While good nutrition is the key to a healthy life, maintaining a balanced diet can be a difficult task without enough time, money, or kitchen knowledge.
When college students can’t find enough time in their day, they tend to look toward fast food options or a quick and easy meal, just to realize that their bank account can’t support that. “We have food at home,” is a common phrase that most people have heard from their parents or guardians at one time or another when growing up. Although this comment always bothered me when I was younger, I am going to prove it right by providing a list of easy, delicious, and affordable meals that can be made with ingredients that are in virtually every kitchen.
These are one of my favorite dishes because of versatility. Whether it be a burrito bowl, sushi bowl, veggie bowl, or anything else you can think of, you are free to be as creative as you want and fulfill any craving.
For me, burrito bowls are easiest because they require ingredients that I always have laying around the kitchen. Random bags of rice and beans that rarely get used, leftover (or frozen) vegetables, choice of meat or eggs for protein, and salsa or hot sauce to top it off.
Contrary to popular belief, eggs are not solely a breakfast food. Lucky for us, it can be made in a variety of different ways to satisfy taste buds at any time of the day.
Scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, over easy, and sunny side up are some of the easiest and most popular dishes, but you could take it up a notch by trying to make an omelet, benedict, or hash.
For a more complete meal, try adding some type of meat, cheese, or vegetables and serve the eggs with a side of any kind of potatoes, fruit, or toasted bread.
As long as you have tortillas or bread in your pantry, these are three more meals that are versatile and can be completely customized to your liking. Personally, I lean towards quesadillas and throw the same ingredients on slices of bread if I don’t have tortillas to work with.
Depending on availability, I add grilled chicken or bacon and any type of cheese in the refrigerator. Try to top it off with tomatoes, onions, cucumber, avocado, or any topping of your choice, and don’t forget the condiments!
Now, not only can you avoid all the random ingredients in your kitchen going to waste, but you also save money and time while getting to eat delicious meals.