easy cooking (for college)

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  1. itskub

    itskub Senior member

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    ello. im 20, finally going up to nyc to start college, and just wanted to get some recipes / ideas together.

    one thing i like to make: boil a 1/2 of peas and carrots, and 1 or 2 hotdogs. chop up the hotdogs and mix them into an omelete batter and cook.
     


  2. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Some ideas for a inexpensive dishes that will leave you with good leftovers:

    Basic roasted chicken--coat the bird with cracked pepper and paprika, then roast at 400 until done (75-90 mins for a 4 lb bird). Cooking cut up pieces take a little less time. If you're in the mood, throw some 1" chunks of potato and onion in the roasting pan and spray them with olive oil.

    Chili--there are lots of recipes on-line for chili with beef or ground turkey

    Lasagna w/ ricotta, mozzarella, and spinach; you could also add cooked ground beef or sausage, but it's not necessary. A good shortcut to know is that you don't need to precook the pasta sheets. Just spray a pan with olive oil, then layer up the pasta, cheese, sauce, cooked veggies, and back at 350 until the whole thing bubbles.
     


  3. gracian

    gracian Senior member

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    don't forget spaghetti. all you need is a jar of sauce and some dried pasta.
     


  4. migo

    migo Senior member

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    been doing this a couple of years...basically, just go to the supermarket/costco and buy whatever type of meat you like and grill it with whatever type of marinade you like...(get a grill pan). Not too difficult, and you don't end up eating pasta everyday (though that is the easiest thing)
     


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    p.trick Senior member

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    Speaking of pasta, I hear that there are ramen cookbooks out there (though I haven't looked through them myself). Might be worth checking out.
     


  6. Bandwagonesque

    Bandwagonesque Senior member

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    Get a slow cooker, and either search the internet for recipes, or pick up the Company's Coming cookbook on slow cooking.
     


  7. WesternBlot

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    don't forget spaghetti. all you need is a jar of sauce and some dried pasta.

    It was my staple food in college. (And it still is, although I've started adding mushrooms now.)
     


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    Rice and beans are your friends. Just put a cup of rice, 1/4 of beans, some strips of chicken into a pot and you're good to go.
     


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    ComboOrgan Senior member

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    I find it's best to stick to non-perishables, since getting to the store may be tough, and schedules can be variable, leading to spoilage.

    There's a book called A Man, A Can, and A Plan: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Can-Plan-G.../dp/1579546072

    It shows you how to make meals using mostly canned ingredients.
    Canned vegetables can be gross, but substitute frozen, and you'll be alright.
     


  10. Chadley

    Chadley Senior member

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    For a snack, I love peanut butter, banana and granola sandwiches. They fill you up, are relatively cheap, and are a good break from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
     


  11. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Cheese on toast. Yum.
     


  12. TheIdler

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    As soon as I went to college I basically stopped eating vegetables. Not that I ate tons before, but my diet was basically processed meats, tons of carbs (pasta, ramen, rice, cereal), and alcohol. Not good. Then my roommate got a recipe for minestrone and we started making a huge batch once a week using lots of vegetables and canned beans. We froze a couple of servings from each batch and basically had healthy, yummy soup available for a whole week. Changed up the vegetables and beans every week to keep it interesting.

    To be honest, OP, your original recipe doesn't sound too appetizing. Pick up a decent used cookbook on amazon and you'll be in good shape. There's tons that are aimed at college students for around 10 bucks.
     


  13. gracian

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    It was my staple food in college. (And it still is, although I've started adding mushrooms now.)

    Yes, the variations never end. Add mushrooms, peppers, meatballs, etc, either separately or together.
     


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    In college I lived off 2 things:

    1) Mac and Cheese (microwavable of course)
    2) tuna
     


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    For four:

    600gr sliced chicken,
    200ml Red pesto,
    100ml cream
    Wild mushrooms and/or some veggies you like
    Rice or pasta.

    Takes like 10 minutes and tastes pretty good [​IMG].
     


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