Quick and Easy Recipes for College Students

For every college student out there: good food can be created even in a college dorm! Just check out some of these simple, but flavorful recipes that all college students can enjoy.

As a college student myself, I’m always looking for good recipes that aren't too fattening to bring back to school to make with my roommates. Most of us college kids are not willing to spend excessive amounts of money on groceries and, because of this, our food lacks flavor and variety.

Swap out those ramen noodles, which I know we all love, and try making a nice pasta dish on your own -- with less sodium. I decided to go on the hunt for flavorful and simple recipes that did not include a great deal of ingredients so my roommates and I could follow our budgets and still eat great. Check out some of these simple, but delicious recipes that any college kid, like me, could prepare easily.


  • What’s-in-the-Fridge Frittata

    This recipe is the perfect way to use up whatever leftovers are sitting in your fridge. Frittatas take a little more time to make so they may be best after a morning class or on a lazy Sunday. With only five ingredients this meal should be a college student’s go-to healthy breakfast.

    Image via Nugget Market

  • Sushi Salad

    Although pictured with salmon, this easy to make Sushi Salad can also be created with chicken. Salmon is not the cheapest option for college students, so opt for any meat instead. Just follow instructions by layering the ingredients as explained and top it off with a sauce of your choice. My personal favorite is teriyaki sauce.

  • Veggies & Dip

    Instead of going for the cookies or the Ben and Jerry’s, try cutting up some carrots and peppers. Since we were little, our parents have tried to push vegetables on us. And whether you admit it or not, I’m sure there is some vegetable that you now love as an adult. Try snacking on cut-up veggies and ranch after class instead.

  • The Shandy

    Obviously, every college kid on a budget is still considering some cocktail recipes. Opt for this low-cost and super easy drink to make for your friends called the Shandy. Half lemonade and half beer makes this drink completely refreshing.

  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

    We couldn’t leave this staple recipe behind, because who doesn’t love grilled cheese? You can create your own tomato soup or, if you’re a frugal college kid like me, use Campbell’s. You can cut your grilled cheese sandwich into quarters and dip them into the soup for an afternoon snack.

    Image via Style Me Pretty

  • Soft Pretzels

    On the other hand, as much as we try and be healthy to avoid that freshman 15, there are still those snacks from home that we cannot help but crave. I love Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, and these are pretty much the homemade version. Control the amount of salt and butter you use and you won't have to stress about eating one of these every once and a while. If you don’t know where to find dough in a college town, just head to your local pizzeria and get it there.

  • Pita Pizza

    My roommate got me interested in this healthier version of the traditional pizza. She used to come home and make a full pizza on a slice of pita bread, then cook it in the oven for just a few minutes. It always looked amazing. Spring for whole wheat pita and lots of veggies to keep this pizza twist even healthier.

    Image via Dinner 365

  • College Carbonara

    Take any pasta you have in your kitchen and throw it into this amazing dish. This college carbonara dinner is very easy to make and you probably have the majority of the ingredients in your cabinet already. Everyone will love this rich and creamy pasta, bursting with flavor.

  • Bite Size BLTs

    These mini BLTs are held in rolled up pieces of white or wheat bread. They are the taste of a BLT sandwich, but in a miniature and healthier form. Yet another snack that is simple to make for college kids and their friends.

  • Fajita Stir-Fry

    For this college-friendly fajita recipe, all you need is chicken, peppers, rice, cheese, and tortillas. What’s great is that you can use anything in place of chicken: pork, beef or even tofu. Add whatever spices you have in your apartment and enjoy. This was my go-to meal when I was abroad because it was simple, and peppers were inexpensive!

    Image via The Pioneer Woman

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