Food for Thought

Many college students are lucky enough to have meal plans with abundant or even endless swipes into the dining hall, where they find rows and rows of buckets of carbs and vegetables and meat and dessert (note: in separate buckets…not mixed together. Bad joke.). A year ago, I would have found it strange to say that anyone eating in the dining hall was “lucky” to have that option.

Jealous.

Jealous.

Today, I fully understand what all off campus apartment dwellers that came before me were talking about. Food is expensive. It’s a pain to cook. The last thing I want to do after a full day of class is run to the grocery store and come home and stand over a stove cooking something that probably won’t even taste good anyway.

There are, however, a few good recipes that any college student on a budget can make that don’t taste half bad either.

Rice & Beans

A staple meal in my 2/3 vegetarian apartment (the 3rd is yet to be converted) is rice and beans. You can buy an enormous bags of rice for very little money. (I bought a 5 lb. bag for just a few bucks, but they have bags that can get up to 20 lbs.) Not only that, but a cup of rice when boiled will go a long way.

Boil about three cups of water and then add about two cups of rice. I usually use vegetable broth instead of water to add a little bit of flavor to the rice, but either works. Let the rice cook about ten minutes or until a taste test proves it’s even remotely edible. Then add a can of heated beans (canned kidney beans in sauce are good for adding extra flavor) and if you want to get crazy you can mix in some frozen spinach or broccoli. All of these ingredients are cheap and they go a long way.

He likes it.

I realize I just typed two paragraphs on rice and beans, but hey–it works, okay? Get off my back.

Minnesota State University has a pretty solid list of cheap and easy recipes for college students that you might want to check out. But may I suggest you steer clear of the Meatloaf Muffins?

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One Response

  1. Now that’s what I’m talking about. You’ve got the makings of a kick butt blog. Keep it going.

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