The ideal meal for a college kid is three things: Cheap, easy, and healthy (or should I say, just not incredibly fattening...this is especially relevant to those of you I see posting about your "spring break bods"). What's really important, though, is that college kids remember to eat actual meals, not just snacks, and to consume enough protein to give them the energy they need to keep going. No college kid wants to drop a million dollars on a meal. No college kid wants to spend hours preparing a meal. No college kid wants to go on spring break feeling like a beached whale. Yes, Easy Mac, Ramen Noodles, and pizza delivery are so, so easy, but sometimes it's nice to have a real meal. It makes you feel more at home and is much, much healthier for you. Your body craves it, and so does your mind. Here are a few meals that I cook for myself (and my roommates...we like to cook together) at school. It's hard to find meals that fit all of these things, but everything I'll suggest will be at least two of them. ALL of them will be YUMMY!
-a bag of flour tortillas
-meat, either ground beef or chicken breasts
-avocados, guacamole seasoning, a lemon, a lime, salt, pepper, a tomato, and a red onion for my homemade guacamole recipe...find it on the first Mission Britney Body post!
1. if you're making your tacos with ground beef, thaw the meat, and then place it in a pan on the stove with some water. as it begins to cook, put taco seasoning in the pan and cook until there's no more pink. leave the juice in there! it adds flavor, don't dump it out. if you're using chicken, just thaw the breasts, season them with taco seasoning, and cook in a pan with water and oil. slice the chicken after you've cooked it.
2. prepare all of your fixings. if you want to make guacamole, follow my recipe. if you want to add a kick to your sour cream by making your own taco sauce, mix taco seasoning and sour cream in a bowl. wash and chop the lettuce and tomatoes, place in bowls, and place everything else in bowls, too.
3. the tortillas. either eat them how they are, warm them up in a tortilla warmer or the oven/microwave, OR do what my roommate, blakeley, taught me...stick your tortilla in a pan on the stove with some vegetable oil. let it bubble and flip it over. this adds a little bit of crispiness to your tortilla. so good!!!
also a great meal because you will more than likely have leftovers, so it will count as several meals. make them with your roommates so that you can split the cost of the ingredients and have a fun night in. if you're looking to make it a whole fiesta, add some tortilla chips and some queso as a side. favorite queso to buy from the store: Gordo's Cheese Dip. check out this link for good at-home margarita recipes:
-whole wheat tortillas
1. spread peanut butter evenly onto a tortilla, and top with banana slices, strawberry slices, and cinnamon. top with another peanut butter tortilla.
2. cook in a medium skillet over medium heat (spray with Pam) until golden brown. about two minutes per side. cut into quarters.
3. toast the multigrain bread, spread ricotta cheese on top, and add avocado slices.
drink with a glass of orange juice! contains good carbs and healthy fats, so not only does this make a fantastic breakfast, it makes a good post workout snack, too.
-a loaf of french bread
-whole grain pasta
-salt and pepper
1. thaw the chicken and cook in a skillet with oil, water, and seasoning. slice after cooked.
2. cook pasta and add butter, olive oil, and milk. when pasta is cooked, drain some of the water and add the alfredo sauce. stir in chicken and let it sit on the stovetop.
3. bake the french bread in the oven.
4. put pasta in a bowl and add the shredded parmesean and salt and pepper. eat with butter bread!
like the tacos, you will more than likely have leftovers with this one, so it counts for several meals. make it with your roommates to split the cost of ingredients, and make a wine night out of it! sometimes I also cook green beans or broccoli with this just to add a vegetable.