Tuna Mac and Cheese

Category: Freshman Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Adding protein to mac and cheese is an awesome way to make sure that your quick snack can turn into a filling meal and keep you going all day. I always have tuna handy, and when you properly rinse tuna all of the fishy flavor is gone and you get a lovely protein. I make this all the time when I’m strapped for time and want something nice, cheesy, and filling.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Mac and Cheese
  • 1 Can of Tuna, rinsed

Step one: Microwave your mac and cheese; while it’s heating up, rinse your tuna. Add in the appropriate ratios of tuna to mac and cheese and enjoy

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Salsa and Cheese Quesadilla

Category: Freshman Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  3 minutes
Cook-Time: 2 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

I make quesadillas in the microwave all the time. For me, when I want a cheesy snack, I usually don’t want to wait for the oven to heat up.

I love putting hot salsa with my quesadillas, and if I’ve got any cooked chicken laying around I throw it in with the cheese and salsa. It’s a hot meal ready in about 30 seconds, and you’ve always got the ingredients in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tortilla
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 3 tbsp of Hot Salsa

Step one: Sprinkle your cheese on half of your tortilla

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Step two: Spoon your salsa on the cheese and maybe add a little more, then fold the tortilla in half

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Step three: Microwave your quesadilla for about 30 seconds

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Step four: Cut up and top with more salsa and enjoy

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Lazy Man’s Grilled Cheese

Category: Freshman Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 15-30 seconds

Why is this a survival recipe?

I love grilled cheese, but sometimes when I’m totally strapped for time, I get a little…lazy. This recipe is so easy it’s almost sinful.

All you need is bread, butter, and cheese. It takes about 15 seconds to make and you have a lovely, melty, and warm sandwich right at your fingertips when you’re late for class and running out the door.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of Bread
  • 2 pieces of Cheese
  • 1 tbsp of Butter

Step one: Butter the inside of your bread; lay your cheese slices over one side

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Step two: Assemble your sandwich and cut it in half; it will be too melty after you warm it up

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Step three: Microwave until the cheese is melted; serve with ketchup or eat it plain.

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Chunky Soup Mixed together with Brown Rice

Category: Freshman Year/Gluten Free
Servings: 2 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Chunky soup is delicious, and rice is delicious, so why not combine the two? There are always commercials for this, so I decided to try it out myself. This makes two portions and since it’s easily re-heated you have lunch the next day too.

I used to eat microwaved soups every day at work, but I was always still hungry during the second half of my shift. Adding the rice really beefs up this meal and will keep you full until your last class ends.

If you have a Gluten Allergy, make sure your brands and products are gluten free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 microwaveable Chunky Soup
  • 1 package of Instant Brown Rice

Step one: Prepare your instant rice; pour it into a bowl

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Step two: Prepare your chunky soup; stir it into the bowl of rice

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Step three: Serve and enjoy. This can be easily whipped up in the microwaves on campus.

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Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

Category: Freshman Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Caesar salad wraps were a favorite of mine at the food carts in between classes. Now that I know how much more economical it is to make them myself with the leftover chicken in my fridge, I won’t be wasting my money on cart food again.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cooked Chicken Breast, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp of Caesar Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup of Lettuce
  • 1 Tortilla Wrap

Step one: Arrange your salad and your chopped chicken onto your tortilla

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Step two: Spread your dressing evenly over the salad and chicken

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Step three: Wrap up your Chicken Caesar salad wrap and enjoy. It’s so simple to wrap it in a bit of cling wrap and some foil and take it on the go.

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Sweet Diced Fruit with Cottage Cheese

Category: Freshman Year/Gluten Free/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Cottage cheese is an acquired taste, but when you mix it in with fruit or a fruit cup it becomes creamy, lovely, and sweet.

It’s a perfect five minute breakfast that you can take with you on the go and mix together when you get to class.

If you have a Gluten Allergy, make sure all of your products and brands are gluten free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 package of Fruit

Step one: Combine your cottage cheese and fruit in a bowl, stir if desired.

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Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Sandwich

Category: Freshman Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Peanut butter and banana is a classic combination. I always have bananas in my kitchen when I need a quick snack or I’m literally running out the door and need some fuel for the day.

The great thing about PB&J sandwiches is that three out of four ingredients have a long shelf life, and I always have them in my kitchen. I used cinnamon raisin toast for some extra sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of Bread
  • 1/2 Banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp of Honey
  • 1 tbsp of Peanut Butter

Step one: Spread your peanut butter on your bread and slice your banana

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Step two: Drizzle your honey over your banana and peanut butter

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Step three: Serve and enjoy

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Lazy Man’s Baked Potato

Category: Freshman Year/Gluten Free/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 9 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Baked potatoes are a perfect side, and go with practically every main dish. They’re ready in under ten minutes, and you can put them with anything in your fridge and guarantee a yummy meal.

If you have a Gluten Allergy, make sure all of your products and brands are gluten free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Potato
  • Optional: Butter, Salt/Pepper, Stuffing them

Step one: Wash your potato with water only

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Step two: Poke holes in the skin, then microwave for 7-8 minutes; slice open your potato and using oven mits, push the sides in.

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Step four: Add your toppings and eat!

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Easy Cheesy Ball-Park Style Hot Dogs

Category: Freshman Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  3 minutes
Cook-Time: 30 seconds

Why is this a survival recipe?

Easy cheesy dogs have been made in my family for years. I love hot dogs, and stuffing them with cheese gives you the feeling of indulging in a ball-park cheese dog that’s made in three minutes in the comfort of your dorm room.

The ingredients are simple and always in your fridge, and it’s a great way to spice up a plain, boring hot dog.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Hot Dog
  • 1 Slice of Cheese
  • 1 Slice of Bread
  • Condiments of your choosing

Step one: Slice open your hot dog, but don’t cut all the way through

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Step two: Break up your cheese and stuff the hot dog

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Step three: Microwave your hot dog for about 30 seconds

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Step four: Put your condiments on your bread, roll up your hot dog and dig in

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Meat and Cheese Roll-ups

Category: Freshman Year/Gluten Free
Servings: Varies, 4-6 people
Prep-Time:  3 minutes
Cook-Time: 2 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

This is the most ridiculously simple way to eat meat and cheese that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. There’s no mess, no cleanup and it’s incredibly fast and easy to take with you.

This is also a great way to have an unconventional sandwich if you run out of bread, or just don’t feel like putting too much effort into your snacks.

If you have a Gluten Allergy, make sure all of your products and brands are gluten free

Ingredients:

  • String cheese, your favorite brand
  • Deli meats, your favorite kind

Step one: Cut your string cheese down the middle, roll  your deli meat around your cheese and enjoy

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