If you’re in college, I bet your school meals are not super delicious. Cafeteria food tastes good as long as you don’t know how to cook.
However, if you’re a bit more knowledgeable, you know that college food ranks the lowest on the food-decency scale. So, if you have a kitchen, it’s time you cooked for yourself. Trust me, you will not regret this. Healthy food is better than anything- and it’ll most likely help you focus on schoolwork. Here are some of my favorite college food recipes for healthy students.
- Try the vegetarian spiced lentil and butternut squash soup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
This delicious soup can be cooked in less than an hour. It’s delicious, creamy, and perfectly healthy for any college student. The cooking steps:
- Get a saucepan, heat it up, fry your onions, pinch them with salt, make them caramelized.
- Add garlic & chili powder.
- Add the squash and lentils to your pan and bring to a boil.
- Simmer covered for half an hour or less, until the veggies are smooth.
- Use a blender to smoothen your mix even more until it looks like a creamy soup.
- Add coriander.
Your soup is now ready to eat! You can check out the ingredients in more detail if you need to. In any case, try it out and see for yourself- you’ll love it.
- Cook the traditional miso noodles with fried eggs
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Your noodles can be done in less than 30 minutes if you organize well. This easy recipe makes the perfect dinner. Besides, eating vegetarian food keeps your health under control. Here are the steps that you must follow:
- Boil your noodles- add salt and a tiny drop of olive oil into the water.
- Stir-fry ginger, leek, and pepper for a minute or more; then, add paprika and garlic to your mix and cook for a bit longer.
- Drain your cooked noodles and add them to your pan. You can add miso and soy sauce to your mix.
- Your sprouts, spinach, and other veggies (peas, for example) go well with this dish. Fry them in a separate pan and add an egg to the mix.
- At the end, mix all of your dishes together into one, and serve!
You can find more articles about healthy meals at EduBirdie where various writers post their recipe ideas. For students in need of quick food suggestions, it is a great place to browse delicious meals. I personally posted an essay on how to meal prep while I was in college, and it helped many students figure out new methods of cooking. Don’t forget that eating healthy keeps your mind and body in shape, and helps you function better. Make sure you’re not skipping meals and are taking enough time to enjoy your food properly.
- Have a bite of delicious linguine with organic avocado, tomato & lime
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
This recipe is vegan, so it is even more healthy than you could imagine. It is simple and easy to follow.
- Cook your pasta by following the instructions.
- While they cook, mix lime juice, avocado, onion, chili, coriander, and tomatoes in a separate bowl.
- Drain your pasta, put it in the mix, and enjoy your delicious linguine meal.
Easy and delicious, right?
- Make your own Chipotle burrito bowl
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
If you’re craving Chipotle but are broke, here’s your alternative- a self-made Chipotle burrito bowl. Again, super easy, and most importantly, extremely delicious. The steps:
- Cook the rice following the back instructions.
- Get a pan, heat it up, and mix olive oil with garlic first, then add a tiny bit of vinegar, honey, beans, and chipotle to it.
- In another pan, cook the kale, drain it, and mix it with your beans from the frying pan.
- Serve your dish with any sauce you like- I prefer lime and coriander on top of my bowl.
- Try an Indian-style Masala frittata with avocado salsa
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
This recipe is probably the longest in this set of healthy recipes- but totally worth trying! It will take you less than an hour to cook this dish and it’ll taste absolutely amazing.
- Heat oil in a pan, add onions, cook them until soften. Add Madras on top of it, tomatoes, and chili. Keep cooking until the mixture looks- well, cooked.
- Heat up your grill and add coriander on top of your eggs, then add this mixture to your first one. Stir, stir, stir, and transfer to your grill; leave it there for 5 minutes.
- Make the salsa by mixing avocados with lemon juice and chopped onion. Frittata- ready to eat!
Eating healthily in college is really important, as it will help you focus on your academics even better. So, don’t hesitate to cook easy meals and check out ideas online. Have some fun while you’re at it!
Brian Caudill is a freelance writer and animal rights activist. He works part-time for a digital marketing service, promoting website content. Brian’s passions are vegan-cooking and hiking.