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8 quick and easy meals to make in your apartment

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8 quick and easy meals to make in your apartment

By Meral Aycicek, Assistant Special Sections Editor

As a college student, it can be difficult to have three meals a day while also balancing a busy schedule of classes and other activities. While adjusting to your schedule, a list of fast meals is essential to your success. Here are some quick and easy meals to make in an apartment or dorm.

Grilled cheese sandwich

This is a classic. You need two slices of bread with butter and your choice of meltable cheese. If you don’t have a panini press, just pop your sandwich on a pan and grill it up for lunch. Grilled cheese sandwiches are fast, cheap and surprisingly customizable.

Salad

Chop up some fresh fruits and veggies to make a healthy and easy meal. Don’t forget to add protein and healthy fats, like avocado, to take your salad to the next level.

Smoothies

You will need a blender for this one. However, investing in one early in your college career is definitely worth it. You can put in fresh fruits and vegetables like berries, bananas, spinach or carrots to make your smoothie right away. You can freeze the berries or veggies overnight and use them in the morning as a substitute for ice. Also, try adding peanut butter since it masks the bitterness of certain vegetables and is a good source of protein.

Avocado toast

This is a very quick and tasty snack to make for yourself in between classes. Toast a piece of bread and cut up some avocado to put on it. Then you can go crazy with toppings and spices.

Pasta

A big step above ramen, pasta will surely save you and your bank account. Boil the dry pasta in water until it’s cooked, strain it and put it back in the pot with some butter or olive oil. Then, either add a sauce of your choice or keep the pasta simple with some cheese and pepper.

Eggs

There are countless recipes online for how to cook eggs: boiled, scrambled, sunny-side up, over easy. Try a different recipe every week for a cheap, easy and healthy breakfast. Knowing a few different ways to make an egg will make your breakfasts a lot more interesting.

Overnight oats

This recipe is very easy with no cooking required. Mix one part rolled oats and two parts milk of your choice in a jar or bowl. Cover it up and leave it in the fridge for at least eight hours. In the morning, you will have yummy oatmeal that you can spice up with cinnamon, fruit and honey.

Easy pizza

Buy some English muffins and split them in half, then spread pizza sauce on them. Sprinkle cheese and add whatever toppings you like. Pop the pizzas into the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese melts and the muffins are crispy, which usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Meral is a sophomore in DGS.

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