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DIY Great Things Take Time: Recipe Hacks Every College Student Needs

Let’s face it, up until freshman year we never really appreciated the meaning of a homemade meal. Mom’s cooking was just what you were given for dinner; but

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now, it’s one of the many things you look forward to when going home. I know, just as any college student does, that having your first apartment, suite, or house in college has its benefits – one of those being your very own kitchen! Be honest, you have been saving those Buzzfeed food videos and following different Facebook accounts. But at the end of a college school day, you don’t have enough time to make that gourmet dish and need to substitute with a quicker option. Check out below to see some fast and easy recipes for any college student that you can do by yourself!


Hawaiian French Toast

What You Need: Eggs, Milk, Butter (or Nonstick Cooking Spray), Hawaiian Bread, and Vanilla extract

Tip: Garnish your French toast with fresh fruit or powdered sugar!

Full recipe here

Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese

What You Need: Cheddar Cheese, Eggs, Nonstick Cooking Spray

Tip: Dicing up ham or bacon and throwing it in is a great way to get some protein in and adds extra flavor.

Full recipe here

Acai Fruit Bowls 

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What You Need: Acai Smoothie Packs, Granola, Honey, Fruit of your choice

Tip: Coconut and almonds make for a great topping, too!

Full recipe here


Chicken Quesadillas

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What You Need: Tortillas, your choice of Cheese, Chicken

Tip: Use guacamole or sour cream for dipping sauce.

Full recipe here

Beef Nachos

What You Need: Tortilla Chips, Lean Ground Beef, Shredded Cheese, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Green Onions, Chopped Jalapeños

Tip: Spice up your nachos by using different shaped chips (scoops, original, or flat).

Full recipe here

Pepperoni Pizza

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What You Need: Frozen Crust, Marinara Sauce, Shredded Cheese, Pepperoni (For best results, use the best wood pellet pizza oven)

Tip: Feeling adventurous? Check out this website on how to make your own pizza dough!

Full recipe here


Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

What You Need: Diced Chicken, Teriyaki Sauce, Rice, Broccoli

Full recipe here

Baked Mac & Cheese

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Baked Mac & Cheese with Bacon. Photo via Emily Weaver

What You Need: Pasta, Shredded Cheese, Milk, Butter, Flour, Onion Powder, Breadcrumbs

Tip: Chop up some bacon to add to your dish!

Full recipe here


What You Need: Pasta, Marinara Sauce

Tip: You can add sausage or change up the shape of the noodle – there are tons to choose from!

Full recipe: do you really need a recipe on how to make spaghetti? But just in case, Prego offers one that includes meatballs as well!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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What You Need: Strawberries, Chocolate

Tip: Although this recipe calls for corn syrup and butter, they are not 100% mandatory to include

Full recipe here

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Crescents

What You Need: Crescent rolls, Cinnamon, Sugar, Chocolate Chips

Recipe: Before rolling crescents, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar and place a few chocolate chips on top. Proceed by rolling crescents into shape and then dash some more cinnamon and sugar on top before throwing them in the oven!

Oreo Milkshakes

What You Need: Vanilla Ice Cream, Milk, Oreos

Tip: Mash up Oreos in a plastic bag instead of placing them whole directly in the blender. You can also buy malt mix to make yours a Oreo malt!

Full recipe here

Now that you”ve mastered the basics, watch some of these vids and try and step up your food game. May the odds be ever in your favor!