7 Budget Friendly Meals for First Time College Students

7 budget-friendly meals for first time college students.

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For incoming college students, now is the perfect time to settle in for a new life. But your new beginnings should not let your food take the back seat. You will ofcourse need to keep yourself nourished to give you that energy you will need the whole semester and when hitting the books.  Making thru the class requires energy. Your study sessions or even your part-time job if you have one requires energy.

When you are making new friends, living away from home, and cooking for yourself for the first time; university life can be daunting so I’ve put together this list of 7 budget-friendly meals for new students to survive college.

Taco Baked Chicken

The favorite of them all as voted by college students: the Taco Baked Chicken. Every time it is served in a party, potluck, tailgating party or even Cinco Mayo, expect this dish to be the hit of the party.

This baked chicken is one of the easiest and hassle free recipes and most of all, one of the tastiest. The choice of flavors knows no bounds. Each element comes together in their purest form. Each flavor element maintains its individual authenticity despite how the overall item is pulled and mixed together.


  • 1/2 cup onion minced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 cup black beans optional
  • 1 cup salsa or diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 12 hard shell tacos
  • 1 cup shredded cheese mozzarella, cheddar or any melting cheese
  • Cilantro to garnish
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  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet
  • Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden
  • Add the chicken, black beans, salsa, and taco seasoning
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally
  • Line taco shells in a baking dish
  • Spoon a few tablespoons of the chicken into each taco shell
  • Top with a sprinkle of cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted
  • Serve with a side of sour cream, lettuce, and slices of lime if desired

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Looking for comfort food, nothing will cure you like creamy spaghetti carbonara. It’s an insanely easy dinner recipe that anyone can make.

A reminder when cooking pasta is that, your pasta should taste like an ocean.  It’s all about seasoning when cooking a full pound of pasta. Do not be afraid to add a full tablespoon, this will make your carbonara taste like heaven.

See recipe here

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

The secret ingredient that makes this recipe an all-time favorite comfort food is when it is smothered in the most amazing rich and creamy gravypacked with such delicious flavor using Worcestershire sauce. With this added flavor, you will quickly agree these are the BEST Turkey Swedish Meatballsyou have ever had!

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Cheeseburger Macaroni

If you’re looking for a certain comfort food that is easy and hassle-free for your weeknight dorm room dinner, this cheeseburger macaroni will hit all the marks. That tender pasta, seasoned ground beef, and melted cheese; this dish definitely packs a ton of flavor and can be done in one pan from start to finish. Easy breezy!

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Vegetable Beef & Bean Chili

The perfect all-around comfort food chili recipe; this will warm you up and make a delicious dinner forfall nights. I have seen several recipes on several websites but this is my ultimate favorite recipe. I actually make this regularly. It is so good; I always go back for a spoonful. This is flavorful and hassle free recipe that can be customized to your liking.

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Greek Honey Lemon Grilled Pork Chops

This marinade recipe adds honey and lemon giving a flavor of sweet and sour to this juicy and moist pork chops.Just set the oven control to broil. Then, place the pork on the rack. In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. And, brush the honey mixture on top of each pork chops. Broiling for 7 to 8 minutes each until no longer pink when cut near bone. That’s it, that easy.

See recipe here

Salmon Quinoa Fried Rice

Do you want a healthy alternative to the traditional fried rice? If your answer is yes; then, this is the perfect recipe for you.  

It is rich in natural vitamins full of protein, fiber and Omega 3s making it a healthy and a well-rounded meal for you. Plus, it is insanely easy and quick to make a winning recipe for me.  

See recipe here

That’s it! You have 7 budget-friendly meals for first time college students. Enjoy these quick and easy meals to make at college whenever you are bored, hungry, broke, or all of the above!

Feel free to suggest for quick recipes by commenting below.

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Marquis is as free as the statue of liberty. She is now a part-time writer who loves to write an article based on survive college and a professional blogger whose work revolves around blogging, managing websites, web content, social media management.

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