8 Easy & Practical Cooking Related Tips for College Students Who are Always on the Go
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Being a student in college can be tough especially when you consider all the things you have to juggle around within the limited hours of the day. Apart from the academic responsibilities that can be nerve-wracking on its own, college students usually have a very tight budget to get by.
You may not have the luxury of owning some of the best kitchen appliances that can make cooking more efficient and easier. Plus, if you were to always depend on the university’s cafeteria offerings, you may not be able to find as many healthy options as you are used to at home (and it can also be costly).
Nevertheless, with proper planning, college students can still cook and enjoy quality meals without breaking the bank. Here, I’m sharing some of my practical cooking-related tips that will enable you to eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your college years:
Create & compile a recipe book
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Most students find it a hassle to cook while they’re away in college and as a result, would rather live on fast food. This can, however, end up becoming expensive and more importantly, take a serious toll on your health. To make it easier for you to cook delicious yet healthy dishes day in and day out, aside a couple of hours to compile a collection of simple recipes from your favorite food blogs or culinary magazines.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources you can access for free on easy & cheap recipes for college students. To start, check out this collection of 8 recipes for busy college students shared by General Mills.
Try to stick to the recipes and the eating plan you’ve come up with as much as possible. This way you’ll have an easy-to-follow routine that you will likely to keep going. To stay healthy, make sure that you include veggies, protein, and carbohydrates as part of your daily meals.
Get yourself a crockpot
If you have ever used a crockpot or a slow cooker, chances are, you already appreciate how easy it makes the cooking process. The only thing you have to do is to add all the necessary ingredients into the pot, set the desired cooking temperature, and leave for your classes.
By the time you return, you will find your meal cooked and ready to be enjoyed. The best thing with a crockpot is that you do not need to pre-cook your food and you can cook almost anything you want! Whether you have a hankering for Indian or Italian cuisine, the crockpot has got you covered.
Invest in a small refrigerator
A mini-fridge is definitely a good investment for any kitchen or in many students’ case, a dorm room. Being able to store and refrigerate your food helps reduce waste. It also saves you times as you can pre-cook food in bulk and only preheat when it is time to eat.
These days, there are many types of mini refrigerators available in the market so they’re quite easy to find. In addition to being suitable for students, they are also ideal for people with limited space.
Make more smoothies
There are ways to properly sustain yourself without having to cook. To do this, you’ll need a blender to make delicious yet healthy smoothies that will give you the energy you’ll need to get through your hectic days. Whipping a smoothie will only take you a few minutes and yet, you’ll be able to reap all the nutrients that all the fruits and veggies you blended have to offer!
Stock up on pre-cooked foods
During busy days such as finals week, pre-cooked foods like pre-grilled kebabs or rotisserie chicken you can easily find at the nearest supermarket can be your saving grace. Though they may not be the healthiest of options, frozen foods can also be an option as they are convenient. All you have to do is heat or warm them up and you’ve got yourself a hassle-free meal.
It is always good to remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and luckily, quick and easy breakfast foods such as oatmeal or cereal can provide you the necessary energy you need for the day.
Invest in other time and cost-saving kitchen gadgets
Cooking can become much easier when you have the right tools. Though not many people are aware of it, a bread machine is a good example of a kitchen appliance that every student should invest in. This is because it can actually be used to cook multiple types of food. You’d be interested to know that it is ideal not only for making bread but also desserts, main courses, drinks, and appetizers!
Eat salads as your main course
If cooking is not your thing, don’t fret. Fast foods are definitely not your only options. As mentioned prior, you still can eat healthily without having to be a master chef. Case and point – Though salads are widely consumed as an appetizer or a side dish, get accustomed to enjoying them as a main course! It makes a quick meal that is healthy and easy on your wallet.
You can ‘play around’ by mixing different ingredients, toppings, and dressings. Trust me, salads don’t necessarily have to be a bore and it can certainly be hearty. Not convinced? Check out foodie crush’s salad recipes that will definitely leave you feeling full and satisfied.
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