Quick, easy, healthy meals you can make in college

By Ryan Sevel

“I love to make my own healthy meals when given the chance,” senior sociology major Giovanna Sandoval said.

Like other students, Sandoval understands the challenge of making meals with a tight schedule. Usually students only get a 30 minute break for meals, so they often enjoy pre-made dishes. However, this throws another challenge into the mix: healthiness.

“I think [students are] more focused on taste than nutrition,” said freshman pre-nursing major Ellie Glicksman on whether students considered college cuisine to be healthy.

To solve the dining dilemmas of both Glicksman and Sandoval, here’s a list of quick, easy, and healthy recipes for a day’s worth of meals. All the ingredients listed can be purchased on the campus, and all of the cooking vessels can be found in the dorm kitchens in places such as Denton or Elkton.

Breakfast: Eggs Benedict

Ingredients: Eggs, English Muffin, and Sliced Ham

Crack an egg into a small, microwave safe bowl then microwave it for twenty-six seconds. The result should be a ball of yolk cocooned inside a thin sheet of egg white. Slice the muffin, like a bagel, into two halves and toast briefly. Finally, stack the dish with the muffin as the base, the ham in the middle, and the microwaved poached egg on top.

Source: Food Network

Lunch: Tuna Salad

Ingredients: Tuna, Mayonnaise, Lettuce or Prepared Salad Pouch, Pepper, Mustard

Mix the tuna, mayonnaise and mustard in a bowl, tasting along the way to obtain the ratio desired. Add in the lettuce and other greens and season with pepper. For an added bonus, to create Sandoval’s favorite healthy meal, “a tuna salad loaded with protein,” add two diced and salted hard boiled eggs to the mix.

Source: Food Network

Dinner: Stuffed Green Pepper

Ingredients: Two Green Peppers, Italian Sausage, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic, Onions, Curry Spices

Dice the sausage, season it with the spices, and heat it up on a skillet with Worcestershire sauce. Add garlic, chopped onions and one chopped green pepper. Take the other pepper, clean it out, removing the seeds, and fill it with the cooked and marinated sausage.

Source: Betty Crocker Recipes

Not a fan of these meals? Don’t worry, there are tons of other options.

Dan Hill, a junior economics major, who prepares all of his meals said he enjoys dishes “packed with spices” like grilled chicken, veggie sauté, pastas and rice.

Other prime choices for healthy meals include Shrimp Scampi Pasta, Penne Pasta, Vanilla Fruit Cups and Niçoise Sandwiches. And for those staring at you fridge with no idea of what to make, try supercook.com, a website that takes the ingredients you list and creates recipes out of them.


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