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.


  • 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


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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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.


  • 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


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


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


Hot Dogs Steamed in Beer

Category: Senior Year
Servings: 1-2 People
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 10-15 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

After I purchased a steaming basket, I started steaming everything I ate. It’s much simpler to make than boiling them, and you don’t run the risk of over-cooking your hot dogs or splitting the skins in the hot water.

This recipe gives the hot dogs such a crisp and delicious texture and the flavor of the beer gets wonderfully infused in the hot dogs.


  • 1-2 Hot Dogs, with casings
  • 1 bottle of Beer

Step one: Pour your beer into a shallow pot; place your steaming basket over the liquid and make sure it is not immersed in the beer



Step two: Steam your hot dogs for about 15 minutes or until they are warmed and cooked through



Step three: Plate your hot dogs and dig in!


Traditional Deli Meat Sandwiches

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

Traditional deli sandwiches are lovely, and a definite staple. You can prepare them the night before and then all you need to do is assemble them in the morning and you won’t have to worry about being starving during the middle of your classes.

I sometimes put them in tortilla wraps, and I always switch up my deli meat combos. My favorite sandwiches are buffalo chicken with honey mustard, roast beef with horseradish and cheese,  and of course, turkey, ham, and mortadella  just to name a few.


  • 2 slices of Bread
  • 2-3 slices of your favorite Deli Meat
  • 1-2 slices of Cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp of Mustard/Mayo/Dressing etc

Step one: Spread your spread over the bread; assemble your sandwich and enjoy.


The “CLT”: Cheese, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

Most of you have heard of the traditional “BLT”; well this is my version of a vegetarian “CLT”. It’s actually even easier to make this sandwich than a BLT because you don’t need to cook anything.

It’s so delicious, and everything you use is in your kitchen all of the time.


  • 1 tsp of Mayo
  • 1 slice of Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • 2 slices of Tomato
  • 2 slices of Bread

Step one: Spread your mayo onto your bread, slice your tomato and lay it on the side with mayo


Step two: Lay your cheese on your other slice of bread and top it with lettuce


Step three: Assemble your sandwich, cut it and dig in


Classic “BLT” Sandwich

Category: Sophomore Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  Varies, 20 minutes
Cook-Time: 5 minutes

Why is this  a  survival recipe?

BLT’s are easy, delicious, and they’re a great way to use up your leftover bacon from breakfast. Sandwiches are essential in college, especially ones with minimal prep time; you can make this BLT right after you finish making breakfast, and you’ve got your lunch for the day already made.


  • 2.5 strips of cooked Bacon
  • 2 leaves of Lettuce, cleaned and dried
  • 4 slices of Tomato
  • 1 tbsp of Mayo
  • 2 sliced of Bread

Step one: If you don’t have any cooked bacon, prepare your bacon now. (See: Crispy Mess-Free Baked Bacon). Clean and dry your lettuce, and slice your tomato


Step two: Spread your mayo over your sandwich (I like it on both sides)


Step three: Lay your lettuce, bacon, and tomato on your sandwich




Step four: Bite into that crispy delicious BLT and enjoy!


Cafe Classic Tuna Melt

Category: Sophomore Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 10 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Making a tuna melt is just as simple as a tuna sandwich; the only difference is toasting the bread and adding a slice of Swiss cheese. It’s the perfect warm, easy sandwich to have during the winter.

When I was younger, I would go out to cafes and diners and order tuna melts. I loved them so much more than regular tuna sandwiches, because they warmed my belly as I ate them.


  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 tbsp of Mayo
  • 2 slices of Bread
  • 1 slice of Swiss Cheese

Step one: Lightly toast your bread. You can do this in a pan as well, or in an oven on a low temperature. 


Step two: Break up your tuna with a fork


Step three: Mix in your mayonnaise until fully combined


Step four: Spread your tuna over your bread and lay your cheese over the tuna


Step five: Return the piece of toast with tuna and cheese on it to the toaster until the cheese has melted


Step six: Put the pieces of bread together and dig in to your melty, crunchy tuna melt!


Tuna Pinwheel Roll-up Sandwiches

Category: Freshman Year
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 15 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

My mom would make tuna pinwheels for lunch all the time, and everyone who tried them went crazy over how delicious they were. We were all convinced that this had to be more than a simple tuna sandwich, but it’s not.

It’s simply divine, incredibly easy to make, and once you eat a tuna sandwich like this you’ll never go back. You can eat them sliced up or as a whole roll-up if you’re taking it with you to class.


  • 2 cans of Tuna
  • 6 slices of bread, crusts cut off
  • 3 tbsp of Mayo
  • 2 tbsp of Butter

Step one: Combine your tuna and your mayo


Step two: Cut the crusts off of your bread; spread your butter on the ends and lay them on top of each other


Step three: Spread your tuna over the bread slices; roll the slices up with cling wrap on the outside and twist the extra to seal.


Step four: Refrigerate for about an hour, then cut up and serve


On-the-Go Egg and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

Category: Sophomore
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 10 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Breakfast sandwiches are staples in fast food restaurants, but making your own breakfast sandwich only takes about 10 minutes, and they’re so much better than fast food.

I always have eggs, muffins, and sausage in my fridge so you’re never without a hot breakfast.


  • 1 English Muffin
  • 1 Egg, over easy
  • 1 Breakfast Sausage Patty
  • 1 Pinch of Shredded Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Step one: Toast your English muffin with your cheese on one side and prepare your Sausage patty


Step two: Prepare your egg over easy; season with salt and pepper and place your sausage patty and egg on your muffin


Step three: Place the other half of the muffin on top and dig in or leave it off and enjoy your sandwich open faced


Fresh Italian Caprese Salad

Why is this a survival recipe?

This appetizer is fresh, easy, and affordable. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even make a delicious grilled sandwich out of this appetizer by just adding bread and popping it on your stove-top for a few minutes.

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


  1. 1 red, ripe Tomato
  2. 2-3 inch round Mozzarella cheese
  3. 2-3 tsp of Pesto
  4. EVOO for garnish

Step one: Slice your tomato into half inch slices and lay down on your plate; drizzle your pesto liberally over the tomato


Step two: Slice your Mozzarella into half inch slices and lay them over the tomato and pesto. If desired, drizzle a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top!


Step three: Grab a fork and knife and dig in to this fresh, delicious salad