Like most college students, I do not have time to cook after a day of classes and work. I barely have time to read, let alone stand next to a stove. But no fear, there are plenty of easy recipes (and not just bake and serve) that will keep you fed and happy no matter how much time you have to cook.
These recipes are super simple and are great as leftovers too. The ideal meal is one that doesn’t take a long time to make, is delicious, filling, and gives me lots of time to finish my calc homework. All of these recipes fit those criteria, which is about to make your every day life about 100% better.
Who’s ready to eat?!
7 Easy-Peasy, Yum in the Tum Dinners for the Busy Person
1. Slow cooker beef & broccoli
Yum! Definitely the easiest version of this recipe ever and it is so good you’ll be making it 4 nights a week! It’s tender and sweet and barely requires anything besides sticking stuff in a slow cooker. Try the recipe from Damn Delicious.
2. Orange chicken
I love orange chicken, and making it fresh is always the way to go. But it takes a while! That’s why this recipe from The Gunny Sack makes delicious orange chicken in only 30 minutes. And the amount of leftovers you’ll have will make every minute worth it!
3. Homemade Hamburger Helper
As a kid I grew up with Hamburger Helper every once in a while when everything was crazy and there were two starving kids. Now, a a college student, I eat this because I don’t like to spend too much money on groceries and I’m starving. This Poverty Meal by Malriah on Food.com is a great, inexpensive way to make a healthier Hamburger Helper at home. And it’s easy and quick to make!
4. Cheeseburger sliders
We all like burgers, but we don’t like to spend a lot of time grilling beef and fixing toppings. That’s why these sliders are the trick. This recipe from BetterRecipes takes only 30 minutes and can feed a small army. If you like a healthy fix, you can always trade in ground turkey (my fave!) and non-dairy cheese.
5. Lemon & thyme chicken breasts
I love a good chicken breast recipe, and that’s what For the Love of Cooking has for us! It’s easy to make, with most of the making time in the oven, which means you can study after you stick it all in the dish. So simple, and the leftovers will make dinners the rest of the week divine. Try on pasta, rice, or just by itself!
6. Mini meatloaves
A personal favourite because they are adorable (made in muffin tins, so cute!) and are delicious. I love having a mini meatloaf (or three!) for dinner. This recipe from Purple Tailgating Mama is super simple and will make you feel like you’re having your mom’s meatloaf, without the hassle or the table manners.
7. Garlic bread pizza
I love pizza. I love pizza more than I love just about anything. And that’s why I love homemade pizza – I choose what’s on it! I don’t like cheese, like many lactose-intolerators out there, so the option to make it anyway I want is great. And putting pizza on garlic bread is the most bomb idea. This recipe from Mommy Hates Cooking is super clever, and easy, and makes having pizza at home cheaper than takeout and quicker than stopping at Papa Murphy’s.
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