5 Recipes Every College Kid Should Know

Every college kid should enter college knowing how to make at least five recipes. Below are my suggestions for the five every college kid should know.

3 Step Casserole


1 Can Ranch Style Beans

1 Can Corn

1 chopped bell pepper (any color works though I prefer red, or orange)


½ cup favorite shredded cheese Cheddar and Monterey Jack works best


Step 1: If you haven’t already, chop your bell pepper into small square pieces. If you don’t have a hot plate and/or stove use your coffee maker to sauté your peppers. Turn on the coffee pot, place a small tablespoon of butter into the bottom of the coffee pot (note be sure your coffee pot is clean before doing this). Add your peppers; pull coffee pot out to stir the peppers every minute or two. When peppers are soft and have begun to caramelize remove from the heat source.

Step 2: Mix the sautéed peppers, one can Ranch Style Beans and one can Corn in microwavable safe dish. Top with Cheese.

Step 3: Place in microwave for about 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes until contents are hot and cheese has melted.


Growing up, I used to always love Tuna Helper. Today I still love the stuff, though on a little macaroni-42556_1280more adventurous side as I’ve tested the addition of seasonings like dill and garlic powder as means of making it taste different. However, for the college kid it may be best to stick to the classic Cheesy noodles with tuna. How do you accomplish this with only a little microwave as your heat source?

Tuna Helper

Take Kraft’s macaroni and cheese microwave cups and a can of tuna.

Follow the instructions as directed on the Macaroni and cheese cup. Once cooked open the can of tuna and add half the contents to your Macaroni and cheese. Stir and enjoy.

For an added vegetable bonus, add a third of a can of peas.

Veggie Wrap

I expect every kid knows how to make a sandwich, but what about an delicious and healthy veggie wrap. This great alternative to its bready cousin can be transformed into a multitude of fashions. For instance a great Breakfast option, or a hearty Dinner option.


Instead of Veggies fill a wheat tortilla with peanut butter, sliced apples, and a drizzle of honey. This is a great on the go snack as well.


The typical Veggie wrap which can be done in multiple ways. My favorite is below.


Wheat Tortilla

Hummus (pick your favorite flavor, I prefer roasted red pepper or tomato basil)

Spinach leaves fresh

Bell pepper sliced (any color works I prefer orange, red, or yellow)

White mushrooms sliced

This is an English Cucumber, they require no peeling as their peels are very easy to consume unlike their common cousins. Though a little more expensive each, they are all well worth it as they are larger in size and taste way better.

This is an English Cucumber, they require no peeling as their peels are very easy to consume unlike their common cousins. Though a little more expensive each, they are all well worth it as they are larger in size and taste way better.

English cucumber sliced


Place Tortilla on a plate

Swipe the desired amount of hummus across the center about 1 or 2 tablespoons should do it.

Add small handful of spinach leaves, two or three slices bell pepper slices, about four slices of mushroom, and 3 to four slices of cucumber rounds.

Wrap like a taco or burrito whichever you prefer and eat.


For a heartier wrap take chicken strips and cook them in the microwave

Add Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. (Sliced)

Drizzle your favorite ranch or Caesar dressing



Yes even when all you have is a microwave, you can still make spaghetti.

Take a package of spaghetti noodles; grab one small handful enough to make one serving.

Place in large microwave bowl. Fill bowl with water

Cook in microwave about 5 minutes until noodles are soft.

Stir a couple times to prevent noodles from clumping and sticking.

Strain the noodles from the water once noodles are fully cooked. (Trick test noodles for doneness by tossing a single noodle against the wall to see if it sticks. Just remember to remove it when it does and place it in the trash.)

Next take a single small can of tomato sauce and poor into a bowl heat for about 30 seconds in the microwave before adding to the pasta.

For extra protein, you can add chopped raw mushrooms or canned black or kidney beans. (Just remember to drain and rinse the beans before adding. You will not need the full can).

Peanut Butter and Banana SandwichPeanut butter and banana

When peanut butter and jelly has you down try this awesome recipe

Toast two pieces of wheat bread.

Spread Peanut butter on both slices

Slice a banana and place between four and six slices on top of the peanut butter on one piece of bread.

Place the bread pieces together like a sandwich and enjoy.


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