As the semester picks up and free time dwindles, it’s easy to resort to Kraft mac and cheese and instant ramen as a main source of food. But there are other easy alternatives for eating tasty, nutritious meals. Here is a list of some of the faster foods that can replace typical college meals and snacks.
What you need: Store-bought, fresh whole roasted chicken
What to do: Remove the meat of the chicken with a fork and shred it into small pieces. Put in a container to store in the fridge. Use shredded chicken as desired to add protein to any meal. Plan to do this when you have some time as it can take a while, but it makes for much faster meals later in the week.
RICE AND BEANS
What you need: Canned black beans / Pre-cooked or instant rice of your choosing / 1 tablespoon sour cream / shredded cheese of your choosing
What to do: Cook rice according to package instructions. Drain and rinse half a cup of black beans. Combine rice, black beans, sour cream and cheese, then microwave for one minute. Stir and enjoy.
GREEK CHICKEN SALAD
What you need: 2 cups shredded chicken / 1/3 cup store-bought tzatziki dressing / 1 avocado / 1/2 green bell pepper / salt / pepper / pita bread (if desired)
What to do: Chop avocado. Dice bell pepper. Combine chicken, tzatziki dressing, avocado and bell pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. Eat with pita bread for a twist on a sandwich.
What you need: Container with a lid / 1/2 cup rolled oats / 1/2 cup milk / 1 teaspoon cinnamon / 1 tablespoon honey / fruit of choice
What to do: Combine the oats, milk, cinnamon and honey in a container. Place in the fridge overnight (8 hours). Add fruit when ready to eat.
AVOCADO EGG SALAD
What you need: 4 hard-boiled eggs / 1 ripe avocado / lemon juice / salt and pepper
What to do: Chop the hard-boiled eggs into small chunks and mash the avocado. Combine avocado and eggs then add lemon juice until the consistency is smooth (about 2 teaspoon). Add salt and pepper to taste. Put in fridge to keep for a fast meal.
BACON, AVOCADO, TOMATO TOAST
What you need: 2 slices microwavable bacon / 2 tomato slices / 1 avocado / 1 slice of bread / 1 teaspoon lemon juice / salt and pepper
What to do: Cut and mash the avocado. Mix in lemon juice, salt and pepper to the avocado. Toast the bread. Microwave the bacon according to package instructions. Spread the avocado mash onto the toast, add tomato slices and bacon, and chow down.