1. 4-minute Microwave Chicken Nachos

Nachos are one of the easiest college meals you can make that even the pickiest of eaters will like. You can obviously add as much or as little to your nachos as you like but all you have to do is sprinkle your toppings on and throw them in the microwave. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Find the recipe here: Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos

2. One-Pan Parmesan Chicken Dinner

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This one-pan meal is a great college meal especially for the fall time. This is also a fairly healthy meal and a great way to get your vegetables in! You can easily make this ahead of time and it will provide you with multiple meals.

This is a great homey meal you can easily make for cheap.

Find the recipe here: One-Pan Parmesan Chicken Dinner

3. Avocado Toast

Everyone likes avocado toast and the best part is, it’s so easy to make!

All you have to do is smash an avocado, add some seasonings, and spread the mix on a delicious piece of toasted bread. This was one of my favorite college meals and it’s so easy! 

Find the recipe here: Avocado Toast

4. Easy Five-Ingredient Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a great fast and easy recipe to make in college. All you really need to do is mix together some rice, meat and seasoning, put the mixture in a bell pepper, and bake! If you want to get a little fancy, grab some guacamole from the grocery store!

Find the recipe here: Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

5. Chia Seed Pudding

This chia seed pudding is a great option for vegans. But, even if you aren’t vegan it is still a super yummy and easy breakfast or treat. You can pre-make these and store them in containers to take them on the go!

Find the recipe here: Chia Seed Pudding

6. Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo sandwiches are one of my all time favorites and it’s so easy to make. You can make this fairly fast in your college kitchen! Seriously, you have got to try this one out.

Find the recipe here: Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich

7. Bread Crusted Chicken Breasts

You really can’t go wrong with chicken breasts as a college meal because you can make so many different meals with it! You can either follow this specific recipe to make your own chicken, or buy pre-made chicken breasts to prepare your meal with.

Find the recipe here: Easy Pan Seared Chicken Breasts

8. Fried Rice

When you think about it, fried rice seems really easy to make. And it is! You really only need a few ingredients. Throw together some rice, eggs, and veggies to quickly make some killer fried rice! 

This makes a great side for any Asian inspired meal or is great on its own!

Find the recipe here: Fried Rice

9. 10-Minute Quesadilla

Who doesn’t love a quesadilla?? They are SO easy to make and are just the best. Don’t go to Chipotle, bring Chipotle home to you!!

Find the recipe here: 10-Minute Quesadilla

10. The Best Easy & Healthy Mac n’ Cheese


Mac n’ cheese is amazing to make in college because you can get so many meals out of it. You can seriously get at least 4 or 5 meals out one recipe and who doesn’t love that?! 

Find the recipe here: Healthy Mac n’ Cheese

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