Creamy Pulled Chicken Enchiladas

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

Chicken Enchiladas are just delicious. I love to make mine with leftover slow-cooker pulled chicken. It’s spicy, delicious, and ready in about 10 minutes.

I almost always top mine with homemade guacamole (see the recipe: here) and I pop them in the oven for about ten minutes during my breaks between classes.


  • 1/4 cup of Prepared Creamy Pulled Chicken
  • 1 Tortilla Wrap
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tbsp of Guacamole

Step one: Preheat your oven to 375; place your chicken and cheese in the center of your tortilla


Step two: Add you guacamole and press together the sides of your tortilla


Step three: Top your enchilada with the leftover cheese


Step four: Bake on an oven safe plate for 10 minutes to heat up the chicken and melt the cheese

Step five: Use a spatula to transfer the enchilada to a cool plate, and dig in!


Creamy Pulled Chicken Nachos

Category: Slow-cooker
Servings: 4-6 people
Prep-Time:  15 minutes
Cook-Time: 5 hours

Why is this a survival recipe?

Chicken is a tough ingredient to cook in a slow cooker without drying it out. This recipe has enough cream and spice so that not only is the chicken still moist, it tastes just like the filling of enchiladas (which I do use it for in this recipe: here).

I make this in the morning before classes and enjoy delicious spicy chicken with nacho chips for dinner than night. Delicious.


  • 1 small can of Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can full of Milk
  • 3 tsp of Hot Sauce
  • 1 package of Golden Onion dry soup mix
  • 1 cup of Peas
  • 3 Chicken Breasts, browned
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Step one: Brown your chicken on all sides and season with salt and pepper. Browning chicken seals in the flavor and moisture and makes sure your chicken doesn’t dry out. 


Step two: Mix together your soup, soup mix, milk and hot sauce. Use the can from the soup to measure out the amount of milk you need


Step three: Place your chicken in the slow cooker and cover with the soup mixture


Step four: Cook on low for 4 hours; then add in the peas and cook for an additional hour



Step five: Serve over prepared egg noodles, plain, or with nachos!


Savory and Flavorful Turkey Chili

Category: Slow-cooker/Gluten Free
Servings: 6-8 people
Prep-Time:  20-25 minutes
Cook-Time: 8-10 hours

Why is this a survival recipe?

Turkey chili is one of my favorites, because I tend to buy turkey meat more than ground beef since it’s more economical. Turkey changes the whole flavor of the chili and it’s an opportunity to change up the seasonings.

I eat this for lunch, dinner, and sometimes with chips while I’m watching a movies. It’s also fun to pour it over tortillas, add a little cheese and then you’ve got nachos!

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


  • 1.5 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 cup of Tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup of Beef broth
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 can of Red Kidney Beans, Dark Red is fine
  • 1 can of Cannelloni Beans
  • 1-2 tbsp of Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 tsp of Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Cumin

Step one: Pour your stewed tomatoes into the slow cooker. Do not drain them.


Step two: Drain and rinse your beans; add them to the slow cooker.



Step three: Chop your vegetables and add them to the slow cooker.Also add your minced garlic.


Step four: Brown your turkey meat fully on the stove top. Cook it in a little bit of EVOO; you’ll also want to season your meat now. 



Step five: Add your turkey to the slow cooker, and pour in your tomato juice and beef broth. (Optional: I love flavor, so I usually add more of the spices now.)




Step six: Stir everything together until it is blended fully


Step seven: Cook on low for 8-10 hours and serve


Spicy Beef and Bean Chili

Category: Slow-cooker/Gluten Free
Servings: 6-8 people
Prep-Time:  40 minutes
Cook-Time: 5-6 hours OR 8-10 hours

Why is this a survival recipe?

Spicy beef chili is a favorite across the board, and making it in a slow-cooker is so easy it should be illegal. I love pairing this with cornbread, or even eating it with tortilla chips when I’m watching a movie. Chili is also perfect to store frozen, and is a breeze to reheat.

On Mondays, I’ll get up about 45 minutes early and prepare this delicious chili before I head off to start my week. By the time I’m back at home I have enough savory, spicy chili to last for the whole week.

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



  • 2.5 pounds of Ground Chuck Beef, drained
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can, Whole Tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can  Pinto beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of Light Red Kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder

Step one: Brown your ground beef, and drain the excess fat **Don’t pour the fat down the drain!! Pour it into an empty can and refrigerate. Then throw away the solid and eliminate the risk of clogging your sink**

Step two: Put your beef, onion and garlic into the slow cooker. Add your tomato and juice and stir.


Step three: Drain and rinse your beans and chop your pepper; add them to the slow cooker. Add your spices now, and stir until mixed fully


Step four: Pour in your beef broth and stir until fully combined


Step five: Cook on high heat for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours and adjust your seasonings.

Step six: Grab a glass of cool milk and enjoy


Hot and Hearty Lentil Soup

Category: Slow-Cooker/Gluten Free/Vegan
Servings: 6-8 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time:  5-6 hours

Why is this a survival recipe?

This slow-cooker recipe makes one of the heartiest vegan soups I have ever eaten. Most of the soups college students eat come in a can or a microwaveable cup, but with this recipe you’ll be hard pressed to find a can of soup in your dorm ever again.

This is a recipe that can be thrown together in minutes before your first class, and enjoyed for dinner that same night.

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


  • 1 cup of Lentils
  • 3 cups of liquid (Chicken Broth OR Vegetable Broth)
  • 1/2 package of Baby Carrots, rough chopped
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, rough chopped
  • 2 stocks Celery, rough chopped
  • 6 oz of Tomato juice/Vegetable juice
  • 2 crushed cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Spices to taste:
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Optional: Parmesan or other “cheese” to garnish

Step one: Pour your lentils into a bowl and check for small rocks!


Step two: Roughly chop your vegetables and add to your slow cooker. Also add in your lentils and garlic cloves. Add in your liquid and tomato juice and stir.


Step four: Cook on low for 5-6 hours


Step Four: Stir and enjoy! Optional, top with parsley and a bit of cheese of your choice!


Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Category: Slow-Cooker
Servings: 4-6 people
Prep-Time:  10 minutes
Cook-Time: 8 hours

Why is this a survival recipe?

Pulled pork was always such a treat for me when I would go to barbecues or out to soul food restaurants. I always thought pulled pork was this daunting and impossible dish to execute, but then I discovered how easy it was to make in a slow cooker.

This is a great, affordable way to cook with pork and get that delicious comfort food feeling right in your dorm room.


  • 1-2 pounds Pork Butt Tenderloin
  • 1 liter bottle of Root Beer
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of Onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp of Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 dashes of Cinnamon
  • 5 dashes of Black Pepper
  • 1-2 cups of BBQ sauce
  • Bulkie Rolls

Step one: Rinse your pork and put your pork in your slow-cooker, adding in your prepared garlic, onion, and spices


Step two: Pour the root beer into the slow cooker and stir lightly to coat the pork. Cook on low for 7 hours.


Step three: After seven hours, pull out the loin onto a separate plate and tear it apart with forks. Reserve one cup of liquid and dump out any remaining liquid.


Step four: Return your pork to the slow-cooker and mix in your BBQ sauce. Switch your slow-cooker setting to warm and let it marinate for an hour, stirring after 30 minutes.


Step five: Serve and enjoy