazing to make in college because you can get so many meals out of it. You can seriously get at least 4 or 5 meals out of a casserole and who doesn't love that?! (In my opinion casseroles are better as leftovers anyways.) Poppyseed chicken casserole really is not as hard as it seems to make so definitely give this recipe a try!
Find the recipe here: Poppyseed Chicken Casserole
11. Sloppy Joes
Sloppy joes are one of the easiest college meals because you really only need a couple ingredients! Of course you can go the long route and make your own seasoning, but if you want to make these fast, just opt for the pre-made seasoning packets. Grab some ground beef and mix the seasoning in a pan. Through it on a bun and you're done!
Find the recipe here: Sloppy Joes
12. Mexican Chicken And Rice
If you haven't had this meal already at your local Mexican restaurant you are seriously missing out. But, the good news is you can easily make it in college!
Seriously, queso, fried rice, and chicken is really all you need for an amazing meal at home.
Find the recipe here: Mexican Chicken and Rice
13. Baked Potato Bites
How cute are these potato bites? I didn't realize how cheap potatoes were until I started doing my own grocery shopping in college. You can make these loaded potato bites by slicing the potatoes up, baking them, and throwing some toppings on.
These would make a great side to meals or even snacks to have when friends come over! (I'm thinking college football pregame.)
Find the recipe here: Loaded Baked Potato Bites
14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal
I can't decide if this looks more like a dessert or a breakfast meal but either way it looks amazing! Plus, this chocolate peanut butter oatmeal is still fairly healthy for you. This means you can have a sweet snack without feeling too guilty about it.
Find the recipe here: Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
15. Chicken Quesadillas
You can never go wrong with a basic chicken quesadilla. You can make these in the oven, on a pan, or even a sandwich press. How you make them is up to you but either way, it will be super easy and delicious.
Find the recipe here: Chicken Quesadillas