Five cheap, easy recipes for college students

Adjusting to college life is difficult. We are finally independent, but one of our biggest challenges is finding something to eat everyday. We tried everything at the WOW Cafe, Jazzman’s, Bear Necessities and the cafeteria. But whether we are out of meal swipes or Sodexo dollars, or just don’t feel like walking to the cafeteria, at one point we have all struggled to find something to eat. Luckily, we don’t have to struggle for long. Here are some of the easiest and cheapest meals and snacks you can make from the comfort of your dorm room.

10 Minute Pepperoni Rolls


1 can crescent rolls
1 bag sliced pepperoni
1 cup mozzarella cheese

One of the most beloved snacks in the area are pepperoni rolls. If you have access to your dorm floor’s kitchen, you can make pepperoni rolls in only 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and evenly spread out the crescent rolls. Place two-three slices of pepperoni on each roll, then spread cheese evenly on each roll. Roll up the crescent rolls, and place the cookie sheet in the oven. Cook for 9-12 minutes, or until the rolls reach the desired temperature. Whenever you need a quick snack, these pepperoni rolls are the perfect solution!

Energy Bites


½ cup Chocolate chips
⅓ cup Honey
½ cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Oats
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
½ cup Ground flaxseed is optional, but it does help the mixture stick together


1 Tbsp chia seeds
⅔ cup coconut flakes

Sometimes we wish for a quick pick-me-up. We don’t want to waste a meal swipe or any Sodexo dollars, but we find ourselves needing a snack. Energy bites are the perfect solution! Simply mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and refrigerate for one hour. After they have formed into a cohesive structure, roll into small balls about 1 inch in size. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, and enjoy when you need energy for your next class!

Microwave Buffalo Chicken Dip


1 cup Sour cream
1 cup Cream cheese
½ cup Buffalo sauce (or hot sauce)
2 cups Chunked can chicken
Tortilla chips for dipping

Are you a chicken dip lover but don’t have the time to make it? Try this easy recipipe that only takes minutes to make! First strain the canned chicken and add to a medium sized container. Cut the chicken into smaller pieces. Mix in the sour cream, cream cheese and hot sauce. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, or until the desired temperature is reached. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy after stressful homework assignments!

French Toast in a Cup


1-2 slices of bread
1 egg
3 Tbsp Milk
Vanilla extract

It’s time for breakfast, but you don’t feel like going down to the cafeteria or eating the usual bowl of cereal. Luckily it only takes two minutes to make french toast in your dorm room! This recipe comes from First, depending on the size of your mug, cut the crust off of 1-2 slices of bread. Before adding to the mug, melt a small amount of butter and spread throughout the inside of the mug for added flavor. Proceed to cut the bread into smaller cubes and place inside the mug. Be careful not to smush the bread into the mug, wait to do this until the mixture of other ingredients is added. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk and a dash of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the bread in the mug, and feel free to stir up and smush the bread further into the mug. Microwave for one minute and thirty seconds, or until it reaches the desired temperature. Now you can enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your own room!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese


¾ cup Cauliflower florets
1 ounce Shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp Heavy cream

College students are constantly tempted by unhealthy foods. If you want something that you won’t feel bad about eating, try this delicious recipe from Cut up cauliflower into small bite-size pieces. Microwave for one minute then add shredded cheese. Microwave again for another two minutes. Stir in the heavy cream until a sauce forms. Enjoy your healthy meal!