Easy Meals For College Students

I’m in college right now, and sharing an apartment–and refrigerator–with three other girls. None of us are comfortable sharing food, so we have to cram 4 people’s worth of food into one pantry, one fridge, and one freezer.

Two of the girls are in an extremely limited budget situation, so the other girl and I let them have most of the freezer space so they only have to shop once a month. Unfortunately, this leaves probably about a cubic foot of space for us to share.

Do you have any tips for us to save money (tuition is killer, and only going to go up!) without doing freezer meals?

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Comments

  1. Veee says

    Use eggs for protein – think breakfast for dinner or lunch; pancakes, waffels, omelets.
    Pasta Carbonara http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pasta-carbonara-i/

    Cook beans and rice – think burritos (pintos and spanish rice, tortillas or enchaladas, beans, rice, corn tortillas, enchilada sauce),
    black beans http://www.eatliverun.com/cuban-black-beans/ ,
    chili (crock pot while at school) ,
    white bean salad http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quick_and_easy_white_bean_salad/

    Vegetable lasagna – pasta, sauce, zucchini, peppers http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-vegetable-lasagna/

    Pasta Primavera – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/pasta-primavera-recipe/index.html

    If you cook from scratch you can do so inexpensively and healthfully. I hope this helps.

  2. Carol says

    Wash a potato and poke it several times to break the skin. Then micro for about 8 -9 minutes (depending on size). Have ingredients to stuff with (cheese, bacon bits, butter, sour cream) and viola! Potatoes do not have to be refrigerated and they are cheap.

  3. Lael says

    …I would try to find at least one other refrigerator or freezer. Look on Freecycle first, and then at Goodwill or similar shops. You can usually find an old, but still running refrigerator for free because most people don’t want to have the trouble of getting rid of it.
    …Another idea would be to look for inexpensive MREs. The meals have a shelf life of about 3 years, and ones close to the “use by” date can be bought cheaply. MREs are a lot better than they used to be.
    …Aldi’s has several different types of canned meats that aren’t too bad. I keep canned roast beef, stew and chicken on hand for emergencies. The Sweet Sue company makes delicious canned chicken and chicken and dumplings. Canned fish can be made into salads, mousses and croquets.

    …Good luck!

  4. says

    Hi! I personally had a similar situation. I did a LOT of pasta salads and rice salads. Every 2-3 days make a large pot of pasta (add some olive oil to keep it less sticky) or rice and keep it in the fridge. Keep some dried fruit, fresh veggies which you can buy every few days, etc and simply mix them together. I also agree with someone else in that you really should consider trying to find on freecycle or trashnothing.com a used working freezer

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