Easy Recipies for College Students

College students need to eat healthy meals, but seldom have either time or opportunity to prepare them in advance. Nutritious meals for college students shouldn’t be difficult to make, plus they should also be handy, portable, and interesting. Here are three favorites light meals that can be combined with your favorite soup and crackers for a delicious and healthy lunch. Don’t forget to add a fresh fruit to your meal for balanced nutrition.

1. Meatless Lunch – Makes 3 meals.

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 can garbanzo beans, well drained.
1/2 cup cauliflower heads
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 slices of fresh red or Vidalia sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup sliced cucumber
Your favorite low-fat, low-calorie salad or yogurt dressing

1. Dry ingredients: Combine spinach, garbanzo beans, cauliflower, mushrooms, onion, and walnuts into one bowl and set aside in a covered refrigerator bowl.
2. Wet ingredients: Slice cherry tomatoes in half and then divide into 1/4 cup servings. Combine with 1/4 cup cucumber and then divide the mix into three portions. Store these in small, covered bowls.

At lunch time, or when ready for a snack, combine the wet and dry mixtures. To the mixture, add  the desired amount of remaining cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. Add a dollop of your favorite salad dressing, toss and enjoy.

2. Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2/3 c. chopped, cooked chicken
1/4 c. chopped celery
2 T. chopped sweet pickle
3 T low-cal, fat free mayonnaise
6 slices whole wheat sandwich thins
3 T. Fat-free diet spread
2 to 3 T. chopped green pepper, pimento, hard boiled eggs, or olives.

1. Combine chicken, celery, dash of salt and pepper to taste, pickles and mayonnaise.
2. Lightly coat the whole wheat sandwich thins with a healthy, no-fat diet spread.
3. Spread the thins with the chicken salad mixture. Top with garnish to suit your taste.
4. Wrap tightly in plastic storage wrap, or use a sandwich storage bag.

Sandwiches may be stored in the freezer for short periods of time.

3. Mom’s Tuna Sandwiches

1 can of tuna fish, drained
1/4 t. grated sweet onion
1/4 c. finely chopped celery
3 to 31/2 T of fat free mayonnaise
6 slices whole wheat sandwich thins

1. Flake tuna with a fork or table knife.
2. Combine tuna with sweet onion, celery, dash of salt and pepper to taste, and toss.
3. Spread mixture on whole wheat sandwich thins.
4. Wrap sandwiches tightly in plastic storage wrap, or use a sandwich storage bag.

Tip: To “Kick-Up” your Tuna sandwich a little, add a chopped cherry pepper, cover the salad mix with a slice of cheese and melt in a microwave or toaster oven. This goes really well with a steaming hot cup of tomato soup and chocolate fudge cookies on a blustery winter’s day.


  1. Easy Recipes for College Students – College Recipes – Seventeen
  2. 19 Easy Recipes Every College Student Should Know – BuzzFeed

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