Twice Baked Potatoes

Category: Senior Year/Gluten Free/Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people 
Prep-Time:  1 hour and 10 minutes
Cook-Time: 15-20 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Making twice baked potatoes is just as easy as making loaded potato skins; all you need to do is mix together the toppings you usually dollop on top of your skins right into the meat of the potato. It’s so easy, and a delicious way to make your baked potatoes extra filling.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 baking Potato
  • 1-2 tsp of Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Cheese

Step one: Bake your potato, scoop out the inside and mix it together with your cheese and sour cream (See: Crisp and Fluffy Baked Potatoes)

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Step two: Stuff your potato and return your potato to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

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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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Guacamole with Chips

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

I eat it guacamole with chips, eggs and toast, and in chicken enchiladas. I made up this recipe in my first conquests in the kitchen and it is so delicious and spicy. I always have some leftover avocado in my kitchen, and this is an excellent way to use it up.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp of Red Onion
  • 1 small Roma Tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 dashes of Salt
  • 2 dashes of Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of Cumin
  • 1 dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 dashes of Garlic Powder

Step one: Chop up your vegetables and remove the seed from your avocado; juice your lime. 

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Step two: Mash together your avocado and add in your lime juice.

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Step three: Add in your veggies and spices and mix together until fully combined.

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Step four: Serve right away or refrigerate for later.

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Celery Stuffed with Creamy Cheese

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

I love creamy cheese wedges. They’re great on crackers, on apples, and in macaroni and cheese. My favorite way to eat them though is stuffed in celery.

The crisp celery adds a lovely brightness to the cheese, it’s fast, easy, and a great snack when you’re stressed out of your mind with assignments.

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of Celery, washed and dried
  • 1 wedge of Creamy Cheese

Step one: Rinse your celery and get off any remaining dirt, drying with a paper towel. Chop your celery into pieces and stuff them with your cheese.

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Baked Seasoned Skinny Steak Fries

Category: Senior Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  5-10 minutes
Cook-Time: 18 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

I love french fries, and cutting them steak-fry style is my favorite way to eat them. With this recipe, you always have french fries sitting in your kitchen whenever you get a craving for them.

I sometimes use sweet potatoes to balance a bit of sweetness with the kick of the spices, but they’re amazing with regular baking potatoes as well. I make these when I have burgers or beer-steamed ball-park franks. It’s like adding a touch of summer into my school year.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 Potato, washed and peeled
  • The following Spices to taste:
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Roasted Vegetable Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Step one: Preheat your oven to 400. Wash, peel and chop your potato into large wedges. Create a flat surface first so that you don’t lose your grip on your potatoes

Step two: Combine enough of your spices to evenly coat all of your fries

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Step three: Spray your fries lightly with cooking spray, and also spray your cookie sheet. Coat your fries evenly in your spices

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Step five: Bake for 9 minutes, flip your fries, and bake for an additional 9 minutes, then plate and enjoy

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Baked Skinny Mozzarella Sticks

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

Why is this a survival recipe?

I love cheese, and adding some breading and dipping it in salsa is just amazing. It’s so easy to make them, and it only takes five minutes for perfectly baked mozzarella sticks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Mozzarella Sticks, frozen
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 splash of Milk
  • 1/4 cup of Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan Cheese

Step one: Freeze your mozzarella sticks  completely. If you don’t they’ll melt all over your cookie sheet and while you’ll have fried cheese you’ll also have a big mess.

Step two: Preheat your oven to 400; beat your egg, salt, pepper, and milk together

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Step three: Mix together your parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs evenly

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Step four: QUICKLY dip your mozzarella sticks in the egg wash, then coat them evenly in the breadcrumb mixture. If you handle the cheese too long it will get warm and melt.

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Step five: Spray your cookie sheet and bake your cheese for 3 MINUTES ONLY on one side; take them out, flip them and return them to the oven for 2 MORE MINUTES. Any longer and they will melt.

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Step six: Serve with salsa or marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Crunchy Apples with Peanut Butter

Category: Freshman Year/Gluten Free/Vegan
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Apples are crisp and delicious, and last forever in the fridge. I love spreading peanut butter over the apples, and when I’m feeling really indulgent I sprinkle some raisins or sliced peanuts over the top for some extra texture.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple, washed and sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • Optional: Raisins, Peanuts

Step one: Wash and slice your apple, and spread your peanut butter on the top

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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

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

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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. 

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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.)

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Step six: Stir everything together until it is blended fully

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

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Fresh and Clean Fruit Salad

Category: Senior Year/Vegan
Servings: 2-4 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Fresh fruit is the original fast food. Fruit salads are simple, but very versatile and incredibly easy to put together and to make in advance.

Knowing when to slice up your fruit is crucial to a perfect fruit salad. For example, when you’re using bananas, wait until they are just starting to get brown spots on the peel and that’s when you know they’re ready to eat.

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of Blueberries, washed and drained
  • 1 cup of Strawberries, washes, sliced, and drained
  • 1 cup of Raspberries, washed and drained

Step one: Wash, drain and slice your fruits

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Step two: Mix them together evenly in a bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate for later

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Individual English Muffin Pizzas

Category: Sophomore Year/Vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Prep-Time:  2 minutes
Cook-Time: 5-10 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a slice of pizza, but I don’t always want a whole pie. This recipe is great for individual pizzas, a quick snack, or just a way to make a scrumptious meal without all of the work. If you don’t have a toaster, you can always do this right in your oven on a low temperature of around 200.

Ingredients:

  • 1 English Muffin
  • 1-2 tbsp Pasta Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Cheese

Step one: Toast your English Muffin

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Step two: Spread your sauce evenly

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Step three: Sprinkle on your cheese

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Step four: Return the muffin to the toaster until the cheese has melted

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Step five: Dig in to your crunchy, cheesy, easy pizza!

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