Cooking for College

Aug 28, 2015

Cooking for CollegeSo you're college bound and don’t know a thing about living on your own. This may even mark the first time you will be cooking for yourself and trust me, college dorms won’t make it any easier. You’ll probably be wishing you enrolled in a college cooking course, but don’t worry we’ll give you the basics to start you off. First, understand what appliances will be provided and permitted in your kitchen. It could be fully loaded with an oven and stove, or may just have a microwave. You can also check if your school allows toasters, hot plates, crockpots or George Foreman grills. Next, you will want some quick and easy recipes to keep on hand. Here are some recipe ideas to make cooking for college students manageable.




  • Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese – Learning to make grilled cheese sandwiches is a necessity. Cook your bacon first and set it aside. Next, butter one side of each slice of bread, sprinkle cheese onto the unbuttered side of one slice, and follow with guacamole and bacon. Top with more cheese and place the other slice of bread on top with buttered side up. Grill over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Roast Beef & Cheddar Roll-ups – Deli wraps are quick, easy and portable, making them a great lunchtime meal in between classes. Grab a flour tortilla and fill with roast beef, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. Combine cream cheese and horseradish for the spread.


  • Trail Mix – For a healthy to-go snack, throw all your favorite energy-dense ingredients into a zip-lock bag. Some of our favorite mixes include almonds, peanuts, dried apples, raisins, granola, toasted oats, M&Ms, and a little bit of sea salt.
  • Apples & Cheese – This snack is super easy and quick. Cut up a granny smith and combine it with sliced Port Salut or Bleu Cheese.


  • Linguini with Roasted Vegetables & Chicken Meatballs – If your missing mom’s homemade Italian dinners, check out this popular pasta dish here. You will need a stove or hot plate.
  • Easy Taco Salad – In a skillet, brown ground beef, drain it and stir in taco seasoning. Combine beef, lettuce, tomatoes, Catalina dressing, corn chips and cheese in a bowl. You can view the full recipe here.


Moving to college on your own is difficult, but you can make it a little bit easier by holding on to these simple recipes. Don’t let cooking in college scare you and enjoy your time improvising in the kitchen. If you are craving more delicious recipes, visit our recipe page to get inspired.