Being a college student that is conscientious about what I eat has at times been difficult due to just how expensive eating healthy is. Thankfully I grew up loving to cook and bake, allowing me in these college years to understand the basics that have allowed me to experiment. I’ve listed below some of my go to recipes that have allowed me to eat healthy while still being on a budget.
I love roasted vegetables I’ve found that so many vegetables taste delicious just by adding a little olive and salt and pepper. Pop those evenly sized veggies in the oven for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Some of my favorite vegetables to roast are cauliflower, carrots, green beans, beets, and brussels sprouts.
Chicken and Vegetables in a Simmer Sauce
I love my chicken to taste like something so I’ve found a quick and simple option to make my chicken taste like it has simmered all day. I buy at Trader Joes simmer sauces in a variety of flavors, different types of curry and a delicious masala sauce. They vary in spiciness and each taste unique. All I do is chop up some chicken breast, toss it in a skillet with some olive oil, let it cook almost all the way through, toss in some sliced pepper and onion, pour the jar of sauce over it all and let it simmer for 12 minutes. Boom, there is your main dish.
Rice is a staple in my house; it is super easy and is filling. Also brown rice is a much better alternative to white rice because it is full of vitamins. Brown rice still has its hull on it, which makes it brown, opposed to white rice, which is more refined. The hull adds to your feeling of fullness faster with brown rice than it does with white rice. So make a smaller portion of brown rice and feel just as full. Brown rice may take a little longer to cook than white rice, but just pop it on the stove top before you start your other endeavors and it will be ready to go when you need it.
Choose a lettuce that is dark green and add a dressing that is not creamy. Try making your own salad dressing that way you can control what goes into it, especially sugar. Watch your labels to see how much sugar is added to your dressing, it can catch you by surprise. I like to add whatever I have on hand, whether it is carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, or baby spinach.