You know the feeling. You get home from work and there is nothing that you want to eat. Everything seems like it’s going to take too long to cook so you forgo a meal and just snack on junk food until you go to bed or maybe you order a pizza. While both of these things are ok once in a while, eating out should be something you do when you are really craving fast food, not when you are stuck and feel like it’s the most convenient option.
These are some things that are staples in my house even though my boyfriend and I are both graduated university. I love to go to the store and grab a rotisserie chicken. It’s so nice to not have to cook meat for dinner because that’s what takes the most amount of time. We like to pull the meat off right when we get it home because it’s easier to pull hot. Here are my 5 favorite recipes with rotisserie chicken.
Probably one of the easiest dinners out there that is not a sandwich. I swear my boyfriend lived off of these before we started dating. You can make these as simple or as complicated as you want. This is what we do:
- Green Onions
- Salsa/Guacamole/Sour Cream
Use as much or as little of each ingredient as you want and feel free to add more! Just grab your favorite wraps, spread the guac and sour cream on the wrap and set it in a greased pan. Put your shredded cheese on one half and add your chopped chicken and all of your veggies. Once your wrap is crispy, fold over the half with no cheese or veggies on to the side with the cheese and veggies. If you are really hungry, you can also put fixings on the entire wrap and then get a second tortilla to put on top.The problem with this is that it is super hard to flip over a whole tortilla but you can try! I almost forgot about the salsa! I like to put it in a small dish for dipping but you can also add it with the guac and sour cream inside your wrap.
This is one of my favorite meals to make. Even though it has most of the same ingredients as a quesadilla, there’s just something about these burritos.
- Guacamole/Sour Cream
Start off just like you’re making a quesadilla and spread your guac and sour cream on to the wrap. Instead of putting your cheese and other fillings on one side, you’re going to want to put them more in the middle in a straight line so that you are able to wrap the burrito at the end. Be a little more conservative with your fillings because it’s always harder to close than you think. It should be closed on both ends. Instead of cooking this in a pan I have a George Foreman grill that I press it in and it leaves grill marks and everything. If you’re feeling daring, fry up some black beans with taco seasoning and use those in place of the chicken. I did this a couple weeks back and it’s incredible. Again, if you want to add more veggies, different cheeses, or more spreads to this, go right ahead!
Pasta with Chicken
- Your favorite pasta
- Pasta Sauce
This one is so easy you can make it in your sleep! Cook up some pasta according to directions and drain it. Put the pot back on the stove and add in the desired amount of pasta sauce. Heat until the sauce is hot then add in some shredded cheese and chopped chicken. This one is great because it doesn’t require you to have much on hand and the pasta only takes around 7 minutes to cook. I’ve talked about this before I’m going to talk about it again. I like the Classico pasta sauces in the glass jars. My favorite are the tomato pesto and the 4 cheese kinds.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Chopped Chicken
Chicken salad requires almost no effort or skill- the mark of a good college recipe. All you need to go is chop some chicken (very small) and add some mayonnaise. Slap it on some bread and you’re good to go. I like to finely chop some celery to add some crunch and season it with salt and pepper. You can also add a piece of lettuce to your sandwich on top of the chicken salad. The best thing is, if you don’t want to make a sandwich, you can always just eat it with crackers or even with a spoon!
- Large Leaf Lettuce- romaine should be fine
- Your choice of veggies
- Ranch dressing or other dressing of choice
- Other fillings such as rice or beans
Wash and dry 2-3 whole lettuce leaves and fill them with chopped chicken, veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, etc., and add in desired fillings such as rice. Drizzle with sauce. Buffalo ranch can be very good on these!
These are my suggestions for easy college meals. They are a staple in my diet even though I am no longer in college and they definitely got me through some lazy nights during my degree. If you have some suggestions please leave them in the comment section! I would love to hear what you make as a college student!