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10 Easy Recipes that College Kids Can Make

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Whether it’s your first year away or you are just getting into cooking, it’s a good idea to have some easy recipes to master and have in your back pocket to cook at any time. These easy recipes are delicious, satisfying, and don’t require any fancy ingredients or appliances to make.

1. Penne Pomodoro

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Penne Pomodoro is a simple pasta dish that takes just five minutes of prep time and five ingredients you probably already have. Let it cook for 25 minutes and you will have a healthy, and delicious meal on the table in no time. Vegetarian, filling, and also nice enough to make for entertaining.

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2. Black Bean Quesarito (Taco Bell Inspired)

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Whether you are looking for a late night study snack or a quick dinner, don’t waste your money on fast food, when you can make this tasty black bean quesarito at home! A quesarito is a combination of the classic burrito and a quesadilla, and the homemade version is sure to impress your new college friends. Leftover ingredients can be held for several days in the fridge so you can enjoy them again. This meal is incredibly filling and delicious.

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3. Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

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If you are new to grilling but want to give it a try you will love this easy and delicious chicken drumstick recipe. Chicken drumsticks are a budget friendly meal that is perfect for college students.You only need four ingredients to make them, five minutes to prep them, and 25 minutes to cook them.

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4. Haricots Verts

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Want to make a fancy sounding recipe that will impress all of your friends and make a delicious side dish for a lot of different meals? Then you need to make these amazing haricots verts, or French green beans! This ten-minute side dish only calls for two ingredients; green beans and unsalted butter and you are going to love them! You can use them as a side to essentially any dish.

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5. Steamed Edamame

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Steamed edamame is a quick and healthy side dish that you can have on the table in a matter of minutes. You can use fresh or frozen edamame and steam it on the stove. Edamame is a versatile side that can be seasoned simply with salt or your favorite seasoning blend. It’s a great protein boost for Asian meals or stir fry recipes.

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6. Creamy Chicken Ramen Noodles with Egg

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You have probably had plenty of experience making ramen noodles, but these aren’t any ramen noodles, we’re boosting them! This creamy chicken ramen noodle soup with egg is the perfect quick meal for when you need some comfort food.

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7. Easy Dumpling Soup Recipe

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As a busy college student it’s a good idea to have some quick and easy soup recipes under your belt. This easy dumpling soup recipe is packed full of flavor and very versatile so you can use the ingredients that you have on hand. This soup goes from stove to table in just under 15 minutes so it’s perfect for your busy life! 

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8. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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When you need a comforting home cooked meal that’s quick to make you can’t really beat a plate full of spaghetti and meat sauce. Start with your favorite store-bought marinara sauce and add extra flavor and nutrition by adding more veggies! You can have this meal ready in minutes so it’s perfect for a busy college student. 

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9. One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese

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What’s a hungry college student to do when they can’t decide if they want tacos or macaroni and cheese? Make taco macaroni and cheese of course! This hearty one pot meal will have the whole dorm praising your cooking skills! Cream cheese, pasta, shredded cheese, taco seasoning, and your favorite taco toppings will make this a mouth-watering favorite! 

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10. Breakfast Banana Split 

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Before heading off to a busy day of classes, you need to fuel up with a healthy breakfast. There is no cooking involved and you can have it on the table in minutes. Fresh berries, bananas, your favorite Greek yogurt, and granola make this a healthy and quick breakfast to start your day.

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