Traditional Hot Dogs and Baked Beans

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

Baked beans and hot dogs are usually a summer food, but when you have a microwave, you have access to summer comfort all year long. It’s as simple as pressing start on your microwave, and in minutes you have a lovely hot meal right in your room.

I love baked beans, and I always have the individual tins in my room for when I get a craving for hot dogs and beans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of Baked Beans
  • 1-2 Hot Dogs

Step one: Warm your baked beans and sliced hot dog until they’re heated through and enjoy your hot meal

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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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Toasted PB&J with Banana

Category: Junior Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 5-10 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Warm peanut butter on toast is just delightful, and I love the traditional PB&J so I decided to spice it up by grilling it. I added in the banana for some extra kick and it really brightened up the whole dish.

It is so filling, so quick to make and it’s still just as delicious cold. I definitely recommend drinking a glass of milk with this meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of Bread
  • 2 tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp of Jelly
  • 1/2 a Banana
  • Butter

Step one: Butter the outside of your bread

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Step two: Spread your peanut butter on both sides and slice your banana onto one side of bread

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Step three: Spread your jelly on the opposing side

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Step four: Grill your sandwich until it is golden brown

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Step five: Cut your sandwich and dig in

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Sauted Summer Squash with Orzo

Category: Senior Year/Vegan
Servings: 2-3 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 10 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Orzo is a delightful pasta that looks exactly like a rice. It’s buttery and tender and goes wonderfully with summer vegetables.

When I’m not in the mood for a vegan meal, I make this with breaded chicken cutlets, and top it with some butter and cheese; but you absolutely don’t have to do that to get the full delicious flavor out of this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Orzo
  • 1 chopped Summer Squash
  • 1-2 tsp of Butter
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp of Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Step one: Saute your garlic and summer squash in a bit of EVOO

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Step two: Prepare your orzo as directed on the box

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Step three: Mix together your orzo and squash and top it with your Parmesan cheese and butter. Enjoy your delicious dish

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Spinach Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

Category: Freshman Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  10 minutes
Cook-Time: 21 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

This is actually one of the first recipes I ever made up. I was hosting my parents and I had no idea what to make, so I grabbed the first thing I could find: mushrooms. It ended up being absolutely delicious, and I make it all the time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Portabello Mushroom Cap, cleaned
  • 1/4 cup of Frozen Spinach
  • 1 slice of Cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Breadcrumbs
  • To taste: Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika
  • EVOO

Step one: Preheat your oven to 425; coat your mushroom with olive oil fairly liberally

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Step two: Stuff the slightly thawed frozen spinach into the mushroom cap

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Step three: Season your mushrooms

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Step four: Lay your cheese on top of the cap

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Step five: Cover the whole cap with breadcrumbs

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Step six: Roast your mushroom for 18 minutes covered with tin foil, and remove the covering for a final 3 minutes

Step seven: Enjoy your delicious stuffed mushroom

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Spicy Chicken and Cheese Nachos

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

Nachos in the microwave give you a nice, indulgent, and cheesy meal in about 45 seconds. I always have cooked chicken in my fridge, shredded cheese, and salsa, so I figured that combining them would only lead to goodness. I eat this when I don’t feel like making a big elaborate dinner, or when I’m having friends over.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls of Tortilla Chips
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 2-3 tsp of Hot Salsa
  • 1/2 cup of Cooked Chicken

Step one: Arrange your chicken over your tortilla chips

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Step two: Arrange your cheese evenly

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Step three: Microwave for about 15-30 seconds

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Step four: Top with hot salsa and dig in

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Baked Potato

Category: Sophomore Year/Gluten Free/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  1o minutes
Cook-Time: 5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

This is as simple as heating up a delicious potato and cheesy broccoli. Now that you know how to make baked potatoes in the microwave, all you need to do is make your baked potato and heat up some savory cheesy vegetables. I always have them in my freezer for side dishes with my main courses.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Cheesy Broccoli
  • 1 baking Potato

Step one: Make your Lazy Man’s Baked Potato and cut it open

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Step two: Cook your cheesy broccoli according to the package and pour over your potato. Enjoy.

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Sheppard’s Pie

Category: Senior Year
Servings: 4-6 people
Prep-Time:  10 minutes 
Cook-Time: 30-35 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Making Sheppard’s pie is so easy and so delicious. My mom has been making this in our house for years and I loved learning how to make it for myself. If you don’t have time to make your own mashed potatoes, I sometimes use the instant mash and it;s just as good.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of Mashed Potatoes
  • 1/4 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup of Frozen Peas
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

Step one: Season your beef with salt and pepper and brown fully on medium high heat.

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Step two: Preheat your oven to 35o; if your mashed potatoes aren’t made, do this now. (See Garlic “Smashed” Potatoes)

Step three: Pour in your can of cream of mushroom soup and your peas and cook until the soup is bubbling

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Step four: Pour in your hamburger mixture first; then scoop on your potatoes and flatten with the back of a spoon

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Step five: Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, and let rest for 5 minutes

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Step six: Dig in and enjoy your easy Sheppard’s pie

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Spice Rubbed Roasted Salmon with Sauteed Veggies

Category: Senior Year/Gluten Free
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 15-20 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

I love cooking with fish, and when I can afford it I always get fresh fillets.  This spice rub paired with fresh lemon makes your fish taste delicious, and it’s always flaky and light and wonderful.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 Salmon Fillet
  • 1 whole Lemon, juiced
  • To taste: Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Roasted Vegetables Seasoning
  • Zucchini, Broccoli, Summer Squash etc

Step one: Preheat your oven to 400; squeeze half of your lemon over your fillet and cover it liberally

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Step two: Make your rub and massage it into the salmon fillet

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Step three: In a baking dish, roast your salmon for 15-20 minutes, depending on how you like your fish. 15 minutes will be medium, 20 minutes will be well done. Saute your vegetables while your salmon is cooking.

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Step four: Let your salmon rest covered for 5 minutes.

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Step five: Plate and squeeze the second half of your lemon over your fish and enjoy

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Roasted Shrimp with White Rice

Category: Senior Year/Gluten Free
Servings: 1-2 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 15 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Shrimp and rice are another classic combination that is surprisingly filling. White Basmati rice cooks insanely quickly; it’s finished in about 15 minutes, and is perfectly light and well matched with the lightness of the shrimp.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of  Basmati rice, cooked
  • 6 shrimp
  • EVOO
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Butter to taste

Step one: Put on your rice and cook  according to the directions on the package

Step two: 5 minutes into your rice, preheat your oven to 400 and devain your shrimp

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Step three: Season your shrimp with EVOO, salt and pepper and lay them on a lined cookie sheet

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Step four: Roast your shrimp for 5-8 minutes

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Step six: Melt a bit of butter over your rice, place your shrimp on the rice and enjoy!

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